Welsh Athletics

At Welsh Athletics we have been working hard with Sport Wales, British Athletics, the other home country athletics federations and other partners to plan and try to keep the sport as active as possible during these unprecedented times.

 

As we know, the sport of athletics is diverse, and we want to keep in touch with as many of you as possible. As a result, we are launching the ‘Ask Us’ series of regional webinars with the aim of trying to further connect the full athletics community of Wales.

 

The aim of the ‘Ask Us’ sessions is to be as open as possible and will be looking to provide some brief updates but, most importantly, to also engage with attendees and allow for questions and discussion. The webinars will feature James Williams (Interim CEO of Welsh Athletics) as well as all Heads of Department who will be available to both listen and answer questions as appropriate.

 

The feedback and questions will also help to provide more focused and relevant support for the sport in Wales.

 

LINK TO REGISTRATION

 

The sessions will take place from on the following dates:

 

‘Ask Us’ (North Wales): Thursday 4th June

‘Ask Us’ (West Wales): Thursday 11th June

 

Further information also available on the Welsh Athletics website via the webinar series pages: https://www.welshathletics.org/en/events/stay-home-stay-involved1

Welsh Athletics Statement.

Welsh Athletics have today (14th May) announced an extension to the current suspension of the sport in Wales, the new suspension is in place until the 19th of June (https://www.welshathletics.org/en/blog/post/extension-to-the-suspension-of-athletics-activity-in-wales)

Given that the Welsh Government are not expected to provide a further update to the restrictions until the end of May, we felt that clubs would need time to prepare for any changes that may be announced. The new date will allow Welsh Athletics to work on guidelines to provide clubs in preparation for any ‘return to sport’ plan that may be outlined as part of an overall roadmap to recovery by Welsh Government.

It is worth noting that the suspension on competition (until the end of June) has not changed.

Unlike previous announcements, the suspension has not been extended in any of the other Home Countries, who are aiming to align any changes to their own National Government guidelines.

To ensure that all members have an opportunity to engage Welsh Athletics directly and to highlight any emerging challenges that they may be facing, we are announcing a series of open forums for members to engage the Senior Management Team of Welsh Athletics directly. The Ask Us series will be start next week, with clubs and members in East Wales having the opportunity to discuss their views. Each week we will aim to engage a different region. Chris Moss and Rob Sage will forward further information on this series in due course.

In the meantime, please do not hesitate to contact me should you wish to discuss any aspect of our current response in more detail.

Kind Regards

James Williams

Interim Chief Executive Officer

Address: Cardiff International Sports Campus, Leckwith, Cardiff, CF11 8AZ

Mobile: 07802 180319 / 07864 613666 Office: 02920649848

Email: james.williams@welshathletics.org

Website: www.welshathletics.org

 

Welsh Athletics Statement Covid -19

The Board of Welsh Athletics met yesterday, 23rd March, to discuss the Corona Virus situation in relation to athletics in Wales. Following the further restrictions on movement put in place by the UK Government last night, they agreed the following updates to our previous statement issued on 17th March:

  1. Extending the suspension of all athletics activity in Wales to the 31st May. [Initially this had been agreed to the end of April]. This suspension includes all organised athletics activity with the UK, including all competitions, formal club activities, running groups, and all Education activity (coach, official, teacher).
  1. Strengthening our position on coaching activity – We are now mandating that all physical coaching ceases, and only be conducted via virtual means during this period. Bringing groups of people together to train, however small, can no longer be permitted under the strict ‘Stay at home’ measures implemented by the UK & Welsh Governments

“These decisions have not been taken lightly, and have been made in light of the continuing and real risk to life and to the NHS posed by the spread of the COVID-19 virus in Wales and the UK. We must now do all we can do. We would ask that the athletics community in Wales continues to help one another by staying connected and supportive of each other whilst at home in these unprecedented times. We will continue to review the situation in line with Government and Public Health guidance.”

