THE TRACK WILL BE CLOSED TONIGHT, THURSDAY, BECAUSE OF THE CONTINUING ADVERSE WEATHER.
THE CLUB WILL NOT BE OPERATING BUT HOPEFULLY WE SHALL BE BACK TO NORMAL BY MONDAY.
Despite the widespread snowfalls that affected most of the country, the McCain Cardiff Cross Country Challenge went ahead as planned yesterday, 20th January.
Numerous Cardiff athletes braved the conditions and, once again, consistent Jake Heyward produced a fine run, coming second in the under 15 boys' race behind Edinburgh athlete Josh Kerr. In the primary schools girls' race, November's athlete of the month, Sofia Vella, came home in first place.
Excellent third places were achieved by Seren Allin in the under 15 girls' race and Lucy Dennis in the under 13 girls' race.
Cardiff AAC has 11 athletes in the Welsh teams that have been selected for the Celtic Cross Country international match taking place (weather permitting) at the Cardiff Cross Challenge on Sunday next, 20th January, in Blackweir.
Other Cardiff athletes will be running for their school teams so the club will be well represented throughout.
The first race is at 11.15am.
The latest in the programme of parents' evenings was held in the club room on monday of thie week (14th) and was a talk on "Growth Related Injuries in Young Athletes" (and how to avoid them).
A well attended session listened to club Track and Field Chairman Andrew Seary, who is an experienced Chartered Physiotherapist, explain the potential injury problems of the growing athlete, how to recognise them and what to do.
Jake Heyward is proving to be just as unbeatable indoors as over the country and proved this again yesterday. At the Cardiff Met indoor GP2 at the NIAC indoor arena, he won the under 15 boys' Welsh Championship 3000m in a Welsh record time of 9:26.28 breaking the previous record by over 3 seconds.
This followed a Welsh record run of 2:04.2 in the 800m the previous week.
Cardiff was well represented at NIAC yesterday, with numerous good performances
Enfys Hawthorn was presented with her Meritorious Award for services to athletics in Wales by Welsh Athletics President John Penny last night.
She received her award in the club room during a break from her work in the canteen where she has been a familiar face for many years.
Cardiff's Christian Malcolm will serve a four year term on the British Olympic Association's Athletes’ Commission after being elected from a group of 21 candidates voted for by Olympians who have competed at a summer or winter Games since Sydney 2000.
Upon hearing of his election, Christian said, “It’s an honour to be a part of the BOA Athletes' Commission and I believe that we have a fantastic opportunity to help shape the way that the BOA looks following the most amazing year of Sport Great Britain has ever seen. I’m excited about meeting with the other members of the Commission and helping to make a positive difference to something that I am very passionate about, which includes ensuring that the interest of the athletes remains at the forefront of the organisation's aims and objectives.”
Cardiff athletes produced excellent performances at the England Athletics multi event championships held in Sheffield on 5th and 6th January.
Contesting the indoors heptathlon, new recruit David Omoregie won the under 20 gold medal with a score of 4,791 points.
In the senior event, Francis Baker (pictured) came sixth with 5,112 whilst David Guest who competes for Cardiff as a higher performance athlete showed a welcome return to form to take third place with 5,258 points.
David's younger brother Stephen came seventh in the under 20 contest with 4,275 points.
Cardiff athletes featured strongly at the 2012 edition of the popular Nos Galan road races in Mountain Ash.
Clean sweeps were achieved in the senior men's elite race (Ieuan Thomas, Adam Bitchell and Tom Marshall) and in the girls 10/11 age group (Sofia Vella, Alisha Hayes and Annwen Gammon - pictured with their awards)
There can be little doubt that 2012 was a good year for athletics – and Cardiff AAC did pretty well too.
The highlight was the London Olympic Games and Cardiff was proud to provide four Olympians (Christian Malcolm, Rhys Williams, Gareth Warburton and Ava Hutchinson) as well as the captain of the British Paralympic athletics team, Tracey Hinton.
And, at the European Championships in Helsinki, Rhys Williams (pictured) struck gold to become European 400m hurdles champion.
All club teams performed well and numerous Cardiff athletes featured in the top twenty UK rankings.