Athletics club to run 24-hour relay on Grand Pier

PUBLISHED: 17:59 20 February 2018 | UPDATED: 17:59 20 February 2018

Grand Pier relay.

Grand Pier relay.

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North Somerset Athletics Club is planning another 24-hour relay on Weston’s Grand Pier on March 10-11.

North Somerset Athletics Club is holding another 24-hour relay on Weston’s Grand Pier, with a Commonwealth Games theme on March 10-11.

The idea of the 24-hour relay to raise funds for a dedicated all-year athletics facility in North Somerset was started in 2011, and the Grand Pier were only too pleased to host it.

The first event was such a success that there was a demand from the athletes to repeat this as soon as possible. With London 2012 rapidly approaching, it was decided to use this as an excuse to run another.

The theme was to be London 2012 and the young athletes duly obliged with a kaleidoscope of colour, face paints and exuberance. Another event coincided with the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow.

The 2016 event saw the club team up with the Children’s Hospice South West, raising a significant amount for them also.

This year’s event will once again celebrate the Commonwealth Games and athletes will march on the pier wearing their favourite colours. The North Somerset Samba band and a few surprises are anticipated for this event.

With more than £30,000 raised to date, and nearly 1,000 athletes having taken part to date, this is surely one of the most impressive independently-run events anywhere. Anyone who wishes to pop down and say hello, whether they are friends, family or curious onlookers are very welcome. We especially welcome ex-NSAC/NSAA athletes.

For more information on this, or North Somerset Athletic Club in general, please email chrisbtg@blueyonder.co.uk

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