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Barcelona best for Nat Tuesday 16 February 2010

Nat Lane

Cardiff trio Mike Johnson, Nat Lane & Richie Gardiner represented Wales in the Barcelona Half Marathon last Sunday, 15 February. With temperatures near to freezing, Mike Johnson led the Cardiff runners home in 8th place in a race won by Kenya's Erik Kibet. Mike's time was a solid 66:20. Nat Lane (pictured during the race) was close behind Mike in 10th place, clocking a personal best time of 66:26. Richie was 14th in 66:59.

From athletics to politics Friday 12 February 2010

Mike Jones Pritchard

Mike Jones-Pritchard was Cardiff AAC's secretary, a key position in the club, from 1987 to 1993. He was a middle distance runner and, whilst involved with the club, met his wife Janine, who was the ladies' club captain from 1983 to 1986. By profession, Mike is an architect who runs his own business but has become more and more interested in local and national politics and was recently elected to be the chairman of the North Cardiff Conservative Association.

Cardiff indoor champs Monday 8 February 2010

The Welsh indoor championships for all age groups were held at the NIA over two recent weekends, 23rd and 30th January, and Cardiff AAC athletes attended in large numbers, well supported by their coaches. Clean sweeps of gold, silver and bronze were taken in the Under 20 men's 400m and the Under 17 boys' 60m Hurdles.

Tanni is the tops Saturday 6 February 2010

Tanni Grey- Thompson

Cardiff AAC life member Tanni Grey-Thompson has been appointed to the House of Lords as a Baroness. She will be a non-political member and has been elected as a "People's Peer". Tanni is best known for her athletic achievements, having won an astonishing 11 Paralympic gold medal. She has also won the London Marathon wheelchair race 6 times. Tanni was brought up in Cardiff and joined Cardiff AAC early in her athletic career where she was helped by Cardiff AAC middle distance coach Dave Williams.

Vote for Francesca Sunday 31 January 2010

Dance competition

Do you watch GOT TO DANCE on SKY TV? Cardiff AAC's Francesca Falsini is a member of the ECLIPSE dance group that has won a place in the semi finals and NEEDS YOUR VOTE to help them into the final. The programme is screened on Sunday evenings at 6 pm on SKY ONE so please watch and vote for ECLIPSE.

David Guest in GB Team Thursday 28 January 2010

David Guest

David Guest, who competes for Cardiff's British League team as a higher competition athlete (his first claim club is Bridgend AC) has been included in Great Britain's Under 20 team to take part in a Combined Events International in Bombas, France on 6-7 March. Still only 18, David has started his 2010 campaign strongly, setting a new personal best time of 22.36 for 200m at last weekend's Welsh indoor championships.

Indoor medals for Cardiff Sunday 24 January 2010

Jacob Preece

Cardiff AAC athletes won 13 medals including 4 gold at the 2010 Welsh indoor championships held yesterday, 23 January, at the NIAC. Event winners were Liam Duff (Senior men 60m), Megan Tatnell (Under 13 girls 800m), Alex Coomber (Under 17 boys 800m) and Gareth Hopkins (Senior men 200m A). Notable was 14 year old Ffion Bodilly's third place in the SENIOR women's high jump with a personal best equalling 1.67m.

Richie is top Brit Saturday 23 January 2010

Richard Gardiner

Cardiff's Richie Gardiner has topped the 2009 UK Marathon rankings in the 35-40 age category with his time of 2:19:48 achieved in the Flora London Marathon last April. Demonstrating his versatility, 36 year old police sergeant Richie also topped the 5k rankings, was 3rd in the half marathon, and 5th over both 10k and 10 miles.

Joe picked for GB Thursday 21 January 2010

Joe Thomas

Cardiff AAC's Joe Thomas has been selected for the Great Britain team to take part in the indoor international in Glasgow's Kelvin Hall on 30th January. Joe will run in his favourite 800m and will be up against teams from the USA, Sweden, Germany and Commonwealth select.

Ava grabs second place Sunday 17 January 2010

 Ava Hutchinson

Cardiff AAC's Irish international Ava Hutchinson (pictured) ran an excellent race to finish second in the senior ladies' race at today's Cardiff Cross Challenge. British international Hattie Dean was a convincing winner as Ava ran strongly for second ahead of previous winners Andrea Whitcombe and Tara Krzwicki.

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