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Admiral Swansea Bay 2018: Powell, Clowes and Barnes take 10K titles...as Harriers enjoy road success! PDF Print E-mail
Written by Nathan Jones   
Sunday, 16 September 2018 17:35

 

Powell, Clowes and Barnes enjoyed comfortable category victories in today's main Admiral Swansea Bay 10K Road Race at St Helen's near the Mumbles, whilst juniors take centre stage in the 1K, 3K and 5K distances during the morning. Here's a round-up of the day as well as results link and more media features...

 

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On a grey and generally wet Sunday 16th September, the seafront in Swansea played host to a festival day of running as Admiral sponsored the Swansea Bay Races for the thirteenth consecutive year, returning in its normal Mid-September slot. Just over 3,000 seniors and a few hundred juniors took to the start line of their respective distances in the race that won at the UK Running Awards for being voted Best 10K in Wales in 2018 and have been nominated at the 2019 Running Awards too where they'll be hoping to be crowned Best 10K in the whole of the UK.

With plenty of interest as ever from locals and afar, there was plenty to enjoy as a fun day out for the whole family. Having been inspired by the World Athletics Championships in London as well as other editions of the Swansea edition in the past, it was evident this year that fun runners had inspired others to get their shoes on and get involved.

The 10K as well as the other activities took place along the beautiful and iconic sweep of Swansea Bay open to all abilities. The course has continued to be a firm favourite with both experienced and first time runners as thousands took to streets of the Bay. New personal bests was the aim for some while for others it was all about running in fancy dress to raise money for charity. The conditions were described as possibly one of the worse ever to run in, with driving rain and strong winds having returned towards the middle of the 10K after a dry interlude for the junior races and the 10K start itself.

Starting alongside St Helen's Rugby Ground, the first half of the course followed the road down to the picturesque Mumbles, before returning along the stunning Swansea promenade taking in its fast, flat surface and gorgeous scenery. The course finished through the iconic Slip Bridge towards the Cenotaph.

Race Commentators Ian Griffiths and John Griffiths did another great job, keeping athletes and spectators up to date and calling out participants' names as they passed the commentary box.

Selling out with at least a fortnight to go, A total of 3.401 runners completed the 10K course, with many doing it for the first time and others regularly on an annual basis since it began over 30 years ago.

As all runners' timing chips clocked as they crossed the mat, the mascot race featured local mascots running a 100m dash for fun on the main road. The winner was awarded prize money to give to their chosen charity and the race provided great entertainment for the spectators whilst they waited for the first running to cross the finish line some 200m away up on the bridge.

 

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Richie Powell, Matt Clowes and Ruth Barnes enjoyed comfortable victories to become 2018 champions respectively. Powell from Disability Sports Wales defended his wheelchair title from 2017 in style and enjoyed another sub 30 minute performance for 29:45.

Despite the efforts from race organisers, sadly no athletes from overseas were in attendance this year and this gave a number of Wales' endurance runners an opportunity to join a long list of race winners over the years. Cardiff AAC's Matt Clowes has been in excellent form recently coming runner up at the Swansea Half Marathon and the Cardiff 10K in recent months. Taking it out from the start, Clowes never looked back and passing half way at around 14-15 minutes, he went on to take a minute-and-a-half victory in a time of 29 minutes and 47 seconds, welcomed home by those watching on the sideline at the finishing gantry. Shortly after, the crowds were congratulating the women's champion which was Ruth Barnes crossing in 34:45, making the trip from Avon Valley Runners all worthwhile.

Following behind them were another 3,398 runners who all achieved their finishers' medal in difficult conditions. In amongst the thousands of runners taking on the familiar challenge included all the following from the Carmarthen Harriers club: David Jones broke the sub 40 minute mark as the first to finish (36:54); there was another good run from Trystan Leech who ran a quicker time by around two minutes from his previous performance last year (39:35); following them were the trio of Huw Davies (43:09); Cerys Davies (50:39) and Liz Davies (53:47) returning to the start again. Da Iawn!

 

As well as the main 10K, also returning was the popular junior races which started everything off during the morning as the seniors started to arrive for their pre race warm ups.

The 1K, 3K and 5K was a great introduction to running on the road. The first race of the day started at 10.45am with the two 1K races due to its popular turnout. The 7 years and under got their chance to run first alongside their parents before the older 8-11 old children took part with over 150 getting their opportunity to experience the race day atmosphere and collect their finishers medal.

