Results Round Up From Sutton Park, Swansea x 2, Manchester & Elsewhere

ERRA National Road Relays, were held at Sutton Coldfield on Saturday 6th April where all of the UK’s top road running clubs were present. Swansea’s usual strong challenge for medals in the men’s 12-stage race at Sutton Park faltered this year in the face of unavailabilities caused largely by overseas training camps, so in the end a finishing spot of seventh out of more than 70 starters was a good effort. After a solid start on the always highly competitive first stage, the team gradually worked through the field to be 12th with two stages remaining. Phil Matthews then moved up to 10th and Liam Lloyd improved this to seventh with the clubs’ fastest short leg of the day. The standard was considerably higher than in recent years as shown by the fact that Swansea’s winning time in 2017 would have been good enough for only fourth this year. As ever Dewi Griffiths provided the star turn for the Harriers with the second fastest long leg of the day – 25-06 for the very tough 8.65k, just six seconds slower than Alex Yee and almost half-a-minute quicker than Andy Vernon. Result: 1 Leeds City AC 4 hours 12 minutes 21 seconds, 2 Bristol and West 4-14-33, 3 Aldershot, Farnham and District 4-14-39. 7 Swansea Harriers 4-20-59. Click here for the full team and individual splits and results.
 
The women’s six-stage was also of a much higher quality than in recent years, so sixth place was an excellent effort. The club lost Cari Hughes to injury and Sophie Harris to illness in the run-up to the race, but the team was still strong. Verity Ockenden, whose 29-45 in 2017was the fastest long leg of the day that year, ran 46 seconds quicker this year yet this was good enough for only fourth place (and fifth fastest of the day) on an opening leg packed with internationals. The team was never out of the top six, but such was the overall standard that there was never a serious challenge for medals, despite a brilliant effort by Caryl Jones on the fifth stage, when she ran fifth fastest short leg of the day. In fact the team ran 90 seconds quicker than when finishing second two years ago, which was an outstanding achievement. 
Result: 1 Leeds City AC 2-10-40, 2 Herne Hill Harriers 2-11-31, 3 Birchfield Harriers 2-12-06. 6 Swansea Harriers 2-14.51. Click here for the full team and individual splits and results.
 
Sunday 7th April was the Swansea Harriers Open meeting, there was a record 430 entries too. We hope all the athletes enjoyed in what for many was their first ever experience of competitive athletics. We would particularly like to thank all the volunteers who did not only an enormous amount of work on the day but also before and after the actual events, the day would not of happened without their support. Highlights included overall top performers from the club in each age group and discipline as follows;
 
U11G: Chloe Hartley-Green (2.02.56) 600m; Omolara Akinpelu (11.95) 75m; Eve Evans (7.63m) Javelin; Millie Pierce (3.17m) Long Jump and Isabelle Kelly (5.83m) Shot.
 
U11B: Charlie Hill (2.00.79) 600m; Henry Payne (11.66) 75m; Gethin Brown (6.92m) Javelin; Bobby Anderson (3.34m) Long Jump and Macsen Holland (6.58m) Shot. 
 
U13G: Zoe Strevens (12.68) 70m Hurdles; Kaitlyn Jones (2.43.83) 800m; Ffion Clarke (13.79) 100m; Olivia Mackey (1.33m) High Jump; Amy Beynon (2.10m) Pole Vault; Bethan Holley (4.07m) Long Jump and Lily Ford (9.55m) Shot & (15.60m) Javelin.
 
U13B: Reuben De Vall (13.55) 75m Hurdles; Oliver Patterson (2.32.28) 800m; David Ejimofor (13.26) 100m; James Llewllyn (1.32m) High Jump; Drew Dodd (4.33m) Long Jump; Theo Oshisanya (1.90m) Pole Vault; Nathaniel Osborne (7.09m) Shot and Harry Collins (17.29m) Javelin.
 
