Our History

Welsh Athletics boasts a long and proud history of success and achievement. Great athletes wore the national colours for more than a century and brought Wales immense recognition. Here are some of the most important milestones in the history of our sport in the Principality.

Welsh Athletics Milestones

Recalled by Clive Williams

1860       John Chambers holds a sports meeting at Hafod House, Aberystwyth - probably the first record of an athletics meeting being held in Wales.

1865       Chambers organises “athletic sports” at Aberystwyth.

1871       St. David’s College Lampeter and Llandovery College hold athletics “sports” meetings.

1875       Newport Athletic Club formed and holds “athletic sports.”

1879       Llanfair Caereinion Powys-born George Dunning sets a world 40 miles record at Stamford Bridge of 4:50.12.

1880       Newport AC represented by Richard Mullock at the formation of the AAA at The Randolph Hotel, Oxford - Chambers also there.

1881       Dunning, effectively sets an inaugural world record for the half-marathon when he runs 1:13.46 on a track at Stamford Bridge. The distance is actually 13 miles 440 yards, i.e. further than the designated half marathon distance of 13 miles 192.5 yards.

1882       Roath (Cardiff) Harriers formed. They amalgamated with Birchgrove (Cardiff) Harriers in 1968 to form Cardiff AAC.

1893       First Welsh track championships held as part of an open sports meeting. Just 2 events held - 100 yards and mile won by Charles Thomas (Reading AC) and Hugh Fairlamb (Roath).

1894       First Welsh Cross Country Championships held at Ely Racecourse Cardiff won by Hugh Fairlamb.

1896       Welsh Cross Country Association formed.

1896       Newport Harriers formed. They are the oldest surviving club in Wales.

1903       Wales compete in the first International Cross Country Championships in Scotland. This race is the forerunner of the IAAF World Cross Country Championships.

1903       Scotsman Harry Howden wins the first Welsh Powderhall sprint at Taff Vale Park Pontypridd.

1906       Wales stages the International Cross Country Championships for the first time at the now defunct Caerleon Racecourse.

1906       Wallis Walters is the first Welsh athlete to compete in the Olympic Games. He takes part in the 110m hurdles at the intercalated (interim) Games in Athens.

1907       First full Welsh Track and Field Championships held in Newport.

1911       Caerleon Racecourse holds the International Cross Country Championships for the second time.

1912       David Jacobs becomes the first Welsh athlete to win an Olympic gold medal when he is part of Britain’s 4 x 100m winning team in Stockholm.                                           

1920       Welshmen Cecil Griffiths and John Ainsworth-Davis win Olympic gold medals as part of Britain’s 4 x 400m team in Antwerp.

1921       The International Cross Country Championships are held again at Caerleon Racecourse.

1927       The International Cross country Championships returns to Caerleon Racecourse.

1929       First Welsh track and field representative match - against Achilles at St. Helens, Swansea.

1930       Pembroke Dock born Reg Thomas wins Wales’ first ever individual gold medal at a major athletics championship - the inaugural Empire (now Commonwealth) Games in Hamilton, Ontario. Thomas ran for England as Wales did not send an athletics team. Hawarden-born Howard Ford (shot and discus) also in England team.

1933       The International Cross Country Championships are held again at Caerleon Racecourse.

1933       The “News of the World” road relay from Newport to Swansea held for the first time with Cwmbran Harriers winning from Cardiff’s Roath Harriers. 18 Welsh teams covering eleven stages took part.

1934       First Welsh marathon championships held on a course from Pyle to Swansea.

1934       Swansea’s Cyril Cupid runs 9.8 in Newport - the first Welshman to run under 10.0 for the 100 yards.

1934       First Welsh athletics team at the Empire (now Commonwealth) Games at London’s White City.

1937       Swansea-born Franz “Pat” Dengis wins the Pan-American Games marathon for his adopted country of USA.

1938       Dengis runs the fastest marathon in the world that year when winning in Massachusetts in 2:30:27.6.

1938       Jim Alford of Roath Harriers emulates Reg Thomas and wins the Empire Games gold for the mile in Sydney.

1938       Sam Palmer becomes the first Welsh athlete to win an individual medal in the International Cross Country (later World) Championships when he finishes third in Belfast. This is the highest position by a Welshman in the event until John Merriman’s third place in 1960 also equalled by Steve Jones in 1984.

