Weekend Round-up - 10th/11th March

European Throwing Cup – Leiria, Portugal

Sarah Omoregie (Cardiff AAC) threw a lifetime best of 15:09 to finish 7th in the u23 women’s shot put competition in Lieira. Omoregie saved her best until last as she launched a massive lifetime best throw in the 6th and final round to secure her 7th placed finish. Elsewhere, Jac Palmer (Adrian Palmer) finished 8th in the u23 men’s hammer competition with a throw of 64.85 in the final round, getting very close to his current season’s best of 64.90. Meanwhile, Bethan Rees (Cannock & Stafford) also finished 8th in the u23 women’s javelin competition with a season’s best effort of 44.08.

UK Inter-Counties – Prestwold Hall, Loughborough

Jake Heyward (James Thie) produced another excellent display, this time on the cross-country terrain as he finished 3rd in the u20 men’s race at Loughborough. Heyward, wo ran 3:43 over 1,500m indoors just a fortnight ago, was also crowned the overall winner of the UK Cross-challenge event. Matthew Willis of North Wales finished just behind the Cardiff man in 6th place with a fine performance of his own.

In the senior men’s race, Cardiff’s Welsh cross-country champion James Hunt finished in an excellent 6th place, whilst Welsh cross-country champion Bronwen Owen (Scarborough AC) was 18th in the senior women’s race. In the u17 women’s race, welsh schools senior girls’ champion Abi Fisher finished 15th for East Wales, whilst Mike Spill of North Wales finished 14th in the u15 boys race. Welsh schools’ junior girls champion Sami Jones, representing North Wales, also finished 14th in the u15 girls race.

England Athletics Combined Events Championships – Sheffield

Grace Morgan of Cardiff Archers was crowned Welsh u17 Pentathlon champion, as she surged to a new points lifetime best whilst also equalling her personal best in the hurdles along the way. Emilie Davies of Blaenau Gwent finished in 2nd with 3,082 points, whilst Cardiff Archers' Caitlyn Mapps finished 3rd with 3,029 points.

Cardiff AAC’s Ben Hillman was crowned Welsh champion in the u17 men’s Heptathlon with a points tally of 4,254. Hillman vaulted to a lifetime best of 3.26 in the Pole Vault and ran to a personal best of 2:50 in the 1,000m on his way to claiming gold. Adetokunbo Akanbi-Mortimer won the u15 boys’ Welsh title in the Pentathlon, whilst Carys Poole broke the u15 girls' Championship Record on her way to victory in the u15 girls’ Pentathlon. Poole scored a points tally of 3,004 points to break the Championship Record of 2,991 points that has been held since 2013. Gabby Dickinson (Cardiff AAC) and Ellie-Rose Isaac (Cardiff Archers) picked up silver and bronze respectively.

Lugano Trophy – Lugano, Italy

Bethan Davies stormed to number 2 on the UK All-time list for the 20km walk, with a superb time of 1:31:53 for 3rd place overall. Heather Lewis finished in 6th place, also gaining a personal best time of 1:36:15 and getting under the European Championships standard of 1:39 in the process. Both athletes will be delighted with their performances as they continue their build up to the 20km walk at the Commonwealth Games in just a few weeks’ time.

NCAA Division 1 Indoor Championships – College Station, Texas

Rhianwedd Price-Weimer finished an excellent 4th in the women’s mile in a season’s best time of 4:33. Price-Weimer finished 1st in her heat on Friday evening, clocking a time of 4:37 before following that up with a 4th place finish in Saturday’s final.

Inverness Half Marathon

Kris Jones (Swansea Harriers) produced another fine display to finish 2nd in a personal best time of 64:58, demolishing his previous best of 66:11 over the 13.1 mile distance.  

Wrexham Running Festival

Russell Bentley (Eryri) was the winner of the men’s 20 mile race in a time of 1:56:46, whilst Jennifer Houghton (Kirkby Milers) won the women’s 20 mile race in 2:22:53. The men’s half marathon race was won by Steven Bayton of Hallamshire in 67:41, whilst Becky Lewis was crowned the women’s half marathon champion with a time of 85:05. Martin Green (North Wales RR) was victorious in the men’s marathon in a time of 2:38:57, whilst the women’s marathon was won by Lindy-Lee Folscher in 3:11:50.

Barry 40 Mile and Marathon

Steve Way (Bournemouth AC) once again regained his title in the Barry 40 Mile race, finishing in a time of 4:13:24, with Nathan Flear (3M Gorseinon) finishing second in 4:41:26, and Steve Speirs (Les Croupiers) finishing 3rd in 4:57:46. The women’s 40 Mile race winner was Tracy Dean (Staffordshire Moorlands) in a time of 5:20. Meanwhile, men’s marathon winner was Grant Jeans in 3:00:06, with Lisa Cleary winning the women’s marathon in 3:35:34.

Sportshall Finals - Cwmbran

The Sportshall Welsh Regional Finals took place on Sunday at the Cwmbran Sports Centre. It was a clean sweep for the Powys teams who took victory in the u13 girls, u13 boys, u15 girls and u15 boys competitions, and they will now advance to the Sportshall UK Finals to be held at Sportcity, Manchester on the 14th and 15th of April.

Sarah Omoregie, Jac Palmer and Bethan Rees 

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