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Cardiff's ‘SUPER 8’

Wednesday 22 July 2009

Cardiff’s Senior Men and Women were out on Saturday last, 18th July, competing in the BAL Golden Jubilee Cup at Yate. Supported by mums, dads, officials and club members the men finished first, ahead of Exeter Harriers with Team Southampton third. The women’s team produced a solid performance to finish fourth. James Williams, the men’s team manager said “the athletes have done really well to finish with a 12 point lead over Exeter. In this competition, where only ten events are contested, every point counts.”

Jamie Gutteridge got the team off to a good start in the first event of the afternoon with his 2nd place in the 400m Hurdles which was immediately followed by Jo Thomas’ comfortable win in the 800m. Lloyd Reffel made a welcome return to the track with a win in the 200m and Gareth Hopkins looked impressive to take the 100m in 10.8. Declan Evans achieved a personal best in the 400m and Ed Tekata a solid 5th with another personal best in the 1500m.

On the field Jacob Matthews achieved 1st place in both shot put and discus and Tom Kivell competed in the LJ as well as volunteering to fill a space in the HJ and finishing 3rd.

To round off a satisfactory all round performance, Jo Thomas produced a splendid last lap to bring the medley relay team in first place.

Match result: 1. Cardiff (85);  2. Exeter (70);  3. Southampton (64.5);  4. Swindon (50);  5. Newport (46.5);  6. Swansea (46);  7. Severn (39);  8. Yate (19).

Women’s team manager Peter Lane was delighted with the performance from his team which was made up of a majority of young athletes. Fine performances included Hanna Jones’ 3rd place in the 100m in 12.9; Lauren Regan’s 4th in the 200m in 26.3; Ayla Phillips 2nd in the shot put with 10.14m; Lauren  Brobin’s 4th in the 800m in 2.23.8; Vicky Jackson’s  2nd in the 1500m; and Alison Hourihan gave another solid performance bringing in points for the team with 3rd place in the discus.

Match result:  1. Exeter (82);  2. Southampton (76);  3. Swansea (71);  4. Cardiff (56);  5. Swindon (42);  6. Yate (28);  7. Newport (13);  8. Severn (0).

The concept of this match was great! Clubs must have a minimum of 8 athletes, the match lasts 100 minutes (less than 2hours) and there was a great atmosphere and excitement, especially for the CAAC supporters as we watched our athletes cross the finishing line. This was an excellent result for Cardiff and the men’s team has now qualified for the final which takes place at Copthall Stadium, North London, on Saturday, 8th August.

To view the full results click on RESULTS.