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Cardiff Athletics - Availability Form Sunday 7 April 2019

As a result of the Leckwith track redevelopment work delayed last Summer, effected the second half of the track season, with no competitions held. Track was closed till 5th November. The work to complete the track was due to commence last month, and completed by end of April, poor weather conditions prevented that. The track work is estimated to take 4/6 weeks, to be completed.

A form (designed by AJ) was posted on club FB. The Availability form is an aid for club team managers, especially with the 2019 track season starting on 27th April. U13 & U15 YDL 1 at Swansea. And WAL 1 at Newport. Debbie Bull is seeking athletes for the U17 & U20 YDL at Swansea on the 5th May. The availability form is available in the club office, that will remain open throughout the track closure period. The form can be found on line. https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/cardiffathletics   

World Masters Championships Friday 5 April 2019

James Thie took part in the World Masters Championships held in TURUN, Poland. James won his 1500m M40 heat on 29th March in 4.11.50 from Nadutti Italy 2nd 4.12.88, with Merroune France 3rd 4.13.40. The final was held on 30th March, James Thie won in 4.07.33 SB, from Juan Gil Spain 2nd 4.08.05, Catlatayud Perez Spain 3rd 4.08.42, Herrera Esteso Spain 4th 4.09.56. Naduutti Italy was 5th 4.12.70. From photos seen on FB James came around the Spanish runners off final bend taking lead, with gritted teeth held on to win the M40 World 1500m title. Spain had 6 runners in the 12 finalists. Endurance running is popular in Spain. Split photo shows James winning 1500m final, and his family support, following the podium presentations. Congratulations James. 

Cardiff Bay 10km 2019 Tuesday 2 April 2019

,The Cardiff Bay 10km Road Race held last Sunday, was a Welsh Championships. Despite having a good week of weather prior to Sunday's race, the weather was cloudy, with a strong cold wind, that would have slowed runners times. Matt Clowes was in lead 1km from finish, but had to stop due to a tight Hamstring.

Adam Clark Aldershot won 29.28. Jake Smith Cardiff 2nd 29.34, with Josh Griffiths Swansea 3rd 29.34 won the Welsh title. Ieuan Thomas Cardiff 4th 29.35, Ciaran Lewis 5th 29.48 a massive pb running 5mins faster. James Hunt Cardiff 8th 30.18.

Cardiff's Charlotte Arter won the women's title with 32.49, with Clara Evans 3rd 33.26, and Lucy Marland 7th 36.25. At time of web post team positions are not known, will update post when known.

England Athletics Combined Events 2019 Tuesday 19 March 2019

In the 2019 England Combined Events U15/17 Championships held in Sheffield ID Centre on 9th & 10th March, Cardiff's Ben Hillman won the U17M Silver medal over the 2 days of competitions. Ben improved his performance from 12 months ago, when he finished 11th with 4254pts.

In the 2019 competition Ben improved his overall points improvement, achieving 4903pts. A significant improvement leading him to improve by 9 positions at end of the 7 events. Events included 60m: HJ: LJ: SP: 60H: PV: 1000m. Ben's points total besides being a lifetime best performance. Ben achieved a new Welsh record for U17M Combined Events competiton. See below Ben's results.

European ID Championships 2019 Wednesday 13 March 2019

Owen Smith 2016

The Indoor Season came to an end with European Championships held in Glasgow, during 1st to 3rd March, Cardiff had 2 athletes in the GB team Owen Smith 400m (pictured) and Joseph Reid, 800m both coached by Matt Elias. Both athletes are in Cardiff Met University. Owen from Deeside North Wales, has been competing for Cardiff's BAL Ptemier team since 2016. This winter his Indoor season has been successful. He finished 2nd in the British Championships 400m Final with 46.27i leading to selection for the GB team in the European Championships. Owen got through the heats held on the first evening finishing 2nd in 47.50i The next day he was 5th in the first 400m semi final in 47.39, unfortunately only first 3 make the 400m final. Racing over 2 days, he was not selected for the Relay team, held on the third and final day. However he will gain from experience in competing at European level. His place in the relay was taken by Joe Brier (Swansea H.) coached by Matt Elias. 