U15G: Katelyn Thomas (12.04) 75m Hurdles; Mai Davies (2.31.41) 800m; Chloe Simmonite (13.61) 100m; Millie Carter (2.90m) Pole Vault; Freya Morgan (1.40m) High Jump; Sarah Lyons (4.83m) Long Jump and Chloe Jones (9.20m) Shot & (30.39m) Javelin.
 
U15B: Christian Stones (15.03) 80m Hurdles; Tom Attwood (2.17.68) 800m; Marek Warzocha (12.79) 100m; George Snaith (43.41m) Javelin; William Trott (3.30m) Pole Vault; Jeremy Andrews (1.50m) High Jump; Freddie Webber (4.96m) Long Jump and Macsen Holland (8.95m) Shot.
 
U17W: Emily Collins (13.52) 80m Hurdles & (4.47m) Long Jump; Eve Bevan (2.49.53) 800m; U17W Danai Mugabe (13.17) 100m and Jamie Holland (36.57m) Javelin & (11.25m) Shot. 
 
U17M: Owain Clarke (15.52) 100m Hurdles; Miles Hill (2.16.63) 800m; Thomas Payne (11.25) 100m; Ryan Price (5.16m) Long Jump; Joshua Wilton (38.54m) Javelin; Addam Bowling (1.70m) High Jump and Oscar Dun (11.59m) Shot.
 
U20W: Bronwen Stratton-Thomas (10.45.66) 3000m and Rhian Evans (29.72m) Javelin & (9.83m) Shot. 
 
U20M: Jack Houghton (15.75) 110m Hurdles & (11.59) 100m and Ieuan Hosgood (4.11m) Pole Vault.
 
SW: Nia Palla (13.38) 100m; Emily Morris (1.50m) High Jump; Daphne Marler (1.58m) Long Jump and Catherine Collins (6.91m) Shot.
 
SM: Fynley Caudrey (16.01) 110m Hurdles; Callum Davies (11.22) 100m; Robin Wood (4.35m) Long Jump; Nathan James (58.24m) Javelin; Daniel Williams (1.70m) High Jump; 
 
Very well done to everyone who took part, click here for the full results.
 
Sunday 7th April was the Manchester Marathon where our top three men were Geoff Lewis (2.50.19); Raul Reismann (2.54.22) and John Moran (2.54.41) and in the Women Kelly Gipson was our sole representative running (3.53.55). Well done everyone, click here for the full results.
 
Monday 8th April was the annual West Glamorgan Primary Schools v Dyfed Primary Schools Inter County Cross Country Match returned to the Ashleigh Road Playing Fields for a successive year. Around a dozen schools league meetings took place throughout the past few months in West Glamorgan and Dyfed, and the finale all came down to the inter county match. Bronwen Stratton-Thomas was on hand to present the medals and to be the hare and lead the athletes around the University facility course and the leading runners made her work hard! The scores at the end of the match were close as they've ever been in the 40 year running of the match. In the girls the it was Dyfed (39) West Glamorgan (41) whilst in the boys, there were nothing to separate them with Dyfed and West Glamorgan scoring 41 points each. As a result, all twenty-three athletes who ran were given a medal for their efforts. Swansea Harriers athletes running were having a fine GOLD medal win was Libby Hale; 4th Chloe Hartley-Green and 17th Caitlin Morris. Whilst in the boys it was a great SILVER for Oliver Gillett followed home by 13th Callum Jones and 18th Charlie Hill. Click here for the full individual and team results. 
 
Meanwhile elsewhere……………. SM Ben Paris runs (22.24) over 200m at Loughborough; SM Rhodri Williams runs (56.19) over 400m Hurdles and U15G Ella Davies (2.28.62) over 800m both at Lee Valley, London; U15G Ella Davies also ran (5.11.19) for 1500m at Eton; U20M Kaya Cairney runs (11.1) for 100m and (22.6) 200m at Plymouth.