Catch Up from an Action-Packed Weekend at Cardiff & Ammanford: 13th-14th July 2019 Print
Written by Nathan Jones   
Sunday, 14 July 2019 17:03

Sunday 14th July 2019 / Dydd Sul 14eg Gorffennaf 2019

Round-Up & Event Photos from a busy mid-July weekend (13-14th July), as the 102nd Welsh Athletics Senior Championships returned to Leckwith in Cardiff whilst there was another record-breaking turnout down West at the Ammanford 10K Road Race on Sunday Morning...

RESULTS LINKS:

Saturday 13th July & Sunday 14th July - Welsh Athletics Senior Track & Field Championships (Cardiff)

Sunday 14th July - Ammanford 10K Road Race incorporating West Wales 10K Championships (Ammanford)

 

 

 

CARDIFF / CAERDYDD: Welsh Athletics Senior Track & Field Championships 2019

It was all eyes on the Welsh Capital over the weekend as many of the top athletes in our sport went head to head in the 102nd running of the Welsh Athletics Senior Track & Field Championships 2019, a week after Welsh Schools' youngsters were out on show in the National Championships. It took place at the Cardiff International Sports Stadium in Leckwith on Saturday 13th July & Sunday 14th July and was great preparation for the handful who will be in SIAB next weekend.

After around 400 top under 13, under 15, under 17 and under 20 Welsh juniors took to the spotlight in the Junior Championships at Queensway Stadium in Wrexham on 15-16 June, attention turned to the Seniors, all looking to claim Welsh Championship medals and compete for the title of Welsh Champion.

Over two consecutive days, totalling around ten hours of competition and featuring many of Wales' present stars, almost 400 of Wales' top senior athletes enjoyed great conditions in the Welsh Capital. Online viewers back home were able to watch what was happening thanks to the Vinco Sport Online Live Feed and commentary on offer.

Saturday saw the first fourteen events consisting of heats and finals kick off the weekend in style featuring the 200m heats, 400m heats, 800m, 3000m S/C, 5000m, Discus, Pole Vault, High Jump, Triple Jump and Javelin). The remainder on both track and field was held over a six hours programme on the Sunday which included the 100m Sprint, Distance, Sprint and Distance Hurdles, Steeplechase, Field Disciplines and the Under 13 and Under 15 4 x 100m club relays which was open again to Welsh clubs to get involved.

In addition to the full programme of Senior age groups, the weekend also saw the remaining selected Under 15 boys and girls' disciplines. The 100m, 200m, 300m, 1500m, Hammer, Shot and Javelin were the seven events left to be completed on Day 2 of the Senior Championships.

Carmarthen Harriers Athletes won eleven medals at the Junior Championships in Wrexham last month with many of those competing there heading to Cardiff; with the majority taking part on Day 2 of the Championships. Full Results at Cardiff International Sports Stadium, Leckwith where four medals were added to the collection:

SM Lewis Evans - 100m Heats (11.20) & 200m Heats (22.82)

U15G Jessica Lee - 200m Heat (27.20), Final (25.67 SILVER)

U15B Oliver Moruzzi - 100m Heat (12.12), Final (12.31)

U15B Frank Morgan - 1500m (4.16.04 GOLD)

U15B Jack Thomas - 1500m (4.54.81)

U15G Amy Greatrick - 1500m (5.17.86)

U15G Cordelia Walker - Javelin (32.28m GOLD)

U15G 4 x 100m Relay - Thaia Davies, Zara Evans, Bethany Davies, Jessica Lee (52.27 BRONZE)

 

AMMANFORD / RHYDAMAN: Ammanford 10K Road Race 2019 incorporating West Wales 10K Road Running Championships

Following on from the very successful Ammanford Junior Fun Run Races at Amman Valley Leisure Centre on Wednesday 5th June where 375 youngsters attended from reception to secondary year 7 and 8, Ammanford Town Centre, located in Carmarthenshire hosted a second big running event in the space of a month on Sunday. It was the turn of the seniors event where a total of 288 runners participated in the Annual Ammanford 10K Race as the road running season continued in the Amman Valley.

Yn dilyn Rasys Hwyl Plant Rhydaman llwyddiannus yng Nghanolfan Hamdden Dyffryn Aman ar Nos Fercher, 5ed o Fehefin lle daeth 375 bryd hynny, cynhaliodd Tref Rhydaman, a leolir yn Sir Gaerfyrddin ail ddigwyddiad mawr yn ystod y mis dwethaf Dydd Sul. Tro'r rhedwyr hyn oedd hi wrth i 288 o rhedwyr gymryd rhan yn Ras 10K Flynyddol Rhydaman wrth i'r tymor redeg heol barhau yn Nyffryn Aman.

