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Ava in Irish Olympic team Tuesday 22 May 2012

Ava Hutchinson CXC10

Cardiff's Irish international Ava Hutchinson has been selected to compete in the marathon at the London Olympic Games. Her selection was announced yesterday by Athletics Ireland, along with two others, Linda Byrne and Caitriona Jennings. Her selection has to be endorsed by the Olympic Council of Ireland but this is expected to be a formality. Ava achieved the A standard qualification of 2:37:00 when she completed the Houston, Texas, marathon (only her second race over the distance) in 2:35:33 in January, finishing fourth in a high quality field. Congratulations to Ava and good luck in London.

Rhys wins at Loughborough Monday 21 May 2012

Rhys Williams

Cardiff's GB international Rhys Williams notched up a victory over one of his rivals for an Olympic team place by taking the 400m hurdles in the Loughborough international on Sunday 20th May. In windy conditions, Rhys was timed at 50.24, ahead of Nathan Woodward (50.44). Other Cardiff winners were Gareth Warburton (800m in 1:46.57) and Adam Bitchell in an outdoor personal best for the 3000m of 8:08.63. Mica Moore was second in the invitation 100m C race in 12.33.

Olympic torch in Wales Monday 21 May 2012

Melanie Stephenson

The Olympic torch relay will arrive in Wales on Friday of this week and four Cardiff AAC members will be helping it on its journey. Sprinter Melanie Stephenson (pictured in her torch tracksuit) will have to cover more than her preferred 200m when she runs the final leg of the day into Coopers Field. Before then, Caitlin Exton will have taken the torch through Newport. On Saturday, 26th May, founder member Ken Bennett will complete his leg through Swansea (where he now lives) and, finally, on Sunday, Cardigan born middle distance runner Mike Kallenberg will take the torch through Aberaeron.

Cardiff 14 in Wales team Wednesday 16 May 2012

Rhys Knapman

Fourteen Cardiff AAC athletes have been included in the Welsh team taking part in the Loughborough International on Sunday next 20th May. Loughborough is the first important international level meeting of the season and is a good indicator of early form in this Olympic year. Experienced GB internationals Gareth Warburton and Joe Thomas are included with Joe contesting the 1500m and Gareth the 800m. Club captain Rhys Knapman (pictured) is selected for the 200m. Phil Banning is the team leader and James Williams is team manager.

139 medals at regional championships Sunday 13 May 2012

The combined South and East Wales regional championships were held at the Cardiff International Sports Stadium yesterday, 12 May 2012. In almost perfect conditions (dry and sunny but with a capricious wind) Cardiff AAC athletes collected a total of 139 medals. Rhys Williams started the track events with an easy win in the 400m hurdles and fellow great Britain international Christian Malcolm, just returned from warm weather training in the United States, wanted to get the jet lag out of his legs with an equally easy win in the 200m.

Championships deadline Friday 11 May 2012

CISS

The deadline for entries to the Welsh Championships is next Thursday, 17th May so it is important not to miss this. The championships will be held over the three days Saturday to Monday, 2nd, 3rd and 4th June at the Cardiff International Sports Stadium. The annual championships should be in every Welsh athlete's competition schedule and is one of the highlights of the Welsh athletic calendar.

First round of YAL Monday 7 May 2012

Tom Trotman

After the attrocious weather of the previous weekend, it was a relief for the first round of the National Young Athletes League to be held yesterday in perfect, dry conditions. Cardiff's team travelled to Yate and, despite a serious lack of numbers, produced a string of excellent individual performances, including 25 first places and many who competed in unfamiliar events to help the team cause. Tom Trotman (pictured), with a 1.80m high jump and 5.77m long jump, and Lauren Evans, 70mH in 12.1, secured Grade 1 performances.

Cardiff four in UK top ten Wednesday 2 May 2012

Jamie Baulch

When it comes to hairstyles, Cardiff's men take some beating. UK Athletics held a fun poll of the most popular hairstyles and Cardiff athletes filled four of the top ten places. Taking pride of place was former World indoor 400m champion and world outdoor 4x400m gold medallist Jamie Baulch (pictured) who was famed for his dreadlocks. Also featured were Matt Elias, Joe Thomas and Christian Malcolm.

A summer sport? Sunday 29 April 2012

Weather forecast

Track and field athletics is supposed to be a summer sport but you would not have believed it today as the heavens opened with near gale force winds. The club's National Junior League team, along with supporting parents, travelled to Derby for the first match of the season, only to be greeted upon arrival that the match had been cancelled because of the weather. The first round of the Welsh under 15 league was also due to be held in Aberdare today but, wisely, Welsh Athletics called this off yesterday in view of the weather forecast.

Sportshall final successes Friday 27 April 2012

George Griffiths

At the Sportshall Athletics final, held in Birmingham last Sunday 21 April, a Cardiff & Vale under 15 boys' team that included five Cardiff AAC athletes out of seven, came third in the national championships. Cardiff's George Griffiths (pictured) came a fine second in the individual competition, missing the top spot by a mere two points, scoring 284 against the winner's 286. Supporting George were Cardiff's Tom Trotman (14th), Gavin Joseph (15th), Gage Francis (41st) and Ryan James (45th). There were 75 competititors in this age group final.

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