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Nov 22, 2020
Posted by: AnthonyH

Hi Off Road runners,

Who can tell me who wrote this:?

“And did you really walk,” said I,
On such a wretched night?
I always fancied Ghosts could fly –
If not exactly in the sky,
Yet at a fairish height.”


I had been looking forward to the Two Tunnels race this weekend, however here are the results for the October event:

Two Tunnels 25th October 2020
4th Daniel Piper 18:40 - 1st M40-49
10th Freya Burglass 19:54
18th Jacqueline Rockliffe 21:02 - 1st F50-59
22nd Phil Harding 23:13
49th Douglas Watkinson 47:57
61st Andrew Sharratt 49:08 - 1st M60-69
94th Richard Newman 55:40
127th Anthony Hickson 1:33:05
3rd Fiona Price 44:22 - 1st F50-59
38th Laura Waterhouse 54:47
Half Marathon
14th Ben Blackwall 1:29:43
50th Alexa James 1:44:18


  • Wiltshire Off Road League Championships. There will be nothing until October 2021.
  • The next Cross Country meeting should be held at RNAS Merryfield, Ilton, Somerset which is near Ilminster, Yeovilton in January.

AVR Club Championship and WAVA League

There haven't been many opportunities for competition this year with so many events being cancelled but AVR's Club Championship and WAVA League is still going ahead. Send all results to me at by 31st December and I will collate everything for the website and awards.

Please note that the AVR road and off road leagues are cancelled this year as is the annual How Farr For AVR competition.

Club Championship

Send in your best times from 2020 for 5k, 10k and Half Marathon to be included and for this year only, physical and virtual events, such as the Westbury 5k, and parkruns from January-March will be included. You must be able to provide links to your results.

Previous results can be seen here


LeagueThis is an age grading competition to give you a performance percentage in distances from 5k to marathon. Use a WAVA calculator such as this and send in your result.

Previous results can be found here


… and I thought that there was nothing to say this month!

Latest news from the TRA: There will be no TRA Championship events in 2021.

Keep training, Anthony

Off Road Secretary

Oct 22, 2020
Posted by: AnthonyH

Last Saturday A Run Together group of us ran around the Mells course. Fast runners and slow runners, but a really congenial group led by Ian Holmes with plenty of runbacks.
Thank you, Ian.

This weekend, Sunday, 25th October, there is the Two Tunnels event really well organised by Relish Running. Entries are still open.
Their next event will be on the 22nd November – highly recommended.

We are planning another off road event, probably on 14th November, along the Hilly Helmet route, so watch the Run Together app and our secretary's Friday emails.
If you know the course and would like to take part please contact me either directly or through our secretary.

Our Monday evening runs along the canal, have now finished, but if a group would like to do another walk/run on that route on a Saturday, let me know and we will organise it.

Normally we would be holding the Over the Hills 12k at the beginning of November, but circumstances have made this too difficult, so …
The 2020 OTH virtual event will start on November the 1st, continuing to raise funds for Alzheimer’s support. Results will be hosted on the DB Max platform with 1st, 2nd and 3rd and category prizes delivered to local participants and individual mementos sent out in the post to all who enter.  Entries are still available

Keep running, Anthony
AVR Off Road secretary

Sep 22, 2020
Posted by: AnthonyH

Hi Off Road enthusiasts and all other AVR members


First some results from a very enjoyable day in Bath.


Race Results


Having A Mare, Saturday, September 12th, 2020

at Bath Race Course.



2nd Simon Reece in 19:49

54th Anthony Hickson in 48:00



38th Emily Dye in 53:36

39th Cliff Dye in 53:38

47th Andrew Sharratt in 54:30


Next Relish Running Race will be held on 25th October. This will be the Two Tunnels Railway Race.


One of my favourite events is the Mells Scenic 7. They are currently holding a virtual race which finishes at the end of this month.

I would like to propose a “socially organised” run around that course, in groups of six, run at a much slower pace than a race – a social day out.

Although there is a map of the course on their website, I would like somebody who knows the route to lead the way around.


If you are interested in taking part in such a run please get in touch with me and state:

  • I would like to be a member of such a run.

  • I know the course and would be happy to be a leader.

  • Dates when it would be convenient;

    • Saturday

    • Sunday

    • October

    • Later

Any other comment.



We are still holding our off road sessions every Monday and we always finish in the daylight (it would be too dangerous to run along the canal in the dark)

The departure times of these runs gets earlier each week;

  • Monday, 28th September – 18:15

  • Monday, 5th October – 18:00

  • Monday, 12th October – 17:45

  • Monday, 19th October – 17:30

Unfortunately that will be the last and the clocks will change on the 25th October.


Keep running, Anthony

AVR Off Road secretary


Nov 3, 2019
Posted by: admin

The 2019 Over the Hills took place today with 359 runners successfully completing the somewhat muddy course. Sadly, the river was just too high and fast to safely run across this year.

Thank you to everyone who helped organise the AVR Flagship event and of course to all the runners.

Provisional Results now available here

Mar 9, 2018
Posted by: AnthonyH

Funeral details:

The funeral will be held at the Crematorium at 13:00 on Wednesday 28th March. 

From a post written in 2011 by Darren:

In the mens race [reference please], Tom Fisher and Michael Towler had a battle royal for second place with just four seconds seperating the pair at the finish, with Tom's 16:07 setting a new club record for the distance - bettering the mark set by Gerry Fice in the same race back in 1989.

Sun 24th Apr 1988: Gloucester 20M  
20 Miles
13 Gerry Fice 1:58:59 Club Record
Nov 28, 2017
Posted by: WarrenW

After the ribbon was cut by Danny, who had previously held a warm-up and stretching drills session for the runners and spectators, AVR’s Sean Price organised several activities throughout the afternoon. These included an attempt to break Mo Farah and Paula Radcliffe’s British 5000m records as a 50x100m relay with each runner doing several 100m legs. The men not only smashed Mo’s record, they even broke the world record while doing so. The women also broke Paula’s British record. Following the 50 x 100m relays came the 4x100m relays; male, female and mixed gender. Medals and prizes were given out by Danny to the winners of each category.

In attendance were Wiltshire Council’s Portfolio Holder for Leisure and Sport, Councillor Jerry Kunkler and Wiltshire Council’s West Sports Development Officer, Danny Geeson and Councillor Steve Oldrieve. Representing Trowbridge Town Council were Head of Leisure and Information Services, Hayley Bell and Councillor Bob Brice.

The project is the result of a groundbreaking partnership between TRFC and AVR resulting in enhanced facilities for all members.

