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.
INTERNATIONAL / WORLD CROSS COUNTRY CHAMPIONSHIPS 1903 - 1987
During this period Wales took part in the above championships as a nation in her own right. Extensive research
has been undertaken to list all the competitors who represented Wales.
Some information has appeared before in the Welsh Athletics Annual 1988 and in the History of Welsh Athletics. However further research has uncovered extra information. Sources used in this research include Viv Pitcher's notebooks, ICCU Jubilee History, original International programmes, copies of the Western Mail newspaper at Cardiff Library and ICCU website.
The following information is included for Senior Men, Senior Women and Junior Men representing Wales:
For each year: date and venue, competitor's name, club, position and time
Complete alphabetical list of competitors
List of competitors by number of vests
Article on the history of Welsh participation in this event.
WORLD CROSS COUNTRY CHAMPIONSHIPS FROM 1988
From 1988 Wales and the other home nations were unable to enter teams in the World Cross Country Championships. Now Welsh athletes would have to compete for places in the Great Britain team. So far the most successful Welsh athletes are Christian Stephenson with 4 appearances and Hayley Parry/Tullett with 3.
Information provided is in the same format as above.
EUROPEAN CROSS COUNTRY CHAMPIONSHIPS
Information is provided on Welsh representation in the GB team.
The usual format is used ie by year, alphabetical list of athletes and number of appearances, plus there is an
article about the event, with an extra PDF version.
The event has been held each year since 1995, but Welsh representation has been poor. However in 2018 all
eight Welsh athletes came home with team medals and in 2019 six Welsh athletes had medals.