Avon AA : Local Running News

London Mini-Marathon

On the day of the London Marathon (Sunday 29th April), there are the London Mini-Marathon races (over 3km). These are races with selected teams from London boroughs and various regions of Britain, and are at U13G/U15G/U17W/U13B/U15B/U17M level (2018-9 Cross-Country Age Groups).

The South-West is allowed to enter teams of six for each race:

  • The winner of each corresponding race in the South-West Cross-Country Championships will be selected for the South-West team. The remaining places for 2019 will be allocated on the basis of applications made to the selectors, which must be made on This Form (Winners must return it too).
  • The 2018 Results for South-West athletes can be found Here.
  • The 2017 Results for South-West athletes can be found Here.

A list of the running groups in in the South Glos. / Bristol area can be found Here. Some are affiliated to England Athletics and/or the Avon AA, some are not.

You're out on a training run on your own, and you're involved in an accident, or you collapse. How would anyone know who to contact, or what medical treatment you should or should not receive? Various possibilities for identity tags which should not impede your running while providing reassurance should the worst happen are listed on the Chippenham Harriers Web Site (scroll down the page a bit). This is a sensitive subject for runners in Chippenham, where a young woman runner died in a road accident a few years ago.

ParkRunThe concept of the ParkRun (a 5km Saturday morning run, free, as competitive or non-competitive as you choose) is best explained at Their Website.

Local Adult events are held at:

  • Ashton Court, Bristol
  • The Ridings, Chipping Sodbury
  • Pomphrey Hill, Mangotsfield
  • ‘Free Fields’, North Road / Claverton Down Road (opposite Shaft Road), Bath.
  • Wotton-Under-Edge
  • Eastville Park, Bristol
  • Mundy Playing Fields, Thornbury
  • Somerdale Pavilion, Keynsham
  • (please let the webmaster know of any additions needed to this list)

There are also Junior Parkruns (2km., 4-14 years) on Sundays, 9.00am. For all Junior Parkruns anywhere, children under the age of eleven must be accompanied at all times by a parent, guardian or appropriate adult of the parent's choice. Children must place themselves appropriately at the start so that they will not be repeatedly overtaken. Events locally are:
  • Windmill Hill (Victoria Park, Nutgrove Avenue, Bristol)
  • Kings Weston Estate, Kings Weston Lane, Bristol, BS11 0UR (10.00am start)
  • “Neighbourhood Open Space”, Walford Avenue, Weston-super-Mare, BS22 7YZ.
  • Odd Down, Bath
  • Eastville Park, Bristol
  • Page Park, Staple Hill, Bristol

Just as with events in mainstream athletics, Parkruns may have to be called off if weather conditions make courses unsafe. Also, venues may sometimes be reserved for non-athletic events.

Helen Newberry has been appointed as the Run! City (Bristol) Activator for England Athletics. Her objectives include getting more people active in running, including around workplaces, FE Colleges, etc.

The South-West Inter-Counties Road Race competition went ahead again in 2018, incorporated in these races:

  • Great West Run Half Marathon, Exeter, Sunday 14th October
  • Gloucester 10km, Sunday October 28th

Even without a team at the final race in the 2016 series, Avon finished third in both competitions. Unfortunately, because of the lack of Team Management volunteers, Avon was unable to submit teams in either race in 2017. The same situation existed for 2018.

Beginner Running Sessions: England Athletics are working with a number of local providers to increase participation in running.

Individual leaders, coaches or clubs currently with beginner programmes or looking to run beginner courses or start up Run England groups are encouraged to make contact with our partners or activators who can assist with marketing, promotion, leader support and may be able to assist funding for leader training. Your contacts are: