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Club 50th Year

Friday 19 October 2018

Two weeks today it's Cardiff AAC 50th year. A celebrational Dinner has been organised on the 2nd November at Cardiff City Stadium from 7pm till Late. Dress is Informal Smart. A three course dinner and music take place with Tickets at £40pp, and £20 for students, and under 18's.

Cardiff AAC came about from AGM of 1968 of the two Cardiff Athletic clubs, Roath Harriers (1882) and Birchgrove Harriers (1951). Both clubs were based at Maindy Stadium, as time moved on, both clubs athletes wanted the clubs to be amalgamated, as the athletes mixed in training, and competed together in different clubs at same fixtures. 

Although some people could not agree with the amalgamation, it formed one of the UK'S most powerful clubs, especially on the track, when the club went onto to be one of the most successful Track and Field clubs in the UK. Winning the Premier League title 3 times, and represented the UK in the European Clubs Championships.

There was no UK League for women then, but our Men and Women teams, represented Wales in European Road and Cross Country Clubs Championships, often held in Europe. One European Clubs XC Championships was held in Cardiff. 

Well over a hundred Championships medals have been won by club athletes, in Olympic, World, European, and Commonwealth Games Championships.

With club on lock down, it has made keeping contact with athletes and coaches and parents challenging. Hence advertising club 50th celebrations Dinner has been difficult. Over 150 tickets has been sold with more being sold as we get near dinner date.  

Our Academy originally Track Rats, (Training Real Athletics for Cardiff Kids), (Real Athletic Training Sessions). Has been a success story.

Track Rats was started by David Hawthorn a Senior Coach. David identified Jake Heyward as a talented runner, and passed him to a club Middle Distance group. To name one super talented athlete starting, in what is now called Academy.

The club Academy has a waiting list to join, despite training sessions being heldup. The Academy has been restructured with a Head Coach and Coordinator, along with a number of young qualified coaches leading various groups. A post on these developments, for another post.