Bridgend AC

Gwent League 2016-17

If the dates from the Gwent League website aren’t in your running calendar by now then they should be…🙂

Fixture Dates and Venues:
Sunday 16 October 2016 – Newbridge Fields, Bridgend
Saturday 12 November 2016 – Brecon Leisure Centre, Penlan
Saturday 3 December 2016 – Blaise Castle, Bristol
Weekend 11/12 February 2017 – TBA
Weekend 4/5 March 2017 – TBA

Volunteers for the first event which BAC are hosting are always required – please let Alan Kerr know if you can help either on the day itself or on the before in the setting up of the course.


Welsh Athletics dates for your diaries

Coaching Conference

Date: 2nd October 2016

Venue: The Vale Hotel, Hensol, Vale of Glamorgan

Arrival: 09:30


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19th November 2016 – Save the date


Awards Dinner–media/news/news-area/2016/august-2016/hall-of-fame-dinner-2016.aspx

Hilton Hotel, Cardiff on Saturday 8th October 2016

Running is a drug…or is it? Lets find out shall we..? :)

We’ve just had the following request:

My name is Gary Woods and I am undertaking a Masters in Sport and Exercise Psychology within the Ulster University. I would be grateful if male runners aged 18 years and over would consider completing the questionnaire available at the following link.

 I am investigating exercise dependence and attempting to identify factors associated with it (if present). Further details of the study are available within the questionnaire’s opening pages. Many thanks in advance for your time, should you be able to participate.

Sounds interesting

MMTRF – thanks to all BAC and other volunteers

A note from Steve Brace to all those involved in the organisation, support and running of the Merthyr Mawr Trail Race last weekend….


A BIG BIG thank you for your help and support that made the first Merthyr Mawr Trail Running Festival such a success.

Over 300 seniors completed a challenging course, and whilst not the July summers day weather we envisaged, in retrospect it was ideal for the runners.

On the whole, the event went very well and there is some excellent feedback from runners on the events social media (links below), however there are a things that we need to tighten up on and improve in the future, and great images from the course supplied by our photographers, runners and spectators. If you have any please pass on.

The event could not have happened without you and you all rallied and provided great support to the runners, which is evident in their comments.

The event looked good and had a great atmosphere and the logistics of the car park and event village worked well, and was perfect for the running of the youngsters races around the area.

The venue, course, unique features and setting is the key successful ingredient and we are very thankful for Rory McClaggan of Merthyr Mawr Estate and land owner for his generosity, permission and the work undertaken in many parts of the course, much of which will have gone unnoticed but crucial in the safe running of the event.

Also, thanks are due to ….

  • the NRW (National Resources Wales) who manage the warren re-established some of the paths across the top
  • Penybont Lifeguards for monitoring the Ogmore Estuary, a vulnerable part of the course
  • And St Johns Ambulance, who due to the complexity of the course were distributed at 3 sites and brought in special vehicles; just in case, but thankfully no major problems were recorded.

We would welcome your feedback, good and bad, as we evaluate the event and consider any revisions.

We will be having a review meeting in the next 2 weeks, and would be delighted if you are able to attend. Details to follow.


At this early stage, we are planning on holding the second edition at a similar time next year – early/mid-July, and we hope that we can call on your support again – unless you are planning on running?

Many, many thanks – Steve