Blackpool Wyre and Fylde AC

                      Incorporated 2006                      

  21 st July 2016  

Welcome to the website of BLACKPOOL WYRE and FYLDE ATHLETIC CLUB (BWFAC), formed on 1st September 2006 from two of Lancashire's leading athletic clubs - Blackpool & Fylde AC and North Fylde AC . The club caters for all athletic disciplines for all age groups from 7 years old and upwards. All standards are covered from beginners to international level. BWFAC is committed to the Safeguarding and Welfare of all its members and has agreed to adopt the UKA Athletics Welfare Procedure.

Click here to see June's Athletes of the Month.

Click here for important news on the Wesham RR Interclub race.

Click here for details of a Race For Life event.

Click here for details of Blackpool Community Sports Awards 2016.

Click here for details of a BWFAC social event.

Popular local coach honoured.

Click here to see an important Mid-Lancs T&F update.

For more information on BWFAC activities click here.

Click on the Club Badge icon below for September Open Medal Meeting information.



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WESHAM RR INTERCLUB RACE MONDAY 18.07.16


A message from Wesham RR :

"Due to circumstances beyond the control of the event organisers, signage was tampered with shortly before the race started.

This naturally lead to confusion and as a result the first 110 runners unfortunately went the wrong way. This made it impossible to produce a fair and honest result for all those who took part, whether they ran the correct route or short route.

We at Wesham RR have made the difficult decision to call the Wesham Interclub of 2016 null and void.

I hope you can understand why we have made this decision and we can move swiftly on and keep the good spirit of the Interclub going.

Alan and Greg will post the race's finishing times.

Please could you pass this information on to your club members.

Many Thanks.

Lee Barlow (Chairperson)
Steve Gore (Race Director)
Alan Hudson (Results Co-ordinator)"



RACE 4 LIFE EVENT SATURDAY 17.09.16


A message from club secretary Nick Hume :

"
Race for Life are organising Pretty Muddy Event on Saturday 17th September at Lawson's Showground Blackpool.

Ideally the organisers require a team of around twenty-two marshals to cover all points and obstacles. The timings shown are an estimate at the moment (finish) as they still have starting waves waiting to open but it will be along the lines of 08:30 - 13:00

It is intended to be a really fun day, very interactive, so that hopefully everyone will enjoy being involved.

If anyone wishes to volunteer to assist please let me know by August 15th and I will pass your names forward"



COACH STAN TAYLOR HONOURED


Prominent local coach Stan Taylor has been honoured with a British Citizen (BCA) Award for his contribution to the community. Read the details below:

"A former champion runner has been recognised at the House of Lords for dedicating his life to supporting athletics in his community.

Lancashire resident Stan Taylor has been commended for his outstanding commitment to training young athletes and adults; his selfless commitment has landed the local hero one of the country's highest accolades – a British Citizen Award (BCA).

Launched in January 2015, the BCA, in partnership with company
InMoment , recognises extraordinary achievements by everyday people who have made a positive difference to the lives of others that may otherwise have gone unnoticed.

The athletics coach, who still spends four nights a week coaching young athletes and adults, received his BCA Medal from InMoment’s president Lonnie Mayne at the Palace of Westminster on 7th July for his 48 years of service to athletics coaching.



Stan , 78, started coaching in 1971 when he noticed a lack of direction for the athletes who showed great talent and good work ethic. The former professional athlete, who was once ranked sixth in the world for middle distance running, has coached runners of all ages and abilities. Many of the athletes Stan has worked with have gone on to compete at county, regional and national levels. Despite the successes he has had with athletes at highly competitive levels, including international, Stan gets the most satisfaction when he is able to help athletes with an average ability to improve and go on to win at county level.

Stan said: "I was absolutely stunned when they told me that I was being awarded the BCA for doing something that has given me so much joy over the years. It’s such a passion of mine to encourage young and old people benefit from the health benefits of running for run, as well as help those with a real talent for the sport achieve the best they can."

Stan owes his own career successes to his own determination and perseverance and he always applies the same principles when coaching.

Stan continued: "I continue to put such dedication into coaching because it’s important that the coach cares just as much as the athlete. I want to be a positive example and motivator for these young athletes."

He is a committee member of the local running club, Blackpool Wyre & Fylde AC and has been Track and Field secretary for over 20 years. With at least three training sessions a week and up to a dozen athletes at each session, Stan has helped and inspired thousands of aspiring athletes over the years. He has now been coaching for over four decades and has dedicated his life to the sport he loves with the aim of encouraging other to take part and get active.

