Track and Field
Did we say Lauren Williams was having a good season? Well it just got better as she added the England Athletics Under 17 300m Hurdles championship to the notches on her belt. Not only that, her time of 42:51 was Welsh record which places her 8th on the UK all-time list. Well done Lauren, everyone in the club is so proud of you!
Proving that we have not one but two hurdling sensations in Maldwyn colours, Vicky Gittins scored an emphatic victory in the women’s U20 400m Hurdles in a time of 66.70, more than four seconds ahead of her nearest rival.
Pride of place has to go to Leo Smith (U13 boys) who started off with a good series of jumps in the high jump, culminating in a PB 1.15. Next up came the 200m and Leo was edged into 5th in a close finish. He had a 31.5 PB to show for his efforts though. Demonstrating that he's quite an all-rounder he then went over to the shot. Half an hour later he was celebrating victory with another PB, 6.02 this time. 3 PB's and 1st place in a throws event; positive enough for you?
Huw Weaver (U17) nailed his start and really looked good throughout the 100m to achieve a 14.2 PB run – a full 0.5 off his previous best. Joseph Crutchley set off at a good pace but nobody stuck with him for long. He still won comfortably in an impressive 9.13.0. Later in the proceedings Joe ran a storming 800m and finished 2nd notching a 2.12.2 PB.
4 of us 'oldies' also had a go. Guesting for the club 'Coach Chesher' (Owen) high jumped a mightily impressive 1.90. We were then 'treated' to a pair of races that both featured a trio of Maldwyn vests. First up came the 100m in which Reece Moles (11.8 PB) led home Owen (12.3) and, somewhat improbably, the Travelling Harrier himself (15.9 PB). This was followed by the 800m. Maldwyn bragging rights went to Mark Saunders, 6th (2.42.5) ahead of Reece, 7th (2.51.7) and myself 9th (not last) in 2.55.6. The 4 of us then finished up 3rd in the 4x100 relay in 53.4.
What a season Lauren Williams is having. The Welsh U17 and Welsh Schools U17 300m H champion stepped up to the one lap hurdles at the Celtic Games and bagged a silver medal. Lauren stopped the clock at 62.75 to finish just 2/100ths of a second behind winner, Sarah Pearson of Scotland before going on to anchor the Wales relay team to third place in the 4x400m.
Reece Moles and Mark Saunders both bagged a pair of 100m/400m golds (Reece in the Seniors and Mark in the Masters). Shannon Walker took silver in an U15 800m which also featured Tayla Trigg in her first track outing for the club, while another debuting athlete, 13 year old Faith Hughes, showed considerable promise and a lot of courage in a 200m race packed with home athletes. Our pair of sprinters Niall Thomas and “ever ready” Huw Weaver might not have been quite at their best but gave it their all in the U17 100m.
For a full report see the July update.
Lauren Williams won her 300m heat in 43.05 before finishing 4th in the final in 42.86. Lauren also finished 4th in the 60m hurdles final in a time of 9.44. They say 4th is the worse place to finish but we disagree. Two great performances there by Lauren.
Two gentlemen who have helped no end with the coaching and development of our juniors were also in action. Owen Chesher (Brecon AC) won the men's high jump competition with a new indoor PB of 1.96 while Caspar Donnison (Thames Valley Harriers) finished 4th in his 400m heat in a time of 56.3.
Congratulations to Reece Moles who equalled his PB of 7.6 seconds in winning silver in the men’s 60m. Not sure if he elected to wear “The Shorts”. It would have been all the more of an achievement if he had.
Our young women did us proud with a fine medal haul at the Welsh “junior” champs. Sarah Williams won a splendid gold in the U17 women’s Triple Jump with a leap and a bound of 10m and 16cm while in the same age group Lauren Williams finished third in the 80m hurdles and one place better for silver in the 300m hurdles. Not to be outdone, Hanna Owen claimed bronze in the U20 women’s Triple Jump and also jumped a PB in the Long Jump event.
A very well done to all three!
