Results Cardiff Cross Challenge & West Wales Indoor Athletics Championships

Sunday 20th January in very cold conditions many of the clubs endurance athletes were competing in the McCain UK Cross Challenge Series in Blackwier Fields, Cardiff against the UK's top off track athletes. The event featured a Celtic International for U17, U20 and U23 athletes, an inter-area match for senior's, schools invitation races and the Welsh University Cross Country Championships. Very many congratulations to those athletes who were selected to represent Wales; Olivia Gwynn and Lara Philippart in the U17W, Alaw Beynon-Thomas (SW), Jac Hopkins (U17M), Liam Lloyd (U20M), Dewi Griffiths & Josh Griffiths (U23M) and Phil Matthews (SM). Highlights included In the senior men Dewi Griffiths was the first Swansea athlete home in 6th, Phil Matthews was 15th and Joshua Griffiths 27th; Liam Lloyd had a great run for a podium place in the U20M for 3rd, Jonathan Tobin was 15th; in the U17M Jac Hopkins had his 3rd victory of the series where he sealed the series victory to make himself the McCain UK Cross Challenge Series overall Champion - well done Jac on a string of excellent performances, Ashley Hopkins was 41st; Corey McMurray was the only U15B in 57th, in the U13B our first 3 athletes home were Joseph Tobin in 11th followed by cousin Mark Tobin in 14th and Jacob Seal in 24th; Rhidian Jenkins was the only U11B in 42nd.

In the ladies races there was yet another string of excellent performances; In the seniors Andrea Whitcombe had a great run for 5th, Alaw Beynon-Thomas was 16th and Jemima Osborn 33rd; in the U17W with 4 finishers in the top 20 Olivia Gwynn had a brilliant run to finish 3rd closely followed by Lara Philippart in 5th, Elin Davies was 11th and Iona Evans in 20th; in the U15G Bethan Harris was 19th and Ffion Jenkins 55th; in the U13G on her own too was Chloe Hopkins in 15th and finally in the U11G Eluned King was the only Swansea athlete again but had an excellent run for 4th. Very well done to all those who participated Click here for the full results.

Sunday 20th January saw the 5th ever West Wales Indoor Athletics Championships at Swansea, whilst the distance athletes were outside in the cold at Cardiff the speed, jumps and throws athletes had the heaters on full blast in the indoor track at Swansea. It would appear the Olympics are still having a legacy, 2013 saw a record entry of 280 athletes and over 250 turned up on the day to make for an exiting and very long day of competition with the first event at 10am and the last finishing at 7.30pm. Special thanks must go to all the volunteers who gave up their free time to make the day a success it could not happen without your support, special thanks to Jo Davis, Nathan Jones and Dave Jessett who spent 3 hours setting up on the Saturday and extra special thanks to Jo who had the epic task of checking and typing up all the results, click here for all your volunteers WW Indoors Volunteers.xls

Very many congratulations to all those athletes who participated for many it was their first ever experience of competitive athletics. Click here for the full results. An update on championship records broken is to follow.

There were many many personal bests, finals made and medals won, too many to mention them all. Highlights included:

U11G Gold Medals: Caitlin Gwyther Long Jump (3.17m) and Lia Moruzzi-Jones Shot (5.40m).

U11B Gold Medals:  Rhys Piper Long Jump (3.16m).

U13G Gold Medals: Gabrielle Christmas 60m (8.8), Hannah Davies 60m Hurdles (10.1) & High Jump (1.38m) and Alana Rees Long Jump (4.01m).

U13B Gold Medals: Tomos Slade 60m Hurdles (11.0) and Jack Morris High Jump (1.20m).

U15G Gold Medals: Esther James Pole Vault (1.70m) and Rachel Jones Shot (8.97m).

U15B Gold Medals: Callum Davies 60m (7.5), Rhys Harris 60m Hurdles (9.1) & High Jump (1.40m), Osaze Aghedo Long Jump (5.08m) & Triple Jump (11.70m) and Rhys Davies Shot (11.78m).

U17W Gold Medals: Erin Walters High Jump (1.45m) & Long Jump (5.07m), Caitlin Atkins Pole Vault (3.00m), Ffion Walters Triple Jump (10.34m) and Emily Cockrill Shot (10.09m).

U17M Gold Medals: Michael Wilson 60m Hurdles (8.9), Miles Keller-Jenkins High Jump (1.90m), Joshua Hollisey-Mclean Pole Vault (3.60m), Samuel Rajesh Triple Jump (11.44m) and Rhys Gealy Shot (13.35m).

U20W Gold Medals: Catrin Jones 60m (8.2) & High Jump (1.65m) and Awen Rosser Shot (11.65m).

U20M Gold Medals: Aaron Willmott 60m Hurdles (9.6), Lewis Preece Pole Vault (4.05m) and Keiron Martin Long Jump (6.00m) & Triple Jump (12.63m).

SW Gold Medals: Donna Jones 60m (8.4) & Long Jump (5.15m).

SM Gold Medals: Ben Jenkins High Jump (1.90m) and Peter Roberts Shot (11.20m).