Cardiff's Joe Thomas continued his build up to a hoped for place in Britain's team for the forthcoming European Indoor Championships with a solid 800m win in yesterday's Celtic Cup match at UWIC's indoor arena.
His winning time of 1:49.19 was an improvement on his performance in the Welsh indoor champoionships the previous weekend and he went on to help Wales to a win in the final event of the day, the mixed (men and women) medley relay.
After an incredible six races in six days, Cardiff's Tracey Hinton added a T11 400m silver (1:01.39) to her 200m bronze in another medal double.
“I’m really pleased with that,” said the five-time Paralympian. “My mum passed away a year ago and it’s my first major championship without my family here. I wanted to do that for her and I’m really chuffed.”
On conclusion of her intense World Championships programme and looking ahead to the Paralympic Games in London, she admitted that the new chapter in her life deserved a new challenge.
Cardiff's paralympian Tracey Hinton took the bronze medal in the women's 200m (T11) at the International Paralympic Committee World Athletic Championships in Christchurch, New Zealand with a time of 26.98 sec.
Tracey (pictured at the 2010 Welsh Championships with coach and guide runner Darrell Maynard) could win a second medal as she has qualified for the final of the 400m, clocking the second fastest heat time.
Tracey narrowly missed a medal in the 100m where she came fourth.
Cardiff AAC was well represented at the Welsh indor championships held at UWIC on Saturday and Sunday,22nd and 23rd January.
In all, Cardiff athletes took 37 medals including doubles by Jonathan Bailey, Rhiannon Yates and Gwenllian Williams. Mica Moore and Megan O'Sullivan won three medals each.
The 2011 Welsh Cross Country Championships will be held at Mold, North Wales on Saturday 19 February and the closing date for entries is 11th February.
Entries are made though your club and, if you are planning to take part, it is essential that you inform us of your intention as soon as possible.
The McCain Cardiff Cross Challenge takes place in Cardiff’s Bute Park on Sunday 16th January.
The prestigious Cardiff Event is Wales’ top Cross Country spectacle, and forms the 2nd fixture in the McCain Cross Challenge Series 2010/2011.
Sunday's event incorporates an Inter-area match in the senior age groups, and schools’ Invitational races through the junior age groups. The master’s races will host the Welsh Cross Country Championships for their respective age categories.
Cardiff athletes competed at the NIAC on Sunday last, 9th January, in the 3000m indoor Welsh championship as well as the second Grand Prix events of the season.
Ciaran Lewis (pictured receiving his award) took pride of place in the championships by winning the under under 13 boys' category in a personal best time.
If you are interested to run in the 2011 Virgin London Marathon, the Ron Pickering Memorial Fund has a limited number of guaranteed places. The deadline for applications is 21 January and runners are expected to raise money for the Fund.
The Ron Pickering fund exists only to help young athletes and has handed out more than one million pounds in grants since it was established.
More honours have come the way of Cardiff AAC with the award of the MBE in the New Year’s Honours to life member Bernard (Bernie) Plain; for services to athletics.
Bernie was one of Wales best middle and long distance runners, just missing out on a medal when he finished fourth in the 1974 European Marathon championship.
Bernie’s European run was the highlight of his long running career but, amongst many other achievements for his club, Wales and Great Britain, he is still the holder of the UK 20 mile track record of 1:40:34.6.
The photograph was kindly provided by leading sports photographer Mark Shearman.