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July 28-29 Weekend Results Round-Up...as wet weather sees events affected PDF Print E-mail
Written by Nathan Jones   
Sunday, 29 July 2018 19:11

 

After several weeks of strong sunshine and warm temperatures across Wales, the breakdown came over the weekend with events affected at Swansea as well as the Melin Sospan Sizzler Middle Distance Triathlon event, which was postponed on Thursday due to the strong winds forecasted at Burry Port. The Welsh Athletics U20 International venue was the hosts for two final round league matches scheduled at the University Athletics Track in Sketty Lane.

Saturday 28th July / Dydd Sadwrn 28ain Gorffennaf was the fourth and final Louise Arthur League match for under 11, under 13 and under 15 athletes. The vests of Pembrokeshire Harriers, Swansea Harriers, Carmarthen Harriers, Neath Harriers, Brecon AC, Bridgend AC, Llanelli AC, Barry & Vale Harriers and Pontyclun AC were out on show. Numbers were lower than across the rest of the season at Carmarthen, Neath and Brecon due to the beginning of the summer holidays at around 300.

This match was not like the other three matches held this year but the complete opposite weather wise. Despite heavy rain early in the morning, the races did get going on time thanks to a spell of dry conditions before we saw the heavy showers kick in shortly after lunchtime, resulting in the pole vault and high jump heading indoors to use the fantastic facility that Swansea has to offer.

 

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As conditions worsened at the 75m & 800m point with the worse coming half way through the 800m programme, the meeting was correctly abandoned three and a half hours in at 14:30 as the rain came down, track surface started to disappear, winds picked up and spectators looked for cover. Described by many Swansea Harriers, it was the worse they had seen at the track with the inside two lane completely flooded at one point.

The correct decision...and one understood by all as the arena became dangerous. A big disappointment to all involved where many of the athletes did not get the opportunity to take part in an event at all.

 

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Thanks to the athletes, parents, team managers, coaches and officials for turning out on a difficult day and for their support from all clubs. Carmarthen Harriers were going very well up to the point when it stopped. Cressy and Hayley had managed to get a strong team of nearly 60 out to compete throughout the day. Many would have been used to these sort of conditions, with the league abandoned twice in Carmarthen over recent years for exactly the same problem!

 

Here's who we had due to run, jump and throw on Saturday...

UNDER 11 / O DAN 11: Beatrice Morgan, Soffia-Mai Davies, Casi Gregson, Ellie-May John, Jessica Norman, Martha Morgan, Luisa Reid-Thomas, Tom Williams, Cai Allen, Alex Coles, Jac Jones, James Sloyan, Llion Davies, Macsen Toogood, Liam Upton-Boorman, William Coles, Tristan Warrender, Daniel Warrender

UNDER 13 / O DAN 13: Mati Morgan, Milly John, Sophia Reid-Thomas, Megan Roberts, Keira Carmody, Amy Greatrick, Efa James, Carys Wood, Frances Mackie, Chloe Hale, Jessica Lee, Elen Williams, Cordelia Walker, Owain-Hari Davies, Dion James, Llew Vardill, Ellis Caddick, Charlie Price, Jack Thomas, Jake Lynock, Rogan Cox, Ifan Bowen, Iwan Thomas, Steffan Davies, Harri Howells, Eric Buck, Osian Roberts, Kacper Krawcewicz

UNDER 15 / O DAN 15: Sadie-May Mason, Bethany Davies, Lili Davies, Zara Evans, Hafwen Addis, Ellie Loweth, Tanwen Moon, Rosie McGrath, Nia Williams, Morgan Batten, Frank Morgan, Scott Price, Jac Davies

 

Elsewhere, up the M4 at Spytty Stadium, Newport the Louise Arthur League East Division match went ahead as normal with the East missing out on the worst it seems. Aberdare VAAC, Blaenau Gwent AC, Cardiff Archers, Cardiff AAC, Cwmbran Harriers, Hereford & County, Newport Harriers, Rhondda AC and Rhymney Valley AC went to the Newport venue and were able to complete all of the events scheduled. FULL RESULTS (NEWPORT)

At the end of the league campaign, all clubs will go forward to the cup and plate finals to be held this year at Swansea University track on 18th and 19th August. More details to follow for Sunday 19th August.

