Bristol & West Athletic Club
Bristol & West Athletic Club was founded in 1882, when athletics was in its infancy, making it one of the oldest athletic clubs in the country and indeed in the world. The Bristol club’s first colours were green and white hoops and the early name was ‘South Bristol Harriers’. Reference to a ‘Bristol & Clifton AC’ can also be found in the National Cross Country results archive competing in 1882.
In 2004, led by the then Chairperson, Mike Down, the Club was rebranded Bristol & West AC, it’s aim was to become the leading athletics club in the Southwest and to support any potential West Country athletes not properly catered for by providing access to high-level training and opportunity for national level competition.
Throughout the years, many Great Britain Internationals, some of whom are Olympians, have competed for Bristol & West AC at senior level.
Bristol & West AC works in partnership with the wider athletics community in Bristol, Avon and the southwest of England to create a vibrant, safe and progressive sport that is accessible to athletes of all abilities and from all backgrounds. We provide the environment, support and opportunities for development and progression within the sport and aim to achieve excellence in everything we do.