In 1998 Weston AC amalgamated with Wyvern Road Runners and has grown strongly to be the club that it is today continuing under the name Weston AC.
2008 saw the introduction of a Triathlon section which has continued to grow in numbers currently having a very active membership of experienced and new participants to the sport. The club now has a number of licensed swimming and cycling coaches and leaders.
Members have long supported both road and off-road running entering many of the growing number off Ultra races, Multi day and Festival events. More recently a separate section, Trail Weston AC (TWAC) has been established to focus solely on off-road running. TWAC meet at some of the fantastic locations for this activity around the area on Monday nights and regularly have organised activities at weekends.
The general interest in running, the establishment of the TRI and TWAC sections together with many new members introduced to running, via the Xmas Cracker beginners groups first run in 2014, has led the club to grow to a current membership of approx. 400
The club have organised many local races over the 40 plus years of its’ existence with a number of well loved events sadly no longer taking place for various traffic and other reasons. The current portfolio of club races is shown below:
WESTON PROM RUNS
This race came about mainly because of friendly bickering in the senior changing rooms after the weekly training runs with each runner having there own times for the evening’s route, all differing with their personal times of course!
The original race distance was 4.3 miles, just one circuit of the Prom including out to the Lifeboat Shop and up to the Sanatorium, after three/four years for safety reasons it changed it to two laps (5miles) avoiding the crossing at Knightstone. We controlled the race with Four officials, a marshal at both ends,(either or Phil Williams, Jim White, Keith Lee, Roger Hart) recorder(Joyce Jackson, Bristol Ac) and Dave Jones, Starter/Timekeeper/Results also did the Registration with Janet helping most nights. Initially measured the distance on a walk for many years with 3A’s official measurer – Stan Tingle, a Weston AC member. We also had many venues for the basecamp up and down the seafront over the years.
Once having borrowed a measuring wheel, and measuring the Prom (no Garmin’s in those days), one lap equalled 3.4 miles starting from the Tropicana and back again. It was opened up to all comers at 30p entrance fee. There were 25 finishers on that first night in December 1983. Not expecting the series to continue much beyond a couple of years, very few records were kept. Well as they say, the rest is history, so 29 years later and it’s still going.
Since that start, the race has developed to be a regular feature of the South West running calendar with a mid-week series of 9 races starting in September with the last race in May of the following year. The race HQ is now at the refurbished Bay café and features categories for senior male and female runners together with vet 40, 50 and 60 categories for both male and female as well as Series Team competitions for both male and female. The race regularly now has of over 300 finishers with a record entry in 2017 of 384. Entry is open to both club and non-club runners.
On the same night as the monthly prom run the club now organise a junior 1 mile race which takes place prior to the 5 mile race. Please see the Races | Prom Run tab for more detail.
The Beacon Batch fell race was started by Bath AC. in 1989 and the organisation was taken on by Weston AC in 1999. Roger Hart and Rob Skeen have been the previous WAC race directors with Nick Briffitt being the current director. The HQ and route of the race has changed over recent years but the tough nature of the race remains with the highest point in the race always being the Beacon Batch Trig Point at a height over 1000 feet.
The Mendip Muddle is a tough 20K off-road race established by Pete Green, the race starts high up on the Mendips at Charterhouse and includes over 1500ft of climb. In 2001 Roger Hart took on the organisation of the race from Pete followed by Bryan Morley, Tony Hogg, Carol O’Leary and is now under the Directorship of Martin Hurcombe. The race has had the RNLI and more recently Weston Hospicecare as its’ charity with many 000’s of pounds being raised for theses 2 causes.
WESTON CHRISTMAS CRACKER
December 1988 saw the first ‘Cracker’ 10k race using a combination of beach, promenade and road. In the early days the race was organised by Wyvern Road Runners under the name ‘Wyvern Xmas Cracker’ with the name changing later to ‘Weston Christmas Cracker’ after the amalgamation of the 2 clubs in 1998-99. The success continues because of the splendid team work with all club members getting involved. Entry numbers have slowly been able to increase to the present limit of 2500 aided by ‘chipping timing ‘ and modern I.T. which reduces some of the work involved. The race has had Weston Hospicecare as the main race charity for many years with over £50,000 being raised by the runners for this cause.
Overall this means that Weston AC hosts 12 races throughout the year, raising thousands of pounds for charity and contribution to club funds to allow us to continually improve the service we give to our members and our race participants.