After finishing the 2010 season with a flourish and gaining promotion back to the premier divisions, Cardiff's men's and women's senior teams will face their first big test in the British Athletic League's Jo Smith Cup at Eton on Saturday 7th May.
The Jo Smith Cup brings together the eight best clubs in Britain in a joint men and women's competition, with only one competitor per event. Men and women both score towards the final result so this is a real test of club strength.
The 2011 summer track and field season kicks off on Saturday next, 23 April, with the first round of the Welsh Senior League at Brecon.
Age groups for the senior league are Under 17, Under 20 and Senior, with 4 athletes from each club per event, per age group, permitted of which the best two athletes score points for the club.
One of Cardiff's oldest surviving life members Reg Snow died two days ago, on Tuesday, 12 April.
He was one of the stalwarts of the sport in Wales for over half a century and the photograph (apologies for the poor quality) shows him as team manager to the 1978 Welsh Commonwealth Games team (fourth from the left in the front row).
Cardiff's men's team finished in an excellent eighth place in last Saturday's National Road Relays at Sutton Park, Birmingham, just pipping rivals Swansea Harriers who finished ninth.
This highly prestigious event brings together the finest road running clubs in the whole of Britain and a placing in the top 10 is a mark of a quality team. In excellent conditions, 63 teams started and 60 finished the relay which consists of 6 "short" legs alternating with 6 "long" legs.
Cardiff's overall time was 4hrs:16:56 a mere 21 seconds ahead of Swansea.
Cardiff teams won medals in every age category except masters at the Welsh Road Relay Championships held on a warm and sunny but windy day at Llandow last Sunday 3rd April.
The senior men's team succesfuly re-claimed the title that eluded them last year. In-form Rowan Axe was first back on stage one with Cardiff B team's Nat Lane second. The A team was never troubled and increased its lead with Adam Bitchell and James Mills running well and anchor man Ieuan Thomas (pictured) recording the fastest stage of the day.
The senior ladies' teams finished second to a strong Swansea team with Debbie Rees recording the third fastest overall leg despite feeling under the weather.