After a busy winter of indoor training, throwers of all abilities and ages were able to get back out on the runway and in the circle as their summer campaigns started in Johnstown on Thursday evening at a sunny Carmarthen Leisure Centre track. It saw the first of four 2018 Carmarthen Open Throws held, attracting a total of more than 30 athletes from Pembrokeshire Harriers, Carmarthen Harriers, Swansea Harriers, Cardiff Archers, Pontyclun AC, Cardiff AAC and Neath Harriers.
The throws open has now become a popular annual fixture on the Welsh Athletics calendar and has been going strong for 8 years with familiar faces coming back each month. Arranged by the Carmarthen Harriers’ javelin coach, Ralph Siggery, the under 13 plus competition gives young and senior athletes from clubs across South Wales and further afield the opportunity to improve on their personal power of 10 best performances.
The likes of Bethany Moule, James Tomlinson, Brett Morse and Aled Davies as well as a few Paralympic athletes are just some big names who have been regular attendees at the throws meetings and continue to be great models for the future generation.
With a big throw of 57.81m at Carmarthen and just missing out on the World Junior qualifier by only 19cm in the process, Pembrokeshire Harrier Tomlinson ahead of the fixture said: “There is a great atmosphere which allows you to relax and enjoy! It’s a great indicator early on to see what form you are in, especially if the sun is shining.”
Neath Harrier Moule got her season off to the perfect start at the beginning of the month, throwing a new Welsh under 17 record over 52 metres at the Swansea Harriers Open Meeting. She commented on the open throws: “I find the Carmarthen Throws extremely useful. The first open is very early on in the season and therefore it gives me a good indication of how well I’m performing and how effective my winter training has been. I really enjoy going there as it’s a very chilled out atmosphere. They allow great opportunities for throwers to get extra competitions and the officials are very helpful.”
Carmarthen Harriers Press & Media Officer Nathan Jones added: “It is pleasing to see the Carmarthen Open Throws Meetings still succeeding after several years. While it gives some of the more experienced seniors a practice path ahead of major competitions, for others in the junior age groups the event gives them the extra opportunity to improve their own goals and confidence in a friendly event, while gaining experience at the same time.”
“The club is grateful to the small army of regular volunteers who ensure that these sorts of events continue to go from strength and strength as well as the athletes themselves who attend. We’re always looking for more help!”
Future Carmarthen Open Throws Dates are: Thursday 24th May (Javelin & Shot); Thursday 28th June (Javelin & Hammer) and Thursday 26th July (Javelin & Discus). All athletes from clubs are welcome to attend with performances also being recorded on power of 10.
Full Results from the open throws evening on April 26th can be found here: http://www.carmarthenharriers.co.uk/images/PDF/Races/carmarthen_throws_meeting_results_april.pdf
Report & Images: Nathan Jones (Carmarthen Harriers)