Merthyr Mawr Lane 5k Results

Thank you to everyone that both ran and supported the race. With a total of 261 finishers the 16th edition of the event was a great success.

The first male finisher was James Hunt (CARDIFF AAC) in 14:58 and the first female finisher was Katrin Higginson (BRIDGEND AC) in 18:55.

The team results were as follows;

Men (4 to score)

  1. Aberdare AAC                   28 Points
  2. Bridgend AC “A”               45 Points
  3. Bridgend AC “B”               84 points

Women (3 to score)

  1. Bridgend AC “A”                6 points
  2. Bridgend AC “B”               23 Points
  3. Les Croupiers RC              24 Points

The full results can be found here.

Some great pics of the event by Paul Stillman, can be found on

Overall winners


Merthyr Mawr Lane 5km 29th May 2019

Entries are now open for the Merthyr Mawr Lane 5km race. The race will take place on Wednesday 29th May. The flat and fast out and back route has a great history as a PB route. For information on how to enter and previous years’ results. Please head to the event page here.

Impressive running @ Cardiff Bay 10k

Great conditions with a little tail wind made for some brilliant running by those representing BAC today. With a few non-starters we had an impressive 13 runners with 6 finishing in the top 5 of their age category. Well done to all those that took to the road today. Finishers results as follows;

Joe Thomas – 34:46 (4th M40)
Rob Hunt – 37:42 (3rd M55)
Katrin Higginson – 40:34
Gareth Davies – 41:26
Georgina Dando – 41:59 (3rd F40)
Daniel Morgan – 42:57
Catherine Stephens – 43:33 (3rd F45)
Jacqueline Brace – 43:32 (1st F60)
Clare Hughes – 43:47 (5th F40)
Mitch Evans – 47:24
Dafydd James – 53:05
Krista Humphrey – 56:37
Jan Evans – 64:54

Also a big congratulations to friend of the club James Hunt, finishing 8th overall in a time of 30:18.

Development and modernisation of the club update meeting

There has been further progress on many areas of the development and modernisation of the club, and the officers would like to update the membership on Monday 25th March at 7:30pm at the clubhouse.

There principle areas that will be discussed are:

  1. The Status of the Club – Moving from a CASC to a CIO – explaining the implications of future club structures of a committee and Trustees. (CASC – Community Amateur Sports Club; CIO – Charitable Incorporated Organisation).
  2. Update on the BAC Modernisation Plan – track replacement, asset transfer of the facility, legal status etc.
  3. Appointment of a part-time Business Development Officer for the club, to support the officers/members on the BAC Modernisation Plan in the coming months/years; principally to source/apply for grants and take the club through the various legal processes, and act on behalf of the club at various levels of engagement with funders and stakeholders/partners.

At this meeting we will discuss the above so that the officers can further progress, with a mandate from the members; and to set an AGM date in April where we will move to the new club CIO model.

If any member requires paperwork on the above for information/scrutiny ahead of the meeting please request on email  from Steve Brace on 07989445627 or Please note that these are draft at this stage and for personal use and should not be shared.

John H Collins Gwent Cross Country League Fixture 4 Pontypool

Results for the Gwent league fixture 4 are now out. There were excellent performances across all the age groups on a very tough course. We had 33 runners in total throughout the day. Well done to all those that raced, I hope you had fun in the mud.

Novice Boys

26 Iwan Froley                  Bridgend Athletic Club
77 Fraser Higginson         Bridgend Athletic Club

Team is sitting 26th of 46 teams.

Novice Girls

42 Ariannah Thomas              Bridgend Athletic Club
56 Grace James                         Bridgend Athletic Club
59 Poppy Evans                        Bridgend Athletic Club
61 Nia Lewis                             Bridgend Athletic Club
67 Daisy Lewis                         Bridgend Athletic Club
90 Celyn Story                          Bridgend Athletic Club
101 Jessica Story                      Bridgend Athletic Club
103 Arrayah Thomas              Bridgend Athletic Club
107 Amber Story                      Bridgend Athletic Club

Team is currently 12th of 52 teams.

