Bridgend AC

About us

Bridgend Athletic Club is a thriving athletics club based in the heart of the borough of Bridgend. We cater for all ages from 9-90 and for athletes of all abilities. Currently we have over 200 members, including junior track and field athletes and Senior and Masters endurance athletes. We also have a strong group of triathletes who use our running sessions to boost their triathlon training requirements.

We have been promoting athletic excellence for some 50 years, and during that time we have seen many of our talented members achieve at the highest level – Olympians, World and Commonwealth representatives.

Our track and clubhouse facility is located at Newbridge Fields, Bridgend (behind the Bridgend Recreation Centre)

We are a self funded, not for profit voluntary organisation, who reinvests any surplus funds into a progressive coach and education programmes, equipment and the necessary transport for competition throughout Wales and England.

If you would like to visit or become involved in the club; either actively or in a voluntary capacity; a Monday between 6 pm and 8 pm would be a good time to call in – or if you would like to speak to one of the club’s officers ahead of a visit, please contact us by email and we’ll get back to you as soon as we can!

New to Running? Want to run with others?

We also have a group specifically aimed at those new to running, who maybe have done a fun run and have been bitten by the “running bug”. This group meets in the foyer of the Halo Bridgend Recreation Centre every Tuesday evening @ 6.30pm. Runners of all abilities, whether for fitness or improvement are catered for. The sessions are led by qualified leaders and there is weekly advice on all aspects of running.

Want to find out more? Contact Jon on 07564854499

A Brief Club History

Bridgend AC was formed in the early 1980’s when the Athletics section of Bridgend YMCA decided to “go it alone” in an attempt to attract funding to develop athletic facilities in the area. The club had a successful Junior section but members usually had to join bigger clubs to develop their full potential for track & field . The junior section dwindled in the late 80’s as the club led a nomadic existence . The senior Road & Cross Country section benefited from the boom years of the sport and attracted a large membership of all abilities.

The training group which grew around Steve Brace attracted runners from across South Wales and in the late 80’s and 90’s Bridgend AC become one of the most consistently successful clubs in the UK winning the London Marathon & Great North Run team titles as well as several Welsh & UK team titles on the Road and Country. Several members gained individual Medals and representative honours at all levels.

Due to the hardwork and perseverance of Steve Brace, Jon Embling & Ray Nicholson funding was arranged and a Clubhouse was built close to the Bridgend Recreation Centre – with the help of the Council and SPORTSLOT a 300m all weather track was opened in 1997 .

Sponsorship by Hedy Navidi of Physique Health & Fitness , Brackla, Bridgend which was SPORTSMATCHED by Sports Council helped the Club equip the facility , train coaches, arrange events to introduce youngsters to athletics and provide a development program .The club now has a thriving Junior section covering all track & field disciplines (Outdoors & In) and Cross Country . The number of active members in the Senior ranks has dropped recently but the Club can still provide good competition on Road,Country & track .

The Veterans (over 40) members form the backbone of the Senior men while we still retain a number of International standard members , and an influx of keen young ladies is strengthening the Senior Ladies team. The Club has organised events regularly including Welsh Cross Country Championships and Gwent League Cross Country fixtures. The popular Merthyr Mawr Xmas Pudding 10km was promoted by the club for 10 years until 2000.The Club tries to contest all Welsh Championships ,and has represented Wales in the European Clubs Championships 1/2 marathon on 4 occasions. Participation in the Welsh Castles Relay in June is a social as well as competitive engagement and BRIDGEND AC has won the event outright twice .

Athletics Achievements
Ian Hamer – 5000m Commonwealth Games Bronze Medallist
Helen Miles – 100m/200m Commonwealth Games
Wendy Ore – British InterCounties Ladies Cross Country Champion
Mike Crowell – Welsh Marathon Champion , GB International
Current Members include :
Steve Brace – twice GB Olympic Marathon, Winner Berlin, Paris and many other places .
Dale Rixon -Commonwealth Games Marathon , GB International
Gareth Davies – GB International, Marathon
Darren Hiscox -GB International -Road/Mountain
Marc Jenkins- GB Triathlon
Vince Thomas -World Junior Duathlon
Helen Jenkins (nee Tucker) -World Champion Triathlete 2008 & 2011

To see our clubs approved constitution click here – BAC Constitution April 2014

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