Cardiff's Nat Lane (pictured with Welsh President John Penny and ladies' winner Sally Wilder) has topped the Run Wales Series rankings for 2012.
The winner is decided according to each athlete's five best scores over a series of 15 races, starting with the Nos Galan 5k and concluding with the recent Cardiff half marathon.
Saturday 27 October 2012
At the Annual General Meeting of Welsh Athletics, held today at Llandrindod Wells, meritorious awards were conferred on Enfys Hawthorn, Rob and Sue Hooper and Tracy Hinton.
These awards are given for outstanding service to athletics in Wales and all four recipients richly deserve to be honoured.
At the first Gwent League cross country race of the season, held last Sunday at Bridgend, the weather was beautiful, warm and dry with a slight breeze, so it was great for the supporters as well as the athletes.
Cardiff AAC had an excellent start to the season with lots of athletes competing at all age groups.
Up and coming stars Jake Heyward and Ellie Atkinson had moved up an age group but continued their winning ways.
Photographs by kind permission of Ian Dixon.
The 2012 annual Presentation of Awards was held last Sunday evening, 14th October, and numerous club athletes received their awards from Cardiff's Great Britain Olympic athlete Gareth Warburton, accompanied by Welsh Athletics President John Penny, British League team manager James Williams and former club chairman Peter Lane.
After the presentations, Gareth Warburton talked to James Williams about his career and Olympic experience and this was followed by an Olympic quiz.
Once again, the cross country season is beginning and the first of the 2012-13 Gwent League series will take place at Bridgend on Sunday next, 21st October.
It is not too late to run on Sunday so contact the relevant team manager as soon as possible.
Tim Benjamin, Cardiff's former Great Britain international 400m runner, was inducted into Welsh Athletics Hall of Fame at last night's star studded Welsh Athletics dinner.Tim joins an illustrious group of former Welsh athletic stars and was one of three who were honoured last night, the others being steeplechaser Roger Hackney and 400m runner Michelle Scutt.
During the dinner a special award was made to Cardiff's Rhys Williams for taking the 2012 European Championship 400m hurdles gold medal.
With a big influx of new members following the inspiration of the Olympic Games, more help is needed to ensure that the newcomers, especially the younger ones, get the best possible help.
The club is fortunate to already have a good number of coaches and officials but now needs to recruit new volunteers.
Coaching and officiating is a very rewarding activity and is not as difficult as many fear. All coaches and officials start in the same place but quickly gain confidence and experience. And there is always someone to help.
Cardiff's club room was packed last night with parents who had been invited to a special evening following the surge of interest after the London Olympic Games.
With their children out on the track with club coaches, the parents listened as senior coach and former chairman Peter Lane explained the workings of the club and the value of sport to young children.