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Written by Nathan Jones   
Sunday, 12 February 2017 21:18

Catch Up from the Welsh Senior Indoors, Cardiff Met Grand Prix, West Wales Endurance Day, Welsh Junior Indoors & Gwent League Cross Country...

 

Indoor Athletics has continued at the National Indoor Athletics Centre in Cardiff and 3 medals were won by Harriers members at the Welsh Senior Indoor Championships, which featured several of the big names in the sport such as Aled Sion Davies. William Edwards competed in the men's high jump and won his age group by clearing 2.04m. Silver went to Glen Elsdon who made it through the heats into the final and finished runner up to Cardiff's David Omoregie in a time of 8.26. The third medal of the day came in the shot put, as Danielle Jones in the under 17 women's competition continued her consistent form throwing a best throw of 10.53m which was enough to secure third position. Siwan Jones-Evans also competed in the under 15 girls 300m, finishing 2nd in her heat in 46.60 but just missing out on a place in the final race.

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Elsdon had further success in the hurdles as he clocked the fastest winning time in the Cardiff Met Grand Prix competition, this time crossing the line in 8.22 while later in the day he competed in the 60m final finishing fourth overall (6.98 seconds) Carmarthen won both the 1500 metres masters and open male races thanks to Kyran Roberts (3.51.50) and Paul Clarke (4.25.49) where he ran a blistering last 300 metres to pull back a 10 metre lead from a Newport athlete to win comfortably. Later in the afternoon, Jake Morgan won the gold in the masters men 400m. Both athletes are now in a good position to be considered for selection to represent Wales in the inter regional championships in London later in the month.

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West Wales Endurance squad athletes had a days training in Swansea on Saturday 4th February. With technical drills and a track and hill session a large number of Carmarthen Harriers benefitted from a good session as they looked forward to the Welsh Championships, British Cross Final and the Welsh Schools in the coming weeks to finish the cross country season.

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UK championships at Sheffield: Aled Price 60mH 8.53; Glen Elsdon 60mH 8.32

The Welsh Indoor Junior Championships took place at the National Indoor Athletics Centre in Cardiff, with nearly 600 athletes competing on 11th and 12th February to compete for the title of Welsh Champion.The four junior age groups all performed over the same weekend.

Only a couple entered the championships which was once again disappointing, however the number of medals won made up as the Harriers came home with a total of 5 - 3 gold and 2 bronze. Harriers run and jump for gold at Welsh Indoor championships

 

In an action packed weekend in the indoor Welsh Championship 3 Harriers struck gold to be Welsh Champions.
Frank Morgan had possibly the most comfortable win of the day, bettering his silver medal from last year his winning time of 4:47 gave him the 1500 metres gold by over 100 metres from his under 13 rivals. In doing so he moved top of the uk indoor rankings for his age.
Another outstanding performance was Lily Church who dominated the under 15 age group in the high jump. Jumping 1 metre 55 the bronze medalist from last year confirmed her position as one of the countries best. The teams form in the high jump then continued in sensational form with William Edwards once again passing 2 metres to win the under 20 men's title. To round of the jumps Olivia Haines made the podium to take Bronze in a best jump of 10 metres 17.
Finally in the 1500 metres for under 17s  Iestyn Williams ran a dogged race to stay in contention in a fiercely contested last lap to be rewarded with a bronze medal.
Other notable performances included under 13 athlete Sophia Reid Thomas who in the younger year of her age group qualified for the B final finishing 3rd in a blanket finish in a very quick 9.13 seconds. Zak Daly and Tomos Rees also had good runs in the 200m heat and 3000 metres.

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While the sprints, jumpers and throwers were inside, the cross country runners battled the bitterly cold wind and the wet at the fourth round of the Gwent Cross Country League at Newport on Sunday. The athletes who made the effort to attend did extremely well in difficult conditions on a new course for the Gwent League.

Full focus is now on Pembrey Country Park in a few weeks...the final race of the league year...and is being hosted by us! We hope to see all the endurance runners out at your home match at Llanelli on March 4th.

In the Novice Boys which started the programme, Ifan Bowen did not disappoint as he maintained his 2nd place finish. Iwan Thomas secured another top 10 finish and is on course for an individual medal. Jac Thomas 16th, Steffan Davies 38th and Jake Lynock in 56th competing in the same race scored valuable points for the team. There was another top 3 placing in the Under 13 boys category, this time being Liam Edwards who kept up the pace with the leading pack and he was closely followed behind by Dafydd Jones in 6th – both will now be eying an individual prize in a few weeks. The third scorer for the squad was Dafydd Thomas, who crossed the line in 21st position.

The Under 15 age group had five representatives – Archi Morgan was the first Harrier home in an improved 6th and supported him was Gareth Thompson in 12th and Casper Farquhar. In the girls, the ever reliable Eva Edwards and Maddie Morgan had good performances in 20th and 31st respectively.

In the older age groups, Ben Thomas continued his fine form running alongside talented English athletes in the U17s while in the seniors, Gordon Orme won his 70+ category with Gill Edwards and Lisa Forest also doing well in a large field.

The under 11 boys and under 13 boys teams are on course to win a team medal next month while the under 15 boys are also in with a good chance, currently just outside the top 3 in the standings.

The 5th and final round of the league for the first time in many years will be hosted by Carmarthen Harriers & West Wales, in conjunction with the County Council at Pembrey Country Park on Saturday 4th March. The league - formed in 1963 has continued across South Wales and South West England every year since then and attracts the best cross country runners from Wales and England.

At the Hoka one trail half marathon at Margam Park, Port Talbot, Sharon Leech was the first female home in 1.41.35