A busy weekend
Monday 13 February 2017
Cardiff athletes were in action in the Gwent Cross Country League and the Welsh Indoor Junior Championships as well as at the UK Championships/Team Trials in Sheffield.
Those venturing north to Sheffield were rewarded with four personal bests and one seasonal best whilst those travelling to Newport for the Gwent League had to endure miserable conditions (a separate report will be posted later).
In the warmth of Sheffield's indoor arena, Alex Coomber justified his selection as January's athlete of the month by winning his heat and automatically qualifying for the final of the 800m. In the final he ran a brave race to chase GB international and eventual winner Guy Learmouth before finishing fourth in a new all time personal best time (indoors and out) of 1:50.03.
Also improving her personal best, in fourth place in the 3000m, was Charlotte Arter, continuing her run of good form with a time of 9:11.79. Another fourth placer was Charlotte Wingfield in the 200m final.
Another in excellent form is recent four minute miler Ieuan Thomas who knocked 8 seconds off his previous best for fifth place in the men's 3000m with 7:59.32.
Jessica Abraham was vaulting over 4m as long ago as 2010 but then missed three years of competition before making a welcome return in 2015. She is getting back to her best form and has been over 3.75m or better in each competition this year, setting a season's best of 3.81m in Sheffield in eighth place.
The best Cardiff performance came in the women's triple jump where new signing (Irishwoman) Saragh Buggy took the silver medal with a personal best leap of 13.08m.
David Omoregie qualified comfortably for the final of the 60m hurdles where he was unfortunately disqualified. Anax da Silva and Josh Brown both made it through from their heats to the semi finals of the 60m.
Elsewhere, Matt Clowes won the Nick Beer 10k road race in Llandudno, North Wales, on Sunday. The race counted as a Welsh Championship but, as Matt does not have Welsh qualifications, he could not claim the title.