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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


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.

Ellie and Jake shine in London Sunday 22 April 2012

Jake Heyward

Cardiff athlete of the month for March, Ellie Atkinson, and Jake Heyward (pictured winning the Welsh cross country championship) produced excellent performances in today's London Mini Marathon, both finishing in eighth place in their respective age groups. In glorious London weather, the mini marathon was run over the final three miles of the Virgin London Marathon course, finishing through thousands of cheering spectators in front of Buckingham Palace in the Mall. Both Ellie and Jake were the first Welsh team members home with Ellie timed at 17:39 mins. in the under 15 girls' race and Jake at 16:43 in the under 13 boys' race. To underline the quality of these performances, there were 307 finishers in Ellie's race and 304 in Jake's.

Cardiff at the Marathon Thursday 19 April 2012

Alex Hains

Cardiff will be strongly represented in the Mini Marathon on Sunday next, 22nd April, with nine club members amongst the 36 selected for the Welsh Schools. And, in the men's race, Cardiff's Alex Hains (pictured) will be looking to make an impact in his second full marathon, having made his first excursion over the distance in Houston in January when he ran in support of his girlfriend Ava Hutchinson's successful attempt to gain the Olympic qualifying time. Alex is stepping up to the Marathon where he now sees his future in the sport.

Meet the Olympic mascots Tuesday 17 April 2012

Olympic mascots

If you are 15 or younger and would like to experience some of the London Olympics feeling, contact club secretary Tracy Allen (07810 553 726) as soon as possible. On Saturday morning next, 21st April, Olympic decathlete Dean Macey, along with Olympic mascots Wenlock and Mandeville, will be at McDonald's, Queen Street at 10.30 and want to meet athletes from Cardiff AAC. There will be games, prizes and photo opportunities. If you are interested, let Tracy know as numbers are limited. You will need to wear your Cardiff AAC kit and track suit

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