Results Round Up From Gold Coast Australia, Birmingham & Llanelli

The Commonwealth Games have come to a close and we all very proud of our Swansea Harriers athletes performances. Following on from Caryl Granvilles 400m Hurdles heat, she then placed 6th in her 100m Hurdles heat in a great time of (13.98); Jonathan Hopkins was agonisingly close to his lifetime best and club record in the 3000m steeplechase final finishing in 6th (8.34.12) just (0.09) off! On the final day of action in conditions and temperatures equivalent to running in a sauna Caryl Jones, Elinor Kirk and Joshua Griffiths all persevered in the Marathon, with Caryl placing the highest in 8th in a time of (2.43.58), Elinor was 15th in a time of (2.57.01) and in the mens Marathon Joshua placed 15th in (2.37.01)!! All of our fantastic 5 are now added to our all time “Hall Of Fame”.
Saturday 14th April was the National Mens 12 Stage and Womens 6 stage road relays held at Sutton Park, Birmingham. Swansea Harriers has a great tradition in this event regularly winning medals in both mens and womens races against the UKs top endurance clubs. The mens team travelled as defending champions and women as last year SILVER medalists. Despite both teams missing key runners due to injury and the Commonwealth Games, we once again showed what incredible strength in depth the club possesses with the mens winning team BRONZE and Women placing 13th!!
The mens team run alternating long and short legs, with Kristian Jones being fastest over the long leg (25.41), he was also the 2nd fastest across all clubs, and Guy Smith being 10th fastest across all clubs; and Marc Hobbs our fastest over the short leg (15.52). Making up the team were; Jack Gooch, Paul Tobin, Jonathan Tobin, Phil Matthews, Elliot Lawrence, Dominic Smith, Matthew Harvey, Daniel Rothwell and Matthew Rees – well done on such another great team performance!
The Womens team also run alternating long and short legs, Sian Edwards was our quickest over the long leg with a time of (31.50) and Cari Hughes quickest over the short leg (17.42) in fact she was 6th fastest across all clubs, the teams other runners were Kate Roberts, Hannah Munday, Sarah Worley and Jemima Osborn.  
Sunday 15th April in the Welsh Half & Full Great Marathons at Llanelli, from just over 400 athletes who completed the half distance, there was a superb and unexpected win in the ladies race by Catherina Rennie (1.30.05) in a lifetime best; who was followed across the line by Llinos Jones who joined her on the podium for individual BRONZE (1.39.01), Llinos was in a dip finish with Rachel Davies also (1.39.01) for 4th; Vanessa Harriagan had a great run too nipping into the 10th place in (1.43.40) and our 5th woman home was Emily Marchant in (1.44.12). In the Mens half Craig Jones had a great run for individual SILVER (1.22.24) and a lifetime best; Charles Walsh was in 5th (1.24.27); 28th Jonathan Foligno (1.37.21); 59th Gareth Sullivan (1.43.07) and Joseph Tucker making up our top 5 Men in 71st (1.44.18). We had just the two competitors in the full marathon distance with 137th Andrew Brawn (4.04.26) and Simon Coombes in 154th (4.12.01). Well done to everyone from the club who was in action.
Meanwhile elsewhere . . . . . . . MM40+ Brian Maher runs a lifetime best for 10K of (30.20) in Dublin.