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Coach & Athlete among the award winners at the 2018 Welsh Athletics Hall of Fame Dinner PDF Print E-mail
Written by Nathan Jones   
Thursday, 04 October 2018 07:19

Carmarthenshire's Kevin Evans, Dewi Griffiths and Rob Campion were in Cardiff on Saturday evening, picking up coach, athlete and RunWales awards at the 2018 Welsh Athletics Hall of Fame Dinner.

 

Welsh Athletics held its Hall of Fame Dinner last Saturday evening at the Hilton Hotel in Cardiff, and included a number of award categories to recognise contributions made by athletes, volunteers, clubs and officials in the sport of athletics. In this annual event that saw around 220 guests attend, over 20 individuals received their awards at the ceremony held before the main ceremony later on in the evening.

Carmarthen coach Kevin Evans and former Harrier Dewi Griffiths were again in attendance, whilst Llanelli's Rob Campion was a deserved winner in one of the RunWales categories. In addition, five were induced into the Hall Of Fame on another successful evening. The three Carmarthenshire recipients rewarded for their hard work and mentioned below. We continue to see Dewi train with Kevin at the track in Carmarthen on a regular basis and a great role model for the younger athletes watching on.

 

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Endurance Performance Coach of the Year: KEVIN EVANS

Having produced a host of International athletes over the last 25 plus years, Kevin has continued to excel as a coach of both club level and elite athletes alike.

His athletes have competed for both Wales and Great Britain in various disciplines within the sport including both Cross-Country and Track & Field. In the past having worked with the likes of Andreas Jones, Kevin has nurtured Dewi Griffiths (2018 Welsh Athletics Endurance Athlete of the Year) to some stellar performances in recent years. Under Kevin's guidance, Dewi has become one of the UK's leading endurance athletes having represented Great Britain at the World and European Cross-Country Championships and Team Wales at two consecutive Commonwealth Games.

After his impressive marathon debut (running 2:09) the Olympic Games in Tokyo 2020 must be firmly in both Dewi and Kevin's future plans.

 

Male Endurance Athlete of the Year: DEWI GRIFFITHS

This award goes to a man quite used to picking up accolades and titles having deservedly won this award over a number of years. Towards the end of 2017 he finished 7th at the Great North Run, clocking a lifetime best of 62:53 then went on to better that at the Cardiff University / Cardiff Half Marathon with a time of 61:33 finishing 4th in the process. His marathon debut was perhaps the most impressive performance of the latter half of 2017 running 2:09:49 to finish 5th at the Frankfurt Marathon.

Despite a spell out through injury, he has returned to form winning the 2018 Barry Island 10K, the 2018 British 10K Championships and just a few weeks ago the Cardiff 10K.

 

Group Leader of the Year: ROB CAMPION (DW Fitness First Llanelli)

Rob is a run leader for DW Fitness First Llanelli at Trostre and now regularly has 20-30 runners progressing from 5K to training runs of 5-6 miles, with five of the group members signed up for their first ever Half Marathon in Cardiff this year.

As well as committing to this group, Rob has volunteered with the "We Can Run" Llanelli group as they prepared for the Swansea Half Marathon in June and also coaches younger athletes at the Llanelli Athletics Club as well as being West Wales Athletics Team Manager. It is great that we can acknowledge his commitment to helping people in running and the difference he's made to people's lives by helping them achieve their personal goals.

 

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Congratulations to all three...Llongyfarchiadau i'r tri!

Pictures: Kevin & Dewi immediately after Griffiths' 2:09 run at the Frankfurt Marathon, and Rob Campion receiving the RunWales Leader Award last Saturday.