Mike Ward fully justified his selection as February's athlete of the month with a fine run in the under 20 men's race at the UK Inter Counties championships in Birmingham today, held over a muddy course but in otherwise good conditions.
Always in touch with the leaders, a mud spattered Mike finished strongly in sixth place, an excellent position amongst the cream of British cross country runners.
The event doubles as the selection trials for the British teams to take part in the World Cross Country championships to be held in Poland in two weeks time and we wait to see if Mike's performance today has won him a place.
The Welsh road relay championships will be held on Sunday 17th March and entries will close next Monday, 11th March.
The championships will be held as usual at Llandow Race Circuit, near Cowbridge, and Cardiff will be entering teams in all age groups and looking to win multiple medals.
Anyone wishing to be selected for a team must contact the relevant team manager without delay.
Why not come along to an evening of "horse racing" at the Cardiff High School Old Boys club house on Forest Farm Road, Velindre Road, Whitchurch, Cardiff CF14 7JH on Friday 15th March (a week this Friday)?
The evening has been organised by club secretary Ann Cooper and her husband Tony and we are already assured of a good attendance; but we would like even more.
All monies raised will be put towards the club's running costs. Did you realise that teams travelling alone cost over £14,000 last year?
The final round of the 2012-13 Gwent Cross Country League was held last Saturday, 2nd March. It was a gorgeous spring day in Brecon, compared to the freezing temperatures of the previous week, and many people stayed around to support the Cardiff AAC runners in the sunshine.
With several absentees preparing for the following week's national inter-counties championship in Birmingham, we had one individual winner in the shape of John Cove in the Under 17 men’s race and several second places.
Former Cardiff AAC club captain and British international James Thie took the gold medal in the 3000m at the British Universities indoor championships held in Sheffield last weekend, 22 to 24 February.
Also in Sheffield, decathlete David Guest had a busy day, contesting the high jump, long jump (silver medal with 7.33m) and shot put while Mica Moore took the silver medal in the women's 200m.
Harry Hillman continued his run of good form to take the silver medal in the under 15 boys' 60m hurdles at the England Athletics indoor championships in Birmingham over the same weekend.
On Saturday last, 23rd February, many Cardiff AAC athletes were representing their school district (either Cardiff and the Vale or Glamorgan Valleys districts) in the Welsh Schools Nation Cross Country Championships that were held in Brecon.
There was overall success for the Cardiff and the Vale district and pictured with the overall Championship trophy are Erin Hayes (Middle Girls Captain) and Ciaran Lewis (Middle Boys Captain). Cardiff AAC had 4 athletes who were individual winners; Mike Ward, Ellie Atkinson, Jake Heyward and Lucy Dennis.
The star turn at the final Welsh Indoor championship of the season, held last Sunday 17th February, was triple gold medal winner Harry Hillman.
Harry(14) jumped to 3rd in the UK rankings in winning the under 15 boys' high jump with 1.80m, which equalled his Welsh record. In winning the 60m hurdles in 8.58secs he went to No.1 in the UK.
Meanwhile, at the British Athletics grand prix at Birmingham on Saturday, Joe Thomas achieved the qualifying time and was automatically selected to represent Great Britain at the European Indoor Championships in Gothenburg the first weekend of March.
Cardiff's senior men turned out in force to take the Welsh Cross Country Championship today, at Glan Usk Estate near Abergavenny, with arch rivals Swansea relegated to second place.
Rowan Axe was the first Cardiff runner home in fourth place but solid packing by the next five scorers saw Cardiff safely home.
Hot favourite Jake Heyward easily won the under 15 boys' championship but will face a sterner test in the national inter-counties championships in Birmingham in a few weeks time.
Cardiff's Joe Thomas retained his British championship 800m title with a win at the championships (which incorporated the European indoor championship trials) in Sheffield yesterday, 10th February. Winning the race by the closest of margins, Joe's time of 1:48.55 was the same as second placer Mukthar Mohammed.
Also at the championships, Tom Marshall set a personal best of 3:48.94 to take fifth place in the 1500m and Gary White set a season's best of 15.81m for fourth in the triple jump.
Meanwhile, 30 junior athletes made their way across the Severn Bridge to Bath University on Saturday where the fourth Gwent League races this season were being held.
The cross country season picks up momentum again with the fourth round of the Gwent League taking place at Bath University on Saturday next, 9th February.
The Welsh cross country championships take place in Crickhowell the following Saturday, 16th, and the deadline for entries closes on Sunday next, 10th, so if you have not already informed your team manager of your intention to run, you need to do so immediately.