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Great end to season

Sunday 15 September 2013

Despite generally miserable conditions for athletics, Cardiff's young athletes finished their season with a flourish at the final of the Welsh Athletics under 15 league, held today, 15th September, at Penlan athletic track in Brecon.

After a ding dong battle all day, Cardiff finished in an excellent second place to winners Swansea Harriers, with Cardiff Archers third.

Pride of place goes to Harry Hillman who competed in three individual under 15 events, plus the 4x100m relay, winning the lot. Kieran Grimwade won two events and sister Cassie set a league record in winning the under 11 girls' javelin. 

The club's strength was in the under 13 and under 15 age groups when, even if not winning, Cardiff athletes were always well placed, scoring good points. The under 11 athletes all performed to their best on the day and contributed to the overall success of the team.

The final match scores were:

1. Swansea H (1225 points)
2. Cardiff AAC (1149)
3. Cardiff Archers (1105)
4. Pembrokeshire H (926)
5. Carmarthen H (859)
6. Newport H (677)
7. Wrexham H (255)


Cardiff's individual winners were:

Under 11 girls: Cassie Grimwade (javelin A);  Scarlett Russell (javelin B).

Under 13 girls:  Annwen Gammon (800m A);  Sofia Vella (800m B);  Lucy Dennis (1500m A);  Abi Fisher (1500m B);  Catrin Jones (1000m walk B);  Ellie-May Stonehewer (high jump B);  Alice Cudihee (discus B);  Halle Meddick (javelin B).

Under 13 boys: James Kennett (100m B);  Thomas Hanson (200m A);  Jay Morse (discus A).

Under 15 girls:  Bethan Register (200m B);  Niamh Galton (high jump B);  Catrin Lord (long jump B); Tia Meddick (shot put A);  Elen Evans (hammer B).

Under 15 boys:  Harry Hillman (100m A, 80m hurdles A, long jump A);  Kieran Grimwade (hammer A & javelin B);  Matthew Cottingham (200m B);  Iestyn Jones (300m B);  Ieuan Jones (800m B);  Jake Heyward (1500m A);  James Vincent (1500m B);  Owain Thomas-Jenkins (hammer B);  Rhodri Davies (pole vault A); Jasper Hawkins (pole vault B).

To view the full results click on RESULTS.

On a day of such bad weather we must pay tribute to the officials who worked tirelessly throughout the day. Most of them were thoroughly soaked by the rain but carried on, enabling the final to be completed in good time. Thanks go to them and also to our own team managers who looked after the team and ensured a strong Cardiff presence with a good result.

The detailed report from the team managers is as follows:

Sunday 15th September 2013 - Welsh Athletics under 15 League Cup Final

Today saw the final of the Welsh Athletics under 15 League Cup Final. The weather was extremely challenging for our young athletes with driving wind and rain throughout the day. Despite the dreadful weather conditions our heroic young athletes battled through to take 2nd place to a deserved Swansea team beating Cardiff Archers in to 3rd place by 44 points.

Under 11s

Athletes of the day:

Boys:  Alexander Kulkarni for showing great enthusiasm and trying his very best in every event that he has done this season.  Whenever we saw him he had a big smile on his face, even in damp windy Brecon.  Also for being so encouraging to his teammates whenever he could.

Girls:  Only one person for this our Welsh Junior League record breaker Cassey Grimwade….what an amazing thrower she is, I think her big brothers need to watch out as she is catching them up!  Congratulations Cassey.

Welsh Junior League Cup Final day arrived and everybody headed north to Brecon with great anticipation about what was to unfold at the last track event of the season for our Junior Athletes.

It was very difficult to choose a team from our U11’s as everybody has tried their very best through the summer months and have progressed amazingly well.  They should all be proud of themselves.

With miserable weather forecasted, nothing was going to dampen the spirit in our wonderful Team.  Even hardened cross country runners would have thought twice about competing in such conditions; however there was an amazing team feel from all associated with the club from the start until the last relay. 

U11 Boys

Our boys’ team made up of Ben Vincent, Alexander Kulkarni, Carwyn Hastings and Sam Woods were eager to finish the season in style and help the Team gain as many points as they could along the way.

The first track event of the day featured Alex and Carwyn in the 75m.  Both boys ran like the wind, both finishing less than a second behind the winners of their respective heats.  Alex finished in 11.84 and Carwyn 11.72, both times being season bests.

Our long jumpers Ben and Sam hit the pit whilst the sprints progressed.  Sam had an amazing start to the competition smashing his PB and surpassing his target of 4m, leaping an amazing 4.03m on his first jump!  Sam went on to score crucial points for the team finishing 3rd with this great jump.  Ben also excelled, leaping beyond his PB, his first jump again being his best at 3.57m.Thanks must go to AJ and Hannah Pretty who have recently worked their wonders with these guys.