Updates can be found here

 

BORDERS LEAGUE 2019/20

BORDERS LEAGUE 2019/20 PREMATURE END
Due to the coronavirus epidemic: Following extensive discussion and considering a number of possible alternatives, none of which would appear to be satisfactory, the Borders League Committee have decided that the 2019-20 Borders League season is over and that the final results will be the standings after Race 5. The final two races of the season due to be staged by Ellesmere Port and Helsby, have been cancelled.
There will be a presentation of awards. When, where and the format of it is yet to be decided.
The AGM is scheduled for early July. We have no plans for it at present, that will depend entirely on the situation nearer the time.
What turned out to be the final race of the Borders Road Running League season at Wrexham on Sunday 15th March, 10 Eryri Harriers were amongst the 267 finishers in the two lap 5.9 mile event around the “Scenic” Wrexham Industrial estate. First home for Eryri was 18th placed Dilwyn Powell-Jones in a time of 31:46 followed by: 32nd Ian Edwards 33:37. 84th & 1st F35 Gemma Moore 37:40. 121st & 3rd M60 Arwel Lewis 40:12. 155th Helen Blair 42:19. 176th & 1st M75 Emyr Davies 43:29. 227th Gwyn Moseley 48:10. 233rd Nia Meleri-Edwards 49:02. 242nd Allison Donnelly 50:42 and 262nd Roy Jardine 60:11.
In the final individual standings:
2nd – Female/50 – Helen Blair
2nd – Male/60 – Arwel Lewis
2nd – Male/70 – Roy Jardine
2nd – F/70 – Maggie Oliver
1st – M/75 – Emyr Davies
In the team standings – Eryri
Men – Division Two – 2nd and promotion to Division One
Women – Division Two – 4th
Improvers Trophy – 1st for both of our Male and Women’s teams.
Borders Road Running League website: http://www.bordersleague.org.uk/

Welsh Athletics Covid-19 response

 

 

Covid-19 Athletics response:  Welsh Athletics statement announcing the suspension of all Athletics activity.

NOTE TO EDITORS
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This morning Welsh Athletics, along with the other Home Countries have decided on a number of immediate actions in relation to how the sport of Athletics will respond to the threat of the Coronavirus pandemic.

Welsh Athletics in cooperation with UK Athletics have decided to suspend all planned organised athletics activity until the end of April where the situation will be reviewed once more:

  • This suspension includes all organised athletics activity with the UK, including competitions and leagues, member clubs, running groups and races until the end of April.
  • All Education activity (coach, official, teacher) will cease until the end of April. The aim will be to re-schedule all courses to a later date.
  • Welsh Athletics is advocating that clubs and groups should not be undertaking training, competitive or other related activities during this period, and it is already apparent that parts of the sport are already showing their own leadership and are acting in this respect.

We have made this decision in accordance with the directives outlined by the government through the Prime Minister in his statement on Monday afternoon.

Welsh athletics would like to thank all members of the athletics community IN Wales for their support at this challenging time. We will endeavour to maintain regular, open communication as this situation develops. Please prioritise and support the health and wellbeing of yourselves and those you can within the Welsh Athletics family.

ABOUT WELSH ATHLETICS

  • Welsh Athletics is the Governing Body for all Athletics and running activities in Wales. We have supported and facilitated huge growth in the sport in recent years.
  • The Governing Body supports over 100 affiliated clubs, and 150 social running groups. This is underpinned by a strong and dedicated volunteer workforce, including over 1000 active coaches and close to 700 officials.
  • Welsh Athletics strategies are closely aligned to the Sport Wales vision of getting every child hooked on sport and creating a nation of champions. Our performance programme aims to make Athletics the number one Commonwealth Sport in Wales, whilst our community strategy aims to have every school offering Athletics, whilst also creating an Athletics Club at the heart of every community.
  • Recent Survey results in Wales show that the demand for athletics and running continues to increase. The 2017 Welsh Government Unified survey showed that 16% of Adults in Wales ran once a week, whilst athletics/running was listed as the most popular sport in the school Sport and HE/FE sport survey.
  • This demonstrates our impact across the sporting landscape in Wales, with our programme contributing to physical activity levels, whilst also creating future champions that will inspire a generation.