Harriers are competing as guests in this year’s Cheshire League, which provides a good opportunity for seniors and juniors to hone their track and field skills while getting in some useful competition.
1st of May and it's the opening round of the Shropshire Young Athletes League at Telford. It's our first go at this following our withdrawal from the national Youth Development League. Newtown's notorious evening traffic nearly caused us to arrive late. That would have been a good start!
The programme for Cheshire League matches is now available and will be applicable to all meetings in the series. Please note that some of races are open to senior men and women (there is no limit to the number we can enter in each event). The programme was recently emailed out to all senior members and will soon be available on the website.
Here is the schedule of meetings for 2014 :-
Sunday 11th May (Connah’s Quay)
Sunday 15th June (Macclesfield)
Sunday 6th July (Deeside)
Sunday 7th September (Macclesfield)
Any seniors interested in taking part are advised to contact Dave Peters or one of the coaching team.
Hanna Owen recorded a new personal best of 11.08m to finish in 4th place in the Senior Women’s Triple Jump event.
Dave Johnson and Reece Moles performed strongly in the Heats of the 60m for senior men, recording 7.71 and 7.60 respectively. Reece later achieved a time of 25.88 for the 200m.
Caspar Donnison who runs for Aberystwyth AC, but trains with Maldwyn Harriers was first in his 400m Heat for senior men in a personal best indoors of 53.81 secs. He also achieved 25.24 secs in his 200m heat.
Competing in the Welsh Masters Indoors Championships, Mark Saunders retained his 400m (MM40) title with a time of 59.57. He also achieved second place in the 60m in 8.22.
Well done to Lauren Williams on her second place in the U17w 60 metres hurdles event in which she recorded a time of 9:23. Lauren was also a finalist in the 300m event in which she finished 4th in 42:81
With the Youth Development leagues having wound down for another summer there is little to report except that we are delighted with Hannah Owen's 3rd place in the U18 women's Triple Jump at the Celtic Games, Colwyn Bay on 4th August. Hannah's mark of 10:41 was not quite a season's best but not too far off. Well done to her.
For the full story on the U13/U15 meet, see Martin's trackside report here.
Vicky Gittins will have been thrilled with her time of 45.51 in the 300 hurdles, a 2nd place and a PB. Doubtless Rosie Unwin would also have been pleased with 5.30m in the long jump, again 2nd place and a PB. Rosie was also 3rd behind Vicky in the hurdles. Sarah Williams was 2nd in the Triple Jump (9.65m), a fine effort given this was her first competition in that event. She also posted 4.90m (PB) in the long jump. Hanna Owen (U20) was 2nd in the triple jump and, like Sarah, managed a PB (4.92m) in the long jump. It is great to see the next generation of Harriers doing so well.
Lauren Williams had an exceptional day winning both her U15G 75m Hurdles and 800m races and her High Jump with only a (for her) sub-standard Long Jump competition just costing her a top 3 place in her age group.
In the same age group Megan Randell finished 2nd in her 800m race ahead of Megan Davies in 3rd.
In the U17 category Rosie Unwin registered three first places (80mH, 800m and Long Jump) and one second place (High Jump) to finish 3rd overall while Sarah Williams was 4th thanks to a first place in the Shot and a 2nd place in the High Jump.
Superb performances by all.
Following Mark's great performance in the North Wales championships in May, club coach and committee member Mark Saunders was 2nd in the Masters 400m event but won his age category (MM40, hard to believe, we know) in a time of 57.47. Now we think this might be Mark’s best over the distance as a Master but in any case it places him in the top 25 in the UK in this age group which is no mean feat at all..
Maldwyn athletes turned in some great performances including a brace of wins each for Rosie Unwin and Chloe Evans and new championship records for Chloe in the U17W 3000M and for Mark Saunders in the 400m Masters. Gwynant Jones also bagged two golds, taking 800m and 1500m titles in the U20 men's age group. As mum, Diane, says "I know he is now running for Cardiff, but Gwynant will always be a Maldwyn Harrier at hear", hence his deserved mention here.Click here for the full story from our on-the-scene Track and Field reporter, Chris Copus. .
