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A Happy Christmas Tuesday 24 December 2013

Cardiff AAC (British Athletics' Club of the Year 2013) hopes that all our members and friends will have a very happy Christmas and we wish you a successful 2014.

Normal club nights will resume on Monday, 6th January.

Would you like to help us next year? If so, read on.

Back from Brussels Tuesday 24 December 2013

Brussels 2013

After arduous journeys by road and ferries, caused by the very bad weather, the Welsh cross country team returned home yesterday after participating in the Lotto Cross Country Cup on Sunday.

Against good quality opposition, Cardiff's athletes performed well, with the top spot going to Ffion Price, who led the Welsh team home in the under 20 women's race in 7th place. Ffion was followed home by Kate Seary (12th), and Rebecca Evans (18th).

Love is in the air Sunday 22 December 2013

Rhys and Leila

Christmas time 2013 will have an added importance for Rhys Williams and Leila James as they have just announced their engagement.

Rhys popped the question in New York a couple of days ago and Leila said yes.

Leila's mother Helen, herself a former Welsh international sprinter and current club sprints coach, is naturally delighted and says that this gives her an excuse to go out and buy a new hat.

Everyone in Cardiff AAC congratulates Rhys and Leila and wishes them every happiness in their future life together.

Off to Brussels Friday 20 December 2013

WA XC Ch 2013 Senior Men

Six Cardiff athletes are included in a Welsh team travelling to Brussels to take part in the Euro-Lotto Cross Cup Brussels International cross country races on Sunday.

The six are Jonathan Hopkins (senior men), Rhianwedd Price (senior women), Mike Ward (under 20 men), Ffion Price, Rebecca Evans and Kate Seary (under 20 women).

In addition, Alex Donald, Tracy Allen and Graham Finlayson form the team management.

Indoor entry dates Wednesday 18 December 2013


If you want to enter the first of Welsh Athletics indoor events of the 2012-13 season, you have no time to lose as entries close tomorrow 19th December.

The first events, for junior athletes, take place on 5th January and the entry procedures and all other information are available on the Welsh Athletics website.

Inter-regional successes Monday 16 December 2013

WA XCCH13 Senior men

Cardiff athletes turned out in strength for the inter regional cross country championships held at Builth Wells on Saturday last,14th December.

Wearing their South Wales vests, Cardiff produced four individual race winners but pride of place must go to the under 13 girls where Annwen Gammon won, followed home by Jessica Wadey (2nd), Sofia Vella (3rd) and Kiara Frizelle (4th). The other individual winners were Andy Hunt (Masters men 35-39), Ffion Price (under 20 women) and Kate Seary (under 17 women).

Great new PB for Adam Monday 16 December 2013

Adam Bitchell

Cardiff's Adam Bitchell, who is studying at the University of New Mexico, smashed his personal best time over 5000m on Saturday last with a time of 13:44.70. His previous best, set two years ago, was 13:57.61.

Adam's time was set in his indoor debut at this distance indoors at the Hoosier Open in Bloomington, Indiana, USA but was also an improvement on his outdoor best.

Adam is coached by former Cardiff AAC captain and British international James Thie.

Six go to Scotland Friday 13 December 2013

Ryan Grimwade 2013

Six Cardiff AAC athletes are on their way to Glasgow to represent Welsh Schools in the annual indoor multi-events international to be held in Glasgow tomorrow, 14th December.

The super six are Claire Taylor, Lauren Evans, Sarah Omoregie, Harry Hillman, Jordan Fender and Ryan Grimwade (pictured).

The international is between schools teams representing Wales, England, Scotland and All-Ireland.

Christmas Closure Dates Wednesday 11 December 2013


Cardiff AAC's last clubnight of 2013 will be on Monday 23rd December and will start up again on Thursday 2nd January 2014. The canteen will close at 8pm on 23rd December and re-open on Monday 6th January.

Cardiff International Sports Stadium will be open on Thursday 26th December from 10am until 3pm and on  Saturday 28th December from 11am until 5pm. (Cardiff City has a home match on both of these days.) Otherwise the stadium will be closed from 24th December to 1st January, inclusive, and will re-open fully as normal on 2nd January.

Senior men win Wednesday 11 December 2013

WA XCCH13 Senior men

With three finishers in the first ten, Cardiff's senior men took the team race honours at the third round Gwent Cross Country League at Bath University on Sunday last, 8th December. Andrew Hunt was placed second individual with British Masters champion James Thie sixth and Nat Lane eighth.

In the junior age groups, Jake Heyward won the under 15 boys' race by a wide margin and Rebecca Evans was second in the under 20 women's race.

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