Unfortunately, many events fell foul of the weather last weekend as the Beast from the East forced many race cancellations, including the Welsh Athletics International and the Newport Half Marathon. Here is a round-up of the events and performers that survived the weather:
World Indoor Athletics Championships - Birmingham
Welsh 400 metre runner Owen Smith (Matt Elias) was part of British Athletics’ 4 x 400m relay squad at the World Indoor Athletics Championships in Birmingham. Smith ran the first leg of the relay in Saturday’s heat, splitting an excellent time of 46.5, before again running the first leg for the team in Sunday’s final where he split 46.7 to help guide the team to a 6th placed finish.
Big Half – London
Josh Griffiths (Carol Jones) and Charlotte Arter (Chris Jones) both produced fine performances at the Big Half in London on Sunday morning, as they ran to personal best performances over the 13.1 mile distance. Swansea Harriers athlete Griffiths finished 7th in the men’s race, equalling his personal best time of 1:05:18 as he continues his preparation for the marathon at the Commonwealth Games in just over a month’s time. Meanwhile, Cardiff AAC athlete Arter knocked almost two minutes off her half marathon personal best, as she ran to a 3rd place finish in the women’s race in a time of 1:11:31. Finishing shortly behind Arter was Caryl Jones (Swansea Harriers), who finished an excellent 5th in the women's race in a time of 1:13:28, as she continues her build-up to the Commonwealth Games marathon on the Gold Coast.
Benidorm Half Marathon
Another two members of Team Wales’ marathon team for the Gold Coast competed at the Benidorm Half Marathon on Sunday morning, as Andrew Davies (Stockport Harriers) and Elinor Kirk (Swansea Harriers) both ran out winners on Spain’s South coast. Davies won the men’s race in a time of 1:08:39, whilst Kirk won the women’s race in a time of 1:20:14, with both athletes using the race as preparation for their respective marathons at the Commonwealth Games in just over a month’s time.
Welsh athlete Charlie Hulson (Liverpool Harriers) continued his fine run of form as he ran out comfortable victor at the Chester 10k on Sunday morning. Hulson won the race in a time of 29:58, to follow up his fine performance at the Armagh 5k two weeks ago, where he finished 2nd in 14:00.
Anglesey Half Marathon
One event fortunate enough to survive the weekend weather in North Wales was the Anglesey Half Marathon. Rossendale Harriers athlete Callum Davidson won the men’s race in a time of 1:10:50, whilst Ilkley Harrier Lucy Williamson won the women’s race in a time of 1:24:04.