Bank Holiday Weekend Round-Up as busy season comes to an end Print
Written by Nathan Jones   
Sunday, 26 August 2018 17:59

On another busy weekend out and about at a number of venues, The August Bank Holiday Weekend (25-26th) again saw the Welsh Inter-Regional Athletics Championships take place for the 20th time for under 15, under 17 and under 20 / senior age groups. It returned to the Penlan Arena Track in Brecon and concluded an action-packed summer of track and field athletics season.

Ar benwythnos lawn arall mewn nifer o leoliadau, fe wnaeth Dydd Sadwrn Gwyl Y Banc unwaith eto weld Pencampwriaeth Athletau Rhanbarthol Cymru yn dychwelyd i Aberhonddu ar gyfer athletwyr o dan 15, dan 17 ac o dan 20 oed ac uwch. Roedd wedi cloi tymor trac a maes athletau prysur arall.


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Cool and cloudy conditions greeted athletes, spectators and staff in the morning before the sun made an appearance during the afternoon despite the strong breeze that was noticeable around the arena. Regions competing in this end of season fixture were South Wales, West Wales, East Wales and North Wales. Athletes from Pembrokeshire Harriers, Carmarthen Harriers, Llanelli AC, Swansea Harriers, Neath Harriers, Aberystwyth AC and Run4All Neath wore the red vest of the West, who enjoyed more success at this season finale competition.

Inter-Regional Medals were awarded to the top three finishers in each age group and event with the presentation area busy all day, with supporters eager to get a photograph of their medallist on the position podiums.

Three Championship Best Performances were recorded and both came to West Wales athletes in the 100m and 200m sprint, congratulations to Senior Women Alicia Samuel (11.89) & (24.87) and Under 17 Men Thomas Payne (11.06) on achieving these.


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Provisional Results confirmed that West Wales completed the clean sweep taking the combined Under 15 boys and Girls, combined Under 17 men and women, senior men, senior women, overall male, overall female and the overall team trophies. Team Captains Owain Clarke, Nia Williams, Flavia Jenkins, William Lloyd, Jonathan Williams and Lauryn Davey went out to the centre of the track on completion of the competition to receive from Welsh Athletics' Tom Marley. The final provisional result was: 1 West Wales 935; 2 North Wales 754; 3 South Wales 736; 4 East Wales 704

At Penlan Arena, Brecon there was an excellent team spirit within the West Wales team and approximately 115 athletes along with parents and coaches made the journey up to Mid Wales to be in amongst the 2018 squad. The team were looking to match their medal tally from last year and this time round, the region came away with a total of 109 medals, improving on their 105 collected in 2017. In the track events, there were 27 gold, 13 silver and 18 bronze won whilst over at the field disciplines, 14 were gold, 18 were silver with 19 bronze completing a great day of 41 (G), 31 (S) and 33 (B).

A busy day finished off on a high note as far as the sprint relays are concerned for the athletes wearing red. Four sets of gold medals returned home by the Under 17 Men, Senior Women & Senior Men 4 x 100m as well as the Senior Men 4 x 400m who dominated from start to finish to take a lead of around 120m.

The team managers Hedydd Davies, Peter Walton, Jo Salmon, Kelly Griffiths, Bethan Homer, Dai Jones and Jeff Cooze thanked all the West Wales athletes on their great performances, commitment and their willingness to represent the West region this year during the busy holiday period. Great effort by all!

It was another long day for many of the Welsh Athletics officials/ competition staff and volunteers. With a few having been all day in Brecon for nearly 12 hours, many thanks to them too for their continued support to the events. West Wales were not only contributing on the competition stage but also judging the events on the track and field disciplines to ensure that everything had run smoothly and to time.


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Carmarthen Harriers Round-Up as Twelve accept Region selection:

LEWIS EVANS - Lewis was the first athlete of the day to compete helping West Wales complete a one-two in the Senior Men's 100m. He came through to take silver in 11.15 before going one better later on in the afternoon, joining the men's 4 x 100m quartet who took gold after a close finish with the West under 17 team.

ALICIA SAMUEL - A season to remember for Alicia who didn't just claim three gold medals in Brecon but also recorded two new championship best performances next to her name. Her 11.89 time in the 100m was just one hundredth of a second off the 11.88 which she ran at the Manchester International just 10 days earlier for a new personal best which was followed by 24.87 in the 200m before winning gold with the women's 4 x 100m team in a close battle with the South.

LAURYN DAVEY - The Senior Women's captain led by example taking home four medals from her four events. Lauryn looked comfortable in the 100m Hurdles to win by a fine margin in 15.89 before the 200m time of 26.08 saw her win bronze in the same race as Samuel. A best throw in the shot put of 10.44m was enough to claim her second victory of the day before the third came soon after in the women's relays.

SADIE-MAY MASON - Sadie-May competed in the Under 15 Girls' 75m hurdles race and her 12.40 dip over the line was enough for bronze just ahead of fourth placed 12.42. Fourth place in the girls' 4 x 100m relay to finish off the day.

ELLIE LOWETH - It was a double-sprint bronze for Ellie over distances of 200m and 300m. First up was the 200m in a time of 27.16 before crossing the line in 45.30 in the 300m a short time after. Loweth joined Mason in the Under 15 Girls' 4 x 100m relay.

