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Jac hammers father’s record Thursday 31 May 2012

Jac Palmer

Cardiff’s promising young hammer thrower Jac Palmer (16) has set a new club record in the under 17 hammer, erasing the record set by his father Adrian in 1985. After achieving a series of personal bests during May, Jac threw the 5k implement 59.14 metres during the Welsh Senior League at Cwmbran last Sunday, 27th May. The previous record was 56.92m.

Men's team off to a fine start Tuesday 29 May 2012

Joe Maynard

Cardiff's British Athletics League team got off to an excellent start on Sunday last, 27th May, in its bid for promotion back to the premiership division. In conditions that team Manager James Williams decribed as "more fitting for the Caribbean than north London, temperatures in the high twenties, which made life very difficult for all athletes", Cardiff ended the day in third spot. Cardiff's athlete of the match was Joe Maynard (pictured at the regional championships) for his performances in the 800m (which he won) and the 4x400m relay..

Rhys gets Olympic qualifier Monday 28 May 2012

Rhys Williams

Cardiff' European and Commonwealth medallist Rhys Williams took a step nearer his ambition of selection for the London Olympics by running the A qualifying time (49.50) in Oordegem, Belgium yesterday, 27 May. Rhys was timed at 49.45 and jumped to third place on the latest UK rankings, which are headed by fellow Welshman Dai Greene who clocked 48.96 in Morroco, although coming second to Felix Sanchez. Ranked second is Richard Yates (49.39) who just edged out Rhys in the run in in Belgium. Two other British athletes, including Jack Green, have already run sub-50 so the battle for Olympic places is hotting up. We shall keep our fingers crossed for Rhys.

UK WAL team's tricky start. Sunday 27 May 2012

Emma Pullen (1) & Rhiannon Linnington-Payne

Cardiff's UK Women's League team started the 2012 campaign with a home match at the Cardiff International Stadium under a mostly cloudless sky but very hot conditions. Cardiff finished the day in sixth place and, amongst some creditable performances, could produce only four winners. Emma Pullen and Rhiannon Linnington-Payne won the A and B 400m respectively and were jointly presented by club treasurer Graham Webb as Cardiff's athletes of the match.

Clear win for young athletes Saturday 26 May 2012

Harry Hillman

After the first round match of this year's Welsh Under 15 League had been cancelled because of torrential rain, today's match at Aberdare was held in glorius sunshine, albeit there was a strong wind. Cardiff had 34 individual event winners, including a Harry Hillman (pictured) double and the team scored a resounding win, amassing 1089 points against second placed Cwmbran's 678.

Melanie's great day Friday 25 May 2012

Melanie Stephenson

On a glorious summer's evening, thousands of spectators turned out to cheer Cardiff's Melanie Stephenson as she set off on the final stage of the day's Olympic torch relay in Cardiff. From Cathedral Road to Cardiff Castle, the street was crowded with onlookers as Melanie's torch was lit from that of the incoming runner and her duty was to carry it into Cooper's Field and to light the cauldron prior to the concert that had attracted 16,000.

YAL team moves up Thursday 24 May 2012

Matteo Holmes

After a disappointing round one match, Cardiff took a much larger National Young Athletes' League team to Radley last Sunday, 20th May. On a cold and breezy but dry day, the team achieved a much improved third place out of six competing teams and, with only one round left this year, should be able to secure its place in this division for next season. Amongst some encouraging performances, double victories were won by Matteo Holmes (pictured at the Regional championships), Kate Seary, Lewis Brunt, Ryan James and Sam Wink.

Welsh Championships Warning Tuesday 22 May 2012


Entries for this year's championships have closed but, if athletes have not paid their Welsh registration fee and club subscription for this year, their entries will be refused. If you are in this situation it is essential that you pay your club subscription and registration fee immediately. Do not delay as the membership secretary will be away next week so monies need to be with her before the end of this week.

Ava in Irish Olympic team Tuesday 22 May 2012

Ava Hutchinson CXC10

Cardiff's Irish international Ava Hutchinson has been selected to compete in the marathon at the London Olympic Games. Her selection was announced yesterday by Athletics Ireland, along with two others, Linda Byrne and Caitriona Jennings. Her selection has to be endorsed by the Olympic Council of Ireland but this is expected to be a formality. Ava achieved the A standard qualification of 2:37:00 when she completed the Houston, Texas, marathon (only her second race over the distance) in 2:35:33 in January, finishing fourth in a high quality field. Congratulations to Ava and good luck in London.

Rhys wins at Loughborough Monday 21 May 2012

Rhys Williams

Cardiff's GB international Rhys Williams notched up a victory over one of his rivals for an Olympic team place by taking the 400m hurdles in the Loughborough international on Sunday 20th May. In windy conditions, Rhys was timed at 50.24, ahead of Nathan Woodward (50.44). Other Cardiff winners were Gareth Warburton (800m in 1:46.57) and Adam Bitchell in an outdoor personal best for the 3000m of 8:08.63. Mica Moore was second in the invitation 100m C race in 12.33.

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