Gwent Cross Country League 2018/19 Thursday 7 March 2019

Last Saturday was the last fixture of the Gwent League Cross Country season. The event was held in Blaise Castle, Bristol, despite a poor weather forecast, the day turned out dry. After the races, medals and Plaques were presented to individuals and teams. The only age age that did not receives their awards (due to numbers taking part) was the senior men and women and Masters age groups, their awards will take place later this month.

The senior men's overall winner was Cardiff's Stephen Morris. Stephen (pictured) has had a great cross country winter season with consistent good results. Stephen must the first Pararunner to gain a League XC title in UK. Many congratulations Stephen, who is an inspiration to all runners, and his coach James Thie.  

Welsh Junior I.D.Championships Saturday 2 March 2019

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The Welsh Juniors Championships, held at NIAC over 2 days, on 2nd & 3rd February for U20/U17/U15/U13 male and female age groups. Some events  were held in the Welsh Senior ID Championships previously reported. During the 2 days of competitions Cardiff athletes won a total of 48 medals, with 20 Gold, 12 Silver and 16 Bronze medals. The first day was mainly 60m sprint events, with heats and finals. There were double wins Emmanuella Kone, Isie Tustin. Benjamin Reynolds, with Ben Hillman winning three titles. Sixteen athletes achieved personal best performances. 

Welsh Cross Country Championships Thursday 28 February 2019

Last week end saw a number of events held over 23/24th February with a lot of success for Cardiff athletes. The 2019 Welsh XCC at Pembrey Country Park, saw the debut of our new club tent/marquee. Races were held for Primary age groups, through age groups, up to senior men and women that included masters awards. Apart from senior races, only the younger age had decent numbers of 50 finishers. Senior men 158 finishers, and senior ladies 131 finishers. Apart from U13B race, all club teams had podium places. Most pleasing result was our senior men's victory in team race, for first time in years. Our senior ladies team finished 2nd another pleasing result, thanks to Hannah Pretty's efforts with recruitment, and getting teams out on day. Photo shows senior men's team. From left, Owen Haswell, Ieuan Thomas, James Thie, James Hunt, Dan Nash, Stephen Morris.

British ID Championships Thursday 21 February 2019

Following Britiah Athletics Indoor Championships held in Birmingham on the 9th February, 2 of Cardiff's 3 medalists have been selected for the Great Britain team taking part in the European Championships, held in Glasgow from 1st to 3rd March. Joseph Reid 800m Gold medal in Birmingham, following the disqualification of Jamie Webb, for illegally cutting in front of Guy Learmonth, going into the last lap. Though the first 3 finishers in 800m have been selected for the GB team in Glasgow. Owen Smith 400m had a fine 2nd place in the 400m final in Birmingham. Joseph and Owen (are coached by Matt Elias). A massive break through was recorded in the 60m final (his 3rd race on day) by Jeremiah Azu, (coached by Helen James) who at 17yrs finished 3rd in SM final, with 6.66.

Road Racing Monday 18 February 2019

A number of Welsh endurance athletes went to Spain for WWT. Following the camp a number took part in the popular International Bracelona Half Marathon on the 10th February. Cardiff's Charlotte Arter continued her out standing racing results gained in 2018 and has started 2019 with an out standing result in Barcelona. Her time for the Half Marathon was 69.41 taking her to top of UK Half Marathon ranking list. Her time was a Welsh record for the distance, and of course is a new best club time.

In same race, Cardiff's Clara Evans also achieved a personal best Half Marathon time of 72.49. Jennifer Nesbitt also in same race finished Half Marathon with 73.14. All three runners, were part of the Welsh squad on the WWT camp. 

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