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Great new PB for Adam Monday 16 December 2013

Adam Bitchell

Cardiff's Adam Bitchell, who is studying at the University of New Mexico, smashed his personal best time over 5000m on Saturday last with a time of 13:44.70. His previous best, set two years ago, was 13:57.61.

Adam's time was set in his indoor debut at this distance indoors at the Hoosier Open in Bloomington, Indiana, USA but was also an improvement on his outdoor best.

Adam is coached by former Cardiff AAC captain and British international James Thie.

Six go to Scotland Friday 13 December 2013

Ryan Grimwade 2013

Six Cardiff AAC athletes are on their way to Glasgow to represent Welsh Schools in the annual indoor multi-events international to be held in Glasgow tomorrow, 14th December.

The super six are Claire Taylor, Lauren Evans, Sarah Omoregie, Harry Hillman, Jordan Fender and Ryan Grimwade (pictured).

The international is between schools teams representing Wales, England, Scotland and All-Ireland.

Christmas Closure Dates Wednesday 11 December 2013

CISS

Cardiff AAC's last clubnight of 2013 will be on Monday 23rd December and will start up again on Thursday 2nd January 2014. The canteen will close at 8pm on 23rd December and re-open on Monday 6th January.

Cardiff International Sports Stadium will be open on Thursday 26th December from 10am until 3pm and on  Saturday 28th December from 11am until 5pm. (Cardiff City has a home match on both of these days.) Otherwise the stadium will be closed from 24th December to 1st January, inclusive, and will re-open fully as normal on 2nd January.

Senior men win Wednesday 11 December 2013

WA XCCH13 Senior men

With three finishers in the first ten, Cardiff's senior men took the team race honours at the third round Gwent Cross Country League at Bath University on Sunday last, 8th December. Andrew Hunt was placed second individual with British Masters champion James Thie sixth and Nat Lane eighth.

In the junior age groups, Jake Heyward won the under 15 boys' race by a wide margin and Rebecca Evans was second in the under 20 women's race.

Talk on Nutrition Saturday 7 December 2013

Tom Maynard

Next Thursday,12th December, at the Cardiff International Sports Stadium, Tom Maynard (pictured), a performance nutritionist with Sport Wales, will be giving a talk.

This talk, which is free of charge, will be of interest to athletes and parents and all are welcome. The talk will start at 6.15 and will last about an hour, with an opportunity to ask questions. 

Bronze becomes silver Monday 2 December 2013

12 stage relay 2013 silver

Cardiff's bronze medal in this year's 12 stage road relay has been upgraded to silver following the withdrawal of the gold medal from Belgrave, whose team has been disqualified after one of its runners was found guilty of a doping offence.

In addition, Cardiff's Joe McDonald will be recorded as having run the fastest long leg.

Third Gwent league Monday 2 December 2013

Blaise Castle XC 2012

The third round of the 2012-13 Gwent Cross Country League will take place next Sunday, 8th December, at Bath University and all those wishing to take part should inform the relevant team by text or phone manager straight away.

Cardiff is leading the team rankings in four age groups (under 17 and under 20 men and women and under 13 girls) and is well up in others so a good turn out next Sunday will consolidate our positions. 

Changes at the top Friday 29 November 2013

Bernard Plain

At a well attended AGM held in the club room last Thursday, 21st November, new leadership was voted in. Kay James (President) and Paul Darney (Chairman) stood down after two years in office and Bernie Plain was elected as the new President and Graham Webb as the new Chairman.

Bernie told the meeting that it was an honour to be President of such a great club and that he would do his best to make sure that there was just as great a future.

Andrew Seary was elected as a life member for the outstanding contribution that he had made to the club.

Cardiff is top club in Britain Saturday 23 November 2013

12 stage relay 2013 silver

Hot on the heels of being crowned Welsh Athletics club of the year, Cardiff AAC has topped the poll to become British club of the year.

Cardiff AAC took 32% of the vote, with Bristol & West AC second with 29%, Edinburgh AC third with 21% and Derry Spartans AC fourth with 18%.

With voting open to anyone interested in athletics, to win the vote is a remarkable achievement given the opposition and the much greater number of clubs in England and Scotland.

James and Tom on form Monday 18 November 2013

James Thie and Tom Marshall

For Cardiff's James Thie and Tom Marshall (pictured together at the recent Welsh road mile championship), the weekend could hardly have gone better.

Competing as a master for the first time, James (35) was the first home in the 35-39 age group at the British and Irish Masters Cross Country Championships held in Cardiff on Saturday, 16th November. Meanwhile, Tom, who is coached by James, was travelling to Leeds where, on Sunday, he set a new personal best time in the 10k at the Leeds Abbey Dash 10k, breaking the 30 minute barrier for the first time.

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