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 long term aim will be to produce a year by year analysis of athletics in Wales.
As this will be a massive ongoing project, years will be chosen at random in order to give an idea of how athletics was conducted in the past and how things have changed over time. As full an analysis as possible will be made of the particular year chosen based on available information.
To start the ball rolling we have gone back one hundred years.
A major source of information has been the Western Mail newspaper, copies of which are held in Cardiff Library. Reference has also been made to Brian Lee's book 'The Great Welsh Sprint'. Other sources are mentioned in the body of the text. Our own personal collection of programmes, results and memorabilia has also been used.
The above sources are obviously South Wales based and this is reflected in the article. It is hoped at a later stage to have a holiday in North Wales and spend the time researching information in the North Wales newspapers. Please note that the National Library of Wales has just started a project of digitising Welsh newspapers and posting them on their website. The project is in its infancy but hopefully in the future information will be sourced from the comfort of our office at home!
A Year in the Life of a Club - May 1949 - March 1950
A scrapbook containing information about Hopkinson's AC, compiled by J P Collard, covering the years 1949 - 1953 recently came into our possession.
We have written an article about the contents, covering the period May 1949 until March 1950.
This gives a fascinating insight into the lives of athletes during this period.
We hope our readers will enjoy going back in time.
Rupert Goodall, Geoff Ward and Colin Wright
competing for Wales in Luxembourg in 1977