ARCHI MORGAN - Steeplechase races were the final individual events of the day and Archi participated in the Under 17 Men's steeplechase over a distance of 1,500m. It was a close on throughout between the West and South athlete, but Morgan pulled away to become champion in a time of 4.59.64.

DAFYDD WATERS - A large field of eighteen athletes contested the 1,000m Walk equalling two and a half laps of the track. Dafydd was one of three Under 15 Boys to start and in a time of 6.06.42, was the age group winner.

ZARA EVANS - Zara placed fifth in one of the first field events of the day - the Under 15 Girls Long Jump. Her four attempts were over consistent distances ranging between 4.30m and 4.40m with her best of 4.50m coming in the opening round of the competition.

JAC WALTERS - A small field of only three athletes went in the Under 15 Boys' High Jump discipline and it turned out to be another good display from Jac following on from joining the club only a month or two ago. His clearance of 1.70m put him on the way to victory.

DANIELLE JONES - Danielle was another athlete to leave with two medals around her neck in the throws events. A throw of 32.60m came in round two of the discus to win before heading over to the shot circle, where she secured bronze with 8.75m.

NIA WILLIAMS - Under 15 Girls Captain Nia was representing the region in the very same events as Danielle, bringing home two silvers. Her performances on the day was 25.41m in the discus and a throw of over 10 metres of 10.33 in the shot.

LILI CHURCH - After being selected to represent Wales at the SIAB Schools and Celtic Games International this summer at the age of 15, Lili finished off the season in Brecon. She was unfortunate in the high jump, placing fourth and just missing out on bronze on the count back rule in the high jump, later in the afternoon at the opposite end of the arena, she picked up points with 27.18m in the Under 15 Girls' javelin.


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Under 20 & Senior Men / Dynion O Dan 20 ac Uwch

Under 17 Boys / Bechgyn O Dan 17

Under 15 Boys / Bechgyn O Dan 15

Under 20 & Senior Women / Menywod O Dan 20 ac Uwch

Under 17 Girls / Merched O Dan 17

Under 15 Girls / Merched O Dan 15

Sprint Relays / Rasys Gyfnewid


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It was also a busy weekend of England Athletics Under 15 & Under 17 Athletics Championships at the Bedford International Athletics Stadium, streamed live on VincoSport throughout the two day competition. Three of our Under 15 middle distance runners were in action against some of the best athletes from across the United Kingdom. Dafydd Jones, Liam Edwards and Frank Morgan entered the 1500m with the two heats held on Saturday afternoon.

In heat 1, Liam broke away with a group of another four in the final lap before Edwards came through on the outside in the final 50 metres to win heat one and book his place in the final (4:20:10). Into the second heat of 2 and that's where we found Dafydd and Frank. In a repeat of the opening race, the leading pack of six or seven stayed together until the bell before the group broke up entering the home straight. Jones was in amongst them and as a result crossed in second spot to join his teammate in Sunday's final (4:22:52). Morgan, a year younger also had a good run and valuable experience of British racing, just missing out on the final by a couple of seconds (4:30:00).

In completely different weather elements, the twelve finalists had to content with wet and windy conditions for the final on Sunday afternoon. It was always expected to a great race with all twelve separated by only 6 seconds from their heat finishing times, and that's what the spectators got! After a packed first 1100m at the front end of the field, it started to break up going into the final 200m with Liam crossing in fifth place (4.23.11) with Dafydd next over in tenth (4.28.17). Tough going running two fast 1500m races in the space of 24 hours!

The evening before on Friday 24th, another local race was organised this time at the Cilycwm 5 mile. After 25 years absence the fun run near Llandovery raised money for Llandovery Hospital, and a total of 89 runners took to the start line. First across the line from a Harriers point of view was Scott Price, home as the 5th male overall in 35:09. Wendy Price took the overall female winner title with a comfortable margin 35:34. Vince Bailey (35:53) and Kate Parker (51:08) were the other senior athletes to finish.

Our Under 11 juniors were also having a go at a the 5 mile, a distance that they haven't been used to as of yet. They were: Jake Lynock (36:32); Alex Coles (40:20); Llillian Coles (45:12) and Esme Lynock (51:08).

Also taking place on Bank Holiday Sunday morning was the Healthy Life Activities RNLI and Melin Sospan Sizzler Triathlon Festival, for results go here

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Emily Shawyer was part of the Welsh team for the Junior International Competition held at the National Shooting Center Bisley 6th-9th August. 154 athletes under 21 from National and International teams took part in the multi shooting sports event. Emily competed in bot her shooting disciplines, winning Gold to become the Junior International Target Sprint Champion with a new PB of 05:06. In 10m Air Pistol Grand Prix Emily finished second winning a Silver Medal with another PB and a British MCS score.

Following from Emily's success at the ISSF Target Sprint World Tour in Germany during June where she won Bronze in the Junior Individual event with a new British Record time, Emily will be representing GB in Target Sprint at the 52nd ISSF World Championships in Changwon South Korea in 3 weeks where 1804 athletes from 90 countries will be taking part with 3422 starts across all shooting disciplines.

Carol Jones travelled to help Emily at the Target Sprint competition and her advice was invaluable with a difficult track and poor running surface. Emily can't thank Carmarthen Harriers and Carol enough for the coaching and support she has received.

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