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Welsh Athletics' fees to rise Sunday 31 October 2010

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Amongst other decisions made at the Annual General Meeting of Welsh Athletics, held at Llandrindod Wells yesterday, 30th October, was one to increase the registration fees payable by all Welsh athletes to the governing body . At present, all athletes pay £5 per year, regardless of age but, as from next year, seniors (over 19) will pay £15, Under 20/17 will pay £10 and Under 15/13/11 will pay £7.50. Chief Executive Matt Newman expects an additional £40,000 to be raised and the whole of the additional income will be spent on the clubs of Wales.

Richie winding down Friday 29 October 2010

Richard Gardiner

Cardiff's top road racer, Richie Gardiner, has informed the club that he is winding down his racing career and, at 37 years of age, will, in future, run for pleasure with his home town club Aberdare AC, where his wife is also a member. Richie joined Cardiff in January 1994 when he was 20 and has worn the Cardiff vest with great distinction for nearly 17 years, combining his running with a demanding life as a police officer. The club is very proud to have had Richie as a popular member and we wish him every success in the future

Lucozade programme Thursday 21 October 2010


The Lucozade sports nutrition and testing programme will restart on Monday next 25th October. The first session will be specifically for designated athletes but will be followed by more general sessions available to any club members interested.

Men are 10th in road relay Sunday 17 October 2010

 Ava Hutchinson

Cardiff's men's team finished an excellent 10th out of 79 teams that contested the prestigious 6 stage national road relay championship at Sutton Park, Birmingham, yesterday, 16th October. The men had been hoping to capture a medal but still showed a substantial improvement on last year's 17th place. The ladies could not manage to emulate their fine run of last year, finishing 23rd of 69 finishing teams, although Ava Hutchinson (pictured) recorded the overall fifth fastest leg of all the runners.

Road relay challenges Friday 15 October 2010

Alex Hains

The national road relay championships will take place in Sutton Park, Birmingham tomorrow, 16th October with Cardiff fielding both men's and women's teams. After finishing an excellent 8th out of 88 teams last year, the women's team, led by Irish international Ava Hutchinson, will be hoping for a higher placing in the four leg race. Cardiff's men have a good record in the 6 stage race, having taken the gold medal in 1999 and the bronze medal in 2001. Cardiff will be led by Alex Hains (pictured) and have entered its strongest team for some years, giving them hopes of a medal.

Cardiff team in final? Monday 11 October 2010

Joe Thomas

Will an all Cardiff team represent Wales in the final of the men's 4x400m relay tomorrow? Three Cardiff runners (Rhys Williams, Joe Thomas and Gareth Warburton) plus Swansea's 800m runner Chris Gowell ran brilliantly in the semi final to grab a place in the final. With Dai Greene opting not to contest the final and the possibility of Christian Malcolm being drafted in, the selectors have to decide whom to leave out. James Thie has also qualified for tomorrow's final of the 1500m

Two medals for Cardiff Sunday 10 October 2010

 Christian Malcolm

On a great day for Welsh athletics in Delhi today, 10th October, Cardiff's Christian Malcolm (pictured) and Rhys Williams won bronze medals in the 200m and 400m hurdles respectively. Swansea's Dai Greene produced an excellent run to take the gold in the 400m hurdles so that Wales took two medals in the same event. Has this ever happened before? Gareth Warburton ran a fine 800m to take fourth place behind three unbeatable Kenyans.

Joe and Gareth in final Saturday 9 October 2010

Gareth Warburton

Joe Thomas and Gareth Warburton have both brilliantly qualified for the final of the Commonwealth Games 800m to be held tomorrow. With three automatic qualifiers from each semi final and facing formidable competition, especially from the Kenyans, Joe eased into third place with 1:47.22 while Gareth (pictured) clocked 1:46.83 (just outside his pb of 1:46.47) also in third place.

Rhys and Christian through Saturday 9 October 2010

Rhys Williams

Cardiff's European silver medallists Rhys Williams (pictured) and Christian Malcolm progressed safely from their first rounds earlier today in Delhi. Rhys won his 400m hurdles heat in a comfortable 49.81 while Christian did what was necessary, coming second in his 200m heat in 21.14. Swansea's Dai Greene also made sure of his place in the final, winning his heat in 49.98.

Joe and Gareth in semis Friday 8 October 2010

Joe Thomas

Cardiff's Joe Thomas (pictured) and Gareth Warburton both qualified comfortably for the semi finals of the 800m. Running in heat three earlier today, Gareth was an automatic qualifier, coming home third in an easy 1:51.64. Joe ran in heat four, finishing second in 1:50.17.

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