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Swansea University hosts the 2018 West Wales Indoor Athletics Championships... PDF Print E-mail
Written by Nathan Jones   
Sunday, 21 January 2018 23:33

One Region, One Venue, Two Days, Six Age Groups, Seven clubs, Seven Disciplines, nearly Three Hundred athletes...

Un Rhanbarth, Un Lleoliad, Dau Dydd, Chwech categori oedran, Saith clwb, Saith camp, bron i dri chant o athletwyr...


Following an action-packed first few weeks of the new year indoors which has seen the South & East Regional Championships take place in Cardiff as well as the North Wales Regional Championships up in Deeside 7 days ago, it was the turn of the West Wales athletes to have their chance to shine over the weekend (January 20-21), using the fantastic facilities at Swansea University sports campus.

 

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Ar ôl i'r rhanbarthau o'r de, dwyrain a'r gogledd cynnal eu pencampwriaethau rhanbarthol ar ddechrau'r flwyddyn, tro athletwyr y gorllewin roedd hi dros y penwythnos (Ionawr 20-21) wrth i bron i 300 o gystadleuwyr cymryd rhan ar y trac dan dô ym Mhrifysgol Abertawe.

Another big entry of just under 300 athletes entered the 2018 West Wales Indoor Athletics Championships held at Swansea University Indoor Athletics Track over the weekend of 20th and 21st of January, ready to battle it out with their local friends from the Swansea Harriers, Carmarthen Harriers, Pembrokeshire Harriers, Neath Harriers, Llanelli AC, Sarn Helen & Run4All Neath clubs. The championship was open to all age group - from the young under 11's perhaps making their first debut in an indoor competition to the experienced and elite under 17/20s and seniors, looking to impress ahead of other major upcoming races before the conclusion of the winter period.

On a rather wet, grey and windy weekend outside overlooking Swansea Bay, athletes, officials and spectators were thankful that all the action took place in the dry indoors without any disruption!!

 

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West Wales medals were awarded to the top three in each event and all age groups. Because of the growth in competitors over the past two years, the championship had been split into a two-day weekend to fit in all disciplines. To avoid a clash with the Vault Cardiff fixture which took place on the Sunday, the order of events swapped round in 2018 with the majority of the field events (jumps) on Saturday (long jump, triple jump, high jump and pole vault) and all track (60 metre sprint & 60 metre hurdles) and the shot put throw events on the Sunday between 12 midday and 17:30 on both days.

Sunday in particular attracted a large number of spectators to the venue to enjoy the sprint and hurdles age groups, with plenty of noise created on the sidelines. What an afternoon of racing they saw as the photofinish equipment came in very handy for several of the races thanks to some close finishes and the smallest of margins deciding on the medallists.

Around 25 of the Dyfed athletes had travelled to Swansea for the weekend's fixture. Carmarthen Harriers saw a handful of athletes enter, however each and every one gave a great account of themselves, results listed below: a total of 11 medals were won (7 gold, 2 silver and 2 bronze)

Ryan Thomas - Under 17 Men High Jump GOLD (1.55m)

Olivia Haines - Under 20 Women Triple Jump GOLD (9.87m)

James Sloyan - Under 11 Boys Long Jump (3.33m) & 60m sprint final (9.57)

Beca Roberts - Under 17 Women Long Jump BRONZE (4.73m), High Jump GOLD (1.50m) & 60m hurdles final SILVER (9.60)

Jessica Lee - Under 13 Girls Long Jump (4.07m)

Owain-Hari Davies - Under 13 Boys 60m sprint (9.41)

Megan Roberts - Under 13 Girls 60m sprint final SILVER (8.55)

Sophia Reid-Thomas - Under 13 Girls 60m sprint final BRONZE (8.69)

Thaia Davies - Under 15 Girls 60m sprint final (8.84)

Elen Williams - Under 13 Girls Shot GOLD (6.82m)

Nia Williams - Under 15 Girls Shot GOLD (9.27m)

Haydn Davies - Under 20 Men 60m hurdles GOLD (9.33)

Alicia Samuel - Under 20 Women 60m sprint final GOLD (7.78)

 

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The West Wales Championships could have not run without the help of the volunteers in front of and behind the scenes including Andrew Jenkins the Meeting Organiser, Donald Melrose the Officials Secretary, Derek Crowder Welsh Athletics and Andrew Lloyd-Hughes the Dyfed Network Officer, along with all the help from the track judges, timekeepers, starters, marksmen, field judges, photofinish, track staff, first aid and the mums/dads on administration and assist duties.

Well done to all those who competed at the Swansea University Indoor Athletics Track over the weekend, and now look forward to the outdoor championships at Neath in the middle of May as well as the number of other indoor and cross country fixtures still to come between now and the beginning of the track & field season!!

Before that, West Wales Region have organised their third and final regional endurance coaching day for the beginning of February. After fantastic first two sessions at Carmarthen and Swansea either side of the new year, the final session is planned for Saturday 3rd February at Swansea University. It is hoped that shorter day will be just as useful, led by Delyth Brown and Pete Freeman, giving the athletes the opportunity to train on parts of the course used for the Welsh Championships at the end of the month.

 

** Click here for all the results: FULL RESULTS from Saturday & Sunday **

** Ewch yma ar gyfer y canlyniadau i gyd: CANLYNIADAU LLAWN o Dydd Sadwrn a Dydd Sul **

 

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IN OTHER RESULTS / CANLYNIADAU ERAILL...

On Sunday 14th January at the National Indoor Athletics Centre, 5 athletes made their way to compete at the Cardiff Met University New Year Open Grand Prix 2. The day got started with Carys Jones jumping a clearance of 3.40m in the women's pole vault and was followed shortly after with two of the 800m men in action. Iestyn Williams was one of the heat winners with a time of 2:01:16 with Trystan Leech also part of the final heat crossing the line in 2:10:97. Alicia Samuel easily won her heat and was the 6th fastest going in the final but improved on this by coming 5th with a quick time of 7.85. The day finished off on a good note as William Edwards rounded off the day's programme with a best 2.05m in the men's high jump to win the age group.

Merthyr Mawr Re-Arranged Christmas Pudding Run 21st January - A fine third place for Sharon Leech in the vet female 35 + at the pudding run re-arranged to mid-January after the poor weather conditions called the event off just before Christmas.