A big congratulations to Sally Peake who, representing Cardiff and Great Britain at the World Student Games in Shenzhen, China, pole vaulted to a personal best of 4m 35cm taking 4th place in the final on the 19th August.
Sally has competed on the international stage before, including a performance at the most recent Commonwealth games in Delhi 2010. Her vault in China this summer was not quite enough for a medal position but has boosted her British ranking to the 4th highest woman pole vaulter of all time!
Great weekend even though the wind wasreally not on our side... Well done especially to those who medalled, I don'tknow the last time a student won an event so congratulations especially toChris! Results were:
And so 11 athletes took the daytrip to London for an annual race that I don't think Cardiff Uni had ever competed in before. Imperial College London's Hyde Park relay saw dozens of university teams (including some old boy teams - some of them were pretty old) from around the UK and abroad. We had a Dutchman run for our mens B team because we had 1 too many athletes for the A team. As a result, 4 of us ran twice on the day so we could complete the race for both teams. And although the runners in the B team had almost all run twice, it came down to the last leg between the two teams! Would've been quite a result if the B's beat the A's... After the race Imperial provided some hot food, showers etc before we hit their students union until the early hours. Driving back from London with only one other guy sober was an experience to be forgotten... All in all it was a fun day and hopefully we can make an annual appearance to this race ourselves, hopefully getting there with a bit more time to spare next year though!
Every year Cardiff University Athletics Club takes a small, but highly talented group of athletes to Sheffield for the British Universities and Colleges Championships. This year was no exception, and provided some quality results. From what I've heard everyone had a good time and Gareth even came home with a medal! Considering this and the outdoor champs are the pinnacle of university athletics, progressing to the final in any event is a great achievement. The results of our athletes were:
Following last week’s race at BUCS it was inevitable we’d have a few dropouts from injuries, but we still turned up with good numbers to what is usually the smallest race of the Gwent cross country league season. It was a dry day with a course that allowed for some fast times and despite Alec picking up an injury everybody else had a good run. Results from the U23s category were:
On a very windy, tortuous and hilly course at Sennelley's Park in Birmingham our team of Cardiff Uni athletes competed against the biggest and best names in UK distance running at the BUCS XC champs 2011. It was refreshing to see the best turnout to a race I have seen in my 3 years so far at Cardiff, all turning up with an aim to perform and then (unknowingly) attend the impromptue social to follow back in Cardiff...
The course was a tough one, and with narrow twists and turns each race was hazardous considering the size of the spikes in competitors' shoes! Nevertheless, everyone did themselves proud and the results were as follows:
Only a few of our track athletes opted to compete this weekend in the first Grand Prix of the indoor season, but all involved did well considering it was the 1st one. Thanks to Gareth for sending me the results, which were as follows:
Congratulations to those who braved the icy cold conditions and freezing rain at Blaise Castle; we had an awesome turnout and I was thoroughly pleased to see so many competing for the uni. Results from the under 23s category are as follows:
7 C. Moore Cardiff University Harriers 39.13 29th overall (no U23 placing) Lewys Winfield-Young 39.49 11 R. Whitham Cardiff University Harriers 40.35
Well done to everyone who completed the Cardiff half marathon last weekend. I know some of our runners knocked minutes off of their previous times which is a fantastic achievement. Despite finding out it was 193m shorter than the official distance it was a nice day and I hope anyone else who took part enjoyed it.
Hopefully we'll be taking some athletes to another half marathon this season (possibly Reading) so let us know if you fancy joining us!
Thought I'd get a little blog/update topic on the go for the events going on this year.
Well done to those who competed at the Gwent league last weekend in Bridgend; despite being a small turnout for the first race of the year it went well and the sun was out (for a change) making it quite a nice, if not a little hot, start to the season!
Aled and Moses came 15th and 20th in the under 23s category respectively whilst Kathleen finished 3rd in the East Wales competition for the age group and is still working back towards full fitness.