The England Athletics SW Championships and Inter Counties 2014 was held on 17th August at the newly refurbished Exeter Arena. This flagship athletics competition featured athletes from seven south west counties of Avon, Cornwall, Devon, Dorset, Gloucestershire, Somerset and Wiltshire as well as guest athletes from the Channel Islands and Wales.
Booking is now available for each of the three England Athletics National Coaching Conferences and an early booking discount is currently available.
The South West Endurance team's coach development weekend on Saturday 13th September and Sunday 14th September still has some places remaining. The theme for this event is the 'Creation of a Robust Athlete' and as such may be of interest to coaches working across all event groups as well as endurance. Book now!
There will be three Club Forums held over the next few months in the South West region. England Athletics will be hosting the evenings for club members to find out more about the England Athletics Whole Sport Plan and where clubs or Run England groups fit into this. The local Athletics Networks will present on the Networks' plans and successes and there will be County-specific presentations.
Since its first session in October of 2013, the Argyle Musketeers - the Argyle Community Trust's junior running club - have grown, not only in numbers, but in reputation. Started as part of the Premier League 4 Sport project, rolled out by a host of Premier and Football League clubs, the Argyle Musketeers are now a self-sustainable Run England-affiliated club.
Thursday 17th July saw the start of a series of taster sessions to get 14-19 year olds running in Bristol. Run! City Bristol has teamed up with The Creative Youth Network to develop Bristol's very own Running Crew.
Make your nomination now for the England Athletics Community Awards. Tickets for our Hall of Fame and Community Awards night are also now available to buy.
Entries are still open for the South West Track and Field championships but the deadline for entries is Wednesday 30th July 2014. The aim this year is to increase participation and standards, so extra events in the under 15 age groups have been added, and in the senior age groups by having entries to non South West or non County selected athletes while still retaining entry standards. So why not come and participate?
Knowle West Running Club was set up in December 2013 by Stu Ferris. Despite a successful first month, Stu decided to embark in a personal challenge on January 1st 2014 to raise money for Mind, the mental health charity. Now firmly committed to the running challenge Stu is building on his inspiration and re-launching Knowle West Running Club on 1st August 2014 with help from Run! City Bristol.
Taunton Athletic Club's three year project to build their own clubhouse has finally come to fruition. Their new building was officially opened on Saturday in front of club members and a host of backers who have helped them along the way. The whole project started with £50,000 from Sport England through the 2012 - Inspired Facilities grants, but with hard work from many club volunteers in gaining financial support and sponsorship, the dream has become a reality.