A strong mixture of good results for Cardiff athletes included an excellent performance by our younger athletes in the Welsh Junior League at Aberdare, a new Welsh Triple Jump record for Sara Barry and personal bests for Tom Miller, Tom Knight, Liam Duff, Chris Howe, Joe Maynard and Nathan Felvus in Guernsey.
Welsh championships are important steps in an athlete's development so do not miss the entry dates. The closing date for the Under 17 and Under 20 championships is only 7 days away, on 29 May, and all Cardiff AAC athletes are encouraged to take part. For full details of how to enter and closing dates for all age groups click on the more button.
The first of this year’s series of the annual SSAFA 5K road races was held last Wednesday, 20th May around Cardiff’s beautiful Bute Park and Blackweir fields. The race is organized in aid of the Soldiers, Sailors and Air Force Association and all income from entry fees goes towards the association’s charities.
The field of 86 runners was small in number but high in quality and some thought that the course record of 14m21 would be threatened.
If you are at our home stadium next Thursday, 28 May, you may be one of the lucky ones chosen to take part in a programme that Channel 4 is producing about athletics. No guarantees but, who knows?
Cardiff AAC and Olympic athlete Christian Malcolm will be the home team captain at next month’s Super8 competition to be held at the capital’s Cardiff International Sports Stadium on Wednesday 10th June. Christian Malcolm said of his appointment: “It really is an honour to be asked to captain Cardiff at the first Super8 competition, not only to lead the Welsh athletes but also to do so on home turf is going to be very special.
Despite miserable conditions for most of the day - wind, rain and cold with occasional sunshine and officials having to wear gear more suited to cross country (but what's new?) - Cardiff's Young Athletes' League team scored another convincing win in their second round match in Cardiff today, 17th May. With only three teams taking part this time, Cardiff amassed 503 points to win from second placed Bridgend AC with Yeovil Wells & Taunton AC third.
Many Cardiff AAC athletes received awards at the annual Cardiff & Vale Schools Athletics Association’s Presentation Evening, held in Barry last Tuesday, 12th May. The occasion recognised the achievements during the 2008-09 cross country season of those athletes who won championships, competed in the Welsh Schools’ national championships, represented Wales and achieved other distinctions. There were also awards for outstanding individuals. Cardiff AAC athletes were winners in all categories so well done to all.
UK Athletics, the governing body of the sport in Great Britain, has launched a website dedicated to road running.
The website offers a number of crucial services to athletes such as advice on training, dealing with injuries, nutrition, the most suitable gear, events, how to run for charity and much more. There is also help for event organisers including a race director's portal, with advice and guidance on medical, police and safety issues, online licensing and the cheapest online entries in the marketplace and a race calendar with nearly 2,000 races throughout the UK listed.
Cardiff's athletes were prominent at the combined South and East Wales Regional Championships, held at Cardiff International Sports Stadium yesterday, Saturday 9 May 2009. For a change, the weather was reasonably kind to the athletes, with sunshine all day but a cold wind that was strong at times.
Joe Thomas produced a good early season 48.86s to win the senior men's 400m and Rhys Williams made a welcome return to competition, winning the 400m Hurdles in a quick 51.02s. Perhaps the best race of the day was the senior men's 200m which saw Matt Elias (thankfully fit and free of injury again) hold off rival Rhys Williams in a time of 22.05s. Cardiff athletes took a total of 66 titles.
It is well known that athletics is a world leader in sport's fight against doping and that the UK is a leader amongst athletics nations. Because of its prominence in this fight, athletics gets more than its fair share of adverse publicity. The truth is that athletics is a long way down the list of offending sports and official figures from UK Sport show this. But which are the sports that lead the pack in positive tests? Is athletics cleaner than snooker? The answers might surprise you. Read on...