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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.

Christian 5th behind Bolt Friday 10 June 2011

 Christian Malcolm

Cardiff's Christian Malcolm showed signs of his best form in the Diamond League 200m in Oslo last night. In a high class field, Christian was fifth behind world record holder Usain Bolt in 20.57, a respectable time as the race was run in pouring rain. Bolt's time was 19.86. Christian, who turned 32 last week and is now coached by Dan Pfaff, was pleased with his run, said he was in good shape and is looking forward to a good season.

Mixed results for YAL team Wednesday 8 June 2011

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The third NYAL fixture of the year was held on a mild but blustery day at Cheltenham on Sunday last, 5th June. Despite some wonderful individual performances, Cardiff again struggled to field an under 17 team of note as a result of exam congestion so a big thank you goes to those that did compete.

Tough baptisms for seniors Saturday 4 June 2011

BAL team 4 6 2011

On a blustery (wind readings up to 5 m/s) but generally fine day at Cardiff International Sports Stadium today, Cardiff's British League men's team discovered the quality of competition in the Premiership Division the hard way, finishing eighth. The women's team, competing in Manchester in the UK Women's Athletics league also came eighth. Both teams were hit by late withdrawals, and illnesses, competed valiantly but now face uphill struggles to retain their places in the top divisions.

Good Luck!! Thursday 2 June 2011

James Williams & James Thie BAL Kingston 22 Aug 2009

Cardiff's senior men's British League and women's UK women's League teams start their 2011 campaigns on Saturday next, 4th June. Both teams will be looking for a strong start as they bid to maintain their positions in the premiership divisions of their respective leagues Whereas the women travel to Manchester, the men will have home advantage at Cardiff International Sports Stadium. Come to support your team on Saturday.

Stronger NJL team Tuesday 31 May 2011

Elliot Slade

After a last minute change of venue, the second round of the National Junior League took place on Monday, 29 May, and Cardiff produced a much improved performance, finishing fourth on the day. Amongst some excellent performances, Elliot Slade, only 16, (pictured) demonstrated further progress with another personal best and club record in the 800m (1:54.50). He also improved his 1500m time. It was with relief that the team set off from Cardiff to make its way to Birmingham. The meeting point had to be switched because of the cricket at Sophia Gardens and the venue was changed from Alexander Stadium to Wyndley due to uncertainties over the certification of the track being completed in time. Only one athlete and one track judge were mislaid in the melee but they were soon re-united with the rest of the party.

Success at U15 League Sunday 29 May 2011

Harry Hillman

Sixty Cardiff AAC athletes took part in the second round of the Welsh Under 15 League, held at Hereford yesterday, 28th May. The star performer was Harry Hillman (pictured) who won the under 13 boys 100m, high jump and shot put, breaking his own league records in the 100m and high jump and setting a personal best in the shot put.

ENTRIES CLOSE TODAY Thursday 26 May 2011

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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.

Absentees hit YAL team Monday 23 May 2011

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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.

Schools awards evening Friday 20 May 2011

Kate Seary

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.

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