Results round up from USA, Llandeilo, Cardiff, Birmingham & Brecon

The weekend of the 15th & 16th February was a busy one.

Friday 14th January saw Elinor Kirk  become the first Swansea Harrier of 2014 to break a Commonwealth Games A standard. Elinor had a magnificent run against some of the best USA athletes in Seattle, Washington, USA in the 5000m where she set a new personal best of (15.44.38) just getting under the A standard of (15.45.00), this gives Elinor a very strong case for selection to Glasgow as well as taking her to number 1 in the UK rankings to date and 5th on the Welsh All Time Welsh Performances. Click here for the full results. What other Swansea Harriers will we see hitting the A & B standards for Glasgow when the outdoor season gets underway?

Saturday 15th February were the Welsh Clubs Cross Country Championships at Dinefwr Park, Llandeilo. It proved to be a very successful day for the club with many team and individual medals won, and as an added bonus it did not rain!
The day opened with a series of races for Primary school aged children.
In the Year 5 Boys with 3 athletes to count for the team Sam Petherbridge was back first in (24th), Noah Osborne (27th) and Matthew Dalling (35th).
In the Year 5 Girls the scoring three were Carys Poole (8th), Tegan Williams (17th) and Lydia Taylor (22nd) for the 3rd placed team for BRONZE.
In the Year 6 Boys the scoring three were Ethan Lee (7th), Joseph Broad (13th) and Rhidian Jenkins (19th).
In the Year 6 Girls first home in a podium position was Caitlin Gwyther (2nd), Eve Bevan (12th) and Darcie Bass (14th) to place the team in SILVER.
In the U13B there were no team medals, however the scoring team of four for 5th place were; Ben Petherbridge (18th), Francis Lewis (27th), Alfie Robinson (29th) and Fraser Jenkins (33rd).
In the U13G there was a team SILVER for the scoring team of Rebecca Martin (7th), Rosa Humphreys (8th), Beth Thomas (11th) and Caitlin Ward (13th).
In the U15B is was another SILVER for the scoring team of Elliot Lawrence (7th), Dylan Lambropoulos (10th), Sam Martin (11th) and Mark Tobin (13th).
In the U15G we had an incomplete team with just the two finishers Bethan Harris (15th) and Elissa Ratti (25th).
In the U17M Aran Rees was our lone representative for (7th).
In the combined U17W & U20W there was a BRONZE for U17W Lara Philippart, followed home by Iona Evans (12th) and Elin Davies (15th).
In the U20M Jonathan Tobin won individual BRONZE and a team SILVER along with Joshua Griffiths (4th), Paul Tobin (7th) and Patrick Jones (14th).
The main highlights of the day came in the senior races where the was a clean sweep of the podium places for individuals with GOLD for Andrea Whitcombe, SILVER for Sian Edwards and BRONZE for Alaw Beynon-Thomas, this meant that team GOLD went to the club with Shan Mansfield as our fourth scorer in (5th).
In the senior men there were individual medals for Dewi Griffiths GOLD and Marc Hobbs BRONZE who helped the team to GOLD too, there are six to score in the Senior Men races and the remainder of the team were; Phil Matthews (4th) Sullivan Smith (5th), Guy Smith (8th) and Daniel Rothwell (12th). However that was not the end of the medal winning performances as arguably the main highlight of the day showing the talent and strength in depth of the senior mens team, saw the B team win team SILVER, just, by a point! The SILVER winning team were Eamon Kirk (14th), Lewys Hobbs (16th), Thomas Guest (21st) Matthew Richards (22nd), Raul Reismann (30th) and Kneath Philippart (35th).
Very many congratulations and thanks to all those who represented the club in Llandeilo, click here for the full results.
You can view a video from S4C that was filmed on the day of teh races by the Welsh TV programme HENO by clicking here, the article starts at 35 minutes into the prgramme.
Sunday 16th February were the Welsh U15 & U20 Indoor Athletics Championships at Cardiff and it was another very successful day for the club with many medals won. It was great to see so many Swansea athletes entered.
6 GOLD U15B Jordan Draisey (39.01) 300m, U15B Cameron Griffiths (5.40m) Long Jump, U20M Michael Wilson (8.36) 60m hurdles, U20M Osaze Aghedo (13.54m) Triple Jump, U20W Hannah Brier (24.78) 200m this was also a championship record, and U20W Katherine Morris (9.21) 60m Hurdles.
8 SILVER U15B Jac Hughes (7.52) 60m, U15B Michael Thompson (9.04) 60m hurdles, U15B Declan Rowlands (1.61m) High Jump, U15B Scott Morgan (2.25m) Pole Vault, U15G Emily Coles (1.51m) High Jump, U15G Tybie Newby-Chugg (4.84m) Long Jump, U20M Stephen Scarfi (4.15m) Pole Vault and U20W Caitlin Atkins (9.27m) Triple Jump.
6 BRONZE U15B Ieuan Hosgood (2.05m) Pole Vault, U15G Esther James (2.05m) Pole Vault, U15G Emily Coles (4.62m) Long Jump, U20M Lewis Preece (4.05m) Pole Vault, U20W Lucy Fligelstone (9.63) 60m Hurdles and U20W Emily Morris (1.56m) High Jump.
Very well done to all those who competed for the club, click here for the full results.

Sunday 16th February were the Birmingham Games where SW Lauren O’Reilly came 3rd in the 60m (7.98) and 60m Hurdles (8.65), SW Laura Maddox won the 400m (54.39), Lyndsey Maund won the Pole Vault (3.75m) and U15G Megan Stratton-Thomas set a new PB in the 1000m walk (4.51.72) this was also a new Welsh Indoor Record!! Very well done to all four especially Megan, click here for the full results.

The results of the juniors from round 4 of 5 in the cross country league held at Brecon back on Saturday 8th February are now available. As previously mentioned the conditions were some of the worst imaginable. Therefore everyone who got round deserves a mention, extra special congratulations to all those juniors who got round safely and made it back in one piece! On his own In the U15B Sam Martin was (6th), Sam efforts meant that the team still holds onto 3rd place in the league. In the U13B Ben Petherbridge was (16th), Francis Lewis (26th), Alfie Robinson (28th), Tom Henderson (47th) and Nathan Taylor (50th), the team are placed 8th in the league. In the U11B Ethan Lee was (9th), Joseph Broad (26th), Rhidian Jenkins (36th), Noah Osborne (40th), Sam Petherbridge (45th) and Finlay Jones (50th), the team are placed 4th in the league. On her own in the U15G was Megan Stratton-Thomas (26th), the team are placed 15th in the league. In the U13G Beth Thomas was (11th), Bronwen Stratton-Thomas (20th), Hollie Mai Allen (21st), Rebecca Martin (27th) and Sophie Webb (32nd), the team are placed 6th in the league. And finally in the U11G was where the main highlight of the day came from with a fine victory for Caitlin Gwyther (1st) followed home by Darcie Bass (18th), Eve Bevan (21st), Jamie Holland (24th), Holly Cooper (32nd), Lydia Taylor (40th), Katie Megan-Davies (41st), Tiana Evans (48th), Isobel Ruddy (52nd), Pheobe Crooks (60th), Mirain Lloyd (67th) and Isabelle Jones (70th) the team are placed 4th in the league. Click here for all the individual and team league placings before the final fixture at Blaise Castle Bristol on Saturday 1st March.