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Welsh Champions

Monday 29 June 2015

The Welsh Athletics championships, held at Cardiff International Sports Stadium, saw a flood of Cardiff AAC medallists as well as numerous personal best performances and another club record - for 14 year old Megan Hodgson who cleared 3.15m to win the under 17 girls' pole vault gold medal and to go second on the latest under 15 UK rankings.

The senior men's 100m final saw seven of the eight qualified finalists from Cardiff AAC with last year's silver medallist Sam Gordon taking the gold from James Griffiths and Kristian Jones. 2014 champion Dewi Hammond was forced to withdraw from the final with a slight injury.

Saturday, 29th June, was sunny all day but with a gusty wind - the sprints were run along the back straight to take advantage of the wind - but Sunday started out rainy but gradually improved to sunshine but, again, with a tricky wind.

Apart from Megan Hodgson there were several mature performances from young Cardiff athletes who were competing out of their usual age groups. Amongst those who caught the eye were Jake Heyward and John Cove. Jake, still only 16, decided to enter the SENIOR 800m and proceeded to win it. Is he the youngest ever winner of a senior Welsh track title? John Cove (18) made a long run from home in the senior men's 1500m, taking the lead at the bell and was caught, only metres from the finish line, by a determined Tom Marshall. Jack Gooch (also only 18) was third. In addition, Adam Bitchell was fourth, Chris Prothero fifth and Owen Haswell seventh so Cardiff had six in the first seven.

Apart from the senior men's 100m and 1500m, clean sweeps by Cardiff athletes were achieved in the senior men's 200m (Iori Moore, Lemarl Freckleton, Kristian Jones) and the under 17 men's pole vault (Harry Hillman, Rhodri Davies, Jasper Hawkins).

Double gold medallists were Amelia Reynolds (Under 17 women's 100m & 200m) and Lauren Evans (Under 17 women's high jump & long jump).

Cardiff's individual Welsh championship medallists were: 

Gold:
Senior Men:
Sam Gordon (100m); Iori Moore (200m); Jake Heyward (800m); Tom Marshall (1500m); Rhys Williams (400m hurdles); Jonathan Bailey (high jump); Brett Morse (discus).
Senior Women: Lora Roberts (400m hurdles); Rebecca Chapman (long jump); Tasia Stephens (javelin).
Under 17 Men: Jordan Fender (400m hurdles); Charlie Pegrum (high jump); Harry Hillman (pole vault); Kieran Grimwade (hammer).
Under 17 Women: Amelia Reynolds (100m & 200m); Lauren Evans (high jump & long jump); Megan Hodgson (pole vault).
Under 13 Boys: Ben Vincent (long jump).
Under 13 Girls: Brooke Annandale (70m hurdles).

Silver:
Senior Men: James Griffiths (100m); Lemarl Freckleton (200m); Owen Smith (400m); Alex Coomber (800m); John Cove (1500m); Paul Bennett (400m hurdles); Adrian Lawrence (triple jump); Matthew Richards (hammer).
Senior Women: Ffion Price (800m & 1500m); Lucy Griffiths (shot put).
Under 17 Men: James Vincent (1500m & high jump); Jac Smith (1500m steeplechase); Harry Hillman (100m hurdles); Rhodri Davies (pole vault).
Under 13 Boys: Carter Staples (100m & 200m); Tylor Santos (javelin).
Under 13 Girls: Cassey Grimwade (discus); Scarlett Russell (javelin).

Bronze:
Senior Men:
Kristian Jones (100m & 200m); Daniel Blain (400m); Jack Gooch (1500m); Tom Trotman (high jump).
Senior Women: Charlotte Gaughan (1500m).
Under 17 Men: Aeron Evans (1500m steeplechase); Tom Britt (400m hurdles); Jasper Hawkins (pole vault).
Under 17 Women: Rebecca Kennett (200m); Naomi Reid (800m & 1500m); Niamh Galton (high jump); Lois Hillman (pole vault).

Other Cardiff athletes, who did not have Welsh championship qualifications) but came in the first three, were: Joseph Reid (SM 400m - 3rd); Nathan Higgins (SM 110m Hurdles - 3rd); Lucy Marland (SW 5000m - 2nd); Eleni Zembashi (SW discus - 2nd).

The full results can be seen here.

A selection of photographs taken by Garry and Gwyn Jones ca be seen here.