With a shortage of safe, floodlit all-weather facilities in the area it will develop inclusive sports and will no doubt encourage more people from the community to take part in and spectate sport at Doric Park. It will be especially useful to our junior members who will be able to train in total safety at their Monday evening session without having to go off-site.

The work was undertaken by Bretton King and his Malmesbury-based groundworks company, Ecosolve Turfcare. TRFC Honorary Social Coordinator and AVR Webmaster and Vice President, Andrew Hoddinott, liaised between the clubs and assisted with the planning application. Also involved were Chris Lamb, Finance and Administration Manager, TRFC, Nobby Knight, TRFC’s groundsman and from AVR, Warren Wade, Ian Isaacs and Rich Ayling.

The track is 400m long and 3m wide “Redgra” surfaced, sited around the perimeter of a floodlit rugby pitch and is suitable for all-year-round use.

AVR embarked on a huge fundraising drive in 2016 raising money by holding various social events such as raffles, karaoke nights and bingo throughout 2016 and 2017. We have also hosted several races and money raised from those well-supported events was put towards the cost of the track.

Earlier this year we applied to Wiltshire Council’s Area Boards and were delighted to be awarded £5000 from Trowbridge and £2000 from Westbury. Other funding came from Trowbridge Town Council who gave us a grant of £1000, Asda and Waitrose.

Nov 16, 2017
Posted by: IanI

Danny Champion of the World!


World Championship Gold Medallist, Danny Talbot, is excited to be invited to open new Floodlit Training track facility at Trowbridge Rugby Football club (TRFC) on Sunday 19th November at 2pm.   London Stadium 12th August 2017, Great Britain delivered a shock victory as Usain Bolt's stunning career ended in injury.  The British quartet of CJ Ujah, Adam Gemili, Talbot and Nethaneel Mitchell-Blake pipped the United States to gold in a world-leading 37.47 seconds - also a new European record.  The USA took silver in 37.52secs and Japan the bronze.

 AVR first started training at TRFC’s Doric Park and made it their home in late 2013. It was during initial discussions between the clubs that the concept for a training track was born. 

 The new training track is an all-weather facility built in partnership between Avon Valley Runners (AVR) and TRFC.  The 400m track circumnavigates the floodlit rugby pitch at TRFC’s Doric park site. It is a great benefit to both clubs and the community. It provides an all-year round,  safe, secure training facility for all ages and abilities, as well as an easily accessible area for spectating. The track will augment the excellent facilities at Doric Park allowing existing members to diversify their training and help to recruit new members.

 The training track has been funded by grants, donations and much fundraising by AVR and TRFC, Danny donated much of his TeamGB Rio 2016 kit for auction to help raise funds for the track and his father, Richard Talbot, is a runner with AVR.  

 Danny now lives in Loughborough where he trains but this is Danny’s first public appearance in his home town of Trowbridge since winning his gold medal in August at the London 2017 World Championships.   Danny will be clad in his TeamGB kit and available for photos on the day.

 Danny will cut the ribbon for the track at 2pm then we have a series of short events to follow where Danny will be guest starter.   A select team of AVR and TRFC athletes will attempt to beat Mo Farah’s British 5000 metre record using 9 athletes in a relay to complete 50 x 100m legs. A select ladies team from AVR will then attempt to beat Paula Radcliffe’s British Record in a similar relay event.

At 2.30pm we will invite teams (of four) from AVR, TRFC and members of the public to emulate Danny’s 4 x 100 metre success by taking part in time trials (one team at a time) of 4 x 100m and winners will walk home with prizes, best all male, best all female and best mixed (2 male. 2 female).

 In summary:- 

Date: Sunday 19th November.

Time: 2pm.

Venue: Trowbridge Rugby FC, Doric Park, Hilperton, Trowbridge BA14 6JB

Challenges on the track on the day:-

1.       To break the British record (Relay style) for 5000 metres for men – Mo Farah’s record is 12mins 53secs *

2.       To break the British record (Relay style) for 5000 metres for women – Paula Radcliffe’s record is 14mins 29secs *

3.       Groups of four are invited (open to public) to attempt 4 x 100 metre time trials, prizes for the winning Male, female and mixed (2 men & 2 women) teams.

*2 Teams including junior, senior and veteran athletes (9 male and 9 female)  have been specially selected to attempt this and will be coached prior by Danny Talbot.


For further information please email or call.



Sean Price

Event Coordinator

AVR/TRFC Floodlit Training Track Facility

m: 07738 675390

Oct 7, 2016
Posted by: AnthonyH

October News - see under "Reports"

Here is a brief summary:

Wiltshire Road Race League

Club Championship News

September Road Race results

Forthcoming Road Races

AVR Club Championship

Jul 2, 2016
Posted by: Wrinty

Thirty Eight teams took part in the seventh running of the Avon Valley Relay held over four self-navigated stages covering 17-miles between Bradford on Avon Rugby Club in Winsley and Trowbridge Rugby Club in Hilperton.

Leading the way to victory were Team Bath ahead of Avon Valley Runners Junior team in second place overall. In fifth place were Corsham Running Club who took the Mixed team prize and Team Bath took the Ladies team title.

Provisional results can be found here

Oct 4, 2015
Posted by: Wrinty
George Gurney smashed the longstanding AVR men's marathon record by clocking a fantastic 2-hours 29-minutes 4-seconds for fourth place overall at Bournemouth.
Sep 20, 2015
Posted by: Wrinty

Avon Valley Runners have won their fourth consecutive Wiltshire Road Race League title following the gaining of maximum points at the Melksham 10K with Michael Towler and Fiona Price from the club being the individual race winners. With Pete Slade and Kate Hails in the runners-up spots the club took both team prizes with Gary Macalister and Diane Hier completing the successful trio's. Diane Hier also took the 1st FV50 award and Rosemary Barber the 1st FV60.

Club members also recorded Personal Best times aplenty on the flat, fast, certified accurate course around the town, with several recent graduates from the clubs beginners programme completing their first outing over the distance.

Wiltshire Road Race League tables can be found here. The next race being the Cricklade Half Marathon on Sunday 4th October, which is also hosting the county championships for the distance.

Sep 13, 2015
Posted by: Wrinty
George Gurney set a new club record for the Half Marathon finishing in 1:11:12 for 14th place at Bristol, also inside the old mark was Michael Towler in a PB time of 1:12:51.
Sep 6, 2015
Posted by: Wrinty

Eighteen Avon Valley Runners made the trip to Leer at the invitation of the mayor of the German twin town of Trowbridge to take part in the city road races.

