Results from the Welsh Championships, Snowdonia Marathon, WMRA World Cup and more
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Welsh Championships, Cardiff, July 13-14
Sam Gordon clocked 10.08 to take the Welsh 100m title and although assisted by a 4.3m/sec wind, the time is the fastest any Welshman has ever recorded for the distance and moves Gordon closer in his bid to become the first Welshman under 10 seconds.
Hannah Williams won the women’s title in 11.96 ahead of Olympian Mica Moore in 12.02.
Ieuan Thomas stepped away from his preferred 3000m steeplechase event to claim a 1500m title in 3:49.27, while Jade Williams retained her 800m title on Saturday before claiming 1500m gold in 4:26.51 a day later ahead of 2018 British 10,000m champion Charlotte Arter.
Commonwealth athletes Bethan Davies and Heather Lewis faced off in the 5000m race walk, with British champion Lewis taking the title in a PB of 21:41.
Brett Morse claimed another title in the men’s discus with a best throw of 56.79m, while Adelle Nicoll recorded a discus and shot double with 43.02m and 16.34m respectively.
In the women’s long jump, T38 Paralympic medallist Olivia Breen eclipsed her own Commonwealth record from the Gold Coast with a best of 4.88m.
Snowdonia Marathon, July 14
Nick Swinburn and Kirsteen Welch claimed victory at the event which incorporated the trials for the World Long Distance Mountain Running Championships taking place in Argentina later this year.
Swinburn won the men’s race in 3:18:10 ahead of Seb Batchelor (3:19:45) and Jack Wood (3:23:10).
Welch won the women’s title in 4:07.52, with Sara Willhoit second (4:10:15) and Georgia Tindley third (4:13:54).
Grossglockner Berglauf, WMRA World Cup, Austria, July 14
Britain’s Sarah Tunstall and Eritrea’s Filimon Abraham claimed victory at the third stage of the WMRA World Cup.
Tunstall, who was the 2015 WMRA World Cup winner, claimed victory in 1:26:23 for the 12.67km race featuring a total elevation gain of 1494m.
Stage 3 winner @s_tunstall talks about her targets for the upcoming season. Today's win at #mythosglockner was a big achievement for the brit-runner #mountainrunningworldcup#MOUNTAINRUNNING @SnowdonRace @BrokenArrowCA @SierreZinal @iaaforg @CarrerasMontana @corsainmontagna pic.twitter.com/FO2WWHR4O3
— WMRA (@WMRAmountainrun) July 14, 2019
Kenya’s Purity Kajuju Gitonga was second in 1:27:28 and Austria’s Alexandra Hauser third in 1:28:12.
Abraham won in 1:11:56, 23 seconds ahead of defending champion Geoffrey Gikuni Ndungu of Kenya. Kenya’s Timothy Kimutai Kirui was third and Britain’s WMRA World Cup leader Andrew Douglas fourth.
Lee Valley Open, July 14
Nathan Douglas achieved his best jump since 2015, recording 16.88m (1.4m/sec) in the triple jump.
Varberg, Sweden, July 15
Discus world leader Daniel Stahl had an impressive four 70m-plus throws with a best of 70.89m on home soil. Fedrick Dacres threw 65.92m.
» See the July 18 issue of AW magazine for more from this week’s athletics and running events