Results Round Up From Carmarthen, (Neath), Belguim, Bedford, Cheltenham, London & Manchester

Thursday 25th May was the monthly Carmarthen Harriers throws only open meeting, where highlights included overall winning performances from: U20M Nathan James (62.33m) Javelin; U15G Jamie Holland (28.69m) Javelin and U13B Thomas Gorvett (20.81m) Javelin. Well done to all those present, click here for the full results.
 
Saturday 27th May was round 2 of 4 in the Welsh U11, U13 & U15 Junior League at Neath. Unfortunately after an hour or so of the match getting underway, the relentless rain and wind made all field events unsafe and officials were unable to record any performances on the track or field events. After an initial postponement, a further meeting of all team managers and meeting director was held at 1pm and with great reluctance it was decided unanimously to abandon the meeting for the safety and welfare of all the athletes and officials. The weather did eventually clear some 2 hours later by which point everyone had gone home. The meeting will not be rescheduled due to fixture congestion. We would like to thank all the athletes, officials and team managers who tried their best to make the meeting happen, but the British Summertime weather won in the end.
 
Saturday 27th May saw a small contingent of Welsh athletes travel to the IFAM Grand Prix at Oordegem-Lede, BELGUIM, there were many top class athletes at the meeting including 4 from Swansea Harriers: SM Jonathan Tobin was 12th in the 1500m in (3.45.66) C race; big brother Paul Tobin was 13th in the E race (3.56.83) over 1500m; SW Caryl Granville was 2nd over 400m Hurdles (57.83); the main highlight was a new all time club record for Jonathan Hopkins over the 3000m Steeplechase setting a time of (8.34.03) and achieving a Commonwealth Games A standard in the process, congratulations Jonathan! Click here for the full results. For those juniors wandering how fast they would have to run, how far to throw or how high/long to jump when they’re older to compete for Wales in future Commonwealth Games this is where you can view the 2018 entry standards to be considered for selection. Will anyone be added to our Hall Of Fame in 2018?
 
Saturday 27th & Sunday 28th May was the England Athletics Senior & U20 Championships for Combined Events held at Bedford. U20M Michael Thompson was our sole representative placing a solid 11th and 2nd place for SILVER as a Welsh athlete, to amass a total of exactly 5000 points across the 10 events setting personal bests on route in the 110m Hurdles (16.38); High Jump (1.72m) and Discus (32.31m). Very well done Michael on completing what is arguably the hardest event in athletics! Click here for the full results.
 
Sunday 28th May was round 2 of 3 in the U17 & U20 Youth Development League at Cheltenham, unfortunately after the great result in round 1, the team finished a distant last in round 2 primarily due to a lack of competitors. Nevertheless our thanks to those present who made the effort to support their club and team mates, who all performed admirably competing in several events each. Highlights included overall winning performances from: U20M Rhys Harris (15.2) 110m Hurdles & (57.3) 400m Hurdles; U20M Nathan James (62.14m) Javelin; U20M Jordan Draisey, Joe Crosby, Rhys Harris & Callum Davies (44.5) 4 x 100m; U17M Tomos Slade (13.4) 100m Hurdles; U17M Nicholas Williams (6.12m) Long Jump; U17M Iwan Beggs (1.75m) High Jump and U17W Rhian Evans (11.43m) Shot. Click here for the full results. Swansea, Cheltenham and West Wales are now all on same match score in the league only separated by points scored, with Cheltenham on 1002, Swansea on 970 and West Wales 943. All hands on deck at Cardiff to try and avoid relegation on 25th June. Please make sure you support your club, it is only good for the development of all our athletes across all event disciplines that we compete against high level opposition in the top leagues.
 
Meanwhile elsewhere . . SM Daniel Beadsley sets a lifetime best of (10.95) for 100m and (22.27) 200m at Newham Open series in London on Monday 29th May, also at Newham was Joseph Brier setting a time of (47.84) for 400m. SM Guy Smith runs (3.48.02) over 1500m at the BMC Grand Prix at Manchester.
 
On the road Sunday 28th May was the Treforest 10K where Matthew Gurmin had a great run to place 10th in a time of (38.29) and Sian Phillips was 81st in (47.55). At the Great Manchester 10K Matthew Rees and David Wyeth (Chorlton Road Runners) were reunited after London with Matthew finishing in 57th (35.07) minus David this time who was just behind in 67th (35.39) and U23W Jemima Osborn set a time of (41.21).