1939       Cardiff’s Ely Racecourse is the scene for the International Cross Country Championships.

1938       Roath Harriers win the Newport to Swansea road relay for a third successive year in what turned out to be the last time the event is held as it became a casualty of World War 2.

1946       Welsh Secondary Schools AAA formed.

1947       First Welsh Schools Track and Field Championships held at Taff Vale Park, Pontypridd.

1948       Welsh AAA formed and becomes the first body to govern the sport of track & field athletics throughout Wales. Prior to this the various regions and counties of Wales were controlled by the areas of the AAA (of England).

1948       Carmarthen and District Harriers formed.

1948       Jim Alford appointed first Welsh National Coach.

1948       First England v Wales competition at Abertillery. England won by 31 pts to 11.

1948       Tom Richards wins the marathon silver medal in the Olympics at Wembley – Wales’ first individual Olympics athletics medal. Ken Jones also takes a silver medal in Britain’s 4 x 100m relay team.

1951       The International Cross Country Championships return to Caerleon Racecourse for the last

                time.

1951       Wales’ first purpose-built athletics facility - Maindy Stadium, Cardiff opens and becomes the home of Welsh athletics.

1951       Welsh Women’s AAA formed.

1952       First Welsh Women’s championships held. Only 8 senior events held and just 3 for juniors.

1952       Birchgrove (Cardiff) Harriers formed. Merged with Roath (Cardiff) Harriers in 1968 to form Cardiff AAC.

1954       First full track and field international held with a match against Ireland at Maindy Stadium won by the home team by 94 pts to 87.

1954       Wrexham AAC formed.

1955       Aberystwyth AC formed.

1955       First North Wales Track and Field championships held at Eirias Park, Colwyn Bay.

1958       Cardiff’s Pontcanna Fields is the venue for the International Cross Country Championships, won by England’s Stan Eldon. John Merriman is the first Welshman home in 7th.

1958       The North Wales Cross Country League – Wales’ first cross country league – formed.

1958       British Empire and Commonwealth Games held at Cardiff Arms Park with John Merriman taking the 6 miles silver medal for Wales in an epic tussle with Australia’s Dave Power. Three world records were set in the biggest athletics spectacular to come to Wales. Eleven British and Commonwealth records, nine UK all-comers’ records, sixteen UK national records and twenty six Welsh all-comers records were also set.

1958       A new track & field facility at Eirias Park, Colwyn Bay opens with a match between Wales and Nigeria.

1958       Nos Galan road races in Mountain Ash inaugurated.

1959       First Welsh Games held at Maindy Stadium incorporating an international match, Wales v Pakistan. Wales won 38pts to 33.

1959       First schools track and field international match between Wales and Scotland at Colwyn Bay. This fixture led to the now well established schools international match between all four home countries.

1959       The Taff Street Dash - a 100 yard sprint along Taff Street, Pontypridd first held.

1959       New 6 lane cinder track opens at Y Pant Secondary School, Talbot Green.

1960       John Merriman confirms his status as one of Britain’s finest middle distance runners by finishing third in the International Cross Country Championships in Glasgow.

1960       Australia’s Herb Elliott runs in the Welsh Games at Maindy only eleven days after he had devastated the world’s best middle runners when winning the Rome Olympic Games 1,500m in a new world record time.

1960       New 6 lane cinder track opened at Bargoed, with Peter Radford, fresh from his Rome Olympic 100m bronze medal one of the star athletes competing.

1961       Ron Pickering arrives in Wales as Jim Alford’s replacement as national coach.

1961       Neath Harriers formed.

1961       First Welsh Schools national cross country championships held at Newtown.

1962       Swansea Harriers formed by a group of former members of Cockett Boys’ Club.

1962       20 year old Lynn Davies narrowly misses the bronze medal in the Perth Commonwealth Games but sets a UK record of 7.72m for 4th place. The Welsh sprint relay team of David England, Ron Jones, Berwyn Jones and Nick Whitehead take bronze.

1962       Connah’s Quay track opens and hosts the North Wales Championships.

1963       Ron and Berwyn Jones are part of the British 4 x 110 yards relay team that sets a new world record of 41.0 at London’s White City.

1963       The Pontypool & District Cross Country League formed. It was to become the Gwent League the following year.

1964       Lynn Davies wins Wales’ first and only individual Olympic gold medal in Tokyo in taking the long jump title.

1965       Cardiff City Council builds special long jump facility for the competition between Olympic Champion Lynn Davies and world record holder Ralph Boston at the Welsh Games, at Maindy Stadium. Boston’s winning jump of 8.18m still stands as the Welsh all-comers record to this day.

