After a last minute change of venue, the second round of the National Junior League took place on Monday, 29 May, and Cardiff produced a much improved performance, finishing fourth on the day.
Amongst some excellent performances, Elliot Slade, only 16, (pictured) demonstrated further progress with another personal best and club record in the 800m (1:54.50). He also improved his 1500m time.
It was with relief that the team set off from Cardiff to make its way to Birmingham. The meeting point had to be switched because of the cricket at Sophia Gardens and the venue was changed from Alexander Stadium to Wyndley due to uncertainties over the certification of the track being completed in time. Only one athlete and one track judge were mislaid in the melee but they were soon re-united with the rest of the party.
Sixty Cardiff AAC athletes took part in the second round of the Welsh Under 15 League, held at Hereford yesterday, 28th May.
The star performer was Harry Hillman (pictured) who won the under 13 boys 100m, high jump and shot put, breaking his own league records in the 100m and high jump and setting a personal best in the shot put.
Important information for all athletes and coaches.
Re. The Welsh Closed Under 17 & Open Under 20 Track & Field Championships to be held in Wrexham on Saturday 11th June.
As this event will serve as the selection meeting for many opportunities for these age groups throughout the summer, it is vital that all athletes wishing to be considered enter and compete in the Championships.
The second round of the Young Athletes' League series took place at Yate yesterday, 23 May, with Cardiff finishing third.
Despite numerous excellent performances by those who travelled to Yate, absentees through examinations and other reasons meant that Cardiff was unable to challenge for a top place.
Double event winners for Cardiff were Harry Hillman, George Griffiths and James McGuire.
Three members of Cardiff AAC scooped the top individual awards at the recent Cardiff & the Vale of Glamorgan Schools Cross-Country Presentation Evening, held at Ysgol Gyfun Bro Morgannwg in Barry.
Darren Jones, Kate Seary (pictured receiving her award from Ridley Griffiths) and Elliot Slade received the Denys Gumbley Shield, the Thomas Burge Cup and the Birchgrove Cup respectively.
The combined South and East Wales Regional Championships were held yesterday, 14th May, in cool but dry conditions at Cardiff International Sports Stadium.
Many club athletes set personal best performances in amassing a total of no less than 110 medals.
Amongst many excellent early season performances, championship best performances were set by Joe Thomas (SM 400m - 47.29), Lianne Clarke (SW Javelin 49.99m), Bradley Cole (U20M Javelin - 55.26m) and Elliott Slade (U17M 800m - 1:55).
Harry Hillman (pictured) and Thomas Trottman each won three gold medals.
The first round of the UK Young Athletes' League was held on Sunday last, 8th May, at Cheltenham.
Cardiff's team, suffering from absentees and withdrawals, came third behind hosts Cheltenham and Carmarthen.
Considering that 49 positions remained unfilled, this was a great performance by all, with great commitment to the cause, most athletes doing three or even four events.
Pictured (running cross country) is Elliot Slade who won both the 800m and 1,500m in the under 17 age group.
Cardiff's senior team had an early season outing as they participated in the Jo Smith Cup for the first time at Eton on Saturday last, 7th May.
The team competition sees the top eight clubs in Britain competing against one another and it is also a rare opportunity for both the men's and women's teams to compete together.
Emily Brown (pictured) was the star performer on the day, winning the 2000m steeplechase, just an hour after finishing 3rd in the 400m Hurdles.
This years South Wales Regional Championships will take place at the Cardiff International Sports Stadium on Saturday next, 14th May.
PARENTS AND ATHLETES PLEASE NOTE.
THE U13 & U15 800m WILL NOW TAKE PLACE DURING THE MAIN CHAMPIONSHIPS ON SATURDAY 14TH MAY.
PLEASE DECIDE WHICH EVENT YOU WISH TO TAKE PART IN AS U13 & U15 ATHLETES UNDER UKA RULES ARE ONLY ALLOWED TO RUN IN 1 DISTANCE RACE IN ONE COMPETITIVE DAY