Atletica Geneve – Geneva, Switzerland - Saturday 9th June
Welsh Athletics supported eight athletes to travel and compete at the Atletica Geneve in Switzerland on Saturday evening. On a hot and humid day, conditions were difficult for the athletes but there were still some strong performances on the track and in the field. Cardiff’s Sam Gordon finished 5th in the Men’s 100m in 10.56 seconds, whilst Mica Moore (Birchfield) finished 4th in the Women’s 100m in 11.90 seconds. In the 400 metres, both Owen Smith (Cardiff) and Laura Maddox (Swansea) finished 6th in their respective heats, Owen running 46.72 seconds and Laura running 54.29.
One of the highlights of the meet was junior athlete James Vincent (Cardiff) finishing 5th in the Men’s 1,500m in a new personal best time of 3:53:01, whilst just ahead of him was Jon Tobin (Swansea) who finished 3rd in 3:52. Swansea’s Emily Thomas jumped out to 5.63m in the Women’s Long Jump, and Deeside’s Amber Simpson finished 5th in the Women’s Hammer Throw with 55.93m
Tijdschema Next Generation Athletics – Nijmegen, Netherlands – Friday 8th June
Melissa Courtney (Rob Denmark) produced another blistering performance on the track as she stormed to victory in the Women’s 5,000m in Nijmegen on Friday evening. Melissa ran 15:16 to take victory, clocking a new lifetime best and European Championships Qualifying Standard in the process, and inching ever closer to Angela Tooby’s Welsh Record of 15:13.
47ste Gouden Spike Meeting – Leiden, Netherlands – Saturday 9th June
Gold Coast duo Ieuan Thomas (Cardiff) and Jonny Hopkins (Swansea) produced excellent performances at the Gouden Spike meeting in Leiden on Saturday. Both men ran in the 3,000m Steeplechase, with Ieuan finishing second in a new lifetime best of 8:30:16 and Jonny just behind in 3rd place with 8:31:98. The results mean that both men notched European Championship Qualifying Standards as they now turn their attentions to gaining an automatic qualifying spot for British Athletics’ team heading to Berlin at the trial race in just under 3 weeks’ time.
Elsewhere, sprinter Kristian Jones (Cardiff) finished 5th in the 200m in a new personal best (non-wind assisted) of 21.15, whilst Colwyn Bay’s Michael Parry finished 4th in the Men’s 800m in 1:52:64. In the Women’s 10,000m, Jenny Nesbitt finished 6th in 33:28, whilst Stevie Stockton finished 9th in 33:55.
NYRR New York Mini 10k – Saturday 9th June
Cardiff’s Charlotte Arter competed against a stellar line-up at the NYRR New York Mini 10k around the streets of New York on Saturday morning, as she finished in 9th place with 33:09.
Welsh Athletics & Welsh Schools Joint Combined Events Championships – Swansea – Saturday 9th June
Many of Wales’ most promising young athletes gathered at Swansea University’s Athletics Stadium on a blistering hot day for the joint Welsh Athletics and WSAA Combined Events Championships. There were a number of fine performances throughout the age groups, and full results from the event can be found here.
Welsh Athletics League Match 3 – Swansea – Sunday 10th June
Hosts Swansea Harriers took victory at the third match of the Welsh Athletics League on Sunday afternoon, finishing ahead of second placed team Cardiff AAC and third placed Brecon AC. Conditions were again made difficult by the heat and humidity, but there were some standout performances including Cardiff’s Becca Chapman, who took victory with a season’s best of 6.36m (+3.2 wind reading) and Caitlyn Mapps (Cardiff Archers) who won the u17 women’s 300m in a new u17 league record of 39.82 seconds. Full results can be found here
Welsh Castles Relays – Caernarfon to Cardiff – Saturday & Sunday 9th & 10th June
The annual Welsh Castles Relays took place over the weekend with some of the UK’s most established running clubs flocking to Caernarfon to start their 20-stage relays which finished in Cardiff’s Bute Park on Sunday afternoon. Sale Harriers defended their Open Men’s Team Title, finishing in 20 hours, 7 minutes and 51 seconds, over 51 minutes ahead of second placed Les Croupiers RC (20:59:48) and third placed Pontypridd Roadents AC (21:05:15). In the Women’s race it was Les Croupiers who took victory in 26:20:26, ahead of second placed Serpentine RC (26:35:52) and third placed Sale Harriers (26:50:18).
The Masters race was won by Swansea Harriers (23:28:49) ahead of Team Bath (24:01:49) and Chorlton (25:24:20). In the Business Houses category, Burges Salmon LLP took victory in 26:00:31, ahead of Environment Agency DEFRA (26:49:32) and Natural Resources Wales (28:23:07). Full Results can be found here