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Weekend Round Up (12th/13th Feb)

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14/02/2022 00:00, In Blog / Road / Cross Country / Track & Field / School News /

It has been another busy weekend, full of strong performances by a number of Welsh Athletes on the track, the roads and over the mud.

Welsh Schools National Cross Country Championships - Brecon 

It was another busy weekend for Wales's junior athletes as many took to the mud for the Welsh Schools National Cross Country Championships! Held in Penlan Arena, Brecon, the challenging course made for a great day of racing, with many battling it out to gain a place on the Welsh Schools Cross Country Team which will go on to compete at the SIAB Cross Country International in Pembrey on Saturday 26th March 2022. The first 6 in the Junior and Middle races automaticlly secured their place on the team!

The top three results from each age group are as follows:

Place Year 7 Girls Year 7 Boys
1st Bryony Boyce (Cardiff & the Vale)         Tom Garrod (South East Wales)
2nd Heather Watson (North East Wales) Finlay Burns (Cardiff & the Vale)
3rd Alys Grant (Cardiff & the Vale) Osian Emmerson (Cardiff & the Vale)
Place Junior Girls Junior Boys
1st Libby Hale (Afan Nedd Tawe)             Joshua Sanders (Cardiff & the Vale)
2nd Millie Gold (Cardiff & the Vale) Miguel Jenkins (Eryri)
3rd Ruby Herdman (Powys)        Harry Turner (Cardiff & the Vale)
Place Middle Girls Middle Boys
1st Beca Bown (Eryri) Iwan Thomas (Dyfed)
2nd Milly Hannant (North East Wales) Aled Breeze (Powys)
3rd Cara Scott (Eryri) Henry Evans (South East Wales)
Place Senior Girls Senior Boys
1st Moli Lyons (Cardiff & the Vale)          Rhys Hardman (Cardiff & the Vale)
2nd Lottie Pleasenat (Eryri) Deri Mccluskey (Powys)
3rd Elin Griffiths (South East Wales) Rhys Llewelyn (Dyfed)

Full results can be found here

PUL5KM - Battersea Park

Welsh Athletics sent a strong team of athletes down to London to compete in a fast 5km. There was a fantastic set of performances, with highlights coming from the Senior Women’s race, where Charlotte Arter (Cardiff), Cari Hughes (Cardiff) and Beth Kidger (Brighton) packed incredibly strongly, all crossing the line within 2 seconds of each other, in 15:56, 15:57, 15:57. A great return to racing for Charlotte, a PB for Cari and a PB for Beth.

In the mens race Michael Ward (Cardiff) placed a fantastic 2nd in a time of 13:54, a 36 second improvement on his previous best, whilst Ieuan Thomas (Cardiff) ran 14:09, just 3 seconds outside of his personal best to place 17th overall. Jonathan Hopkins (Swansea) was 30th, running 14:18. 

Full results can be found here

Lilac Grand Prix and the BU Valentine Invite  - USA

Jake Heyward (Cardiff) and Jenny Nesbitt (Cardiff) both set New Welsh Records over 3,000m indoors and 5,000m indoors. Read more about it here.

Lilac Grand Prix results here.

BU Valentines results here.

BMC Indoor Race - Lee Valley

James Heneghan (Cardiff) run a strong 800m race finishing in second place in 1:49.69 whilst Kate Seary (Cardiff) finished in 3rd place in the Women's 3,000m in 9:28.40.

Full results can be found here

World Athletics Indoor Tour Silver - Metz, France

Jeremiah Azu (Cardiff) once again produced another consistent result, posting a time of 6.61s in the 60m, winning his heat.

Full results here.

England Athletics Championships - Sheffield

Nell Desir (Cardiff Archers) started where she left off from the Welsh U15 Indoor Championships the other week, moving up a place to 5th on the UK All Time U15 60m rankings, winning her race in 7.51s. Aliyah Afolabi (Cardiff Archers) also set a personal best in second place, recording a time of 25.68s. In the longer sprint event, U17 Chloe Farmer (Cardiff Archers) ran a fantstic personal best of 41.72s to take 3rd.

In the U17 mens 60m hurdle final, Iolo Grant (Cardiff Archers) came 8th clocking 8.73s. In the U15 boys equivalent Luca Phillips (Cardiff Archers) came 7th in 9.51s. On the girls side, U17 Sophie Lisk (Cardiff Archers) just missed out on a medal, placing 4th in 8.72s. 

In the U17 girls 1,500 Ceri Griffiths (Newport Harriers) ran 4:51.94 to return home with a strong victory!

In the U17 mens high jump, Osian Roberts (Carmarthen) placed 2nd, clearing a height of 1.91m, whilst U15 Luca Phillps came 7th, clearning a height of 1.55m. Aharon Graham Mulvaney (Cardiff) had the best performance of his life in the U17 mens pole vault, clearing 3.85m, good enough of 2nd. Harry Newton (Swansea) also set a seasons best, clearing 3.70m to come 5th. In the U17 womens long jump, Jessic Lee (Carmarthen) had another strong performance, leaping 6.56m to place 2nd. Luca Phillips was back in action again, this time in the long jump, taking home another medal, and a personal best of 5.80m to come third!

Full results here.

Llandudno Nick Beer 10km 

The annual event returned this year to see wins from Daniel Kashi of Sale Harriers in 32:55 and Sarah Willhoit of Shrewsbury AC in 35:35.

Full results can be found here.

Cardiff 20/20

Using Cardiff's beautiful Pontcanna Fields and the wonderful Taff Trail, the Cardiff 20/10 was won by Michael Young (West Chesire) and Debbie Rees (Cardiff) and Gary Brown (Penarth and Dinas Runners) Anna Hurley (Cornelly Striders). 

Top Mens Results 

10 Mile 20 Mile 
Michael Young (West Chesire) 54:23  Gart Brown (Penarth and Dinas Runners) 2:10.07
Owain Morris (Les Croupiers) 54:48 Paul Morton (Penarth and Dinas Runners) 2:11.22
Cory Sherwin (Forest Of Dean) 56:14

Craig Blake (CDF Runners) 2:11.37

Top Womens Results

10 Mile 20 Mile
Debbie Rees (Cardiff) 1:06.12 Anna Hurley (Cornelly Striders) 2:43.43
Stephanie Davies (Pontypridd) 1:15.26 Justine Dawkins (Cornelly Striders) 2:43.45
Nicola Guy 1:22.25 Sarah Bennett (PD Fitness) 2:45.38

Full results can be found here