Read All About It – Weekly Update 1/10/23.


Weekly forecast

 The weather patterns continue to be unusual and the forecast for the next week shows much warmer temperatures than expected for the first week of October. The wind will be mainly westerly ranging from moderate to fresh then gentle for next weekend. There is rain forecast for Monday evening and Wednesday but sunny weather from Friday for a few days. Temperatures will be Max. 17 to 21 and Min. 11 to 13.


Road race results

 Saturday the 30th saw one of the Club Championship 5k races the Burnham parkrun. Steve Lovell was 1st WAC male in 18.44 followed by Simon Hall in 19.12 and John Davidson in 20.31. Alice Smith was 1st WAC lady in 19.36 followed by Sheryl Selway in 25.16 and Pam Withers in 26.47.


Sunday the 1st saw 17 WAC members take part in the Cardiff half marathon in a field of 27000 runners. Ben Haines was 1st WAC man in 1.19.38, followed by Bill Green in 1.32.35 and Mark Rush 1.58.58. Laura Fricker was 1st WAC lady in 1.28.14, followed by Shan McCarthy in 1.58.58 and Dawn Kinghorn in 2.05.06.


Emma Lane and Clare Harvey completed the Jersey marathon on Sunday together in 4.27.45.


Off-Road race results

 Sunday saw Hannah Keating take part in the latest event in the Somerset series the BHAM 10k trail race near Martock. Hannah finished 6th lady overall in 53.55.



Multi Event results

Nick Cook has been putting his relentless months of training to the test by taking part in the Barcelona Ironman on Sunday 1/10/23 finishing at 8.41 UK time. Nick’s swim was 1.13.25, bike was 5.51.12 and run 5.25.13 for a total time of 12.47.01.


Information and help needed.


Championship 2023

A new tab has been added to the website under members/2023 Championship which is a points summary. The latest summary shows the position after the Oldbury 10-mile race.

A link has been added on the points summary page making it easier for you to find the detailed points position and list of the 2023 championship races.


We have had confirmation that the Herepath half marathon will not take place this year.  The Stickler 3 peaks race organised by Dorset Doddlers on the 29/10 will replace the Herepath half in the championship.

Upcoming Championship Races

5/10             Prom run.

8/10             Burnham half

19/10            October Prom

29/10            The Stickler (Long off road 1500ft of climb)

5/11             Bideford 10 mile



23/24 Gwent Cross Country detail

Chris McMillan has posted the dates for the Gwent series events on the Weston Social fb with first event being in Pembrey park on the 14/10.

Chris is happy to handle the administration of entries as last year, please drop him a message if you intend to take part. Entry will be £5 this year.



Prom Run Series 23/24, Christmas Cracker (10/12) and Mendip Muddle (22/10) are all now open for entries.

 All 3 races are now open for entries on the Race Nation site.


Prom Run 5/10/23. The first event of the 23/24 series is only 4 days away now so to help with the organisation please get your series entries in now and do not forget that there will be no entry on the night with entries for the 5/10 race closing at 9.00pm on Tuesday the 3rd of Oct.


Xmas Cracker volunteer survey


Thank you for all the responses that have so far been sent to Nicky Baker. The race relies on all club members volunteering to help on the day so if you have not got your response in yet can you please take a few minutes to get it back to Nicky as we still have many roles that need to be filled on the 10th of December.


Cracker Beginners group


The Cracker beginner/improver/returner group is designed to help people prepare to take part in the race on 10th of December. The group will start on the 2nd of October for a 10-week period with meetings taking place on Monday evening and Saturday morning. If you have any friends who would like to take part in the group, they still have time and can join the group on Saturday the 7th or Monday the 9th of Oct so don’t let them think they are too late. Please get friends and contacts to message/mail Paul Baker or Rachel Stacey for more information and to register.

The group is open not only to non-WAC members but also to any WAC members who may have been injured or had a lay-off and are looking for support and company to help them back to running.





TWAC session this week 2/10/23 is titled ‘40/40in’ meet 6.50 Red Cow car park Brent Knoll. Please park at the back, leaving space for diners.

40 40 in, a great interval session on top of Brent Knoll!
40 minutes of effort with recovery time in between 1 or 2 minutes of effort!
The session is an old classic, sunsets helicopters and plenty of time to chat in between the efforts! This session is for everyone, new and old!

Tuesday Reps/Intervals


Tuesday training now returns to the seafront for the winter. Meet 6.50 at the shelter between the Trop and Revo.

The session this week will be progressively shorter intervals allowing you to build up your pace. Following our warm-up there will be 5 x 3 mins, 5 x 2 mins, 5 x 1 mins with appropriate rolling recoveries then CD.


The Wednesday swim sessions at Burnham-on-Sea pool

Wednesday swim sessions restart this week – Wednesday 30th August, Burnham on Sea Swim & Sport Academy

Time: poolside 20:20hrs, swim 20:30 – 21:30hrs


You need to be a fully paid-up WAC member to access sessions, they can be booked in blocks of 5 (£32:50) or 10 (£55:00) Please contact Margaret Sills for payment details.

Occasional PAYG sessions are sometimes available; please arrange with Margaret before turning up.


Alternatively, if you have any questions, want to find out more contact either Margaret Sills, Rachael Vincent, or Nick Cook.


We have the October code for the 10% discount and free postage on orders from Sportsshoes (min order value £50). This code is on the WAC members social fb page for WAC member use only. Please ask Jim, Helen, or Julia if you do not access to fb and wish to put in an order with them. (NB Now includes Brooks shoes again)

This week’s schedule:


TWAC session this week 2/10/23. Meet Red Cow car park at 6.50 – See above.


Tuesday session –Meet from 6.50pm on the seafront between the Trop and Revo. Rep/Interval session to be taken by Carol, Nick, or Jim – see above for detail.


Wednesday See above– Swimming sessions Burnham pool 8.20 poolside – See above.


Thursday – October Prom run. HQ Bay café Tropicana on seafront


No Group runs from Hutton Moor on Prom run nights.


Saturday AM session – See WAC social for confirmation of meeting place and time later in the week.