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Mini Marathon Region Selection Races & Sportshall Athletics on offer for Sprinters, Throwers, Jumpers & Endurance Runners at Carmarthen this week PDF Print E-mail
Written by Nathan Jones   
Tuesday, 29 January 2019 16:22

Carmarthen Leisure Centre saw sprinters, throwers, jumpers and endurance runners compete over two events in less than 24 hours on Monday evening (28.01.19) and Tuesday morning (29.01.19).

Carmarthen Leisure Centre Athletics Track and Sportshall in Johnstown hosted a double-header of events in less than 24 hours from each other between the Welsh Athletics Senior and Junior Indoor Championships weekend. First up last night (Monday evening) was the London Mini Marathon selection races and this was followed earlier this morning (Tuesday) with the Carmarthenshire Schools Sportshall. (January 28-29)

New London Mini Marathon Selection Process announced by Welsh Athletics...28/01/19

A brand new selection process was announced by Welsh Athletics, who have taken over selection and support from WSAA for the 2019 London Mini Marathon race with the intention of increasing the opportunity from all regions to gain selection.

The West Wales Region's event came to Carmarthen on Monday evening 28th January and turned out to be the fourth and final event following qualifiers at North Wales earlier this month and then the combined South & East event last Wednesday at Newport's Spytty Stadium.



The Virgin Money Giving Mini London Marathon takes place on Sunday 28th April 2019 and is the official British Athletic three-mile road championships for young athletes aged between 11 and 17. The race is open to entrants from the nine regions of England, Scotland, Northern Ireland and Wales, and teams from all 33 London Boroughs. It kicks off the day's action in the English Capital as early as 8.40am before the main 26.2 mile London Marathon starts.

Wales has a strong heritage in this event with notable wins at both Team and individual level in previous years, including in 2006 when Dewi Griffiths was the individual winner, and part of a team including Adam Bitchell, Rowan Axe and Joshua Harris who won team Gold as well as another individual in Non Stanford. Three of these have gone on to represent Wales at the Commonwealth Games. Welsh Athletics are committed to continuing this tradition by ensuring they send the brightest talents from across the country to experience this high-level competition.

In this new process, selection was based on 3km time trials held over seven and a half laps of the track in each of the four regions. The winner in each age group have been automatically chosen in the team plus then the next four "fastest losers" across all four regions - two to complete the team of six and two as reserves.


Last night's six-race programme in Carmarthen was open to anybody to participate from a club or school. Going by the six age groups in London, they were split up, starting first with the under 13 (years 7 and 8) and followed by under 15 (years 9 and 10) and under 17 (years 11 and 12) for both boys and girls. The Under 15 boys' race was certainly one of the stand out races, with several athletes having already had experience of competing next to some of London's fantastic landmarks in recent years. The majority of the races in fact, came down to sprint finishes down the home straight with only the finest of margins separating the leaders. As far as selection was concerned, every second counted additionally for those who were in the runner-up spot down to fourth place.

Endurance Runners from the Pembrokeshire Harriers, Llanelli AC, Swansea Harriers, Neath Harriers and a good turnout from the local club Carmarthen Harriers gathered in Johnstown on a cold but thankfully, dry Monday evening for this bonus January fixture and one that many of them would have gained valuable experience from having run 3000m for the first time.

Athletes from across Wales who finished in the top end of their respective age groups now have a nervous wait to see if they have done enough and ran a quick enough time to make it into the Welsh Athletics Team for the 2019 Virgin Money Giving London Mini Marathon at the end of April. Welsh Athletics will announce this news first in due course.

West Wales Region Event Coordinator Delyth Brown wishes to pass on her thanks to all the volunteers and officials who helped out and without them, there wouldn't have been an event.

Well Done to everyone that took part / Da Iawn i bawb wnaeth gymryd rhan!



Return of Carmarthenshire Schools Indoor Sportshall Action...29/01/19

This morning, Tuesday morning 29th January, Carmarthen Leisure Centre hosted an indoor athletics event which has continued to go from strength to strength for a number of years.

For the sprinters, throwers and jumpers from schools across the county, the Carmarthenshire Secondary Schools Indoor Sportshall athletics event for Years 7 and 8, organised by Hedydd Davies, offered youngsters in West Wales the opportunity to participate at a number of indoor disciplines. Athletes and Teachers were grateful that the annual fixture was held inside the facility next to the club's athletics track in Johnstown rather than out in the wet and windy elements!

Again, the hall was full of school children, volunteers and teachers, where 10 of the county's secondary schools supported the meeting. More than 200 sprinters, jumpers and throwers were in action altogether and the atmosphere created from the side-lines was electric.



Ysgol Dyffryn Aman, Ysgol Bro Dinefwr, Ysgol Bro Myrddin, QE High School, Llandovery College, Ysgol Y Strade, St Michaels School, St John Lloyd School, Ysgol Bryngwyn and Coedcae School were all represented. The relays in particular at the end were popular, with most pupils getting the opportunity to compete within a team of their school.

Events included 2 lap sprint, 4 laps sprint and 4 x 2 lap relay on the track, while on the field events, there was the vertical jump, standing long jump, standing triple jump and the shot put. 54 track heats, 4 track finals and 8 field events were all completed.

Many thanks to the volunteers and helpers who ensured that the competition was completed within two and a half hours; including officials from Welsh Athletics, QE High School & Trinity College, Carmarthen.

An under 13 and under 15 Dyfed Schools' team will be chosen to compete in the Welsh Schools Indoor Sportshall Finals at Cwmbran Leisure Centre in March. Afan Nedd Tawe, Cardiff & Vale, Eryri, Glamorgan Valleys, Powys, North East Wales and South East Wales will provide the opposition on Sunday 10th March.

Click the link below to look at the results, which opens in a XLS file.





A highlights video from both these events will go up on our YouTube channel in due course, check back for the link.