You can get in touch and follow Welsh Athletes via the following channels:

  • Office 029 20644870
  • Website welshathletics.org
  • Twitter – @WelshAthletics
  • Facebook – Welsh Athletics
  • Instagram – WelshAthletics

Media Enquiries              rob.sage@welshathletics.org 07864613635

NICK BEER 10K

ERYRI DOMINATE AT the NICK BEER 10K
24 Eryri Harriers completed the annual Nick Beer 10k on its rearranged date of Saturday 7th March and yet again, the recent storms meant a race detour. Following a landslide and rock falls on the Great Orme, a hastily new race route was devised and accurately measured, making use of the promenade and Church Walks and, as has been the case lately, though dry, the runners were faced with strong headwinds on various parts of the course.
Dilwyn Powell-Jones paced the course and conditions superbly to claim his best ever race win with a time of 34:51 followed by: 5th (2nd MV/35) Ian Edwards 35:53. 6th(2nd MV/45)  Nic Brook 35:59. 10th (2nd MV/40) Matt Fortes 38:00. 12th Michael Corrales 38:51. 21st Michael Coyne 39:48. 22nd Paul Jones 39:48. 23rd Brian Wills 39:56. 30th, 2nd female overall & 1st FV/45 Andrea Rowlands 41:31. 36th & 1st MV/65 SPJ – Steve P Jones 42:00. 41st & 2nd MV/55 Tim Watson 42:50. 58th & 2nd MV/60 Arwel Lewis 43:44. 69th & 1st FV/40 Megan Hughes 44:35. 76th & 2nd FV/40 Helen Morgan 45:24. 95th Emlyn Roberts 46:19. 101st & 2nd FV/50 Helen Blair 46:34. 107th Luke Earnshaw 46:49. 172nd Harri Roberts 50:53. 175th Jess Mullan 50:54. 176th Gwenllian Dafydd 50:54. 243rd Rebecca Roberts 55:14. 310th & 1st FV/70 Maggie Oliver 59:39 and 365th Roy Jardine 64:52. There were 428 finishers.
Eryri men and women claimed the respective team titles.

BUSY SUNDAY OF ROAD RACING for ERYRI

BUSY SUNDAY OF ROAD RACING for ERYRI
 
The weather yet again played havoc with racing this weekend! At the Jones Crisps Anglesey Half Marathon on Sunday 1st March, though the weather was dry, the strong winds prevented the competitors being allowed to race across the Menai Suspension Bridge meaning a change of start location, nearer the Town Centre by Askew Street, the overnight winds also brought down a tree on the A545 Beaumaris Road that meant a change of race route, which certainly made it interesting, taking in the alternative race route via Llandegfan to Beaumaris, Llanfaes and back, taking in, the iconic “Cemetery Hill” Overall race distance was 13.7miles with over 1,200ft of climbing! At least there was some shelter from the strong head wind on the Llandegfan back roads on the way back to the finish!
18 Eryri Harriers were amongst the 1206 finishers with 6th placed Nic Brook leading the way in a time of 1:24:57 followed by: 11th Keirren Jones 1:27:10. 19th Sion Kelly-Williams 1:29:03. 44th Michael Coyne 1:34:10. 59th (3rd M/50) Paul Hodges 1:37:50. 60th & 2nd Female Gemma Moore 1:38:05. 66th & 3rd Female Anna Mackenzie 1:38:18. 101st (2nd M/60) Arwel Lewis 1:42:11. 120th Ifan Jones 1:44:05. 141st Manon Wilkinson 1:46:55. 147th Megan Hughes 1:47:33. 160th Helen Morgan 1:48:15. 192nd Jacki Artist 1:49:57. 422nd Gwenllian Dafydd 2:04:13. 459th Harri Roberts 2:05:42. 504th Chris Hoult 2:07:08. 614th Katie Wilby 2:13:47 & Gwyn Moseley 2:19:11.
The race was won by Martin Green (M/45) 1:21:08 with local athlete Steff Sayer (Menai T&F) not far behind in 1:21:19. The first woman home was Bangor University student Lucy Williamson (Ilkley Harriers AC) with a time of 1:32:56. The event was the 3rd counter in the Eryri Road Running Championships which will be updated later.
In conjunction with the Half Marathon, there were 641 finishers in the 10k event. The first Eryri Harrier home was 18th placed and 1st M/60 Dylan Huws in a time of 42:17 followed by: 26th Jody Cain 43:48. 82nd and 1st M/65 Eurwyn Edwards 50:13. 85th and 1st F/50 Marian Jones 50:30. 86th and 2nd M/65 Malcolm Jones 50:32. 253rd Kelly O’Donnell 59:18 & 394th (2nd F/60) Viv Edwards 64:08. The race was won by Ryan Davis (Wrexham AAC) 34:18 with former Eryri athlete Lydia Sharpe finishing 6th overall & 1st female in a time of 39:56.
Also on Sunday, Rob Samuel was just 6 seconds away from a 10k PB at the Trafford 10k with a time of 30:27.
Though Rob was 6th overall in the event, he was only the 4th Welsh finisher which shows the depth of talent that we currently have in Wales amongst both our male and female athletes.
The race was won by Andy Hunt (Cardiff AAC) 29:44. 2nd Andy Davies (Stockport) 30:14 with, 3rd Rowan Axe (Cardiff AAC) 30:16.
Down South, Rhys James finished 58th in the Newport Half Marathon in a time of 1:22:43 where there were 1943 finishers.

