A Swindon Harriers youngster had an incredible weekend at the South West Indoor Championships as he took home a hat-trick of gold medals.

Oakley Hogan took home the gold medal in the under-15 category for the high jump, triple jump, and shot at the event in Cardiff and had to come back across the bridge heavily weighed down by all the medals.

Hogan was not the only one coming back with a gold medal as Jaidon Dix won the under-17 triple jump, Ben Janes won the under-17 high jump, and Jayden Messiah came home first in the under-13 200 metres.

Al Virgilio and Archie Kinneir won silver in the under-17 400 metres and under-17 shot respectively and there were bronze medals in the under-17 200 metres for George Mann, under-17 high jump for Chris James, and under-17 high jump for Kalina Karacheva, with the Harriers getting 11 medals overall.

It was not just in Cardiff that the Harriers were experiencing success as Ben Cole and Simon Byrne came home first and second in the second race of the Oxford Cross Country League race at Cirencester Park, as Isaac Mould, Harry Woods, Ben Lines, and Max Harrison-Tosatto all came home in the top ten.

This meant that the men took a dominant overall win and both the B and C teams were the highest finishers when compared to their counterparts.

“To put six in the top seven is testament to the group that has formed and trains together week in, week out with everyone pushing each other on to make the A and B teams,” said Cole.

“We are all team-mates and training partners, but I don’t think anything motivates you more than beating each other.

“And it is great to see the younger lads like Issac Mould, Harry Woods, Harry Edwards and Fletcher Hart knocking on the door and looking to become regulars in the team.”

It was also a strong weekend for the senior women as they improved from seventh to fifth, as Emma Hines finished seventh, Chloe Powell in 11th, and Jade Bennett 36th.

The under-13 girls had an unbelievable race as they locked out the first five places across the line with Ellie Charlesworth taking the win before being followed by Elsie Scrase, Charissa Griffiths-Clark, Freya McMeeking, and Esha Bhalerao.

Finley Byrne was the runner-up in the under-13 boys’ race, with Jesse Bryant in third and James Mayneord eighth as they were the team winners.