South West Indoor championships 2nd December 2019, Day one

03 Dec

I am still not sure how I feel about indoor competitions during December, when athletes are either getting stuck into hard winter training or competing over the mud in the Gwent league, but it was well worth the trip to Cardiff International indoor arena, for a number of the Bristol & West athletes at the South West Indoor championships, Sunday 2nd December.
Pick of the bunch were RYAN BRADY and LILY BAILEY who both secured gold medals in the competitive U15 age group. Lily warmed up with a 1.51 in the high jump, which equalled the winning height but had to settle for a bronze after count backs. However she then went on to dominate the 300m from gun to finish, winning in a time of 42.99. Lily looked so much stronger than last year, when she ran the event for the first time.
Ryan has just moved up from U13 and only started running for the club in July, but looks like he will be a force to be reckoned with, over the next couple of years. On the day, you could see that he was nervous, and found it difficult navigating the tight bends, but he was a cut above his competitors in the 200m and fully deserved his win , in a personal best of 25.71
Kasavia Smolka Headley also looked impressive clinching the U15G 200m silver medal, in an overall personal best of 27.33 which suggests she will make big strides in the upcoming season.
Tamara JACKSON, Alice Mathews and Ella BOWELL all had a taste of things to come this year, as they moved up to the U15 age group for the first time. Tamara and Ella both achieved personal bests in the 200m, running in tight inside lanes (29.69 and 29.99 respectively) , while Ella was close to her best in the long jump, with 4.18.
Alice fared the best of all the first year U15’s finishing well in the High jump (1.41) and 300m (46.11). The youngest club competitor was Owen Garrett who just missed out on the bronze in the U13 shot put, with a fourth place, but hopefully it will inspire him to continue training during the long winter months.
Day 2 of the championships are on the 6th January 2019 and entries are open now.–field/2019/january/welsh-athletics-junior-open–regional-championships-day-2.aspx
Older athletes can compete at the Cardiff Met Xmas classic which takes place on the 16th December.–field/2018/december/cardiff-met-christmas-classic-grand-prix.aspx
Jon Jackson
Development Advisor

Dominant performance at first YDL lower age group competition of the season

22 Apr

It was great day of athletics at the first Young Development league for U13 & U15’s. I do not think I have witnessed such dominance from a Bristol & West track and field team since I have been involved with the club. Provisional results show that B&W were approximately 180 points ahead of North Somerset, who pipped Newport harriers for second.

Too many fantastic performances to mention here, but here are a few highlights to wet your appetite; There was a AAA grade 1 performance by Ed Wilson in the U15B 80m hurdles. This is a personal best and English Schools (ES) qualifying standard . Ed’s training partner Kaylen Smith was not to be out done, as he matched these accolades in 200m with a fantastic time of 23.8 for the 200m. Ed looks very close to getting the 100m ES qualifying time, having crossing the line in 11.8 later in the day. With Damani Jones and Isaac Fleming all close to breaking 12 seconds, the club now has a very strong young relay squad.
Jess Lewis followed up her ES National standard throw on Wednesday with a grade 1 performance, of 34.87m, one of the best field event performances of the day.

There were grade 2 performances from Tamara Jackson in the 75m and 150m for U13 Girls, both performances were a tenth of second from achieving the grade 1 standard. She was backed up well by Nyah Reuter, Ella Bowell and Martha Barrett to show strength in depth for the future and a fantastic relay team on the day.
Ethan Gill surprised everyone with his pb of 4.68 in the U13 Boys Long jump, just 7cm shy of a grade 1 performance.

Joshua Schrijver is impressing in the throws again this year even though he has just moved into the U15 age group. Pick of his performances was the Discus, where achieved a grade 2 performance of 32.91m, just 2m shy of the ES qualifying standard.
Other notable performances came from the ever present Lilly Bailey (U15’s HJ, LJ and 300m) Alice Mathews (U13’s 70m hurdles and HJ) , Libby Dickens (U15’s 75m hurdles , Javelin and HJ), Ciaran Herniman (U13’s hurdles and HJ), Kassavia Smolka- Headley and Chloe Marrett ( U15’s 100m and 200m).

It was great to see the endurance runners out in force with Joe Mead, Tomek Czerepinksi Rufus Thomas, Aidan Oscroft, Grace Claridge, Molly Thomas and Danni Sinclair performing well and generating valuable points.

We also had newcomers Zak Khan, Imogen Yap , Thomas and Daniel Beech, and Tom Ovigne who showed they will make a valuable contribution to the club going forward.

Well done team managers : Sarah Bailey, Claire Lewis and Ashley George and Coach Jeff Dickens, great start to the season.

Next match is on19th May in Neath, where the club will be providing a coach for the day.

B&W key young athlete club fixtures – 2018

04 Mar

As the outdoor track season approaches, its important that all young athletes know about the key club fixtures.


Bristol & West have joined up with Mendip AC to form a composite team. This is the top competition for athletes at the club and while places are limited, it is a great opportunity for the best athletes to test themselves against the best in the South West and South Wales.


