Despite the continued stormy weather and cancelled events there was still some excellent performances this weekend.
At the very windy Trafford 10k it was an all-out domination from Welsh athletes with an excellent win for James Hunt (Cardiff AAC), 2nd for Andrew Davies (Stockport Harriers) and 3rd for Rowan Axe (Cardiff AAC). Rob Samuel (Eryri Harriers) finished in 6th place. James Hunt ran 29.45 for a clear win and continues his good form. This was a PB for James but surely in better conditions James will go faster again. Andy took the V40 title and it was good to see Rob coming back into form. In the ladies race Bronwen Owen (Leeds City) ran very well for a big PB of 33.32 for 3rd place and Anna Bracegirdle (Menai T&F) ran 35.20 for 8th place.
At the Big Half in London, again in windy conditions, GB International Jake Smith of Cardiff AAC ran a superb 62.00 to finish third overall behind Kenenisa Bekele and Chris Thompson. Cardiff Met student Jake lowered his u23 British Record to qualify for the World Half Marathon Championships in Poland at the end of March. Josh Griffiths (Swansea Harriers) was 8th in 63.57 – his second fastest time ever after his PB at the Barcelona Half a couple of weeks ago. Dewi Griffiths (Swansea Harriers) continued his comeback with a solid 65.53, Dan Nash (Cardiff AAC) secured a PB of 66.16 after his 3rd place at the Welsh XC Champs last week and Paul Graham (Pontypridd Roadents) ran well for 66.38, just outside his PB set in February in Barcelona.
In the ladies race Clara Evans (Cardiff AAC) ran a really good race in tough conditions for 6th place, clocking 73.14.
Back home there was a number of race cancellations including the final fixture of the Gwent League and the St Davids 10k in Cardiff. Despite the inclement weather a few events did proceed including the Newport Half Marathon. Running a solo 68.06 for a PB on the twisty course was 2019/2020 Gwent League Champion, Pontypridd Roadents’ Adam Bull. Second was Scott Harrington (Otley AC) in 70.08 and Charlie Jones (Cheltenham) in 71.32. The ladies race was won by Sioned Howells (Amman Valley) in a PB of 82.21 with Elizabeth Dimond (Lliswerry) 2nd in a PB of 83.05 and 3rd former English Commonwealth Games athlete Holly Rush (Avon Valley) in 1.25.01.
The Anglesey Half Marathon and 10km event was lucky to go ahead after a fallen tree blocked the original route overnight. The half took place on an alternative (hilly and long?) course where v45 Martin Green (NWRRC) was first home in 81.08 in the half marathon. Steffan Sayer (Menai Track and Field) and Elliot Smith-Rasmussen (unattached) were 2nd and 3rd respectively. The first lady was Lucy Williamson of Ilkley Harriers AC in 92.56, with Eryri Harriers’ Gemma Moore and Anna Mackenzie completing the podium. The three podium finishers for the men in the 10km were Ryan Davis (Wrexham AAC), Ryan Roberts (Cybi Striders) and Gwion Roberts (Meirionydd Running Club). In the women’s race Lydia Sharpe (Durham/Eryri), Debbie Culshaw (unattached) and Rhian Roxburgh (Gog triathlon Club) took the first three places.