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Bristol & West Athletic Club

County Affiliation: Avon

Email: Chris Elson

Bristol & West AC is the leading all-round athletics club in the Southwest of England, providing coaching and competition for the widest range of events, all age groups and all abilities, throughout the year. 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. Please feel free to get in touch, or come along and join in our lively training sessionsUse this space to describe your club.

Club Training Sessions

Mon, Thurs 7.00pm
The Club hosts Recreational Running Sessions from Whitehall Athletics Arena (Off Johnsons Lane, Whitehall, Bristol BS5 9AZ). These sessions commence at 7 p.m. every Monday night and Thursday night. Monday sessions are led by at least 3 club coaches (Keith Brackstone, Chris Elson and Phil Parry) who will each take a group of varying ability. These runs use the track at Whitehall, the Bristol-Bath Cycle Path and also include areas off road when the nights allow, such as St George's Park. In addition, the real beginner can use Whitehall track and the adjoining playing fields to build up from a base of absolutely no running at all. These sessions are augmented by a Thursday group run that is facilitated by Emma Bowers. Thursday runs also commence at 7 p.m. Chris, Keith and Phil will aim to get you jogging, competing in local low key events such as the Bridge Inn 5k or Saturday park runs in Ashton Court right up to the Bristol 10k and Half-Marathon or even the London Marathon.

Wednesdays 6.pm onwa
JUNIOR ACADEMY AND YOUNG ATHLETE DEVELOPMENT (More information about juniors can be found here) This is primarily for 8-15 yr olds and includes all-round development of athletics skills in the various disciplines. There is provision for young athletes from the age of 5 upwards at Filton Academy and for young athletes in school years 4, 5 & 6 at Whitehall Junior Academy. Lead coaches: Andrea Lock (Filton Junior Academy); Dean Garrett (Whitehall Junior Academy); Hilary Nash (Whitehall); Dave Taylor (girls 11-18), Ali Hurford (boys 10-14) & Dave Bedwell (boys 15-18). Monday * Junior Athletics Academy 5.30 pm at Filton WISE Campus/Bristol Academy of Sport. Lead Coach - Andrea Lock. For further details see the flyer at Downloads - Club Administration - Filton Junior Academy. * Girls' Endurance Group 6.15pm at the top of Parry's Lane, Stoke Bishop. Lead Coach - Dave Taylor. Wednesday * Junior Athletics Academy 6.15 pm at Whitehall Athletics Arena (aimed at School years 4 to 6 inclusive) - term-time mainly - please check the web-site for dates when sessions are held. Lead Coach - Dean Garrett supported by Matt Coggins and Antony Stanley-Clarke plus specialist coaches on a sessional basis. For a flyer with more details please see Downloads - Club Administration - Whitehall Junior Academy and Young Athlete Sessions. * Young Athlete Specific Coaching 7.15 pm at Whitehall Athletics Arena (aimed at school years 7 and upwards). Lead Coach - Dean Garrett. For a flyer with more details please see Downloads - Club Administration - Whitehall Junior Academy and Young Athlete Sessions. Saturday * Girls' Endurance Group 10am at Ashton Court. Lead Coach - Dave Taylor. SENIOR ATHLETE AND TALENTED TEENAGER DEVELOPMENT Sprints (100/200/400m/relays/hurdles) Lead Coaches: Mike Strange (Whitehall); James Hillier (City Academy) Tuesday * 7pm Whitehall Athletics Arena Thursday * 7pm Whitehall Athletics Arena * 7pm The City Academy Bristol Other coaches: Alastair Abrams, Hilary Nash and Anne O'Loghlen (Whitehall Athletics Arena) Middle distance (800 and 1,500 metres) Lead Coach for 800 metres: Cy Knibb (Cy concentrates on 800 metres but also coaches 400 metre and 400 metre hurdlers) Tuesday * 7pm Whitehall Athletic Arena Thursdays * 7pm Whitehall Athletics Arena

Tuesdays & Thursdays
Long distance (10,000 metres/10k/half/marathon) Lead Coaches: Keith Brackstone & Chris Elson Monday * 7 pm Whitehall - Club and Recreational Runners Groups led by Keith Brackstone and Chris Elson with support from Phil Parry and Emma Bowers (Leader in Running Fitness). Tuesday * 7pm Various Locations - see club web-site for details on a weekly basis. * 6:30pm Novice & improvers road running with Nick Rose - Up and Running, North View, Westbury Park, Bristol. Thursday * 7pm Various Locations - see club web-site for details on a weekly basis. * 7 pm Whitehall - Recreational Runners Group led by Emma Bowers. Other coaches: Nick Rose.

Leagues Competed In

  • British Athletics League

  • Midlands T&F League

  • National Young Athletes League

  • National Junior League

  • Gwent Cross-Country League

  • Annual Club Promotions

    The fixtures below are intended as an indication of events which are regularly promoted by Bristol & West Athletic Club. However all good things come to an end, so please make contact with the club to establish that this event is taking place this year, and confirm the exact date.

    Last Tuesday of every month
    Bridge Inn 5K

    Diary Of Events

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