At Yeovil we run the Spring Open in April, The Bill Whistlecroft Memorial Hurdles and Steeplechase Festival (usually in April) and the Yeovil Games in August/September. These are great opportunities for new and experienced athletes to hone their event or try new ones for the first time. We have begun to add U11 events into our open meetings and we hope to expand this. There are also open meetings at Exeter (last Tuesday evening of each month) and Mendip (usually the third Thursday evening of the month) during the summer where U11s and U13s can compete.
The Somerset AA County Championships, over two days, offers all events to all ages and abilities. There is no restriction and no minimum standard to achieve in order to be able to compete. Highly placed athletes in each event may go on to represent their county at the South West Championships. More information is available on the Somerset AA website www.somerset-athletics.co.uk/ . Somerset AA are also involved in the South West Inter Counties Event, usually held in August.
In parallel with all of the above are 'Schools Competitions' beginning with local district level meetings, representing your school or college, and going on to county schools, south-west schools, and ultimately, if selected, English Schools. This also applies to combined events. Somerset Schools have a good website - www.somersetschoolsathletics.org.uk/
There is also a Somerset Combined Events Championships, usually at the end of April, which is a tremendous event and offers a fun multi-event experience for all ages. There are subsequent South West and National championships in multi-events for those who are selected.