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Man v Horse – portable athletics track event

Pics - Adrian Sherratt - 07976 237651 Re. SunBets Promotion. The sprinter Dwain Chambers races jockey Adrian Dean riding Heat Storm at Wolverhampton Racecourse (7 Mar 2017).

Pics – Adrian Sherratt – 07976 237651 Re. SunBets Promotion. The sprinter Dwain Chambers races jockey Adrian Dean riding Heat Storm at Wolverhampton Racecourse (7 Mar 2017).

The SWAA team recently travelled to Wolverhampton race course to meet The News Group a horse called Heat storm ridden by jockey Adrian Dean race against GB Athlete Dwain Chambers. They raced againt each other over a 100m length on our portable athletics track.
After a full day of filming the advert was put together and went live to promote the cheltenham festival.

Merry Chrismas and Happy New year!

We would like to wish everyone a very Merry Christmas and a happy new year. We are looking forward to an even bigger 2017 and start our activities again in the first week in January

Exetr Mini’s Juniors and seniors:
Wed 4th January – First session is at Exeter Arena – all ages and groups 5-6pm
Monday 9th January – first Monday session at St Peters High School – minis and juniors – 6-7pm, Seniors, girls group and Disability group 7-8pm

Any new atheltes wo want to join us please feel free to turn up but call sonya just to confirm first = thanks

Taunton – First session back (juniors and seniors) – Tuesday 4th January
Exeter University – first session back – Wed 4th January 3-4pm

Also see lots of you at first indoor comepton of the year at Cardiff on the 8th Janury for the SW champs

Merry christmas and Happy new year –
Sonya and the SWAA team

SWA Monday minis, juniors ans senior sessions to move indoors in November 2016

South West Athletics Club will be moving monday evening sessions indoors from November 2016 until end of February 2017.
Minis and Juniors will contnue at 6-7pm and the seniors, women & girls and disabliy group will be from 7-8pm

The venue is St Peters Cof E High School near Middlemoor roundabout, Exeter – join us there for sessions

Sonya and the team

Athletes travel to Antwerp for Gala Match

Team ready for trip to Belgium

Athletes from across the south west and others from Wales and Reading area are all set to travel to Antwerp to the Gala International meeting this weekend . Event organiser – Sonya Ellis – said – we are taking another mixed team with a lot of younger athletes that will gain valuable international experience on this trip.  Results will be posted here once the team returns from their travels. Good luck to all!


Free Fruit for our Mini athletes


Thanks to the generosity of Tescos, all children attending the Mini athletes sessions on both Mondays and Wednesdays can enjoy free fruit during the sessions. This is part of our commitment to providing and promoting healthy lifestyles for our younger club members and we hope that they will leave our sessions having had at least one of their five a day.


Athletes gearing up for Exeter’s SW Inter Counties Championships


Athletes from across the South West are preparing to enter one of the highlights of the summer athletics season as the SW Inter County Championships once more returns to Exeter.

The Championships take place on Sunday July 19th at Exeter Arena and following on from the success of previous years, the event is once more being organized by Exeter based South West Athletics Academy. It is a chance for elite athletes who are at the peak of their fitness to come together in what is traditionally a highly regarded pinnacle of the regional athletics season. For spectators it is the chance to see some of the South West’s finest athletes competing in the full range of both track and field events.

South West Athletics Academy’s Director of Coaching Sonya Ellis said “the SW Inter Counties always has such a dynamic, celebratory atmosphere. We had record numbers of entries last year and are hoping that athletes will return again in similar numbers this year. Athletes love to compete at these Championships because they are well managed and they love the new facilities of Exeter Arena. All they have to concentrate on is performing at their best. Our role is to make everything else run seamlessly in the background and we do this thanks to the professionalism of a very talented group of race officials and volunteers”.

Athletes must carefully read the entry guidelines and liaise with their County Managers prior to registration which open on June 14th 2015 and closes on 5th July.


Exeter takes on the World Pancake Racing Champs

The annual World Pancake Racing Championships were held on shrove Tuesday right in the heart of Exeter in Devon. The event organised by Wacky Nation, used Exeter based South West Athletics Academy’s colourful red and blue portable track as their centrepiece and had 15 teams competing for the world championship title. Shoppers in the Princesshay centre couldn’t believe their eyes or ears as teams competed against each other to run and flip the length of the track, cheered on by a large crowd. After some closely fought races, it came down to a flip-off between two local businesses, Crowdcube and Turner Lockyear Barnfield, with Crowdcube eventually crossing the line first and taking the World Pancake Racing crown. The light hearted, fun event raising money for Age UK is supported by South West Athletics Academy because it is a unique way of bringing athletics right into the heart of a community and making it fun, accessible and inclusive. Before and after the main event the track was open to local children to try and flip pancakes while racing for the finish line.

Flippin’ Marvellous Fun

World Pancake Racing Championships!

On shrove Tuesday, 17th February 2015, from 11am – 3pm SW Athletics have been asked to bring their portable track right into the heart of Exeter’s prime shopping area ready for the World Pancake Racing Championships. The 2nd World Pancake Racing Championship run by Wacky Nation in conjunction with SW Athletics and Princesshay are looking for teams of up to four to represent businesses, organisations, shops & charities in Exeter. Whether you want to become World Champions or just have a bit of fun, this is a great opportunity to generate novel publicity, fundraise and create a memorable team spirit. Plus you’ll get to have a ‘flippin’ good time. If you would like to register a team, please follow this LINK. The event is being run to raise money for age concern. Families are encouraged to take the pancake challenge by tossing pancakes in races along its 60m of track.

So why not come along and join in the fun!

Excellent day of racing in the South West

In ideal conditions, runners from across the South West converged on Bicton College on Sunday 4th January for the England Athletics South West Cross Country Championships. There were record entries this year, for the popular event organised by South West Athletics and both runners and supporters alike enjoyed a wonderful day of competition.

With the backdrop of the Georgian manor house and Bicton College’s wonderful lake, the course made full use of the hills and flats of the rolling parkland and agricultural fields. Over a hundred children were registered for the Under 11’s development race, which has gone from strength to strength each. There were runners from local schools and clubs trying out the 1.5 k course, with each finisher receiving a commemorative medal.

There was also a surprise winner in the senior men’s race. Jamie Parkinson came in first with a strong time of 33.47, just in front of the pre-race favourite Tom Merson. Jessi Sanzo was victorious in the senior women’s race, a mother of three who is relatively new to the cross country circuit.

In the U17 Men’s category, Erme Valley Harriers’ Will Battershill came in first. Will is no stranger to success as British and English Schools steeplechase champion. Experienced athlete Yoyo Barnsley from Cornwall was the winner of a closely fought U17 women’s race.

Runners from all groups performed well in the conditions and winning athletes had their medals presented to them by Chris Maddocks, ex Olympic athlete who has supported the event for a number of years.

The new course was received well by both runners and spectators, and there were lots of positive comments. Runners left happy and expressed their overwhelming desire to compete again next year in what has become a mainstay of the cross country calendar.