The track and field seson is upon us and thoughts turn to the South & East Wales combined Regional Championships.
The main championships will be held at Cardiff International Sports Stadium on Saturday, 14th May with the 800m (U13 and U15 only) a few days earlier on Wednesday 11th, also in Cardiff.
Entries close on Friday 15th April (two weeks tomorrow).
Cardiff AAC will be well represented in Antrim, Northern Ireland, on Saturday next, 26th March where Welsh and Welsh Schools teams will contest the home countries cross country internationals.
Wearing the Welsh vest will be John Peters (senior men), Rowan Axe (junior men and hoping to continue his run of good form after his excellent win in the Atlantic College 10k last weekend) and twins Michelle and Natalie Allen (junior women).
Cardiff's Graham Finlayson, Tracy Allen and Phil Banning will be the team managers.
Cardiff's Dave Coleman, a key member of the club's British League team, competed in an INDOOR (yes, indoor) throwing competition in Vaxjo, Sweden on March 4th, placing fifth in the B discus competition with 50.99m.
Conditions indoor (no wind) are unfavourable for discus and javelin so Dave's performance compares well with his outdoor best.
The A competition was won by Estonia's Olympic Champion Gerd Kanter (pictured) with a throw of 66.92m. Former Cardiff member Brett Morse was 4th with 60.99m
The summer season is fast approaching and, in common with all clubs, we need team managers to help with the organisation of club teams.
The Welsh Junior League is especially important as it gives good experience to the under 11, under 13 and under 15 age groups and everyone gets a chance to compete as each club can enter six athletes in each event.
If your son or daughter is in these age groups and you could help, please contact Andrew Seary (07802 245589) or anyone in the club office at the Cardiff stadium. You will be welcomed with open arms.
Cardiff's promising young shot putter, Matthew Field (pictured at this year's Welsh indoor championship), added to his Welsh title by winning the England Athletics Under 17 shot put championship in Birmingham last weekend with a winning throw of 15.57m.
Elsewhere, Jonathan Bailey took the bronze medal in the Under 17 high jump with a leap of 1.86m.
Also in the under 17 high jump was Tyrone Blake who finished 10th with 1.76m to add to his 5th place in heat 1 of the 60m hurdles (8.68sec).
Cardiff's Irish international Ava Hutchinson became Ireland's cross country champion on Saturday last, 26th February, when she won the Inter Club Cross Country Championships at Santry Demesne (this event counts as the Irish Championship).
Presumably this means that Ava (pictured during a Cardiff Cross Challenge) will be in the Irish team for the forthcoming World Cross Country Championships in Spain later this month.