Cheers for Beer! Adam picks up top award

Llanelli Star - - SPORT -

LLANELLI Ath­let­ics Club star Adam Beer is the lat­est re­cip­i­ent of the Gerry Batty Me­mo­rial Tro­phy.

The award is given on an an­nual ba­sis by the West Wales Re­gional Ath­let­ics Coun­cil com­mit­tee.

It is awarded for the most im­proved ju­nior ath­lete in West Wales over the pre­vi­ous year. It was won by Ben Thomas of Ys­gol y Strade in 2018 and the coun­cil was im­pressed with the num­ber and qual­ity of nom­i­na­tions re­ceived this year.

Beer’s achieve­ments in 2017-18 saw the Ys­gol Glan y Môr pupil win the Welsh Schools Cross Coun­try in Bre­con, be­fore he fin­ished seventh for Wales at SIAB in Not­ting­ham.

On the track he con­tin­ued to make dras­tic im­prove­ments, cul­mi­nat­ing in break­ing Dewi Griffiths’s 1500m record in Car­marthen and then break the 3000m track record in Swansea at un­der-15 level.

He broke club records at Llanelli AAC in the 800m and 3000m.

This year’s award was pre­sented to Beer at the West Wales Out­door Track and Field Ath­let­ics Cham­pi­onships in Swansea by West Wales chair­man Dr Hedydd Davies.

Other award win­ners over the years in­clude ath­letes such as Swansea Har­ri­ers’ Joe Brier and Dewi Griffiths, who be­gan their run­ning ca­reer in John­stown.

Adam Beer and Hedydd Davies.

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