1965       Tony Harris becomes the first Welshman to run a mile in under 4 minutes (3:58.96), although the race is won by the 1964 Olympic bronze 1500m medallist New Zealander John Davies who was born to Welsh speaking parents.

1966       Lynn Davies takes the Commonwealth Games long jump title in Kingston, Jamaica and the European long jump gold medal in Budapest to become the first Welsh athlete to win gold medals at the three major athletics gatherings.

1966       Future double Olympic Champion Kip Keino wins the Morley Mile at The Welsh Games. He lowered Herb Elliott’s Welsh all-comers’ record, set in the 1958 Empire Games to 3mins 57.6.

1966       Peter Lay succeeds Ron Pickering as Welsh National Coach.

1967       The International Cross Country Championships are held in Barry with a women’s event held for the first time.

1967       Welsh Women’s Cross Country Association formed.

1967       Lynn Hughes of Bridgend clocks 3 hrs 58mins 53.2 secs. to set a new world record for the 40 miles track race at Maindy Stadium.

1968       Lynn Davies long jumps 8.23m in Berne to set a UK record which was to stand for 19 years and remains the Welsh record 45 years later in 2013.

1968       Brecon AC formed.

1968       Cardiff AAC formed with a merger between Roath (Cardiff) Harriers and Birchgrove (Cardiff) Harriers.

1969       British League (initially called National League) commences with Cardiff AAC competing in the top division. They narrowly finished second to Birmingham’s Birchfield Harriers after a tremendous tussle with the Midlanders in the third and final match of the season at Cardiff’s Maindy Stadium.

1969       Pilot Welsh Track and Field League is held.

1969       Welsh Women’s AAA hold their first full match against the Midland Counties in Swansea.

1969       Welsh track and field championships go metric - and move to Cwmbran after 18 years at Maindy.

1970       First Welsh indoor championships held at RAF St. Athan.

1970       Lynn Davies retains his Commonwealth long jump title in Edinburgh.

1970       The Cardiff AAC team of John Ingram, Graham Spencer, Bob Maplestone and Bernard Hayward win the 4 x 1,500m in 15:34.6 at the Bracknell Relays to set a new UK clubs record.

1971       Swansea Harriers take part in the British Athletics League for the first time competing in division 4.

1972       Cardiff’s Bob Maplestone becomes the first British athlete to run a mile indoors under 4 minutes when he clocks 3:59.5secs in San Diego.

1972       Lynn Davies retires after winning five gold medals at major international athletics championships.

1972       Malcolm Thomas wins the (English) National Cross Country title in a blizzard in Sutton Coldfield to become the first Welsh athlete to win this prestigious race.

1972       Wales compete in the first Schools’ Cross Country International in Scotland. This race is the forerunner of the SIAB Cross Country International.

1973       Wales celebrate their first overseas senior track and field international with a win against Portugal in Lisbon.

1974       Welsh men’s and women’s cross country associations merge.

1974       Ruth Martin-Jones becomes the first Welsh woman to win a medal at a major Games by taking the Commonwealth long jump bronze in Auckland New Zealand.

1974       Malcolm Arnold appointed Welsh National Coach.

1974       Cardiff AAC win their third successive British Athletics League title, also winning the inaugural League Cup competition.

1974       Cardiff AAC take the AAA marathon team title.

1974       New all-weather surface at Cwmbran in use as Wales take on Canada.

1974       Deeside Amateur Athletic Club formed.

1975       Maesteg-born Tony Simmons emulates Malcolm Thomas and wins the (English) National Cross Country title.

1975       Cardiff AAC become the first British club to compete in the European Clubs Track & Field Championships, finishing 5th in Liege.

1976       Chepstow Racecourse hosts the International (now World) Cross Country Championships - the last time the event is held in Wales. Welshman Tony Simmons finishes second for England.

1976       Abergele Harriers formed.

1976       Colwyn Bay AC formed, although there may have been an earlier club of that name.

1977       Cwmbran Stadium cements its status as one of Britain’s top venues by hosting the first ever UK Championships. Unlike the AAA Championships, the UK Championships were for UK qualified athletes only. Berwyn Price was the only Welsh winner in a meeting which yielded a host of Welsh all-comers records, including future Olympic 800m champion Steve Ovett in the 1500 with 3:37.5.

