Club Info


The Great Western Runners committee is elected once a year at the AGM.

The committee meets once a month to discuss all matters relating to the running of the club.

We are keen to know what you think about how the club is going, and will act on any feedback if it will help the club and/or its members, so if you have something you would like to mention, or have added to the agenda of the next meeting please either send your message via our Contact page selecting  Committee or speak to one of the committee members at one of our club session.

The 2018/19 Committee elected at the 2018 AGM is as follows:

Chair: Cat Mills
Vice Chair: Kelly Dicks
Treasurer: Marcus Kropacsy
Secretary: Andrew Woods
Membership Guru: Martin Bennett
Committee Members: John Cox, Clare Meraz, Pat Parr, Chris Taylor and Mark Watts.

Our History

Myrtle Tree PubGreat Western Runners was born out of a group of fit, and less fit, running enthusiasts who frequented (rather frequently!) The Myrtle Tree in Hotwells.

The club was founded in July 1984 and affiliated to the Amateur Athletics Association (now UK Athletics) a month later. Based at Kingsdown Sports Centre for 15 years, it grew rapidly in membership.

Over the years the runners participated in three cross-country leagues, several road races and relays. The club also organised races and soon gained a valuable reputation for excellent organisation and worthy races.

Great Western Runners’ Club night base moved to the Bristol Lawn Tennis & Squash Club in Redland in April 1999. The Club feels that this change has been positive and appreciate the welcome they have received. They have continued to attract newcomers to the Club, many of whom appreciate the fact that they can do their leisure running with them without necessarily having to join a formally affiliated club.

The club nights on Wednesday, from 6.30 p.m. with group runs at various paces, and over various distances from four miles upwards, are always attended by squads of over 50 runners; sometimes as many as 70 participate! While running is often seen as a solitary activity, Great Western Runners show that it is also a group activity.

If you are interested in becoming a member, you are welcome to come along to a club night on Mondays or Wednesdays.

Got any stories or pictures about the history of the club? Why not send them for publication on this site via our Contact page and select ‘All other enquiries’.

Club Consitution