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Ffion is best in Britain Monday 23 August 2010

Ffion Bodilly

Cardiff's Ffion Bodilly took the high jump Gold Medal at the England Athletics Under 17 Championships in Bedford last Saturday, 21 August. In very difficult conditions for high jumping, caused by a strong and gusting wind, Ffion not only won the competition but set a new personal best of 1.73m and jumped to second on this year's British rankings. Ffion, coached by Stephen Bailey, is still only 15 so will have a further year in this age category.

Cardiff's men promoted Saturday 21 August 2010

James Williams & James Thie BAL Kingston 22 Aug 2009

Cardiff's senior men's BAL team have today gained promotion to the premier division after a nail biting contest at Liverpool. Sheffield continued their dominance of the Division 1 and, with only 19 points covering second to fifth places, Cardiff finished fifth but this was enough to clinch promotion by one league point from third placed Kent AC. Congratulations to James Williams and his team.

James Williams confident Friday 20 August 2010

BAL Kingston 22 Aug 2009

The Cardiff AAC senior men's team can make a small piece of club history tomorrow as the 2010 British League season comes to a climax in Liverpool by winning promotion to the premier division of the British League. With two to be promoted, the club stands second on 20 league points, 4 points clear of 3rd place Kent. Albeit a bit battered and bruised from a long season, the team looks strong enough to finish off what would be a huge achievement for a side that narrowly avoided relegation to division 3 just two seasons ago.

Six go to Delhi Thursday 19 August 2010

 Christian Malcolm

The Welsh athletics team for the 2010 Commonwealth Games in Delhi was announced today and includes six Cardiff AAC athletes. The successful ones are Rhys Williams (400mH), Christian Malcolm (100/200m), Joe Thomas (800m), James Thie (1500m), Gareth Warburton (800m) and Bryone Raine (pole vault). In addition the team management will be led by Cardiff's former international 400m runner Mike Delaney.

Matt Elias ends with a pb Wednesday 18 August 2010

Matt Elias

Matt Elias has finally decided to hang up his spikes. The last race of a fine athletic career was for the club's BAL team on 31 July when Matt ran a personal best time in the 110m Hurdles (actually, it was the first time he had tried this event!) of 15.29 - not bad. Primarily a 400m hurdler, Matt has gathered an enviable collection of medals from the European Championships and Commonwealth Games and narrowly missed an Olympic medal in Athens in 2004.

Season heading to a climax Sunday 15 August 2010

BAL Kingston 22 Aug 2009

One of the club's most successful seasons for many years heads for its climax over the next two weekends. Next Saturday (21st August) the British League team will head for Liverpool in its bid to clinch promotion to the Premiership division at the top of British Club athletics. The following day (22nd) will see the Welsh Junior League final in Brecon and, one week later, the National Junior league team contests the promotion match in Derby.

Interested in coaching? Thursday 12 August 2010

All the best athletes need coaching and becoming a coach can be a very rewarding experience. If you are interested in making a start in coaching, there is a programme of courses, to be held at Cardiff International Sports Stadium and organised by Welsh Athletics, that will suit you.

So near ... and yet so far Monday 9 August 2010

Malcolm and Lemaitre in Barcelona

This dramatic picture of Christian Malcolm and Christophe Lemaitre crossing the line in the final of the 200m in Barcelona was kindly provided by European Athletics. The thickness of a vest, one hundredth of a second, separated Christian from the gold medal after he had led the race up to this point.

Reflections from Barcelona Friday 6 August 2010

Rhys Williams Barcelona 2010

Barcelona was hot, humid and, for six days, the centre of the athletics universe. The large group of supporters from Cardiff was in the stadium every day and their loudest cheers were naturally for Christian Malcolm, agonisingly missing out on gold in the 200m, and Rhys Williams (pictured immediately after his race) winning silver in the 400m hurdles.

End of season for YAL team Thursday 5 August 2010

NYAL 2010 Birmingham

Cardiff's National Young Athletes' League team ended another successful season at the Area Finals in Birmingham on Sunday last, 1st August. Cardiff finished a respectable sixth in a competition that was dominated by home club Birchfield Harriers.

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