The third Gwent League fixture of the 2012-13 season was held today at the popular Blaise Castle course near Bristol.
With excellent conditions for cross country (cold but dry, with a light wind and reasonable underfoot), Cardiff's junior runners performed well again, despite some absentees.
The under 17 men's team is leading its age category and both men and women are leading the under 20 group. The under 17 men's B team is in fourth place, showing Cardiff's strength in depth at this age.
Four Cardiff AAC athletes will travel to Scotland as members of the Welsh Schools' team to contest the annual international schools combined events match between Wales, Scotland, England and all-Ireland at the Hampden Park indoor arena on Saturday next, 1st December.
Harry Hillman, Ryan James and Tom Trotman are in the under 16 boys' team and Claire Taylor is in the under 18 girls' team.
Cardiff's Ava Hutchinson has once again been selected to represent her home country Ireland at the European Cross Country Championships to be held in Budapest on 9th December.
Running for her Irish club Dundrum South Dublin AC, Ava qualified after winning the Irish Inter Counties cross country championships in County Meath last weekend after a tough battle with second placed Lizzie Lee.
Commenting afterwards Hutchinson said “That was really hard, it was one of the toughest races I have had in a long time. I am really looking forward to the Europeans now and I believe we can do very well as a team there.”
At the club's Annual General Meeting held last night in the club room, retiring Secretary Tracy Allen handed the baton to Ann Cooper (pictured).
Tracy was thanked for her two years as Secretary but will continue as the club's volunteer coordinator.
Chairman Paul Darney thanked everyone who contributes to the running of the club, quoting the words of former President Ted Hopkins who said that "Cardiff is a great club because of the great people in it".
Members of Cardiff AAC were prominent at the Welsh Schools' Cross Country Championships, held in Brecon on Saturday last 17th November.
In excellent conditions (dry and fine but rather cold and muddy underfoot), consistent Jake Heyward was a clear winner of the under 16 boys' category.
Amongst the girls, Ellie Atkinson (pictured) took the senior girls' title and Lucy Dennis won in the under 14 girls age group.
The 2012 Annual General Meeting of the club will be held at 8pm in the club room on Thursday 22th November. The canteen will close at 8pm.
All paid up members of the club are encouraged to attend the AGM as it is an important occasion and the opportunity to hear about the activities of the club in the past year, to ask questions and to make decisions about the future.
The second Gwent League round of this season was held yesterday at Parc De Pugh Rugby Ground in Brecon. It was a new course for most people and was mainly flat, over farmland and very muddy in places.
Cardiff AAC had an individual winner in Sofia Vella (pictured) in the Novice Girls age group; which was richly deserved after Sofia finished second several times last season and at Bridgend in October.
The club struggled to put out full teams as many of our athletes also play football and as the races were on a Saturday they clashed with football fixtures.
Cardiff AAC is organising a number of parents' evenings to provide information on various aspects of athletics.
The next one is on Monday next, 12th November and the subject will be "Nutrition for the young athlete - pre and post training and competition".
This is an important subject that is often overlooked and the talk will be given by Joanne Jackson who is a registered nutritional therapist with the Natural Health Clinic, Cardiff.
The second Gwent League cross country fixture of the season takes place at Brecon on Saturday next, 10th November.
Cardiff's young athletes performed very well at the first fixture and the team managers are keen that as many as possible run on Saturday to keep up the momentum.
Let your team manager know straight away if you intend to compete.
Cardiff's Nat Lane (pictured with Welsh President John Penny and ladies' winner Sally Wilder) has topped the Run Wales Series rankings for 2012.
The winner is decided according to each athlete's five best scores over a series of 15 races, starting with the Nos Galan 5k and concluding with the recent Cardiff half marathon.