Bitton Road Runners have new HQ

Bitton Road Runners have moved to new facilities at Longwell Green Community Centre in Shellards Rd.

The club had been based at Old Abbotonians in Oldland Common for the last 20 years, but changes with league fixtures meant the facilities were not always available.

Vice chairman Nigel Cox said: “We are excited by the ; the facilities that Longwell Green Community Centre have suit our every need.”

The club was formed in 1986 when runners met at Bitton Railway Station – they initially called themselves Bitton Puffers. There are currently about 150 members who run competitively or for fun.

New chairman Steve Herring described Bitton Road Runners as “a small club that punches above its weight”.

The club organises seven races throughout the year, from The Hanham Horror at Easter to a 5k series at Bitton on the cycle track during the summer, not to mention the Iconic ‘Sodbury Slog’ in November, which has been voted one of the best races in the UK. The first 5k at Bitton on May 8 will be raced under a new format. It will be chip timed and runners will be able to compare their performance against a Power of 10 national ranking. Monies from the races help sustain the club and donations are made to charities during the year.

The runners run on a Tuesday and Thursday at 6.45 from the Centre in Shellards Road. New members are welcome.

Enquiries for membership can be made to the club secretary