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 first international athletics match ever to be organised between the Schools of Wales and those of another country was held at Eirias Park, Colwyn Bay on 15 July 1959 with Scotland being the opposition. The match, for boys only, was arranged after many disappointing attempts to obtain full benefits of international experience for young athletes.
The actual match result was not decided until the last few events when Scotland went ahead to win by 97 to 82 points. The Welsh team displayed a high sense of sportsmanship and acted as good hosts to the visitors during their stay. Special mention must be made of the Welsh team captain John C Jones of Lewis School, Pengam for his excellent work and leadership at all times. Wales gained revenge in the return match in Edinburgh on 16 July 1960, winning by one point. England joined the party in 1961 along with the girls and Ireland completed the set in 1963. The competition was originally for senior boys/girls and did not change to middle boys/girls until 1974.
Interesting comment on the event from the Annual Report of 1969: 'It is worth pointing out that there is a performance level in these internationals which most of our athletes never have to live with and it is only by keeping these performances in our sight that we can even satisfactorily compete with the best. Our girls must surely feel the lack of competition during the season, for when they are against such a high standard of competition they appear to lose their nerve.'
For each event the names of the two Welsh Athletes are listed with the name of their school and their performance. Some of the first names are not known and sometimes there has been conflicting information in results, press reports and records kept by Welsh Schools officials with regard to the names of the competing athletes.
Amendments welcome !
2019 results now included.