U13 Girls and Boys – Ashley George, 07730 597444

U15 Girls – Sarah Bailey 07833476455

U15 Boys – Claire Lewis 07792 008129


Bristol & West members compete in a Composite team known as “Team Avon”. This arrangement has proved to be a very successful cooperation with the other local clubs: North Somerset AC, Mendip AC, Team Bath AC and Yate & District AC.

MATCH 1: SUNDAY 29th APRIL – Swansea
MATCH 2: SUNDAY 27th MAY – Cardiff
MATCH 3: SUNDAY 1st JULY – Exeter
MATCH 4: SUNDAY 29th JULY – Stoke Gifford

The team managers are not linked to B&W, but Hilary Nash is the club link to the team and he can be contacted on 0117 9861244 or 0787 5560754 or by e-mail

AVON LEAGUE for U11/U13/U15 /U17

The Avon Track and Field League provides locally-based Track and Field competition for clubs in or around the Bristol / Gloucester area, catering for all age groups.The standard is lower than YDL so its an ideal league for new comers to the sport or competing.

The Bristol & West AC age group team managers are:
U11 Boys and Girls Quad kids – Dean Garrett 07970 830882

U13 Girls – Sarah Bailey 07833476455
U13 Boys – Claire Lewis 07792 008129
U15 Boys – Jon Jackson 07957350181
U15 Girls – Jon Jackson 07957350181
U17 Boys and Girls – TBC

Help with team management will be appreciated, so offers of help will be most welcome.

Jon Jackson


28 Jan

This weekend saw the 2nd of three open meetings at Birmingham HPC. It was a good opportunity for the younger sprinters, jumpers and throwers to test how their winter is faring without the big trek to Lee Valley in London. Bristol & West had 9 athletes in attendance and most should be happy with how they performed.
Joy Bray’s top two jumpers were in attendance. JAMIE ANDERSON (now at Birmingham Uni) matched his season opener with 1.90 and CHARLOTTE MARTIN who was a little below her effort in Cardiff, earlier this month with 1.45, but would have learnt a lot about her new run up in the process.
JESS LEWIS must have been pleased with her first competition of 2018, throwing 30.90 just short of her best of 33.67 from last season
An under the weather TIA JACKSON failed to register a legal jump on Saturday. This has happened a few too many times, and suggests she needs to go back to the drawing board before she gets the 6m jump we all know she can do.
Sunday was the turn of the sprinters and hurdlers. ALICE MATHEWS impressed alot of people in Cardiff last month and reduced her pb even further with 10.41 and 10.37
Alice was followed by TAMARA JACKSON who again improved on her personal best from Cardiff to finish her two races in 10.71 and 10.56 and is now starting to gain confidence in her second best event.
First year U15 athlete LIBBY DICKENS also continued to impress with her run in the 60mH. Although she would have been disappointed not to have registered a pb, 10.47 and 10.42 are still very respectable times.
ED WILSON looked very accomplished over the 60H U15 but was just pipped by his Taunton based nemesis, Oliver D’Rozario, to clock a personal best of 8.93
The day started badly for TIA JACKSON who missed her first race due to a timetable change, but to her credit delivered spectacularly in the second race, smashing her pb to clock 7.68 which subject to other weekend performances, puts her third in the national rankings for the year so far. Tia has attended the majority of the S&C sessions put on by the club over the last 2 years and she is starting to reap the benefits, looking stronger and sharper in her 3rd best event.
Following in her footsteps was her cousin TAMARA JACKSON in the U13 60m, she improved her personal best to 8.66, the fastest at the club for the last 4 years and subject to clarification from Mike Strange, sits very close behind Tia’s club record of 8.58
Tamara turned the tables on hurdles specialist ALICE MATHEWS who also finished in a personal best of 9.16 secs and will need to do more of the flat sprints to help improve her hurdle performances.
The other Jackson competing was MAXWELL JACKSON in the U13 60m. Although he struggled to compete with the older boys, he should be pleased with his pb over the 60m, coming in at 10.21
ED WILSON would have been pleased that he got a last minute slot in the U15 60m; he lowered his personal best from Cardiff again with a time of 7.79.
Regards, Jon Jackson

Award night and Xmas Party …tomorrow night !!!

30 Nov

Tickets are going well for this year’s Awards ( U11 to U17’s) and Xmas Party, at Rose Green Centre, Gordon Road, Whitehall. The event is on Friday 1st December , starting at 7pm until 11.30pm… we are on track for a record attendance.

Last chance to buy tickets at Whitehall tonight ( from Claire Lewis) .. but you will also be able to pay on the door.

There will be lots of Party games and face painting for the younger children, while the older ones will love the karaoke and Disco.

Everyone is invited whether you have competed for the club or not. There will be a super raffle with great prizes up for grabs.
We will also have hot dogs, burgers and sweets on sale – for when you get hungry!!

Prices are £4 per ticket or family deal of £4 for £13.

Look forward to seeing you all there.