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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.

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.

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