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!

Junior Roundup from the Weekend


This weekend was a busy one for BAC Juniors. Saturday brought day 2 of the Welsh Athletics Junior Open champs in Cardiff and international Cross Country in Antrim. Over at NIAC, Bridgend AC were represented in no fewer than 16 events with 31 athletes taking part. The day saw excellent performances delivered by all athletes, with some competing for their first time, while others moved into new age groups. It was great to see the yellow and blue populating the podium, with a total of 8 medals. 2 Gold, 4 Silver and 2 Bronze. A great haul considering the depth and breadth of competition on display from Wales and South East England.  Over in Antrim, Ffion Higginson was part of the Wales U17 team competing in the Celtic International. Ffion had a great run with a time of 16:16 and finishing in 42nd place.

Full BAC Results from the Junior Open

U17 Men 1500m – Devin COOMBES                       Bridgend AC (SWA)              4:27.96 2-(SWA) (Silver Medal)

U15 Boys 1500m – Tom ATTWOOD                        Bridgend AC (SWA)              5:10.76 4-(SWA)

U13 Girls 1500m – Mali MACDUFF                          Bridgend AC (SWA)              5:59.92 2-(SWA) (Silver Medal)

U13 Girls 800m – Anna-Rose MERCHANT             Bridgend AC (SWA)              3:00.42 5-(SWA)

U13 Boys 800m – Jack O’BRIEN                                Bridgend AC (SWA)              2:38.91 3-(SWA) (Bronze Medal)

U15 Girls 800m – Niamh O’BRIEN                           Bridgend AC (SWA)              3:05.41 9-(SWA)

U17 Women 800m – Leonora BREHENY                Bridgend AC (SWA)              2:54.19 9-(SWA)

U15 Boys 800m   – Joshua KERRY                           Bridgend AC (SWA)              2:36.33 5-(SWA)

U13 Boys 60m    – Lewis STEPHENS                         Bridgend AC (SWA)        8.84              3-(SWA) (Bronze Medal)

U15 Girls 60m   – Emily PENNY                                 Bridgend AC (SWA)        8.42              2-(SWA) (Silver Medal)

U15 Girls 60m   – Jersey JONES                               Bridgend AC (SWA)        8.66              6-(SWA)

U15 Girls 60m   – Aimee CHILDS                              Bridgend AC (SWA)        8.74              7-(SWA)

U15 Girls 60m   – Mia LUNN                                     Bridgend AC (SWA)        9.47              16-(SWA)

U13 Girls 60m   – Tianna TEISAR                              Bridgend AC (SWA)        8.69              1-(SWA) (Gold Medal)

U13 Girls 60m   – Maja Lizette GALVEZ                   Bridgend AC (SWA)        8.87              5-(SWA)

U13 Girls 60m   – Aimee LEE                                     Bridgend AC (SWA)        9.49              11-(SWA)

U13 Girls 60m   – Orea PLAYER                                Bridgend AC (SWA)        9.75              15-(SWA)

U13 Girls 60m   – Georgia SMELE                             Bridgend AC (SWA)              9.92       18-(SWA)

U13 Girls 60m   – Ellie LORIMER                              Bridgend AC (SWA)        10.48              19-(SWA)

U15 Boys 60m   – Evan JONES                                  Bridgend AC (SWA)        7.45              1-(SWA) (Gold Medal)

U15 Boys 60m   – Joseph KIMPTON                        Bridgend AC (SWA)        7.72              2-(SWA) (Silver Medal)

U15 Boys 60m   – Ethan RAND                                 Bridgend AC (SWA)        7.90              5-(SWA)

U15 Boys 60m   – Mabon RHYS                                Bridgend AC (SWA)        8.27              9-(SWA)

U15 Boys 60m   – Tomos BROAD                              Bridgend AC (SWA)              8.37       10-(SWA)

U15 Boys 60m   – Morgan OLPHERT                       Bridgend AC (SWA)        8.40              11-(SWA)

U15 Boys 60m   – Joshua STEPHENS                       Bridgend AC (SWA)        8.45              12-(SWA)

U15 Boys 60m   – Ewan BAILEY                                Bridgend AC (SWA)        9.03              14-(SWA)

U15 Girls Shot Put – Niamh O’BRIEN                      Bridgend AC (SWA)        6.59              5-(SWA)

U15 Boys Long Jump – Ewan BAILEY                      Bridgend AC (SWA)        4.09              6-(SWA)

U13 Boys Long Jump – Jack O’BRIEN                      Bridgend AC (SWA)        3.79              4-(SWA)

U13 Girls Shot Put – Georgia SMELE                       Bridgend AC (SWA)        4.38              12-(SWA)

Big BAC representation at Inter-regional XC

Great to see such a large contingent of BAC XC runners representing South Wales at this weekend’s Inter-Regional Cross Country event in Brecon.

Those travelling up on Saturday are as follows:

Erin Andrews J13G
Philippa Allen J13G
Abigail Davies J13G
Sophie Evans J13G
Eve Hickman J13G
Bethan Hardman J13G
Dafydd Pratchett J13B
Thomas Attwood J13B
Rhys Hardman J15B
James Hunt SENM
Gareth Hardman MM45
Robert Hunt MM55
Ffion Higginson J17W
Hannah Jenkins J17W
Sarah Jenkins J17W
Meriel Clode J17W
Alisha Hayes J17W
Devin Coombes J17M
Gina Hardman MW45
Katrin Higginson U20W

Well done all – and have a great run on Saturday!

Visit from Chris Jones,Welsh Athletics Head of Endurance

This Wednesday (6th) will see the rescheduled visit from Chris Jones,WA Head of Endurance, to talk to us about “Developing Junior Endurance Runners” in the Bridgend Tennis club starting at 7pm,

This talk is exclusively for BAC Juniors – and primarily targeted to our teenage endurance runners – so primarily geared towards those in Schools Year 8 & above.

This session is relevant to both athletes and their parents and will hopefully give a attendees a better understanding of some of the best practise towards developing a healthy successful athlete now and into their athletic future.

Please let @Lucy_J7 know if you’re attending (or email her at