Avon AA : Local Running News

London Mini-Marathon

The cancellation of the October 2020 London Marathon (at least the mass-participation aspect) meant that the 2020 London Mini Marathon had to be cancelled. The next London Marathon (and the Mini-Marathon) will be held on October 3rd 2021: the South-West teams were selected with the help of trial races, held at Taunton on Sunday September 12th, with limited numbers of invited competitors selected on the basis of rankings on Power of 10. The first four in each age/gender category gained automatic selection; the remaining two places plus reserve slots were decided by a Selectors' Zoom meeting. The teams and reserves are listed Here.

In their planned form, these were races with selected teams from London boroughs and various regions of Britain, to be at U13G/U15G/U17W/U13B/U15B/U17M level (previous October - March Cross-Country Age Groups).

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

  • The intended South-West teams for London Mini-Marathon 2020 can be found Here
  • The 2019 Results for South-West athletes can be found Here.
  • The 2018 Results for South-West athletes can be found Here.
  • The 2017 Results for South-West athletes can be found Here.

The South-West Inter-Counties Road Race competition was called off for 2020, as the last potential race (Gloucester 10km, Sunday 29th November) was cancelled because the local Council refused permission for it to go ahead. The 2021 series has also been called off because no host race acceptable to enough counties could be found.

Avon finished third in both competitions in 2016, but since then has been unable to compete because of the lack of Team Management volunteers. If you are in a position to remedy that situation (even for just one race), please Contact the Avon AA Secretary.

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.

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.

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 (pre-Covid) were being 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
  • Clevedon
  • (please let the webmaster know of any additions needed to this list)

There were also Junior Parkruns (again, pre-Covid) over 2km., (4-14 years) on Sundays. Pre-Covid conditions: most start at 9.00am, but check local arrangements. 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
  • Yatton Recreation Ground
  • Little Stoke Park

Just as with events in mainstream athletics, Parkruns may have to be called off if weather conditions or other issues (e.g. Goole on July 24th: a nearby unexploded WW2 bomb) make courses unsafe. Also, venues may sometimes be reserved for non-athletic events.

Most Adult and Junior Parkrun events in England (but not necessarily all), have now restarted: however adult events in Wales are still suspended. Check on the ParkRun Website for the local position.

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.

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: