24-Hour WSM Grand Pier Relay 2023

EVENT STORIES & COMMENT

Event Organiser Chris. “This is the 7th event we have run. It is extremely motivating seeing the new team arrive every hour. If you want to be inspired, seeing a dozen or more excited young athletes running, singing and dancing around the Pier will do it, especially in the rain! The emotion felt at the end of the 24 hours, knowing that the team had successfully kept the Olympic Torch moving around the Pier without stopping for 24 hours, is high”. Thank you to everyone who attended, especially the ’24-hour heroes’, those who raised ‘crazy’ amounts of money, anyone who ran massive distances, the night shift, and The Grand Pier, WSM for the support. It is believed that around £13k was raised by this event…”

From Jeremy (age 11) “I loved being part of the the pier relay – it was a great team event. I did 2 sessions and ran a half marathon”.

We were so proud of Jessica. She lacks in confidence for long distance running and the fact that she pushed through and kept going for the full hour showed her that she can do it! The pride and sense of satisfaction that she felt at the end because she had kept going was palpable! It was also an amazing experience for Millie, who managed a mile- even though she did fall over a few times


This was the first time that I had been involved with the pier relay. I decided that I would do my Sunday morning long run and join in at 5am before starting work at 8 on Sunday morning. I’m sure if it was nerves or excitement but I woke early and decided to head on down to crack on, starting 1 hour earlier than planned. Arriving at 3:45am the weather was kind with no rain unlike previous hours, just a headwind into the away straight. The night crew were in full flight relaying the torch each lap between the 6 or 7 strong team. This made my run much easier as there was always someone on the lap to pass in the opposite direction and give a smile to or, someone up ahead who I could aim for. The laps passed pretty quickly and the miles soon built up. It was really nice underfoot as the wooden planks had loads of give in them, like running along a gymnastics sprung floor. My highlight was on lap 20 when I came around the corner and onto the home straight at the same time as Chris Millard. He was being timed for one of his laps and going well. I picked up the pace to match the G. B. International stride for stride only to result in him stopping at the end and me trying to take the sharp turn to start my next lap, displaying a sliding manoeuvre on my backside that would not have looked out of place in the Premiership! Upwards and onwards for a few more laps to complete my Sunday long run at 5:45am some 15 miles later. All in all, I enjoyed the experience and the novelty of running up and down Weston’s Grand Pier in the small hours. I even picked up a Strava crown (Weston Half sprint finish), which I imagine could only have been on lap 20 (thanks Chris).

Frankie really enjoyed herself despite the poor weather. She worked out she ran over 9K which is the furthest she has run so felt very proud of herself.

Will lost count of laps but did just over 10km between 4-5pm, which, if a lap is 650m is between 15 and 16 laps. Henry did the same, John and I did 2 less.

Annie H aged 11 ran 5 miles on the Pier with her Daddy on Saturday afternoon between 2.30 ish and 3.50. Despite the weather Annie really enjoyed the Pier run and was excited to do just one more lap at the end to get to 5 miles which is the furthest she has run.

Firstly a massive well done for all your efforts in organising such an amazing 24hours. The boys have really enjoyed it and we’ve lived seeing the pleasure they have got out of ‘just running’!

Whilst Toby aimed to run his first 10k he smashed his goal by running a half marathon in the 3 hours that we were there on Saturday and then determined to come back Sunday took his total number of laps to 42.5 over the weekend. 

Aaron on the other hand whist aiming for 5k did a whopping 14.5 k on the Saturday and then set on getting to a half, completed his total of 30.5 laps on the Sunday. We thought we’d need to will him on just to achieve his original aim but no encouragement from us was required and he enjoyed a good chat with Harry! They were both very pleased with themselves and of course we were so proud of them! They loved running with their friends, making friends and taking part with other older members of the club. Their young bodies seem relatively unscathed today with very little stiffness to suffer!!

Despite the rain Xan and Max had a brilliant time doing their stint. We couldn’t believe Max ran for the entire hour!

Lucy and Emilia completed over 5km during their hour on the pier. Have attached some pictures for you. Well done to all involved for an amazing achievement!

George H (aged 12) managed 20 laps of the Pier (13k). What a wonderful event. Watching all the athletes power on through the cold, dark, wet and rain to raise money for 2 great causes was testament to what an amazing, inclusive, and inspiring club NSAC is.

Hope you are feeling ok – congratulations on your 7th Pier Relay! Tom B (aged 14) ran 31 lengths (a half-marathon)

Lilia (aged 10) ran 9 laps of the pier as the relay kicked off at 12pm. She did a few cartwheels on the way for good measure 

Abigail (aged 9) literally stopped only twice to grab a quick drink in the hour she ran for. She has never run that far or pace before! Her and Harley did an amazing job !

