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Success on the road Saturday 30 March 2013

Jon Hopkins and Rowan Axe

While the attention has been on cross country, Cardiff AAC's Joe MacDonald beat a classy field in windy conditions to take victory at the Wilmslow Half Marathon last Saturday, 24th March.

Joe won ahead of several Great Britain Internationals, stopping the clock in 64:54, setting a personal best time and taking victory by half a minute.

His victory rounded off a good weekend for the club which also saw victory and a second spot at the Atlantic College 10km for Tom Marshall and Jon Peters.

Medals at SIAB international Monday 25 March 2013

John Cove Ciaran Lewis Kate Seary

Cardiff AAC athletes helped the Welsh schools teams to silver and bronze medals at the SIAB schools international cross country match at Dynefwr on Saturday last, 23 March.

The silver medal winning under 17 boys' team included John Cove (10th), Ciaran Lewis (13th) and Nick Jones (32nd) while Kate Seary (9th) and Ellie Atkinson (17th) helped the under 17 girls' team to bronze.

Pictured are John Cove, Ciaran Lewis and Kate Seary.

Well done Mike Sunday 24 March 2013

Mike Ward

Cardiff's Mike Ward fully justified his selection for the Great Britain team, finishing third best of the six man British squad in the World Junior Cross Country championships in Bidgoszcz, Poland, today, 24th March.

In bitterly cold conditions, over a testing course, and with the race dominated by athletes from Africa, Mike finished in a creditable 51st place out of 110, the 7th best placing by a European athlete.

The British junior men's team finished in ninth place.

This will have been a great experience for Mike and he should be proud of his achievement.

Cardiff athletes in Welsh teams Wednesday 20 March 2013

Matthew Edwards

Cardiff AAC will be well represented in the Welsh schools' team that will contest the annual SIAB Schools cross country international to be held at Dinefwr Park, near Llandeilo, on Saturday next, 23rd March.

Alongside the schools' event, the Home Countries international for junior and senior age groups will also feature Cardiff athletes.

This event is the highlight of the schools' cross country season and Wales hosts the match against Scotland, All Ireland and England once every four years.


Road relay medals at Llandow Monday 18 March 2013

Dianne Hains Jake Heyward Adam Johansen Brandon Tu

Cardiff AAC teams collected medals in all age groups except senior women at the annual Welsh road relay championships, held at a dry but bitterly cold Llandow race circuit yesterday, 17th March.

Gold medals went to the under 13 girls team (Annwen Gammon, Caitlin Exton, Amber Harding and Lucy Dennis) and senior men (Jon Peters, Jon Hopkins, Tom Marshall and Carwyn Jones) whilst Sophia Vella won the under 11 girls straight race.

Fastest legs of the day were recorded by Lucy Dennis, Kate Seary and Jon Hopkins.

A Winning Night Sunday 17 March 2013

Race Night March 2013

Around a hundred Cardiff AAC members and friends gathered on Friday night, 15th March, for an evening of "horse racing" and enjoyment at the Cardiff High School Old Boys Club in Whitchurch.

Secretary Ann Cooper and husband Tony had organised the occasion to raise funds for the club and it was a great success, with Barclays Bank matching pound for pound what the club generated, pushing the total for the evening to a magnificent £1600.


Mike Ward in GB team Tuesday 12 March 2013

Mike Ward

Cardiff's promising junior athlete Mike Ward (pictured in his South Wales vest finishing the Inter Counties Championship) has crowned a fine series of cross country performances (Welsh champion, Schools champion, 6th at the UK Inter Counties) by gaining his first Great Britain representative vest.

Mike will be one of the GB team announced today to contest the World Junior Cross Country Championship in Bydgoszcz, Poland, on Sunday 24th March.

Congratulations Mike and good luck in Poland.

All comers record for Tom Monday 11 March 2013

Tom Marshall in 12 stage 2008

Numerous Cardiff AAC athletes were at the NIAC arena yesterday, 10th March, for the Welsh Under 20 Indoor International and Senior Grand Prix.

Cardiff's Tom Marshall (pictured) ran close to the 4 minute barrier in smashing the old Welsh all-comers' indoor record for the mile with a time of 4:03.96. (His personal best indoors is 4:00.74 set in the USA.)

Joe Thomas, fresh from representing Great Britain in the European Indoor Championships, took the 600m in a time of 1:18.40. David Omoregie set a new personal best of 7.76 to win the under 20 men's 60m hurdles and added third place in the long jump with 6.90m. Elliott Slade won the under 20 1500m and Megan O'Sullivan took the under 20 women's triple jump with a leap of 11.83m, only 3cms off her own Welsh record. 

Breakthrough for Mike Saturday 9 March 2013

Mike Ward

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.

Road relays next challenge Friday 8 March 2013

 W Road Relays 2012

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.

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