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Brilliant bronze for Omoregie Sunday 9 February 2014

David Omoregie

Cardiff's David Omoregie ran brilliantly at yesterday's British indoor championships in Sheffield to take the bronze medal behind dead-heating Olympic athletes Andy Pozzi and Will Sharman, smashing his personal best over the senior hurdles with a time of 7.78 seconds; a time that moves him up to 6th in the current senior UK rankings.

Despite a less than electric start, David hurdled superbly to snatch a well deserved third place but had an agonisingly long wait for the official verdict as the photo finish judges tried to separate Pozzi and Sharman.

Parking alert Friday 7 February 2014

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Due to the recent wet conditions, alternative parking arrangements have been put in place for the Welsh Cross Country Championships at Dinefwr on Saturday 15th February.

It is not possible to park athletes/spectators vehicles at the Newton House car park so instead an arrangement has been made to use the hard standings at the nearby Home Farm. There will be a regular shuttle bus service which will operate throughout the day.

It is also possible to walk to the start / finish area which is approximately 800 metres from Home Farm.

Club successes in XC Tuesday 4 February 2014

Rosa Yates (319) and Kate Seary WXCCH2012

Cardiff AAC athletes were to the fore at the Welsh Schools' national cross country championships held in Brecon on Saturday last, 1st February.

The conditions were very poor with the ground heavy after days of rain and biting wind and rain for most of the races including occasional hail.

Braving these conditions to win gold medals were Jake Heyward (middle boys), Daniel John (year 7 boys) and Rebecca Evans (senior girls).

Round up Tuesday 4 February 2014

David Omoregie

It has been a busy week in athletics with athletes off to Austria as well as the final indoor Grand Prix in Cardiff and the schools' cross country championships in Brecon.

Austria was a happy hunting ground with Cardiff athletes returning with several personal best performances. At the Vienna Indoor Classic on 28th January, Tom Marshall continued his good form with an indoor PB of 3:43.11 for 1500m while sprinter Dewi Hammond set his all-time best of 6.85 for 60m and Carl Hill ran an indoor PB of 1:51.67 for 800m. Not to be left out, Ffion Price set a season's best for 1500m.

Cross Country Champs Monday 3 February 2014

WA XCCH13 Senior men

Entries to this year's Welsh Cross Country Championships close on Sunday next, 9th February so make sure you get your entries in on time.

There will be individual and team championship medals and Cardiff AAC has the talented athletes to win plenty of these as we have strong teams if everyone competes. We can even win medals with our A, B and C teams.

The championships will be held in Dinefwr Park, Llandeilo (satnav SA19 1RT) and the first event will be at 10.30am.

Alice off to Glasgow Saturday 1 February 2014

Alice Nottingham 2014

Cardiff's Alice Nottingham received a very important email last week - confirmation that she had been selected as a volunteer (they will be called "Clyde-siders") at this year's Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.

Hurdler Alice (17), who is a student at Stanwell School in Penarth, was one of 50,000 (yes, 50,000) who applied a year ago for places as volunteers. And, naturally, she said that her preferred sport would be athletics.

By last September, the applications had been reduced by a half and 25,000 applicants travelled to Glasgow (at their own expense) to be interviewed. Alice obviously gave a good interview and is one of the 5,000 finally selected - and she will be helping at the athletics stadium; her dream come true.

Four PBs for Curtis Tuesday 28 January 2014

Curtis Mathews

Cardiff's Curtis Mathews, representing Great Britain in the under 23 Combined Events international held in Sheffield on 25/26 January, set three individual event personal bests to produced a personal best total score of 5,205 points in the indoor heptathlon.

He had set his previous best score only a few weeks ago at the same venue.

His event personal bests were in the long jump (7.01m), high jump (1.94m) and 1,000m (2:47.02).

His individual event performances were:

60m:  7.30
Long jump:  7.01m
Shot put:  12.35m
High jump:  1.94m
60m hurdles:  8.74
Pole vault:  3.80m
1,000m:  2:47.02

More medals on day 2 Monday 27 January 2014

Sam Longville Matthew Edwards Jacob Preece 2014

After the clean sweep of medals by the under 17 men in the 800m on Saturday, Cardiff's under 20 men capped this yesterday in the 1500m by taking the first five places in the six man final. Matthew Edwards was first to finish, followed by Sam Longville, Jacob Preece, Ieuan Handley and Ciaran Lewis.

Several Cardiff athletes completed individual doubles with Issie Tustin adding the  under 13 girls' 200m title to her 60m gold, Sofia Vella the under 13 girls 1500m to her 800m, Harry Hillman winning the under 17 men's pole vault and long jump, Naomi Reid the under 15 girls' 800m and 1500m, James Vincent the under 15 boys' 800m and 1500m, Ryan James the under 17 men's 200m and 400m and Gwenno Waddington the under 17 women's 800m and 1500m.

Medal count - day 1 Sunday 26 January 2014

Ryan James

In an action packed day at the NIAC yesterday, 25th January, Cardiff athletes accumulated an impressive medal count at the Welsh Athletics indoor championships.

The under 17 men's 800m saw a Cardiff clean sweep with Hassan Abdi taking the gold medal ahead of Joseph Adler (silver) and Alex Love (bronze).

An exciting senior women's 60m final saw Mica Moore (silver medal) edge out Commonwealth Games hopeful Elaine O'Neill in a personal best time of 7.54 seconds. The senior men's final, likewise, produced a personal best 6.97 for silver medallist Gareth Hopkins.

Indoor Championships Friday 24 January 2014


This weekend, the National Indoor Athletic Centre in Cardiff will be the scene of the Welsh Indoor Championships for the under 13, under 17 and Senior age groups. The under 15 and under 20 800m and 1500m championships will be included.

The entries show a strong presence of Cardiff AAC athletes although there could, perhaps, have been more in the under 13 age group (why aren't they there?).

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