Gold Coast Commonwealth Games members star back on home turf in Cardiff... Print
Written by Nathan Jones   
Saturday, 14 July 2018 17:40


It was all eyes on the Welsh Capital over the weekend as many of the top athletes in our sport went head to head in the 101st running of the Welsh Athletics Senior Track & Field Championships 2018. It took place at the Cardiff International Sports Stadium in Leckwith on Friday Evening, 13th July and Saturday, 14th July.

After around 500 under 13, under 15, under 17 and under 20 junior took to the spotlight in the Junior Championships at Newport in June, attention turned to the senior athletes, all looking to claim Welsh Championship medals and compete for the title of Welsh Champion.

In its new format for the second year running, Friday saw the first thirteen heats and finals kick off the weekend in style featuring the 200m heats, 400m heats, 800m, 2000m S/C, 3000m, Discus, Pole Vault, High Jump, Triple Jump and Javelin) The remainder was held over the course of Saturday.

Carmarthen Harriers' Lili Church was the opening athlete in action and added to the 17 medals won down the M4 in Newport three weeks ago. She was jumping in the Senior Women's High jump event alongside another five competitors on Friday evening and came away with a silver medal, after clearing 1.62m on the night.

On Saturday, Dafydd Jones and Daisy Thompson contested the 1500m distance championship event for under 15 having both ran the 800m at the end of June. Jones collected the second silver of the weekend in a new personal best of 4.12.51 and a new Carmarthen Harriers club record for the 1500m, having been held previously by Dewi Griffiths. Meanwhile, Thompson clocking 4.55.71 in the corresponding girls' race of 10 athletes also enjoyed another good run, coming in third.

Alicia Samuel in the Senior Women's 100m alongside the likes of Brier ran another quick and consistent sprint time of 12.19 seconds, just outside her lifetime best over the course of the season.

Over in the field came a further three medals, all silver in colour. First to go was Carys Jones in the Pole Vault, and she was one of three athletes to tie on 3.15m and as a result, the Welsh trio won a silver medal each. After a great season so far, Morgan Batten went in the Under 15 boys javelin competition. His best throw of 39.17m on the first attempt of three was good enough to claim second spot behind the Barry & Vale thrower. Also improving all the time is Under 15 shot putter, Nia Williams who went in the final field events of the weekend in Cardiff. Williams' throw of 9.67m in round three saw her go on the podium in second too!



The Gold Coast Commonwealth Games in Australia last August was a great success for Wales, and many of the Welsh competitors were back in action in their respective events on home turf. On another warm and sunny afternoon, the athletes had the backing of a vocal crowd who came out to support the athletes.

Some of the big Welsh names were in attendance including Hannah Brier (100m), Bethan Davies (3K Walk), Heather Lewis (3K Walk), Ieuan Thomas (1500m), Tom Marshall (800m), Osian Jones (Hammer), Rebecca Chapman (Long Jump), Rhys Jones (100m), James Ledger (100m), Jordan Howe (100m & 200m), Seren Bundy-Davies (400m) and Owen Smith (400m).

No doubt that the performance of the day came from the Liverpool Harrier Jones, who broke his own Welsh record from 2017 by throwing out to a massive 71.08m and 71.04m on his second and third attempts. The other winners were in the Walks (Bethan Davies), 1500m (Ieuan Thomas) and Long Jump (Rebecca Chapman) while Smith took the men's 400m title. Ristananna Tracey recorded a new championship best in the 400m Hurdles as the sole competitor among others who recorded new standards.


On a great two-day weekend of racing, The following Welsh athletes won their respective events and were 2018 Welsh Champions:

100m - Joshua Brown (Cardiff AAC 10.87); James Ledger (DSW Para Academy 12.11) & Hannah Brier (Swansea Harriers 12.06)

200m - Kristian Jones (Cardiff AAC 21.72) & Amy Odunaiya (Wrexham AAC 24.66)

400m - Owen Smith (Cardiff AAC 47.32) & Lauren Williams (Swansea Harriers 55.01)

800m - Elliot Slade (Cardiff AAC) 1.50.48 & Jade Williams (Amman Valley 2.07.86)

