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Celtic Games Monday 3 August 2009

Celtic Games 2009

Cardiff AAC was well represented in the Celtic Games, held in Carmarthen on Saturday last, 1st August. Even if the Welsh team could manage only third place behind first placers Ireland with Scotland second and Ulster fourth, there were some good performances from Cardiff athletes. Lewis Newton was a rare Welsh winner, taking the Under 18 men's pole vault with 4.40m while Sam Cogan set another personal best of 40.46 in the Under 18 women's 300m.

Key match for BAL team Friday 31 July 2009

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Cardiff AAC’s British League adventure moves on to Leeds tomorrow, 1st August, with the Cardiff team still sitting on top of its division. After the first two matches of the four round series, Cardiff narrowly leads the division from Blackheath, Herne Hill and TVH. A good result at Leeds is essential to Cardiff's promotion ambitions but team manager James Williams has assembled a strong team for the encounter.

Junior League team is top Thursday 30 July 2009

YAL 17 5 09 (4).

Cardiff's Welsh Under 15 League team rounded off this year's series to come top of the league. Newport were second with Hereford third and these clubs accompany Cardiff to the Cup Final at Brecon on 23 August.

Mike Johnson wins 5k Wednesday 29 July 2009

Mike Johnson

Cardiff's Mike Johnson won the SSAFA 5k road race held in Cardiff last Wednesday, 22 July, from team mate Chris Moss. Mike was very pleased with his winning time of 14m.45 which equalled his best time on the course and gave him an 11sec advantage over second placed Chris. Mike and Chris took an early lead in the race and ran away from the rest of the field but, as the race went on, Bristol based Mike proved the stronger on the day and thwarted Chris in his ambition to win all three races. Chris Moss had won the first two of the three race series and thus took the series title.

Rhys in team for Berlin Tuesday 28 July 2009

Rhys Williams

Cardiff's 400m hurdler Rhys Williams has been included in the Great Britain team for the IAAF World Championships taking place in Berlin from 15th to 23 August, UK Athletics has announced today. Rhys joins Swansea's David Greene in the 400m hurdles. This selection is a just reward for Rhys's determination to come back after missing two seasons through injury. He was the bronze medallist in the European Championships in Gothenburg in 2006.

Juniors struggle in the rain Monday 27 July 2009

Val Davison

On another typical athletics day in Cardiff (continual rain), Cardiff's National Junior League team, already weakened by illnesses, managed only 7th place in the fourth and final match of the year yesterday, Sunday 26 July. A number of good performances could not overcome gaps in the team; which will be competing next year in a regional division of this league.

Silver for Simon Lawson Thursday 23 July 2009

Simon Lawson

Cardiff's Simon Lawson crowned a fabulous season by taking the silver medal in the European Junior Championships in Novi Sad, Serbia earlier today. His time of 30.35.62 was outside his best but this is not significant in such an important race. The winner was Hayle Ibrahimov (Azerbaijan) and fellow Welshman Dewi Griffiths was fourth. Simon's was the first British medal in these Championships. He is also entered in the 5000m on Sunday provided he has recovered sufficiently from the 10,000m

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.

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