ATH­LET­ICS

Glamorgan Gazette - - Sport -

EENAGER Ffion Hig­gin­son has been nom­i­nated for a British Ath­let­ics po­si­tion in the Academy of Sport­ing Ex­cel­lence, writes Tony Poole.

The young mem­ber of Brid­gend AC has made it through to the first stage of the British Ath­let­ics Per­for­mance Path­way for ath­letes be­tween the ages of 16 and 18.

It’s a fan­tas­tic achieve­ment, as only run­ners that British Ath­let­ics feel have demon­strated po­ten­tial to per­form are cho­sen.

Ffion has per­formed at the high­est level and it made her el­i­gi­ble to ap­ply. JEF­FREY Thomas proved the old say­ing “all things come to those who wait” spot on in win­ning Porth­cawl 5K Parkrun for a first time at the 170th at­tempt.

And the vet­eran Brid­gend run­ner, who com­pleted the course in 18 min­utes 32 sec­onds, went close to the Vets 50-54 cat­e­gory record set by Roys­ton White­house.

On his one and only Porth­cawl at­ten­dance back in July 2016, the Neath Har­ri­ers run­ner clocked 17:56.

How­ever, the best time that Thomas has achieved on the sea­side course re­mains 18:17 when fin­ish­ing third to Paul Speyer (Brackla Har­ri­ers) in race num­ber 35 back in Novem­ber 2013.

A com­bi­na­tion of wet weather and the Welsh Road Re­lays in Pem­brey Coun­try Park led to just 266 run­ners fac­ing the starter for the 284th stag­ing.

Thomas crossed the fin­ish­ing line a mere seven sec­onds in front of Dave Dick­son (Porth­cawl Run­ners) with Ja­cob Grif­fiths (Brackla Har­ri­ers) just a sec­ond in his slip­stream.

The re­main­ing top-10 places went to Dave Moore (Brackla Har­ri­ers) 19.00, Sam Dodge (un­at­tached) per­sonal best (pb) 19:14, Michael Fur­ness (Porth­cawl Run­ners) 19:42, An­drew Cle­ments (un­at­tached) 19:57, Dave Ben­nett (Porth­cawl Run­ners) 20:01, Thomas Ogilvie (Brackla Har­ri­ers) 20:06 and Pe­ter Johns (un­at­tached) 20:21.

Top fe­male fin­isher in 26th spot was Deb­o­rah Roberts-Goule (Porth­cawl Run­ners in 21:41. SOME fa­mil­iar names oc­cu­pied the top-three places last Satur­day dur­ing the 58th stag­ing of Maesteg 5K Parkrun in the Wel­fare Park.

Vic­tory for a 19th time went to Rowan Hobbs (Brackla Har­ri­ers), who on this oc­ca­sion com­pleted the course in 18 min­utes 58 sec­onds.

This was 55 sec­onds out­side his per­sonal best (pb) that he carded when vic­to­ri­ous in event num­ber 30 back in March.

Run­ner-up was five-time event win­ner Niki Puleio (Ogmore Phoe- nix) with the for­mer foot­ball star clock­ing 19:57.

Third place went to Adrian Pearce in 20:25 while the next three fin­ish­ers were also un­at­tached – Gareth Thomp­son 20:34, Paul Kearns 22:39 and Kevin Wil­liams 23:07.

Tim­o­thy Rees of Ogmore Phoenix took sev­enth place in 23:18 ahead of Lee Thomas (un­at­tached) pb 23:56, top fe­male Libby Lavis (Brackla Har­ri­ers) 24:34 and To­mas Stephens (un­at­tached) 24:35.

Sec­ond fe­male to cross the fin­ish­ing line in 17th place was Denise Bradley (Ogmore Phoenix) in 29:45 with Katy Kearns (un­at­tached) fol­low­ing her home in 33:18. THE third sea­son of the Brid­gend County Run­ning League is done and dusted with Gareth Davies (Brid­gend) and Me­lanie Wil­liams (Brackla Har­ri­ers) top­ing the re­spec­tive gen­der in­di­vid­ual ta­bles.

Ear­lier in the month the Tuska Beach event in Rest Bay formed the sixth and fi­nal event on an­other busy Brid­gend cal­en­dar.

The team event re­sulted in Brid­gend bank­ing 380 points, Brackla Har­ri­ers 441, Ogmore Phoenix 593, Cor­nelly Strid­ers 679, Porth­cawl Run­ners 9967, Pen­coed Pan­thers 1,128 and Pen­coed tri Club 1,415.