1500m - Ieuan Thomas (Cardiff AAC 3.46.44) & Ffion Price (Cardiff AAC 4.19.17)

3000m - Remi Adebiyi (Newport Harriers  8.43.40) & Emily Kearney (Wirral AC 10.10.52)

3000m Walk - Mark Williams (Birchfield Harriers 15.46.26) & Bethan Davies (Cardiff AAC 12.42.46)

100/110m Hurdles - Harry Hilman (Cardiff AAC 16.17) & Heather Paton (Birchfield Harriers 14.14)

400m Hurdles - Brychan Price-Davies (Brecon AC 60.41) & NA

2000m Steeplechase - Brychan Price-Davies (Brecon AC 6.32.28) & Lauren Cooper (Parc Bryn Bach)

Long Jump - Richard Tsang (Birchfield Harriers 6.77) & Rebecca Chapman (Cardiff AAC 6.34)

Triple Jump - Thomas Walley (Wrexham AAC 14.29) & Sian Swanson (Swansea Harriers 11.63)

Javelin - Jason Copsey (Cardiff AAC 66.14) & Bethan Rees (Cannock & Stafford AC 45.75)

Shot - Daniel Cork (Newport Harriers 11.14) & Adele Nicoll (Birchfield Harriers 14.97)

Discus - Adele Nicoll (Birchfield Harriers 44.84) & Patrick Swan (Cornwall AC 44.99)

Pole Vault - Thomas Walley (Wrexham AAC 4.25) & Megan Hodgson (Cardiff AAC 3.45)

High Jump - Jonathon Bailey (Cardiff AAC 1.99) & Lauren Evans (Cardiff AAC 1.65)

Hammer - Osian Jones (Liverpool Harriers & AC 71.08) & Amber Simpson (Deeside AAC 56.67)


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The 2018 edition also saw the addition prize money awarded to the Best Female Track Performance, Best Female Field Performance, Best Male Track Performance and Best Male Field Performance.

It wasn't all about what happened in the competition arena but also the spectators were kept entertained elsewhere too - with a number of exciting features available, the autograph and selfie area popular in particular where youngsters could meet their favourite athlete.

The Under 13 and Under 15 boys and girls' heats of the Junior Club 4 x 100m relays also was incorporated. A number of teams were entered from the Cardiff AAC, Cardiff Archers, Cwmbran Harriers, Newport Harriers and Rhymney Valley clubs in particular with Swansea Harriers' under 15 boys recording a new Welsh record and championship best for the event. These all ran as straight finals.

In addition to the full programme of Senior age groups on the track and field, the weekend also saw the remaining selected Under 15 boys and girls' disciplines. The 100m, 300m, 1500m, Hammer, Shot and Javelin were the six events left to be completed. An athlete to shine once more was Pembrokeshire's Ella Wintle who took a double win in the 100m (12.77) and 300m (41.12) in the short space of time.


Here are all the Welsh U15 Champions:

100m - Evan Jones (Bridgend AC 11.42) & Ella Wintle (Pembrokeshire Harriers 12.77)

300m - Charlie Holland (Swansea Harriers 36.63) & Ella Wintle (Pembrokeshire Harriers 41.12)

1500m - Jacob Reynolds (Cardiff AAC 4.10.50)  & Samia Jones (Menai T&F 4.34.29)

Javelin - George Snaith (Barry & Vale Harriers) & Lily Gregson (Cardiff AAC 28.36)

Shot - Dafydd Pawlett (Pembrokeshire Harriers 13.18) & Amelia Fettis (Newport Harriers 10.45)

Hammer - Evan Jones (Cardiff AAC 25.62) & Emily Collins (Swansea Harriers 26.49)





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In other results over recent weeks, well done to Rhys Davies who was the third Under 20 male at the European Fyn ITU MultiSport World Aquathlon in Denmark competing for Wales and Great Britain and Emily Shawyer who represented Team GB in Germany in the Target Shoot and Sprint event, coming back home with a bronze medal.

Elsewhere Vince Bailey and Jo Bowes were over at the final Swansea Bay 5k Series which has taken place at Blackpill over the last few months. Last Thursday evening, Bailey was 43rd in 20:39 while Bowes crossed the line in 22:17 for 64th.