Latest Event Round-Up: including Seven Harriers feature at the Celtic Games International 2018 Print
Written by Nathan Jones   
Saturday, 04 August 2018 17:15

Seven Carmarthen Harriers members joined their Welsh teammates on Saturday as the Celtic Games International match headed to Scotland. Full round up from Grangemouth Stadium as well as fixtures elsewhere...


International fixtures in the summer calendar has been coming up thick and fast over recent weeks, and the third of three International within two weeks went to Grangemouth Stadium, Scotland on Saturday for the 2018 staging of the Celtic Games International.

It was familiar territory for a large portion of the athletes competing having been involved at the SIAB Schools U17 International in mid July. Teams from Ireland, Wales, Scotland were in action with a Welsh team full of experienced athletes and debutants having made the 940-mile road trip for the second time in quick succession. As host country, Scotland entered two teams - the Celtics team and a Scottish Schools (SSAA Futures team) keeping with the recent format of the event in terms of the host country fielding two teams.


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The Celtic Games has been an annual fixture 1976 and the records lists for this event continues to be littered with Olympians, World Championship athletes and Commonwealth medallists.

At these Games, the under 16 athletes competed in selected events only, whilst there was a full track and field programme for the under 18 age group consisting of (100m, 200m, Sprint Hurdles, 400m, 400m Hurdles, 800m, 1500m, 3000m, Steeplechase, High Jump, Long Jump, Triple Jump, Javelin, Shot Put, Discus, Hammer Throw, Pole Vault, 4 x 100m & 4 x 400m)

It all got underway at midday once the routine pre event parade of all the teams were made in the centre of the arena. Team Captains Ben Hillman, Ben Thomas, Gabrielle Fakande and Emmanuella Kone led out those wearing red applauded by the family and friends watching from the main stand.

The Welsh team, with more than 50 in their squad, were looking to improve on their 11 victories from the 2017 fixture in Dublin. This time round, eight victories were recorded with three Celtic Games records broken in addition, with all coming in the sprint hurdles events at the beginning of the programme. A large haul of medals and podium positions were also claimed and returned home.

Overall Standings: 1 Scotland 195; 2 Ireland 167; 3 Wales 133


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CARMARTHEN HARRIERS NEWS: The Johnstown club in West Wales were represented in no fewer than seven different disciplines for Team Wales over the weekend. Leading the team for the under 18 men was steeplechaser Ben Thomas, who was announced and honoured as one of the four team captains for the Games. It was great to see them all make new friendships with other athletes from the Welsh clubs. Three had already had experience of this competition having taken part in Ireland. In addition, three of the seven headed back up North only over a week since the SIAB Schools.

First to take to the start line was Iwan Glynn in his new event of 400m. In the under 18 boys' invitation event, Glynn produced a strong run to finish in a new personal best time of 50.23 seconds and not too far behind the Scottish duo. Staying with the track sprints, Alicia Samuel looked favourite to take victory and she did not disappoint. Running her third fastest time this summer, she stopped the clock on 12.11 seconds. Only a week after a tactical 800m race at the Welsh Athletics U20 International, it was more of the same for Iestyn Williams which saw all six athletes separated by only five seconds. Williams crossed in just over 2 minutes of 2:00:83.

European Youth U18 Finalist Ben Thomas was back in action in the UK this afternoon, running in the 2,000m steeplechase for under 18 men. Running alongside a Scottish athlete for the majority, it all came down to an exciting photo finish on the line with Thomas taking the runners up spot with a time of 6:14:56 in a blanket finish. Alicia Samuel helped Team Wales finish off on a high note, running the first leg of the 4 x 100m under 18 girls' quartet who took victory in the sprint relay.

Moving on to the under 18 field disciplines, Lili Church was first in action at the high jump bed. She cleared the first four heights and as a result finished off with a best of 1.56m. Meanwhile, on the other side of the arena, Beca Roberts was back at the triple jump run up and again improved on her previous bests. Her 10.78 and 10.79 jumps in the opening rounds was improved in the sixth and final round, when she went out to 10.80m to secure a new personal best. The seventh and final athlete from the club to compete was Danielle Jones in the under 18 girls' discus. Her throw of 34.51m in round 5 was enough to see her record a season best for 2018.

Club coach Delyth Brown was one of the eleven Welsh Team Managers for the 2018 Games alongside Stephen Bailey; Barry Edwards; Debbie Bull; Steve Boyles; Neil Wheeler; John Messum; Phil Warwicker; Edward Thompson; Matthew Rosser and Adrian Palmer.

Well done to each one! Da iawn i bob un! A full Welsh team report will be available on the Welsh Athletics Website in due course...




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MDAL Middle Distance Series 01/08/18: Elsewhere, closer to home it was the final MDAL Middle Distance Series Event on Wednesday evening (1st August). Held at the Spytty Stadium in Newport, it was the next venue following the open evening in Carmarthen back at the end of May where we saw some great 800m and 1500m heats.

In the under 15 boys age group, Dafydd Jones took a second off his previous best to finish the 800m in 2:02:70. Paul Clarke's 2:02:89 was also a quick time where he ran alongside Jones in the same race with an identical finish. Daisy Thompson went in heat 4 of 7 and clocked 2:20:66.

Moving onto the 1500m where under 15 Liam Edwards went in the fastest of the three heats featuring some top class U20 and senior athletes. He came away with a time of 4:17:19. The final athlete to take to the start line was under 13 girl Chloe Hale and ran strongly for 5:19:14. This MDAL series was new to 2018 and has been a success with more opportunities like this expected next year.

Home Counties International Combined Events Championships 04-05/08/18: It's a busy weekend of England Athletics Combined Events Championships in SportsCity this weekend and Lauryn Davey was selected to represent Wales in the Home Counties International Combined Events which features teams from Wales, England, Northern Ireland and Scotland. Competing against some of the best women across the UK and at an older age, under 20 Lauryn went over at 1.56m in the high jump shortly after getting started over the Hurdles (16.02). Her day got better later on picking up two personal best performances of 10.42m in the shot and 200m finish of 26.50.

On day 2 (Sunday) she continued to impress with a best of 5.38m in the long jump followed by 27.69m throw in the javelin. In the Heptathlon's seventh and final event, Davey finished the 800m in 2.36.07 to confirm her finish position in 7th with a total points score of 4,429. Great effort on her first Heptathlon appearance in what was described as a high standard of competition.

Barry Island Mile Family Run 05/08/18: Carys Wood came away with a runners up spot in the girls' category in the mile event open to all ages. There were some great prizes on offer too! This followed the conclusion of the 10K race which saw Dewi Griffiths win the overall title having come back strongly from injury. Josh Griffiths took third spot.


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Results from the Poppit Sands Series 1st meeting: Steffan Davies 9:17; Rhys Davies 18:41; Elizabeth Tremlett 20:04; Mel Best 24:50

Results from the Ras Y Frenni 4 mile at Crymych: Steffan Davies 27:06; Cerys Davies 33:21; Liz Davies 36:31

Result from the Ras Y Frenni 8 Mile at Crymych: Huw Davies 56:30

Results from the Lampeter Tenovus Cancer Care 5K: Scott Price 19:03; Wendy Price 20:22; Linda Winning 37:44; Robert Winning 38:29

Results from the Poppit Sands Series 2nd meeting: Rhys Davies 18:39; Peter Moody 25:04