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Cardiff's ‘SUPER 8’ Wednesday 22 July 2009

BAL UKWL teams at Yate 18.7.09

Cardiff’s Senior Men and Women were out on Saturday last, 18th July, competing in the BAL Golden Jubilee Cup at Yate. Supported by mums, dads, officials and club members the men finished first, ahead of Exeter Harriers with Team Southampton third. The women’s team produced a solid performance to finish fourth. James Williams, the men’s team manager said “the athletes have done really well to finish with a 12 point lead over Exeter. In this competition, where only ten events are contested, every point counts.”

Tim Benjamin retires Tuesday 21 July 2009

Tim Benjamin

Former World 400m finalist Tim Benjamin has announced his retirement with immediate effect. The 27 year old Cardiff athlete who also won World youth gold and European junior gold has called time on his career due to a succession of injuries. He said: “The injuries and illnesses I have endured over the last four years have been well documented, with my absence from last summer's Olympic Games representing the pinnacle of disappointment and frustration. “Although this decision may seem sudden, it is the culmination of incessant setbacks. I have already talked about how my 2008 disappointment almost caused me to leave the sport, but I was determined to end my career on my own terms when the time arrived.

Promotion for YAL team Monday 20 July 2009

YAL 20 7 09

In a triumphant end to its season the Young Athletes' League team easily won the fifth and final round of the series at Swindon yesterday, Sunday 19th July. Cardiff won with 460 points with Newport second, Swindon third and Hereford & County fourth. With a maximum 20 league points, Cardiff gain automatic promotion to the Midland Premier Division along with rivals Halesowen.

Key weekend for teams Thursday 16 July 2009

Runners

Over the next weekend, three of the club teams will be competing in key competitions. The Young Athletes' League team will travel to Swindon on Sunday for the fifth and final round of the season; which will be the promotion decider. The senior men's and women's teams travel to London, bidding for a place in the BAL Golden Jubilee Cup for the first time. Success is on the horizon.

Cardiff on tour Tuesday 14 July 2009

Club group at UK Champs 2009

A great weekend flashed by for six Cardiff Amateur Athletic Club members when we attended the AVIVA National Trials in Birmingham 10th - 12th July. Every Welsh athlete and in particular the Cardiff AAC athletes were supported with cheers and we were not let down as two of our very own Cardiff athletes came home with medals; Bryony Raine took the bronze medal in the pole vault with a PB of 4.05m and Rhys Williams the silver medal in the 400m hurdles behind another Welshman David Greene (Swansea). This race was voted by us the ‘Athletics Highlight’ of the weekend.

Mixed fortunes Sunday 12 July 2009

In blustery conditions, with occasional rain, the Welsh under 13 and under 15 championships were held yesterday at Cardiff International Sports Stadium. Cardiff athletes took their fair share of medals but, overall, the turnout of club athletes was smaller than expected. Gold medals were achieved by Kate Seary,Ffion Bodilly, Sally Nicholas and Ben Pearse.

Award for Kay James Friday 10 July 2009

Kay James

Long standing club member Kay James has been presented with Welsh Athletics’ Award of Honour for her services to athletics in Wales. During the past ten years (and more), she has, at various times, been secretary of both her club and the South Wales Region. Additionally, she has been the club’s long standing track and field secretary and event organiser. For the past three years, a period during which the Region did not have a secretary she was effectively the minutes secretary. Because she has been around for so many years and both knows and is known by the vast majority of officials in the southern half of Wales, she has been a key person whenever the Region or the club has organised competition, whether track and field or cross country. Put simply, she has been the one to find sufficient numbers of officials.

Champagne time Thursday 9 July 2009

Threshers & James Thie

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.

Cardiff athletes shine Monday 6 July 2009

YAL 17 5 09 (4).

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.

BAL team retains lead Sunday 5 July 2009

BAL logo

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.

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