Meet the Coaches – Richie


Name: Richard Gardiner
Age: - 45
Club: - Aberdare
Position in club:
Athlete - Vice Chair - U15's Girls & Boys Coach
Previous Clubs: 
Aberdare 1983 -  1989
Swansea Harriers 1989 - 1991
Cardiff AC 1991 - 2010 
Aberdare 2010 - present

Years competing: 36 years (continuous).
Events specialised in: 1,500 to 10,000 track - Cross Country - road racing 
- Marathon & Ultra distance. Also spent 5 years doing Triathlon/Iron man
Events competed in: every track & field event... apart from; 
walk - hammer - pole vault or steeple chase.
Most unlikely achievement in sport: County shot put bronze medallist.
Sporting Hero's- Welsh Marathon Runner & former world record holder 
Steve Jones - Double Olympic 1,500 meter Champion Sebastian Coe.
Main achievements - (highlights)
Double Commonwealth Ultra distance gold medalist
Full senior GB honours in Half Marathon & Marathon.
5 x senior Welsh Marathon champion (joint record holder for 
most marathon titles ever won)
From 2002 - 2012 (10 years) Ranked No1 marathon runner in Wales.
2 x bronze medalist in British Marathon championships
British 6 stage road relay Champions (Cardiff AC)
Won every Welsh distance running Title on road Cross country and Track
Finished 13th & 18th in London Marathons, 30th in Berlin) 
(both part of the 5 majors in world marathon series)
68 x Welsh International - (one of the highest amounts of vests across 
all events in Welsh athletics history, possibly only 1 other 
athlete has won more vests to date?)
Cardiff marathon winner
Snowdon marathon winner (with course record)
Longest winning steak 14 races with straight wins in 2008
British Police; Marathon/10 mile/Cross country/5k champion
Team Silver medalist - Toronto Marathon Great Britain V Mexico V USA 
V Canada
Numerous National team gold meals with every club represented.