Cardiff AAC's Irish international Ava Hutchinson (pictured) ran an excellent race to finish second in the senior ladies' race at today's Cardiff Cross Challenge.
British international Hattie Dean was a convincing winner as Ava ran strongly for second ahead of previous winners Andrea Whitcombe and Tara Krzwicki.
Blackweir fields will host the winter's top cross country event on Sunday next,17th January, when the McCain Cross Challenge comes to Cardiff.
The race makes a welcome return to the McCain Cross Challenge series after a 2 year absence and will include a mixture of British international and local athletes over a series of races.
Whilst delighted that Jamie Baulch is going to receive his gold medal after being promoted from silver at the World Championships in Athens, we should think of club star Christian Malcolm who suffered the disapppointment of losing one of his gold medals.
Christian was a member of the winning British 4x100 relay team at the 2002 European Championships in Munich but had to give back his medal as the team was subsequently disqualified when Dwain Chambers admitted to doping offences.
Despite this loss Christian still has a fantastic collection of medals.
The picture was taken on Saturday, 10th January, and shows the stadium covered in snow.
The track will remain closed until the snow has gone and it looks as if this is going to be some time.
The other stadium facilities may be open but access into the stadium is difficult.
The stadium telephone number is 029 2078 8399 and you are advised to check first.
Cardiff AAC life member Jamie Baulch has added another world championship gold medal to his collection - 13 years after the race.
Jamie was a member of the 4x400m relay team that was placed second in the 1997 World Championships in Athens. Silver became gold after the winning USA team was disqualified when Antonio Pettigrew confessed to a doping offence.
Jamie and the rest of the British team will at long last receive their medals.
This is a fitting result for Jamie who has a staggering collection of medals from major championships.
Cardiff AAC is well represented in two Welsh international cross country teams just announced.
The Cardiff Cross Challenge, to be held at Blackweir on 17th January, is the first major cross country event of the year and incorporates an international match.
The Welsh team includes Andrew Hunt, Nat Lane, Bethan Strange, Vikki Jackson, Michelle Allen and Natalie Allen.
The legend of Guto Nyth Bran will be commemorated once again on New Years Eve when the streets of Mountain Ash will host the annual Nos Galan races. It is not too late to enter; but you have to do so on line.
The 2008 race (the 50th) was a special occasion for a Cardiff AAC family.
We hope that all Cardiff AAC members and friends will have a great Christmas.
The stadium is closed from Wednesday 23rd December and will reopen on Sunday 3rd January
The club will reopen next year on Monday 4th January.
The Welsh inter regional cross country championships were held at the Royal Welsh Showground, Builth Wells last Sunday, 13th December.
On a rare sunny and dry day many of Cardiff's cross country runners were in action in the South Wales team, which secured the overall title. This was a really tough challenge for the younger runners but they did not disappoint.
Jamaul White (pictured) helped Welsh schools to what is thought to be its first ever win in the Schools International Pentathlon held at Kelvin Hall, Glasgow, last Saturday 5th December.
Jamaul placed third in the under 18 boys overall competition and along with team mates Paul Bennett, Rhys Williams and Glen Elsdon amassed 9929 points for a convincing team win over England.
Cardiff member Tom Bevan was in the under 16 boys Welsh team team and scored 2744 points.