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Senior men back at the top

Sunday 4 August 2013

Cardiff's senior men's team clinched promotion back to the Premier Division of the British Athletics League in Liverpool yesterday, 3rd August.

With promotion already assured and despite having only one winner (Carl Hill in the 800m A race), the all-round team performance was sufficient to gain fourth place on the day and second over the four match series. The day finished on a high note with Cardiff winning both the 4x100m and 4x400m relays.

Cardiff will join City of Liverpool Harriers in the top flight of British club athletics to take on the likes of Shaftesbury Harriers, Birchfield, etc.

Many congratulations to team manager James Williams and the whole team.

Team Manager James Williams writes:

Cardiff AC Senior mens team clinched promotion back to the Premier Division of the British Athletics League by finishing 2nd in the League behind Liverpool. On a difficult day in Liverpool, with many athletes missing, and extremely tough conditions, the team knew that as long as they didn't finish last and WSEH won, then they would be promoted.

On the day,the team only had one individual winner - Carl Hill ran an extremely gutsy race to win the A 800 - only 0.1 of a second separating the top 3! He also managed a strong showing in the 1500 just an hour later, he was well supported by Mr BAL James Mills, who also did both 800 & 1500.

Gwynant Jones made his BAL debut in the 3000m, backing up Mike Kallenburg who ran another solid sub 9 time. Tom Marley decided to take on the 3000m steeplechase, with his first attempt likely to be his last, conceding that he thinks he will stick to the flat - no surprise considering he had won the 800 and the 1500m in the last 2 BALs.

In the sprints, strong headwinds meant that fast times were hard to come by, Dewi Hammond and Sam Gordon both finishing 2nd in the 100m, with Lemarl Freckelton and Rhys Knapman battling hard in the 200m. All 4 men came together to dominate the 4x100m relay - winning in impressive fashion in a  time of 41.47. Not to be outdone the Mens 4x400 also stormed around to win in a time of 3.14.81. The team of Gareth Hopkins, Iain Bray, Dan Dell and Paul Bennett all had solid days in their individual events too.

In the field, Matt Richards has enjoyed a good first year as a Cardiff athlete - in Liverpool he threw his 5th Commonwealth Games B standard to finish 2nd in 63.21.

Stephen Guest had to deal with a narrow landing area and a strong wind, but managed a 1.95 clearance for joint 3rd. And other field success came in the form of Matt Field who came 2nd in the shot, and Adam Williams who finished 3rd in the Triple Jump.

A fantastic year for the team who had cemented their Premiership spot with some very strong performances throughout the summer - especially the victory in the home match in May. With the team being much stronger than the one that competed in the Premiership 2 years ago, hopefully the team can now look to make themselves a permanent fixture in the top Division.

The match result was:

1.  City of Liverpool H (369.5 points)
2.  Glasgow City (314)
3.  Windsor Slough Eton & Hounslow AC (290)
4.  Cardiff AAC (290)
5.  Thames Valley H (267)
6.  Kent AC (240)
7.  Basingstoke & Mid Hants AC (223)
8.  Southend AC (186.5)

The final positions after four rounds are:

1.  City of Liverpool H (31 points)
2.  Cardiff AAC (26.5)
3.  Glasgow City (21.5)
4.  Windsor Slough Eton & Hounslow AC (21)
5.  Thames Valley H (17)
6.  Kent AC (15)
7.  Basingstoke & Mid Hants AC (7)
8.  Southend AC (5)

To view the full results click on RESULTS.