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Season heading to a climax

Sunday 15 August 2010

One of the club's most successful seasons for many years heads for its climax over the next two weekends. Next Saturday (21st August) the British League team will head for Liverpool in its bid to clinch promotion to the Premiership division at the top of British Club athletics. The following day (22nd) will see the Welsh Junior League final in Brecon and, one week later, the National Junior league team contests the promotion match in Derby.

The senior men's BAL team is lying in second place (two are promoted) after three rounds, with a comfortable, but not fire proof, margin over third placed Kent AC and will be looking to win promotion in style.

This would be a welcome return after too many years to the top division of men's club athletics and will provide an important higher level of competition to Cardiff's up and coming stars. The club's senior women's team has already been promoted to the first division of the UK Women's League so it would be great to have both teams at the top.

The Welsh under 15 league team has already concluded its season, running away with first place in the East Wales Region by a large margin of points; Cardiff amassed 4,165 points against 2,705 for second placed Hereford. Many of the successful athletes from this team will be competing next Sunday in Brecon, albeit in a slightly different competition.

The Welsh Junior League finals are for under 13s to under 20s and needed a somewhat farcical semi final in Cardiff last weekend (7th August) to decide which clubs would contest the Final and which the Plate Final. Cardiff won the event by a ridiculously huge margin (although the results have not yet been published, it seems we won by around 600 - yes, 600 - points) and there were many comments that a rather illogical and purposeless event should not be held again.

It would seem logical that the winners of the three regional under 15 leagues should meet in a final at Brecon but we shall see what happens next year.

And lastly, but not least, the National Junior League team will travel to Derby on Sunday, 29th August, to contest the promotion match, the first two teams from which will be promoted to the Midland Premier Division of the National Junior League. Cardiff slipped out of the Midland Premier Division last year and would like to make a rapid return to the higher level. Having topped the Avon League, the club's prospects should be good. However, on the same day, the Welsh Inter Regional Championships take place in Cardiff and will take a number of Cardiff's athletes, putting even more pressure on those who make the journey to Derby.

Perhaps, one day, a fixture list can be devised that avoids these unfortunate clashes, but, for this year at least, we can only wish our teams good luck in their final pushes.