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Tuesday 1 August 2017

Cardiff athletes have been busy over the past few weeks and some notable individual performances have been recorded.

After his triumph in the European under 20 championships, Jake Heyward proved that it was no fluke by clocking a personal best and club record time of 3:42.12 in Belgium on Saturday last. This takes Jake to No.1 in the UK age group in 2017.

The fourth round of the Welsh Athletics League took place in Swansea on Saturday with a strong turn-out of Cardiff athletes. Amongst the results, veteran James Thie ran the fastest 800m of the day and Ryan Grimwade equalled his personal best of 1.80m in the high jump.

The Welsh League results can be seen here.

Earlier in the week, the third rasce of the SSAFA series saw a large Cardiff entry, with Carwyn Jones winning the men's race and Clara Evans the women's. Results here.

On the individual front, there was excellent news for Ieuan Thomas when he heard that he had been added to the Great Britain team for the world championships in London in the 3000m steeplechase.

The Inter-Counties championships in Bedford (28/29 July) saw Callum Court set a new pole vault personal best of 4.55m and Jonathan Bailey consolidated his return from injury with a high jump of 2.06m, after 2.08m in Loughborough the week before. Also in Bedford, Owen Smith ran a fast 46.94 for 400m and there was a spate of fast 100m times (Charlotte Wingfield 11.75; James Griffiths 10.64; Sam Gordon 10.53; Dewi Hammond 10.57; Josh Brown 10.75 and Anax da Silva 10.69).

Jac Palmer threw the hammer over 65m for the third time and Curtis Mathews continued his return to decathlon form with a score of 7,170 in Oxford on 22/23 July.

Other personal bests have come from Alex Coomber (1:48.44 for 800m); Joe Reid (1:50.77 for 800m); and Jacob Reynolds (4:22.20 for 1500m).

Earlier in July, the popular Cosmeston Relays were held in Penarth and Cardiff's men (Ciaran Lewis, Jac Smith, James Hunt, Jack Eggington) finished more than eight minutes ahead of the second team and Cardiff's women (Carys Hughes, Lucy Marland and Clara Evans) won by over three minutes.

No doubt a number of other good performances have been missed, for which we can only apologise.