We all know that athletics is a complicated sport and, unlike say football that needs only a referee and two linesmen, a full scale athletic meeting requires anything from 50 to over 100 officials, depending on the size and importance of the event.
One of the vital functions that is often taken for granted is photo-finish/timing and, at a championship, this is carried out using automatic equipment that not only times races to 100th of a second but also detects false starts.
Cardiff’s Phil James (pictured checking a camera) is an acknowledged world expert on automatic photo-finish/timing systems and has recently been appointed as the head of SEIKO Timing’s international team, responsible for photo finish and electronic timing at the IAAF World Championships series.
The Cardiff AAC open meeting, organised by the club last Saturday at the last minute in conjunction with Welsh Athletics to assist the Australian Paralympic team, was a success, according to James Thie, competition manager for Welsh Athletics.
"I just wanted to say a big thank you from everyone at Welsh Athletics for your help to make the open meeting on Saturday such a success. The support from the club was fantastic and this was also after many helped at the successful meeting on the Wednesday", said James (who himself took part and won the 800m).
"We had some great feedback and had 36 personal bests as well as a great send off for the Paralympic athletes. Plus it was great to see current Olympians such as Rhys Williams running, as well as the next generation such as Elliot Slade."
Cardiff's Tracey Hinton has been named as captain of the Great Britain track and field team at the 2012 Paralympic Games in London which start tomorrow.
For Tracey, who lost her sight at age 4, this will crown an illustrious career at her sixth Paralympic Games, having taken part in every edition since 1992.
She is a multi medallist, having won silver in the 200m and 400m as well as bronze in the 100m in 1992; silver in the 800m and bronze in the 200m and 400m in 2000.
This year's annual presentation eveningwill be held on Sunday 14th October at Earl Haig Club, Whitchurch.
This event is extremely popular and is the occasion when the club recognises the contributions made by the junior athletes over the year.
Further details will be announced later but put this date in your diary and don't miss it.
Cardiff's British Athletic League team travelled to Eton on Saturday last, 18th August, for the fourth and final round of the 2012 campaign.
With a strong all round performance, Cardiff finished the day in third place and in fourth over the season, thus maintaining the club's position in Division One for next year.
The picture of Francis Baker was kindly provided by Jeremy Hemming.
There will be an open meeting at Cardiff International Sports Stadium on Saturday next, 25th August, starting at 11.30am.
The meeting has been specially organised by the club and Welsh Athletics at the request of the Australian Paralympic team that has been based in Cardiff and all athletes (all age groups from under 13 to senior), both able-bodied and disabled, will compete together.
Cardiff's Welsh Under 15 League team finished in a creditable fourth place in yesterday's Cup Final at Brecon.
Despite absentees due to holidays Cardiff's athletes performed well with plenty of individual winners, including a triple triumph from promising young sprinter Daniel Murathodiz.
Once again, Cardiff AAC has triumphed as the most successful club in Wales.
The Wilkinson Sword Trophy is awarded annually to the club that achieves the most successes in the outdoor track and field championships of the year. It is based on the number of medals won and club members secured a total of 96, including 30 gold, 34 silver and 32 bronze.
Cardiff's National Junior League team travelled to Derby yesterday, 12 August, for what was the last ever fixture of this league in its present form as, next year, it will be part of a reorganisation of junior league athletics, combining under 20 and under 17 age groups.
Cardiff had finished in sixth place in each of the first three rounds and matched that once again, also finishing sixth overall.
Congratulations go to Elliot Slade who was the men's Man of the Match for winning the 1500m A race in 3:52.4.
Cardiff's four representatives at the London 2012 Olympic Games have enjoyed mixed fortunes as the Games gradually come to the end.
Christian Malcolm (pictured), competing in his fourth Olympic Games, along with Rhys Williams and Gareth Warburton, wore the British vest whilst Ava Hutchinson, also in her first Olympics, wore the green of Ireland in the marathon.
Their individual campaigns are over but Christian is still aiming for a sprint relay spot.
We still have Tracey Hinton to follow in the Paralympics and wish her the best of luck.