First up was the Half Marathon which consisted of nine laps around the cobbled streets of the city centre.Thomas Coney and Peter Veleski led the pace for Avon Valley holding 4th and 5th positions respectively with Fiona Price whose reputation had preceded her and led her to being announced as the pre-race favourite was sat in 7th place overall. With 34mph winds coming in from the North Sea and being channeled up the narrow streets started to sap the strength from the legs of the athletes by the penultimate lap. Coney managed to hold on to 4th place recording a Seasons Best time of 1:23:58 and claiming the top MV40 spot with Veleski coming in in 6th place, also with a Seasons Best time of 1:26:16. Whilst Fiona Price cruised to victory by over eleven minutes from the second placed lady with a time of 1:27:40. Also running in the Half Marathon were 44th placed Ian Isaacs; 50th Suzann Large; 78th Sean Price; 85th Michelle Platten; 86th Laura Oatley.

The 10K race was held over four laps of the winding city centre course and saw Rich Ayling lead the field for the first lap before fading back to finish in fourth position in a time of 36:32. 24th placed Warren Wade; 93rd Sharon Cleverly; 169th Sara Robert; 170th Allison Perkins; 175th Helen Veleska; 176th Hayley Bell; 177th Jim Chalmers; 178th Vicky Ody.

Darren Wrintmore was the lone Avon Valley Runner in the 5K race which sported the biggest field of the day with nearly 350 entrants on the start line and came through for 17th place overall and 2nd place in the MV45 category in a Seasons Best time of 20:37.

Jul 4, 2015
Posted by: Wrinty

A record 45-teams lined up in glorious sunshine at Bradford on Avon Rugby Club in Winsley for the sixth running of the Avon Valley Relay and saw teams from Avon Valley Runners take the Open and Junior categories, Team Bath the Ladies and Frome Running Club the Mixed team category.

Results are online here

Jan 6, 2015
Posted by: SeanP

Avon Valley Runners – AGENDA AGM 2015

  • Chairman’s Welcome

  • Minutes of the previous AGM meeting.

  • Secretaries report.

  • Treasurer's report.

  • Proposed Constitution amendments (amendment in red):-

4. Management

To be amended:

(a) The management of the club is vested in a committee consisting of a Chairman, Deputy Chairman, Honorary Secretary and Assistant Secretary, Honorary Treasurer, Membership Secretary; Road Secretary; Off-road Secretary; and such other additional officers and committee members as may be deemed desirable for the optimum operation of the club. Five members will constitute a quorum. The committee may at its discretion fill any vacancy which arises.


(a) The management of the club is vested in a committee consisting of a Chairman, Secretary and Treasurer and such other additional officers and committee members as may be deemed desirable for the optimum operation of the club. Five members will constitute a quorum. The committee may at its discretion fill any vacancy which arises.

  • Proposed Non-Constitutional amendments - None

  • Membership Fees

The committee proposes that we do not increase the membership fees which currently stand at:-

Junior/Student £10; Adult £20 per year.

Please note the committee have decided to make change our England Athletics (EA) membership policy:-

The AVR membership runs along calendar year and EA Membership runs from April – March so from this year each membership will be paid separately through our online payment system (Entry Central link on website)


  • Life Membership - No proposals.


  • Current Presidential Roles (elected every Olympic year), no election required.

  • President                            – Ted Rockliffe

  • Vice-President                 – Judy Farr                                          Vice-President                  – Denise Ellis

  • Vice-President                  – Joyce Field                                      Vice-President                  – Darren Wrintmore

  • Election of officers. All nominated unopposed:-

Warren Wade – Chairman

Fiona Gibbs – Minutes Sec

Joby Hobbs - Dep. Chair/Team Sec

Jamie Morrison – Membership Sec

James Crawford – Treasurer

Richard Southgate – Kit Manager

Ian Isaacs – Secretary

Liz Gard – Committee Member

Tim Lowrie – Road Sec.

Tina Vivian – Committee Member

Anthony Hickson – Off Road Sec

Tina Towler – Committee Member

Denise Ellis – Committee Member



Committee officers standing down are:-

  • Thanks to Andrew Hoddinott – Chairman for the past 5 years.

  • Thanks to Jules Daniell (Nee. Green) who has been minutes secretary for the last 3 ½ years.

  • Thanks to Fiona and Sean Price have been secretaries for the past 3 ½ years.

    The whole club would like to thank them for their contribution to our club.  Their continued support in other roles within the club will continue and is much appreciated.


  • Many thanks for coming to the AGM.

Dec 23, 2014
Posted by: SeanP
We have extended the deadline until 5th Jan for the 2014 Presentation event but there are only 22 tickets remaining so get in fast!
Dec 22, 2014
Posted by: SeanP

We have some breaking news on the AVR kit.  Do you need a last minute Christmas pressy?  We have very limited stock of a new design vest and t shirt which we are currently trialing before final committee approval on 8th Jan.  See picture for design. Cost vests £17 and T shirts £19 as usual. We will want some feedback if you purchase one.  Rich will be busy so it’s a first come first serve basis on Tues evening and if any left on boxing day at the Stan Farr 5k.  Please bring cash and do not reserve them, we will put the main order in after Jan 8th and full stock will arrive around end of Jan or beginning of Feb.

Dec 17, 2014
Posted by: SeanP


Wed 17th Melksham Christmas Lights run 7pm from Christie Miller

Thu 18th BonA as Usual

Sun 21st BonA as Usual

Tues 23rd TRFC as usual but optional fancy dress

Boxing Day Stan Farr 5k from TRFC

Sun 29th BonA as usual

Tues 30th TRFC as usual


Tues 6th Jan at TRFC as usual back to normal form this date on. Please note - AGM is on this date at 8.30pm.


Sep 14, 2014
Posted by: Wrinty

One hundred and fifty runners lined up in near perfect conditions for the second running of the Melksham 10K. From the start Mike Rose of Avon Valley Runners broke away from the field with Peter Nicholas of Team Bath for company and Andrew Duncan of Calne SMaRTT in pursuit. On the second of the two flat fast laps around the town, the Team Bath runner was dropped and the Calne runner came through for second place behind the Avon Valley Runner who crossed the line first in a new personal best time of thirty five minutes and fifty three seconds. Coming up through the field fast was Laura MacGregor also of Avon Valley Runners, who recorded a personal best time and new club record of thirty six minutes and three seconds to finish third overall and take the ladies title with Lille Bellamy of Swindon Harriers second and unattached runner Vivian Tang in third.

Simon Reeves claimed the 1st MV50 prize and with six runners in the top-10 Avon Valley Runners took the Men's team prize with Mike Rose, Thomas Coney, Pete Slade and Peter Veleski collecting the awards. 

