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Golden Three Sunday 27 August 2017

Jeremiah Azu 2017

Three Cardiff AAC athletes were in Bedford yesterday for the first day of the England Athletics under 15 and under 17 championships (which count as UK championships) and returned with gold medals.

Jeremiah Azu won the under 17 100m title in an outstanding 10.65 seconds which not only smashed his personal best and sets a club record but is the fastest 100m ever recorded by a sixteen year old Welsh athlete. Joining him on the gold medal table was Jay Morse who set a new personal best and club record of 55.28m for the U17 men's discus and consolidated his position as number one in the UK. The third of the golden trio was Kiara Frizelle who took the under 17 women's 1500m in 4:32.31.

Champion Charlotte Friday 25 August 2017

Charlotte Arter 2015

Cardiff's Charlotte Arter improved her personal best time by 14 seconds to win the BMC grand prix 10,000m at Stretford last Saturday, 19th August and become the England Athletics (equals UK) champion. British international Gemma Steel was a distant second. Charlotte's time of 32:37.52 takes her to seventh on the current UK rankings for 10,000m.

Clara Evans was eighth in the same race,

Also competing in Stretford were Alex Coomber, Joe Reid, Matt Clowes and Owen Haswell, all of whom then ran for Cardiff the following day in the final BAL match in Manchester.

Didn't they do well? Wednesday 23 August 2017

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The next generation of Cardiff AAC Junior athletes enjoyed an outstanding weekend at Welsh Athletics Junior Track & Field Championships held in Wrexham last weekend, 19-20 September 2017, picking up 13 gold medals, 12 silver and 7 bronze, a total of 32 medals.

There were many strong performances from Cardiff AAC athletes with the under 13, 15, 17 and 20 age groups in action, resulting in an extremely successful weekend and great preparation for the up-coming UK Youth Development League final in Birmingham on the 3 September.

 

Back where we belong Monday 21 August 2017

BAL 4 2017

Heading into the final round of the British Athletics League series with a three point margin over second placed Swansea, Cardiff's senior men wanted to finish with a flourish in Manchester's Sportcity yesterday. With home team Sale fighting to get back into the top flight (they needed to win with a two place advantage over Swansea), the result was in doubt until the final relays.

In the event, Cardiff beat Sale by a mere 9 points to do their Welsh rivals a favour by pushing Sale into second with Swansea third.

Ben the best in Britain Tuesday 15 August 2017

Ben Hillman 2017

Cardiff's Ben Hillman is developing into a very good all-round athlete and proved it over the weekend by winning the under 15 boys' Octathlon title at the England Athletics championships in Manchester.

Ben's winning score of 4,336 was 176 points ahead of the silver medallist. Ben Henson was fourth in the same competition while Tom Britt was 7th in the under 17 decathlon and Harri Wheeler-Sexton was 9th.

Gold for Christian's team Sunday 13 August 2017

Christian Malcolm WCH2010

When Great Britain's men's 4x100m relay team beat the USA to take the gold medal for the first time at a world championship last night, following the women's silver medal, how many knew that the coach to the successful squads is none other than Cardiff AAC's own Christian Malcolm.

Christian was recruited by UK Athletics a couple of years ago to guide the sprint relay teams and has been hugely successful.

Christian was himself an ever-present in the GB sprint relay team, invariably running the first leg, and would have been the automatic choice for the Olympic gold medal winning quartet in 2004 had not illness forced him out of the team at the last moment.

World best in Cardiff Sunday 13 August 2017

Anthony Whiteman 2017

Despite the competing attraction of world championship athletics on television, 129 runners turned up at the Cardiff International Sports Campus yesterday for the Night of Endurance, which concluded the 2017 Summer series.

With two 10k races and 6 over a mile, the highlight was the setting of a world best time for a mile in the 45-50 age category by former GB international athlete Anthony Whiteman who had travelled to Cardiff specially for the attempt. Paced for the first two and a half laps by James Thie, Whiteman crossed the line in 4:10.00. The existing world best time was 4:16.09.

Nail biting finish Wednesday 9 August 2017

Ben Reynolds 2017

With the lead changing through the day and with only the relays and long jump to go, there was only one point separating Cardiff AAC and Cardiff Archers in the final of the Welsh Junior League in Newport on Saturday last, 6th August.

Cardiff AAC was bidding to make it three championships in a row but, in the end, their superior relay teams saw Cardiff Archers take the title with 1131 points against Cardiff AAC's 1092.

New throwing initiative Friday 4 August 2017

Kieran Grimwade 2014

The first of what will become a regular series of throwing competitions took place at Cardiff International Sports Campus on Tuesday evening.

Called the Cardiff AAC Young Throwers Invitational and held under the umbrella of Cardiff AAC, the idea was initiated by Brett Morse, Lisa Grimwade and Ian Leek and supported by the general committee.

The competition is a closed event by invitation only and primarily for children/young adults U13 to U20s, with occasional guest throwers. At present numbers are restricted to six for each event.

Recent round-up Tuesday 1 August 2017

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Cardiff athletes have been busy over the past few weeks and some notable individual performances have been recorded.

After his triumph in the European under 20 championships, Jake Heyward proved that it was no fluke by clocking a personal best and club record time of 3:42.12 in Belgium on Saturday last. This takes Jake to No.1 in the UK age group in 2017.