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From running for fun to international excellence, from road running and cross country to track and field - indoors and out -  we are an open and friendly club whose aim is to help you to achieve your potential and enjoy our great sport.

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Whitehall Athletic Arena - Saturday Morning Sessions

Bristol & West Athletic Club brings you Saturday morning Athletics at Whitehall Athletics Arena, Johnsons Lane, Bristol BS10 6SW from 10.00 a.m. in association with Bristol Rovers Community Trust.

Do you want to improve your health and fitness, whilst your children improve theirs at the same time? 

There is a solution – Saturday Morning Athletics - at sessions coached by Nick Harris.

We have a number of parents and children enjoying this pursuit together within a structured environment. Learn to warm up and develop new skills together that once learned, you can go off and practice on your own.  Then each group has their own sessions.

Children will learn about athletics and the positive characteristics it takes to pursue the sport.

Adults will train to become healthier with more vitality as an end goal.

As this is over the winter, please dress for the weather.

Athletics can be fun at any age, the youngest athlete coached by Nick is 6 and the oldest competing athlete is 54 who ran in the British Masters 100 meters final.  Nick is a former athlete competing at national standard and qualified coach with over 10 years experience, an Enhanced DBS and a First Aid qualification, who feels it is a privilege to watch those he works alongside transform.

What will be your fitness goal? Don’t wait until the New Year. Take action now and come join us. It’s more fun than you may imagine.

Both my wife, children and I attend and enjoy Nick's running sessions held  on Saturday.  Nick is a brilliant coach, the environment he creates is fun and relaxed, he delivers  technical running advice pitched at the perfect level appropriate for those in attendance.  Excellent value for money and highly recommended to all parents.

Chris Hill

To contact Nick call 07938-193114 or e-mail nickharris84@hotmail.com


Still Time to Compete on the Track in September 2015

The Track & Field League season comes to an end over the next two weekends. For the younger athletes it presents a final opportunity perhaps to compete in an age group as they move on up through the age groups at the end of September. Some, including older athletes, may have been reluctant to compete so the two events are totally suitable for first timers. The competing standard is very mixed and if you have any doubts have a look at the Avon Track & Field League website.

Hopefully there will be a good turnout for both events although the first clashes with the Yate Sprints and Hurdles meeting.

Sunday 6th September 2015

This coming Sunday there is a South West League Meeting at Yeovil Pickett Lane, Yeovil, Somerset BA21 3DS. The programme is attached. We compete with Mendip AC.

If you are not already booked into the Yate Sprints and Hurdles event then have a look at the South-West League programme and decide what you would like to do. There is no limit on the number of competitors in each event so you are assured of being able to do the events of your choice provided they are on the programme.

Should you wish to compete you need to let Hilary Nash know and he will relay that information on to the Mendip contact who will ensure there is a competitor number allocated to you.

Hilary will be travelling to Yeovil as an official and he is aware of a couple of lads already planning to compete at Yeovil.

Hilary needs to know by Friday 4th September (midday) if you wish to compete. (hilarygnash@blueyonder.co.uk)

Sunday 13th September 2015

The final Avon Track & Field League meeting is at Yate and hopefully we will be able to fill more team places than we have in the earlier meetings.  Please contact your team manager as soon as possible. The final list of competitors has to be submitted by 5pm on Friday 11th September 2015

GU13                                Hilary Nash               hilarygnash@blueyonder.co.uk

GU15                                Sharon Frazer          thefrazers@blueyonder.co.uk

LU17                                 Paula Songu             paulasongu@hotmail.co.uk

BU13, BU15 & MU17       Simonne Lowrey      simonnelowrey@hotmail.com

MU20, SM, Veteran Men, LU20, SL & Veteran ladies       David Hart     adh_1000@btinternet.com 

We do have officiating duties at the Avon League meeting so volunteers will be most welcome so please let Hilary know if you will officiate.