Ewan and Megan attend the pier at 7pm on Saturday night. The rain was coming down and the wind blowing but both were really keen to contribute. Megan had never run further than 3k before the event, but both had aspirations of reaching 7k. This distance was quickly reached and passed, and Megan, who likes to keep her distances to hundreds as opposed to thousands of metres, went onto reach an amazing 14k. Ewan was very keen to keep going and was already asking if he could stay all night next year. Always the competitor, and spurred on by the camaraderie of the adults helping and some of his fellow athletes and friends he was still ready to do ‘just a few more laps’ when we decided to call it a night as he reached his Half Marathon (he did have a rugby match on Sunday morning after all).  Once again thank you for organising a brilliant event and your commitment throughout the 24hrs. Both Ewan and Megan are wearing their tops with pride and have fingers crossed they get a chance to run even further and raise more money next time. 

Bay ran 10 laps, as did Arlo. Orson ran 8 & Mossy ran 3! They enjoyed it so much more than they had even expected to do! I think they also loved it being dark & stormy as it made it more of a challenge! It was great to see Bay running with the new friends he has made at Athletics, they all had such huge smiles on their faces!

Xavier challenged himself to run for three hours this year. He set off at 9am on Sunday full of energy and probably a bit too fast!! He was going at a quick pace and feeling good until 16 kilometres when he started to struggle, but he was determined to keep going. His sister Maëlys and myself turned up at 11am to help him along for the last hour and that gave him the boost to keep going, finishing with a total distance of 24 kilometres when the race finished at midday.

Ewan D achieved 14 laps – 10k. Coach Claire managed 51 laps – 22miles

Jonny ran further than he has ever run and beat his target of 7k, running 8.6k in his hour slot. He loved every minute even in the rain! 

Jemma and Georgina braved the wind and rain to run the 10 pm slot. An unusual but enjoyable way to spend a Saturday night!

We, Team Hunter, were aiming to run 40 laps of the Pier – 17.08 miles during our slot. We surpassed our goal and ran a grand total of 34.34 miles. Amelia ran her longest run ever of 9.42 miles and older brother Ollie unexpectedly completed his Duke of Edinburgh challenge to run a 10k in sub 1 hour. The atmosphere and energy from everyone running, particularly the children, was contagious!

Leo decided the night before to see if he could run a half marathon in less than 2 hours and was really pleased when he did

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PRE-EVENT INFO

This is it, the Official launch of the 2023 24 Hour Pier Relay!

THE DETAILS

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North Somerset Athletic Club and Academy will be running the event for the seventh time over the weekend of March 11th/12th 2023. The event starts at 12noon on Saturday and continues until 12noon on Sunday. The aim of the event is;

  • To keep at least one mock Olympic flame moving for the duration
  • A great team-building exercise
  • To raise awareness of Athletics in North Somerset
  • To raise money towards phase 3 of our Athletics facility in Clevedon, and equipment purchase – PLUS MINIMUM 20% DONATION TO CHILDRENS HOSPICE SOUTH WEST.

We request that all Athletes try to get involved in this, as the previous six events have proved to be extremely special. It was talked about for months afterwards!
“The best thing I’ve ever done in sport” CM 2020
“What a memory this will be for my children” LP 2020

THE THEME

We have decided to go for a ‘Be loud and proud’ theme. Come dressed in bright clothes. Add face paints, and headwear. Speak to friends and co-ordinate! Prizes for best individual/group effort!

WHAT TO DO NEXT

  • Organise a group of friends from within NSAA/NSAC (no guests please, as this is a special event for Members and families only. All family members welcome to join in at no extra cost!)
  • Decide on the best time for you to be involved. Email chrisbtg@blueyonder.co.uk  with the list of names, and your preferred time. If you can’t find anyone else to come with, then just email me your preferred time. There will be 10-12 Athletes minimum each hour, so plenty to work with! We will attempt to spread Athletes evenly throughout the 24 hours, so once we have an hour ‘filled’ (ie 20 per hour) then we will ask others to look at other times. I will update this as we get nearer, letting you know what hours are filled, and which are empty!
  • Set up Justgiving (see below). Set a goal for yourself (distance or number of laps) and let everyone know (friends, family, teammates, school friends, teachers etc!) Start to fundraise!

SETTING UP JUSTGIVING

Set up your JustGiving page to start collecting donations online.  Click here to view our guide to setting up your fundraising page!

THE BIG ONES!

The big hours are the first and last, this is when we will most likely see tv/celebrity support. If you have enjoyed your effort, then you are welcome to come back and join in again, or join us for the last hour to celebrate the success!

