A number of Wales’ top athletes kicked off their 2018 season in style this weekend at various events across the UK.
BMC / GAA Meeting – Emirates Arena, Glasgow
Following on from her success at the European Cross Country Championships, Melissa Courtney (Rob Denmark, Shaftesbury Harriers) started her indoor season in fine form, as she ran 8.55.10 to win a competitive 3000m race.
Watch Melissa's race here!
It was a successful day at the Telford 10km, with Welsh athletes claiming 2 of the top 3 positions in the Men’s race. Charlie Hulson (Sale Harriers) claimed a narrow victory in a time of 29.12, one second ahead of the recent winner of the Nos Galan race Ieuan Thomas (James Thie, Cardiff AAC) who claimed a personal best of 29.13. British marathon Champion Josh Griffiths (Swansea Harriers) ran a big PB of 29.28 for 5th. Carwyn Jones (Cardiff AAC) and Mike Kallenburg (James Thie, Cardiff AAC) had solid performances of 30.34 & 30.39 for 18th and 20th places respectively.
Carol Jones (Swansea Harriers) claimed a superb victory with a time of 33.18, her fastest since 2012.
British Indoor Combined Events Championships, inc. Welsh Championships – Sheffield
Harry Hillman (Ian Grant, Cardiff AAC) won the Welsh Senior title with a score of 4,520 points to finish 10th overall. Curtis Mathews was on course for a podium finish, but did not start the final event of the day. Becky Owen (Brighton & Hove AC) scored 3,387 to claim the Welsh Senior Women’s crown, while Taiya Jones (Francis Baker, Cardiff Archers) narrowly defeated Lauren Evans (Matt Wood, Cardiff AAC) with scores on 3,291 & 3,266 respectively.
British Athletics Antrim Cross Challenge inc. Antrim International
Wales had a successful day at the Antrim Cross Challenge which incorporated the Celtic Cross Country International. In the Senior Men's race, Kristian Jones finished fifth and as the second British athlete. James Hunt also finished second in the U23 Celtic International. In the Senior Women's race Jenny Nesbitt finished in eighth and Bronwen Jenkinson finished second in the U23 Celtic International.