The Annual Awards Night---Sunday 20th March 2016

The Winchester & District Athletics Club Annual Awards Night will be held on Sunday 20th March 2016 at 6.30pm at Winchester Golf Academy, Down Farm Lane, Headbourne Worthy, Winchester, Hampshire SO22 6RG.

Please put the date in your diaries. It is the Club’s “Big Night Out” where we present over 40 Awards to our talented athletes and volunteers.

Tickets will be available via the website in February.

The evening will include a two course supper and a cash bar will be available.

The cost will be £15 for adults and £8 for children up to and including aged 16.



It’s that time of year again when we look forward to the Welsh Castles Relay

2016 sees the 34th running of the race and it takes place on Saturday 4 and Sunday 5 June.

What is it?
The Welsh Castles Relay is a long distance relay event that spans over 200 miles. Starting in Caernarfon at 10.30am on Saturday morning, the race winds its way towards Newtown, with each stage measuring approximately 10 miles. The race resumes at 7am on Sunday morning and finishes at approximately 4pm on Sunday afternoon in Cardiff Castle.  

Is it hilly?
Wales is most certainly not a flat country. Whilst it can't compete with the Alps or Pyrenees for alpine majesty, Welsh hills are numerous and appear often. There are 6 dedicated 'mountain stages', but all stages - with the exception of the first two and the last three - will involve running hilly or undulating courses. This is part of what makes the Castles so special.

What makes it special?
Competitors, support teams, spectators, friendly locals, the beautiful scenery, the overnight stop, the variable weather, the camaraderie, the awesome Drovers, the mercifully short stage 9, the views over Dolgellau estuary, the cowbells, the horns, it goes on…! Whilst WADAC have had some notable individual performances in the past and a win for the ladies, the emphasis is on fun and participation. A travelling athletic social event!  


There are four categories: open, veterans, ladies and business house. Each year the race is over-subscribed but in the past we have been fortunate to get two teams registered – we would very much like to do the same again this year.

So this is the important bit! We need at least 40 runners – one per stage – and it is strongly advised to have reserves ready, in case of any last minute pull outs due to injury etc. No-one may run more than one stage.

Runners should be 18+ years with a few shorter stages suitable for 16-17 years (in accordance with UK Athletic rules). This year the organisers have stressed the need for participants to compete within the stage cut off times. On average this means being able to run at least 9 minute miles on hilly (road) terrain. 

Please commit the dates to your running diary and sign up as soon as the online registration is opened – WADAC needs you. In the rare event of there being too many runners for places, selection will be based upon factors such as previous experience, running speed and when you signed up.

Entries will be £25 per person, payable on entry.

Please feel free to ask any questions to

More information can be found on (see Welsh Castles Relay section under Race Pages)

Andy & Sam Parkinson


WADAC Coaches’ & Team Managers’ Meeting---29th February 2016

The next Coaches’ & Team Managers’ meeting will be held at 7.30pm on Monday 29th February 2016 at The Green Man, Southgate Street, Winchester SO23 9EH.

The meeting will be chaired by Pete Spelman.

Agenda items to Pete via by 21st February please.


The Garrison Ground Winchester---Important Information for WADAC

The Garrison Ground is the open space / playing fields adjacent to the Athletics Stadium.

It is used frequently by most of the endurance and sprints squads at WADAC not just for training purposes but for warm ups & cool downs. It is an integral part of the Athletics Stadium and the long term future of WADAC.

The Garrison Ground is owned by Tesco who, at some stage, may wish to sell it for as much money as possible.

To protect The Garrison ground as open space for sports & recreational purposes, we need to ensure the site remains as “Open Space for Community Use” in the Local Plan, rather than be allocated for future housing development. Our views also need to be expressed to Tesco.

Winchester Sports & Leisure Trust (SALT---see has put together an open letter to be sent to Tesco giving residents of Winchester and those with an interest in The Garrison Ground an opportunity to express their views.

SALT are also in the process of registering The Garrison Ground as a Community Asset.

I would urge all members of WADAC to respond to the open letter which can be obtained via

Please do your bit to protect The Garrison Ground as open space for the benefit of your Club and the many other Clubs & residents of Winchester that use it for sports & recreational purposes.

Pete Spelman (Chairman of WADAC)


100 Club Winners

This month's 100 Club Winners are:

1st Claire Lane       £27.50

2nd Jonathan Kane     £16.50

3rd George McCallum   £11.00

£55 was raised for WADAC this month.