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Richie is top of the cops Saturday 12 September 2009

Richard Gardiner

He juggles a life on the track with a life on the beat – and he’s just been named South Wales’ top cop. Cardiff AAC's Ritchie Gardiner has high hopes of qualifying for the 2010 Commonwealth Games after being ranked Wales’ best marathon runner, and the fifth best in Britain. But the popular community sergeant has already won top honours closer to home for his sterling work in Merthyr and Rhondda Cynon Taf. He was named Police Officer of the Year by South Wales Police for his crime-busting efforts to tackle antisocial behaviour, off-road motorcycling and the problem of grassfires. He has also increased community engagement with hard-to-reach groups. Sgt Gardiner said: “I was so shocked to receive this award. It means such a lot to me.

Mike Johnson off to Prague Friday 11 September 2009

Mike Johnson

Cardiff's Mike Johnson represents Wales in the Prague International 10k Road Race this Saturday. Mike is part of the strongest Welsh Road Team for some years, with all four men having run sub 30 minutes for the distance and will take confidence from his superb third place in the Cardiff 10k last Sunday, where his fitness showed as he left the chasing group in the final seconds.

Presentation Night Wednesday 9 September 2009

Presentation Evening 2008

Cardiff AAC’s annual presentation evening will take place on Saturday next, 12 September, from 7.30pm to 11.00pm. Don't miss it. If you competed for a club team this year, you should come. There will be awards for individual achievements, presentations of grading certificates and the evening will be rounded off with a disco. There will be special guests and photographs for everyone. Tickets are £2 each but you can pay at the door.

Mike Johnson third Monday 7 September 2009

Cardiff 10k 2010

Cardiff's Mike Johnson (0003), running for the Welsh team, took third place in yesterday's Cardiff 10k. The race was won by Burundi born Jean Ndaysinga with Tom Humphries second, a reversal of their respective positions in last year's race. Both athletes were representing the Midlands area. There was plenty of Cardiff interest in the race, with perhaps the most impressive performance coming from Tom Marshall (0005) who knocked 72 seconds off his personal best to clock 30:12 and take sixth place.

Road takes centre stage Friday 4 September 2009

Nat Lane

Two important road races take place on Sunday next, 6th September. Cardiff sees the 25th running of the Cardiff 10k while the Bristol Half Marathon takes place across the Severn Bridge. Cardiff AAC runners will be contesting both events with Nat Lane (pictured), Richie Gardner and Simon Lawson heading for Bristol while Mike Johnson, Tom Marshall and Matt Colins will be running for Wales in Cardiff.

Cardiff athletes shine Thursday 3 September 2009

Jamaul Whyte

In weather conditions that were the worst experienced for this event, Cardiff athletes scored heavily for the South Wales team that won the Welsh Inter Regional Championships last Sunday, 30 August, in Swansea. South Wales won narrowly from West Wales with East Wales third and North Wales fourth. Probably the best performances of the day came from David Guest who competes for the Cardiff BAL team as a higher competition athlete. David set a new championship record in the Under 20 long jump with 7.21m and also won the high jump with 1.95m both excellent performances in the circumstances.

Joe best of Brits Monday 31 August 2009

Joe Thomas

Cardiff's 21 year old Joe Thomas saw off the British opposition, including World Championship semi finalist Michael Rimmer, in taking a fine third place in the British Grand Prix at Gateshead today. Wearing his distinctive Cardiff vest, Joe also convincingly beat World's final eighth placer Marcin Lewandowski and was narrowly beaten in the dash to the finish line by winner Nick Simmonds (6th in the World's final). In blustery conditions, Joe's time was a great 1:47.44 against Symmonds' 1:47.30 and second placed, Kenyan Geoffrey Reno's 1:47.43.

UK Schools Games Sunday 30 August 2009

Cardiff AAC athletes are well represented in the Welsh team to take part in the UK Schools Games in Cardiff on Saturday and Sunday next, 5th and 6th September. The Schools Games are a mini Olympics for schools and include 10 sports over four days. There will be an hour's opening ceremony in Cardiff Bay (Roald Dahl Plass) on Thursday evening, 3rd September at 8.30pm to which admission is free.

New Welsh Head Coach Saturday 29 August 2009

John Dagata

Welsh Athletics has appointed American John Dagata as Head of Coaching for Wales. Mr Dagata leaves his post as coach to Iowa State University and will take up his new position in September. He will be responsible for developing coaching in Wales at all levels, from grassroots to elite. John Dagata is qualified in throws, jumps and sprints and specialises in speed and power.

Under 15 League winners Tuesday 25 August 2009

Adrian Lawrence and Maisie Matthews

As winners of the Welsh Under 15 league, South East Wales, the Cardiff AAC team travelled to Brecon on Sunday, 23 August for the Welsh League Cup Final. The team managed a creditable fourth place out of the top eight Welsh clubs behind first placed Carmarthen Harriers. Swansea Harriers were second and Pembroke H third. Carmarthen have won this title on numerous occasions but only narrowly held on to their title, beating Swansea by only 39 points (1154 to 1015).

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