2017 is the year as Athletes climb up the all-time rankings

This year has seen a number of remarkable performances and we are only just over half-way through 2017. So far, 6 new Welsh records have been set and 34 performances have broken into the top 10 all-time rankings lists.

60m

Hannah Brier (Steve Fudge) moved up to 2nd on the women’s all-time 60 metre rankings after storming to victory in the BUCS Indoor Championships in February. The Swansea Harrier clocked a new personal best of 7.31 seconds.

60m Hurdles

David Omoregie (Benke Blomkvist) started his 2017 season in January with a new personal best of 7.63 for the 60 metre hurdles. This time moved the Cardiff AAC athlete up to 2nd on the men’s all-time rankings list for the event.

100m

Samuel Gordon (Matt Elias) of Cardiff AAC moved up the 6th on the all-time 100m men’s rankings after running a personal best of 10.32 to win the Welsh Senior Championships in June.

100m Hurdles

Caryl Granville (Darrell Maynard) moved up to 3rd on the women’s all-time rankings after an impressive performance at the UK Women’s Premier league meet. The Swansea Harrier clocked a time of 13.55 in Bromley to clock a marginal personal best.

200m

Tom Williams (Thomas Meyer) of Barry & Vale Harriers broke into the Top 10 all-time 200m men’s rankings after his 20.96 at the Memorial Rasschaert meet in Belgium just over a week ago.

400m Hurdles

Caryll Granville (Darrell Maynard) moved up to 2nd on the women’s rankings with a strong performance in Loughborough. The Swansea Harrier recorded a time of 56.59 which is also the Commonwealth ‘B’ standard.

1500m

Tom Marshall (James Thie) of Cardiff AAC moved up 3rd on the all-time men’s 1500m rankings this year, Marshall ran a personal best of 3:37.45 at the London Anniversary Games to place him just below his coach James. Fellow Cardiff AAC athlete Rowan Axe (Craig Winrow) moved up to 5th on the all-time rankings list this year after his 3:38.12 at the Watford BMC Gold Standard meeting in June.

Melissa Courtney (Rob Denmark) moved up to 3rd on the women’s all-time 1500m rankings after clocking a time of 4:05.82 at the London Anniversary Games at the start of July.

Mile

Tom Marshall (James Thie) moved up a step closer to his coach James in the men’s mile rankings, the Cardiff AAC athlete clocked a time of 3:58.31 to place him 6th on the all-time rankings.

Melissa Courtney (Rob Denmark) moved up to 2nd on the women’s all-time rankings list after clocking 4:23.15 at the London Anniversary Games at the start of July.

3000m

Swansea Harrier Elinor Kirk (Steve Vernon) moved up to 6th on the women’s all-time 3000m rankings after recording a time of 9:00.59 indoors at Sport City.

5000m

Swansea Harrier Dewi Griffiths (Kevin Evans) has had a fantastic year, at the start of July he ran a personal best of 13:33.60 in Ireland. This moved the West Wales Runner up to 4th on the men’s all-time 5000m rankings.

Melissa Courtney (Rob Denmark) of Shaftesbury Barnet moved up to 2nd on the women’s all-time 5000m rankings after an impressive 15:28.95 at the Payton Jordan Invitational.

5000m Walk

Bethan Davies (Andi Drake) set both a British and Welsh record to win the British Championships at the start of July, The Cardiff AAC athlete clocked a time of 21:21.52.

5km Road

Melissa Courtney (Rob Denmark) set a new welsh record of 15:58 at the podium 5k in march, this was also a course record. Elinor Kirk (Steve Vernon) narrowly missed out on setting a new record, the Swansea Harrier ran 15:59 out in the states in April.

10,000m

Dewi Griffiths (Kevin Evans) also moved up to 6th on the men’s all-time 10,000m rankings list after an outstanding performance at the Payton Jordan Invitational meeting in the States during may.

