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Summer season starts Monday 18 April 2011

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The 2011 summer track and field season kicks off on Saturday next, 23 April, with the first round of the Welsh Senior League at Brecon. Age groups for the senior league are Under 17, Under 20 and Senior, with 4 athletes from each club per event, per age group, permitted of which the best two athletes score points for the club.

Life member Reg Snow dies Thursday 14 April 2011

Reg Snow

One of Cardiff's oldest surviving life members Reg Snow died two days ago, on Tuesday, 12 April. He was one of the stalwarts of the sport in Wales for over half a century and the photograph (apologies for the poor quality) shows him as team manager to the 1978 Welsh Commonwealth Games team (fourth from the left in the front row).

Cardiff eighth in Relays Monday 11 April 2011

Alex Hains

Cardiff's men's team finished in an excellent eighth place in last Saturday's National Road Relays at Sutton Park, Birmingham, just pipping rivals Swansea Harriers who finished ninth. This highly prestigious event brings together the finest road running clubs in the whole of Britain and a placing in the top 10 is a mark of a quality team. In excellent conditions, 63 teams started and 60 finished the relay which consists of 6 "short" legs alternating with 6 "long" legs. Cardiff's overall time was 4hrs:16:56 a mere 21 seconds ahead of Swansea.

Cardiff clean up at relays Wednesday 6 April 2011

Ieuan Thomas

Cardiff teams won medals in every age category except masters at the Welsh Road Relay Championships held on a warm and sunny but windy day at Llandow last Sunday 3rd April. The senior men's team succesfuly re-claimed the title that eluded them last year. In-form Rowan Axe was first back on stage one with Cardiff B team's Nat Lane second. The A team was never troubled and increased its lead with Adam Bitchell and James Mills running well and anchor man Ieuan Thomas (pictured) recording the fastest stage of the day. The senior ladies' teams finished second to a strong Swansea team with Debbie Rees recording the third fastest overall leg despite feeling under the weather.

Regional Champs Deadline Thursday 31 March 2011

Abdi Saleban

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).

Off to Antrim Thursday 24 March 2011

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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.

Indoor Discus throw Friday 18 March 2011

Gerd Kanter

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

We need help Thursday 10 March 2011

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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.

Matt Field wins in Birmingham Wednesday 2 March 2011

Matthew Field

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).

Ava is Irish Champion Tuesday 1 March 2011

 Ava Hutchinson

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.

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