This Saturday 27th January will bring about the Welsh Indoor Senior Championships, the pinnacle of the Welsh indoor Track & Field season.
Alongside high quality fields across a number of events, we will also welcome athletes selected to represent Team Wales at the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games for a celebratory parade and send-off.
The starting line-up in the men’s 60m will see last year’s outdoor 100m Champion Sam Gordon (Matt Elias, Cardiff AAC) go up against British sprinter Harry Aikines-Aryeetey (Steve Fudge, Sutton & District). Similarly in the women’s 60m, sixth-place finisher at the 2016 World Junior Championships Hannah Brier (Steve Fudge, Swansea Harriers) will go up against Imani Lansiquot (Steve Fudge, Sutton & District) who placed fourth at last year’s European U23 Championships.
The men's 60m will also feature three of the Para-athletes selected for the Commonwealth Games; James Ledger, Rhys Jones and Morgan Jones, all of whom are coached by Christian Malcolm.
Having been recently confirmed as part of the Team Wales squad heading to the 2018 Gold Coast Commonwealth Games in April, Tom Marshall (James Thie, Cardiff AAC) will contest the 800m at these Championships, with Jonathan Hopkins (Swansea Harriers) and Ieuan Thomas (James Thie, Cardiff AAC) will take to the 1500m start line.
In the field, Sally Peake (Scott Simpson, Birchfield Harriers) will look to secure another Welsh title in the Pole Vault as she looks to ramp up preparations for the Gold Coast and hope to replicate her silver medal-winning performance from Glasgow four years ago. Sally will have strong competition from European U20 Silver medallist Molly Caudery (Stuart Caudery, Cornwall AC).
Once again, Aled Davies (Ryan Spencer Jones, Cardiff AAC) features on the start list of the Senior Men’s Shot Put and after a year to remember in 2017, he will throw with the 7.26kg implement in a bid to reclaim the Senior title that he won in last year.
Finally, Commonwealth Decathlete Ben Gregory (Aston Moore, Birchfield Harriers) will compete across a selection of events throughout the day (60m Hurdles, Pole Vault, Shot Put) in preparation for what will be his third Commonwealth Games.
We look forward to what should be a highly competitive day of athletics and to welcoming our Commonwealth Games team.
Gates and registration will open at 09.30 with action on the field commencing at 11.30 and on the track at 12.15.
Spectators are advised that the University car parks are likely to be very busy do to a football match taking place on the 3G pitch.