1978       Berwyn Price wins Commonwealth Games 110m hurdles gold medal in Edmonton, Canada.

1978       Tony Simmons sets a new world record for the half-marathon with 62 mins 47 secs.

1979       Cwmbran stages the women’s European Cup semi final.

1979       Barry Harriers become Barry & Vale Harriers.

1980       Morfa Stadium initially known as City of Swansea Athletics Stadium opens.

1980       Athletics history is made at Cwmbran Stadium during the Wales v England v Hungary and Netherlands match as javelin world record holder Ferenc Paragi of Hungary sets a new UK all-comers record of 96.20m – the second furthest ever thrown - to prompt the IAAF to introduce a new javelin specification to reduce distances for safety reasons. Geoff Capes also sets a new Commonwealth and UK record of 21.68m – a record which lasted for almost a quarter of a century until beaten by Carl Myerscough in 2003.

1980       Michelle Probert becomes the first Welsh woman to win an Olympic medal – a 4 x 400m bronze in Moscow.

1980       Amman Valley Harriers formed.

1981       Les Croupiers Running Club formed.

1982       Kirsty McDermott (later Wade) wins her first Commonwealth title at 800m in Brisbane – the first Welshwoman to win a Commonwealth gold medal.

1982       Steve Barry wins the Commonwealth Games 30k walk in Brisbane and is crowned BBC Wales Sports Personality of the Year.

1982       Snowdonia marathon held for the first time

1982       Cwmbran stages the UK Championships again after an absence of five years.

1983       Bridgend AC formed out of members of Bridgend YMCA AC.

1983       The Welsh Castles Relay - from Caernarfon to Cardiff - organised by Les Croupiers Running Club is held for the first time after a pilot race in 1982 with 6 teams taking part. 59 are expected to run in 2010. The race covers 20 stages and 210 miles over 2 days.

1983       Cardiff AAC win the (English) women’s road relay title.

1984       Cwmbran stages the UK Championships and Olympic Trials for 10,000m, decathlon & heptathlon.

1984       Gareth Brown becomes the first Welshman to run a sub 4 minute mile on Welsh soil at the Welsh Games at The Morfa Stadium Swansea.

1984       Angela Tooby wins the race and leads Cardiff AAC to victory in the European Clubs’ Cross Country Championships in Italy.

1984       Steve Jones finishes third in the World Cross Country Championships in New York.

1984       Steve Jones sets a new world record for the marathon in Chicago with 2:08.05.

1984       Shaun Pickering sets a new Welsh hammer record of 68.64m which still stands.

1984       Venissa Head sets a new UK indoor record for the shot with 19.06m at St. Athan which is superior to Meg Ritchie’s outdoor best of 18.99m.

1985       Angela Tooby wins the (English) National women’s cross country title.

1985   Steve Jones confirms his status as the world’s number one distance runner by setting a new world record for the half-marathon with 61 mins 14 secs in Birmingham.

1985       Steve Jones wins in Chicago again with a new UK record of 2:07.13 – just one second outside the record set earlier in the year by Carlos Lopes. Jones’ time still stands as the UK record over a quarter of a century later.

1986       Angela Tooby wins the European Clubs cross country title for the third successive year with twin sister Sue third to help Cardiff AAC to fourth place in the team championship.

1986       Kirsty Wade wins the televised IAC cross country race in the grounds of Cardiff Castle and leads Wales to a team win in the home countries international.

1986       Cwmbran stages the UK Championships for the fourth and final time, with 19 year-old Colin Jackson taking his first UK title in a championships  best of 13.73 secs.

1986       Colin Jackson gives clear indication of his potential by winning the 110m hurdles at the inaugural World Junior Championships in Greece.

1986       Kirsty Wade takes both the 800 and 1,500m titles at the Edinburgh Commonwealth Games to become the first athlete to win the double in the same games and the first Welsh athlete to take two titles at a single major Games.

1986       Steve Jones wins a record 9th Welsh senior cross country title – a record which still stands in 2014.

1986       New synthetic track at Queensway International Stadium, Wrexham (the first in North Wales) opens.

1986       Barry 40 mile track race first held (the longest running ultra-race in the UK).

1987       Angela Tooby wins the home countries cross country title, again held in the grounds of Cardiff Castle, with sister Sue third. The Welsh women’s team retain the team title. There was a treat for Welsh fans as multi-world cross country champion and future Olympic 5,000m champion John Ngugi finishes fourth behind team-mate and world 10,000m champion Paul Kipkoech in the men’s race.

