Not a member yet?Click here
Forgotten your password?
Request a new one here
|DAMAGED HAMMER CAGE
|BRIDGEND AC THROWS CAGE - Update
In recent high winds the hammer cage at Newbridge Field's track was damaged and in fear of collapsing when it was brought to our attention by the emergency services. Bridgend AC mobilised a local builder to dismantle the dangerous sections and make the site safe.
In the meantime, the club, who funded the initial cage and then the extension (to conform with IAAF rules) have had contact with the contractors at the Aberdare track facility, whose throws cage is being removed as the track is relocating. We can now confirm that this cage will be coming to replace the damaged one in Bridgend in the very near future.
As a volunteer club, that is self funded, the ability to quickly find £12,000 for a new cage was not viable, so the current situation is on-going as described above. Given that the club is endeavouring to find the £6,000 required to replace the High Jump bed cover (which was set alight over a year ago), having already acquired the £2,500 for a high jump bed, (from grants and local benefactors) which was also destroyed by fire, it is a constant struggle to constantly find free funding for such challenges.
The clubs throwers and throws coach are equally frustrated with the situation, as junior members (who figure highly in the UK rankings) have the inconvenience of travelling to and training at Neath & Cardiff. Planned competitions have had to be cancelled/postponed which are much needed fund raisers for the club.
Bridgend AC committee recognises it has a duty to provide facilities that are safe and useable, but such damage from the weather and vandals, was unforeseen and gives the club challenges on top of it's normal expenditure to run the facility and it's many teams, for it's membership (which is approaching 200) all year round at track & field, cross country and road running. BRIDGEND AC COMMITTEE
|CHILD WELFARE - dropping off/collecting
|It is crucial that parents/guardian drop off/collect their child/children from all the venues being used by Bridgend AC. All athletes MUST be signed in. This is extremely important, especially during the winter months to ensure the safety of your child/children as sessions are sometimes cancelled due to the weather conditions where it is deemed unsafe to train and due to the shortage of indoor training space. NEVER ASSUME that your child's/children's coach will be there as they can at times be caught up in work, traffic or an emergency and are not in a position to contact you to say the session is cancelled. Please DO NOT leave the venue until your child's/children's coach has arrived to take the session. JD
|GB VEST FOR GUEST
|Congratulations to David Guest, coached by his father Mike Guest, who has been selected to represent GB & NI at the International Indoor Match Combined Events in Valencia, Spain on 26th & 27th January 2013. David will be a member of the U23 Mens Team, competing against teams from Spain and France. He recently competed in the Heptathlon at the England Athletics U20/Senior Combined Events Championships at Sheffield on 5th & 6th January, where he finished 3rd in the Senior Mens event with a total of 5258 points. (60m 7.22 secs SB, 1000m 2.43.26 PB, 60mh 8.41 secs SB, HJ 1.95m SB, PV 3.67m SB, LJ 6.85m SB, & SP 13.05m SB). JD
|McCain Cross Challenge, Cardiff, 20th January 2013
|Well done to all runners from Bridgend AC who took part in the McCain Cross Country Challenge last Sunday. The course provided a real challenge with snow covering a large part of the course and muddy patches hidden in the woodlands. The runners with finishing positions in brackets were as follows:
U11Boys - Rhys Hardman (31), Devin Coombes (63), and Jack Hughes (70)
U11 Girls - Hollie Mullan (9), Amelie Clode (30), Rhian Hamm (52) and Chloe Hurford (57)
U13Boys - Donovan Williams-Hales (56)
U13Girls - Meriel Clode (16), Zoe Hamm (25), Sarah Jenkins, (34), Hannah Jenkins, (37)
U15G - Isobel Dodd (22), Ceri Jones, (67)
Senior Women - Kate Roberts (13), Gina Hardman (41)
Senior Men - Gareth Hardman (72) & Garry Jones (78)
6 of our athletes were also selected to represent their respective schools region. Meriel Clode - Cardiff & the Vale Schools. Zoe Hamm, Sarah Jenkins, Hannah Jenkins, Isobel Dodd & Ceri Jones - Glamorgan Valleys Schools. GJ/JD
|ATHLETICS WEEKLY 2012 TOP 20 LISTS
|Congratulations go out to 3 Bridgend AC athletes who have made the 20th December 2012 Edition of Athletics Weekly which features the 2012 age group rankings for UK U13 to seniors, UK masters and Senior International rankings. The athletes are as follows:
U15 girls 300m: Zoe Nash, UK ranking 13th with a time of 42.48
U17 Womens hammer: Zoe Dakin, UK ranking 3rd with a distance of 45m 08cm
U20 Womens hammer: Zoe Dakin, UK ranking 19th, 45m 08cm
U20 Mens High Jump: Stephen Guest, UK ranking =12th, with a leap of 2.00m
These rankings have been taken from the Power of 10 results website which collates results and data on all athletes and can be accessed by anyone on www.thepowerof10.info by either searching by event or by athletes name. The power of 10 was set up to encourage better peformances and sets a top ten target for each event that should be attainable by at least 10 athletes in that age group event. The target is reviewed each year to set new challenges and raise standards. If an athlete performs above the Top 10 target, then they and their coach receive an award from the site's sponsor, McCain. The rankings can also be checked by region, so you can compare you performances against others in your event. You can aslo check out the results of most athletics meetings, cross country, road, etc.