 

 

 

RECORD-BREAKING EVENT / DIGWYDDIAD YN TORRI RECORD

The ever-popular race, which has now become a local favourite on the Welsh Athletics calendar, was on open roads with 288 finishing to confirm its biggest field ever since being introduced. Starting and finishing at a new location this year at 10am, it took runners on a scenic route starting on the Recreation Ground field and passing the Bonllwyn Green and surrounding areas.

On reaching the half way mark at Llandybie and Bleanau runners returned down the country lanes via Aberlash. At the 8K point, runners re-joined the main road and re-traced their steps back to the finish line on the rugby club field, where family and friends were waiting to cheer them on.

Entries could be done online this year for the second time and over 200 of those took advantage in signing up as early as possible. With on the day entries also available, it was a great occasion as athletes of all ages from the 17 year olds right up to the veteran 60 descended on Ammanford Recreation Ground on a warm morning with temperatures around eighteen degrees celcius.

Organised and assisted by officers and members of Amman Valley Harriers Athletics Club, the event was sponsored in 2019 by Ammanford Lions Club, Llys Cennen Solicitors and Brecon Carreg.

Rhian Thomas, President of Ammanford Lions who sponsored the event and also presented trophies added: "We were very pleased to sponsor the Ammanford 10K Run once again this year. The event gets bigger every year and this year the turnout has been fantastic. We are proud to be a part of the race."

It was a route that suited novice and club runners alike and it was great to see participants of all ages and abilities getting involved in an event which has continued to go from strength to strength for more than 20 years. Every finisher received their finishers medal from members of Ammanford Lions as well as a bottle of water provided by Brecon Carreg.

Among those running were members and supporters of Ammanford AFC, who were all running to raise money for the Jac Lewis Foundation and collected over £1,000 in total.

The prize money was kindly sponsored by Llys Cennen Solicitors with age group trophies up for grabs in several categories from open male & female through F35, M40, F45 and M50 up to the F55 and M60, meaning everyone had something to play for. In addition, the winning male and female team trophies were also presented with three per team counting.

After participants were congratulated over the line, the rugby club was open following the conclusion of the race for runners and spectators to join together for drinks and snacks in a friendly atmosphere. A great crowd stayed on to applaud those who were presented with an award.

For the second year in succession, the Ammanford 10K incorporated the popular West Wales 10K Road Running Championships where regional medals were presented to those who occupied first, second and third in the various categories. It attracted a good number of club athletes in particular to this element from Llanelli AC, Neath Harriers, Swansea Harriers, 3Ms Gorseinon RR, Amman Valley Harriers, Port Talbot Harriers, Pembrokeshire Harriers, Sarn Helen, TROTS, Carmarthen Harriers, Run4All Neath, Celtic Tri and Sospan Road Runners.

The West Wales Gold medals on the day went to David Keenan (Senior Male), Mark Horsman (M40), Steve Smith (M50), Alan Davies (M60), Alaw Beynon-Thomas (Senior Women), Wendy Price (F35), Nina Brocklebank (F45) and Lindy Eynon (F55)

 

 

KEENAN & BEYNON-THOMAS WIN 2019 AMMANFORD TITLES / KEENAN A BEYNON-THOMAS YN ENNILL TEITLAU RHYDAMAN 2019

Llanelli AC club seniors dominated the front end of the field with eight out of the first fifteen placings occupied by the Llanelli team. David Keenan, fourth in 2018's event crossed as the winner in a time of 35 minutes and 20 seconds with an eight-second victory. Finishing in runner-up and third place were club mates Dean Summers (35:28) and Nicholas Sheehan (35:39) to make it a clean sweep of individual awards and collect West Wales medals in the process. Mark Harrison came in to the finish in fourth position (36:05).

Commenting on victory, Keenan said: "I was very happy with my performance and it was great to see everyone enjoying from first place right down to the end. After a close first 6K, I managed to pull away on the downhill section and felt comfortable throughout. The organisation of the event was brilliant and the new route at the start in my opinion was a big improvement. Well Done to Rob and the team for organising another fantastic Ammanford 10K!"

Following them in the top 10 also were Mark Horsman (Pontypridd Roadents AC), Gareth Davey (Neath Harriers), Nathan Daniel (Neath Harriers), Jimmy Watkins (Llanelli AC), Alan Davies (Llanelli AC) and Matthew Phillips (Llanelli AC).

In ninth overall, Alaw Beynon-Thomas (Swansea Harriers) was the first female athlete back home in 38:09, four minutes faster than the winning time recorded 12 months ago. She was followed over the line by Amman Valley Harriers' Sioned Howells (38:37) and Carmarthen Harriers' Wendy Price (42:01).

Swansea's Beyon-Thomas, coached by Kevin Evans added: "The main aim was to enjoy today as I've had some tough races over the past month or so. My coach encouraged me to go out and enjoy the racing rather than going for time.

The event was great and very well organised. I went out fairly hard but the weather made the hilly course very hard but happy to get the win as well as the West Wales title too. The win was a nice boost before going into a block of training before racing in September and October."