1987       Wales’ last appearance as a separate team in the World Cross Country Championships in Warsaw. Subsequently the home nations compete as a single British team.

1987       Full time office established by Welsh AAA at Morfa Stadium, Swansea.

1988       Brenda Currie becomes Wales’ first professional athletics administrator based at Morfa Stadium.

1988       Penarth & Dinas runners formed.

1988       Swansea Harriers win the AAA 6 stage road relay.

1988       Angela Tooby wins the first ever trial to select the British team for the world championships – effectively the British cross country championships with sister Sue third 21 sec ahead of 4th placed Zola Budd

1988       Angela Tooby finishes second to Norway’s Ingrid Kristiansen in the World Cross Country Championships in New Zealand – the highest position ever achieved by a Welsh athlete in these championships. This is the first time that a single British team has taken part in the event. Previously all four home countries took part as separate teams.

1988       Angela Tooby wins a remarkable fifth successive European Clubs cross country title in Cardiff’s Castle grounds with twin sister Sue second. Kim Lock finished 11th  to help Cardiff to second in the team race, but lost the team crown to holders Portugal’s Sporting Club de Braga by virtue of the position of the third scorer.

1988       Venissa Head wins her 25th Welsh title by taking the shot and discus double for the 10th successive year. This achievement still stands at the end of the 2013 track season as the record number of Welsh senior title wins.

1989       Cardiff’s new athletics stadium at Leckwith opens.

1989       Eirias Park, Colwyn Bay track upgraded to an 8 lane all weather synthetic surface.

1989       Swansea Harriers are back in the British Athletics League after dropping out in 1980.

1990       Athletics Association of Wales (AAW) formed covering all athletics associations in Wales – the first of the home nations to have a single body covering all athletics disciplines.

1990       Kay Morley wins Commonwealth Games gold at 100m hurdles in Auckland.

1990       Leckwith Stadium hosts the UK Championships, with five Welsh winners: Neil Horsfield (1500m); Kay Morley (100m hurdles); Sally-Anne Short (100m); Paul Edwards (shot) and Colin Jackson with a new UK all-comers record of 13.10 secs. Cardiff club mate Nigel Walker was third.

1990       Colin Jackson wins both the Commonwealth and European 110m hurdles titles.

1991       Swansea Harriers win the AAA 6 stage road relay for the second time.

1991       The UK Championships return to Leckwith, with Auckland Commonwealth Games bronze medallist Ian Hamer (Swansea Harriers) taking the 5,000m. Paul Edwards retains his shot title.

1993       Colin Jackson sets a new world record of 12.91 for the 110m hurdles and becomes world champion in Stuttgart. He retained sole ownership of the record until Xiang Liu of China equalled it in 2004.

1994       Colin Jackson sets a new world record of 7.30 secs for the indoor 60m hurdles in Sindelfingen, Germany, which still stands in 2013.

1994       Swansea Harriers win the AAA 12 stage road relay.

1994       At the Commonwealth Games in Victoria, Canada, Neil Winter takes the pole vault and Colin Jackson retains his 110m hurdles title. Paul Gray takes third behind Jackson to give Wales two athletics medals in the same event for the first time.

1994       Colin Jackson completes a unique double in taking both the 60m flat and 60m hurdles at the European indoor championships in Paris.

1994       Colin Jackson takes his second European 110m hurdles title in Helsinki.

1994       Malcolm Arnold is appointed UK Director of Coaching after 20 years as Welsh National Coach and is replaced by Phil Banning.

1995       Fell and Mountain Running in Wales become part of AAW.

1997       Newport Harriers stage the women’s European Clubs Cross Country Championships in Tredegar Park, with 21 nations competing.

1998       Christian Malcolm wins world junior 100 and 200m titles.

1998       Iwan Thomas wins both European and Commonwealth 400m titles; and Thomas and Jamie Baulch take gold medals as part of Britain’s 4 x 400m team European title winning team.

1998       Deeside College Stadium Connah’s Quay all - weather track opens.

1998       Colin Jackson takes his third successive European 110m hurdles title in Budapest.

1998       Shaun Pickering wins the Welsh shot title to record his 19th Welsh title win in the three “heavy” events – a record which still stands at the end of the 2013 track season.

1999       Colin Jackson wins his second World 110m hurdles title in Seville and also takes the world indoor 60m hurdles crown in Japan.

