Results Round Up From Swansea x 3, Manchester & Elsewhere

It was a very busy week for the volunteers behind the scenes in the club, with 3 home matches in 5 days, our thanks as ever to all our club volunteers to their efforts for our athletes;
 
Wednesday 25th July saw Welsh Athletics host an U20 International Athletics meeting at Swansea. There were teams taking part from Welsh Athletics, Welsh Schools, Ireland, Scotland and the three English regions (South, North & Midlands). What a great evenings athletics it was too, with most of the UK’s top U20 in action, it was most pleasing to such a large crowd turn out to watch and support Wales. Amongst them were several Swansea Harriers having a once in a lifetime chance to compete at their home track for their country.
Representing Wales were an impressive 12 athletes all performing superbly, 7th U20M Eli Onyewu (11.53) 100m & 4 x 100m; 6th Gabrielle Fakande (12.54) 100m & 3rd (25.47) 200m; 5th Ben Paris (22.36) 200m & 4 x 100m; 1st U20M Joseph Brier (47.73) 400m which was also a stadium record!; U20M 6th Elliot Lawrence (4.03.01) 1500m; 3rd U17W Ashleigh Willis (10.29.73) 3000m; 4th U20M Tomos Slade (14.77) 110m Hurdles & 6th (6.56m) Long Jump; 1st Lauren Williams (59.67) 400m Hurdles; 6th Iwan Beggs (1.88m) High Jump & 4 x 100m; 4th Ieuan Hosgood (3.90m) Pole Vault; 10th Michael Thompson Long Jump & 4 x 100m and Thomas Payne 4 x 100m. Also incorporated into the match were the Welsh Junior 3000m Championships where the club had just the 2 participants and both did extremely well running to medal winning performances; as well as gaining a Welsh vest running up and age group, in the same race Ashleigh Willis won U17W 3000m GOLD, followed closely across the line by U17W Caitlin Gwyther in BRONZE (10.42.32). Let’s hope to see more events like this out on the road, and hopefully more than a few of them at Swansea. Click here for the full results.
 
Saturday 28th July was the 4th and final round of the Welsh U11, U13 & U15 League again at home in Swansea. The decision was made to hold the event despite the weather, and it was the correct decision until 2.30pm when monsoon type conditions took over and match had to be abandoned. Congratulations and thanks should be made to all those athletes and officials who stood out in the weather until that point. No results are available to date, due to concerns raised over the number of appropriately UK Athletics qualified officials present in each event, as unfortunately was the case in round 3 at Brecon too. It was great to see so many volunteers helping out which is essential in supporting the qualified officials and we are very grateful for both. However for results to be validated there are minimum requirements that must be fulfilled in relation to UK Athletics qualified officials. Whether incentives or disincentives are given or not given to ALL clubs by the league for providing UK Athletics qualified officials, as happens in other junior leagues, the consequence is that the athletes miss out if these requirements are not fulfilled on their efforts being recognised. How do we find out what the requirements are we hear you ask, click here and scroll down to page 3, appendix 1, level 1 column Guidelines & Principles 2018 Competition Providers.pdf Hopefully in next weeks results round up, we can clarify which results will be validated. In the meantime for the league to continue to thrive, survive and be a worthwhile exercise, when you next see your club regardless of which club you are in promote an officials education qualification course consider signing on, or search one out here!
 
Sunday 29th July was the Youth Development League Promotion / Relegation match for the U17 & U20 teams held again at Swansea, in our third home match in 5 days! In what was an extremely closely fought match with team positions changing throughout the day, the team eventually finished up in an excellent 2nd place to ensure their survival in the premiership for another season. The weather again was wet and windy for all, with the exception of the jumpers who got to compete indoors. What a great turnout it was by the team despite missing over 20 athletes due to holidays and other events. What a team effort too, great credit and thanks must be given to the entire squad for giving their all for their team mates, mucking in in as many events as possible to ensure survival. Individually highlights included overall A string victories for:
U20M Eli Onyewu (22.93) 200m; Steffan Jones (51.00) 400m; Dominic Smith (9.16.59) 3000m; Tomos Slade (15.09) 110m Hurdles & (6.26m) Long Jump; Nicholas Williams (11.99m) Triple Jump; Ieuan Hosgood (4.01m) Pole Vault; Stephen Okopku, Tomos Slade, Dylan Parry & Eli Onyewu (43.91) 4 x 100m and an all time club record, well done boys!
U20W Gabrielle Fakande (25.59) 200m; Bronwen Stratton-Thomas (2.27.19) 800m and Caitlin Gwyther (4.55.16) 1500m. 
U17M Sam Fenwick (4.01m) Pole Vault and Dewi Williams, Steffan Jones, Cameron Ciaburri & Thomas Payne (47.05) 4 x 100m.
U17W Ashleigh Willis (11.01.15) 3000m.
 
The weekend of Saturday 28th & Sunday 29th July was the UK Inter Counties Track & Field Championships incorporating the England Athletics senior championships held at Sport City, Manchester where we had 5 representatives, highlights included 3 medal winning performances from; U20W Lauren Williams progressed all the way to the 400m Hurdles final winning the BRONZE in (61.00); a SILVER medal for Risqat Fabunmi-Alade (23.64) 200m; a second SILVER can from Hannah Brier (11.42) 100m SILVER. Also at Manchester were; Daniel Beadsley (10.76) 100m heat for 2nd & 7th 200m heat (22.09); Lemarl Freckleton who made it to the 200m final placing 8th (21.23) and Joseph Brier (21.78) in the same heat as Daniel for 4th place. Well done to all on some great results, click here for the full results.
 
Meanwhile elsewhere Sunday 29th July was the Tenby 10K where in very wet and windy conditions there was a fine win by well over 3 minutes from Joshua Griffiths in a time of (32.32); U20M Conor Smith runs (3.56.82) over 1500m at Traffod, SM Jonathan Hopkins runs (8.15.51) over 3000m at Cork, Ireland, U15G Ella Davies runs (2.28.5) over 800m and little sister Mai Davies (2.33.5) at Cheltenham.