2000m Steeplechase

Jade Williams (James Thie) set a new record of 6:38.76 on her debut at the 2000m steeplechase in Solihull. Melanie Wilkins (Nick Anderson) also moved up to 5th on the women’s all-time rankings with a performance of 6:54.31.

3000m Steeplechase

This year has seen a rise in the depth of the steeplechase, not just in Wales but in the UK overall. This season saw both Ieuan Thomas (James Thie) and Jonny Hopkins break into the top 10 of the Welsh all-time rankings with strong performances at the IFAM Outdoor meet in Belgium. Ieuan ran a time of 8:33.59 to move up to 8th and Jonny ran 8:34.03 to move up to 9th.

Jade Williams (James Thie) made an impressive debut at the 3000m steeplechase, breaking a 12 year Welsh record previously held by Clare Martin of Newport. The Amman Valley athlete recorded a time of 10:25.03 to top the all-time rankings list. Melanie Wilkins (Nick Anderson) also moved into 4th on the all-time rankings list in Birmingham, the Winchester runner clocked a time of 10:37.50 at the British Champs.

20k Race Walk

Bethan Davies (Andi Drake) and Heather Lewis (Martin Bell) dominated the top of all-time rankings lists with two breakthrough performances in 2017. Bethan of Cardiff AAC set a new Welsh record at the British championships in June with a blistering time of 1:33:04. Heather of Pembrokeshire is currently ranked 2nd with a time of 1:37:39 which she set at the Lugano Trophy in Switzerland in march. 

Marathon

Josh Griffiths of Swansea Harriers is a name most sports enthusiasts will be aware of after his breakthrough performance at the London Marathon in April. The Cardiff Met graduate’s time of 2:14.49 on his debut marathon places him in 10th place on the Welsh all-time men’s rankings.

Rosie Edwards (Dennis Russell) moved up to 6th on the women’s marathon all-time rankings, The Rotherham AC runner clocked a time of 2:40.49 in London in April.

Hammer

Osian Jones broke the 33 Welsh Hammer throw record at the start of the month with a huge throw 69.20 metres. The Liverpool Harrier broke the previous record by 0.56 metres to go top of the rankings list. Jac Palmer (Adrian Palmer) of Cardiff AAC moved up the rankings this year to 4th all-time with a throw 65.88 metres which also clinched the British under 23 title in Bedford.

Pole Vault

Clare Maurer (Nick Phipps) moved into the top 10 of the women’s rankings with a superb performance in Bromley. The Woking athlete is now placed 7th with a vault of 4.00 metres.

Shot Put

Sarah Omoregie (Gareth Lease) of Cardiff AAC moved up into 7th place on the all-time rankings list with a throw of 14.12 metres in Birmingham at the British Championships at the start of July.

Javelin

Bethan Rees (Mark Pinner) moved up to 3rd on the Women’s Javelin all-time rankings list with a huge throw in Birmingham. The Cannock & Stafford athlete threw 49.56 metres at the British Championships In July.

Hammer Throw

Amber Simpson (John Parkin) of Deeside AC moved up to 5th on the all-time rankings this year with a big personal best of 56.43 metres at the Welsh Senior Championships in June.

Long Jump

Rebecca Chapman (Francis Baker) had a huge breakthrough summer, breaking a 35 year old Welsh record In the Long Jump. The Cardiff AAC athlete jumped a huge 6.54 metres to not only break the Welsh record but also clinch the silver medal at the British Championships.

Indoor Heptathlon

Ben Gregory (Aston Moore) increased his gap at the top of the men’s all time indoor Heptathlon rankings, the Birchfield Harrier recorded 5834 points competing as a guest at the Scottish national indoor combined events championships in March.

Heptathlon

Bethan Burley (Brian Johnson) moved on the all-time rankings list with a big performance in Yeovil in June. The Wimborne athlete recorded 4866 points to place 8th after winning at the ESSA South West Schools championships.

