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.
Welsh Annual Rankings
The NUTS produced their first ever book on UK rankings in 1959, which covered the 1958 track and field season, though it only covered male rankings. The first Welsh rankings, compiled by Clive Williams and Ken Bennett, appeared in leaflet form at the end of the 1962 season, again men only. Information provided in the Welsh lists included performance, athlete's name (no full first names just initials), club and date of performance. No venues were given. Welsh female lists first appeared in 1968. A decision has been made to reproduce the 1962 Welsh Ranking Lists. However please note that further research has been carried out on the original lists. Efforts have been made to check the information against the NUTS lists, find first names and venues and this information has now been added to the original lists.
Welsh rankings continued to appear in leaflet form until 1977 when the first ever Welsh Athletics Annual appeared in booklet form, covering the 1976 season. It is proposed to reproduce all these lists, though some years are not available, namely 1964, 1973, 1974 and 1975. Consequently extensive research needs to be carried out. The Welsh Athletics Annual continued in various formats until 2004.
ENJOY THESE EARLY WELSH RANKING LISTS
WE WOULD WELCOME ANY AMENDMENTS,
PLUS DOES ANYONE OUT THERE HAVE THE MISSING LISTS.
NOW STARTING TO INCLUDE FEMALE LISTS
Many thanks to Jeff Kirby and Mick McGeogh for amendments