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Final Gwent League Thursday 1 March 2012

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The final round of the 2011-12 Gwent Cross Country League will take place on Saturday next, 3rd March, at Blaise Castle, Bristol. Cardiff runners are currently leading the under 15 and under 17 boys' team competitions and the under 20 women's while star under 13 Jake Heyward will be looking to make it a clean sweep of winning all five races.

We are the champions Saturday 18 February 2012

Jake Heyward

Cardiff athletes had plenty to celebrate at the Welsh Cross Country Championships held at St Fagans, Cardiff today, with four team championships and four individual titles. Jake Heyward (pictured) continued his domination of the under 13 boys' age group with a convincing win by 22 seconds from the second placer. Rebecca Evans took the under 17 women's title, Gwenno Brown the under 23 women's and Jorge Thomas was the first senior man home but had to be content with the silver medal as Dewi Griffiths (under 23) was actually the first in the combined race. Meanwhile, in Birmingham, Joe Thomas smashed his indoor personal best once again to take fourth place in a world class international 800m race and move to seventh in the latest world rankings with 1:46.35, a new Welsh record.

Cross Country reaches peak Friday 17 February 2012

Debbie Rees

With the Welsh Cross Country Championships taking place in Cardiff tomorrow, Saturday 18th February, there were some encouraging performances at the fourth Gwent League fixture of the season, held at Brecon last Saturday 11th February. Pride of place went to Cardiff's former club captain Debbie Rees (apologies for the quality of the picture) whose convincing win in the senior women's race underlined her good form. Jake Heyward (under 13 boys) continued his winning streak and John Cove and Ciaran Lewis were first and second in the under 15 boys' race.

Turkish Delight for Joe Sunday 12 February 2012

Joe Thomas

At the UK Indoor Championships and World Championship Trials, held in Sheffield today, 12th February, Cardiff's Joe Thomas dominated the men's 800m to win in another indoor personal best time of 1:47.26; which is also a stadium record. Joe led from the gun and, at the bell, accelerated away from the field to win by 25 or more metres and thus confirmed his place in the British team for the World Indoor Chamnpionships to be held in Istanbul, Turkey, in March. Joe's time places him equal 9th on the latest world rankings and his run of superb form indicates a lot more to come.

More Cardiff medals Wednesday 8 February 2012

Elliot Slade

At the second phase of Welsh Indoor Championships held at NIAC, Cardiff, last Sunday, 5th February, Cardiff athletes collected a further 23 medals. Gold medals went to Elliot Slade (pictured) who had a convincing win in the under 20 men's 1500m, Jamaul Whyte (U20 200m), Lewis Newton (U20 Pole Vault), Matthew Field (U20 Shot Put), Megan O'Sullivan (U20 women's Triple Jump). Olivia Evans won the U17 women's Pole Vault with a personal best of 3.11m.

Happy Birthday Paul Tuesday 7 February 2012

Paul Darney

It's hard to believe but Paul Darney celebrated his 70th (yes, 70th) birthday yesterday, 6th February. Lauren Regan had organised a cake and gift and Paul was caught by surprise with a burst of "Happy Birthday" when he returned to the club room after a coaching session. Paul has been ever present as an athlete and coach since he joined Birchgrove Harriers as a young boy.

Cross Country Runners Thursday 2 February 2012

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The fourth round of the 2011-12 Gwent League will be held in Brecon on Saturday, 11th February and the Welsh Championships will be held in Cardiff a week later on Saturday 18th. If you are intending to run in either (or, hopefully, both) of these fixtures you should let one of the team managers know as soon as possible.

Joe is quicker in Vienna Wednesday 1 February 2012

Sam Gordon

Joe Thomas maintained his good form and improved his indoor 800m time again with 1:47.28 in the Vienna Indoor Classic last night. Joe won his race comfortably but, competing in a separate race at the same venue, Austrian Andreas Rapatz was slightly faster with 1:47.24. Rapatz' time took him to fourth spot on the latest world indoor rankings with Joe now in fifth. Also in Vienna were Cardiff's promising 17 year old sprinter Sam Gordon (pictured), Elliot Slade and Zara George. Sam made it through to the final of the 60m where he recorded a personal best time of 7.01 sec. Elliot and Zara also set personal best indoor times of 1:52.96 (800m) and 24.83 (200m) respectively.

Breakthrough for Alex Tuesday 31 January 2012

Alex Hains

Cardiff's Alex Hains ran the fastest time by a Welshman for many years in the Marrakech half Marathon on Sunday last, 29th January. His time of 64:30 takes him to the top spot in the 2012 UK rankings would have placed him 7th in 2011. The Marrakech Half is known for its high standard on a flat and fast course around Morocco's second city. Alex was a member of a Wales teams sent to give athletes experience of running against the highest standard of competition on a different continent.

World class run from Joe Saturday 28 January 2012

Joe Thomas

Cardiff's Joe Thomas produced his best ever indoor performance to win the 800m at today's international match at the Kelvin Hall, Glasgow. Running in the Great Britain vest, Joe took maximum points for his team with a time of 1:47.35, the second fastest time in the world so far this year. BBC commentator Steve Cram described Joe's run as a quality performance. Interviewed after the race, Joe was delighted with his performance, following his 1:47.82 in the Welsh Indoor Championships the week before.

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