TRAIL RUNNING AT WESTON ATHLETIC CLUB

Trail Weston Athletic Club (TWAC)

TWAC is the section of Weston AC that caters specifically for off road running.

ALL members of Weston AC are automatically members of TWAC with no extra membership payment.

TWAC is as much about allowing people to challenge themselves to try new places and activities as it is about performance and competition. Getting out in new locations with like-minded people in a supportive and safe manner can help members look after their mental health as much as well as their physical wellbeing.

TWAC operate several led groups from a single location split on current ability and desired distance. We have a moto that there should be no limits but just as importantly that nobody will get left behind.

TWAC meet on Monday nights throughout the year taking advantage of the fantastic scenery and running locations within easy reach of Weston. For those members who wish to continue running hills and trails on Monday night throughout the winter headlights are the order of the day.

Locations used on a Monday night are mainly within 10 miles of Weston. The locations include the headlands of Sand Bay and Brean Down, Brent Knoll and the substantial area of the Mendips from Bleadon out to Backdown and beyond at Draycott. A favourite location to meet is the Swan at Rowberrow which also doubles up as an ideal location for the after run drinks another key part for many of the TWAC activities.

Further afield locations visited at weekends include the Quantocks, Exmoor, the Jurassic Coast, Dartmoor and Brecon all within 90 minutes travel time.

Organised outings to races and weekend events form a large part of the TWAC calendar with recent events including: Three peaks challenge, Endure 24 Festival, Brecon Beacons trips, Ciderthon.

If off-road is your thing then Trail Weston AC will certainly not disappoint with a host of other members agreeing.

Anyone can take part in TWAC sessions but must be members of Weston Athletic Club to enjoy the full benefits. There is also a full TWAC clothing range and a Facebook group that you can join to find out more about what is happening.

You are very welcome to run with us for two or three weeks before making a commitment to join. Please check our events calendar for details of our current activities. Visiting runners are always very welcome.

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7:00pm Hutton Moor Leisure Centre

A fairly easy paced road run of around 7 miles. Everyone runs as a group on Mondays, at a pace determined by the coach. Faster runners will double back at various checkpoints. New runners are encouraged to come along to Tuesday training in order to find out more about the club before joining the Monday night group.

7:00pm

In the winter months meet on the prom (in the square shelter halfway between the Trop and the Royal Sands end of the seafront)
In the summer months meet on the sports field behind Hutton Moor Leisure Centre
We start with a short warm up and then run a session of repetitions over various distances or times, with recovery intervals between them. If you are really looking to improve your times, this session will do it for you. The training is structured so that whatever your standard you will not be left beh

7:00pm Hutton Moor Leisure Centre

We use a variety of different circuits to provide a steady road run of between 4 and 8.5 miles. We usually split into 5 or 6 different groups according to standard, which allows everyone to do the course at a suitable pace. All of the routes have points where the course may be shortened if you do not feel like completing the whole distance. Our regular circuits include Fartleking, Five Hills Puff, Four Bridges Grunt, Old Slog, Morrisons Run and Graveyard Run

The club cyclists are usually out on Saturday mornings for a road ride of around 50 or 60 miles. Normal start time is 8:15am (but later in deep Winter due to it being dark at 8.45am), with a mid-route ‘Big Breakfast’ stop. The meeting place is normally by the school gates opposite the Sainsburys store in Worle. If you are thinking about a triathlon or just want a bit of cross training, these sessions will help. They’re also not bad if you just like a good breakfast.

8:00am meeting at various locations as advertised weekly below and on our news page. Sessions generally include hill repeats at Uphill or Worlebury Woods or interval / lactic threshold training on the Prom.

If you have a marathon in mind (or even a half), this is the one that you must not miss. The long, slow run provides the platform for all of your training. On most Sunday mornings, there are one or two groups of runners out, with options of between 12 and 21 miles. Most of the runs are off-road and are taken at an easy pace. (With the hills we find to run up there is really only one pace available). Start times are normally between 8am and 9am.

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