A 5:00am departure from Bangor saw Menai’s team coach make the long journey to South Wales to meet up with the bulk of the squad who had made their own travel arrangements for the Welsh Junior League Plate Final.
From the outset a well balanced team of experienced and debutant athletes were determined to put in a strong performance in defence of their title. With the Spytty Stadium bathed in glorious sunshine for the first few events Menai found themselves trailing last year’s runners-up and consistent title challengers Brecon by around 30 points. As the weather began to take a turn for the worst, Menai had by the midpoint stage, taken a slight lead in the overall standings. With the weather deteriorating quickly and thunder and lightning threatening proceedings our young athletes continued to produce exceptional individual and team performances to stretch their lead over 2015 champions Brecon with Blaenau Gwent a close third. Some excellent team sprinting in the 4x100m relays rounded off the day with Menai’s winning margin at the end of the day having increased to 92 points.
A huge congratulations is extended to all who; competed, managed, coached and supported.
Menai T&F 998
Brecon AC 906
Blaenau Gwent AC 882
Hereford & County AC 735
Cwmbran Harriers 611
Neath Harriers 596
Llanelli AC 472
Barry & Vale Harriers 424
The last two seasons have represented the most successful period ever for our junior track and field athletes. In 2016 the club’s junior team achieved a historic double by winning promotion from Div 3 of YDL (Lower) league as well as being the first North Wales club to lift the Welsh Junior League Plate trophy. The phenomenal success achieved last year has again been replicated in 2017 by gaining promotion from Div 2 of the YDL (Lower) league and retaining their Welsh Junior League Plate trophy to secure a remarkable double double!
The team’s achievements are something that all involved with the club be they; athletes, coaches, officials or parents should be extremely proud of. In the end, success fundamentally comes down to hard work, determination and personal sacrifice.
Report by Keith Williams & Danielle Cheers