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Weekend wonders

Monday 26 June 2017

While the YDL team was demolishing the opposition in Cardiff, other club members were breaking personal and club records at home and abroad.

Tom Marshall, Jake Heyward, and Charlotte Arter all set personal bests at the BMC Grand Prix in Watford while Kiara Frizelle set a new club standard for the under 17 girls' 1500m, Bethan Davies set new club and Welsh records for 20k walk in Leeds and Tom Britt long jumped a personal best 6.09m in Swansea. 

Jake Heyward's 3:44.31 for 1500m in Watford on Saturday broke Kevin Glastonbury's club record set in 1976 but, more importantly for Jake, was inside the qualifying time set for the GB team for the European junior championships. Also at Watford, Tom Marshall clocked 1:48.68 for 800m, Kiara Frizelle set a new club under 17 record of 4:25.49 for 1500m and Charlotte Arter a big personal best of 15:40.15 for 5000m.

Other Cardiff AAC athletes running in Watford were Alex Coomber (1:49.45 for 800m); Kath Camp (2:03.21 for 800m); Mike Kershaw (3:56.67 for 1500m); Stephen Morris (3:57.84 for 1500m) and Ciaran Lewis (4:10.06 for 1500m).

Bethan was the second British athlete to finish in the World Champonship trials for 20k walk in Leeds yesterday in a personal best time of 1:33.04 which improves her own club and Welsh records and is again within the qualifying time for the world championships thus securing her place in the GB team.

Four Cardiff athletes travelled to Stuttgart to race yesterday and returned with gold silver and bronze medals. Club captain Carwyn Jones was unable to repeat last year's win in the half marathon but still finished 15th in the race (1:17.04) and third in the 35 plus category. Dan Nash carried the Cardiff colours to an excellent third place in the half marathon (1:08.56). The best was yet to come, however, as Matt Clowes won the 7k road race (20:57) with James Hunt (21:56) second.

Dan Nash, Matt Clowes, Carwyn Jones, James Hunt

Nearer home, Clara Evans was the sixth lady to finish in the Swansea half marathon.

And last, but not least, Tom Britt placed second in the middle boys category of the Welsh multi event championships in Swansea on Saturday with Cameron Pamment third. There were numerous Cardiff athletes taking part in the multi events, many of whom turned out again the following day for the YDL match in Cardiff. That's club spirit for you.