Our middle distance runners Ben and Carwyn stood up proud and showed fighting spirit in the 800m. Both the A & B heats had strong fields and both of our boys kept going, giving everything they had even when the heavens opened and a tornado passed by!  Both ran very well in horrendous conditions, which is so encouraging for what the future holds with these guys.

Onto the 150m and Sam ran a great race in 23.79 with Ben again showing he is multi-talented, finishing strongly at 25.21.

We have struggled a little with our throwing events and would like to thank Alex, Sam and Carwyn for stepping in for the team in the shot and javelin.  All three boys gave their very best and I’m sure that the potential is there for all of them, with coaching, for them to progress well with these events should they wish in the future.

Just before their batteries ran out, they had the relay to complete.  The boys had a good practice beforehand and this certainly  did the trick when the race began as each changeover was perfect, coming home with big smiles on their faces….even though a little damp and windswept!

Our boys U11’s team scored 81 points overall which was great and helped toward the overall success for the club.

U11 Girls

The girls’ team was made up of Scarlet Russell, Emmanuella Kone, Eryn Oakley, Juliet Nottingham and Cassey Grimwade.  They were also determined to really go for it in Brecon.

We must start with our throwing stars, and the girls worked their wonders with the javelin.  Cassey amazed everyone smashing the Welsh league record by over half a metre, throwing an amazing 20.52m and winning the A string competition by a large margin.  Scarlet was also amazing, winning the B string competition throwing 17.70m.  Again nobody could get anywhere near her in distance.  Maximum points were gained, what great additions these girls will be to the U13s team next year.  Cassey also went on to gain further points in the shot, coming 4th in the A string.  The multi-talented Emmanuella did extremely well in the B string, coming 3rd.

In the sprints, Emmanuella and Scarlet ran in the 75m, both in very strong heats. Emmanuella ran a PB at 11.65 and Scarlet ran very well with 12.13; both girls were less than a second behind the winners in their heats.

In the 150m it was Emmanuella and, straight from her morning football game, Juliet Nottingham.  Both girls gave their very best in very tricky conditions, well done girls.

Elen James was a late casualty for the 800m, with a nasty wrist injury gained late in the week when taking part in gymnastics.  Get well soon Elen.  This left Eryn to be our brave girl in the 800m.  The weather conditions again were terrible but nothing was going to stop Eryn’s delightful spirit getting her around that track.  Eryn you were a star and kept going in such a hard race, another young athlete with plenty of potential for future successes.

In the long jump pit, it was Scarlet that excelled, coming 4th with a brilliant jump of 3.51m.  Eryn also did very well with 2.99.  Both girls gained PBs, finishing the season in style.

The relay team of Scarlet, Eryn, Juliet and Emmanuella have shown great progression through the season, and the changeovers were perfect, well done girls.  The girls earned 74 hard fought points or the team which was great.

We take great pride in the achievements of all of our U11’s this season, as well as the overall junior team.  They have all grown and progressed and given their very best in all of the events that they have competed in.

On and off the field/track the encouragement that was given and team spirit that surrounded Cardiff AAC was immense .So many gutsy performances, we dug deep when we needed to. The future is so bright for this club from U11 upwards and ultimately everybody starred in the great achievement of 2nd place overall, up against the best in the country.  What a finish to the season, smiles all around, well done everyone. We wish all of our athletes who next season will compete as U13’s the very best, we will keep a close eye on you.  Linda and AJ will look after you well.

Now for the Cross Country season………all are welcome to join in the muddy fun!!

Also don’t forget presentation night on Sunday 20th October.

Mark and Jo U11 Team Managers.



Athlete Of The Day: Thomas Hanson (for the number of points gained for the Team, in the Final)

Whether it was James' celebration after the Relay, a shivering Jonathan on the Long Jump runway, Adam and Oliver battling against recent injury and poor health in the HJ, Morgan James sprinting down the home straight through torrential rain to try to gain an extra place in the 1500m, Jay at his absolute best in the Discus and Shot or even Huw Ward competing with a broken finger; no matter which event you were watching, you can see it in their faces that the Under 13 Boys were determined to be the best in Wales!! No amount of rain or bad weather was going to get in their way.

In the end, the win was emphatic. By finishing in 1st place, the boys proved that at a National level they can mix it with the best. They don't need to brag or show off; they let their feet do the talking!

The bad weather, made times and distances almost irrelevant. However, Jay Morse pulled off yet another Grade 1 performance in the Discus, a phrase that I have used so many times this year! He came within a whisker of a PB in the Shot, ensuring that Jay ends the season in great style and showing that he's more than ready to take on the Under 15s next season.