Partial Results

 

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With the heavy overnight rain continuing into Sunday 29th July / Dydd Sul 29fed Gorffennaf, the regional and promotion finals of the Youth Development League for Under 17 and Under 20 athletes 24 hours later was in doubt at one point, but the organisers were happy to go ahead with the Regional final at Newport to determine who made it through to the UK final in Bedford, whilst the Swansea match confirmed who would remain in the premier division in the 2019 season.

Heavy rain and a swirling wind greeted athletes from West Wales, Swansea Harriers, Team Gwent, Cheltenham & District Harriers, South & East Wales and Cardiff Archers early on Sunday morning with this resulting in the long jump, high jump and pole vault having moved indoors due to safety. Thankfully, the conditions did brighten up at times during the afternoon and the programme went on until 6pm.

It was a great team effort from the West Wales composite team who took victory with a total of over 600 points and secured their place in the top division again next year. They will be joined by home team Swansea Harriers, who were second and congratulations to Cardiff Archers, who get promoted to the premier division next year thanks to the third place overall. This could have not been possible without the efforts of all the athletes and the hard working team managers - Peter Walton, Rob Campion, Bethan Homer and Liz Rowland.

 

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Round-up by Carmarthen athletes: 14 members part of the successful West Wales team:

Six of the seven heading to the Celtic Games in Scotland next weekend were in Swansea preparing ahead of the trip up North. Ben Thomas' tatics in the under 20 men's 1500m worked to perfection as he strided away in the final 100m to take the win in 4:05:00. Later on in the afternoon just before the relays, he was the sole competitor in the under 20 men's 2,000m steeplechase with his fellow West Wales athletes cheering him on. This was great practice for Thomas who will jump over the barriers next Saturday

Alicia Samuel will be taking to the start line of the 100m in Grangemouth and stormed to victory in the under 20 women's race, this time clocking 12.46. Staying on the sprints, Iwan Glynn switched to 200m action in the YDL crossing the line in 23.66 by a comfortable margin.

Over at the indoor track where the jumps were held, we had Lili Church and Beca Roberts in high jump and triple jump competition at different ends of the venue. Church cleared 1.50m in the high jump whilst Roberts' best in the sand was 10.73m. The pair now look forward to the Scotland trip in a few days' time. Danielle Jones took part in the under 20 women's discipline and came away with 30.36m. It was also a busy day of field events for Elliot Burton, Scott Davies and Gruff Giles who picked up good points thanks to their performances. Burton's best was 4.93m in the long jump and 9.43m in the triple jump, 4.68m long jump and 10.07m shot put for Davies and Giles' results were 10.52m in the triple jump and 21.96m javelin respectively.

Lauryn Davey also had a good day claiming top three spots in both the long jump and high jump for under 20 women. It was a best of 1.50m in the high and 5.49m in the long on the day. Elsewhere back on the track, Trystan Leech battled well in an exciting 800m race for under 20 men (2:14:01), Rhys Homffray clocked 16.82 in the 100m Hurdles for under 17 men and Grace Page finished the 1500m steeplechase for women in 6:49:36. Finally, Archi Morgan ran neck to neck with a Cardiff Archer for the majority of the under 17 men's 1500m steeplechase before moving away in the final few metres to take 1st place (4:53:16)

Samuel, Davey, Giles, Glynn, Leech, Davies and Church ran a leg of the West Wales 4 x 100m and 4 x 400m team relays as the day drew to a close.

 

Youth Development League Promotion Match - Swansea 29/07/18 RESULTS CANLYNIADAU

 

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