Results Round Up From Manchester x 2 & Wrexham.

Wednesday 16th August was the Manchester International where there were plenty of Swansea Harriers gaining home countries or Great Britain & Northern Ireland international vests. In the guest events Megan Stratton-Thomas was 18th in the 3000m walk (16.53.25) and Risqat Fabumni-Alade won her 100m race (11.70). Representing Wales Caryl Granville was 2nd in the 100m Hurdles (13.46) which would have been a club record had it not been for an illegal following wind, she also won the 400m Hurdles (57.91); in the same race gaining a Great Britain & Northern Ireland vest at U20 was Lauren Williams finishing in 5th (60.54); representing England was Verity Ockenden having a fine win over 3000m (9.10.70) which was also a lifetime best; Jonathan Hopkins representing Wales won the 3000m Steeplechase (8.49.25); Jonathan Tobin was 3rd in the mile for Wales (4.18.61); Osaze Aghedo gained a Great Britain & Northern Ireland U20 vest in the triple jump finishing 4th in (14.97m); Awen Rosser representing wales was 7th in the discus (42.53m) and Sian Swanson placed 6th in the Triple Jump (11.27m) representing Wales. In the relays Lauren & Caryl helped the Wales team to 3rd (3.44.40) as part of the 4 x 400m; Joseph Brier led of the Wales 4 x 400m to eventually finish 3rd (3.20.40). Very many congratulations to them all on some great results, especially all those who gained international calls up of many more to come we hope. Click here for the full results.
The weekend of Saturday 19th & Sunday 20th August was the Welsh U13 U15 U17 & U20 Junior Championships held at Wrexham. This is a key national championships, which was very sparsely attended by our clubs masses of junior members, nevertheless what we lacked in quantity we more than made up for with quality, with the following fantastic medal winning performances coming from:
13 GOLD: U20M Joseph Brier (49.94) 400m; U13G Tiffany Rees (2.27.15) 800m; U17M Tomos Slade (13.53) 100m Hurdles & (6.47m) Long Jump; U15G Carys Poole (11.96) 75m Hurdles; U13B Samuel Davies (1.45m) High Jump; it was the treble GOLD for U13G Chloe Jones in the (22.57m) Discus & (29.62m) Javelin & (9.20m) Shot; U15G Holly Cooper (31.58m) Discus; Evie Lawrence (2.60m) Pole Vault; U15B Thomas Payne (5.53m) Long Jump and U15B Dylan Ward (2.80m) Pole Vault.
10 SILVER: U13G Tiffany Rees (5.16.08) 1500m; U13G Ella Davies (2.31.33) 800m; U13B Samuel Davies (13.81) 75m Hurdles; U17M Iwan Beggs (1.80m) High Jump; U15G Jamie Holland (34.15m) Javelin; U17W Lara Spacey (42.39m) Hammer; U15G Carys Poole (5.15m) Long Jump; U17M Henry Gauntlett (50.47m) Javelin; U17M Ieuan Hosgood (3.70m) Pole Vault and U15B William Trott (2.80m) Pole Vault.
5 BRONZE: U17M Eli Onyewu (11.76) 100m; U20M Tyler Williams (11.80) 100m; U17W Caitlin Ward (2.70m) Pole Vault; U13B Samuel Davies (4.22m) Long Jump and U15B Noah Osborne (2.80m) Pole Vault.
Very well done and thanks to all those who made the long trip to Wrexham in the peak of the school holidays. We hope and expect next year a greater proportion of our 350+ current members across these junior age groups will be participating. There maybe a couple or more of our athletes looking at the results thinking “I could have had a medal in that”, but you’ve got to be in it to win it! Click here for the full results
In 2015 the team were promoted from division 3 to division 2; in 2016 the team were promoted from division 2 into division 1. Sunday 20th August was the 4th and final round in division 1 of the British Mens League held at Sport City Manchester. Going into the final round the team were well placed in 2nd in the league hoping to gain promotion to the Premier Division. It turned out to be a historic day for the club, the men finished a magnificent 3rd on the day and retained 2nd overall in the final league table, this meant they scraped into the Premier Division by the skin of their teeth = just 0.5 of a league point! The team are now into the Premier Division for the first time in the clubs history, back to back promotions is rare indeed for any club, never mind 3 in a row!!! Ably led by team manager David Jones the whole team showed great team spirit all season to achieve this incredible result, where next year just like our women’s team have been for several years they will now be up against the top 8 clubs in the UK!! This promotion was richly deserved in a team that had a real blend of experience with athletes such as Glyn Price, Peter Roberts and Peter Maitland who have represented us for a couple of decades plus a number of our U20 & U17 athletes who have come through the junior ranks of the club. Individual overall winning performances came from Dewi Griffiths won the 3000m A string (13.57.41) and Nathan James the Javelin A (60.34m) who were our only overall event winners on the day. Other highlights included 5000m B string wins for Kristian Jones (14.31.53) and Aaron Morgan (57.44) Javelin for A & B string doubles in both those events.
Well done boys on making it a great day for Swansea Harriers! Click here for the full results. Our thanks to all those athletes who represented the team across the 4 league fixtures it really is appreciated. It is a great accolade and reflection of all the hard work and teamwork that goes on in the club, from not only the athletes but their coaches, team managers as well as our club committee and officials. To have both senior teams in the highest division in the land is something to be proud of. Our next challenge like their counterparts in soccer is keeping them there!