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 ryan.spencer-jones@welshathletics.org 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.

Merthyr Mawr 5K Race Report

The 15th edition of the Merthyr Mawr Lane 5km where held in thundery conditions, which produced rain in the hours before the event, but if relented to leave a warm balmy still evening.

 Rory McClaggan from Merthyr Mawr Estate got the event underway and immediately Aberdare AAC vests were to the fore with the leaders going through the 1km in 3:06, by 2km (passed in 3:12) Adam Bull was moving away on the gradual climb along Ton Fruit Farm.

 In the ladies race, Ffion Higginson (who leads the UK u17 Women’s Steeplechase rankings) had to pull up in the first mile and team mate Georgie Dando who was alongside her, sacrificed her race in stopping to support her.

 The turn around the Candleston Car Park and climb up to the 3km mark (3:15), saw Bull away increasingly from his younger under 20 clubmate Joseph Reardon, which had extended to 23 seconds by the finish line which he crossed in 15:48, compared to 15:30 in last years event where he finished third. Pontypridd Roadents Simon Lewis took third in 16:43, ahead of clubmate Paul Graham.

 Meanwhile Melanie Edwards of Brackla Harriers came through to take the victory in women’s race in 19:45.

 Les Croupiers took the 4 to score Men’s team title, ahead of Bridgend’s AC and Neath Harriers, whilst Bridgend AC Women’s A Team, beat their B team ahead of Brackla Harriers on a 3 to score basis.

 Over 250 runners finished this popular spring midweek event that hosts a mob match between Les Croupiers RC and a combined Bridgend AC/Brackla Harriers, which was retained giving an 8 – 6 score since the inception of the Mob Match. For the first time the event hosted the South Wales Regional 5k Road Championships.

 Support from St Johns Ambulance and over 30 volunteers from the host club Bridgend AC and local running community, again made the event a great success in idyllic surroundings, with permissions from the Merthyr Mawr Estate, local farmer Jon Tudor and co-operation from the local residents were again greatly appreciated.

Full results available on available on https://bridgendac.wordpress.com

Photos, courtesy of Oliver Roche -Clarke – https://www.facebook.com/groups/145613252163679

Start video (Leon Evans) – https://www.facebook.com/leon.evans.902/videos/10216368780157276

Next Event:        Merthyr Mawr Trail Running Festival – Saturday 16th June 2018 – from 4pm                http://www.merthyrmawrtrailrunningfestival.com

Leading Results


1st           Adam Bull                            Aberdare Valley AC         15:48

2nd          Joseph Reardon (u20)    Aberdare Valley AC         16:11

3rd           Simon Lewis (v35)            Pontypridd Roadents     16:13


 1st           Melanie Williams (v45)  Brackla Harriers                 19:34

2nd          Katrin Higginson (u20)    Bridgend AC                       19:46

3rd           Deborah Goule                 Porthcawl Runners          20:37


Men (4 to score)

1st           Les Croupiers RC               5, 10, 11, 15        41 points

2nd          Bridgend AC                       7, 12, 13, 14        46 points

3rd           Neath Harriers                   6, 8, 18, 24          56 points

Women  (3 to score)

 1st           Bridgend AC “A”               2, 4, 5                    11 points

2nd          Bridgend AC “B”                6, 7, 8                    21 points

3rd           Brackla Harriers                1, 13, 15               29 points

Age Group Winners


U20M    Tom Wright (2nd)                              Bridgend AC                       17:45

M35       Richard Jackson-Hookins (2nd)     Les Croupiers RC               16:33

M45       Matt Hurford                                     Les Croupiers RC               17:14

M55       Ian Bell                                                 San Domenico RC             19:28

M65       Keith Powell                                       Cornelly Striders               20:41


U20W    Sophie Evans                                      Bridgend AC                       20:40

W35       Clare Hughes                                     Bridgend AC                       21:09

W45       Cath Stephens (2nd)                         Bridgend AC                       20:42

W55       Julie Scholey                                      Les Croupiers RC               22:30

W65       Jackie Lewis                                        Cwm Ogwr RC                    29:09


Merthyr Mawr Lane 5k 2018

Entries to the Merthyr Mawr Lane 5km are now open and can be made by clicking here.

The 15th edition of the race incorporates the South Wales Region 5km championships.

The measured out and back, rolling course with a start/finish at top of Merthyr Mawr Lane, welcomes runners of all abilities. Numbers can be collected on the night from Bridgend AC clubhouse, Newbridge Fields, Angel Street, CF31 4AD.

On the night entries and postal entries can be made using this form.

Entries for South Region champs closes midnight May 28th

Huge congratulations to Hannah Jenkins, Ffion Higginson, Erin Andrews and Abi Davies, all Bridgend AC junior endurance athletes, who have been selected to represent Wales in the Virgin London Mini Marathon this weekend.

It’s a 3 mile road race around London, for 11 to 17 year olds, and previous competitors have included Sir Mo Farah.

Good luck girls! #teambridgend

Well done Nadine

Congratulations to Nadine Griffiths who completed her Leading Athletics Certificate on the weekend! A great addition to BAC coaching team.
If any other parents are interested in coaching, becoming officials, or generally want to help out, please let us know. An extra pair of hands is always welcome!