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Young Athletes win again Sunday 17 May 2009

Val Davison

Despite miserable conditions for most of the day - wind, rain and cold with occasional sunshine and officials having to wear gear more suited to cross country (but what's new?) - Cardiff's Young Athletes' League team scored another convincing win in their second round match in Cardiff today, 17th May. With only three teams taking part this time, Cardiff amassed 503 points to win from second placed Bridgend AC with Yeovil Wells & Taunton AC third.

School Awards Friday 15 May 2009

Presentation 2009

Many Cardiff AAC athletes received awards at the annual Cardiff & Vale Schools Athletics Association’s Presentation Evening, held in Barry last Tuesday, 12th May. The occasion recognised the achievements during the 2008-09 cross country season of those athletes who won championships, competed in the Welsh Schools’ national championships, represented Wales and achieved other distinctions. There were also awards for outstanding individuals. Cardiff AAC athletes were winners in all categories so well done to all.

New for Road Runners Tuesday 12 May 2009

Road running

UK Athletics, the governing body of the sport in Great Britain, has launched a website dedicated to road running. The website offers a number of crucial services to athletes such as advice on training, dealing with injuries, nutrition, the most suitable gear, events, how to run for charity and much more. There is also help for event organisers including a race director's portal, with advice and guidance on medical, police and safety issues, online licensing and the cheapest online entries in the marketplace and a race calendar with nearly 2,000 races throughout the UK listed.

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.

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