The 100th Welsh Championships with be held at the Cardiff International Sports Campus on the evening of the 9th of June and Saturday the 10th.
The event will celebrate Welsh Champions past and present with many familiar faces coming to support the athletes as they battle to be crowned the 100th Welsh Champion. Adding extra excitement to the day will be the athletes chasing the Commonwealth Games Qualification standard, in this, the last domestic championships in the athletics calendar before Gold Coast 2018.
With two Commonwealth ‘A’ standards to his name, Swansea Harrier Dewi Griffiths is competing in the 5k. He will be challenged by Charlie Hulson (Sale Harriers).
After achieving a Commonwealth ‘B’ standard in the 1500m this weekend, Tom Marshall (Cardiff AAC) will be looking for his fourth successive title – challenging him will be the likes of Jake Heyward (Cardiff AAC) and Jonny Hopkins (Swansea Harriers), who last weekend ran a Commonwealth ‘A’ standard in the steeplechase.
F42 Shot Put World Record Holder Aled Sion Davies MBE (DSW Para Academy) takes on Welsh Record Holder Brett Morse (Cardiff AAC) and his brother Jay in the discus. Brett will be looking for a 10th Welsh title which would see him equal the record number of wins at the Championships in a single event.
Hannah Brier (Swansea Harriers) is the one to watch in the 100m sprint, looking to defend her title after an impressive indoor season. In the 400m Laura Maddox (Swansea Harriers) looks to be the front runner.
Melissa Courtney (Shaftesbury Barnet Harriers), who already holds the Commonwealth Games ‘A’ standard in the 5k along with a ‘B’ standard in the 1500m will go in the 800m. Other endurance athletes competing include; Naomi Reid (Cardiff AAC), fresh from being selected as part of Team Wales’ Commonwealth Youth Games squad; Welsh record holder in the 3k steeplechase, Jade Williams (Amman Valley Harriers) and Jenny Nesbitt (Worcester AC) who achieved the Commonwealth Games ‘B’ standard at Highgate in the 10k.
British Race Walking Champion, Bethan Davies (Cardiff AAC) and Heather Lewis (Pembrokeshire) will face some good competition all the way from New Zealand as Alana Barber (Racewalking Auckland) races in the 3k walks.
Commonwealth Silver Medallist Sally Peake is competing in the pole vault and will be looking to secure her eighth successive title. She will face competition from Lucy Bryan who shares her PB of 4.40m.
Paralympic bronze medallist Sabrina Fortune joins defending Shot Put champion Adele Nicoll and Team Wales Commonwealth Youth Games representative, Sarah Omoregie who recently broke the British U18 Shot Put record at Loughborough.
Under 20’s Welsh record holder Amber Simpson and Commonwealth Silver Medallist Carys Parry will be competing in the hammer and Bethan Rees (Cannock & Stafford) is the one to watch in the javelin.