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Regional Championships Sunday 10 May 2009

Joe Thomas

Cardiff's athletes were prominent at the combined South and East Wales Regional Championships, held at Cardiff International Sports Stadium yesterday, Saturday 9 May 2009. For a change, the weather was reasonably kind to the athletes, with sunshine all day but a cold wind that was strong at times. Joe Thomas produced a good early season 48.86s to win the senior men's 400m and Rhys Williams made a welcome return to competition, winning the 400m Hurdles in a quick 51.02s. Perhaps the best race of the day was the senior men's 200m which saw Matt Elias (thankfully fit and free of injury again) hold off rival Rhys Williams in a time of 22.05s. Cardiff athletes took a total of 66 titles.

Athletes not such dopes Wednesday 6 May 2009

Doping Control

It is well known that athletics is a world leader in sport's fight against doping and that the UK is a leader amongst athletics nations. Because of its prominence in this fight, athletics gets more than its fair share of adverse publicity. The truth is that athletics is a long way down the list of offending sports and official figures from UK Sport show this. But which are the sports that lead the pack in positive tests? Is athletics cleaner than snooker? The answers might surprise you. Read on...

Flying start for YAL team. Monday 4 May 2009

YAL 2 5 09

Cardiff's National Young Athletes' League team made a flying start to the 2009 season by dominating the opening match in Plymouth on Sunday, 3rd May. With individual wins and personal bests coming thick and fast, Cardiff amassed 396 points to score a resounding win by 92 points over second placed City of Plymouth. With the second round match at its home stadium, the team is on track to achieve its target of a first time return to the Premier Division.

New job for James Thie Sunday 3 May 2009

James Thie

Cardiff men’s club captain James Thie has been appointed Competitions Manager for Welsh Athletics. He takes over from Cardiff’s former BAL team manager Peter Stafford who landed a senior position with European Athletics in Lausanne. It has been an exciting year for James who has also recently got married. James can count himself lucky to be back home at all from his honeymoon in Las Vegas. Despite being an experienced international traveller, he managed to get himself bumped off his overbooked flight back to London and waved goodbye to his new wife.

Young Athletes' campaign. Friday 1 May 2009

YAL 17 5 09 (4).

Cardiff’s McCain Young Athletes’ League team sets out for Plymouth on Sunday next, 3rd May to start its bid to reclaim a place in the League’s Premier Division. The team slipped into the Midland 1 West Division last year and team managers Helen Falsini, Julie Jones and Andrew Seary are hoping for a rapid return up the ladder. Stefano Falsini and Sam Cogan have been appointed as team captains for the day.

Richie Gardiner in London Sunday 26 April 2009

Richard Gardiner

Cardiff's Richie Gardiner, wearing the distinctive Cardiff vest, continued his run of excellent performances in today's Flora London Marathon. He was the third British runner to finish, in a time of 2h.19.48. Congratulations, Richie. The picture shows Richie running in today's race near Blackfriars Bridge and was generously provided by leading athletics photographer Mark Shearman.

The National Road Relays Tuesday 21 April 2009

Mike Johnson

Cardiff’s men performed above expectations at the National 12 Stage road relay championships held at Sutton Park last Saturday, 18th April. After a 45 minute delay to the start of the race owing to a major accident on the M6 motorway, 68 teams lined up for the start of this great race. Mike Johnson got the team off to a storming start, coming in to the first change over in second place, only seven seconds down on Harrow’s Adam Bowden. The picture shows Mike Johnson at the end of his great first leg.

Rhys Williams on MON-TV Wednesday 15 April 2009

Rhys Williams

A new web based community TV service includes interesting interviews with sports stars including Rhys. Find out what time he gets up, what time he goes to bed and see him going through training routines.

James Thie to marry Friday 10 April 2009

James Thie

Popular club captain James Thie will marry Alexandra Sandoe on Saturday, 11th April at their home town of Clevedon, North Somerset. We understand that globe-trotting James proposed to Alexandra in Coogan’s Restaurant in New York. How cool is that?

Welsh Road Relays Results Wednesday 8 April 2009

Matt Collins

Cardiff AAC teams had a fine day at the Welsh Road Relay Championships held at Parc Bryn Bach (near Tredegar) last Sunday, 5th April. Cardiff took the senior men’s and under 17 women’s titles, came second in the under 15 boys and third in the under 17 men. The picture shows Matt Collins bringing home the victorious men's team.

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