Maldwyn Harriers struggled to field enough runners to secure a particularly strong team performance but our youngsters did us proud with their commitment and some fine individual performances especially from Meg Randell and Lauren Williams – the latter winning in the 800m. For the boys, our three representatives Kaya Saul, Huw Weaver and Niall Thomas had a most unenviable job but stuck well to their task to pick up valuable points. Our girls were equally valiant and industrious, particularly in the throws where Sara Jones and Zoe Marston performed well.
The track and field season got underway in a windswept Hereford with the Maldwyn Juniors team coming in 3rd out of 7 (behind Gloucester and Newport).
There were some excellent individual performances - Margo Martin's narrow victory in the 400m, Rose Unwin's 80m hurdles masterclass and Chloe Evans leading from the gun to destroy the 1500m field by a massive 28 seconds. Imogen Rendall and Millie Woolley contributed valuable points to the team, the highlight being Imogen's victory in the discus.
In the 300m hurdles Vicky Gittins was just pipped by 0.2 of a second and Jaz Pugh high-jumped impressively in spite of the unhelpful conditions.
The girls also competed in the U20 age group, despite being U17's and acquitted themselves admirably. Sarah Williams own the 'B' long jump whilst Florence Turley and Isla Meredith also weighed in with good points for the team
To round off the afternoon Rosie, Florence, Margo and Vicky scored maximum points in the U20 4 x 100 relay with the team of Chole, Isla, Jaz and Imogen a further 4 seconds back.
Hannah Owen struck silver with 2nd place in the U20 Women's Triple Jump (10.63 metres) while team mate Lauren Williams also featured in a podium position finishing 3rd in the U15 Girls 60m in 9.65 seconds. Hannah also finished 7th in the Long Jump for good measure.
Congratulations to coach and committee members, Mark Saunders who became the Welsh Masters 400m Champion in the MV40 category, at the latest Grand Prix meeting of the Welsh indoor athletics season.
Some of our younger Harriers were busy indoors during January.
At the Welsh Athletics Junior Open on 6th January, Rosie Unwin was equal 1st in the U17 women’s High Jump with a best of 1.55 metres, and took 3rd place in the 60m Hurdles, clocking 9.6 seconds. In the U15 girls’ equivalent of the hurdles, Lauren Williams finished second in her race in a time of 10.2 seconds.
A week later at the Welsh Athletics Grand Prix 2 event (incorporating the Welsh senior and U20 3000m championships), 17-year old Gwynant Jones took silver in the U20 men’s 3k event in 9:01.64.
Then, on the weekend of 26/27 January, Harriers were again in action at Welsh Athletics Indoor Championships. Vicki Gittins finished 6th in the final of the U17 women’s 60m (8.56 seconds) while in the men’s event Jack Day recorded a time of 7.99 seconds in his Heat. Vicki also went on to finish 3rd in the 300m final in 42.01 seconds having set the fastest time in qualifying. Rosie Unwin also bagged 3rd place, this time in the U17 women’s Long Jump (4.98 metres) to cap a very rewarding month for her while Gwynant Jones was 4th in the U20 men’s 1500m (4:13.66).
Well done to all on their fine performances.
This event will be taking place on 10th August. More details are available at Wrexham Athletics.
Cheshire League, Macclesfield, August 2015
Mark Saunders in 400m action
July 2015 (photo: John Thomas)
Shannon Walker (North Wales Vest) leads Tayla Trigg
(photo: John Thomas)
Hastily assembled identity parade of (un)Usual Suspects – Reece, Martin, Chris, Huw.
Dave Johnson (left) and Reece Moles slug it out in the Senior Men’s 100m which Reece went on to win
at the Cheshire League, Connah's Quay, 11th May 2014
L-R Dave Johnson, Caspar Donnison, Mark Saunders and Reece Moles
at the Non Thomas Open in Cardiff, 2nd Feb 2014
(Thanks to Mark for providing race information and photo).