Cardiff's men's team finished an excellent 10th out of 79 teams that contested the prestigious 6 stage national road relay championship at Sutton Park, Birmingham, yesterday, 16th October.
The men had been hoping to capture a medal but still showed a substantial improvement on last year's 17th place.
The ladies could not manage to emulate their fine run of last year, finishing 23rd of 69 finishing teams, although Ava Hutchinson (pictured) recorded the overall fifth fastest leg of all the runners.
The national road relay championships will take place in Sutton Park, Birmingham tomorrow, 16th October with Cardiff fielding both men's and women's teams.
After finishing an excellent 8th out of 88 teams last year, the women's team, led by Irish international Ava Hutchinson, will be hoping for a higher placing in the four leg race.
Cardiff's men have a good record in the 6 stage race, having taken the gold medal in 1999 and the bronze medal in 2001. Cardiff will be led by Alex Hains (pictured) and have entered its strongest team for some years, giving them hopes of a medal.
Will an all Cardiff team represent Wales in the final of the men's 4x400m relay tomorrow?
Three Cardiff runners (Rhys Williams, Joe Thomas and Gareth Warburton) plus Swansea's 800m runner Chris Gowell ran brilliantly in the semi final to grab a place in the final.
With Dai Greene opting not to contest the final and the possibility of Christian Malcolm being drafted in, the selectors have to decide whom to leave out.
James Thie has also qualified for tomorrow's final of the 1500m
On a great day for Welsh athletics in Delhi today, 10th October, Cardiff's Christian Malcolm (pictured) and Rhys Williams won bronze medals in the 200m and 400m hurdles respectively.
Swansea's Dai Greene produced an excellent run to take the gold in the 400m hurdles so that Wales took two medals in the same event. Has this ever happened before?
Gareth Warburton ran a fine 800m to take fourth place behind three unbeatable Kenyans.
Joe Thomas and Gareth Warburton have both brilliantly qualified for the final of the Commonwealth Games 800m to be held tomorrow.
With three automatic qualifiers from each semi final and facing formidable competition, especially from the Kenyans, Joe eased into third place with 1:47.22 while Gareth (pictured) clocked 1:46.83 (just outside his pb of 1:46.47) also in third place.
Cardiff's European silver medallists Rhys Williams (pictured) and Christian Malcolm progressed safely from their first rounds earlier today in Delhi.
Rhys won his 400m hurdles heat in a comfortable 49.81 while Christian did what was necessary, coming second in his 200m heat in 21.14.
Swansea's Dai Greene also made sure of his place in the final, winning his heat in 49.98.
Cardiff's Joe Thomas (pictured) and Gareth Warburton both qualified comfortably for the semi finals of the 800m.
Running in heat three earlier today, Gareth was an automatic qualifier, coming home third in an easy 1:51.64.
Joe ran in heat four, finishing second in 1:50.17.
After well reported trials and tribulations, the Commonwealth Games have got off to a good start and the Welsh team has settled into their accommodation which they describe as excellent - the first gold medal goes to the team management that ensured this.
Cardiff has six athletes in the team and we shall be following their progress with interest and wish them every possible success.
Can Christian Malcolm and Rhys Williams add to their European medals?
And we also wish good luck to former members Brett Morse and Paul Walker as well as to all the Welsh squad.
As the Commonwealth Games come to an end in the heat of Delhi, back home another cross country season will get under way.
The first of this year's Gwent League series will be held in Bridgend in just over a week's time, on Sunday, 10th October.
Cross country is an important part of the athletics season and Cardiff has traditionally done well in the Gwent League, especially in the younger age groups.
Rhys on ice
Thursday 23 September 2010
Before (hopefully) jetting off tomorrow to Wales Commonwealth Games holding camp in Doha, European silver medallist Rhys Williams took time out to relax at the Nottingham Panthers v Coventry Blaze ice hockey match at the Panthers Lair in Nottingham.