GEMMA’S (WINDSWEPT) NORTH WALES TITLE

GEMMA’S (WINDSWEPT) NORTH WALES TITLE
Gemma Moore was Eryri’s star performer at the windswept Rhyl 10 mile (North Wales Championships) race on Saturday 22nd February. The event was also a club counter in our Road Running Championships, only the 2nd to date following two postponements due to the weather.
548 competitors braved the gale force winds at Sunny Rhyl for the out and back 10mile event to Prestatyn and back. Running the bad weather route did not make much of a difference, wind assisted all the way to Prestatyn before the turnaround and the battle against the wind and once on the seashore, the windswept sand.
Shaun Jackson (Chester Tri) won the event in a time of 56:35. The first Eryri Finisher was 12th placed (North Wales Gold Medal MV/35) 59:05 followed by: 15th (North Wales Silver Medal MV/45)  Nic Brook 60:10. 21st (North Wales Silver Medal MV/35) 62:35. 30th (North Wales Senior Silver Medal) Keiren Jones 65:18. 33rd (North Wales Bronze Medal MV/45) Michale Coyne 66:26. 46th and North Wales Overall 10 mile Champion; Gemma Moore 69:07. 56th (North Wales Gold Medal MV/60) Arwel Lewis 71:01 & 454th (Gold Medal MV/70) Roy Jardine 1:51:25.
Well done to everyone who braved the gale force winds and the event organisers: RunWales for putting the event on in challenging weather conditions.
Following weeks of race cancellations including the Nick Beer 10k and the Wrexham Half Marathon, both of which were Eryri Road Running Championship events. The Nick Beer 10k has been re-arranged for Saturday 7th March and will remain a club road running championships event. The Wrexham Half Marathon has been cancelled altogether for this year with those entered been given the options of:

Virtual Half Marathon (in your own time).  Run the 13.1 miles distance in your own time, wherever you want and then send us evidence.  We will then post the magnificent 2020 giant antique bronze finish medal to you.  Please follow the instructions when entering the virtual race. Or

Transfer Your Entry to either:  Colshaw Hall 10k (Knutsford) on Sunday 10th May, Helena Tipping Wrexham 10k on Sunday 27th July or our Bartletts Farndon 10k on Sunday 27th September.  All three of these fantastic events are classic races with full road closures, the most up to date chip-timing and amazing bespoke medals.

To transfer to the virtual race or to one of the three 10k races then please CLICK HERE
This must be completed by 
23:59 on Saturday 29th Feb 

Club Championships update after two events – Rhyl 10mile points with points overall in brackets:
Dilwyn Powell_Jones 25 (50)
Nic Brook 22
Ian Edwards 20 (40)
Keiren Jones 19
Michael Coyne 18
Gemma Moore 17 – 25 (50) 1st Female
Arwel Lewis 16 (39)
Roy Jardine 15 (23)