U13 Boys

57 Joshua Morgan                Bridgend Athletic Club

Team is sitting 22nd of 43 teams

U13 Girls

31 Lili Stephens                Bridgend Athletic Club
46 Ffion Howe                  Bridgend Athletic Club
49 Daisy Evans                 Bridgend Athletic Club
64 Mia Allen                      Bridgend Athletic Club
65 Freya Allen                  Bridgend Athletic Club
74 Katie Blower                Bridgend Athletic Club

Team is currently 7th of 39 teams

U15 Boys

11 Rex Ezzard                   Bridgend Athletic Club

Team is currently 19th of 34 teams

U15 Girls

29 Eleri Wood                   Bridgend Athletic Club

Team is currently 18th of 28 teams

U17 Women

29 Abigail Morgan               Bridgend Athletic Club

Team is currently 12th of 26 teams

U20 Women

4 Katrin Higginson             Bridgend AC

Team is currently 2nd of 12 teams

Senior Men

68  R. Dando              (35) Bridgend Athletic Club
86  M. Emery             (35) Bridgend Athletic Club
100  J. Dixon                      Bridgend Athletic Club
111  R. Hunt               (55) Bridgend Athletic Club
214  D. Morgan          (35) Bridgend Athletic Club
274  D. Hughes           (50) Bridgend Athletic Club

Rich Dando is currently 33rd overall and Rob hunt 42nd from 789 runners.
The senior men’s team 4th overall in Division 2.

Senior Women

37  G. Dando                 (35) Bridgend Athletic Club
67  G. Hardman           (45) Bridgend Athletic Club
109  H. Andrews          (45) Bridgend Athletic Club
139  H. Coburn             (35) Bridgend Athletic Club
188  K. Morgan             (35) Bridgend Athletic Club

Gina Hardman is currently 28th overall and Georgie Dando 57th from 560 runners
The senior women’s team 8th overall in Division 2

Next fixture is Saturday 2 March 2019 – Blaise Castle, Bristol. A flat and fun course.

More details will be shared when available

Welsh Athletics Throws Foundation Day Saturday 2nd March 2019

The next East and South throws foundation day will take place on the 2nd March at the National Indoor Athletics Centre Cyncoed, Cardiff met

The events involved will be Discus, Shot put and an introduction to hammer – the day is focused towards coaches and athletes and the events will be run by local community coaches. The day is open to U13 and U15 athletes who have 3 or more registered marks on power of ten for 2018/19.
The key points and how to confirm attendance –

*   Please email before the 22nd February deadline – no late entries will be allowed due to coach availability.
*   Information on the email –
*  Name
*   Age and age group
*   Event and PB
*   Contact email
*   On arrival you will be asked to fill out a further form with further
information needed

*   The days’ timetable –
9.45am – Arrival and introduction

10am – 11.50am – Practical Shot/Discus and introduction to Hammer

12pm – 1pm – Practical Athlete speed/power focus/ Coach roundtable

1.15pm – Final conclusions and depart

The foundation day aims to give our young athletes and coaches the opportunity to come together and develop and gain technical and physical knowledge of the event group. The most important area is the development of the throw’s community and the coaches or future coaches/volunteers that sit within the region. The day is open to all coaches and parents and encourage this across all the development throws initiatives.

2019 Senior Training Schedule

Mr Brace has worked his magic and devised the next formula for success for the seniors. Please see attached schedule to be followed for the next 12 weeks.

As we are into dark evenings, it is EVERY runner’s responsibility to ensure that they Wear LIGHT REFLECTIVE GEAR to stay safe; whenever crossing roads or running to, from and at every training session; and as a duty of care, to warn other runners of any hazards. Each session has been risk assessed for runners using their common sense, acting sensibly and getting yourself seen. NO HEADPHONES are to be worn at training sessions

Jan to Mar Senior Training

Recognition for Ffion Higginson

Congratulations to Ffion Higginson who has been nominated by British Athletics  to apply for a position on the Athletics Academy of Sporting Excellence (AASE) Programme. It’s the first stage of the British Athletics Performance Pathway for young athletes aged between 16 and 18. This is a fantastic achievement as only athletes who British Athletics feel have demonstrated the potential to perform at the highest level are eligible to apply for the programme.