ON THE DAY

Arrive a minimum of 15 minutes before your ‘stint’ (allowing for parking etc in WSM). Come to the Registration area, introduce yourselves, and prepare for your effort. This is not a race. No-one is going to be pushing you to do more than you want. Take the flame around as many or as few times as you wish within the time allotted. Walk, skip, jog, dance, anything that keeps you smiling! There will be plenty of adults to escort younger Athletes around, and parents are welcome to get involved in this process also.  At the end of the hour, if you wish to stay on, this is not a problem (providing your parents are okay for you to do so!)

MEDIA

We hope to enthuse television, newspapers and radio to look in on us as previous relays. We are contacting them now. If anyone has any personal contacts, then please either share with us, or preferably speak to them yourselves! For this to be the massive success this event deserves, a huge media interest is essential, so the more contacts we have the better

‘CELEBRITIES’

We are speaking with various people now about attending, and hope to confirm names shortly. Again, if you know someone ‘famous’ then please invite them. The more ‘faces’ we can get involved the more interest we can drum up!

FUNDRAISING – COMPANIES

Any help we can get to raise money the better. Do you work for a big Company that may be interested in sponsoring? (from just £250 Website logo for a year viewed by 1000+ etc, mentions in newspaper, invites to Awards Evening etc.) Do you know anyone who has an interest in sport and may be persuaded into supporting?
Athletes have been asked to raise money themselves (minimum £10 to allow them to take part), with following incentives…

INCENTIVES!

  • All figures below exclude gift aid

Minimum donation of £10 to enter. The whole family is welcome to attend for this, however there are incentives…

Any athlete raising £30 will be given an event t-shirt. If you know you have raised/will raise this money, please advise us by Sunday 5th February to enable us to order for you.
Anyone emailing after this, they are very welcome, but their name will not appear on the t-shirt (sorry!) We will order you a t-shirt, and it will be made available to you on the day. If you do not attend, we would appreciate a donation, and we will hand you your t-shirt.

Any athlete raising £60 will also be presented with a bronze medal in a presentation case at the first available training session after the event.

Any athlete raising £90 will also be presented with a silver medal in a presentation case at the first available training session after the event.

Any athlete raising an amazing £120 will also be presented with a gold medal in a presentation case at the first available training session after the event.

Any athlete raising an astonishing £150+ will also be presented with a personally engraved glass trophy at the first available training session after the event, a mention in the local newspapers and our website/facebook, and an invite to attend cheque handover with CHSW

PERSONAL GOALS

Each lap of the Pier is 700m. Why not set yourself a lap goal, or a distance goal (See below). You can let everyone you know what you are attempting!

DISTANCENUMBER OF LAPS
3KM (1.8 MILES)4.3 LAPS
3.5KM (2.1 MILES)5.0 LAPS
5KM (3.05 MILES)7.1 LAPS
7KM (4.27 MILES)10.0 LAPS
8.1KM (5.0 MILES)11.5 LAPS
10KM (6.1 MILES)14.3 LAPS
16.2KM (10 MILES)23.1 LAPS
21.1KM (13.1 MILES/HALF MARATHON!)30.5 LAPS
32.4 KM (20 MILES)46.2 LAPS
26.2 MILES (FULL MARATHON)61.0 LAPS

SOCIAL MEDIA

Please share details on social media – facebook/twitter etc – (carefully). Don’t wait until March, start telling them now. Run a countdown. Make it exciting! See if we can get celebrity interest!

INFORMATION & COUNTDOWN

PREVIOUS EVENTS
https://www.nsac.org.uk/back-the-track/nsac-24-hour-pier-relay-2020/

https://www.nsac.org.uk/back-the-track/the-world-famous-24-hour-wsm-pier-run

https://www.nsac.org.uk/nsac-24-hour-pier-relay/

Twitter @northsomersetac
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Queries to; chrisbtg@blueyonder.co.uk

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SAFETY

The most important part of the event. There will be a full risk assessment posted on the NSAC website prior to the event, but generally… be sensible! Young Athletes to stay away from the edge, no ‘tomfoolery’ and to respect other Pier users. Young athletes (under-13) not to run unless an adult is present. If we get this right, then we can look forward to another one in a couple of years. Get it wrong, and we are in trouble! Can adults please remain with us for the duration of their children’s run (or be accessible somewhere on the Pier!) As previously stated, you are welcome to join in!

Click here to view our Risk Assessment. Make sure you’ve read this ahead of time!

OVERNIGHT 

We have been asked by quite a few of you whether you can stay all night and help. After taking advice, the short answer is ‘YES’, providing…

1) You are aged 14+
2) Either your parents stay with you OR you complete our
disclaimer form, which can be found here.

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