4x400m

The Swansea Harriers women’s 4x400m team moved up to 2nd on the all-time rankings list at the UK Women’s League this year, Swansea recorded a time of 3:40.9 in Bromley.

 

Rankings:

1st

Name

Coach

Club

Event (s)

Performance

Ben Gregory

Aston Moore

Birchfield Harriers

Indoor Heptathlon

5834 points

Bethan Davies

Andi Drake

Cardiff AAC

5000, Walk, 20km Walk

21:21.52

1:33:04

Osian Jones

N/A

Liverpool Harriers

Hammer

69.20m

Jade Williams

James Thie

Amman Valley

3000m Steeplechase

10:25.03

Melissa Courtney

Rob Denmark

Shaftesbury Barnet

5km Road

15:58

Rebecca Chapman

Francis Baker

Cardiff AAC

Long Jump

6.54m

 

2nd

Name

Coach

Club

Event (s)

Performance

Caryl Granville

Darrell Maynard

Swansea Harriers

400m Hurdles

56.59

David Omoregie

Benke Blomkvist

Cardiff AAC

60m Hurdles

7.63

Heather Lewis

Martin Bell

Pembrokeshire Harriers

20km Walk

1:37:39

Elinor Kirk

Steve Vernon

Swansea Harriers

5km Road

15:59

Hannah Brier

Steve Fudge

Swansea Harriers

60 Metres

7.31

Melissa Courtney

Rob Denmark

Shaftesbury Barnet

Mile

5000m

4:23.15

15:28.95

Swansea Harriers Women’s Team

N/A

Swansea Harriers

4x400m

3:40.9

 

3rd

Name

Coach

Club

Event

Performance

Bethan Rees

Mark Pinner

Cannock & Stafford

Javelin

49.56m

Tom Marshall

James Thie

Cardiff AAC

1500m

3:37.45

Melissa Courtney

Rob Denmark

Shaftesbury Barnet

1500m

4:05.82

Caryl Granville

Darrell Maynard

Swansea Harriers

100m Hurdles

13.55

 

 

4th

Name

Coach

Club

Event

Performance

Dewi Griffiths

Kevin Evans

Swansea Harriers

5000m

13:33.60

Jac Palmer

Adrian Palmer

Cardiff AAC

Hammer

65.88m

Melanie Wilkins

Nick Anderson

Winchester

3000m Steeplechase

10:37.50

 

5th

Name

Coach

Club

Event

Performance

Amber Simpson

John Parkin

Deeside AAC

Hammer

56.43m

Rowan Axe

Craig Winrow

Cardiff AAC

1500m

3:38.12

 

6th

Name

Coach

Club

Event

Performance

Dewi Griffiths

Kevin Evans

Swansea Harriers

10,000m

28:16.07

Melissa Courtney

Rob Denmark

Shaftesbury Barnet

3000m

9:00.59

Tom Marshall

James Thie

Cardiff AAC

Mile

3:58.31

Sam Gordon

Matt Elias

Cardiff AAC

100m

10.32

Rosie Edwards

Dennis Russell

Rotherham

Marathon

2:40.49

 

7th

Name

Coach

Club

Event

Performance

Clare Maurer

Nick Phipps

Woking

Pole Vault

4.00m

Sarah Omoregie

Gareth Lease

Cardiff AAC

Shot Put

14.12m

 

8th                    

Name

Coach

Club

Event

Performance

Bethan Burley

Brian Johnson

Wimborne

Heptathlon

4866

Ieuan Thomas

James Thie

Cardiff AAC

3000m Steeplechase

8:33.59

 

9th

Name

Coach

Club

Event

Performance

Jonny Hopkins

n/a

Swansea Harriers

3000m Steeplechase

8:34.03

Tom Williams

Thomas Meyer

Barry & Vale Harriers

200m

20.96

 

10th

Name

Coach

Club

Event

Performance

Josh Griffiths

Self

Swansea Harriers

Marathon

2:14.49

 

 

 

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