Weekly Updates Monday 6th July

This weeks updates include, university track closure/opening; results round ups; Run Jump Throw challenge; Dewi Griffiths interview; Dave Jessett 2012 Olympic & Paralympic officiating experience; Membership Renewals and webinars….

Indoor & Outdoor Track Reopening:

It has been brought to our attention that club members are using the outdoor track. Swansea University have asked us to remind everyone that both indoor and outdoor tracks remain closed to all users.The club are in constant contact with the track staff behind the scenes, and we can assure you they are doing all they can to open as soon as possible for us. However, because of furloughed staff availability, covid 19 preparatory work, maintenance and more, we are aware that this will take quite a while and therefore the club will not be able to access facilities immediately. Please bear with us and hopefully just a few more weeks and we will be good to go.


From 20th to 30th June inclusive was our 2km lockdown time trial challenge the sequel. 50 times were submitted 10 down on Mays entry. Nevertheless it was great to see so many of our members and their families taking part again. Here is a round up of the usual and as promised unusual highlights for you:

In the combined times for parents and kids our top three teams were:
Mother & Son: was an international affair with Jac Hopkins currently based in New York, USA winning imaginary GOLD with his mum Emma in (16.21); followed by imaginary SILVER for Joseph Beresford and his mum Rhian (16.30) and imaginary BRONZE for Steffan Higgins and his mum Delyth (20.11).

Mother & Daughter: GOLD for Sophie Hartley-Green and mum Julie (16.15); Julie wins an imaginary SILVER too, this time with daughter Chloe (16.27); BRONZE went to Millie Pierce and her mum Cheryl (17.38).

Father & Son: GOLD for Alfie Robinson and his dad Geoff in (14.17) which was also our fastest parent & child combined time overall; SILVER for Samuel Davies and his dad Danny (16.64); BRONZE Steffan Higgins and his dad Gareth (17.40).

Father & Daughter was our best contested section 7 pairs participating with another double, double for the Hartley-Greens; GOLD went to Sophie Hartley-Green and dad Peter (14.42); SILVER to Chloe Hartley-Green and dad Peter (14.54) and BRONZE for Lottie Robinson and her dad Geoff (15.15).

Thanks also to all our other pairs for taking part: Rhian & Sophie; Jenny & Imogen; Hannah & Julie; Joseph & Robert; Gair & Imogen; Robert & Sophie; Peter & Hannah and Heath & Tabitha.

Our fastest 3 Men were: Jac Hopkins (5.46); Owen Haswell (5.48) and Aled Tumelty (6.23).
Our fastest 3 Women were: Sophie Hartley-Green (7.30); Chloe Hartley-Green (7.42) and Llinos Jones (7.44).

Some alternative results:

Fastest Jumper: Joseph Beresford (7.46)
Fastest Thrower: Katie Lake (10.39)
Fastest club trustee Brian Fox (10.49).
Fastest dads who aren’t a member of the club: GOLD Peter Hartley-Green (7.12); SILVER Gareth Higgins (8.25) and BRONZE Mark Campion (8.36).
Fastest mums who aren’t a member of the club: GOLD Cheryl Pierce (9.16); SILVER Emma Hopkins (10.37) and BRONZE Delyth Higgins (10.56).
This time the club coaches and trustees kept a very low profile with only a couple taking part, we’ll see if we can motivate them for next time! Well done to all those who submitted times, click here for the full results.

Wednesday 1st July was the Run 4 All Neath 5km virtual race, where six Swansea Harriers submitted times. Quickest was Rachel Davies (18.33) placing 1st SW! Llinos Jones recorded a time of (19.52) placing 1st W35; Gair Mcadie was 2nd M40 (20.00); SM Gabrielius Stuokus (21.22) as 8th SM; Jenny McAdie (22.58) in 3rd W40 and finally Tina Gabb (25.45) as 6th W45. Very well done to them all, click here for the full results.

The weekend of Saturday 4th & Sunday 5th July was the Welsh Athletics virtual 10km race, just the one Swansea Harrier submitted a performance W35 Llinos Jones (40.34) to finish 2nd in her age category and 4th overall, missing out on a podium spot by some pretty quick times in front of her. Click here for the full results.

Run Jump Throw Challenge:

Welsh Athletics have created a run jump throw virtual triathlon challenge for the month of July. For our junior members this should be a piece of cake, having already participated in our two previous lockdown home heptathlons! For more detail and to sign up click here.

And Now For Something Different:

Each week we try to bring you an article of interest and something a bit different to the usual lockdown reports. Last week we didn’t, sorry, therefore this week we have two reads for you. We recap an article written by our very own Dave Jessett of his London 2012 Olympic & Paralympic Officiating experiences, and courtesy of Running Review Cymru who have interviewed Swansea Harrier Dewi Griffiths to see how he was adapting to the current circumstances and the lack of racing.

Dewi Griffiths is considered to be one of Britain’s best marathon runners having run 2.09.49 at the Frankfurt Marathon in 2017. He also boasts impressive personal bests of 61.33 for the half, 28:27 10km road, 28.16 for 10000m and 13.33 for 5000m on the track. Dewi is an all-round athlete having represented Great Britain over the cross country and in the mountains as a junior”. To read their full interview click here.

Dave Jessett Olympic & Paralympic Experiences
We are very lucky to have one of the UK’s top officials in the club; Dave Jessett, Dave has officiated at the highest possible levels and can often be found week in week out judging in grassroots athletics events too supporting and mentoring the volunteer officials in the club. Dave was very deservedly chosen to officiate in London for the 2012 Olympic and Paralympic Games. Back in September 2012 Dave wrote an article for us on his experiences and we revisit it now for you all Dave Jessett My Olympic and Paralympic Experience.pdf

Annual Membership Renewals:

Ready for when the track reopens, hopefully just a few weeks away, when we try to regrow the club on its return to training, can all those members that are yet to renew their annual membership to the club do so please; you can print a renewal form here ready for when training recommences 2020-2021 Membership Application for New Members & Renewals.pdf

Webinars on this week and a bit:

Welsh Athletics have coaching webinars on this link for; 400m, Horizontal Jumps and Nutrition.  Don’t worry if you miss them or any previous webinars, you can watch them all back on the Welsh Athletics You Tube channel. In addition a webinar on How leaders and coaches can help runners address and Re-assess training and racing expectations from I Run Wales, click here to register.

England Athletics have coaching webinars on this link for Sprints, Hammer & Long Jump. Only licenced coaches can watch these back if you missed these or any previous webinars, by using your URN to login on athletics hub.