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End of 2018 T&F season Tuesday 28 August 2018

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Following the conclusion of the 2018 Track & Field season, Cardiff AAC is Wales leading Athletic Club. Results of our senior flag ship teams have, with Cardiff's senior mens BAL team retaining their place in the Premier League. Cardiff's senior womens team not to be out done by our mens team, gained promotion (for first time) to the UKWL, Premier League, for the 2019 season.

There are a number of factors that have lead to these achievements. Team management, working hard to field competitive teams, and having athletes in team, able to compete at Premier League level. No club can produce athletes to compete in all T&F events. While some will come from club development, other athletes train off site in specilised groups. Recruitment of athletes is always on going, a limited number of higher claim athletes are recruited to compete in Premier League teams, same for most clubs. Team management will start work this winter on Premier League teams, being ready for the 2019 season campaign.

Cardiff AAC is closed, due to holidays of club Administration, athletes, coaches, officials and track refurbushment. Our club office  opens on Thursday 30th August. Cardiff's Academy resumes on Monday 10th September, training will be held in House of Sport Dome, until track refurbishment is completed.

Welsh Junior League Cup Final Monday 20 August 2018

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The final club team competition took place at Swansea yesterday. A cloudy windy morning greeted our Welsh Junior League athletes. In the afternoon the sun appeared, and conditions improved, with athletes achieving pb performances.

Ben Reynolds won U17M race 3.57.76 pb. Unfortunately Welsh Athletices results only show the WJL plate final. Yet show on WA's report link to cup results, only Plate event results come up. 

Mark Vincent stepped drown as one of our WJL Team Managers after 5 years. Mark reported it has been a privilege to to watch the clubs U11-U15 athletes progress and develop during his 5 years. During his time, teams have won 2 WJL Finals,  and competed against the best in (YDL) UK Finals. He thanked all athletes, coaches, officials and parents, for their support, and has worked with some great club team managers. To all athletes yesterday at Swansea, a BIG well done.   

Cardiff AAC Track Update Tuesday 14 August 2018


Club Chairman Bernie Plain, met Steve Borley last week, regarding situation in relaiding the new track, as rumours have been circulating. Bernie confirmed, the contractors will start this week, (they have). First they will take up the old track all weather surface, remove surface from D's, and run ups to the sand pits etc. Then repairs (if required) will be made the concrete surface. Next stage will be to insert the new track etc surfaces. Once that has been completed the track etc., will have to be lined for competitions to take place.

The plan is to have the refurbushment work finished ready for the Academy season starting on 10th September. Should that not happen, the DOME can be used by Academy, on training nights, and the grass field near entrance to stadium will be made available for training. The outside throwing area has not been affected, and has been used for training and competitions, as in previous post. The throwing area will have refurbishment work in replacing the old grass surface.

The new track will be BLUE like the one seen on TV in Berlin Euro Championships. The D's, and runways will be RED, with WHITE lines, thus matching club colours. As always, completion date of refurbushmen will be dictated by the weather, will keep updates on refurbushment progress.  

Young Throwers Invitational Monday 13 August 2018

Last Tuesday 7th August, the 4th Cardiff AAC Invitational for young throwers was held. The event is by invitational only, due to the limited time available for an evening meeting. Athletes taking part are mostly from South Wales & West areas of Wales.

Once again Cardiff's elite senior men took part. Brett Morse and Aled Davies F42. Brett must like the event, as his Discus throw was his second longest throw DT2K (60.47m) of this season. Aled Davies also had a good Discus throw of DK 1.5K (52.46m). Matteo Holmes U23M had pb's in Discus DT2K (31.68m), and Hammer throw 7.26K (34.11m).

Having 2 elite athletes taking part, must help young competitors seeing them close up in action, and no doubt the seniors giving advice to the young throwers.

Youngsters taking part range from U15 to U20 age groups. Cardiff's Ben Hillman U17M Discus throw 1.5K (30.29m), was close to his personal best. In Hammer throw Cassey Grimwade U17W HT3K (47.78m), was close to her personal best throw.

The full results can be seen on Power of 10 results page, on date 7th August of event.  

Senior Women Promoted Monday 6 August 2018

Yesterday at Leigh, Manchester, history happened for Cardiff's senior womens team. They gained promotion for first time to UKWL Premier League in 2019 season. A weaken team (holidays/injuries) meant athletes doubling up or even trebling up in order to finish in first 2 places to garantee promotion.

