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Sunday 5 August 2018

In the last match (4th) of Cardiff's senior men's team (first season) in the Premier League at Hendon, London, the team needed to finish in front of Thames Valley Harriers (TVH) in order to retain their place in the Premier League. Unfortunately this did not happen, with TVH 5th (260pts,) beat Cardiff 6th (259pts) by 1pt. However Cardiff beat City of Sheffield & Deane AC (222pts) 7th, with Swansea (130pts) 8th. After match 4 the league table at bottom 6th Cardiff 14pts, 7 th TVH 13.5pts, Swansea 4pts. Looking at split between track 125pts and field 134pts. Track low score was caused by no team in 400x4 relay and one athlete in 110H. Our lead senior teams, are affected by the success of athletes being selected into various Welsh teams, and elite into GB teams, add main holiday season has impacted on most of our club teams..

Those in track events did their best highlighted by Matt Elias a spectator sat in stand, did 400H B event (8th) to gain a point. James Thie V40 did the 5000m B (6th) gaining good points.

Sam Gordon 1st (A) 100m, with Kris Jones (B) 2nd 100m. In 800m Joe Reid (A) 2nd, with Elliot Slade (B) 1st were the highlights on the track, that included U20 athletes, and those new to Premier League competition.

In field events, team had excellent results including JT (A) Jason Copsey 1st 68.04 (pb), (B) Richard Dangerfield 1st 59.87. 

In Discus (A) Brett Morse 1st 58.30, (B) Curtis Matthews 2nd 47.57. HT Jac Palmer (A) 1st 66.56. All events in field events had A & B club athletes. Curtis Matthews a multi eventer, did 110H (A), Discus (B), Shot Putt (B) and Long Jump (A). Brett Morse, Jeff Angila doubled up in field events. Good points were gained in High Jump, Triple Jump and Pole Vault.

Full results are posted on Power of 10.

iN 2019 two more London clubs will replace Swansea and TVH. The competition for points will be more difficult ti gain, unless Cardiff field stronger teams or cover all events in matches.

Once again yesterdays Cardiff's excellent senior men team performance in retaining their Premier status, has also been shown by our YDL Upper and lower, and WJL teams, who have showned the same team spirit, so the club's T&F teams future is looking bright. 

Standings after Match 4.

1. Birchfield Harriers.                           31pts

2. Shafesbury Barnet H.                       23pts

3. Woodford Green & Essex Ladies.    22pts

4. Newham & Essex Beagles AC.        19pts

5. City of Sheffield & Deane AC.          17.5pts

6. Cardiff AAC.                                     14pts

7. Thames Valley Harriers.                  13.5pts

8. Swansea Harriers.                             4pts