The BCA is in partnership with InMoment customer experience management and proud to be supported by the world’s largest optical retailer and audiologists, Specsavers; one of the largest property and leisure management, development and regeneration companies in the UK, Places for People; leading ethical law firm Irwin Mitchell; palletised freight company, Pall-Ex; and creative communications group, Beattie - who will each have representatives at the awards ceremony.

October 2016 will also see the introduction of the British Citizen Youth Award, recognising young people under the age of 16 who have positively impacted communities or particular groups and have contributed through their own endeavours to making a difference. Nominations can be made now until September 16th 2016.

To find out more about the BCA or British Citizen Youth Awards, and to nominate someone for the next awards in January 2017, please visit our website."



BLACKPOOL COMMUNITY SPORTS AWARDS 2016


Nominations are now being taken for the Blackpool Community Sports Awards 2016 and BWFAC would welcome your support in recognising the efforts given to community sport within Blackpool.

We usually have a few notable performers so please nominate those you think worthy in the relevant categories.

The nomination form provides an overview of the categories featured in the Sports Awards together with the opportunity for you to provide information about the athlete or club nominated.



MID-LANCS T&F UPDATE 30.06.16


Dear Athletes, Coaches and Team Managers,

Please note important changes to fixtures this season.

1. The fixture at Edge Hill University, Ormskirk, on 30th July has been brought forward to Saturday 23rd July. The reason for this is that important electrical work is now scheduled for Edge Hill on 30th July and was likely to at least cause significant delay to the start of our meeting.

2. The Medal Meeting scheduled for Saturday 27th August
has been moved to a different venue: - to
Leigh Sports Village. We are grateful to Leigh Harriers for accommodating us on 27th August.

Important information for club members:

Can I also take this opportunity to remind Team Managers that competitors on Saturday 2nd July at Lancaster need to hold a current registration with England Athletics? Many athletes who were registered last year were given until 30th June to pay club subs and the EA Registration Fee this year and so will have successfully passed registration checks so far this season. Inevitably some will be unaware or will miss the 30th June deadline and are therefore not eligible to compete from 1st July.

Ron Scott
General Secretary
Mid-Lancs League



STANLEY PARK 5M BLACKPOOL SUNDAY 02.10.16


BWFAC are organising the Stanley Park 5 Mile road race on Sunday 02.10.16. Entry is open to runners of 13-years-old and above and is by conventional entry form or online following either of the two links - .....John Schofield.



VOLUNTEER APPEAL 2016


From club secretary Nick Hume:

"BWF AC is seeking a number of Volunteers and two Volunteer Coordinators to assist with the smooth running of the club. The Coordinators will have responsibility for liaising with the Volunteers and the Committee/Event Organisers to ensure that tasks are completed as and when required. Click here for information on the Coordinator's role.

Advice and guidance will be provided to all volunteers. Click here for information on the Volunteer's role."



MEMBERSHIP INFORMATION


Please read this important message from Membership Secretary Nick Hume:
"It is more important than ever that Club Membership fees are paid sooner rather than later, as England Athletics (EA) and Competition Providers are checking whether athletes are affiliated and the Club does not pay EA until the relevant Membership fee is received.

It is vital that we avoid the situation that arose last year when some athletes were disqualified in T&F competition because of unpaid fees. Details of BWFAC's membership fees can be viewed here.

Regards.

Nick."



TRACK & FIELD CONTACT FOR YOUNG BEGINNERS


Young people, or their parents, wanting information on the club's track and field athletics activities can contact Samantha Rogers on 07972 012949. There is competition information on our Young Athletes page.



RUNNING FOR ADULT BEGINNERS


BWFAC has a running beginners group for adults. It is organised by club vice-chairman Bob Massey.

The group meets on Wednesday at the Sports Centre at Stanley Park Blackpool at 6.30 p.m. Everyone is welcome from those who have done nothing before and wish to give it a try, to people returning after a period away from running.

Anyone interested can contact Bob (07805 702550). Alternatively just turn up on the night.



PARKRUN UK


parkrun UK organise free, weekly, 5km timed runs. They are open to everyone and are safe and easy to take part in. These runs take place in pleasant parkland surroundings, usually at 9.00 a.m. on Saturday morning, and feature runners of every ability.
Our nearest venue is
Lytham Hall whilst there are also runs on Avenham Park in Preston and Cuerden Valley Country Park in Bamber Bridge.

For more information visit parkrun UK.



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