Cardiff's Joe Thomas set a best ever (indoors or out)personal time for the 400m of 47.94sec when winning his event for the Cardiff Dragons composite team at today's McCain City Challenge at Cardiff's NIAC indoor arena.
This speed work perfectly completes Joe's preparation for next weekend's European Championships in Paris where he will contest the 800m, his specialist event.
Joe was not the only Cardiff AAC athlete in the Dragons team to shine as Gareth Hopkins won the men's 200m (21.85) and took third in the 60m (7.01), two good performances from him to continue his excellent run of form.
Alessandra Wall, who is Swedish and is now back in Sweden, lived in Wales for two years a couple of years ago, joined Cardiff A.A.C. and competed for the club's Young Athletes' League team.
Ale (pictured during the competition) has just hit the headlines in Sweden by winning the national indoor "hammer throwing" championship in Stockholm.
Cardiff's Adam Bitchell (pictured) improved his personal best by over 11 seconds to win the British Universities 3000m indoor title in Sheffield last weekend in a time of 8:05.16, pushing his coach James Thie into third place. James' time was 8:06.68.
Rhiannon Yates took the 60m title in 7.65sec and Jessica Abrahams won the pole vault with a clearance of 3.90m.
In Birmingham, Gareth Hopkins set a new personal best 400m time of 48.99sec.
The long trek to North Wales for the 2011 Welsh cross country championships, held yesterday, 19th February was rewarded for four of Cardiff's runners with championship winners' medals.
Kate Seary (pictured receiving her award) won the under 15 girls' race, Michelle Allen the under 20's, Debbie Rees the senior women's and Rowan Axe took the under 20 men's title.
Cardiff AAC member and Cardiff High School pupil Tom Bevan, 16, is the new teenage champion of green issues in South Wales.
Tom (pictured with his fellow champions) competes for the club in the 400 hurdles and 400 flat in the UK Young Athletes League and is one of five champions announced for the whole of Wales who will have the responsibility of promoting 11 actions that people across Wales can take to reduce their carbon footprints.
He succeeds previous Climate Change Champion Rose Stevens, 15, as a figurehead for a national push to make the country greener.
Cardiff's Joe Thomas produced an outstanding personal best time indoors to win today's UK Championship 800m at Sheffield in 1:47.87; also a stadium record.
His winning time was inside the qualifying time for the European Indoor Championships (1:48.00) and Joe has thereby achieved his first target for this year, to be selected for the Great Britain team which will travel to Paris in March.
After winning his heat in a relatively comfortable 1:50.51, Joe dominated the final despite a late effort by runner up Andrew Osagie.
Thursday 10 February 2011
The next round of the Gwent League will be held at the Brecon Leisure Centre, Penlan, Brecon on Saturday next, 12 February.
All athletes intending to run should, if they have not already done so, inform the appropriate team manager (Paul Darney for men and Ceri Morris for women) straight away.
Please also note that the date of the fourth and final round has been changed to Sunday 13th March.
A Belgian runner has set a new world record after completing an astonishing 365 marathons in as many days in seven countries.
Stefaan Engels, 49, (pictured)crossed the finish line on his final race in Barcelona, Spain, after pounding the roads in the UK, Spain, Portugal, Belgium, Canada, Mexico and the U.S.A. in the last year.
Are you a hurdler looking for extra advice? Or are you interested in coaching hurdling? Or are you thinking of trying hurdling?
On 19th, 20th and 21st April there will be a hurdles training camp at Swansea University that could be just for you.
Are you interested in the challenge of taking part in the London Mini Marathon on 17th April 2011?
A team from Wales will be participating and selection for this will be based on the results of the Welsh Cross Country Championships on 19th February. Entries close on 11th February so if you are interested it is essential that you let your team manager or Julie Jones in the club office know as soon as possible.