Full results can be found at

The next event from Stampede Sports will be the Wiltshire 10-mile race at Melksham being held on Sunday 15th February, and will be hosting the ARC National Road Running Championships.

Jul 24, 2014
Posted by: admin

Great fun, great turnout, new records....

Results here Sorry 7-10 results will have to wait a little longer :-(

Well done to everybody who helped competed or just cheered their favourite athletes on

Jun 6, 2014
Posted by: Wrinty

Fiona Price as the 2013 Wiltshire 3000m champion, BMAF 5000m & 10-mile medallist, GB Silver Medal in World Masters Half Marathon in Budapest was awarded the Veteran Female athlete of the year award.

The JAVR 2K as a monthly event held in Southwick Country Park targeting young athletes as young as 8-years old, with its own League scoring system. The event also launched the inaugural Wiltshire Junior Race League won the Club Initiative of the year award and was collected by Ian Isaacs.

Ruth Barnes as the Wiltshire 10K and Half Marathon champion was shortlisted for the Female athlete of the year but lost out to South West England 400m hurdles champion Lizzie Clifford from Salisbury A&RC.

Mchael Towler as the Wiltshire Half Marathon champion was shortlisted for the Male athlete of the year but lost out to South West England 800m champion, Simon Dill of Swindon Harriers.

Sean Price as Club Assistant Secretary and Event Director of Southwick Park Run was short listed for Unsung Hero of the year, which went to Stuart Henderson of Corsham Running Club.

The AVR Wiltshire Half Marathon was shortlisted for Race of the Year, which was one by the Chippenham Half Marathon.

A final award which came back to the Valley with Ellie Isaacs was the Athletics Brain of Wiltshire award, who managed to achieve the most correct answers from the athletics trivia questions presented at the awards.

Full details of the Wiltshire Athletics Awards can be found here.


Apr 23, 2014
Posted by: admin
Hi everyone as I am sure you are all aware Tony Bartlett, one of our much loved and long standing members sadly passed away earlier this year. Alistair and his family would love to see any AVR members (past and present) that knew Tony even if only briefly. The gathering will be at the Barge in Bradford-on-Avon on Wednesday 23rd April from 8.30pm. There will be a bite to eat and lots of chance to exchange stories, poetry and remember Tony for the great man he was.

Please spread the word to members that may have lost touch. An email will go out to all members over the weekend.
Feb 19, 2014
Posted by: SeanP
Feb 11, 2014
Posted by: SeanP
It is 1 month to the Imber Ultra on 9 March. Preparations are going well. We have plenty of enthusiastic marshals from Westbury Rotary, who we have given some training to. But as this is the first year we would appreciate any AVR members who could be at a checkpoint with 3 -4 Rotarians on the day, as for most of them this is the first time they will have helped at a race.
This is also an opportunity for anyone who thinks that one day they might like to run the race to get some exposure to it. So if you can provide some "expert" help, then please email me. Many thanks Richard (the race director)
Jan 30, 2014
Posted by: SeanP

Tony Bartlett's memorial service will be 1pm on Wednesday 5th February at United Church, Church Street, Trowbridge BA14 8DY.

Tony’s funeral will be a family only cremation (also family flowers only) at West Wilts Crematorium on
Wednesday 5th Feb at 12:15, followed by a Service of Thanksgiving at the United Church from 1pm.
Donations in lieu of flowers can be made to Action for Children and Parkinson's UK c/o the funeral directors;
Barker & Courtiers.
Tony requested that dark clothes are not to be worn, but instead bright cheerful colours, and specifically any
member of AVR might like to wear their AVR sweatshirts.


Jan 23, 2014
Posted by: SeanP

Very sad news. Tony Bartlett died yesterday at RUH. No details of funeral as yet but we will keep you informed. He was a great part of the club in the early years, a good friend to many members and a great contributor to the newsletter. Tony joined AVR some 21 years ago and was awarded life member in 2007, there will be a minutes silence at club tonight.

Our thoughts are with Alistair and the family

Jan 20, 2014
Posted by: AnthonyH

Congratulations to the 24 AVR members - fabulous result.

Bravo to Michael Towler for first place at 5 min 47 seconds per mile across wet and muddy grassland.

Dec 10, 2013
Posted by: SeanP

The English National XC Champs take place on Saturday February 22nd at Wollaton Park, Nottingham. These are the biggest XC Champs in the world and are both fantastic to compete in and spectate (6/800 in the women’s race, 12/1400 in the men’s). The last quarter of a mile or so of each race is packed 3 to 4 deep with spectators – there are thousands more around the course. The atmosphere is electric. More so than the London Marathon! To be part of this momentous occasion I need your full name, date of birth and England Athletics number by December 28th. (Entries have to be in very early 2014.) The club will pay your entry fee. It would be great to finish a team in each race – 8K and 4 to count for the women, 12K and 6 to count for the men. Depending upon numbers (supporters more than welcome) we can hire a coach  and have our own day-long AVR carnival!


Got you hooked? Then send me your details to You won’t regret it! (Steve Williams)

Nov 21, 2013
Posted by: admin

From Tuesday 3rd December Avon Valley will move its Trowbridge and Melksham training facilities to Doric Park, Paxcroft, the new home of Trowbridge Rugby.  The runners who have previously met at Trowbridge Town park, Trowbridge and Christie Miller sports centres now have an excellent facility with new changing rooms, showers and a club house. 

Chris Lamb – TRFC Finance & Administration Manager said “Everyone at TRFC is looking forward to welcoming all AVR members on board. We see definite synergies between our 2 sports, and this initiative represents the first step on establishing Doric Park as a base for a wide range of sporting activities and pastimes in our local community.”

AVR Chairman Andrew Hoddinott said, “This is a fantastic new step for the club and we hope to work closely with the rugby club for the benefit of all of us.” 

AVR Thursday evening and Sunday morning training sessions will still be at Pound Lane near the Tithe Barn in Bradford-on-Avon. The runs through the Limpley Stoke valley are a real treat and the hill training in Bradford is essential if AVR want to win the Wiltshire Road Race league for the third year in a row during 2014.

We are jointly looking at the viability of developing of an all-weather floodlit training trail for runners and rugby players alike within the grounds of Doric Park.

Look out for news of Avon Valley Runners open days and beginners groups starting in the New Year.

Nov 15, 2013
Posted by: SeanP


  • Surname and forename
  • Date of birth
  • English Athletics athlete’s number

If you don’t have the latter then you cannot compete in the championship ( the same applies to the National XC in Nottingham at the end of February). I need this information by Monday December 9th. The club will pay all the entry fees – so if you do enter please ensure you can make it otherwise it is a waste of club funds.


In order to complete teams in both the senior men and senior women races we need 6 and 4 finishers respectively.


