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Mixed fortunes

Sunday 12 July 2009

In blustery conditions, with occasional rain, the Welsh under 13 and under 15 championships were held yesterday at Cardiff International Sports Stadium. Cardiff athletes took their fair share of medals but, overall, the turnout of club athletes was smaller than expected. Gold medals were achieved by Kate Seary,Ffion Bodilly, Sally Nicholas and Ben Pearse.

Kate Seary took first place in the under 13 girls high jump with 1.33m. Ffion Bodilly secured a Cardiff double by winning the under 15 girls high jump with a good 1.64m and Sally Nicholas won the under 15 girls pole vault with 2.50m. Ben Pearse took gold in a re-run under 15 boys 80m hurdles in 12.71sec.

Silver medals were won by Floyd Haughton (under 13 boys long jump - 4.61m); Cyndi Kitenge (under 15 girls 100m - 12.88sec); Lucy Daly (under 15 girls pole vault - 2.40m); and Jac Palmer (under 15 boys hammer - 26.35m).

Bronze medals were won by Conor Kidner (under 13 boys 100m - 13.21sec);  Rebecca Foley (under 13 girls 70m hurdles - 12.36sec); and James Sharrem (under 15 boys 80m hurdles - 13.40sec).

The Welsh senior 5000m championship was held in conjunction with the U13/U15 events and this saw junior Simon Lawson claim 3rd place behind winner Jonathan Wills (Bristol & West AC) and silver medallist Tom Marshall (Cardiff). Cardiff athletes Chris Discombe and Nat Lane were 6th and 8th respectively. The significance of Simon's time (14.28.91) was that it bettered UK Athletics' qualifying time of 14.30.00 for the European Junior Championships to be held in Serbia from 23 to 26 July. Simon has been selected to run both the 5000m and 10000m in Serbia and we wish him every success. 

To view the full results from yesterday click on RESULTS.