Coming as no surprise, the red and white vests of Llanelli AC were announced as the men's team champions with the first three individually Keenan, Summers and Sheehan collecting awards. Meanwhile, the Amman Valley Harriers' women's enjoyed home advantage as they picked up the female team winners thanks to the trio of Clara Davies, Sioned Howells and Helen Janney.

 

Top Three in Full - Ammanford 10K 2019 (Male):

Open Male: 1 David Keenan (Llanelli AC 35:20), 2 Dean Summers (Llanelli AC 35:28), 3 Nicholas Sheehan (Llanelli AC 35:39)

Master Men 40: 1 Mark Horsman (Pontypridd Roadents AC), 2 Gareth Davey (Neath Harriers 37:00), 3 Jason Price (Llanelli AC 38:39)

Master Men 50: 1 Stephen Bartlett (Pontypridd Roadents AC), 2 Steve Smith (Swansea Harriers 40:38), 3 Peter Osborne (Llanelli AC 41:41)

Master Men 60: 1 Alan Davies (Llanelli AC 38:11), 2 Terry O'Brien (Unattached 42:08), 3 Mark Lee (TROTs 51:24)

 

Top Three in Full - Ammanford 10K 2019 (Female):

Open Female: 1 Alaw Beynon-Thomas (Swansea Harriers 38:09), 2 Sioned Howells (Amman Valley Harriers 38:37), 3 Kayleigh Bagshaw (TROTS 46:40)

Master Female 35: 1 Wendy Price (Carmarthen Harriers 42:01), 2 Michelle Cole (3M's Gorseinon RR 42:52), 3 Donna Morris (Builth & District RC 44:20)

Master Female 45: 1 Nina Brocklebank (Swansea Harriers 47:20), 2 Joanne Bowes (TROTs 47:49), 3 Helen Janney (Amman Valley Harriers 49:59)

Master Female 55: 1 Lindy Eynon (TROTs 46:05), 2 Jan Williams (Run4All Neath 55:50), 3 Karen Bowman (TROTS 55:54)

 

Top Three in Full [- West Wales Championships (Male):

Open Male: 1 David Keenan (Llanelli AC 35:20), 2 Dean Summers (Llanelli AC 35:28), 3 Nicholas Sheehan (Llanelli AC 35:39)

Master Men 40: 1 Mark Horsman (Pontypridd Roadents AC), 2 Gareth Davey (Neath Harriers 37:00), 3 Jason Price (Llanelli AC 38:39)

Master Men 50: 1 Steve Smith (Swansea Harriers 40:38), 2 Peter Osborne (Llanelli AC 41:41), 3 Vincent Bailey (TROTS 42:31)

Master Men 60: 1 Alan Davies (Llanelli AC 38:11), 2 Mark Lee (TROTs 51:24), 3 Martin Hillier (Run4All Neath 51:57)

 

Top Three in Full - West Wales Championships (Female):

Open Female: 1 Alaw Beynon-Thomas (Swansea Harriers 38:09), 2 Sioned Howells (Amman Valley Harriers 38:37), 3 Kayleigh Bagshaw (TROTs 46:40)

Master Female 35: 1 Wendy Price (Carmarthen Harriers 42:01), 2 Michelle Cole (3M's Gorseinon RR 42:52), 3 Clara Davies (Amman Valley Harriers 46:39)

Master Female 45: 1 Nina Brocklebank (Swansea Harriers 47:20), 2 Joanne Bowes (TROTs 47:49), 3 Helen Janney (Amman Valley Harriers 49:59)

Master Female 55: 1 Lindy Eynon (TROTs 46:05), 2 Jan Williams (Run4All Neath 55:50), 3 Karen Bowman (TROTs 55:54)

 

 

 

GREAT AVH TEAM EFFORT / GWAITH TIM ARBENNIG

The organisers at the Amman Valley Harriers club would like to congratulate all the runners who took part in this year's Record-Breaking 10K and would like to thank every one of the volunteers who made it possible in front of and behind the scenes, including all marshals, sponsors, Online Race Results and St John Ambulance / Dyfed Powys Police.

The words of "thank you marshal" said by a large number of participants as they passed the different points was a great testament of all the hard work that has gone in to putting the event on in recent weeks and months.

The Ammanford 10K Road Race Report, Results & Action Shots will feature in the local press over the next 7 days. Make sure that you pick up your copies of the South Wales Guardian, South Wales Evening Post, Carmarthen Journal, Llanelli Star and the Carmarthenshire & Llanelli Herald Newspapers for all the coverage. Llanelli Online and 7 Day Sport Websites will also have online stories.

In the meantime, visit the Amman Valley Harriers' club Facebook and Twitter Pages for more news from the host club!

Photo Gallery of the Ammanford 10K 2019 (photos by Nathan Jones:)

 

Ammanford 10K Photos & Social Media Coverage on @CarmsHarriers: Nathan Jones