Archive for May, 2009

Wills to miss Manchester BMC test

Friday, May 29th, 2009

JON Wills has opted to pull out of tomorrow’s British Milers’ Club Grand Prix in Manchester .
The Bristol & West AC had originally pencilled in the 1500m – which clubmate Steve Mitchell will be doing – but after his PB of 3mins 53.73secs at the Exeter Arena on Tuesday will now concentrate on training before having his first attempt at posting a fast time over 5000m.
“Jon has a 5k road race in Germany next week but after that it will just be track and we want him in good shape before he runs his first 5000m,” said coach Mike Down.
“There was a 5000m in Manchester but Jon didn’t want to go straight into a big race like that without doing some specific work.”
Mitchell, who wasn’t at his best on Tuesday after exams and 21st birthday celebrations at the weekend, will be looking to bounce back tomorrow night as he goes in the B race at the Sport City Stadium.

Diamond on GB relay duty

Friday, May 29th, 2009

FORMER Easy Runner athlete of the month Emily Diamond will take a break from A level exam revision for a session with the Great Britain Under 20 women’s relay squad at the Bedford International Games on Sunday.
The GB management are keen for the first choice squad, who could have a real medal chance at the European Junior Championships later this summer, to have a competitive outing and Diamond will run the lead-off leg.
The Bristol & West AC sprinter had the option of running the 100m at Bedford but with maths and biology exams the following day understandably didn’t want to push here luck.

Holly’s Edinburgh gamble

Friday, May 29th, 2009

HOLLY Rush will line up for the Edinburgh Marathon on Sunday – just five weeks after running the Hamburg Marathon.
The Team Bath AC international was left frustrated by her experience in the German city last month even though her time of 2hrs 38mins 36secs was only 61 seconds off her personal best and has left her fifth in the UK Rankings
“My build-up was not particularly good for Hamburg so I didn’t feel particularly satisfied with the run even though the time wasn’t bad,” said Rush.
“But just after the Reading half marathon I found out that I was anaemic which explained why I was feeling so tired all the time.”
Rush isn’t setting herself any specific time goals and will instead race the marathon as she feels and in particular how the weather conditions dictate.
“If the weather is good Edinburgh can be a fats course but if not it can be slow,” added Rush. “I’m trying to treat the race as though I’m not doing it really and we’ll just see how things go.”

Top kids heading to Yate

Friday, May 29th, 2009

YATE & District AC host the third match in the National Young Athletes League Midland Premier Division at the Outdoor Sports Complex on Sunday. Also in the match will be Bristol & West AC, Rugby & Northampton and Cannock & Staffs.

Blaise Blazer set for ignition

Friday, May 29th, 2009

THE Westbury Harriers Blaise Blazer series kicks off on Monday night. The four miles race around the Blaise Castle estate begins at 7.30pm with a pre-race briefing at 7.15pm from the Westbury Harriers’ club house adjacent to the main car park and playground.
Further races will be held on July 6th and August 3rd and entries will be taken on the night only from 6pm. For further information see the race website at www.westburyharriers.co.uk or contact Philip Court (tel: 01454 613 720).

Wills’ PB delight

Wednesday, May 27th, 2009

LAST night’s British Milers’ Club meeting at the Exeter Arena attracted 143 runners over 12 quality races.
“That was very good and the meeting is getting bigger and better,” said BMC south west organiser John Knowles.
Bristol & West AC’s John Wills won the a race in a PB of 3mins 53.73secs, catching clubmate and long-time leader Steve Mitchell in the final 100 metres.
In the women’s only race Plymouth’s Jess Burns caught Exeter’s Katherine Humphreys on the line for victory in 4:38.29 but the quickest women’s time of the night was recorded by Stroud’s Rachel Felton with 4:26.90 in the mixed race won by Bristol & West AC’s Sam Bedwell.

* Next month’s meeting on Tuesday June 30th will feature 800m plus an invitation 3000m. For further details see the BMC website at: www.britishmilersclub.com

Annabel goes top of UK Rankings

Wednesday, May 27th, 2009

BRISTOL & West AC’s Annabel Gummow has staked a strong claim for a place in the Great Britain for the World Youth Games after smashing her personal best over 3000m.
The 15-year-old clocked a stunning 9mins 35.51secs to win the South West League Division Town fixture at Street on Sunday, carving 15 seconds off the time she set on her debut at the distance barely two weeks ago.
That equals the qualifying standard of 9mins 35secs so now Gummow must prove to the slectors that she is the best person available for selection.

Claire’s joy at GB call-up

Tuesday, May 26th, 2009

BRISTOL & West AC’s Claire Hallissey has been selected to make her debut for Great Britain.
The 26-year-old, who is studying for a PhD at Bristol University, will join a five-strong GB squad for next month’s European Cup 10,000m in Ribeira Brava, Madeira.
“I’m dead chuffed to be making my Great Britain debut,” said a delighted Hallissey. “I never expected this at all and it is very exciting.”
Hallissey’s selection follows an impressive performance at the British Universities & Colleges Championships when she finished second in the 10,000m in a personal best time of 34mins 07.19secs and then also finishing runner-up in the Bristol 10k road race in a time of 33mins 56secs.
The men’s team is led by Phil Wicks (Belgrave Harriers), who recently won the Bristol 10k in a personal best time of 28mins 54secs.

Bridge Inn 5k prize bonus

Tuesday, May 26th, 2009

A REMINDER that Bristol & West AC stage the next Bristol Bridge Inn 5k race tonight (Tuesday) at 7.30pm with entries taken on the night.
Also Easy Runner have confirmed they are providing an extra prize for the summer series – a new pair of training shoes to the male and female - both regardless of age - with the fastest aggregate times for the series.
Also the British Milers’ Club will be staging 1500m races at the Exeter Arena tonight. Contact John Knowles for information (tel: 07866 370548).

Super Floren’s record victory

Tuesday, May 26th, 2009

CONGRATULATIONS to Floren Scrafton on lifting the Under 17 women’s 1500m title at the Midland Track & Field Championships held at Alexander Stadium, in Birmingham.
The 15-year-old Yate & District AC runner, a former winner of the Easy Runner athlete of the month competition, not only smashed her personal best for the second time this season but also set a new championship record with her winning time of 4mins 31.09secs
Scrafton, coached by Pat Gallager, now moves up to second in the UK Rankings but significantly she beat the current UK No 1 Kate Holt of the City of Stoke, the pre-race favourite.
“Floren was brilliant,” said Gallagher.
There were five other medals for local athletes at the championships. Competing in the Under 17 women’s 300m Yate & District AC’s 15-year-old Hayley Smith won the bronze medal in a time of 41.51secs, just outside her recent personal best.
There was also a bronze medal for Bristol & West AC’s Sam Bedwell in the Under 17 men’s 3000m (9:42.33) while Clevedon AC teenager Luke Jacobs won a silver medal in the Under 15s 3000m in a time of 9mins 50.60secs.
The championships also staged throwing events for the Under 20s and Bristol & West AC’s James Preston returned to his Keynsham home with two bronze medals in the shot and discus.


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