Now That’s A Challenge – Can Any Club Member Help?

13 Jan

My name is Ben Smith, I am 32 years old and currently live in Portishead just outside of Bristol.
Come the 1st September 2015 I will be undertaking one of the biggest challenges of my life which will see me run 400 marathons in 400 consecutive days all around the UK. I will be doing this not only as a personal challenge for me but also to raise £250,000 for ‘Ditch the Label’, the UK’s biggest anti bullying charity based in Brighton (
The 400 marathons will take me to 309 different locations throughout the UK spanning from Lands End all the way to John O Groats and will feature a mixture of organised national marathons including London, Brighton, Bournemouth x 2, Liverpool, Isle of Wright, Manchester, Milton Keynes and Edinburgh. The remaining marathons will take place in towns and cities throughout the UK and will consist of 26.2 mile routes which will be open to anyone wanting to join me from the local area including your club, I’m sure you can guess by now this is where I really need your help and expertise of the local area and as the main running club in the area below. I was wondering if you would be so kind to help me plan a 26.2 mile route which can be featured on my website and which I will follow on the day below?

Marathon 383


17 September 2016



This project has been a year in the planning, both myself and ‘Ditch the Label’ are working closely on a national and local media campaign which we hope to launch three months before the start of the project along with a social media strategy to help bring awareness of this challenge through use of Facebook, Twitter and the 400:400 challenge website ( Ditch the Label work closely with schools and colleges throughout the country tackling attitudes and opinions towards bullying, I will be visiting schools and colleges in each area during term time to give interactive presentation on bespoke issues each school and college face when it comes to bullying along with providing branded merchandising packs to each school so they are able to fundraise and build awareness around this project and simply get involved.
I was bullied at school for 8 years of my life and this affected me all the way into my adult life and it has only been in the past year I have come to terms with what happened to me. The main objective of this project is not only to raise awareness of bullying but show that positive things can come out of the worst situations. Running for me has been a way to help build my confidence and self esteem, meet some very likeminded people and explore the world. I have just completed stage 1 of my training which saw me run 18 marathons this years all around the world, the people I have met, the stories I have heard and the experiences I have had have all given me the confidence and strength to move to stage 2 which will begin in February next year and then move on the to the major challenge which will start on 1st September 2015.
You can find additional information and updates on the progress of this challenge by visiting my Facebook page and twitter feed at the following links.
Facebook:   400:400 challenge
Twitter:        @400400challenge

Kind regards
 Ben Smith
 400:400 challenge

So if you can come up with a good 26.2 mile route around Almondsbury or fancy keeping Ben company on the day do get in touch.

Research Student Seeks Athletes to Complete Survey

13 Jun

Want to know more about the psychology of sport? Want to better understand how to perform under competition pressure?

I am looking for athletes over the age of 18 and who have competed within the past month to take part in a questionnaire study examining the psychological and social factors affecting performance and well-being in competition. Athletes who complete the study will be entered into a prize draw for a £50 Amazon voucher and have the option of receiving a summary report of the study’s main findings. If you would like to take part then please follow the web-link ( or contact Daniel Brown ( for more details.


Daniel Brown,

PhD Student in Sport & Performance Psychology at the University of Bath

Arthur Dagger Memorial Fund Grants 2012

03 Feb

The Arthur Dagger Memorial Fund which is operated by Great Western Runners is inviting applications from young athletes for small grants to be made in 2012.

Information and applications forms will be available in due course on  but are also available at  Downloads – Arthur Dagger Memorial Fund – if you want any further details please contact Mike Campbell.

Applications should be set to Mike Campbell by email to, or by post to Mike Campbell, 49 Dongola Road, Bishopston, Bristol, BS7 9HW by 28th February 2012.

Club members might be interested in seeing the Bristol Evening Post article from last year on: Club members were recipients of five out of the ten awards made in 2011.


Photo Gallery Captions

24 May

Please see the photo gallery for more picture captions including further information on pictures from the 2009 Bristol Half-Marathon and 2008 Mike Sully Cross-Country races.

More photos

21 May

Keith has added some fantastic pictures to the gallery here, including one of club members meeting Olympic legend Kip Keino at the IAAF High Performance Training Centre in Kenya.

We’d like to add more good quality pictures to the site – especially of the field events, so if you have some unique, quality images of club members in action, please e-mail them to me.

Injury Cure and Prevention

21 May

Do you need help to cure or prevent an injury? The University of Bristol has a first class Sports Medicine Clinic which offers:



Video Gait Analysis


Sports Massage


If you want to find out more details then contact Claire Callaghan on 0117-3311139 or by e-mail at

Further details can be seen at their web-site at

The Clinic operates at sites on the University Precinct in Tyndall Avenue and at the University Outdoor Sports Centre at Coombe Dingle.