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Adam in Euro U23 Champs Wednesday 29 June 2011

 Adam Bitchell

Cardiff's Adam Bitchell has been selected to represent Great Britain in the European Under 23 Championships to take placce in Ostrava, Czech Republic, from 14 to 17 July. Adam (pictured, and who is a student at UWIC) is coached by James Thie and will compete in the 5000m where his personal best is 13:57.61 which he set recently in Watford. Congratulations and good luck to Adam. Former Cardiff member Brett Morse has been selected in the discus.

Junior Road Race Success Tuesday 28 June 2011

Three junior Cardiff AAC athletes took advantage of the weekend off in the track calendar to take part in a 3km road race at Aberdare Park last Sunday June 27, 2011. There was success for Ciaran Lewis who won the Under 15 boys' race, Emma Ligthart who won the Under 13 girls' race and Tom Clark who took the bronze medal in the Under 13 boys' race.

Young Athletes stay up Friday 24 June 2011

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Cardiff's National Young Athletes' League team pulled out all the stops at the last match of the season, last Sunday 19th June, at Oxford. Needing a good points score to avoid relegation from the premier division, a strong team effort, with several athletes competing in two, three or even four events, saw them safely home. Although pipped at the post by the day's winners Solihull (574.5 points), Cardiff scored 556.5 to secure their position for next year.

Run with Cardiff AAC Wednesday 22 June 2011

Bernie Plain

Cardiff AAC is launching a new running group tomorrow, Thursday 23rd of June. Organised runs will take place on Thursday evenings and Sunday mornings and runners of all abilities and ages are welcome to join in. Those interested should meet at Cardiff International Sports stadium on Thursday evenings for 6:20pm. The club has a strong heritage in Road Running & Cross Country as well as Track and Field and club coach Alex Donald and club stalwart Bernie Plain MBE (pictured running for Wales) have initiated this 'Club Run' group which will be based at Cardiff International Sports Stadium.

Elliot for World Youth Champs Tuesday 21 June 2011

Elliot Slade

Cardiff's Elliot Slade has been rewarded for his fine progress this year with selection for the Great Britain team to take part in the IAAF World Youth Championships to be held in Lille, France, from 6th to 10th July. Elliot is ranked Britain's number one under 17 800m runner with a best time of 1:51.82 but will find the competition in Lille very hot indeed as half a dozen or more Africans of the same age have run under 1:50.00. This is a well deserved honour and a great new experience for Elliot, who is coached by Arwyn Davies, and we wish him well

Medals in Welsh Champs Monday 20 June 2011

Rhys Williams

The 2011 Welsh Championships were held over last weekend, 18/19 June at a blustery Cardiff International Sports Stadium and Cardiff athletes were prominent throughout. A clash of dates with the European Team Championships taking place in Stockholm meant that the championships were deprived of its current four top international stars - Dai Greene, Christian Malcolm, Gareth Warburton and Brett Morse - who were all on duty for the Great Britain team. Highlights of the first day included a Cardiff 1,2,3 in the men's 400m, with 800m specialist Joe Thomas taking the gold in a respectable 47.25 and Tom Miller (48.65) and Glyn Hawkes(49.29) having a close battle for the other medals.

Elliot best in Britain Thursday 16 June 2011

Gareth Warburton

LATEST NEWS Yet another personal best and club record by Elliot Slade took him to the number one spot in the UK's under 17 rankings over 800m. In the BMC event at Watford last night, Elliot, only 16, was timed at 1:51.80, almost 5 seconds better than his best at the beginning of this year. At the same event, Joe Thomas completed his 800m in 1:48.90. Cardiff's Commonwealth Games 800m finalist Gareth Warburton (pictured) has been drafted in to the Great Britain team contesting the European Team Championships in Stockholm this weekend.

Cardiff tops medal table Tuesday 14 June 2011

Elliot Slade

The Welsh under 20 and under 17 championships were held in Wrexham on Saturday last, 11th June, and Cardiff athletes amassed 27 medals between them. Amongst its 12 gold medallists, pride of place goes to rapidly improving Elliot Slade (pictured) who not only set yet another under 17 club record in the 800m but, in the process, broke the 39 year old championship record with a fine time of 1:53.43. Elliot, who is coached by Arwyn Davies, is now ranked third in the UK. A second club record was broken by Megan O'Sullivan in the under 20 triple jump with a leap of 11.20m which improved Elizabeth Webb's mark. Megan has leapt further indoors but this is her best outdoors.

Washout at Aberdare Monday 13 June 2011

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The Welsh Under 15 League in Aberdare had to be abandoned yesterday, 12th June, because of the foul weather. Despite the heavy rain, sixty of the expected ninety Cardiff athletes turned up so well done and thank you to all of them as well as to John and Karen who completed two sets of the Long Jump and Graham for timekeeping.

PBs at Watford Sunday 12 June 2011

 Adam Bitchell

Four Cardiff athletes, all coached by James Thie, produced personal best performances during the BMC Nike Grand Prix at Watford yesterday, 11th June. Chris Discombe set a 3000m steeplechase best of 8:57.53, Adam Bitchell (pictured, and who is a student at UWIC) ran the 5000m in 13:57.61 (which is also inside the qualifying time for the European U23 championships) and Ieuan Thomas set a 1500m pb of 3:47.93. Charlotte Arter set her pb of 4:24.19 in the women's 1500m. Other performances by Cardiff athletes at the meeting included Michael Kershaw's run the 1500m in 3:53.13 and Bethan Strange's 800m in 2:15.69. In the 800m men's A race, Gareth Warburton came second in 1:47.74 whereas Joe Thomas had an off day, coming 9th in 1:50.25.

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