Thomas Hanson moved over to the Javelin, to great effect, whilst still bagging his usual haul of points in the sprints, winning the 200m A race. James Kennet's day was capped off by a fantastic last leg in the 4x100 Relay, anchoring the Team across the line in first place.

Multi-eventer Thomas Britt had a busy day too. A good performance in the Javelin was followed by a very good run in the 800m B race. A race he agreed to do, as cover for the injured Welsh Championship Silver medallist Tomi Owens. But he saved his best to last, getting one of a few track PBs in the 75m Hurdles.

Competing with a broken finger, the very popular Huw Ward had a day to forget in the Hurdles. But, a good debut in the Walk meant that he still got lots of points for the Team. Callum Russell made sure that boys team picked up valuable points in the Walk too.

Liz Davies’ endurance runners gave it their all in the 1500m and 800m. Alfie Davies and Daniel John both took 2nd places in the A races of those events, whilst Morgan James gained a hard earned 2nd place in the 1500m B race.

In the field, Morgan Jenkins did a great job covering for Thomas Hanson in the Shot Put picking up 2nd place in the B competition.

A rare off-day  for our jumpers (by their usual high standard). Despite recent injury and not being at his best, Adam Mohsin was a last minute inclusion into the High Jump. Also in the HJ, coming back from poor health was Oliver Cooper. Both boys battled hard to get the Team as many points as possible. The Under 13 boys won the match by 13 points. Adam and Oliver got 14 of those points! Proving that it’s not just about 1st places and PBs, but every single point matters.

Jonathan Gibson struggled in the pouring rain of Brecon in the Long Jump. However, a superb 3rd leg in the Relay, to give James a good lead in the final leg, put the smile back on his face. It was newcomer Thomas Vass who fared better in the LJ, getting a good PB of 4.24m.

The icing on the cake was the way Thomas, Thomas, Jonathan and James, kept their nerve to win the 4x100m Relay race, with a great display of brilliant sprinting and near perfect change-overs!


Athlete Of The Day: Lana Culliford (for sheer bravery in taking to the start line in the 70m Hurdles)

In virtually every league match this year, I have started these reports with the Endurance girls. And this report will not be any different! I set the 4 girls a challenge: get maximum points. They did not disappoint.

Annwen Gammon – 1st place, 800m A race. Sofia Vella – 1st Place, 800m B race. Lucy Dennis – 1st place, 1500m A race. Abigail Fisher – 1st place, 1500m B race.

Along with the Welsh 800m Champion Jessica Wadey, we have by far the best Endurance Team in Wales and one of the best in the whole of the UK.

The Under 13 Girls finished 2nd overall by only 4 points! On a different day, with fewer injuries leading up to the Final, there is no doubt that the Girls would have gone one better. A remarkable improvement from where we were at the start of the season.

Jerri-Lynne Grabham and Catrin Jones gave the Team a great start getting 22 out of the possible 24 points in the 1K Walk.

Lana Culliford and Jessica Wadey battled hard against very good opposition from Swansea and Newport in the 100m and 200m, with Jessica getting a PB in the 200m. This was the  only PB on the track by any of the Under 13 athletes.

In the 70m Hurdles, like Adam in the boys team, Lana put recent injury and bad results behind her. Her determination to get to the start line was a perfect example of the lengths that these youngsters went to in Brecon to earn Cardiff AAC as many points as possible.

In the field, still fairly new to the club, Megan Hodgson was a little off her best in the High Jump, but, still took a good 2nd place. Megan had only just taken a very good 3rd place in the 70m Hurdles B race. Whilst Ellie-May Stonehower  found her best form again to win the HJ B competition equalling her PB. In the Long Jump, both Renee Moore and Silva Brindle struggled to cope with the ever worsening weather conditions. Silva, the Welsh Championship Silver medallist, competed for the first time since breaking a toe!!

In the Shot Put both Halle Meddick and Thea Willis started their day with PBs, with Halle coming out on top throwing over 8 meters for the first time. In the Javelin, the same two girls got a 2nd place in the A and a 1st place in the B competitions. But it was Thea this time who threw the furthest, both girls pushing each other to get better and better.

We welcomed back Bethan Gammon who competed in the Discus. Bethan by her standards was a little off her best after a recent injury left her in crutches! Team-mate Alice Cuddihee added almost another meter to her PB in the Discus to win the B competition.

It’s worth noting that the Cardiff AAC Under 13 Boys + Girls combined points meant that the Under 13s finished in 1st place, with Swansea 2nd 14 points behind.


From an extremely proud Team Manager, I would like to thank you for all the great memories and fantastic performances you have given us in 2013.

I wish you all the very best of luck next year, especially those who will move up an age group to take on the Under 15s!!!

Congratulations on a great year to “The Best Under 13 Team” in the country!!!!