A few of us are intending to stay in London overnight after the race. If you wish to join us then can you also let me know. I can provide very salubrious accommodation – although it may be a floor and your sleeping bag, depending on numbers  – a couple of miles from the course in The Angel, a buzzy part of north London. Again please let me know by the above date and then we can address the transport issues.


Please send all the information directly to me at

Nov 13, 2013
Posted by: SeanP

So I’m in Steeple Ashton Church last night with the Choir and I had one of my mad thoughts – I’m going to try and raise a Shelterbox by Christmas like we did for Eden Marathon – we’re all horrified by the scenes from the Philippines  - I just feel I want to do something – it’s just so dreadful.

With the half in mind and I know I need to be at Station Yard at 12 on Saturday and marshall on Sunday  and I’m back with the choir/band practice mid/late Sat pm – I thought of running the actual course on Saturday morning – 9.30am – to be done and dusted in time to help and then would anyone like to do it as well with me?

I’ve contacted Shelterbox to send the fundraising pack up and we could contact friends and family to just donate a little something and we could try and get to the £500 by  Christmas .  I think  I can do some shouts to the Choir//steeple Ashton too and raise a little that way.

Any thoughts ?  anyone up for a Saturday run  - we could spread the word to a few others and on Thurs evening we could maybe encourage a few of the ladies to join in what do you think? - I’m just thinking as I type really.    I could put a water station in the grit bin like we did for my birthday thing – etc etc

Right... back to work for the moment ....

KK xx

Nov 10, 2013
Posted by: SeanP

Entries for Wiltshire eligible athletes should be made through before 5th December and entries will be accepted on the day for Wiltshire athletes subject to a £3.00 levy.

Numbers will be available from the Wiltshire Athletic Association tent and must be collected not less than 30-minutes before the start of a race and finishers tokens which will be presented by Gwent XC League officials on crossing the finish line, must be handed back in to the county tent not more than 15-minutes after the completing the race. Wiltshire Athletic Association shall endeavour to identify and award medals to leading athletes on the day, however full results will not be available until released by the Gwent XC League.


To help the Wiltshire XC Championships to operate smoothly within the Gwent XC League on Sunday 8th December any offers of assistance would be greatly appreciated. Please contact for more details.

Sep 28, 2013
Posted by: SeanP

Hi all AVR Members. I am aware this year I have not been looking after you all as well as I should be with sending out membership cards etc. However I have been busy with the help of our chairman Andrew Hoddinott making it possible to renew/join AVR on Entry Central. As you may know already Entry Central is an online payment system making it much easier for members to join clubs, events etc. We have had success using it for the AVR relay and AVR half marathon. What this means for you is that you can join and pay quickly on line, you will have an instant reply and this will be your proof of membership. If you would rather not pay on line you can still join via entry central and choose the option to send cheque. I have done a few test payments and all seems fine however if any one experiences any problems please let me know and I will sort it. If anyone is really against joining on line I will still accept our membership form with cash or cheque. 

Tim Lowrie (Membership Secretary)

the link:


Sep 24, 2013
Posted by: SeanP

First Gloucestershire XC league race is at the
Cotswold Farm Park on Saturday the 5th October.There are races for men (1445),
women (1405)and juniors. Follow this link for course map, directions and event
details -
Please could you let me know if you would like to take part. It would be great
to do the whole series.

Other fixtures are Nov 2nd Pittville Park, Cheltenham, Dec 14th Malvern College,
Feb 01st 2014 Plock Court, Gloucester. 


Steven Williams <>

Sep 8, 2013
Posted by: SeanP

We have bought a stock of 60 polo shirts for sale amongst members of the club.  These have been subsidised by the club and are to be distributed by Richard Southgate (Kit Manager) contact to purchase them.  Please note these are limited 2013 stock and we will be unable to repeat the order so order now or you may miss out.  Unisex sizes available are XS, S, M, L and XL.  Check out the picture of the polo’s.

Sep 5, 2013
Posted by: SeanP

On Wednesday 11th Sept we will hold a 5000 metres race on the excellent facility at Bath Sports village. This will be open to juniors, adults and Chippenham Harriers. Please arrive in plenty of time to register. Please meet just inside main entrance of Sports Village complex.

Jul 2, 2013
Posted by: SeanP

Expert Evening 2 - Training Plans

Big thanks to Bob Ellis and Rich Ayling for our expert evening held on 17th June 2013.

Here is the link as promised to the presentation slides

please note this is a large pdf file and may take a while to download but is is worth it.

Jul 1, 2013
Posted by: SeanP

Good morning all


I was wondering if you would do me the honour of forwarding this e-mail onto all your over 18 club members...................


The 'DNA Bobsleigh Team' is currently searching for up to 20 new sliders to join the team. The following criteria applies:


  • Over 18 years of age.
  • Male or Female.
  • Have some level of fitness.
  • Able to sprint 50m (although we will train you).
  • Must be 100% committed.
  • Have the desire & commitment to train.
  • Be part of a team.

​Bobsleigh experience is not essential or required, as again we will train you.

'Bobsleighing' is about speed and power, this is why we recruit athletes/runners, they are ideal candidates.

I reside in Lee-on-Solent, near Gosport and most, if not all of our training will be carried out in and around the Salisbury Area.
The exception to this is 6-8 trips to the Push Start Track in Bath, between March to November 2014.

If you would like to know more information about us or the recruitment 'Assessment Day' on the 13th October 2013, please either look at our website: or contact John Bird (Team Director) on 07875 700505 or via e-mail: 

Thank you very much
John Bird
Team Director

Jun 18, 2013
Posted by: SeanP

The AVR Committee are currently reviewing the way honorary life memberships are awarded and are seeking the views and opinions of club members. The committee are looking at the possibility of formulating a 'criteria' for awarding lifetime memberships to those where a nomination is presented to the committee.  If you have any thoughts however big or small on this topic the committee would be delighted to hear from you. Please either send your thoughts to Joby Hobbs via facebook message or email the club secretary who will forward your views to Joby for collation. Alternatively you can speak to any committee member directly. Any thoughts and opinions expressed will not be discussed outside of the club committee.

Jun 15, 2013
Posted by: SeanP

Is it has been brought to my attention that runners have been running through Iford Manor which forms part of our Over The Hills race. It is commendable of those wishing to recce the route but we must respect the wishes of the land owner and only use this part of the route on race day. Concerning the MOB match on Thursday this part of the route is not used as we run down Iford Hill. I appreciate your co operation in this matter.


Jun 14, 2013
Posted by: SeanP



from the website I can see not all teams have been declared (phew!) so I'm presuming they are still busy gathering their runners too!!


