Simon Lawson (ranked third in Europe over 10,000m) was a clear winner of the national Junior 5,000m title at Bedford today. His winning time of 14.39.03 was well inside European Athletics qualification time of 14.45 but outside the harder target (14.30) for automatic selection for the European Junior Championships set by UK Athletics. Presumably Simon would opt for the longer distance in Novi-Sad.
Other Cardiff athletes enjoyed mixed successes at the Under 23 and Under 20 championships.
Tom Marshall took the Under 23 bronze medal in the 5,000m in 14.42.31 behind winner Jonathan Taylor and silver medallist Lewis Timmins, both from North Eastern club Morpeth Harriers.
A group of talented Cardiff athletes today start their bids to shine at the UK Under 23 and Under 20 championships taking place today and tomorrow at Bedford. At stake for some are not only national championship medals but also possible selection to represent Great Britain at the European U23 and U20 championships in Kaunas and Novi-Sad respectively.
Chris Moss was the emphatic winner of the SSAFA 5k Road Race on Wednesday evening 24 June. In a tough, lonely run, he led from the early stages to win by 16 seconds. Chris was on course record pace at 2k in 5:27 but, in slightly windy conditions, faded to finish outside the mark set by Ben Noad.
The battle for second was a much closer affair with Cardiff AAC's marathon man, Richie Gardiner, and Belgrave's Stephen Davies exchanging the lead before the track specialist Davies pulled away in the final 100 metres. Cardiff Club members Matthew Collins and Ed Takata were 4th and 5th respectively to help us take 4 of the first 5 places.
Cardiff's Young Athletes' League team again dominated the fourth round fixture on Sunday, 21st June, at Telford, easily winning with 463.5 points from home club Telford. Potential rivals for promotion Marlborough were pushed into third place, effectively eliminating any chance of their challenging Cardiff for one of the two promotion spots. Cardiff can now go on to the final fixture in Swindon on 19th July virtually certain to be promoted.
Tim Benjamin returned to the Great Britain athletics team competing in the new European Athletics Team Championship with an impressive win in the 400m on Saturday last, clocking 45.57 sec. In sweltering conditions (around 40 degrees on the track) Tim ran a controlled race to beat a strong international field.
On the second day of competition, Tim anchored the British 4 x 400m relay team to a comfortable victory in the final event of the 2 day competition, held on 20/21 June in Leiria, Portugal. The Great Britain combined men's and women's team finished third behind winners Germany and second placed Russia with France pushed into fourth place.
Cardiff's successful Young Athletes' League team could clinch promotion on Sunday next, 21 June. Having won all of their first three matches by considerable margins, a further win on Sunday would put them in an almost unbeatable position going into the fifth and final round on 19th July.
Following her 800m win in last Wednesday's Super8 competition (where she was the only winner for the "Cardiff" team), Amanda Moss returned to Cardiff International Sports Stadium yesterday, 13th June, to take the 800m title in the Welsh Championships. Amanda was amongst a host of Cardiff AAC medallists, notable amongst which were Rhys Williams' excellent win in the 400m Hurdles and Christian Malcolm's 200m victory.
A new stadium; a new start?
Old hands, who have seen it all before, are saying that the club is going through better times than it has seen for many years. Are we seeing green shoots or vigorous growth?
Looking back, it is now clear that the last five to ten years at the old stadium were affected by the uncertainty that hung over the future of that place.
Cardiff's young athletes grabbed an impressive haul of medals yesterday in the Welsh Junior and Under 17 championships at Newport. With the weather kinder than the day before for league matches in Cardiff, a total of 30 gold, silver and bronze awards came Cardiff's way. May's athlete of the month Sam Cogan improved her personal best yet again with a 40.69sec time in the U17 300m.
Cardiff's men's British League got off to a brilliant start in Cardiff yesterday, winning their first round match by the narrow margin of 5 points from Harrow, with old rivals Thames Valley Harriers third. The women's League team, weakened by late withdrawals, exceeded expectations by finishing fourth. These are the best starts to the league campaigns for many years.