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Welsh Cross Country Championships Thursday 28 February 2019

Last week end saw a number of events held over 23/24th February with a lot of success for Cardiff athletes. The 2019 Welsh XCC at Pembrey Country Park, saw the debut of our new club tent/marquee. Races were held for Primary age groups, through age groups, up to senior men and women that included masters awards. Apart from senior races, only the younger age had decent numbers of 50 finishers. Senior men 158 finishers, and senior ladies 131 finishers. Apart from U13B race, all club teams had podium places. Most pleasing result was our senior men's victory in team race, for first time in years. Our senior ladies team finished 2nd another pleasing result, thanks to Hannah Pretty's efforts with recruitment, and getting teams out on day. Photo shows senior men's team. From left, Owen Haswell, Ieuan Thomas, James Thie, James Hunt, Dan Nash, Stephen Morris.

British ID Championships Thursday 21 February 2019

Following Britiah Athletics Indoor Championships held in Birmingham on the 9th February, 2 of Cardiff's 3 medalists have been selected for the Great Britain team taking part in the European Championships, held in Glasgow from 1st to 3rd March. Joseph Reid 800m Gold medal in Birmingham, following the disqualification of Jamie Webb, for illegally cutting in front of Guy Learmonth, going into the last lap. Though the first 3 finishers in 800m have been selected for the GB team in Glasgow. Owen Smith 400m had a fine 2nd place in the 400m final in Birmingham. Joseph and Owen (are coached by Matt Elias). A massive break through was recorded in the 60m final (his 3rd race on day) by Jeremiah Azu, (coached by Helen James) who at 17yrs finished 3rd in SM final, with 6.66.

Road Racing Monday 18 February 2019

A number of Welsh endurance athletes went to Spain for WWT. Following the camp a number took part in the popular International Bracelona Half Marathon on the 10th February. Cardiff's Charlotte Arter continued her out standing racing results gained in 2018 and has started 2019 with an out standing result in Barcelona. Her time for the Half Marathon was 69.41 taking her to top of UK Half Marathon ranking list. Her time was a Welsh record for the distance, and of course is a new best club time.

In same race, Cardiff's Clara Evans also achieved a personal best Half Marathon time of 72.49. Jennifer Nesbitt also in same race finished Half Marathon with 73.14. All three runners, were part of the Welsh squad on the WWT camp. 

Welsh Schools XC Championships 2019 Wednesday 13 February 2019

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The Welsh Schools Cross Country races (now under Welsh Athletics) were held in mild sunny conditions at Brecon. The course was altered due to the new school being built on field at back of the track stand, where a lap of the cross country course and finish used to take place. Yesterday's races followed the tough hill course at the GL Pontypool event last Saturday. Runners that raced at Pontypool might have been affected, by the short recovery time. The first 6 runners are automatic selection for Wales SIAB Schools team held in Dublin on 23rd March. There are 8 runners in SIAB teams, for Senior and Middle age groups races, the last two runners in teams, are selected later after yesterdays races.

Senior Boys race. Larry Ryan, took lead after one lap, and held on for a ten second win over a testing course. Morgan James (GV) with a solid 4th place, had automatic selection. 

C&V Senior Boys team. Larry Ryan 1st, Dylan Nazareth 10th, Daniel Austin 21st, James Gold 23rd, Alfie Davies 28th, and Samuel Belcher 31st. C&V Senior Boys team finished 2nd. 

C&V Schools Open XC Championships Monday 4 February 2019

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On Sunday the 27th January the final C&V Schools Cross Country race series was held at Bro Morgannwg School in Barry. The course in the school grounds is a tough course, was made more challenging by a freezing wind, with gusts of 40mph. Even officials well wrapped up were still frozen. As the races were for Championship titles, the numbers taking part were down from the normal fields of runners. However the numbers were up, from the same event in January 2018. The low numbers meant all 6 races took 2 hours to be completed.

There were some outstanding individual performances from Year 8 & 9 Boys winner Owain Tyrrell winning by 34secs. In the Senior Women race Nia Clatworthy (Guest) was a clear winner, by 22secs. Moli Lyons official winner was 38secs clear of 2nd placer. And Iona Roderick Year 7 Girls, won by 21secs.

Race Results Below (first 6). 

Welsh Senior Indoor Championships Friday 1 February 2019

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The senior championships were held over 2 days, Saturday 26th January and Sunday the 27th. The meeting included an International Pentathlon for SM and Heptathlon for SW. There were also some Welsh Junior Championship events, and 4x200m Relay races, so plenty of action for spectators to watch.

One of the main Welsh Championship track events caused a major surprise, with Sam Gordon and club mate, Jeremiah Azu, who both recorded the fastest heat times, were both disqualified in the final race. That left the two other Cardiff sprinters, the chance to win 60m sprint title and championship medals.

TRACK CLOSURE TONIGHT Thursday 31 January 2019

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As a result of the Met Office issuing an Amber weather warning TODAY, for rain and snow, with a wind chill temperature of -5c, from 6pm to 9pm.

This will result in unacceptable training and hazardous transport conditions.

The Club has consulted the stadium management, and the decision has been made to CANCEL all training at the stadium, TONIGHT. 

Cardiff Athletes Abroad Wednesday 30 January 2019

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Last Saturday a number of Cardiff athletes competed abroad, as well as those in who have been in training camps in Spain and South Africa.

In an Indoor Meeting in the Czech Republic, Jonathon Bailey jumped 2.00m in the Senior men's High Jump event.

Meanwhile Owen Smith opened up his Indoor season with a 47.30 400m  in the Vienna Indoor Classic, in Austria.

Michael Ward in USA, produced a personal best performance over 3km, winning in 7.57.88 at the UW Invitational, Seattle, Washington State. Michael must like this track, as he did his previous 3km pb on the same track 12 months ago.

Welsh Athletics Junior Open Meeting Friday 18 January 2019

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Welsh Athletics held the 2nd day of the Junior Indoor Championships Sunday 6th January, that included the Welsh Regions, and the South West of England Region. Cardiff athletes competing won in Track events 9 Gold, 8 Silver and 4 Bronze medals. In Field events they won 2 Gold, 2 Silver and 1 Bronze medals.

When one considers that our track was out of use from mid July to the first week in November, when the new track was available for training, except it has no line markings. At moment, a provisional date has been set for track line marking to take place at the end of March. Our Track athletes won 21 medals, and Field eventers 5 medals. Field events have been more effected by the track closure. Only in the Long Jump and Pole Vault events, did Cardiff athletes compete and gain medals. Track events covered 60m, 60mH, 800m and 1500m. In the U17M 800m, Cardiff runners won all Podium medals. 

Nos Galan 2018 Monday 14 January 2019

Checking official race  results of 2018 Nos Galan, Cardiff's Oliver Reynolds won the 10-11age group Boys race. Ellis Finlayson won the 11-13 age group Boys race, and Jacob Reynolds won the 14-15 age group Boys race. In the Elites race 22 Cardiff runners took park. In the Fun run Cardiff had 5 runners, with one lady runner, related to one of the Cardiff runners.

No teams were shown in the Elites results, 210 finishers. In the Fun run, teams results were shown with 903 finishers.

Going back to Cradiff runners in races. Following home Oliver Reynolds in 10-11 race was Jack Farrell, and Caleb Finlayson. Ellis Finlayson 11-13 was the only Cardiff runner. Also competing in the 14-15 age group race was Lloyd Sheppard, Lloyd Jones, Ben Farrell, Ben Hughes, and Lili Jones.

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