Swansea Harrier Josh Griffiths is targeting a big October as he sets his sights on Sunday’s Commonwealth Half Marathon Championship and the Dublin Marathon later in the month. The man who shot to prominence when he finished as the top British runner at the 2017 London Marathon is relishing taking on the best the Commonwealth has to offer once again after his exploits on the Gold Coast earlier this year. The 24-year-old finished 15th in the Commonwealth Games marathon which he described at the time as “the hardest race I have ever done”.
Former Celtic Dragons and Wales shooters Georgia Rowe and Cara Lea Moseley have crossed the Severn Bridge to join Severn Stars in the new Vitality Superleague season. They head into England while Wales’ top shooter, Chelsea Lewis, has opted to return home from Team Bath after two seasons away. Lewis was this week among four new signings announced by the Celtic Dragons as they plan their fightback from the basement section of the Superleague.
Ryan Giggs is expecting a fierce Irish backlash when he takes his Wales team to Dublin for the third round of the UEFA League of Nations to meet Martin O'Neill's Republic of Ireland side. While Giggs was in dreamland after his home debut as manager turned into a 4-1 rout at Cardiff City Stadium last month, opposite number O'Neill had his head in his hands after the mauling. Things didn’t go as well in Denmark the following week with a 2-0 defeat in Aarhus, but Giggs remains confident his side can repeat their heroics against the Irish in Dublin. They meet Spain next week at the Principality Stadium in a warm-up friendly that is set to attract a 50,000+ crowd.
Esapekka Lappi set the fastest time on the opening stage of the Dayinsure Wales Rally GB to lead the event after tonight’s one mile spectator stage around the Tir Prince Raceway near Rhyl. Co-driven by Janne Ferm, the Toyota driver set a time 0.3 seconds faster than team-mates Jari-Matti Latvala/Miikka Anttila and World Rally Championship leaders Thierry Neuville/Nicolas Gilsoul (Hyundai), while five-time world champions Sébastien Ogier/Julien Ingrassia (M-Sport Ford Fiesta WRC) were fourth, a further 0.4 seconds behind. Ott Tänak/Martin Järveoja, who crashed their Toyota on the morning’s Shakedown stage in Clocaenog forest, made it all three Yaris WRCs in the top five, while Andreas Mikkelsen/Anders Jaeger completed the top six in their Hyundai i20 Coupe WRC.
Elfyn Evans got his Dayinsure Wales Rally GB defence off to a flying start by setting the joint second fastest time on today’s Shakedown stage in his M-Sport Ford Fiesta WRC. It might have only been a short 3.37km run through Clocaenog forest, which doesn’t count towards the outcome of the event itself, but the time – just 0.2 seconds slower than Finland’s Teemu Suninen (Fiesta WRC) – confirms that Evans is one of the favourites for victory this weekend. The Shakedown stage also proved how slippery the conditions are, as Ott Tänak – who has won the last three World Championship rounds – skidded straight on at a junction and nose-dived into a bank. His Toyota Yaris WRC has been repaired and he’ll be none the worse off when the event gets underway.
Dalton Grant is looking to celebrate promotion with Bradford Bull this weekend - before setting his sights on helping Wales qualify for the Rugby League World Cup. The 28-year-old is set to add to his cap tally when Wales face France, Scotland and Ireland this autumn and the full squad for the tournament will be announced on October 18.
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