England/Inter-Counties Championships - 1st/2nd August 2015

Nine Club athletes competed in the England/Inter-Counties Senior Championships at Bedford over the weekend of Saturday/Sunday 2nd/3rd August 2015. Theo CAMPPBELL was one of three athletes to finish fourth in the final. After finishing second in his heat in 21.57 and third in his semi-final in 21.33 Theo placed fourth in the final with 21.61 racing all three rounds on the Sunday.  Club Captain Caspar Eliot finished seventh in his 400 metre heat recording 49.62.

Hannah JACKSON finished sixth in heat 2 of the Women's 100 metre hurdles in 15.06, while Alex DALEY finished sixth in the 400 metre hurdles final for men in 54.63 (in a race won by Dai GREEN in 50.26).

Steve MITCHELL placed fourth in the 3,000 metres steeplechase final in 9:16.17. Christina JONES finished fourth in the final of the Women's Hammer with a best throw of 59 metres 30 centimetres after finishing first in qualifying group B with a throw of 61 metres 61 centimetres. Another club athlete in the field events was Rownita MARSTON who finished a very creditable sixth in the Senior Women's shot putt with a best putt of 12 metres 75 centimetres.

Charlotte GREEN added to her experience of competing in championship races: this time over 1,500 metres. After finishing second in her heat in 4:26.08 she finished fifth in the final later on the same afternoon in 4:30.57 after a slow first lap. This has been a real break-through season for Charlotte and it will be interesting to see what the summer of 2016 holds after a good winter. Mike WILLSMORE competed in the Senior Men's mile where he finished eighth in 4:11.35.

The feedback was that having a combined England/Inter-Counties made it more of an event than last year's Inter-Counties Competition - although looking at the results some events were still weak. Congratulations to all those from the club who took part: thanks for giving the club colours a good airing on the National Stage. We look forward to seeing you all compete in the final round of National League Matches (BAL and UKWAL)  this coming weekend (BAL at Kingston-on-Thames on Saturday 8th August and UKWAL at Wigan on Sunday 9th August 2015).


More News (and Medals) From British Masters Track & Field Championships

Andrew Thomas took gold in the M40 Discus at the British Masters Champs in Birmingham. He needed to nudge his PB up a few more centimetres to do it, but is still chasing his training best at more than a metre further. Perhaps as a youngster of 43 in his first competitive season for 25 years, he can be excused a few nerves on the big stage! Brilliant throwing , Andrew.

Dave Bedwell also struck gold - twice - in the M60 age group with perfectly executed races in the 800 metres which he won in 2:20.23 (to win by .26 of a second in a season's best) and in the 1,500 metres which he won in 4:53.61 (this time just over a second clear).


Master's Track & Field - A Coach's Eye View

As a Coach at Bristol and West AC I’m really delighted to report about the successes of all three Athletes that I’ve had the pleasure to work with.

Saturday, Georgie Salmon clocked a time of 4:55.58 when picking up the Bronze medal in the O35 Women’s 1,500 metres. Nothing astonishing with the time, but it was reported that due to windy conditions the first 400m was run is a painful 83-84 seconds meaning that the rest of the race was covered at a fraction under 77 second pace!

Clare Jolliffe has recently taken a liking to the track at the Alexander Stadium. Settling in at the middle of the pack and operating well inside her PB pace she reeled off lap after lap. Although clearly drifting in the latter stages her bravery was rewarded with a new P.B of 18:55.74. This was much to the delight of both her and her travelling fan club.

Georgie Salmon went one better than her Saturday exploits when competing in the 800 metres. Reaching the bell in time of 70 seconds, she fought hard to chase down the leader but had to settle for a season’s best of 2:20.83 – Nice one Georgie.

Pete Mountain really did get his timing right as he peaked at the right time. Granted he didn’t win a medal this year but he did knock more than two seconds off his PB to record 2:18.06, this was achieved off a first lap of 67 seconds. He was so surprised with his new mark that he questioned the officials. Perhaps taking a week off on Holiday should be taken by all Athletes wanting to peak at the right moment!

Dave Talor reports