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Vitality London 10km Tuesday 28 May 2019

The London 10k race held last Sunday was a British Championship for senior men and women. Cardiff's Clara Evans 33.20, Charlotte Arter 33.25 and Jennifer Nesbitt 34.02 won the British Championship 10k Womens team race.

In a class field of women runners, Clara led team home 5th woman with a pb time. Charlotte was 6th woman, and Jennifer was 13th. This was a great achievement for our club team of top class senior lady runners.

There was more success on the road over the weekend, see below.

SSAFA 5Km May Friday 24 May 2019

The first in the summer series of SSAFA 5km road races took place last Wednesday 22nd May. Held in sunny and warm conditions at Bute Park, Cardiff. There was a very good turn out of Cardiff Athletics runners, in a field of 191 finishers. First Cardiff runner was Alex Jackson U20 10th (first Junior) in 16.28. Cardiff's Lucy Marland was 2nd SW in 17.39. Ben Hughes Cardiff U15M was 42nd in 18.03. Laura Wright Cardiff U20W was 63rd in 19.09 and Bethany Gold U17W was 84th (first Junior) in 19.51. Photo by Mark Gold shows 23 Cardiff runners. Next SSAFA 5km 19th June. See Links for SSAFA results. 

Cardiff Athletes & Team News Wednesday 22 May 2019

Catching up on track and road results in terms of teams and club individual performances. On the track the first match of the YDL upper age group U17/20, was held at Swansea on the 5th May. Team Manager Debbie Bull struggled to get a team out on day for a number of reasons. However there was a good response from athletes that took part, who gained good points M&F on track, Field and in Relay team events.

Clearly the outstanding performance was by U17W Bree Cronin (Discus) with a throw of 40.45m breaking the existing club record that has stood for 37yrs by Jackie Grey with 38.75. Bree's throw is second place on Pof10 UK ranking list for U17W Discus, and Bree leads Welsh U17W Discus list.    

Enfys Hawthorn Sunday 19 May 2019

Enfys Hawthorn

The club, coaches, athletes and the committee, would like to say a massive thank you to "Enfys Hawthorn"  for all the years of selfless commitment she has given to the club, in managing the club shop and kit sales. Enfys was only asked to cover the shop for a few weeks, but that turned into over 20yrs. Enfys passion for the club, and joy in watching young athletes progress and grow, was truly inspirational. We thank Enfys for everything she and her family have done for the club, over many years, and she will truly missed.

Enfys, enjoy your rest and retirement , you have truly earned it.

BAL Premier League 1 2019 Wednesday 15 May 2019

Last Sunday Match 1 of the BAL Premier Men's League took place at Swansea, inconjunction with BAL Division 1 match was held at same time, with Swansea Harriers as host club. Cardiff Athletics team finished 6th, with a weak team, and some events having no Cardiff athletes competing. The outstanding performance in the Cardiff team, came from Jeremiah Azu winning the 100m A race in 10.39 secs achieving the GB U20M team standard for the European U20 Championships. Jeremiah came 2nd in the 200m A in 21.09 secs a pb performance. A promising start to his 2019 track season.

There were good results in sprints events, and 4x100 relay 2nd. In the Steeple Chase, Joseph Turner A 2nd, with Owain Edwards B 2nd. In Field, Discus, Curtis Mathews A ( 3 events) 2nd, and Jay Morse B 3rd. Hammer A & B no competitions, and 4x400m no competetors. Late withdrawals meant reserves being contacted, doubling up, or team spaces not filled. Certainly Cardiff cannot afford to field a weak team in the next match. Full results are on Powerof10 that can be reached through Links in left column. 

Walter Thomas Monday 13 May 2019

Walter Thomas a leading coach and Team manager in Cardiff AAC during 1970/80s, recently passed away 84yrs old. Walter coached a number of younger club athletes during his time at club, and Team Managed younger club teams, on track and cross country.

Walter also wrote in Club Magazine, where his dry sense of humour came through, that helped with coaching the younger age groups. Many athletes coached by Walter went on to gain International vests in Welsh teams. Photo supplied by Steve Knight alongside his coach, Walter Thomas.

Walter's funeral takes place on Tuesday 21st May 2019, at Thornhill crematorium starting at 2pm.

Welsh 5km Road Championships Tuesday 7 May 2019

The Victory 5km road race in Whitchurch held on Sunday in Whitchurch, Cardiff, included the Welsh Championships, and an Inter Area competition for senior competitors. A total of over 1300 runners finished the race. Welsh senior Champions include Cardiff's Ieuan Thomas (2nd in race 14.08), 4 seconds behind Adam Hickey (South). Clara Evans won the senior womens race in 16.04 pb following the Welsh Edurance training camp in Arizona USA.

There was a huge turn out of Cardiff runners in this popular race, from masters, seniors, to U20/U17/U15/U13 runners.

The full results are up on Welsh Athletics web site.

Photo shows Clara Evans coming home 1st female, and winning Welsh 5km Road Championship title.

Track Up Date Wednesday 1 May 2019

Delay since last post, has been due to WWT in Portugal. Unfortunately the warm weather we were expecting, disappeared up North including to UK. Got to admit it was the worst weather experienced on all WWT camps have attended. However it did not stop the athletes from completing all planned training sessions.

Upon return to club training last Monday, we observed that lining of the track has commenced. With dry weather forcast for most of this week, the track lining should be completed by this weekend.

That being the case, the first club training evening on the completed track, should be next Tuesday 7th May, (Monday is a Bank Holiday). 

Cardiff Athletics - Availability Form Sunday 7 April 2019

As a result of the Leckwith track redevelopment work delayed last Summer, effected the second half of the track season, with no competitions held. Track was closed till 5th November. The work to complete the track was due to commence last month, and completed by end of April, poor weather conditions prevented that. The track work is estimated to take 4/6 weeks, to be completed.

A form (designed by AJ) was posted on club FB. The Availability form is an aid for club team managers, especially with the 2019 track season starting on 27th April. U13 & U15 YDL 1 at Swansea. And WAL 1 at Newport. Debbie Bull is seeking athletes for the U17 & U20 YDL at Swansea on the 5th May. The availability form is available in the club office, that will remain open throughout the track closure period. The form can be found on line. https://www.surveymonkey.co.uk/r/cardiffathletics   

World Masters Championships Friday 5 April 2019

James Thie took part in the World Masters Championships held in TURUN, Poland. James won his 1500m M40 heat on 29th March in 4.11.50 from Nadutti Italy 2nd 4.12.88, with Merroune France 3rd 4.13.40. The final was held on 30th March, James Thie won in 4.07.33 SB, from Juan Gil Spain 2nd 4.08.05, Catlatayud Perez Spain 3rd 4.08.42, Herrera Esteso Spain 4th 4.09.56. Naduutti Italy was 5th 4.12.70. From photos seen on FB James came around the Spanish runners off final bend taking lead, with gritted teeth held on to win the M40 World 1500m title. Spain had 6 runners in the 12 finalists. Endurance running is popular in Spain. Split photo shows James winning 1500m final, and his family support, following the podium presentations. Congratulations James. 

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