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Happy Birthday Paul Tuesday 7 February 2012

Paul Darney

It's hard to believe but Paul Darney celebrated his 70th (yes, 70th) birthday yesterday, 6th February. Lauren Regan had organised a cake and gift and Paul was caught by surprise with a burst of "Happy Birthday" when he returned to the club room after a coaching session. Paul has been ever present as an athlete and coach since he joined Birchgrove Harriers as a young boy.

Cross Country Runners Thursday 2 February 2012


The fourth round of the 2011-12 Gwent League will be held in Brecon on Saturday, 11th February and the Welsh Championships will be held in Cardiff a week later on Saturday 18th. If you are intending to run in either (or, hopefully, both) of these fixtures you should let one of the team managers know as soon as possible.

Joe is quicker in Vienna Wednesday 1 February 2012

Sam Gordon

Joe Thomas maintained his good form and improved his indoor 800m time again with 1:47.28 in the Vienna Indoor Classic last night. Joe won his race comfortably but, competing in a separate race at the same venue, Austrian Andreas Rapatz was slightly faster with 1:47.24. Rapatz' time took him to fourth spot on the latest world indoor rankings with Joe now in fifth. Also in Vienna were Cardiff's promising 17 year old sprinter Sam Gordon (pictured), Elliot Slade and Zara George. Sam made it through to the final of the 60m where he recorded a personal best time of 7.01 sec. Elliot and Zara also set personal best indoor times of 1:52.96 (800m) and 24.83 (200m) respectively.

Breakthrough for Alex Tuesday 31 January 2012

Alex Hains

Cardiff's Alex Hains ran the fastest time by a Welshman for many years in the Marrakech half Marathon on Sunday last, 29th January. His time of 64:30 takes him to the top spot in the 2012 UK rankings would have placed him 7th in 2011. The Marrakech Half is known for its high standard on a flat and fast course around Morocco's second city. Alex was a member of a Wales teams sent to give athletes experience of running against the highest standard of competition on a different continent.

World class run from Joe Saturday 28 January 2012

Joe Thomas

Cardiff's Joe Thomas produced his best ever indoor performance to win the 800m at today's international match at the Kelvin Hall, Glasgow. Running in the Great Britain vest, Joe took maximum points for his team with a time of 1:47.35, the second fastest time in the world so far this year. BBC commentator Steve Cram described Joe's run as a quality performance. Interviewed after the race, Joe was delighted with his performance, following his 1:47.82 in the Welsh Indoor Championships the week before.

Cardiff athletes in Wales team Thursday 26 January 2012

Lewis Newton

Cardiff is well represented in the Welsh teams to compete in the Celtic Indoor Cup, taking place at NIAC, Cardiff, Next Sunday, 29th January. Lewis Newton (pole vault), Oliver Jefferies (60m hurdles), Debbie Rees (3,000m), Imogen Miles (triple jump), Gareth Warburton & Melanie Stephenson (mixed relay) are in the senior team whilst Michael Prentice (200m & mixed relay), Elliott Slade (800m), Matthew Field (shot put) and Megan O'Sullivan (long jump) represent the under 20 team. Jamaul Whyte is selected in the U20 Select mixed relay. In addition to the eleven athletes, Debbie Bull and Alyson Hourihan are the team managers.

27 more medals on day 2 Monday 23 January 2012

Harry Hillman

Cardiff's medal collection was swelled on the second day of the Welsh Indoor Championsahips at NIAC with a further 27 going to Cardiff members. Joe Thomas duly won the final of the senior men's 800m whilst 13 year old Harry Hillman (pictured) added to the two medals from day one with a further two today. Charlotte Arter won the senior women's 1500m to add to her 800m title; Michael Prentice took the senior men's 200m title and Francis Baker won both the senior men's 60m hurdles and long jump.

Welsh medals for Cardiff Sunday 22 January 2012

Joe Thomas

Cardiff athletes took twenty one medals on the first day of the Welsh indoor championships held at NIAC, Cardiff, yesterday, 21st January. The class performance of the day was that of GB international Joe Thomas (pictured) who led from the gun to win his heat of the senior men's 800m in a time of 1:47.82, within UK Athletics' qualification time for the 2012 IAAF world indoor championships. Challenging for the peformance of the day was 14 year old Tom Trotman who cleared an outstanding 1.86m to win the under 15 boys' high jump. Tom's leap was a personal best by no less than 10cms and places him top of the 2012 UK rankings for his age group.

Mica wins TV challenge Thursday 19 January 2012

Mica Moore

Anyone watching BBC television last Saturday evening might have seen Cardiff sprinter Mica Moore competing in the gameshow Winter Wipeout. Safely negotiating several rounds of the "winter" obstacle course, Mica made it through to the final and beat her two opponents to take the title and a cheque for £10,000. Mica has just concluded a successful 2011 season, being ranked 1st in Wales for U20 Women at 100m, ranked 6th in UK U20 women at 100m and 23rd in Europe U20 women at 100m.

Olympic qualifier for Ava Monday 16 January 2012

Ava Hutchinson Houston Marathon

Cardiff's Irish international Ava Hutchinson has gained the marathon qualification time for this year's London Olympic Games. Running in only her second marathon, in Houston, Texas, yesterday, Hutchinson clocked two hours, 35 minutes and 33 seconds – comfortably inside the 2:37:00 A-standard for London, and good enough for fourth place in a fairly high-quality elite field.

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