Weekend Round-up - 9th & 10th March
11/03/2019 00:00, In Blog /
CAU Inter County Championships - Saturday 9th March - Loughborough
Jenny Nesbitt (Worcester; Chris Jones) produced a stunning performance as she secured her place on the British team for the World Cross Country Championships with victory in the Senior Women's race in Loughborough. The Worcester athlete produced a remarkable final lap to chase down Stockport's Jess Piasecki and cross the line with a 13 second winning margin.
After the race she spoke with British Athletics; “It means an awful lot to have achieved an automatic qualifying spot for the World Cross Country Championships because it’s been a long time in coming. I was disappointed not to make the team in Liverpool and today then became the goal and the focus.”
Elsewhere, Wrexham's Matt Willis took victory with an impressive run in the Junior Men's race, securing his second British Athletics Cross Challenge win of the season. He also secured his place on the British team for the World Cross Country Championships in Aarhus, Denmark at the end of the month and commented; "“Last year I came here and blew up and I couldn’t risk doing that again. Inter Counties has been my weak link in my career from Under-13 level where I came 212th. Since then I’ve had a sixth, 17th, seventh and a second, but today I’ve finally managed to get the elusive win.”
The Vitality Big Half - Sunday 10th March - London
A full report from The Vitality Big Half in London can be found here.
European Throwing Cup - Sunday 10th March - Samorin, Slovakia
James Tomlinson (Pembrokeshire; Paul Jensen) was 5th in the Junior Men's Discus (Pool B) at the European Throwing Cup with a best throw of 52.57m.
England u15 / u17 Combined Events Championships - Saturday 9th & Sunday 10th March - Sheffield
Cardiff's Ben Hillman took silver in the u17 Men's Heptathlon at the England Athletics Indoor Combined Events Championships in Sheffield with a new Welsh u17 Record and lifetime best of 4903 points. Sophie Lisk (Cardiff Archers) was 4th in the u15 Girls Pentathlon with a lifetime best of 3025 points, whilst Zac Davies (Swansea Harriers) was 6th in the u15 Boys' Pentathlon with a lifetime best of 2412 points.
Trafford 10k - Sunday 10th March - Partington
Michael Kallenberg (Cardiff; Steve Jones) was the first Welsh finisher at the Trafford 10k on Sunday, finishing 11th in 30:34 one place ahead of Andrew Davies (Stockport; Steve Vernon) who ran 30:37 for 12th place. Elinor Kirk (Swansea; Steve Vernon) was 6th in the Women's race, clocking 35:00.
British Masters Indoor Championships - Saturday & Sunday 9th & 10th March - Lee Valley
Medals were claimed by Welsh athletes including Daphne Marler (Swansea Harriers), Juliet Sidney (Newport; Dave Pearce) and Amanda Cook (Wrexham; Amanda Broadhurst) at the British Masters Indoor Championships over the weekend.
Vault Cardiff - Sunday 10th March - NIAC, Cardiff
There were lifetime bests across the board at the 2019 Vault Cardiff competition at NIAC on Sunday afternoon, with European silver medallist Holly Bradshaw amongst the competitiors.
Barry 40 Mile Track Race & Marathon
A first Welsh winner was crowned at the Barry 40 Mile Track Race since 2006 as James Elgar (MMRT) took victory in 4 hours 30 minutes 42 seconds. Finishing second was Richard Elgar (Lliswerry; 4:42:58) with Nathan Flear (3M Gorseinon; 4:44:59) finishing third.
Sam Amend (Belgrave) took victory in the women's race as she gears up for the Anglo Celtic Plate 100k, clocking 4 hours 56 minutes and 17 seconds, with Rachel Bowen (Lliswerry; 5:53:39) finishing second.