Powys golden girls target British glory

Published date: 29 June 2017 |
Published by: Gavin Grosvenor
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Rhianwedd Price 

Ffion Price 

Lauren Williams 

Adele Nicoll 

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FOUR of the region’s leading athletes bid to be crowned British champions in Birmingham this weekend.

Welshpool shot put star Adele Nicoll and Llanidloes teenage hurdler Lauren Williams are joined by Ffion and Rhianwedd Price, 1,500m stars from Llandrindod Wells, in taking on the best of Britain.

As well as national titles the quartet will also be seeking to secure a place in the British squad for the IAAF World Championships in London later this year.

Nicoll goes into championships having already been crowned British Universities, English Under 23s champion and Welsh champion while also taking bronze in the European Throwing Cup earlier this year.

Williams also makes the trip with confidence with the teenager called up to represent Wales in an under 20s international against Welsh Schools and three English regions in Cardiff on July 12.

The former Maldwyn Harrier marked her return to action following school commitments with a superb weekend in the Welsh Athletics Youth development league in Cardiff last weekend.

Williams, a member of Swansea Harriers Athletics Club and coached by Arnie Wray, won the 400m and 400m hurdles, posting new personal best times in both.

Williams rose to third in the UK under 20s women’s hurdles rankings and 30th in Europe.

Williams said: “I missed the England championships due to exams so this was my first race in seven weeks so I'm over the moon with a PB and pleased to have a strong performance ahead of this weekend’s British athletics team trials.”

Meanwhile Llandrindod Wells twin sisters Ffion and Rhianwedd will both compete in the 1,500m having earned rave reviews for their race displays in the American Universities League with the Houston Franks.

Rhianwedd geared up for the race at last weekend’s European Athletics Team Championships in Lille.

Price was part of a developmental squad which travelled to France and crossed the line in ninth spot with a time of 4:17:60.

Price said: “I was honestly honoured and surprised to get the selection for Lille.

“The race result wasn't really what I wanted at all, but I gave it my all, and was proud to put on the British vest. There were some tactical hiccups, that I can take away and learn from, which is always a positive.

“It was definitely a learning experience, which I hope to take to into the British championships.”

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