Cardiff Met Open 2017 Report

Thu, 7th Sep 17

The Cardiff Met Open 2017 was a fantastic evening of sport and fun to celebrate the opening of the new athletics & rugby facility on our Cardiff Met Cyncoed campus. Athletes from grass-roots to current GB internationals, joined legends Colin Jackson, Darren Campbell, Jamie Baulch & Christian Malcolm. The facility demonstrated itself as an outstanding platform as many PBs were broken and a new British Record was set.

Current GB internationals and elite athletes, Aled Davies (Shot), Jake Heyward (mile), Becca Chapman (Long jump) Jordan Howe (100m) Tom Marshall (Community mile) & Ieuan Thomas (Community mile) acted as event ambassadors encouraging and supporting the buzz throughout the evening that included numerous quality performances.

Double Paralympian Steve Morris (Cardiff AAC) set a new British T20 best of 4:23.12 taking a massive 10secs off the previous fastest. Australian Sam Blake, set the pace for Morris, who followed through lap splits of 63, 2:07, 3:15 and maintained his pace on the last lap to win the fastest heat.

The UK National U15 Long Jump Champion, Caitlyn Mapps (Archers), won her 100m heat in 12.98 and jumped a Facility Record of 5.27.

The men’s Long Jump win went to Simon Hammann (Bristol & West) with a mark of 6.55m. Wayne Booth, from the Forest of Dean, has the 100m track record safe until 2018, with a 11.42 clock stopping time. The fastest female was Brecon AC’s Sophie Matthews (12.97). Two U17’s led the Shot put, with wins for Gwennan Lewis (Newport Harriers) 12.22m and club mate Dylan Bevan, 11.72m.

The eagerly anticipated miles didn’t disappoint, with 5 heats in total. Thanks to our elite pacers Tom Marshall & Ieuan Thomas, many personal bests were set including Alanah Hill (Archers) winning heat 2 in 5:25.10.

The evening was rounded off with the Cardiff Met Community fun mile with over 50 runners of all ages on the start the line. Club runners, students, staff, toddlers and prams, walked, jogged and ran 4 laps of the new track. All athletes received a medal from our Event Ambassadors and all enjoyed the experience.

 Thank you to those who made the event possible. With special mentions to Cardiff Met Sport, Sport Cardiff, Cardiff Archers, all the volunteers (including club members), the legends, event ambassadors and the brilliant team of officials on the night. Thank you to all the athletes, coaches, parents and spectators who took time out to support the event.