SIXTY YEARS AGO
Athletics events stole the show at Pontypridd Council's Air Show on Whit Monday 1960. By their conduct and sportmanship the athletes were a credit to Welsh Athletics and the people of Pontypridd were quick to show their appreciation.
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FIFTY YEARS AGO
Troedyrhiw AC decided in 1970 to hold track events at the Afon Taf track instead of their annual road races.
They were run in complete darkness and the timekeepers had to use cigarette lighters to read
SEVENTY YEARS AGO
In 1950 the Welsh AAA instituted a Plaque of Honour for valued services rendered by members and the first award was made posthumously to the late
Mr E W O'Donnell.
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The 76th Welsh Senior XC Champs held at a cold, wet and windy Swansea on
2 Feb 1980 were a bit
of an anti climax.
Steve Jones and Tony Simmons broke away from the field and decided to
run in together to create the first ever dead heat in the history of the race.
The aim is to list the overall top 100 and then top 50 for all the age groups and for all the track events.
This is a massive ongoing project and individual events will be posted as and when the research is completed. Only outdoor performances will be included in the lists, as eventually all time lists will be produced for indoor performances. The information included is based on printed results and ranking lists from Wales and the UK. Some Welsh ranking lists for men were published from 1962 and for women from 1966, but these lists are not complete. Welsh Athletics Annuals were published from 1977 but did not always provide detailed information about rankings. Please note that the lists below are still work in progress and will be amended when further information comes to light.
For each athlete the following information will be given where known: performance, club at time of performance, venue and date of performance. Some performances occur in one or more age groups as theoretically an athlete could achieve their best performance as U13 which may then make one or more of the other age groups.
A decision has been made to delete dates of birth from our all time lists because of the new Data Protection Act.
Lists will be updated at the end of each season. Lists now include 2019 performances.
If athletes today think the 400m is a very demanding event, they should be grateful they were not competing in the Welsh Junior and Youth Championships at Penarth on 15 June 1946. The 440 yards was run on a circular 330 yard track, with no lanes being marked. Runners had a fairly stiff gradient for the first 90-100 yards and the finishing post was also placed on this gradient, so it meant that runners had a 50-60 yard uphill finish as well as the longer uphill start. In these circumstances the time of E Bibbs in the Junior Men's 440 yards of 56.4 was very creditable.