2017 The 100th Welsh senior track and field championships are held in Cardiff with over 100 former champions taking part in a parade along the home straight. The parade included Wales’ only indi...

2016 The IAAF/Cardiff University World Half Marathon Championships - the most important athletics event to come to Wales since the 1958 Empire Games took place in Cardiff in March. Despite falling at ...

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

2015    Bettws-y-Coed hosts both the World Masters Mountain Running Championships and World Mountain Running Championships.

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

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

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 eq...

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

1986    Wales has its most successful Commonwealth Games taking a total of eight medals in Edinburgh. Kirsty Wade takes both the 800 and 1,500m titles to become the first athlete to win...

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

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

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.

1958    The British Empire and Commonwealth Games is held at Cardiff Arms Park with John Merriman taking the 6 miles silver medal for Wales in an epic tussle with Australia’s Dave...

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 con...

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

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.      

1907 First full amateur Welsh Track and Field Championships held in Newport. The first ever Welsh amateur track championships was held in 1873 as part of an open sports meeting. It incorprated only&nb...

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

Athletics in Wales has long and illustrious history, below are a few highlights. To learn more about our history please see the full timeline created by Clive Williams.

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