Cardiff AAC was well represented at the Welsh indor championships held at UWIC on Saturday and Sunday,22nd and 23rd January.
In all, Cardiff athletes took 37 medals including doubles by Jonathan Bailey, Rhiannon Yates and Gwenllian Williams. Mica Moore and Megan O'Sullivan won three medals each.
The 2011 Welsh Cross Country Championships will be held at Mold, North Wales on Saturday 19 February and the closing date for entries is 11th February.
Entries are made though your club and, if you are planning to take part, it is essential that you inform us of your intention as soon as possible.
The McCain Cardiff Cross Challenge takes place in Cardiff’s Bute Park on Sunday 16th January.
The prestigious Cardiff Event is Wales’ top Cross Country spectacle, and forms the 2nd fixture in the McCain Cross Challenge Series 2010/2011.
Sunday's event incorporates an Inter-area match in the senior age groups, and schools’ Invitational races through the junior age groups. The master’s races will host the Welsh Cross Country Championships for their respective age categories.
Cardiff athletes competed at the NIAC on Sunday last, 9th January, in the 3000m indoor Welsh championship as well as the second Grand Prix events of the season.
Ciaran Lewis (pictured receiving his award) took pride of place in the championships by winning the under under 13 boys' category in a personal best time.
If you are interested to run in the 2011 Virgin London Marathon, the Ron Pickering Memorial Fund has a limited number of guaranteed places. The deadline for applications is 21 January and runners are expected to raise money for the Fund.
The Ron Pickering fund exists only to help young athletes and has handed out more than one million pounds in grants since it was established.
More honours have come the way of Cardiff AAC with the award of the MBE in the New Year’s Honours to life member Bernard (Bernie) Plain; for services to athletics.
Bernie was one of Wales best middle and long distance runners, just missing out on a medal when he finished fourth in the 1974 European Marathon championship.
Bernie’s European run was the highlight of his long running career but, amongst many other achievements for his club, Wales and Great Britain, he is still the holder of the UK 20 mile track record of 1:40:34.6.
The photograph was kindly provided by leading sports photographer Mark Shearman.
Cardiff AAC hopes that all our members and friends had a very happy Christmas and we wish you a successful 2011.
The club will reopen next year on Thursday 6th January.
Would you like to help us next year?
Welsh Schools has announced plans for a special celebration at its National cross-country championships on 16th March 2011, to mark fifty years since the first event was staged – but the association would also welcome help from anyone who can recall information about the leading pupils at past ‘Nationals’.
In case there was any doubt, the track is closed already and the stadium will close entirely by 4pm today, Monday, 20th December.
We will try to keep you informed of any changes but, in the meantime, don't take risks and have a happy Christmas.
The last official club night before Christmas will be Monday next, 20th December and we shall re-open on Thursday 6th January.
The stadium will be open as normal up to Thursday, 23rd December but will then be closed and will re-open on Tuesday, 4th January.
The arrangements at NIAC are a bit more complicated.