Then just before lunchtime, the more competitive athletes got underway, first the 3K starting from down in Blackpill before finishing off with the 5K race, which set off from Oystermouth Square.

First to cross the finish line in each age group categories were the following: Rhys Jones (4:10); Hannah Grace Sullivan (4:34); Anna-Rose Merchant (3:21); Jenson Morris (3:31); Dafydd Jones (9:37); Ella Davis (11:19); Devin Coombes (16:48) and Ashleigh Willis (18:45).

The Harriers' endurance juniors turned out in force in particular the 3K start line at Blackpill. First to go before then, Lybbi Greatrick went off in the second 1K race - for 8 to 11 year olds. With a top half placing, she finished in a time of 4:49.

Moving onto the 3K and this is where we saw no fewer than eight setting off ranging in ages. After a close battle throughout between friends and training partners, Dafydd Jones and Frank Morgan comfortably finished in first and second positions with only a 2 second gap at the finish (9:37) and (9:39). Iwan Thomas (11:00) and Steffan Davies (11:16) were the fourth and fifth finishers overall before Amy Greatrick followed as the sixth girl in 12:01. After Rhys Jones took the 7yrs and under winning trophy home, his older brother Jac Jones was the next in alongside Liam Evans with 12:22 and 12:26. The eighth and final club athlete to collect her medal was Carys Wood, who ran into the top 10 gender result (12:45). Great efforts by all once again with plenty of event success over the years continuing this year!

 

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Another great edition of the Admiral Swansea Bay 10K this year. Llongyfarchiadau i bawb gymerodd rhan a diolch i'r gwirfoddolwyr ar noddwyr i gyd! Congratulations to all who took part and thanks to the volunteers and sponsors!

 

Admiral Swansea Bay 10K & Junior Races - Swansea Bay - Sunday 16 September - Age Group Results

Admiral 10K Race

Admiral 5K Race

Admiral 3K Race

Admiral 1K Race (8-11yrs)

Admiral 1K Race (7 & Under yrs)

Admiral 10K Wheelchair Race

 

For more Images & a full gallery album, go to the Carmarthen Harriers Athletics Club Facebook Page. There you'll be able to see a total of 120 photos by Nathan Jones and Harriers parents that was uploaded earlier this afternoon from out on the course and at the finish line https://www.facebook.com/CarmarthenHarriers/photos/?tab=album&album_id=879532258906738

For our Highlights from the day, go to the Carmarthen Harriers YouTube Page https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=l7Ca2A2ARlc

Photo-fit.net were on hand to capture every athlete who crossed the finishing line in all races. You'll be able to find all the photographs on their website in the coming days http://www.photo-fit.net/

To go to the Admiral Swansea Bay Results Page, go to http://www.swanseabay10k.com/results

For more details, past events and much more on this annual event, head over to the official event website http://www.swanseabay10k.com/ sponsored by the Admiral and Swansea Council along with Radio Partner Heart.

 

 

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Elsewhere over the weekend and recent days...

Triathlon Competition: Eva Edwards, Liam Edwards and Ifan Bowen represented Wales at the British Triathlon U20 Festival in Leicester with ages 11-19 taking part in individual and team events over the weekend in the Midlands.

Pumpsaint Half Marathon and Junior Race: Jake Lynock won the junior race with a time of 6:52, nearly a minute ahead. His younger sister was third overall but was first girl home in 7:04. In the 6.5 mile, Paul Lynock took the fourth spot in 57:55. And finally the Half Marathon on a damp afternoon in Pumpsaint...it was Wendy Price first to finish in the F35 category (1:43:24) and joining her in the same race was Dave Holland (2:10:31); Kate Parker (2:14:58) and Andrea Brabrook (2:52:09)

Menai Track & Field Open Meeting: Kacper Krawcewicz won silver in the under 13 boys shot put. His best throw was 8.31m.

World Championships: Emily Shaywer won a silver medal at the ISSF Shooting World Championships in Changwon taking individual and team silver in the target sprint.

 

Next Weekend's Main Website Report at www.carmarthenharriers.co.uk will come from Pembrey Country Park in Carmarthenshire, where the Welsh Athletics Road Relay Championships will take place on Saturday 22nd September.