|Porthcawl Lions (High Tide) Boxing Day Run 4.75 Miles
|You can never tell what to expect in the way of weather at this race, though this was probably one of the warmest Boxing Days for some years. Bridgend AC notoriously support this race every year and with great success and 2012 was not one to disappoint. In 1st place overall was Morgan Davies U20 in a time of 27mins 12. Hot on his heels and 3rd overall, 1st Senior Lady was Kate Roberts in 28mins 20. Richard Dando crossed the line for 4th overall and 3rd Senior Man, 28mins 27. Jeff Thomas was next for Bridgend in 24th overall and 8th V40(m) 33mins 14, followed by Dave (splits) Hughes, 56th overall and 2nd V45(m), 35mins 57. There was an excellent performance for Felicity Williamson-Sarll, who at U15 won the U20 womens race in a time of 34.48. Sadly only the first 89 runners had their times recorded, so for all those other members of the club that may have run, but did not appear in the results, WELL DONE. JD
|NOS GALAN RESULTS
|Nos Galan 2012
Bridgend AC was well represented in the Nos Galan road races that took place in Mountain Ash on new year’s eve. Two juniors made the podium - Rhys Hardman was 2nd boy in the 8 & 9 year old race and Daniel Mayne was 2nd in the boys 10 & 11 race. Very well done to both of them.
Other members of the Junior section performed well with 2 narrowly missing out on a medal, Ffion Higginson was 5th place in the girls 10 & 11 race, and Isobel Dodd was fourth in the 12 & 13 girls. Donovan Williams-Hale was 9th boy in the 12 & 13 race, and Katrin Higginson and Ceri Jones were 10th and 11th in the 12 & 13 year old girls race.
The seniors were represented in the elite 5km race by Jeff Thomas, Tim Owen, Gina Hardman and Jacqueline Brace, while two of the junior coaches, Mari Higginson and Garry Jones, ran in the main adult race.
|RESULTS GWENT LEAGUE CROSS COUNTRY - 3rd FIXTURE
|The club had 20 junior athletes running in 3rd fixture of the Gwent League at Blaise Castle Estate, Bristol. After an overnight frost, everyone was greeted to brilliant sunshine in Blaise. The course was set on undulating fields and woodland trails. The ground was sticky in places, with some tricky hilly sections in the woods. The provisional results are as follows, with finishing positions in brackets.
U11 Boys Rhys Hardman (41), Ben Gonzales (52), Jack Hughes (61), and Devin Coombes (62)
U11 Girls Ffion Higginson (3), Hollie Mullan (18),Nia Clatworthy (23) Amelie Clode (43), Molly Ridge (52), and Rhian Hamm (60)
U13 Boys Benji Edwards (7), and Donovan Williams-Hale (66)
U13 Girls Isobel Dodd (12), Katrin Higginson (25), Meriel Clode (37), Zoe Hamm (38), Hannah Jenkins (39) and Sarah Jenkins (40)
U15 Girls Ceri Jones (38)
Chloe Hurford also ran despite feeling unwell, but was unable to finish. Well done to Molly Ridge, Rhys Hardman and Ben Gonzales on their first run in the Gwent League.
