Tuesday 2nd October, 2018
Jonny Hopkins (Swansea Harriers; Chris Jones) will represent Wales at this weekend’s Commonwealth Half Marathon Championships in Cardiff, after being called up to the team this week in place of Andrew Davies. Hopkins enjoyed another successful outdoor track season this year, highlighted by his 6th placed finish in the Men’s 3,000m Steeplechase Final at the Gold Coast Commonwealth Games.
Speaking about his call up to the Welsh team for Sunday’s race, Hopkins commented; “2018 has been a rollercoaster year for me with the high of the Commonwealth Games and the low of missing out on the European Championships. I’ve been back training about a month now, and I’m taking big steps forward every week. Representing Wales in the first ever Commonwealth Half Marathon on home soil was an opportunity I couldn’t pass up, and I can’t wait to get out there on Sunday and help the team as much as possible”.
After his brilliant run on the Gold Coast, the Swansea athlete’s great form continued as he stormed to victory at the Welsh 5k Championships in Whitchurch before clocking a new lifetime best of 8:30:52 in the 3,000m Steeplechase at the IFAM meeting in Oordegem, Belgium in late May.
With his sights firmly set on securing his place in Great Britain’s team at the European Athletics Championships, Hopkins travelled to the British Athletics Championships with high hopes, but it was to be heartbreak for the Bridgend-based athlete as he finished 4th – one place outside the qualifying positions for the European Championships.
He admits that missing out on the team was a major disappointment but appears to have used that setback as motivation for the year ahead. The Swansea Harrier was back in action on September 22nd at the Welsh Road Relays, where he secured the joint fastest leg along with teammate Josh Griffiths to help his team defend their welsh title from 2017. Hopkins will be keen to build on that form this weekend as he looks to help the welsh team to a strong performance in the inaugural Commonwealth Half Marathon Championship.