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Weekend Round Up (11-12th June)

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13/06/2022 00:00, In Blog / Track & Field / Commonwealth Games /

Welsh Senior and U15 Championships

On a weekend full of fantastic performances, which included a personal track best for 10km race walker Heather Lewis and a victory for Hannah Brier in the women's 100m, it was the perfect opportunity to celebrate our 2022 Commonwealth Games Team.

A full round up of the weekend can be found here.

Some of our 2022 Commonwealth Games Team

(Photo by GlennSports)

AthletiCAGeneve EAP - World Athletics Continental Tour Bronze

Olympian Joe Brier (Swansea) made the trip to Geneva worthwhile as he set a massive personal best of 45.56 in the mens 400m to place third. This time was not only a European standard, but the fastest by a Welsh Man in 13 years!! We look forward to seeing Joe continue to strive at this summers Commonwealth Games.

Full results can be found here.

World Para Athletics Grand Prix, Paris

Olivia Breen (Portsmouth) who will be attending her third Commonwealth Games this summer ran a seasons best of 13.12 for fourth in the final of the Women’s T38 100m.

F44 Commonwealth Games athlete Harrison Walsh (Swansea) placed 3rd overall in the mixed classification discus, with a best throw of 54.50m, whilst in the T11 100m, James Ledger (DSW Para Academy) and his guide,, Makoyewas Kampengele, finished second in a time of 11.72s.

Full results from the event can be found here.

Watford BMC Grand Prix

Osian Perrin (Menai) continued his great form this season, running an U20 Welsh 5,000m record in the men’s 5,000m A race. In a race that doubled up as the U20 World Championships trials, his time of 13:49.26, was once again inside the standard for the World U20 Championships and his first place U20 finish within the race secured him a place on the team for the summer.

(Picture by Gary Mitchell)

Piers Copeland (Pontypridd) also ran a tactically astute race to win the men’s 1500m A race, using his signature kick over the last lap to win in a time of 3:40.22.

Other results from the night include :

M800 James Heneghan (Pontypridd) - 1:49.46 (8th)
W800 Rachel McClay (Bracknell) - 2:06.13 (6th)
W1500 Beth Kidger (Brighton) - 4:21.29 (11th)
M5000 Dafydd Jones (Carmarthen) - 14:29.27 (21st)
M5000 Larry Ryan (Cardiff) - 14:52.72 (10th)
W3000SC Kate Seary (Cardiff) - 10:12.53 (5th)

Full results can be found here.

Swansea Half Marathon

On a windy day in Swansea, Welsh Marathon Record Holder Natasha Cockram (Micky Morris Racing Team) took an emphatic victory in 72:48, setting a new course record in the process. Bound for this years Commonwealth Games, Natasha won by over two minutes ahead of Naomi Mitchell (75:11) and Danielle Nimmock (76:36).

In the men's race it was Omar Ahmed of Birchfield Harriers who won a close race in a time of 64:01, ahead of Phil Sesemann in 64:07 and Ollie Lockley in 64:31. 

Josh Griffiths (Swansea; 64:53), Andy Davies (Stockport; 65:12) and Dewi Griffiths (Swansea; 66:23), the latter who will also be making his way to compete for Team Wales in Birmingham this summer, were the best of the Welsh contingent, finishing in 4th, 5th and 6th respectively.

Full results can be found here.

Welsh Castle Relays

The Welsh Castle relays took place over 20 stages this weekend. Starting in Caerarfon and ending in Cardiff, the 209 mile route attracted countless runners and spectators. It was Swansea Harriers who came out on top this year, coving the distance in 19:16:16. Swansea man, Dewi Griffiths put in a strong showing for the team, taking down Martin Rees’ stage three record, running the mountain stage in 1:02:02.

He wasn’t the only man (or woman) to break a stage record as the following fell too:

  • Ben Harding (stage one) 51:07
  • Lauren Cooper (stage two) 1:02:46
  • Nicholas Barry and Alaw Beynon Thomas (stage seven) 56:23 and 1:06:42
  • Finley Hines (stage eight) 57:53
  • Sophie Wood and Paul Graham (stage ten) 1:17:55 and 1:09:54
  • Thomas Charles (stage 15) 1:04:41
  • Adam Bull and Kath Matthews (stage 16) 1:09:31 and 1:27:21
  • Dominic Smith and Ellen Mary Kearney (stage 17) 39:42 and 46:39
  • Nick Tulp (stage 18) 48:20
  • Emily Kearny (stage 20) 55:39

Full results can be found here.

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