I would like to submit the teams really by the end of this weekend so one last push to find some more to partake in this great day.....


Free race, free bus to start (from end of leg to save on fuel/time and parking numbers etc etc), free tee shirt and glorious Cotswold Countryside & most important .... some totally free hills - (just the odd one here and there).  Are there any more takers ?  Please .....

with injuries (& best wishes to those for recovery there) and other committments we have a few spaces to fill :


LEG 2 X 2 spaces now as one runner just pulled this week with injury -

                0815 start         11.5 miles      mixed team 1 & 2   START STANWAY HOUSE

LEG 3      0935 start          8.2 miles       mixed team 2        START CLEEVE COMMON

LEG 4      1030 start         12.6 miles       mixed team 2        START 7 SPRINGS

LEG 6        1300 start        8.7 miles        ladies team            START EBLEY MILL STROUD

LEG 7        1400 start        7.2 miles        mixed team 2 (possibly filled now)    START DURSLEY

LEG 8        1500 start        12 miles        mixed team 2         START WOTTON UNDER EDGE


all detail and full route information available on site  - it is very informative


each stage is detailed well and you will see there are penalty points (more information in the rules)... for example on leg 1


Cut-Off:      2 hrs   2 mins
No-Runner: 2 hrs 16 mins

They will add time to any over the cut off or a no runner to the team overall time.  We are out to enjoy the day and the countryside and stay safe first and foremost !! -   I for one will be pushed to get there in the cut off time this year.   It is not a marshalled race and run according to FRA rules but you generally will have a water station and AVR are covering number 10 as usual so we’ll see you there .  It's pretty well marked and there will be lots of runners about on the day if you do not have chance to recki.  Google Earth on the Website too to help.    The legs still available are mainly at the top part of the race so of course is further away to go-  in the time left now .  Important of course to cast your eye over the rules so you understand the detail on the race.


email back to or 07971 911747 - if you can join in on the day

Jun 13, 2013
Posted by: SeanP

Dear Athlete


On 11 August 2013, the South West Inter-Counties Athletics Championships will be held in Exeter for which I am team manager.


To represent the county, you must have achieved the entry standard, which you can check at the bottom of the page opened by clicking on the link below


Pleas note, you are not entered by the county or your club, you must enter yourself first.


Please follow this link to the booking form for the entry:


Once you have entered please let me know so I know which athletes will be representing the county. Please respond on this email address only. Further details on transport arrangements etc will follow.


Please check the entry standard and take this opportunity to represent your county at athletics. If you have any questions please let me know.



Lee Ness

Track and Field Manager

Wiltshire Athletic Association

Jun 13, 2013
Posted by: SeanP

Here is a schedule of all upcoming coaching courses, if you wish to attend one of these courses please ask a committee member there maybe a chance that AVR will fund the course if you are able to help us out with coaching:-

  • 4 Athletics Coach courses have been added for the Autumn/Winter period- no more will be added until Spring/Summer.
  • 2 Coach in Running Fitness courses have been added for Autumn/Winter period - 1 more will be added soon for Wiltshire.
  • More LiRF and CA courses will be added for late Sept onwards – will feature in the next flyer.
  • Due to competitions, school holidays and low demand no courses will feature during August.


Please note these courses below are coming up in the during the next few weeks and during early September. (Please see attached list for all confirmed courses)

The courses highlighted red/orange are at risk of being cancelled.




Coaching   Assistant

East   Midlands

Loughborough   University, Loughborough, Leicestershire, LE11 3TU - Athletics Pavilion





Athletics   Leader

West   Midlands

The   Sports Centre, Rugby School, Horton Crescent, Rugby, Warwickshire, CV22 5DJ





Leadership   in Running Fitness

South   West

Eggbuckland   Community College Sports Centre Westcott Close, Plymouth, Devon PL6 5YB





Children's   Coach - Day 1 and 2

South   West

Centre   for Sport, UWE, Frenchay Campus, Coldharbour Lane, Bristol, BS16 1QY






Coaching   Assistant

South   West

Marlborough   College, Bath Rd, Marlborough, Wiltshire SN8 1PA





Leadership   in Running Fitness

South   West

The   Park Community Centre, Daventry Road, Knowle, Bristol, BS4 1DQ





Leadership   in Running Fitness

East   Midlands

Blacky   More Community Centre, Butts Croft Close, Butts Road, East Hunsbury,   Northampton, NN4 0WP


September   2013 - Autumn Courses







Leadership   in Running Fitness

West   Midlands

Hadley   Stadium, Wilson Road, Smethwick, near Birmingham, West Midlands, B66 4NL





Coaching   Assistant

East   Midlands

Derby   AC Clubhouse, Moorways Sports Centre, Moor Lane, Allenton, Derby, Derbyshire,   DE24 9HY





Coaching   Assistant

South   West

Leisure   @ Cheltenham, Prince of Wales Stadium Sport Centre, Tommy Taylors Lane,   Cheltenham, Gloucestershire, GL50 4RN





Athletics   Leader

South   West

Dorchester   Sport Centre, Coburg Road, Dorchester, Dorset, DT1 2HR





Children's   Coach - Day 3

South   West

Centre   for Sport, UWE, Frenchay Campus, Coldharbour Lane, Bristol, BS16 1QY





Leadership   in Running Fitness

South   West

University   of Gloucestershire, Oxstalls Campus, Gloucester, GL2 9HW





Coach   in Running Fitness - Day 1 and 2

South   West

Exeter   Harriers Clubhouse, Summer Lane, Whipton, Exeter, EX4 8NT





Leadership   in Running Fitness

West   Midlands

Shobnall   Leisure Complex, Shobnall Road, Burton on Trent, Staffordshire, DE14 2BB




Diary due= 9th   August

Coach   - Assessment

South   West

Tavistock   College, Crowndale Road, Tavistock, Devon, PL19 8DD

Email me to book



Diary   due= 9th August

Coach in Running   Fitness - Assessment

South West

Tavistock College,   Crowndale Road, Tavistock, Devon, PL19 8DD

Email   me to book 




Coaching   Assistant

West   Midlands

The   Sports Centre, Rugby School, Horton Crescent, Rugby, Warwickshire, CV22 5DJ




Diary due= 16th   August

Coach   - Assessment

West   Midlands

Alexander   Stadium, Walsall Road, Perry Barr, Birmingham, B42 2LR

Email me to book



Diary   due= 16th August

Coach in Running Fitness - Assessment

West Midlands

Alexander Stadium, Walsall Road,   Perry Barr, Birmingham, B42 2LR

Email   me to book 




Coaching Assistant

South West

Tavistock College,   Crowndale Road, Tavistock, Devon, PL19 8DD



To see a full list of all the coaching courses in the Midlands/South West please see the attached course flyer.


