Cardiff's Young Athletes' League team again dominated the fourth round fixture on Sunday, 21st June, at Telford, easily winning with 463.5 points from home club Telford. Potential rivals for promotion Marlborough were pushed into third place, effectively eliminating any chance of their challenging Cardiff for one of the two promotion spots. Cardiff can now go on to the final fixture in Swindon on 19th July virtually certain to be promoted.
Tim Benjamin returned to the Great Britain athletics team competing in the new European Athletics Team Championship with an impressive win in the 400m on Saturday last, clocking 45.57 sec. In sweltering conditions (around 40 degrees on the track) Tim ran a controlled race to beat a strong international field.
On the second day of competition, Tim anchored the British 4 x 400m relay team to a comfortable victory in the final event of the 2 day competition, held on 20/21 June in Leiria, Portugal. The Great Britain combined men's and women's team finished third behind winners Germany and second placed Russia with France pushed into fourth place.
Cardiff's successful Young Athletes' League team could clinch promotion on Sunday next, 21 June. Having won all of their first three matches by considerable margins, a further win on Sunday would put them in an almost unbeatable position going into the fifth and final round on 19th July.
Following her 800m win in last Wednesday's Super8 competition (where she was the only winner for the "Cardiff" team), Amanda Moss returned to Cardiff International Sports Stadium yesterday, 13th June, to take the 800m title in the Welsh Championships. Amanda was amongst a host of Cardiff AAC medallists, notable amongst which were Rhys Williams' excellent win in the 400m Hurdles and Christian Malcolm's 200m victory.
A new stadium; a new start?
Old hands, who have seen it all before, are saying that the club is going through better times than it has seen for many years. Are we seeing green shoots or vigorous growth?
Looking back, it is now clear that the last five to ten years at the old stadium were affected by the uncertainty that hung over the future of that place.
Cardiff's young athletes grabbed an impressive haul of medals yesterday in the Welsh Junior and Under 17 championships at Newport. With the weather kinder than the day before for league matches in Cardiff, a total of 30 gold, silver and bronze awards came Cardiff's way. May's athlete of the month Sam Cogan improved her personal best yet again with a 40.69sec time in the U17 300m.
Cardiff's men's British League got off to a brilliant start in Cardiff yesterday, winning their first round match by the narrow margin of 5 points from Harrow, with old rivals Thames Valley Harriers third. The women's League team, weakened by late withdrawals, exceeded expectations by finishing fourth. These are the best starts to the league campaigns for many years.
Warm and windy conditions in Neath on Tuesday evening, 3rd June, were the setting as Simon Lawson, who recently set the new UK Half Marathon U20 record, completed a fantastic 10,000m race, smashed the standing Welsh Junior Record and beat the European Junior Championships Qualifying standard. Both Lawson and Dewi Griffiths went below the 30:40 time set as a benchmark for consideration for the GB team competing in the Euros this summer - an impressive achievement for the two youngsters. His time takes Simon to second place in the latest European rankings.
Cardiff's British League team gets its 2009 campaign underway next Saturday, 6th June, with a home match which is being held jointly with the UK Women's League first round match. A potentially strong team is expected to improve on last year's position; with the added incentive of again meeeting local rivals Swansea.
Cardiff's Young Athletes' League team gained a convincing win over rivals Halesowen in Saturday's match at Neath to put them in a strong position for immediate promotion back to the Premier Division. Cardiff scored 453 points against Halesowen's 345. Cwmbran were third and Llanelli & Neath fourth.