Weekend Round-up - 2nd & 3rd June

Encontro Internacional de Lancamentos – Almada, Portugal – Saturday 2nd June

There were a number of strong performances from Wales’ young team of throwers at the Encontro Internacional Throws Competition in Portugal, where Wales competed against Spain, Portugal and Denmark in a four-nation competition. Jac Palmer (Cardiff AAC) and James Tomlinson (Pembrokeshire Harriers) and produced excellent performances, as Jac took victory in the Men’s Hammer Throw with a new personal best and Welsh u23 Record of 68.23m whilst James also threw a lifetime best in the Men’s Discus, gaining a World Junior Qualifying Standard of 58.57 in the process. There was also a lifetime best and Welsh Junior Outdoor Best Performance for Nicholas Young (Sale Harriers) who threw 17.22m to finish 2nd in the Men’s Shot Put, whilst Amber Simpson (Deeside AAC) also produced another strong set of throws as she finished 2nd with 56.68m in the Women’s Hammer Throw.

In addition, youthful duo Jay Morse (Cardiff AAC) and Bethany Moule (Neath) competed as guests in an u18 competition between Spain and Portugal in Abrantes, Portugal on Saturday afternoon, with Jay throwing a new lifetime best and European Youth Qualifying Standard of 57.44m and Bethany throwing 56.62m (500g) to finish 2nd in the Women’s Javelin.

Full results from the Encontro Internacional in Almada can be found here

Home Countries International Mountain Running Championships – Sedbergh – Saturday 2nd June

Wales’ Senior Men’s and Women’s teams both picked up medals at the Home Countries International Mountain Running Championships that took place in Sedbergh, Cumbria on Saturday afternoon. The men’s team picked up bronze is a highly competitive field, with Rob Samuel (Eryri) Wales’ top finisher in 20th place as the men pipped Ireland for a place on the podium by just one point. Wales women picked up silver, finishing second behind England with Heidi Davies finishing 3rd and Bronwen Jenkinson finishing 5th individually to help propel the team above the third placed Scottish team.

Results from Saturday’s British Championship and Home Countries Competition can be found here

World Masters Mountain Running Championships - Ratitovec Mountain, Slovenia - Saturday 2nd June

Andrew Davies (Stockport Harriers) was crowned World Master 35 Champion at the World Masters Mountain Running Championships which took place in Slovenia on Saturday. Davies, who finished 9th in Slovenia back in 2016 proved he was on top form after his Gold Coast Marathon two months ago, by taking victory on Ratitovec Mountain on Saturday afternoon. He also helped Great Britain's Men's team win the gold medal in the Men's 35 team category. 

British Athletics League Premiership – Cardiff – Saturday 2nd June

Cardiff AAC turned out a strong performance at their home match of the British Athletics League as they celebrated the club’s 50th anniversary on Saturday afternoon. They finished 6th overall with Swansea finishing in 8th place at the end of the second BAL fixture of the season. There were some standout individual performances at the meet, including a win for Brett Morse (Cardiff AAC) in the Men’s Discus (58.52m) as well as lifetime bests for Cardiff trio John Cove (1:51:36 – 800m), Harry Hillman (110m Hurdles – 15.93) and Chinua Ebereonwu (110m Hurdles – 15.47). There were also season’s best performances from Swansea’s Kris Jones (5k – 14.21), Jonathan Tobin (800m – 1:54:49) and Tyler Williams (200m – 22.27).

Full results can be found here

UK Women's League Premiership - Eton - Saturday 2nd June 

There were some standout individual performances from Swansea Harriers' Women's team at the UK Women's League Premiership match in Eton on Saturday. Hannah Brier recorded another season's best of 11.60 in the 100m, whilst Lauren Williams ran a new lifetime best of 59.62 in the 400m Hurdles. Mollie Courtney was victorious in the Women's 100m Hurdles in 13.57 as she helped Swansea to an 8th placed finish overall. 

Full results can be found here 

UK Women’s League Division 1 – Cardiff – Saturday 2nd June

Cardiff AAC’s Women produced an excellent performance at the UK Women’s League on Saturday afternoon as they took overall victory by a comfortable margin from second placed Shaftesbury Barnet Harriers. The team were led by Gold Coast duop Sally Peake and Becca Chapman, who took victory in the Pole Vault and Long Jump respectively to put some big points on the board. There were also notable victories for Charlotte Wingfield (200m), Ffion Price (1,500m) and Kiara Frizelle (1,500m B Race). The meet also saw many personal best performances from Cardiff’s youthful team, with the likes of Abigail Fisher, Lana Culliford, Lucy Marland, Megan Hodgson and Lauren Evans all recording new lifetime best marks.

Full results can be found here

IAAF World Challenge Meeting – Hengelo, Netherlands – Sunday 3rd June

Gold Coast duo Melissa Courtney (Poole AC) and David Omoregie (Cardiff AAC) both competed at the IAAF World Challenge Meeting in Hengelo on Sunday afternoon. Melissa finished 5th in the Women’s Mile as she clocked a season’s best of 4:27:29, whilst David finished 8th in the Men’s 110m Hurdles with a clocking of 13,88 in his first competition since competing in Australia back in April.

Cork City Marathon - Ireland - Sunday 3rd June 

Swansea's Rachel Davies finished 2nd at the Cork City Marathon on Sunday afternoon, running to a new personal best time of 3:02:20 and beating her previous marathon best by over 2 minutes. Her teammate Llinos Jones, also had an excellent race as she won the Women's V35 category, running 3:07:43.  

Bethany Moule and Jay Morse 

Wales' women's team at the Home Countries International Mountain Running Championships 

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