If you do have attendees for any of these courses please ask them to send in their application forms as soon as possible. They need to be sent to England Athletics at least two weeks before each course which is the deadline for our courses.


Also, if you have a request for a course in your area please get in touch and I will try to accommodate your request where possible. The more notice I have the better chance we have of filling the course and it being viable. We need at least 12 people on a course for it to run. Please contact me for details on how to request a course in your area. I am planning courses until the end of 2013, so if you can look ahead and feel you have a need or would like to get a course in for later in the year or in 2014 please let me know.






British Athletics have confirmed that we are still able to delivered the Primary & Secondary Elevating Athletics courses for teachers this year so if you are aware of any schools/universities which may be interested in holding a course at their venue please ask them to get in contact with me directly. The cost for a course is £450 for up to 24 teachers, teaching assistants or trainee teachers. At the course we will be able to provide each attendee with an elevating athletics resource pack (worth £30), however this is only for a limited time only until the supply from British Athletics runs out. To see more about the course please got to:

*Please note: there are only enough free resources for 3 more Primary and 3 Secondary courses – contact me now if you would like a course.*



If you or any of your coaches have the Athletics Coach Qualification or the old LEVEL 2 or above (except CIA module holders) on the old pathway - please urge them if they are interested to sign up to the online event & event group modules created by British Athletics. The modules are all FREE at present and this has been extended until British Athletics have all modules completed on U-Coach,  so register onto the modules you are interested in and make the most of this resource while there is no charge. Please see this page on the U-Coach website for more details:



If you know of any coaches who are coming up to the deadline of two years on their Coach Level course and have not submitted their diary yet, please encourage them to get in touch as they need to submit it before they lose the chance to complete the course.   We have Diary Assessors who are will to assist coaches is they have come to a halt or are struggling, so please urge them to contact me.  


Please note, there are now four assessment days advertised on our website for the Autumn/Winter period for Loughborough, Birmingham, Tavistock and Yate:



I would be grateful if you could forward this email to your club contacts and look forward to seeing some of your club members on our courses soon.



Best Wishes


Tina Beresford

Coach Education Coordinator- Midlands & South West


May 28, 2013
Posted by: SeanP




We are doing TrekFest! Six of us have decided to take   part in the TrekFest challenge….yes we are walking 54 miles in 24 hours across the Brecon Beacons next month!  We are undertaking this challenge in support of The British Heart Foundation,   and so we would like to ask you to sponsor us through our JustGiving   page.


  The Hitachi Capital TrekFest team outside the Trowbridge Offices
  (L-R Rachel Lawes, Tina Vivian, Jon Lawes, Kay Middleton, Sally Oliphant   and Katrina Leckie.


We   have been training hard over the past few months walking for 8-10 hours on   Saturdays and Sundays, so that we will be fit enough to make our way around the 54 mile route within 24 hours, And   anyone who thinks this is easy should come and look at Jon’s blisters!

About TrekFest
  Located   in the breath taking Brecon Beacons National Park, training ground to the   SAS, TrekFest Brecon’s offers some amazing scenery whilst at the same time   providing you with an exhilarating mental and physical challenge. Crossing the   highest peaks in the Brecon Beacons and South Wales – Pen y Fan (886m), Corn   Du (873m), Cribyn (795m) and Fan y Big (719m) Trekfest is not for the faint   hearted…..don’t underestimate the challenge. Learn more.


About   The British Heart Foundation
The British Heart Foundation is the UK’s number one   heart charity.

Coronary heart disease is the UK’s single biggest   killer but they are leading the fight against it. Their pioneering   research has helped to transform the lives of people living with heart   and circulatory conditions.


Their work has been central to the discoveries of vital   treatments that are helping to change the face of the UK’s fight against   heart disease.


Please sponsor us at   We appreciate any support you can give us.


Thank you.


Kay, Sally, Katrina, Rachel, Tina and Jon.


May 27, 2013
Posted by: SeanP
Looks like Ruth Barnes set another new club record this weekend at the Chocoholics 5k 17:51. Jackie Rockcliffe had held the ladies 5k record for 18 years. Well done Ruth!
May 19, 2013
Posted by: SeanP

Race Report Bratton Hilly - Saturday 11th May

This race was the 5th race in the 2013 off road championship, with 17 members entering out a finishing field of 132. It was also the first race for me as a second claim member with the gold and green of the AVR vest, rather than the usual red, white and green hoops of Keighley and Craven AC (A Yorkshire Club based between Bradford and Skipton).  The race was well organised by AVR member Simon Reeves and  is a figure of eight which starts from Bratton and climbs then  traverses the tops  of the Westbury hills before returning to Bratton.

The weather was breezy,  overcast and cool  with rain threatening during the warm up, but it stayed dry and there were even short bursts of sunshine at times (usually when toiling up a hill breathing  from all orifices and the last thing you wanted was heat).

 The race start was delayed as each year a party from Birstall RC a Leicester club who travel down by coach to do the race, unfortunately the coach driver thought it was a good idea to take his tachometer break by parking the coach on the start line and having a snooze! This gave the opportunity for most of us to look at what other kit the other had on and worry if we were wearing the right kit, shoes or in some cases pirate costume.

We eventually got underway and started the road climb up past the Westbury White Horse before turning onto the gravel tracks that made up most of the off-road terrain. I had not been in a position to train or race for a while and was pleasantly surprised with my performance, however this also meant that my legs could only go so fast leaving me with the ability to talk a lot of the time no matter how hard I tried, so took advantage of this by alternately hurling abuse at opponents and serenading them with Ilkley Moor Baht Hat.

The race duly went up and down the lumps and bumps  of the hills, getting more difficult as we turned uphill into a headwind. A long downhill descent on tarmac was followed by a nasty little climb  just before the finished, you know the sort of bump that makes you think that all of a sudden you have lost all feeling in your legs and that breaking down and crying is a better option than finishing.

There was a strong showing from AVR runners in the results with Adam Robbins and Danny Gard gaining top ten placings. Fiona Price and Diane Hier won the second and third ladies prizes and Fiona also won first FV 40, with Melanie  Ward-Nicholls getting first FV35. AVR also won the men’s and ladies team prizes.  A special mention should also be given to Amelia Oughtibridge whose  training over the hills and through the bogs of the South West Pennines is starting to pay off.

Well done to all who competed and overall for myself it was an enjoyable first run for AVR despite occasionally feeling like a “two timing slut” as an AVR committee member diplomatically put it.

