Results Round Up From Sutton Park & Cardiff

Saturday 7th October were the ERRA National road relays at Sutton Coldfield, Birmingham. Another great day for Swansea Harriers in the national six-stage relay at Sutton Park, where our men won GOLD comfortably and our women’s team finished third in the four-stage. This followed our success in April when we won GOLD in the men’s 12-stage easily and took SILVER in the women’s six-stage. Without question we are the dominant force in UK road running at this point in time.
Jonathan Tobin had a fine run on the opening leg, coming in 10th of the 89 starters, then team captain Marc Hobbs moved up to fifth. Johnathan Hopkins swept into the lead on the third stage, Jack Gooch stayed out in front, then on top form Joshua Griffiths and Dewi Griffiths opened up a huge gap on the final two legs, Dewi running comfortably the fastest time of the day.
Result: 1 Swansea Harriers 1 hour 45 minutes 16 seconds, 2 Tonbridge AC 1-46-30, 3 Lincoln Wellington AC 1-46-34. Swansea times in running order: Jonathan Tobin 17-37, Marc Hobbs 17.53, Jonathan Hopkins 17-30, Jack Gooch 18-10, Joshua Griffiths 17-26, Dewi Griffiths 16-40. Click here for the full results including our incomplete B team.
In the womens 4 stage, Cari Hughes, despite suffering from a heavy cold, had a wonderful debut for the club in the women’s race, coming in sixth on the opening leg. Sian Edwards, gradually returning after injury issues, slipped a couple of places, before Andrea Whitcombe pulled back to sixth. This set the scene for Verity Ockenden to run a magnificent last leg – the third fastest of the race – to pull up to third, though the new regulations meant she and her team-mates were not awarded medals, despite placing the outright 3rd team home.
Result: 1 Aldershot, Farnham and District 58 minutes 26 seconds, 2 Leeds AC 59-08, 3 Swansea Harriers 29-26. Swansea times: Cari Hughes 14-34, Sian Edwards 15-31, Andrea Whitcombe 15-09, Verity Ockenden 14-12. Click here for the full results including our incomplete B team.
We fielded just the one junior team this year, with a battling effort by our under-17 girls team enabled them to finish 11th in their race which was very good going as all three runners will still be eligible next year. Mollie Jones ran 14-25, followed by Beth Thomas 15-38 and Bronwen Stratton-Thomas with 14.45. Click here for the full results.
Saturday 7th October were the joint Welsh Schools & Welsh Athletics Indoor Combined Events Championships held at Cardiff. There was a small entry of just 9 athletes from the club this year, due to vast majority of our juniors only having had one week of training after the end of the outdoor season break, therefore choosing to give the championships a miss this year.
Harry Collins was our sole representative in the U14B quadrathlon placing 12th with a total of 314 points.
U14G quadrthathlon Sarah Lyons placed highest in 7th with a grand total of 1502 points, setting a personal best of 4.68m in the long jump just 10cm off the club record held since 1995; Jessica Wilcock placed 11th (1160 points).
In the U16 & U18 age groups results form the basis of selection for the combined events international in Glasgow in November:
U16B on his own was Sam Petherbridge placed 7th (2197 points).
U16G Carys Poole had a great win assuring her selection for Wales and a GOLD medal with a total of (3156 points), this magnificent total, if it can be reproduced in the summer the club record of 2806 points is in danger of being broken (the club only includes outdoor performances for club records); Jamie Holland had a great day too placing 6th (2632 points); and Emily Collins placed 21st (1673 points).
U18B also on his own was Ben Petherbridge placing 6th (2481 points). 
U18G another sole competitor was Josie Sivak in 5th (2963 points). 
Very well done to them all on such a great set of results so early in the year. Click here for the full results.