Skip to content

National Conference


Saturday 19th October saw the staging of the Welsh Athletics and Run Wales National Conference at The Vale Resort, Hensol.

Both clubs and groups from across Wales travelled to engage with the speakers and the networking opportunity that the conference continues to provide. The day saw over 80 delegates in attendance, making it the biggest conference held to date and also featured the first meeting of the Junior Athlete Voice representatives. The morning was opened by James Williams, Head of Operations talking through the vision and direction for the sport in Wales.

The conference saw two ‘streams’ of presenters, an offer for the more social / recreational running clubs and groups and an offer for those operating a more formal and traditional ‘club’ offer. A strong feature of the day was the club and group presentations and our appreciation must go to the following for their support and contributions and for making the day such a success;

Svend Elkjaer (Sports Marketing Network), Bernie Henderson (Port Talbot Harriers), Philippa Walsh (Cowbridge Moovers), Tom Marshall (Sports Injury Fix), Sarah Williams (Equality Counts), Laura Kerr (Athletics Northern Ireland), Paul Harris (Penllergaer Valley Woods Runners), Hannah Pretty (Welsh Athletics/Little Lions) Josh James (Diabetes UK Cymru) and Kerry Rockey (Pontyclun Road Runners).

A copy of all presentations delivered throughout the day can be found below:

The Strategy for the Sport in Wales

Keynote: Creating A Community Champion

Club Support and Development

Case Study: Developing Projects to Support Club Development

Partner Presentation: Sports Injury Fix 

Developing Your Offer Equally

Are You More Than…

Developing Talent and Developing Athletes

Physical Literacy Workshop: Background, Philosophy and Key Principles

Case Study: The Journey - from Run Wales to Welsh Athletics and back again… 

Run Wales, Big Social Run and all things Running

Developing Your Group: Cowbridge Moovers

Developing Your Group: Penllergaer Valley Woods Runners

Focus on Working with a Specific Population: Diabetes UK Cymru


Thank you also to the following clubs / groups for their support of the day;

Rhymney Valley AC, Ogmore Phoenix Runners, Port Talbot Harriers, Cardiff Athletics, Seriously Mad Runners, Whitchurch Run, CDF Runners, Moti Cardiff, Menai Track & Field, Cornelly Striders, Just Run Penybont, Cowbridge Moovers, Paul Popham Running Club, Neath Harriers, Usk Runners, Pencoed Panthers, Pontyclun Road Runners, Aberdare Valley AAC, Bridgend AC, White Rock Runners, Newport Harriers, We Can Run Llanelli, Cardigan Running Club, Swansea Harriers, Penarth and Dinas Runners and Canton Chargers.