U15 Welsh Championships report
16/08/2021 00:00, I Mewn Blog /
The 2021 Senior Welsh Championships incorporated the u15 Welsh Championships this year. Inspired by some of Wales’ top senior athletes, the u15’s put on a show of their own, with championship best performances, personal bests and great competitions.
One of the standout performers of the weekend was Joseph Berry (Newport Harriers), who not only claimed the sprint double, but set two CBP and two personal bests in the process. Stopping the clock in an impressive 11.11s (+0.9) Berry sliced 0.08s off Andrew Watkins previous record of 11.19s, set in 2001. Aron Tugwell (Cardiff Archers) matched the previous CBP in 11.19s to take second. It was the same 1-2 in the 200m, with Berry running 22.45s (+1.5), again taking Andrew Watkins CBP of 22.61s set in 2001. Again, Tugwell was just behind in 22.67s.
The girls 100m was another well matched race, with Scarlett Cargill (Newport Harriers) dipping for the win in 26.70s (+0.2), just ahead of Cerys Radcliffe (Newport Harriers) in 26.73.
Keeping with the impressive sprints, Cameron Eley (Newport Harriers) dominated the boys 80m hurdles, running his fastest ever time of 11.67s (+0.4) to take victory ahead of Osian Parry (Archers) in 13.06s. The girls equivalent was a much much closer affair, with Nia Powell (Archers) and Scarlett Cargill (Newport Harriers) both recording 12.0s to take joint 1st place.
With the sun shining down on Cardiff International Stadium, conditions were great for the throws and jumps, with many athletes taking full advantage of that. In the boys javelin, Lewie Jones (Swansea Harriers) threw a massive 50.04m to win by nearly 7 meters over Eurion John (Cardiff AAC). Jones’s throw was just 23cm off the CBP of 50.37m.
Obviously inspired by the presence of Pole Valut Olympic Bronze Medallist, Holly Bradshaw, taking part in the Senior competition, Amy Beynon (Swansea Harriers) set a new personal best of 2.90m, adding 10cm to her previous best. Over in the Shot Putt, Matilda Quick (Swansea Harriers) launched the it out to 10.86m to add 17cm to her personal best and claim the Welsh title, with Carys Morgan (Swansea Harriers) adding 25cm to her best, throwing 9.26m to claim second.
In a well attended girls long jump competition, Nia Powell (Archers) launched herself the furthest, recording a best jump of 4.85m, with Benjamin Parker (Aberdare Valley) jumping 6.10m to take the boys title.
Back on the track, Millie Gold (Cardiff AAC) ran away with the girls 3000m title, clocking an impressive time of 10:28.02, which was a new personal best and 21 seconds ahead of second place Mabli Phillips (Cardiff AAC), who was running her first ever 3000m. Kobe Beltran (Cardiff AAC) won the boys equivalent in a sub 10 minute clocking, recording 9:54.22, a new personal best by over 10 seconds.
The boys 1500m final was a close affair, with Henry Dawes (Newport Harriers) claiming top spot in a sprint finish, clocking 4:38.31, ahead of Aaron Warburton (Oswestry) in 4:38.51, with Beltran backing up his 3000m victory in third, stopping the clock at 4:39.24. Beca Haf Bown (Menai) made the long trip from North Wales worth it to claim victory in the girls 1500m, running 4:50.93, just outside her personal Best.
After his second place in the 1500m, Warburton crossed the line first in the 800m, running 2:16.84. Not to be outdone though, Haf Bown made it a double victory, repeating her 1500m win over the 800 too, clocking 2:20.88.
A big congratulations to all who participated over what was an incredible weekend of competition.