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The rise of the omniclub

Something different seems to have evolved in the past 2 or three years.

A few years ago, Bristol & West Athletic Club decided they needed to engage with recreational and new runners, partly to create a supply of more competitive runners for their teams, perhaps to access sources of funding, but also because it is simply the right thing to do if you are passionate about running.

Keith Brackstone and Chris Elson, both very experienced runners and coaches - the real deal - were the principle engineers of this change, and they now have open, friendly groups meeting and running weekly at locations all across Bristol. (Check out the "clubs" listing on this site.)

Another pair of passionate people have also set up a number of groups for women. Starting with Frenchay Runners, then Brislington runners, and now under the name Just Jog, they have received funding to set up new groups specifically to engage more people with running in the inner city. They are so passionate, they have even joined me to help keep this website going!

And of course there are just regular groups and clubs too - way more than in past years. What's going on?


OK! April races are up to date.

Yes, actual April 2013 runing races around Bristol are up to date and good to go.

Bristol Runing Resource has some new helpers so we’re going to see if we can reinvigorate things. Next up, May races, and the weekly reminder list for April coming soon…


Is this the end?

I think it is time for me to give up my care of Bristol Running Resource. My priorities have changed, and I need less of them!

I couldn’t bear to keep looking at a dead site, so either I delete it, or perhaps, dear reader, you would like to take it on?

If you are interested, let me know. I’ll collect expressions of interest until the end of the month, and then pass ownership to the person who I think will love and nurter the site best. Then I’ll do everything I can to help.


It’s nearly that time again

If you’ve put your name down for this year’s Bristol half marathon then you’ve probably just found an email from the organisers in your inbox. It’s a reminder that there are four weeks to go before the race. Only four weeks!

I hope you’re on target to hit the mileage that you need ready for the big day.

I feel like I’ve - finally - got back into half marathon territory for the first time in quite a long time. Yesterday I managed a slow run of over 10 miles. As a result, the legs were a little stiff this morning, but at least no damage was done.

Last year I never managed to get beyond 10 miles in training for the half. I started building up the miles too late. Given that we’ve got a couple more training weekends to go before this year’s race I should hopefully manage at least one 13 mile training run. It would be the first time I’ve managed that for three years. Every year one thing or another seems to get in the way. I’m crossing my fingers that doesn’t happen again!

You don’t need to have run the full distance before the race in order to get round. I know runners who have turned in some fast times for the half without ever running that far in training. But personally I always feel a bit more comfortable if I stand on the start line knowing that I’ve done it.

Race day usually turns out to be quite hot. We’ve had some pretty rotten weather this year so it’s been difficult to do any acclimatisation. At least the race this year is in late September for a change, so maybe it won’t turn out to be sweltering. Who knows?

Whether we’re faced with rain or sun, and whether you’re running the half for the first time or the fifteenth time, I hope you have a great day.


Just run a teeny bit and help fight Meningitis

For those of you that fancy a bitesize challenge, or one that is just a bit longer, there is an opportunity to help fight Meningitis and Septiceamia this weekend at the Mercure Hotel nr St Mary Redcliffe.

Mercure are asking for volunteers to join in and raise money for Meningitis Research Foundation by helping to run a combined 570 miles in one day on treadmills in their hotels across the country.

More details here or you can simply donate.