Under 15 Girls :

(NB: (A) = A string (B) = B string)

Athlete of the day: Lauren Evans for being the highest points scorer with 28. 

It was another great performance from the Cardiff Under 15s despite the dreadful weather conditions. As a result PBs were not the focus today but instead gaining the valuable points for the team.

The competition began with Ella Comanescu and Olivia Morgan White in the 1k walk. Both volunteered to gain points for the team having never tried the event before let alone competed in it! Thank you both for putting the team first and especially in such dreadful weather conditions when it could have been easier to have stayed at home!! Outstanding commitment!!

Rebecca Kennett was back from injury and although not 100%, picked up more points in the 100m (A) along with Catrin Lord (B). Catrin also did well in the 200m (B) and came 1st in the Long Jump (B).  Bethan register had a great run in the 200m (B), securing a convincing 1st place. Beth also came 3rd in the 300m (A).  Angel Powell gave it her best and brought home more points in the 300m (B).

As the rain hammered down Caitlin Exton was back in her familiar setting of the 800m (A) and ran a great race to gain 2nd place. Eli Wynne Williams also battled through the rain in the B race to gain more valuable points for the team.

In the 1500 (A) Amber Harding had a great run gaining 2nd place with Rhian Jones also picking up points in the B race.

A gutsy performance was seen from Lauren Evans in the 75mh (A) who was pipped on the line to take 2nd place.  Lauren also took 2nd place in the Long Jump (A) gaining 28 points in total.

Sarah Omoregie came 3rd in the High jump (A) with Niamh Galton securing 1st place (B).

On the field Tia Meddick secured 1st place in the shot (A) and picked up more points in the Javelin (A) with 3rd place.

In her second performance for Cardiff Ceri Jones took 2nd place in the Hammer (A) and 3rd place in the Discus (A).

In the Hammer (B) Elen Evans secured full points for the team gaining 1st place and 2nd place in the Discus (B).

Elin Glaves also did well and picked up points in the Javelin (B).

Our U15Gs relay team consisting of Catrin Lord, Rebecca Kennett, Caitlin Exton and Bethan Register had a fantastic run to secure 2nd place. Well done girls!

Under 15 Boys:

Athlete of the day: Harry Hillman - not only did Harry manage to break the league record in the 100m, despite the weather, he also collected a maximum points score of 48 for the team.

The boys started off with Dan McKerlich in the 1K walk. Dan, who only recently recovered from an operation 2 weeks ago, secured a great 3rd place for the team. 

After a great performance in the 100m (A) Harry Hillman went on to also win the 80mh (A) and Long Jump (A). Sam Wink did very well coming 3rd in the 100m (B) and also picking up points in the 200m (A) with another good run.  Matt Cottington had a storming win in the 200m (B) securing maximum points in the process.

In the 300m Jordan Fender had a great race to take 2nd in the A race, with Iestyn Jones taking an impressive 1st in the B race. Jordan also picked up points in the 80mh and came 2nd in the LJ (B).

The 800m (A) saw Joe Alder in an unwavering performance to take 2nd place, whilst Ieuan Jones also ran well to take 1st in the B race. Thanks to Joe for stepping in to gain points in the shot (B) and also Ieuan for stepping in for the Discus literally minutes before the start.

In the 1500m our boys gained maximum points.  Jake Heyward, having dominated the 300m this summer, was back in his familiar setting of middle distance, smashing the field by a good 200m to take 1st place in the A race.  James Vincent was equally impressive in the B race securing another 1st place for the team and reducing his PB by 1 second in the process.  

Although the High Jump proved challenging under the conditions, James also came 2nd in the high jump (B) whilst fellow team mate Charlie Pegrum competed well to secure more points coming 3rd in the A comp.

The Pole Vault saw gutsy performances from Rhodri Davies and Jasper Hawkins who both gained maximum points for the team and 1st place in both the A and B competitions.

Our throwers were back out in force, with Kieran Grimwade securing a 1st with an impressive throw in the Hammer (A), 1st in the javelin (B) and 4th in the Discus.  Owain Thomas Jenkins also did well taking 1st place in the hammer (B). Owain was also 2nd in the Javelin(A) and 3rd in the shot (A).

The end of the day saw our boys relay take 1st from Swansea.  The team consisted of Sam Wink, Harry Hillman, Matt Cottington and Jake Heyward. Fantastic run boys!

As we close for the season I would like to thank all the athletes for your commitment and hard work to succeed despite injuries and weather! I would also like to thank all the parents who have made time to help out with the officiating duties throughout the summer, without whom, the competitions could not have run.

Good luck to all of you moving up to U17s next year we will miss you!

Hope to see you all at the presentation evening on 20th October J

Best Wishes

Linda – Under 15s Team Manager (Welsh League)