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A summer sport? Sunday 29 April 2012

Weather forecast

Track and field athletics is supposed to be a summer sport but you would not have believed it today as the heavens opened with near gale force winds. The club's National Junior League team, along with supporting parents, travelled to Derby for the first match of the season, only to be greeted upon arrival that the match had been cancelled because of the weather. The first round of the Welsh under 15 league was also due to be held in Aberdare today but, wisely, Welsh Athletics called this off yesterday in view of the weather forecast.

Sportshall final successes Friday 27 April 2012

George Griffiths

At the Sportshall Athletics final, held in Birmingham last Sunday 21 April, a Cardiff & Vale under 15 boys' team that included five Cardiff AAC athletes out of seven, came third in the national championships. Cardiff's George Griffiths (pictured) came a fine second in the individual competition, missing the top spot by a mere two points, scoring 284 against the winner's 286. Supporting George were Cardiff's Tom Trotman (14th), Gavin Joseph (15th), Gage Francis (41st) and Ryan James (45th). There were 75 competititors in this age group final.

Ellie and Jake shine in London Sunday 22 April 2012

Jake Heyward

Cardiff athlete of the month for March, Ellie Atkinson, and Jake Heyward (pictured winning the Welsh cross country championship) produced excellent performances in today's London Mini Marathon, both finishing in eighth place in their respective age groups. In glorious London weather, the mini marathon was run over the final three miles of the Virgin London Marathon course, finishing through thousands of cheering spectators in front of Buckingham Palace in the Mall. Both Ellie and Jake were the first Welsh team members home with Ellie timed at 17:39 mins. in the under 15 girls' race and Jake at 16:43 in the under 13 boys' race. To underline the quality of these performances, there were 307 finishers in Ellie's race and 304 in Jake's.

Cardiff at the Marathon Thursday 19 April 2012

Alex Hains

Cardiff will be strongly represented in the Mini Marathon on Sunday next, 22nd April, with nine club members amongst the 36 selected for the Welsh Schools. And, in the men's race, Cardiff's Alex Hains (pictured) will be looking to make an impact in his second full marathon, having made his first excursion over the distance in Houston in January when he ran in support of his girlfriend Ava Hutchinson's successful attempt to gain the Olympic qualifying time. Alex is stepping up to the Marathon where he now sees his future in the sport.

Meet the Olympic mascots Tuesday 17 April 2012

Olympic mascots

If you are 15 or younger and would like to experience some of the London Olympics feeling, contact club secretary Tracy Allen (07810 553 726) as soon as possible. On Saturday morning next, 21st April, Olympic decathlete Dean Macey, along with Olympic mascots Wenlock and Mandeville, will be at McDonald's, Queen Street at 10.30 and want to meet athletes from Cardiff AAC. There will be games, prizes and photo opportunities. If you are interested, let Tracy know as numbers are limited. You will need to wear your Cardiff AAC kit and track suit

CALLING ALL JUNIORS Wednesday 11 April 2012

Welsh Jnr Lg 2009

The track and field season is nearly here and athletes are planning their competitions. The club's team managers need to know which athletes will be available for which competitions so, if you have not already done so, could you please send details of your availability to Andrew Seary at andrew.seary@ntlworld.com? Also please note that the deadline for entering the South and East Wales Regional Championships is 27th April.

Cardiff road team dominates Tuesday 10 April 2012

 Adam Bitchell

Cardiff's men's team dominated the Richard Burton Heritage Run 10k held at Cwmafon on Sunday last 8th April. Cardiff athletes filled second, third, fourth, fith and seventh places to easily win the men's team race. Adam Bitchell (31.10 - pictured) was the first Cardiff man home, having to concede first place to Swansea's race winner Dewi Griffiths. Ieuan Thomas (31.25) was third, Michael Kershaw (32.23) fourth, Michael Kallenberg (32.27) fifth and James Thie (32.55) seventh.

Funding for Tracey & Matthew Friday 6 April 2012

Tracey Hinton

Cardiff's Tracey Hinton and Matthew Field have received cash help from the Lloyds TSB Local Heroes initiative. Tracey has already taken part in no less than five Paralympic Games and has won six medals. Her first Paralympics was in Barcelona in 1992 and she is looking to crown her distinguished career with a sixth appearance in London. Interviewed at the launch of the scheme in London, Tracey said, "It is really good to be on the scheme. The money will definitely help me in what is a really important year with things like warm weather training.

Olympic first for Cardiff athlete Tuesday 3 April 2012

Tommy Davies

Cardiff AAC athlete Tommy Davies can claim the distinction of being the first runner to cross the finish line in London's Olympic Stadium. Tommy (26 and living in Loughborough) was one of the successful 5000 runners picked from 43,000 entrants to take part in the National Lottery sponsored Olympic Parkrun over five miles on Saturday last 31st March. His time of time of 25 minutes and 11 seconds was faster than the current Olympic record of 25:11.2 set by Emil Voigt at the 1908 Olympics in London; which was the last time the distance of five miles was run at the Olympic Games.

Good run from Ellie Monday 2 April 2012

Ellie Atkinson

Cardiff's Ellie Atkinson (pictured in this year's Welsh cross country championships) produced the run of her life to take 6th place in the intermediate girls' race at the Schools cross country international held in Strathallan, Scotland on Saturday last, 31st March. Rebecca Evans, team captain, 17th and Kate Seary, 19th, helped Wales to second place behind the powerful English team, the best Welsh team showing of the day.


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