Wales' top athletes will converge on the National Indoor Athletics Centre in Cardiff this weekend to battle it out at the Welsh Senior Indoor Championships. They’ll be joined by the best all round athletes from across Europe as the event hosts a Combined Events International match between Great Britain, France, Poland, Spain and the Czech Republic.
The fastest man in Wales, Sam Gordon [Cardiff AAC, Matt Elias], will be looking to kick start his indoor season over 60m as he aims to build towards a medal challenge at the European Indoor Championships in Glasgow in early March.
“I’m looking forward to having my first run of the season at my national championships this weekend - I’m hoping to open up with a good marker, so it sets me up well for the British champs and rest of the indoor season. I’ve been excited to race after the decent season I had last year. As long as I stay fit and healthy, I’m excited to see how I will perform” said Sam.
Fellow Welsh sprinter, Hannah Brier [Swansea Harriers, Glyn Hawkes] will also be looking to go even quicker, having opened her season with a 7.39 clocking over 60m just last week. “The Welsh Championships are a great opportunity for me to run in front of a home crowd” said Brier. “I’d like to go out there and have fun, and that’ll hopefully lead to a fast time. After a few difficult years with injury, I’d love to run a lifetime best over the 60m sprint again this indoor season”
She’ll have tough competition from Mica Moore, Shannon Malone and Mel Roberts with the women’s 60m set to be one of the closest track battles of the weekend.
The Combined events international will see Welsh Commonwealth Games Decathlete, Ben Gregory, who’s based in Loughborough, return to Cardiff to represent Great Britain. The British Team also includes rising heptathlon star Niamh Emerson, World U20 Champion in 2018.
Speaking about the prospect of representing Great Britain in front of a Welsh crowd, Gregory said “I know I’ll need to bring out my best performance this weekend, and I’m sure the whole support for the British team competing in the Combined Events International will be amazing.”
“I’m really looking forward to my first pentathlon in 2 years this weekend in Cardiff. It’ll be a great competition to compete in never mind watch with lots of amazing international athletes in!” commented Niamh Emerson.
The two-day event promises competitive action across both track and field events and will be available to watch live online at runjumpthrow.com, as well as in person with tickets costing just £4 on the day. Further information