This was definitely fourth time lucky due to amazing weather, a large group
of lads plus their siblings and very accommodating parents.
Choosing a suitable date for this year’s get together was always going to be
tricky due to the two bank holidays in May plus the county track
championships which hijacked our usual weekend away.
However this later date failed to deter most athletes and as Brean is so well
situated several families took advantage of this by still committing to
other sporting activities in Bristol and then heading over to Brean in time
for the second session of the day but more importantly the group dinner in
The beach was just perfect for the usual 8 a.m. 20 minute steady run each morning,
but I feel the highlight of the weekend was on Saturday afternoon when we
all ascended the 220 steps up on to Brean Down from where we all ran up to
the fortress at the far end. This is a real challenge but the thought of an
ice cream at the end kept most people going.
As is usual we concluded at Sunday lunch time on the beach with a short
parlauf which always takes a bit of explaining followed by relays and this
year I was very impressed by the parents teams where there is clearly some
Once again the John Fowler holiday park looked after us well. The swimming
pool kept the children occupied when not running or eating. The evening
entertainment along with an affordable bar gave the adults some respite at
night while the youngsters enjoyed several hours playing man-hunt around the
park. I find this format and venue appears to work partly due to its affordability
in May and most importantly within a reasonable distance from Bristol.
The group is now having a well deserved rest before turning out in force at
the county track 800 metre championships on Wednesday 23rd May at Yate.
Ali Hurford Reports.