The track and field seson is upon us and thoughts turn to the South & East Wales combined Regional Championships.
The main championships will be held at Cardiff International Sports Stadium on Saturday, 14th May with the 800m (U13 and U15 only) a few days earlier on Wednesday 11th, also in Cardiff.
Entries close on Friday 15th April (two weeks tomorrow).
Cardiff AAC will be well represented in Antrim, Northern Ireland, on Saturday next, 26th March where Welsh and Welsh Schools teams will contest the home countries cross country internationals.
Wearing the Welsh vest will be John Peters (senior men), Rowan Axe (junior men and hoping to continue his run of good form after his excellent win in the Atlantic College 10k last weekend) and twins Michelle and Natalie Allen (junior women).
Cardiff's Graham Finlayson, Tracy Allen and Phil Banning will be the team managers.
Cardiff's Dave Coleman, a key member of the club's British League team, competed in an INDOOR (yes, indoor) throwing competition in Vaxjo, Sweden on March 4th, placing fifth in the B discus competition with 50.99m.
Conditions indoor (no wind) are unfavourable for discus and javelin so Dave's performance compares well with his outdoor best.
The A competition was won by Estonia's Olympic Champion Gerd Kanter (pictured) with a throw of 66.92m. Former Cardiff member Brett Morse was 4th with 60.99m
The summer season is fast approaching and, in common with all clubs, we need team managers to help with the organisation of club teams.
The Welsh Junior League is especially important as it gives good experience to the under 11, under 13 and under 15 age groups and everyone gets a chance to compete as each club can enter six athletes in each event.
If your son or daughter is in these age groups and you could help, please contact Andrew Seary (07802 245589) or anyone in the club office at the Cardiff stadium. You will be welcomed with open arms.
Cardiff's promising young shot putter, Matthew Field (pictured at this year's Welsh indoor championship), added to his Welsh title by winning the England Athletics Under 17 shot put championship in Birmingham last weekend with a winning throw of 15.57m.
Elsewhere, Jonathan Bailey took the bronze medal in the Under 17 high jump with a leap of 1.86m.
Also in the under 17 high jump was Tyrone Blake who finished 10th with 1.76m to add to his 5th place in heat 1 of the 60m hurdles (8.68sec).
Cardiff's Irish international Ava Hutchinson became Ireland's cross country champion on Saturday last, 26th February, when she won the Inter Club Cross Country Championships at Santry Demesne (this event counts as the Irish Championship).
Presumably this means that Ava (pictured during a Cardiff Cross Challenge) will be in the Irish team for the forthcoming World Cross Country Championships in Spain later this month.
Cardiff's Joe Thomas set a best ever (indoors or out)personal time for the 400m of 47.94sec when winning his event for the Cardiff Dragons composite team at today's McCain City Challenge at Cardiff's NIAC indoor arena.
This speed work perfectly completes Joe's preparation for next weekend's European Championships in Paris where he will contest the 800m, his specialist event.
Joe was not the only Cardiff AAC athlete in the Dragons team to shine as Gareth Hopkins won the men's 200m (21.85) and took third in the 60m (7.01), two good performances from him to continue his excellent run of form.
Alessandra Wall, who is Swedish and is now back in Sweden, lived in Wales for two years a couple of years ago, joined Cardiff A.A.C. and competed for the club's Young Athletes' League team.
Ale (pictured during the competition) has just hit the headlines in Sweden by winning the national indoor "hammer throwing" championship in Stockholm.
Cardiff's Adam Bitchell (pictured) improved his personal best by over 11 seconds to win the British Universities 3000m indoor title in Sheffield last weekend in a time of 8:05.16, pushing his coach James Thie into third place. James' time was 8:06.68.
Rhiannon Yates took the 60m title in 7.65sec and Jessica Abrahams won the pole vault with a clearance of 3.90m.
In Birmingham, Gareth Hopkins set a new personal best 400m time of 48.99sec.
The long trek to North Wales for the 2011 Welsh cross country championships, held yesterday, 19th February was rewarded for four of Cardiff's runners with championship winners' medals.
Kate Seary (pictured receiving her award) won the under 15 girls' race, Michelle Allen the under 20's, Debbie Rees the senior women's and Rowan Axe took the under 20 men's title.