Sharon Thor Heveran team manager, said other teams were similary affected, leading to 2 events had no (B) competitors. Despite being shown in Pof10 results, have been advised that our 4x400 team were DQ. Despite those issues, the team finished a comfortable 2nd place in yesterdays match, led Division in overall standing with (23pts), and scored the most team points (637pts)in the 3 matches. 

Sharon made sure every event had a Cardiff competitor, hence athletes doubling up, Kate Seary 800m (A) 6th, 3km (B) 1st, Ffion Price 1500 (A) 2nd, 3km (A) 3rd. Ffion delaid flying back to US College, in oder to compete in final match. Emily Brown 400H (B), 2km s/c (A). Sara Buggy LJ (A) 2nd, TJ (A) 1st. Rebecca Chapman LJ (B) 1st, JT (A) 4th. Gwennan Lewis SP (A) 5th, HT (B) 6th, DT (B) 7th.

British Athletics Premier League Sunday 5 August 2018

In the last match (4th) of Cardiff's senior men's team (first season) in the Premier League at Hendon, London, the team needed to finish in front of Thames Valley Harriers (TVH) in order to retain their place in the Premier League. Unfortunately this did not happen, with TVH 5th (260pts,) beat Cardiff 6th (259pts) by 1pt. However Cardiff beat City of Sheffield & Deane AC (222pts) 7th, with Swansea (130pts) 8th. After match 4 the league table at bottom 6th Cardiff 14pts, 7 th TVH 13.5pts, Swansea 4pts. Looking at split between track 125pts and field 134pts. Track low score was caused by no team in 400x4 relay and one athlete in 110H. Our lead senior teams, are affected by the success of athletes being selected into various Welsh teams, and elite into GB teams, add main holiday season has impacted on most of our club teams..

Those in track events did their best highlighted by Matt Elias a spectator sat in stand, did 400H B event (8th) to gain a point. James Thie V40 did the 5000m B (6th) gaining good points.

Sam Gordon 1st (A) 100m, with Kris Jones (B) 2nd 100m. In 800m Joe Reid (A) 2nd, with Elliot Slade (B) 1st were the highlights on the track, that included U20 athletes, and those new to Premier League competition.

In field events, team had excellent results including JT (A) Jason Copsey 1st 68.04 (pb), (B) Richard Dangerfield 1st 59.87. 

Youth Development League Friday 3 August 2018


After the seasons 4 matches Cardiff's Youth Development League team (YDL) Upper age groups (U17M/W & U20M/W) the team finished 2nd, with only the combined teams of Team Avon ahead. The Area final was held at Newport last Sunday. Like the day before (WJL) the weather was awful, with heavy rain showers and gusts of strong winds. Due to holiday season, the team was seriously depleted. Many athletes doubled up, or did 3 events to help buildup the team's score, in a bid to qualify (first 2 teams) for UK YDL final at Bedford. Despite the athletes best efforts, the lack of athlete numbers meant the team finished 4th.

Debbie Bull reported. A massive well done to all who competed at Newport in the YDL UAG Area Final. We didn't get the result we wanted overall, but appreciated the huge effort the athletes put into the team on the day. The conditions were really not good, but didn't deter team members giving theIr all on the day.

Debbie is very proud of all the athletes, and looks forward to seeing you again next year, and added, good luck for rest of season, and have a good winter season. 

Welsh Junior League 4 Wednesday 1 August 2018

The final match of the Welsh Junior League, (WJL) was held in Newport last Saturday. After fine warm weather since May, normal weather service applied last weekend with heavy rain showers and gale force gusts of wind. With the holiday season in full swing, meant Team Managers were struggling to field a competive team.

Nevertheless team managers using athletes resources wisely, managed a good team result, finishing 3rd at Newport and 2nd overall of 9 clubs, after the 4 WJL competitions, Cardiff Archers lead the way, who were strong in U11 and U15 age groups. However Cardiff's U13B won the trophy for the best age group in the 4 matches. Hence picture of winning trophy showned.

Once again a huge thank you to all of our WJL team managers of the 3 age groups, U11, U13, U15. There was strong vocal support from team managers, parents, and fellow athletes, helping competing club athletes in their events.


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