Another Christmas Classic!

Mon, 12th Dec 16


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Cardiff Met & RAF GP 1, Christmas Classic

This Sunday’s Indoor Grand Prix was the first of three meets hosted by Cardiff Met AC with their new sponsors and development partners the RAF.  The meet was hugely successful with the newly resurfaced indoor arena returning fast times in the endurance events which contributed to a festive atmosphere of exciting athletics. The performances of the day included a 3000m Walks UK Best for Bethan Davies (Cardiff AAC) and a Junior British record by Cameron Corbishley. Other standout performances were double GP records for Caryl Grandville (60m hurdles and 600m) and Kate Malby smashed the 3000m record. In the men’s distance races Alex Coomber (600m) and Andrew Wright (3000m) produced personal best times to win against quality fields. The host club Cardiff Met took victories through Sian Swanson (Long jump) Joe Pearse (High Jump) Belen Simarro (High Jump) Fiona Hockey (Pole Vault) and Zach Harrop (Pole Vault). The famous Santa Dash 60m saw a new world record by Wyn Roberts with a stunning 7.12! Then he came back a few minutes later to take 2nd in the men’s 60m final inside 7.0 seconds!

Well done to all athletes, coaches and spectators. Plus a very big thank you to all our officials and volunteers for their time, support and hard work. Then the support of the RAF as our title sponsor is a fantastic recognition of the series, which continues on the 15th January with the New Year open.

Link to results:

Winners in each event:


Joshua BROWN (SENM) Cardiff AAC 6.94

Rebecca CHAPMAN (SENW) Cardiff AAC 7.53


Alexander ATKINS (SENM) Dartford Harriers Athletics Club 36.37

Armani WILLIAMS (U20W) Newport Harriers 41.36


Alex COOMBER (SENM) Cardiff AAC 1:18.39

Caryl GRANVILLE (SENW) Swansea Harriers 1:31.86 ALL-COMERS REC


Andrew WRIGHT (SENM) Cardiff University 8:07.85

Kate MALBY (SENW) Bristol & West AC 9:03.60

3000m Walks

Cameron CORBISHLEY (U20M) Medway and Maidstone 11:39.75 JUN U20 REC

Bethan DAVIES (SENW) Cardiff AAC 12:35.87 UK SEN REC

60m Hurdles

Caryl GRANVILLE (SENW) Swansea Harriers 8.56 GP REC

Long Jump

Simeon HAMMANN (SENM) Bristol and West AC 6.72

Sian SWANSON (SENW) Cardiff Met AC 5.33

High Jump

Joe PEARSE (SENM) Cardiff Met AC 2.05

Belen Simarro (SENW) Cardiff Met AC 1.65

Pole Vault

Zach HARROP (SENM) Cardiff Met AC 4.10

Fiona HOCKEY (U20W) Cardiff Met AC 3.70

Shot Put

Daniel CORK (U20M) Newport / Royal Veterinary College 13.36

Ada’Ora CHIGBO (U20W) North Somerset AC 12.49

Combined Events

Aled PRICE (SENM) Carmarthen Harriers

Sara GEARY (SENW) Cardiff AAC

Santa 60m

Wyn ROBERTS (SENM) Swansea Harriers 7.12 World record

Lorna PHILLIPS (SENW) Bristol University 9.01




Lorna Phillips & Wyn Roberts – Victorious in the Santa Dash