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British Athletic League (National Division 1)

Round: 2

Date: Saturday 3 June 2017

Venue: Sketty Lane Track, Sketty Lane Playing Fields, Sketty Lane, Swansea SA2 8QB

Venue Website: http://www.runtrackdir.com/details.asp?track=swansea-sl

Host: Swansea H & AC http://www.swanseaharriers.co.uk/

Organiser: British Athletics League http://www1.bal.org.uk/

Competing Teams: Cardiff AAC; Sale H Manchester; Windsor Slough Eton & Hounslow AC; Blackheath & Bromley H; Glasgow City H; Harrow AC; Basingstoke & Mid Hants AC; Swansea H & AC.

First Event at: 12.30

Last Event at: 17.25

Match Report

After winning the first match of the 2017 series, Cardiff's BAL team was missing several of its top points scorers for the second round in Swansea yesterday but still managed third place.

Amongst the heroes of the day, Matt Clowes stood out. After a dominant run to win the 1500m, he was back on the track a mere 15 minutes later to contest the 5,000 along with team mate Carwyn Jones. What an athlete!


On a sunny but windy day, the team pulled out all its stops to come third behind winners Swansea and second placers Harrow AC.

Club captain Brett Morse produced his customary double win in the discus and shot put and was matched by Jonathan Edwards who won both hammer and discus B events, the former after an enthralling battle with Jac Palmer who won the A competition, throwing 62.03m to Jonathan's 60.21m.

On the track, Paul Bennett had got the day off to a good start, winning the 400m hurdles A race in a near personal best time of 51.71, with Ryan Cooper improving to 54.66 for second spot in the B race. Ciaran Lewis controlled the 3000m steeplechase for a comfortable win while young Jeremiah Azu made an impressive BAL debut in the 100m A race; to follow his 10.97 against the wind the previous Wednesday.

The final team scores were:

1. Swansea H & AC (337 points)
2. Harrow AC (317)
3. Cardiff AAC (297)
4. Sale H (295.5)
5. Blackheath & Bromley H & AC (286)
6. Glasgow City AC (222)
7. Windsor Slough Eton & Hounslow AC (208)
8. Basingstoke & Mid Hants AC (202.5)

After two rounds the league positions are:

1. Swansea H & AC (15 points)
2. Cardiff AAC (14)
3. Harrow AC (13)
4. Blackheath & Bromley H & AC (9)
5. Sale H (8.5)
6. Windsor Slough Eton & Hounslow AC (5.5)
7. Glasgow City AC(4.5)
8. Basingstoke & Mid Hants AC (2.5)

The full results can be seen here.

The next round is in Bedford on 15th July and is the innovative "Big Weekend" with all the league clubs taking part on the same day. This match is likely to provide a different level of competition and to decide which two teams will be promoted to the Premier division in 2018. There is a real chance that Wales' two top clubs could, for the first time ever, be together in this top level of British club competition.

Cardiff certainly has the potential not only to be promoted but also to challenge the best British clubs for the top spot. Hopefully all those who were not available yesterday (and their coaches) will see this as an important opportunity to support their club and to enjoy real competition.