By Owen Morgan
Welsh Commonwealth Games hurdler Caryl Granville showed she is running back into form in time for this month’s British Athletics Championships with two wins at Swansea Harriers’ UK Women’s Athletics Fixture in Wigan on Sunday.
Granville, who was plagued by injuries for a year since competing for Wales at the Gold Coast Commonwealth in April 2018, claimed a hurdles double as the Harriers finished third in their final fixture of the 2019 UKWAL season.
Granville won the 100m hurdles B race in 14.48 and clocked a season’s best time of 57.78 in the 400m hurdles A race as she helped the Harriers to a fifth placed finish in Division One.
Another of Swansea’s Commonwealth Games athletes Hannah Brier finished second in the 100m A race, clocking a time of 12.07.
Meanwhile, Olivia Caesar earned excellent points for the club by winning the 400m B race in 57.31.
Sian Kirk enjoyed a busy and successful afternoon finishing second in the 1500m B race in 5:01.79 and third in the 800m B race in 2:23.41.
And Ffion Higginson was second in the 3000m B race in 11:19.54 and Abigail Buxton was also runner in the B string high jump with a height of 1.60m.
At the same meeting, the Swansea Harriers men’s team were competing in their British Athletics League match where they finished fifth to give them a fourth placed finish overall in Division One.
Sam Ige gained an excellent win in the 100m B race, clocking a time of 11.22, while Leon Greenwood was third in the A race in 11.01. Steffan Dylan Lloyd also claimed third in the 400m in 48.69.
Paul Tobin was second in the 800m B race in 1:55.33, while he finished fourth in the 1500m A race clocking 3:58.60.
The 5000m A race saw Swansea’s Welsh and Great Britain international Kris Jones produce an excellent performance to comfortably win in a time of 14:17.08. In the B race, Elliott Lawrence clocked a personal best of 15:10.37 to finish third.
In the field, Thomas Walley won the A string pole vault with a height of 4.60m, while Swansea stalwart Glyn Price, who also competed in the hammer, discus and shot put, was second in the B string pole vault with a height of 3.60m.
Nathan James claimed another win for Swansea in the javelin B string with a throw of 52.35m.
Ceiron Hopkins was second in the A string long jump with a leap of 7.01m, while Jack Houghton recorded a personal best to finish second in the B string competition with 6.08m.
There was also a second place for Patrick Swan who registered 15.96m in the shot put, while he also placed third in the discus with 43.75m.