Results Round Up From Sutton Coldfield, Swansea, Yate & Maldwyn

Saturday 8th April was a very special day for the club at the National Road Relays at Sutton Coldfield, it is a very rare event to win a team medal at these relays, which the club has done on a few occasions mind you! However to win two team medals on the same day has never happened before to us, and may never happen again with our Men winning team GOLD and our Women team SILVER!! To have so many great and talented athletes at this moment in time in endurance is testament not only to the runners but also their coaches and team managers supporting them fulfill their abilities! With the men winning the 12-stage race by the almost five minutes and the women finishing second in the six-stage race, on what was described by club president Barrie Owen as one of the greatest days in the history of the club.
 
Cardiff took an early lead, loading the front half of the race with their best runners, but Swansea caught their Welsh rivals on the sixth stage and took the lead through Danal Desta and from then on gradually moved away to win by more than a mile with Bristol and West second and Liverpool in third place. There was not a weak link in the Harriers team and some outstanding performances, notably Dewi Griffiths running the fastest long leg of the day for the second successive year and Kris Jones running the fourth fastest.
 
The women got off to a great start thanks to Verity Ockenden, who caught and then moved away from early leader Susan Partridge on the opening stage with a time that proved to be fastest of the day on the long leg. After dropping back to 10th on the second stage, the team battled back brilliantly with Alaw Beynon-Thomas making up two places on the last leg to move from fourth to second.
 
Here are your 18 superstars individual performances:
Men: 1st Swansea Harriers four hours 15 minutes 06 seconds; 2nd Bristol and West AC 4-19-55; 3rd Liverpool Harriers 4-20-51.
Long legs (1,3,5,7,9,11) Guy Smith 26-46, Phil Matthews 27-51, Dewi Griffiths 25-10, Angus Maclean 28-03, Kris Jones 25-59, Marc Hobbs 27-34.
Short legs (2,4,6,8,10,12) Christian Lovatt 15-17, Johnathan Tobin 15-16, Danal Desta 15-32, Jack Gooch 15-37, Daniel Rothwell 16-13, Liam Lloyd 15-48.
 
Women: 1st  Leeds AC 2 hours 12 minutes 44 seconds, 2nd Swansea Harriers 2-16-21, 3rd Winchester AC 2-16-35.
Long legs (1 and 4) Verity Ockenden 29-45, Caryl Jones 31-21.
Short (2,3,5,6) Helen Marshall 20-24, Kate Roberts 18-25, Andrea Whitcombe 17-51, Alaw Beynon-Thomas 18-35.
 
Many congratulations to them all from everyone at the club on such an outstanding team and individuals performances.
 
 
Sunday 9th April we hosted the Swansea Harriers open meeting, there was a huge entry of over 400 athletes. Firstly we would like to thank all those volunteers from all clubs who helped out and to all those other volunteers from the club who do hours and hours of preparation behind the scenes, without whose help the event would not happen. Unfortunately our starter was taken ill just before the first event, but we are glad to report he is now on the road to recovery. In addition the photo finish equipment would not work due to technical issues, our thanks to Derek Crowder for his huge efforts in repairing the equipment to get it working again. Unfortunately all those hurdles events, U11 75m and U13G 100m that had to be started on a whistle are not eligible for officially ratified events. Our sincere apologies for these issues, they were beyond our control, however you can see the athletes unofficial times here Swansea Harriers Open Meeting RESULTS 09-04-2017.pdf
 
Meanwhile elsewhere . . . 
Sunday 9th April at the Yate Sprints & Hurdles open meeting in a mixed 400m Hurdles race, U20M Rhys Harris crossed the line first in (57.42) just ahead of SW Caryl Granville in (58.55), Caryl also won the 100m Hurdles in (14.07). The same day at the Maldwyn Open SM Jos Jones won the 3000m (11.27.2) and SW Sian Swanson won the High Jump (1.55m).