Road Running RoadShow

04 Feb

Road Running:

On Tuesday 5th February England Athletics are hosting a road running roadshow in Cheltenham. The roadshow will include content on a range of activities and services including the Club Run programme to develop road runners and their coaches, Masters competition opportunities, support and resources for event organisers, championships, RunTogether and more. For further information, please see the link below:

Opportunities for our Coaches EA SW

04 Feb

Please see below this update from our regional EA representative Richard Ayling:

I wanted to drop you a quick email & provide you with updates on upcoming workshops, conferences & CPD opportunities in the South West:

Physical Preparation Conferences:

On Saturday 2nd & Sunday 3rd March England Athletics are holding physical preparation conferences in Somerset & Essex.  These exciting and engaging 2 day conferences have been developed by England Athletics technical experts in the Coach & Athlete Development Department. The conference aims to give coaches an in depth understanding of the benefits of building a robust athlete through implementing physical preparation principles throughout their training programmes.

The 2 days will be sandwiched between an overnight stay and the chance to network with other coaches from across the country. We have also secured Olympian Phil Brown to attend the Somerset event who will be delivering an insightful and entertaining after dinner talk.

A range of delegate packages are available. For further information please see the attached flyer or the following link:

Street,  Somerset.   Link –

News from England Athletics – SW Region CPD events

18 Oct

CPD Events:

  • South West Endurance Network – The South West Endurance Network Conference is being held on 27th & 28th October in Exeter. This year the conference will explore “The use of technology in Endurance Coaching as an aid to performance gains”. The conference aims to explore available technology in; health, nutrition, physical preparation, biomechanics, injury, planning, and performance prediction. Please click on the link provided for further information about the conference & the packages available –
  • Coach & Athlete Development Days – On Sunday 14th October (Milfield, Somerset), Sunday 11th November (Bath, Avon)  & Sunday 3rd March (Milfield, Somerset) the Coach & Athlete Development Team have arranged coach development days. These will include event specific information, technical practices & physical preparation. Details about these days can be found on ULearn – Please note that on Saturday 2nd March we will be holding a Physical Preparation Conference in Somerset the day before the coach & athlete development day. Please save the date for this, a range of booking options and delegate packages will be available.  Phil Brown, a member of the silver medal winning 4 x 400m Great Britain relay team from the 1984 Summer Olympics will be the after dinner speaker at this event. Further details to come soon…
  • Movement Skills & Physical Preparation – Movement competencies are key for athletes/runners of all ages and abilities and we are very keen to see coaches develop in this area. The movement skills workshops explore a range of activities & I would strongly recommend attending these workshops and encouraging club coaches to do the same. We are holding movement skills 1, movement skills 2 & physical preparation workshops in the South West over the winter period. Movement Skills 1 is being held in Bristol on Sunday 2nd December ( Movement skills 2 is scheduled for Sunday 12th January in Taunton ( and we will be holding a physical preparation workshop in Gloucester on February 2nd ( As mentioned above, there will also be a physical preparation conference in Somerset on 2nd March.


If you are interested please can you discuss your CPD requirements with Jon Jackson and then email to arrange booking.

Annabel Granger – steps up to marathon distance

14 Oct

Club stalwart Annabel Granger (V45) raced in the Yorkshire Marathon today – her debut at this distance. She reports that it was ‘very wet and cold’ and she cramped up at the end. However, she ran it 2 hours 52 minutes and 39 seconds. This performance meant that she finished 4th lady and first in her age group. Even more impressive is that she is the fastest V45 in the UK at the moment. Go Annabel! She is now looking for her next marathon race. 

EA Games Changers Lead Volunteer Required

04 Oct

Game Changers is a year long programme aimed at involving 14-25 year olds in gaining experience in activities they wouldn’t otherwise and while also supporting their clubs ––community/volunteers/gamechangers 

The scheme is supported financially and practically by England Athletics and we are looking for someone to act as lead on behalf of the club.  We have made contact with other clubs who have previously operated the scheme with hugely positive benefits and can provide practical details of what is involved.

If you would like more information contact Henrietta Anstey at by 15th October.



Do you love sweets?

28 Sep

Hi Club Members and families/friends,

We have been asking for volunteers to help us run the ‘desk’ at Whitehall from 6-7.30pm Monday – Thursday evenings. This is really important work as it provides our ‘shop window’ for the club welcoming newcomers and answering queries and taking fees etc. Many thanks to those volunteers who have come forward.

