This year, the athletes producing the best performances in each match of our senior men's British League and senior women's UK Womens's League teams have each been awarded a bottle of champagne.
The champagne has been kindly donated by Darren Davies of Threshers Wine Shop, Albany Road, Cardiff. We are grateful to Darren who is seen with club captain James Thie.
The Welsh Schools' championships, held at Cardiff International Sports Stadium last Saturday, 4th July, was a shop window for Cardiff AAC members, who collected medals galore. These are also the athletes who make up the club's successful Young Athletes' League team so it was perhaps not surprising.
The first match, which Cardiff won, was always going to be difficult to follow but Cardiff AAC finished the day top of the overall league standings…just! At the end of the second round match, 5 teams are separated by just 2 match points, which makes it look like the league 2 division will be the hardest to call.
Performance of the day came from the ever present Gareth Warburton, who front ran 1.50.52 in hot windy conditions; he also ended the day with a fantastic 47 second last leg in the relay for the club to take maximum points. Joe Maynard employed similar tactics to take the B 800 by nearly 4 seconds with a 1.51.99 clocking. This means that Cardiff have won every 800 race so far this year in British League.
Mary Webb, long standing Cardiff club member and athletics fanatic, passed away peacefully two days ago after finally succumbing to the cancer that she had contracted three years ago. Her final athletics honour was to receive Welsh Athletics' Meritorious Award for services to athletics in Wales which was taken to her by club chairman and Welsh Athletics Vice-President John Penny.
Mary had been involved in athletics since competing as a schoolgirl and joined Cardiff AAC in 1973 when she brought daughter Sue to the club. She and her family (husband Brian and subsequently son in law Rob Hooper) have been members ever since and have all made important contributions to club life.
Bromley plays host to its first ever British League fixture on Saturday, 4th July, and it could prove a significant day for a number of Cardiff AAC athletes in the second British League fixture of 2009. Cardiff won the first match, held in Cardiff on 6th June, and lead the table.
Fresh from his recent AAA’s triumph and selection for the European Junior championships 10,000m, Simon Lawson chases the qualifying mark of 14.30 in the 5k. Despite being a member of Cardiff for a number of years this will actually be his British League debut. Making their season debuts are two of Cardiff's best ever jumpers as GB internationals Gary White and Elliot O’Neill open their seasons in the triple jump and long jump respectively. Both men are coming back from injuries but are rounding into shape nicely and hope to use this match as a springboard for the AAA’s next week. They will be accompanied in the jumps by Welsh junior champion Tom Kivell.
The Welsh Schools championships take place at Cardiff International Sports Stadium on Saturday next, 4th July and many of the club's young athletes who have been in our successful Young Athletes' League team will be competing for their schools. It is an important step for a young athlete to win a schools title and we wish everyone the very best of luck.
Simon Lawson, who took the national 5,000m title last Sunday, has been included in the first wave of UK Athletics' selections of the Great Britain team to take part in the European Junior Championships. He has been selected in the 10,000m where he is ranked third fastest in Europe this year.
David Guest (pictured), who competes for Cardiff as a Higher Competition athlete has also been selected, in the decathlon.
Simon Lawson (ranked third in Europe over 10,000m) was a clear winner of the national Junior 5,000m title at Bedford today. His winning time of 14.39.03 was well inside European Athletics qualification time of 14.45 but outside the harder target (14.30) for automatic selection for the European Junior Championships set by UK Athletics. Presumably Simon would opt for the longer distance in Novi-Sad.
Other Cardiff athletes enjoyed mixed successes at the Under 23 and Under 20 championships.
Tom Marshall took the Under 23 bronze medal in the 5,000m in 14.42.31 behind winner Jonathan Taylor and silver medallist Lewis Timmins, both from North Eastern club Morpeth Harriers.
A group of talented Cardiff athletes today start their bids to shine at the UK Under 23 and Under 20 championships taking place today and tomorrow at Bedford. At stake for some are not only national championship medals but also possible selection to represent Great Britain at the European U23 and U20 championships in Kaunas and Novi-Sad respectively.
Chris Moss was the emphatic winner of the SSAFA 5k Road Race on Wednesday evening 24 June. In a tough, lonely run, he led from the early stages to win by 16 seconds. Chris was on course record pace at 2k in 5:27 but, in slightly windy conditions, faded to finish outside the mark set by Ben Noad.
The battle for second was a much closer affair with Cardiff AAC's marathon man, Richie Gardiner, and Belgrave's Stephen Davies exchanging the lead before the track specialist Davies pulled away in the final 100 metres. Cardiff Club members Matthew Collins and Ed Takata were 4th and 5th respectively to help us take 4 of the first 5 places.