A busy autumn running calendar continued for local runners, Somer Athletics Club, as they headed towards the festive break. A number of junior and senior runners, supporting a range of local charities, donned Santa suits as they ran in the ever popular Saltford Santa Dash. With a range of distances, there was something for all abilities to enjoy as they headed around the village.

Meanwhile, elsewhere on Sunday, more than a dozen runners picked up their customary Christmas pudding as they went to Wiltshire and a regular visit to compete in the Bromham Pudding Run. Well supported by local residents, it was a great event that again raises precious funds for important local causes. The fantastic community feel is one continuing attraction for Somer’s athletes.

Away from the tinsel, over twenty Somer runners, made the short trip to the Gwent Cross Country Championships meeting on Saturday. Dominated by Somer’s Youth and Junior athletes, it was held at Blaise Castle Park in Bristol and is a popular event with runners descending from across the West and South Wales.

Comprising cross country races across different distances according to age and gender classes, Somer runners featured in most events. Juniors and Youth runners were cheered on by the Senior runners and coaches, before the Seniors then competed. A great afternoon’s running on a day on a cool Bristolian day, with lots of good performances and beaming smiles.

If you’re thinking of getting into running, either as a novice or returning to it, Somer AC would be keen to hear from you. Their Beginners Group starts on 11th January 2024, and they meet every Tuesday and Thursday at Norton Hill School; for more information on that, or find out about the Youth and Juniors branches, visit their website at: www.somerac.org.uk