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Cardiff medals in Bedford

Monday 2 September 2013

Cardiff athletes returned from the national championships in Bedford over the past weekend with medals plus valuable experience for the future.

Versatile Harry Hillman took two medals, a silver in the event for which he is better known, the under 15 boys' 80m hurdles (in a Welsh age group and club record time of 11.02), plus a bronze medal in the pole vault where he cleared 3.40m.

Other medallists were Ciaran Lewis (pictured receiving his medal) who set a pb winning bronze in the 1500m steeplechase and Tasia Stephens, also taking bronze in the under 17 women's javelin.

Even without medals, the other Cardiff athletes who made the journey to Bedord will have gained valuable experience in taking on the best in Britain.

John Cove made it through to the final of the under 17 boys' 1500, coming sixth, but will no doubt be kicking himself that his heat qualifying time of 4:01.79 was faster than the winning time in the final.

Kristian Jones contested both the 100 and 200m in the under 17 boys making it to the semi-finals of both events.

Jake Heyward was 5th in the under 15 boys' 1500m final and Ellie Atkinson was 6th in her under 17 1500m whilst Erin Hayes was 5th in the under 17 women's 1500m steeplechase.

Kate Seary found the competition hot in the under 17 women's 800m and was unable to progress from her heat and Ryan James was likewise unable to go beyond the heats of the under 17 boys' 400m.

Nevertheless, whether gathering medals or not, congratulations to everyone who made the effort to take part as this experience will stand them all in good stead for the future.