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Clear win for young athletes Saturday 26 May 2012

Harry Hillman

After the first round match of this year's Welsh Under 15 League had been cancelled because of torrential rain, today's match at Aberdare was held in glorius sunshine, albeit there was a strong wind. Cardiff had 34 individual event winners, including a Harry Hillman (pictured) double and the team scored a resounding win, amassing 1089 points against second placed Cwmbran's 678.

Melanie's great day Friday 25 May 2012

Melanie Stephenson

On a glorious summer's evening, thousands of spectators turned out to cheer Cardiff's Melanie Stephenson as she set off on the final stage of the day's Olympic torch relay in Cardiff. From Cathedral Road to Cardiff Castle, the street was crowded with onlookers as Melanie's torch was lit from that of the incoming runner and her duty was to carry it into Cooper's Field and to light the cauldron prior to the concert that had attracted 16,000.

YAL team moves up Thursday 24 May 2012

Matteo Holmes

After a disappointing round one match, Cardiff took a much larger National Young Athletes' League team to Radley last Sunday, 20th May. On a cold and breezy but dry day, the team achieved a much improved third place out of six competing teams and, with only one round left this year, should be able to secure its place in this division for next season. Amongst some encouraging performances, double victories were won by Matteo Holmes (pictured at the Regional championships), Kate Seary, Lewis Brunt, Ryan James and Sam Wink.

Welsh Championships Warning Tuesday 22 May 2012


Entries for this year's championships have closed but, if athletes have not paid their Welsh registration fee and club subscription for this year, their entries will be refused. If you are in this situation it is essential that you pay your club subscription and registration fee immediately. Do not delay as the membership secretary will be away next week so monies need to be with her before the end of this week.

Ava in Irish Olympic team Tuesday 22 May 2012

Ava Hutchinson CXC10

Cardiff's Irish international Ava Hutchinson has been selected to compete in the marathon at the London Olympic Games. Her selection was announced yesterday by Athletics Ireland, along with two others, Linda Byrne and Caitriona Jennings. Her selection has to be endorsed by the Olympic Council of Ireland but this is expected to be a formality. Ava achieved the A standard qualification of 2:37:00 when she completed the Houston, Texas, marathon (only her second race over the distance) in 2:35:33 in January, finishing fourth in a high quality field. Congratulations to Ava and good luck in London.

Rhys wins at Loughborough Monday 21 May 2012

Rhys Williams

Cardiff's GB international Rhys Williams notched up a victory over one of his rivals for an Olympic team place by taking the 400m hurdles in the Loughborough international on Sunday 20th May. In windy conditions, Rhys was timed at 50.24, ahead of Nathan Woodward (50.44). Other Cardiff winners were Gareth Warburton (800m in 1:46.57) and Adam Bitchell in an outdoor personal best for the 3000m of 8:08.63. Mica Moore was second in the invitation 100m C race in 12.33.

Olympic torch in Wales Monday 21 May 2012

Melanie Stephenson

The Olympic torch relay will arrive in Wales on Friday of this week and four Cardiff AAC members will be helping it on its journey. Sprinter Melanie Stephenson (pictured in her torch tracksuit) will have to cover more than her preferred 200m when she runs the final leg of the day into Coopers Field. Before then, Caitlin Exton will have taken the torch through Newport. On Saturday, 26th May, founder member Ken Bennett will complete his leg through Swansea (where he now lives) and, finally, on Sunday, Cardigan born middle distance runner Mike Kallenberg will take the torch through Aberaeron.

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.

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