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2018 kicks off at the Welsh Athletics Indoor Junior Open Meeting in Cardiff... PDF Print E-mail
Written by Nathan Jones   
Saturday, 06 January 2018 20:05



At the beginning of a new year, the first championship event of 2018 took place at the National Indoor Athletics Centre at Cyncoed Campus, Cardiff. The Welsh Athletics Junior Indoor Open incorporating the South & East Wales & South West England Championships. Following the first day of action at the beginning of December, around 500 athletes were back on the track and field kick starting their year indoors.

The second day's event included 60m sprint, 60m hurdles, 800m, 1500m, long jump, pole vault and shot put for under 13, under 15 and under 17 athletes. This event for West Wales was a junior open with their opportunity for regional medals coming up at the West Wales Indoor Athletics Championships at Swansea University on 20th and 21st January.




A group of athletes from the Carmarthen club made their way up the M4 to Cyncoed, with several of these mostly under 13 athletes getting their first opportunity to run a distance event indoors.

Speaking about distance, it was the 1500m runners who were the first to go during Saturday morning with Amy Greatrick (5.48.76) and Frances Mackie (5.49.49) running well in the under 13 girls.

The corresponding age group saw the most competitors involved in, with no more than four of the eleven athletes wearing the Carmarthen vest. Ifan Bowen finished as the first junior open athlete in third overall (5.25.81) with a close finish between Jack Thomas (5.35.72) and Jake Lynock (5.37.68) The fourth athlete was Steffan Davies in 8th (6.04.01).

Beca Roberts was in action in the second of three under 17 women 60m hurdles heats. In her first outing with a new age group and new hurdle distances, she produced a promising debut as the second quickest junior open athlete (9.88) followed by a jump of 4.59m in the long jump.

Soon after, the 800m got their chance to take centre stage and Erin Morgan led from the first gun to the end line, enjoying a sprint finish in the process in a quick time (2.46.66). To add to the success of our distance runners, Daisy Thompson finished as the fastest athlete of all four heats in the under 15 girls category with ease (2.22.51)

Concluding the day's programme in the afternoon were a series of 60m sprint heats. As you'd expect, there were great performances and a number of close finishes. Two Harriers under 13 girls sprinters, Megan Roberts and Sophia-Reid Thomas were in action up against some of the best sprints in Wales and England. Roberts produced the quickest junior open time of 8.67 in second place while her teammate Reid-Thomas was 5th 8.81 in heat 6.



Elsewhere, in Antrim, the IAAF Antrim Cross Country International took place which also counted as one of the British Athletics cross country series 2017-18. Frank Morgan travelled over to the event and was worthwhile, as he ran strongly to win the under 13 boys race in 6 minutes 50 seconds with the top 3 all coming in within three seconds of each other. Da iawn!