Sadly for us club member Simone, our fantastic multi tasker on a Wednesday night would like to step down before the winter. She oversees signing in, runs the tuck/sweet shop and sells hoodies as well as being a friendly, knowledgeable face of the club.

Could you help on a Wednesday night – perhaps team up with a friend and sell sweets, hoodies and ensure athletes sign in? Or could you help with a friend on a Tuesday night just man the desk? The club would in return for a regular commitment from you provide you or your child with a 6mth season ticket. So that would be all the track fees paid for 6mths. If you come forward sooner then Simone could provide a really good handover and probably some sweets!

If you are interested or know someone who could help please contact 

Current volunteer vacancies:

Mon – Hen and Treena

Tues – VACANT (2 positions)

Wed – VACANT (2 positions once Simone steps down)

Thurs – VACANT (1 position)


Thanks, Hen

Field Good Friday – news from Murray Grant

28 Sep

Well done to club member Mike, who is coached by Murray. Another marvellous masters performance.

Mike Froudakis competed at the Balkan Masters Games in Celje, Slovenia last weekend, Friday 21st & Sat 22nd Sept.

On Friday 21st Mike M55 competed in the 6kg shot and was 3rd with 11m57 in bright sunshine, but a distance well below his best (he should have won).

Whilst on Saturday 22nd the weather was a challenge and Mike M55 competed in the 1.5kg discus and came 2nd with 41m20 in heavy rain, a good distance considering he had to make 3 changes of footwear as water level rose! He was narrowly beaten by Sergy Staminov of Bulgaria (a bit of a legend in his youth).


Endurance Officials – course Sunday 30th September – Exeter

21 Sep

These courses are put on according to local demand and only a few are held each year. England Athletics subsidise the course so the cost is only £30 for those attending both modules.

Who should go on this course? 

Anyone aged 18 or over who is willing to work under the guidance of a qualified UKA Endurance Official and wants to follow the Pathway to becoming a qualified endurance official. This course is suitable for new officials and current officials wishing to gain the official UKA qualification, insurance & licence card.

How many days will it take? 

One day, with no assessment. Officials need to attend both modules on the day to become fully qualified.

What will I learn? 

  • How endurance officials operate at road and cross country races
  • The requisite skills to be an endurance official
  • Relationships with other officials and athletes
  • The responsibilities of key officials at an endurance event
  • Knowledge and application of the rules of the sport
  • Working knowledge of the start, course and finish of an endurance event
  • The tools to do the job
  • Risk assessment: reasons why, practical considerations
  • Identification of hazards and risks
  • The Endurance Officials pathway
  • Appropriate attire and equipment

What will I be able to do? 

After completing the course candidates will need to gain four recognised experiences at endurance events, operating under the supervision of a qualified UKA Endurance Official. Recognised experiences should be documented in the ‘Record of Experiences’ to maintain evidence of undertaking a variety of roles and submitted to England Athletics. A DBS check will also be required, following which a Level 1 Officials Licence will be issued. By undertaking further experiences, completing a log book and studying two compulsory modules and one further optional module, Club Officials can progress to qualify as a Level 2 Endurance Official.

If you are interested in this please contact Hen on for more information.

Calling all potential officials – your club needs you!

21 Sep

Dear Parents, Athletes and Coaches,

We need your HELP – please!

It is essential that we recruit additional volunteers and officials to allow our club to continue to provide fantastic opportunities for our athletes to compete. As you may be aware we are required to supply officials for all our league fixtures and we are keen to continue to run local meetings which cannot go ahead without help from volunteers.

PLEASE consider taking a one-day course (no assessment) as a field judge, track judge, starter/starter’s assistant or timekeeper. The minimum age to take the course is 14 (with a view to becoming a qualified official at the age of 16). We would not expect you to help regularly throughout the season but would greatly appreciate any help you could offer.

Bristol and West AC will fund the course and if we have enough interest we may even be able to host a course locally.

For further general information please go to the following link:

Please do not hesitate to contact me with any questions or queries on . I’d be grateful if you could let me know if you are interested as soon as possible to see if it is viable to apply to host a course locally.

Many thanks for your support and please help me to encourage others!

Bev Barrett

B&W Officials’ Secretary


Midland Road Relays 22nd September 2018

21 Sep

The teams are ready to compete in Sutton Park for the Midland Road Relays tomorrow.

If you are in the women’s or the men’s team the mini coach is leaving the Water Tower, on the Downs at 8.45am tomorrow. Please bring the correct money for the coach which is £8. This does not cover the complete cost of the hire.

If you are a junior your team manager/coach will have been in touch with you about pick up points, times and costs. Good luck to everyone competing.