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Cardiff Cross Challenge Monday 20 January 2014

Cardiff XC 2014

December's athlete of the month, Annwen Gammon, got yesterday's cross challenge off to a good start, finishing an excellent fourth in the first event of the day, the under 13 girls' race. Jessica Wadey was seventh and Abi Fisher was tenth. In the same race, Sofia Vella was first in the schools' category.

Other high finishers were Emily Chirighin in the primary schools girls' race and Jake Heyward in the under 15 boy's race (in this race Rhys Jones was third home in the schools' category). In the under 15 girls' race, Naomi Reed was 3rd in the schools' category.

More medals and PBs Tuesday 14 January 2014

Ieuan Jones 2014

The second indoor Grand Prix held at the NIAC on Sunday last, 12th January, included the Welsh Athletics 3000m championships.

Gold medals were won by Rebecca Evans in the under 20 women's age group and Gwynant Jones matched this, taking the under 20 men's title, with Ciaran Lewis third. Silver medals were won by Abi Fisher (under 15 girls), Ieuan Jones (under 15 boys) and Charlotte Gaughan (senior women).

In the open events, pride of place goes to David Omoregie who clocked a personal best 7.92 for the senior men's 60m hurdles (taking him to 4th in the latest UK rankings) and Mica Moore who set a pb in the senior women's 60m which puts her in 3rd place on the latest UK rankings.

PBs for Curtis and Vicky Tuesday 7 January 2014

Francis Baker

Despite finishing one place behind fellow Cardiff athlete Francis Baker in the overall placings, Curtis Mathews produced a personal best indoor heptathlon score of 5,097 points to take the under 23 silver medal at the England and Wales combined events championships in Sheffield on Saturday last, 4th January. Curtis' tally included a personal best indoor shot put of 12.95m.

Francis (pictured), competing in the senior competition, finished sixth, with a score of 5,363 points.

In the senior women's pentathlon, Vicky Lloyd compiled a personal best score of 5,363 points which included an indoor pb of 9.62sec for the 60m hurdles. Vicky finished in 10th place.

Harry leads medal haul Monday 6 January 2014

Harry Hillman 2013

Cardiff's Harry Hillman (described by Welsh Athletics as one of Wales most promising all-round athletes) was one of the top performers at the South Wales junior indoor championships held at NIAC yesterday, 5th January, with gold medal wins in the under 17 men's 60m hurdles, high jump and pole vault.

Harry was one of several Cardiff multi medallists in all age groups and it was encouraging to see so many athletes trying several events. James Vincent won both the under 15 boys' 800m and high jump whilst there was a clean sweep of medals in the under 13 boys' long jump where Jonathan Gibson, Sam Woods and Harri Howkins won gold, silver and bronze repectively.

The girls were not to be outdone as Catrin Lord won the under 15's 60m, 200m and long jump, Issie Tustin the under 13's 60m and 200m and Lauren Evans the under 15's 60mH and high jump.

Annwen wins in Antrim Sunday 5 January 2014

Kate Seary

Cardiff's Annwen Gammon got her 2014 campaign off to a great start by winning the under 13 girls' race in the British Athletics Cross Challenge in Antrim, Northern Ireland, yesterday, 4th January.

Annwen was one of a group of Cardiff AAC athletes who made a successful trip to Northern Ireland.

In the senior women's international race, Ffion Price continued her good form , coming home in 20th overall and 4th in the under 23 category. In the men's senior race, Jon Hopkins was the first under 23 to finish and 19th overall.

Other successes came in the combined under 17/under 20 women's race where Kate Seary was 4th and Rebecca Evans 19th whilst in the men's under 17/under 20 race Gwynant Jones was 9th and Ciaran Lewis 13th.

2013 ends in style Friday 3 January 2014

Ben Vincent Nos Galan 2013

Plenty of Cardiff AAC athletes made the trip to Mountain Ash on New Year's Eve for the annual Nos Galan races; and with success.

Last year's elite winner, Ieuan Thomas, was pushed into second place this time by Bristol's Stephen Mitchell but Ben Vincent and Naomi Reid chalked up wins in the 8/9 and 12/13 age groups repectively. Ben had also won the race the year before. Ben's older brother James was second in the 14/15 age group.

 

There was a clean sweep in the 12/13 girls' race with Sofia Vella following Naomi home in second and Allisha Hayes in third.

A Happy Christmas Tuesday 24 December 2013

Cardiff AAC (British Athletics' Club of the Year 2013) hopes that all our members and friends will have a very happy Christmas and we wish you a successful 2014.

Normal club nights will resume on Monday, 6th January.

Would you like to help us next year? If so, read on.

Back from Brussels Tuesday 24 December 2013

Brussels 2013

After arduous journeys by road and ferries, caused by the very bad weather, the Welsh cross country team returned home yesterday after participating in the Lotto Cross Country Cup on Sunday.

Against good quality opposition, Cardiff's athletes performed well, with the top spot going to Ffion Price, who led the Welsh team home in the under 20 women's race in 7th place. Ffion was followed home by Kate Seary (12th), and Rebecca Evans (18th).

Love is in the air Sunday 22 December 2013

Rhys and Leila

Christmas time 2013 will have an added importance for Rhys Williams and Leila James as they have just announced their engagement.

Rhys popped the question in New York a couple of days ago and Leila said yes.

Leila's mother Helen, herself a former Welsh international sprinter and current club sprints coach, is naturally delighted and says that this gives her an excuse to go out and buy a new hat.

Everyone in Cardiff AAC congratulates Rhys and Leila and wishes them every happiness in their future life together.

Off to Brussels Friday 20 December 2013

WA XC Ch 2013 Senior Men

Six Cardiff athletes are included in a Welsh team travelling to Brussels to take part in the Euro-Lotto Cross Cup Brussels International cross country races on Sunday.

The six are Jonathan Hopkins (senior men), Rhianwedd Price (senior women), Mike Ward (under 20 men), Ffion Price, Rebecca Evans and Kate Seary (under 20 women).

In addition, Alex Donald, Tracy Allen and Graham Finlayson form the team management.

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