Results Round Up From Armagh, Sheffield, Birmingham & Llanelli

Thursday 15th February was the Armagh 5K & 3K international road races, where each year top fields of the best of British talent gather together to race in this great event. The higher level competition brought out the best in our senior mens team who won the inter club event element of the races! Highlights included our first 5 men home being 8th Jonathan Hopkins (14.05) a lifetime best; 11th Dewi Griffiths (14.07); 23rd Brian Maher (14.21) a lifetime best; 29th Jack Gooch (14.27) a lifetime best and 35th Guy Smith (14.29). The quality of the race was so high that 97 yes 97 athletes broke the 15 minute barrier!
In the ladies 3K Verity Ockenden was our sole representative having a superb run for a podium place in 3rd (9.14). Click here for the full results.
 
Friday 16th to Sunday 18th February were the British Universities Indoor Athletics Championships held at Sheffield. Some of our U20 & U23 athletes were selected to represent their university teams. Highlights included the following athletes setting great performances progressing all the way to the finals:
U23 Hannah Brier defended her championship title from 2017 with a GOLD medal run in the 60m final (7.40); U23M Leon Greenwood was 5th in the 200m (22.11); another GOLD medal came in the SW 200m from Bethany Close (24.35) and a PB; U20M Joseph Brier won a BRONZE in the 400m (48.49) and U23W Olivia Caesar placed 5th in the 400m (57.09); SW Chari Hawkins won SILVER in the 60m Hurdles (8.32) and a PB and matched this with another SILVER and PB in the Long Jump (6.00m)!; U20M Osaze Aghedo won Triple Jump SILVER with a best leap of (15.08); U23M Connor Laverty threw (11.59m) in the Shot final for 12th place and U23W Jade Brewster won Pole Vault BRONZE with a best jump of (3.60m). Very well done to everyone who took part, and to win 7 medals was a superb effort too, click here for the full results.
 
Saturday 17th to Sunday 18th February was the British Senior Indoor Athletics Championships incorporating the trials for the World Indoor Athletics Championships held at Birmingham. It was a shame that it clashed with the British Universities Championships as we would have had an even better representation of Swansea Harriers present. Nevertheless it was great to see four Swansea Harriers invited to compete against the very best seniors in the UK. SW Risqat Fabunmi-Alade ran brilliantly twice to make the 60m final placing 7th in (7.40) and made the 200m final too placing 6th in (24.49); SW Laura Maddox just missed out on a medal placing 4th in the 400m with a time of (54.13); U20W Mia Evans placed 6th in her heat of the 60m Hurdles (9.10) and U20W Megan Stratton-Thomas placed 7th in the 5000m walk in (27.55.39). Very many congratulations to all 4 on such great results, click here for the full results.
 
Sunday 18th February saw over 1,700 runners complete the Llanelli Half Marathon, and there was a good contingent of Swansea Harriers athletes taking part, over the flat fast course in misty conditions. Highlights included our first 5 men and 4 women home being as follows:
Men: 7th Will Munday (73.34) having a fine run to break into the top 10; 13th Matthew Rees (74.35); 25th Craig Jones (78.52); 37th John Moran (80.49) and a lifetime best and 43rd Alex Scott (82.29).
Women 1st Caryl Jones (74.22) one seventh of the magnificent seven, having a great victory as she prepares for the Commonwealth Games; 4th Alaw Beynon-Thomas (78.10) setting a lifetime best and just missing out on a podium place; 51st Vanessa Harrigan (1.43.5) and 77th Rebecca Bennett (1.48.4). Very well done to everyone who ran from the club, click here for the full results.