Important information for all athletes and coaches.
Re. The Welsh Closed Under 17 & Open Under 20 Track & Field Championships to be held in Wrexham on Saturday 11th June.
As this event will serve as the selection meeting for many opportunities for these age groups throughout the summer, it is vital that all athletes wishing to be considered enter and compete in the Championships.
The second round of the Young Athletes' League series took place at Yate yesterday, 23 May, with Cardiff finishing third.
Despite numerous excellent performances by those who travelled to Yate, absentees through examinations and other reasons meant that Cardiff was unable to challenge for a top place.
Double event winners for Cardiff were Harry Hillman, George Griffiths and James McGuire.
Three members of Cardiff AAC scooped the top individual awards at the recent Cardiff & the Vale of Glamorgan Schools Cross-Country Presentation Evening, held at Ysgol Gyfun Bro Morgannwg in Barry.
Darren Jones, Kate Seary (pictured receiving her award from Ridley Griffiths) and Elliot Slade received the Denys Gumbley Shield, the Thomas Burge Cup and the Birchgrove Cup respectively.
The combined South and East Wales Regional Championships were held yesterday, 14th May, in cool but dry conditions at Cardiff International Sports Stadium.
Many club athletes set personal best performances in amassing a total of no less than 110 medals.
Amongst many excellent early season performances, championship best performances were set by Joe Thomas (SM 400m - 47.29), Lianne Clarke (SW Javelin 49.99m), Bradley Cole (U20M Javelin - 55.26m) and Elliott Slade (U17M 800m - 1:55).
Harry Hillman (pictured) and Thomas Trottman each won three gold medals.
The first round of the UK Young Athletes' League was held on Sunday last, 8th May, at Cheltenham.
Cardiff's team, suffering from absentees and withdrawals, came third behind hosts Cheltenham and Carmarthen.
Considering that 49 positions remained unfilled, this was a great performance by all, with great commitment to the cause, most athletes doing three or even four events.
Pictured (running cross country) is Elliot Slade who won both the 800m and 1,500m in the under 17 age group.
Cardiff's senior team had an early season outing as they participated in the Jo Smith Cup for the first time at Eton on Saturday last, 7th May.
The team competition sees the top eight clubs in Britain competing against one another and it is also a rare opportunity for both the men's and women's teams to compete together.
Emily Brown (pictured) was the star performer on the day, winning the 2000m steeplechase, just an hour after finishing 3rd in the 400m Hurdles.
This years South Wales Regional Championships will take place at the Cardiff International Sports Stadium on Saturday next, 14th May.
PARENTS AND ATHLETES PLEASE NOTE.
THE U13 & U15 800m WILL NOW TAKE PLACE DURING THE MAIN CHAMPIONSHIPS ON SATURDAY 14TH MAY.
PLEASE DECIDE WHICH EVENT YOU WISH TO TAKE PART IN AS U13 & U15 ATHLETES UNDER UKA RULES ARE ONLY ALLOWED TO RUN IN 1 DISTANCE RACE IN ONE COMPETITIVE DAY
After finishing the 2010 season with a flourish and gaining promotion back to the premier divisions, Cardiff's men's and women's senior teams will face their first big test in the British Athletic League's Jo Smith Cup at Eton on Saturday 7th May.
The Jo Smith Cup brings together the eight best clubs in Britain in a joint men and women's competition, with only one competitor per event. Men and women both score towards the final result so this is a real test of club strength.
The 2011 summer track and field season kicks off on Saturday next, 23 April, with the first round of the Welsh Senior League at Brecon.
Age groups for the senior league are Under 17, Under 20 and Senior, with 4 athletes from each club per event, per age group, permitted of which the best two athletes score points for the club.
One of Cardiff's oldest surviving life members Reg Snow died two days ago, on Tuesday, 12 April.
He was one of the stalwarts of the sport in Wales for over half a century and the photograph (apologies for the poor quality) shows him as team manager to the 1978 Welsh Commonwealth Games team (fourth from the left in the front row).