It led to Brid­gend be­ing crowned cham­pi­ons with fi­nal plac­ings of Brid­gend 1,838, Ogmore Phoenix 3,120, Brackla Har­ri­ers 3,314, Cor­nelly Strid­ers 4,049, Porth­cawl Run­ners 5,102, Pen­coed Tri Club 7,529 and Pen­coed Pan­thers 7,597.

How­ever, next year the league re­turns to six clubs be­cause Pen­coed Tri Club have opted out.

The Men’s fi­nal ta­ble, based on an av­er­age of the four best runs in the six sea­sonal events, read: Gareth Davies (Brid­gend) 76.87%, Keith Pow­ell 75.74, Pe­ter Turner (both Cor­nelly Strid­ers) 75.12, Richard Dando (Brid­gend) 74.7, Dave Cas­ca­rina (Cor­nelly Strid­ers) 74.66, Rob Atkin 74.16, Mark Emery (both Brid­gend) 73.1, Ian Ogilvie (Brackla Har­ri­ers) 72.15, Graeme Rand 71.92 and Jef­frey Thomas (both Brid­gend) 71.32.

The cor­re­spond­ing fe­male chart dis­played: Me­lanie Wil­liams (Brackla Har­ri­ers) 76.09%, Kate Roberts (Brid­gend) 74.56, An­neliese Loveluck (Ogmore Phoenix) 72.81, Char­lotte Johns (Brackla Har­ri­ers) 72.78, Ge­orgina Jayne Dando (Brid­gend) 72.15, Ro­mane Maine 70.74, Deb­o­rah Roberts-Goule 70.57, Sharon Ford (all Porth­cawl Run­ners) 68.94, Ang­harad Ma­son (Brid­gend) 68.84 and Jane Ogilvie (Brackla Har­ri­ers) 67.74. BRID­GEND Se­nior Ladies achieved a third-place fin­ish in the Welsh Road Re­lay Cham­pi­onships that were staged last Satur­day at Pem­brey Coun­try Park in Llanelli.

This was the most no­table achieve­ment from the Brid­gend county clubs, and it was down to fine run­ning from He­len An­drews, Hay­ley Coburn, Gina Hard­man and Ka­trin Hig­gin­son.

Swansea Har­ri­ers made suc­cess­ful de­fences in Car­marthen­shire of both the Men’s and Women’s ti­tles.

Great Bri­tain marathon run­ner Joshua Grif­fiths and Wales 3,000m steeplechaser Jonathan Hop­kins recorded joint-fastest leg among the THE fes­tive sea­son can’t be too far away when or­gan­is­ers of the Nos Galan Road Races an­nounce applications for this year’s event are now open.

The an­nual New Year’s Eve races around the streets of Moun­tain Ash are this year cel­e­brat­ing their 60th an­niver­sary.

The event was the brain­child of the late Bernard Bald­win MBE to per­pet­u­ate leg­endary 18th cen­tury Welsh run­ner Grif­fith Mor­gan, who was bet­ter known as Guto Nyth Bran.

Leg­end has it that he could run from Saint Gwynno’s Church in Llan­wonno to Moun­tain Ash – a dis­tance of just un­der four miles - in the time it took a ket­tle to boil on an open fire.

De­mand for the 2018 event is greater than ever, and on­line book­ing is al­ready well un­der­way.

The fee re­mains frozen on £10 for ath­letes af­fil­i­ated to a club; its £12 for non-af­fil­i­ated run­ners while en­tries for chil­dren are just £6.

Fur­ther de­tails are avail­able via www.nos­galan.co.uk JOSHUA Mor­gan de­fied wet and windy con­di­tions last Sun­day to win the 152nd stag­ing of Brid­gend Ju­nior 2K Parkrun in New­bridge Fields.

It was the sixth time in 84 starts for the young Brid­gend run­ner to pull off a win, and he com­pleted the course in eight min­utes 27 sec­onds.

This was just 14 sec­onds out­side his per­sonal best time that was recorded back in May when he also carded a vic­tory.

In sec­ond place came Dy­lan Jones in 8:41 from Jack Green 8:54, Ethan Wy­att (Ogmore Phoenix) 9:03, Luke Wood­house 9:11, top fe­male Mia Allen (Brid­gend) 9:14, Dan May (Cor­nelly Strid­ers) 9:20, Har­vey Jack­son 9:37, Freya Allen (Brid­gend) 9:40 and Ari­an­nah Thomas 9:55.

Five per­sonal best times were set, and these came from Wil­liam John, Posey John, Alice Dun­scombe, Aneira Flay-Petty and Charly Webb.

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