1999       Jamie Baulch wins world indoor 400m title in Japan.

2000       AAW moves offices to Celtic Manor Resort, Newport.

2000       National Indoor Athletics Centre (NIAC) at University Wales Institute Cardiff (UWIC) established.

2002       Colin Jackson competes in his fourth Olympic Games in Sydney – a record for a Welsh athlete.

2002       Colin Jackson retires after dominating world sprint hurdling for 10 years winning a phenomenal 12 senior gold medals at major international athletics championships. He retires still holding the world records for 110m hurdles (12.91) and 60m hurdles indoors (7.30)

2003       Cardiff half marathon held for the first time.

2004       The Swansea indoor athletics facility opens.

2005       North Wales Indoor Athletic Centre at Deeside College opened.

2006       Swansea’s new outdoor track & field facility opens at Sketty Lane.

2006       Cardiff’s Rhys Williams tops the British 400m hurdles rankings.

2007       Swansea’s Dai Greene emulates his Welsh colleague Rhys Williams by topping the British 400m hurdles rankings.

2007       Cath Dugdale wins a record 8th consecutive Welsh cross country title.

2007       Welsh Athletics Ltd becomes the governing body of the sport of athletics in Wales and takes offices in Leckwith Stadium and Matt Newman is appointed its first full time Chief Executive Officer.

2007       Dame Tanni Grey-Thompson, Britain's most successful Paralympian, retires after winning 16 medals as a wheelchair racer from five Paralympics, including 11 gold’s, as well as six London Marathons.

2007       Welsh Athletics Hall of Fame inaugurated with Lynn Davies, Colin Jackson, Steve Jones, John Disley and Tanni Grey-Thompson the first inductees.

2008       The new Cardiff International Sports Stadium opens across the road from the old stadium in Leckwith and becomes the new headquarters of Welsh Athletics Ltd.

2008       Kirsty Wade, Iwan Thomas and Berwyn Price are the second wave of inductees into the Hall of Fame.

2009       Jamie Baulch and Iwan Thomas retrospectively awarded the gold medals as part of Britain’s 4 x 400m team after a member of the winning USA team in the 1997 Athens world championships is disqualified for a drug offence.

2009       Ron Jones, Shaun Pickering, Jamie Baulch and Hayley Tullett are inducted into the Hall of Fame.

2009       John Dagata is appointed as Head of Coaching.

2009       Dai Greene and Rhys Williams head the British rankings for 400m hurdles.

2010       Swansea Harrier Dai Greene clinches the 400m hurdles gold in the Barcelona European Championships, while Cardiff's Rhys Williams completes a historical 1-2 for Wales.

2010       Dai Greene takes the Commonwealth Games 400m hurdles gold medal for Wales in Delhi, with Rhys Williams third.

2010       DaiGreene and Rhys Williams again head the British rankings for 400m hurdles.

2010       Steve Barry, Venissa Head and Kay Morley are inducted into the Hall of Fame.

2011       Dai Greene is crowned world 400m hurdles champion with a brilliant run in Daegu to become only the second Welsh athlete (Colin Jackson is the other) to take a world title in the standard track and field events.

2011       The second Commonwealth Mountain and Ultradistance Championships are held in North Wales with a number of outstanding performances coming from Welsh athletes. Wales dominated the Trail race held on Anglesey with Richie Gardener leading an historic 1-2-3 for Wales. Andrew Davies took silver with Nat Lane third and Wales taking the team race. Wales’ other winner was John Pares who took gold in the men’s 24 hour race in Llandudno.

2012       Rhys Williams wins the European 400m hurdles title in Helsinki to complete a full set of medals having won bronze in Gothenburg in 2006 and silver in Barcelona in 2010.

2012       Tim Benjamin, Roger Hackney, Michelle Scutt and Cecil Griffiths are inducted into the Hall of Fame. Griffiths, the 1920 Olympic gold medallist in the 4 x 400m becomes the first to be inducted on a posthumous basis.

2012       Scott Simpson is appointed National Performance Coach replacing John Dagata.

2012       Lynette Harries stands down as Chair of the board of Welsh Athletics after holding similar positions with the previous governing bodies going back over 30 years. She is replaced by Carol Anthony.

2012       Christian Malcolm competes in his fourth Olympic Games in London, to equal Colin Jackson’s appearances record for a Welsh athlete.

2013       Dai Greene and Rhys Williams again head the British rankings for 400m hurdles.

2013       Cardiff’s Lloyds Bank half marathon underlines its position as one of the leading events in Great Britain by incorporating the UK Championships.

Updated, 1st April 2014

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