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Friday 20 August 2010

The Cardiff AAC senior men's team can make a small piece of club history tomorrow as the 2010 British League season comes to a climax in Liverpool by winning promotion to the premier division of the British League. With two to be promoted, the club stands second on 20 league points, 4 points clear of 3rd place Kent. Albeit a bit battered and bruised from a long season, the team looks strong enough to finish off what would be a huge achievement for a side that narrowly avoided relegation to division 3 just two seasons ago.

James Thie and Joe Thomas will look to add the finishing touches as they prepare to fly out to the Commonwealth Games in October and they will be competing in their favoured 1500m and 800m events. They will be backed up on the track by Joe Maynard (800m), Michael Kershaw (3k), James Mills (1500m) and Nat Lane (3k). Chris Discombe will be looking to complete a clean sweep of steeplechase victories and will be joined in the 'chase by the team manager James Williams who will 'compete' for the first time in 2 years.
In the sprints, Gareth Hopkins - fresh from his recent 200m pb - will lead the attack along with junior Jamaul Whyte. Tom Miller will be looking to finally break the 48 second barrier in the 400m with Glyn Hawkes to partner him. Gareth Wiltshire makes his hurdling season debut, alongside Gareth Morris.
In the field, Dave Coleman will look to continue his winning BAL streak to 8 matches in the discus and Gareth Winter will back him up in both heavy throws. Justin Sysum returns to the team and is targeting a club record of 63m in the hammer. Club stalwarts Jason Hallet and Simon Bull will be looking for big throws in the Javelin.
In the jumps, Matt 'Leapy' Ledger will compete in both long and triple jumps, while Jon Murray returns in the Pole Vault.
It is sure to be a close match on Saturday but hopefully the tremendous team spirit will enable the club to finally complete what has been an epic journey in 2010. The lure of competing against the best athletes in Britain next season will hopefully be enough of an incentive for the 30plus athletes to give one final big effort in what has been a long summer. Just think what the club might have achieved if our two European Medallists and World Junior Decathlon 4th placer had been able to compete this summer. Things are certainly looking up for the men's team going forward.