Next fixture confirmed as 9th February 2013, Bath University. Please look out for the sign up sheet in the club house. JD
|GWENT LEAGUE CROSS COUNTRY - 2nd FIXTURE
|A great turnout for the junior section with 22 athletes running in the 2nd Gwent League Cross Country fixture of the season. After a damp start in Bridgend, Brecon turned out to be a bright and sunny day. The event was not at the usual venue around Penlan track, but on a fairly flat sticky course between Brecon rugby club and the river Usk. Bridgend athletes performed very well with the following provisional results, finishing positions in brackets:
U11 Boys, , Shalin Standing (53), Devin Coombes (55), Jack Hughes (57) and Niall Fleming (63)
U11 Girls, Ffion Higginson (5), Nia Clatworthy (16), Hollie Mullan (20), Daya Standing (36), Rhian Hamm (54), Holly Morgan (58), and Caitlin Williams (60)
U13 Boys, Benji Edwards (2), Daniel Mayne (30), James Mayne (51), Donovan Williams-Hale (52) and Rhys Potter (58)
U13 Girls, Isobel Dodd (22), Katrin Higginson (28), Zoe Hamm (45), Hanah Jenkins (49) and Sarah Jenkins (50)
U15 Girls, Ceri Jones (43)
Well done to James Mayne, Rhys Potter, Sarah and Hanah Jenkins on their first run in the Gwent League and a welcome back to Ceri Jones after a year off with injury and a step up in age group. Great results all round. Competing in the Gwent League Cross Country is open to all club athletes, not just endurance, so if you want to have go put your name on the sign up sheet.
NEXT FIXTURE - SATURDAY 1st DECEMBER, BLAISE CASTLE, BRISTOL. Look out for the sign up sheet in the clubhouse. JD
|GWENT LEAGUE CROSS COUNTRY, JUNIOR RESULTS
|Bridgend AC hosted the 1st fixture of the Gwent League on 21st October 2012. A total of 34 Junior athletes competed with the following provisional results, finishing position in brackets-
U11 Boys, Shalin Standing (37), Devin Coombes (44), Evan Jones (50), Niall Fleming (55), Jack Hughes (60), Joshua Olsen (61)
U11 Girls, Ffion Higginson (5), Nia Clatworthy (17), Hollie Mullan (31), Mia Davies (40), Daya Standing (43), Amalie Clode (45), Olivia Provstgaard (66), Holly Morgan (77), Thea Jones (81), Cloe Hurford (86), Rhian Hamm (92), Caitlin Williams (94), Mia Pritchard (101), Saffron Frowen (102)
U13 Boys, Benji Edwards (1), Daniel Mayne (49), Donovan Williams-Hale (64), Oliver Lewis (66), Joel Davies (74), Jack Newhams (79)
U13 Girls, Katrin Higginson (27), Zoe Hamm (40), Meriel Clode (53)
U15 Girls, Megan Summers (43), U17 Girls, Heidi Redwood (18).
The following athletes were unable to finish their races due to injury/illness, but put in commendable performances none the less, Jay Gonzales (U13B), Alice Robson (U13G) & Catherine Adamec (U15G), we hope you'll all be back to full fitness soon.
Well done to all the athletes who ran in some very sticky and warm conditions - great results all round in very large fields.
Thank you to all those who helped set up and dismantle the course, (some of which also marshalled and later raced in the senior races), marshalls, officials and caterers. A massive thank you to Alana & Aimee Mullan, Ceri Jones, Isabel Hughes & Zoe Dakin who all did a fantastic job and helped us raise £759 for the club. Thank you Gwyn & Garry Jones for team managing the juniors & to Jayne Johnson for ensuring the athletes were warmed up before their races.
NEXT FIXTURE IS SATURDAY 10th NOVEMBER IN BRECON - please look out for the sign up sheet in the club house. JD
|BAG PACKING EVENT 31ST OCTOBER & 1ST NOVEMBER
|I would like to say a huge thank you to the following athletes and parents who were able to give up their time to help raise vital funds for the club. Some of the athletes helped for the full 4 hours on the Wednesday, with only short breaks before getting back to work. Wednesdays team consisted of Ffion Higginson, Katrin Higginson, Isabel Hughes, Jack Hughes, Tracy Hughes, Hollie Mullan, Alana Mullan, Suzanne Mullan, Dylan Parry, Kirsten Parry, Andrew Parry, Zoe Dakin and Jane Dakin. Thursdays team consisted of Oliver Lewis, Fraser Lewis, Mollie Ridge, Harry Ridge, Julia Ridge, Lora Roberts, Katie Roberts, Rebecca Senior, Zoe Dakin and Jane Dakin. Great to see some of our newer members getting involved. The next date for bag packing has been pencilled in for Sunday 9th December 2012. Please support the club and give up some of your free time as a thank you to your coaches for all that they do for you as volunteers. Grand total raised will appear here soon!