Sponsored Post Learn from the experts: Create a successful blog with our brand new courseThe WordPress.com Blog

WordPress.com is excited to announce our newest offering: a course just for beginning bloggers where you’ll learn everything you need to know about blogging from the most trusted experts in the industry. We have helped millions of blogs get up and running, we know what works, and we want you to to know everything we know. This course provides all the fundamental skills and inspiration you need to get your blog started, an interactive community forum, and content updated annually.

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!

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 lucykerry@btinternet.com)