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Thursday
Mar262015

Young Athlete Development Competition - Wednesday 25th March 2015 - Results

The first track action of the year took place at Whitehall last night (Wednesday 25th March 2015) with the club's first Young Athlete Development Competition of the season. It was dry but as the sun went down it got remarkably cold. Numbers were less than the coaches had hoped for but nevertheless there was still some keen competition on the track. Out in the field competitors were scarce and the club clearly needs to get more young athletes involved in the jumps and throws before inter-club competitions begin at the end of April. Last nights results can be found at http://www.bristolandwestac.org/downloads/young-athlete-competitions/.

A massive thank you to all the officials and parent volunteers who made it possible to stage the event. Don't forget the second meeting in the series will take place at Whitehall on Wednesday 15th April 2015. A timetable for the event is at the link above. Hopefully the weather will be warmer and this will encourage more athletes to come along and compete.

Thursday
Mar262015

Avon Track & Field County Championships - Sunday 17th May 2015

Entry forms for the 2015 Avon / West of England Track & Field Championships will be available shortly: the closing date for entries will be Sunday 10th May 2015. Entrants for the 800 metre Championships events for Under-13/under-15 Girls and Boys (being held as part of the Avon Open Meeting on 12th May) will need to enter using the main entry form (and by the main closing date): they will not need to pay an entry fee on the 12th May unless they wish to compete in extra events that day.

Wednesday
Mar252015

Young Athlete Development Competition - Wednesday 25th March 2015

A final reminder that the club's first Young Athlete Development Competition of the year will be held at Whitehall tonight (Wednesday 25th March 2015) commencing at 6.15 p.m. Athletes must enter at least 20 minutes before their first event. Entries are £2 (the normal track training fee) and athletes may enter up to 3 events as allowed by UKA rules. Details of the program of events can be found at:

http://www.bristolandwestac.org/downloads/young-athlete-competitions/

Tuesday
Jan272015

Hercules Wimbledon Young Athletes Meeting - 12th April 2015

Following last year’s highly successful re-location of this major meeting from Crystal Palace to Wimbledon Park, the event will be staged there again on 12th April 2015.

Now in its thirty-fourth year, the meeting includes events from Under-11 to Under-20. Under-20 men and women also have the rare opportunity to test themselves over the mile distance, in the Dave Clarke Mile (separate races for both men and women), for which there are cash prizes for the first three places. One of Britain's finest cross country runners (representing GB eleven times), and the current Club Chairman, Dave is also one of Hercules Wimbledon AC's best known track athletes, who set his best time of 3:56.95 for the mile at Crystal Palace in 1982. The closing date for entries is Friday, 20th March 2015.

Athletes can enter and pay online via www.herculeswimbledonac.org.uk (or download a printable form) and view the timetable there too. A copy of the entry form and timetable and a poster are available under YAM at http://www.bristolandwestac.org/downloads/race-details-and-entry-forms/

Parking at the Stadium is limited, but it is easily accessible by public transport. The nearest tube station is Southfields on the District Line, and the number 39 and 493 buses stop just by the entrance to the Park on Wimbledon Park Road. See www.herculeswimbledonac.org.uk for a map.

Friday
Nov142014

South West Steeplechase Workshop in Bristol - 12 November 2014

National lead for Steeplechase, Spencer Duval, delivered a Flying Coach session to coaches from five clubs: Bristol & West AC, Team Bath AC, Taunton AC, Gloucester AC and Mendip AC on Wednesday 12th November 2014. Coaches were invited to bring athletes and 17 athletes with a 9:8 split of female:male athletes were there in force ready to bravely tackle the demands of steeplechasing. The session took place at the Kip Keino track in Filton with thanks to Bristol and West AC who enabled the session to be run alongside one of their club night sessions.

This second session in a series of two focussed on the water jump and Spencer soon had the athletes confidently jostling for position as they approached the obstacle. Inevitably one or two athletes ended up getting a little wetter than they intended, but a lot of fun as well as some valuable learning took place. Coaches and athletes alike had a much better understanding of foot placement, body position on the barrier and in flight, approaching and exiting the water jump by the end of the session. Spencer also imparted lots of ideas on how to quickly build confidence in tackling the water jump.

CCSO Charlotte Fisher said ‘With a new enthusiasm for the event amongst coaches and athletes in the South West and a greater knowledge and confidence in coaching the event we expect to see many more athletes giving this event a go next summer. Spencer’s practical based, no-fuss approach to coaching has really resonated with those who have attended the workshops.’

Bristol & West Development Adviser, Keith Brackstone, is now exploring with England Athletics the possibility of running a monthly steeplechase session alongside the usual weekly endurance session run by the club at the venue.