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Road Mile Championships

Saturday 3 October 2015

Welsh Athletics again held its Road Mile Championships in the Cardiff Civic Centre today, 3rd October, and Cardiff athletes won medals in virually every age group from under 11 to masters.

First up onto the podium was Ben Reynolds, making his debut in a Cardiff vest, to win the under 13 boys' championship with brother Jacob taking the silver medal.

James Vincent easily won the under 17 boys' championship, Jack Gooch the under 20s' (he actually won the senior race also as the two age groups were combined), Kath Marshall the senior women's and evergreen James Thie the Masters.

Cardiff's under 20 men achieved a clean sweep of the medals through Jack Gooch (gold), Ciaran Lewis (silver) and Charlie Walker (bronze).

In the first race of the day (the under 11 girls), Jemima Robinson took the bronze medal and she was matched in the under 11 boys' race by Ben Hughes who finished strongly also to take third place. In the under 15 girls'race, Jessica Wadey was second with Carys Bill third and Sofia Vella fourth. This was repeated in the under 17 girls' race with Naomi Reid second and Megan Bowen third. Seth Kelly had finished third in the under 15 boys' race.

And, finally, Matthew Edwards, making a welcome return after illness, took second place in the senior men's race (improving on last year's bronze medal) and Tom Marshall was third.

The races took place in an excellent atmosphere with lots of spectators and although the entrants in some of the races could have been larger, overall this is a good venture that should continue. It is a good curtain raiser for the following day's Cardiff Half Marathon.

A selection of photographs taken at the races can be seen here.