GWENT athletes enjoyed a successful weekend at the Welsh Athletics 2014 Indoor Track & Field Championships.
The event, held at the National Indoor Athletics Centre
In Cyncoed, Cardiff, on Saturday and Sunday, saw athletes from Newport Harriers, Cwmbran Harriers and Blaenau Gwent Athletics Club pick up a total of 23 medals at under-13, under-15, under-17 and senior level.
Newport Harriers were fifth in the medal table with 15 medals in total – three gold, four silver and eight bronze.
One place behind were Cwmbran Harriers with three golds, two silvers and a bronze, while Blaenau Gwent AC managed two silver medals.
Lauren O’Reilly of Newport Harriers won the senior women’s 60m hurdles final in a time of 8.71 seconds.
At under-17 level Amelia Reynolds of Newport Harriers won the women’s 200m final in a personal best time of 25.16 seconds. She also won bronze in the 60m.
Cwmbran Harriers athlete Eve Williams took gold in the under-17 women’s 300m final in 40.71 seconds.
Isobel Parry-Jones, also of Cwmbran, won the under-17 women’s 800m final in 2:18.85.
Cwmbran’s Lauren Stockley took gold in the under-15 girls 800m time trials in 2:20.96.
And in the under-13 boys 800m time trials Newport’s Connor Richards was first in 2:25.06.
The silver medallists included Millicent Fakande of
Cwmbran Harriers in the under-17 women’s long jump and Newport Harriers sprinter Ellis Wharton in the under-17 men’s 60m with a personal best time of 7.29 seconds.
Fellow Newport sprinter Tyler Williams took silver in the under-17 men’s 200m and bronze in the 60m, while Wharton was third in the 200m in another personal best time of 23.66 seconds.
Cwmbran’s Thomas Arnold was second in the under-17 men’s 400m.
Ieuan Jones of Blaenau Gwent AC also won silver in the under-17 men’s shot put (5kg).
And in the under-13 girls events Sophie Rees Byard of
Newport Harriers was second in the 60m with a personal best time of 8.66 seconds, while Nell Butler of Blaenau Gwent AC won silver in the 1500m time trials.
The bronze medallists included Curtis Goodger of Newport Harriers in the senior men’s 800m final.
Newport’s Jessica Taylor won two bronze medals in the under-13 girls 200m and in a personal best of 29.51 seconds and the long jump.
Also taking bronze in the under-13 boys high jump was Newport’s Jenson Coppen.
Before competition began at the weekend there was a minute’s silence in memory of former Newport Harriers and Welsh international athlete Tom Wood who died on January 21 at the age of 88.
Starting out at Pill Harriers, Mr Wood moved on to Newport Harriers and was part of the team that won the Welsh senior men’s team cross country title no fewer than 14 times between 1949 and 1965.
He also represented Wales in the International Cross Country Championships on six occasions and competed in the 1958 Empire and Commonwealth Games in Cardiff in the marathon.
His funeral is on Thursday, February 6, at Croesyceiliog Crematorium at midday.