Paul Smithson

P.S. If you  are a “roadie” who is not sure (scared!) of off-road running this could be race for you, though this classed as an off-road race there is an awful  lot of tarmac and only a postage stamp amount of true off-road around fields on good paths. So next year you might want to  give it a try as a transitional way of coming over to darkside of  true off-road running .

May 9, 2013
Posted by: SeanP

Are you up for the Challenge?

The Wiltshire Challenge is back!  And open for entries NOW!

Following on from last year’s  first Wiltshire Challenge, organised  in the build up to London 2012 Olympics and Paralympics, in which more than 1,200 people took part, Wiltshire Council and its partners DC Leisure, Calne, Downton  and Cricklade Leisure Centre’s hope this year even more people will participate and keep the Olympic Legacy alive!

This year it is FREE to enter any of the challenges this year! But you can still purchase a Challenge kitbag and water bottle for £5.

You can select from Sports Challenge, Swim Challenge or Walking Challenge then  you can choose your challenge distance for Gold, Silver or Bronze distances (with an extra Platinum distance in the Walking Challenge). All the distance details can be found on the website

Also new at the Junior Sports Challenge and Junior Swim Challenge for anyone 15 years old and under. So now the whole family can sign up for a Wiltshire Challenge!

 All the entries will be done online via the webpage

just click on the link on the webpage above to register your details which will then create your personal Challenge Distance Record where you can record all your sessions during the challenge as you build towards your goal distance target. No need for any calculations as your page will tell you how far you have gone and how far you have got to it could be easier to take part this year!


Once you complete your challenge by 27 Julyto be entered in to the prize draw for the chance to win either a leisure centre membership for a year, a signed Wiltshire Challenge poster by London 2012 Paralympics silver medallist ‘face’ of the challenge, Aaron Moores or tickets to the Wiltshire and Swindon Sports Awards. You will be invited to attend your local medal and certificate presentation event... so check out your Leisure Centre or check the blog for details.


Just remember where you are out on the roads and trails of Wiltshire, in the gym, or pool or in the office every kilometre/step counts!

Mar 25, 2013
Posted by: SeanP

Great News for two members of Avon Valley Runners!

Tonight at the Wiltshire Athletics Association AGM, Darren Wrintmore and Thomas Coney were elected as officers of the executive committee.  Darren is promoted to Chairman and Thomas will replace Darren as Wiltshire Road Race Secretary.  All of AVR wish them well in their new roles.

Mar 14, 2013
Posted by: SeanP

Want to start Running?

Interested in getting Fitter Healthier?

Join us at a NEW Beginners Running Group in Bradford on Avon

Thursday Evenings 6pm - 7pm  Starting March 14th 2013 

Meet at the Culver Close Recreation Ground Pound Lane Bradford on Avon

A progressive fun and social way to start running as part of a group

Contact Sarah: Mob: 07718394823 to register and more information.

Mar 4, 2013
Posted by: SeanP

Big well done to Diane Hier who smashed the current FV50 club record for Half Marathon with an amazing time of 1:27:51 at the Bath Half.

Awesome performance by Gretchen Tucker who was inspired to keep going realising she was wearing her much coveted AVR shirt and smashed her PB at the Devizes 10 K.

Well done to all the others in between who pulled out some amzing performances, the future looks bright, the future looks gold and green!

Jan 15, 2013
Posted by: SeanP

Every Thursday from 14th March we will hold weekly beginners sessions design to help those who would like to start running.

We will meet at 6pm at the AVR Clubhouse on Pound Lane in Bradford on Avon which is near the Tithe Barn.

We are looking for existing AVR members to help with the running of this course which will be at 6pm - 7pm to allow the run leaders to join our usual 7pm Thursday session.

Contact if you can help or need further details about the course.

Nov 2, 2012
Posted by: SeanP

Our thoughts and prayers are with the Harriers and Matt’s wife and family.

We will hold a minutes silence at our Over the Hills race on Sunday.

Oct 27, 2012
Posted by: SeanP
see full details of club ballot in Notices.
Oct 25, 2012
Posted by: SeanP

Over the Hills race (4th Nov 2012) is sold out! Really sorry if you missed out on our flagship race but the ever popular Over the Hills race sells out every year just apply earlier in 2013 for a real treat of an off-road race.

AVR Wiltshire Half Marathon (9th Dec 2012) is also sold out although we have one place left on eBay (All proceeds to Wiltshire Air Ambulance) click here for link. Auction ends Monday 29th Oct 8.30pm please bid and spread the word.

Oct 18, 2012
Posted by: SeanP
This is our flagship race and we are keen that it remains as well run as in previous years.  If you, or anyone you know (Not necessarily an AVR member) is available to marshal please let us know by e-mailing
Oct 16, 2012
Posted by: SeanP
Please can you submit your VLM rejection envelopes before Halloween to enter the club draw for the Virgin London Marathon Club ballot places. Submit the details to Fiona or Sean Price or 01373 826886. We will know by 23rd Oct how many places AVR have. To qualify for the draw you need to be a member of AVR for at least 12 months and have a rejection envelope from VLM. The draw will take place either at club (Pound Lane) or at the committee meeting on Thursday 1st November. Winners will be notified via e-mail on 2nd November. GOOD LUCK! LATEST - Just spoke to VLM and they will confirm or deny anyone who cannot prove their rejection.
Aug 10, 2012
Posted by: SeanP

We now have a new section of the website under the Events tab then go to Social events to find out the forthcoming evenings' out with fellow AVR members.

Aug 10, 2012
Posted by: SeanP
All you have to do is
complete a member questionnaire before 30th Sept. and you will get
£50 (If you’re lucky
enough to be the one that gets pulled from the hat) Forms are available at all the
AVR sessions from committee members.  We also have an online version, many thanks to
Jules for setting that up.
Aug 10, 2012
Posted by: SeanP

AVR vests and technical t-shirts can now be ordered through our dedicated kit manager Richard Southgate at

For AVR hoodies and jackets go to Sportsbug in Trowbridge who are stocking AVR outerwear.

Jul 28, 2012
Posted by: admin
The results for the Track championships are now online here. Well done to everyone who took and a  big thanks to those who came to support. It was a great night.
Apr 11, 2012
Posted by: admin

Join our fun running group in the countryside around Melksham. Whatever your reason for running, to lose weight or just keep fit, this is the perfect opportunity. We welcome all shapes & sizes and take it really slowly to start, so don’t be scared, come and make some new friends.

Please feel free to circulate this flyer and email us at

Only £15 for 8 week course including free AVR Membership until 1/1/2013

Christie Miller Sports Centre
Lancaster Road,
SN12 6QU
Please arrive from 6.30pm for registration