Archive for June, 2009

Diamond gets GB call-up

Tuesday, June 30th, 2009

EMILY Diamond has been selected to make her international debut at the European Under 20 Championships in Serbia later this month.
The 18-year-old Bristol & West AC sprinter, a former winner of the Easy Runner athlete of the month competition, got the call from the Great Britain selectors today to confirm her place in the team to run the 200m.
She is the third Bristol & West athlete to get an international call-up in the past seven days with Annabel Gummow selected to run the 3000m at the World Youth Games and pole vaulter Cameron Walker-Shepherd picked for the European Youth Olympics.
Also named in the GB relay squad for the European Under 23 Championships was former Yate & District AC sprinter Ryan Scott.

Cameron gets Olympic call-up

Monday, June 29th, 2009

FORMER Easy Runner athlete of the month Cameron Walker-Shepherd has been selected to represent Great Britain at the European Youth Olympics in Tampere, Finland.
“I am really pleased to be selected,” said the 17-year-old Bristol & West AC athlete from Stapleton.
“Initially I was a little gutted as I had been hoping to win selection for the World Youth Games, in Italy but I didn’t get the qualifying standard of 4.80m so I have been chosen for the Europeans instead.
“I went close a few times but my best this season is 4.70m. But I know 4.80m is definitely going to come, it is just a question of when.
“I know I’m quite well up in the European rankings so hopefully I can do well and maybe get the 4.80m or better there.
“I am really excited about the Europeans and with the English Schools’ Championships the week before it is going to be a huge week for me.”

Team Bath at the double in relay

Monday, June 29th, 2009

TEAM Bath delivered a superb double victory in the Cotswold Way relay winning both the men’s and women’s categories.
The men’s team completed the 103 miles event from Chipping Camden to Bath Abbey, which is divided into ten sections along way marked paths, in 12hrs 27mins 32secs to defeat reigning champions Stroud & District AC by a se3cond under four minutes.
He women’s squad enjoyed a five-minutes gap from nearest challengers Bitton Road Runners as 68 teams – comprising almost700 runners across the length of the Cotswolds – completed the event.

Cotswold Way Relay, Chipping Camden to Bath Abbey, 103 miles in 10 stages – overall; 1 Team Bath AC 12;27.32; 2 Stroud & District AC 12:31.57; 3 Cheltenham & County Harriers 12;33.40; 4 Great Western Runners 12;38.40; 5 Chepstow Harriers Mixed 13:08.21; 6 Thorbury Running Club 13:18.30.
Veterans; 1 Chippenham Harriers 13;32.39; 2 Hogweed Trotters 13:46.43. Mixed: 2 Chippenham Harriers 13:32.29; 3 Bristol & West AC 14:04.23.
Women: 1 Team Bath AC 15:31.01; 2 Bitton Road Runners 15:36.50; 3 Chippenham Harriers 15:58.00. 68 teams finished.

Bridge Inn 5k looming

Monday, June 29th, 2009

THE next Bristol Ridge Inn 5k race, Shortwood, will be held tonight (TUESDAY) with entries taken before the start.

Thornbury race rebranded as Carnival 10k

Monday, June 29th, 2009

THORNBURY Running Club stage the newly-renamed Thornbury Carnival 10k road race (formerly the Sundayshill 10k) on Thursday (7.30pm) from Thornbury Running Club. Entries will be taken on the evening as long as the limit of 300 hasn’t been reached. For further information see the race website at: www.thornburyrunningclub.co.uk

GWR upbeat about Cotswold Relay title bid

Friday, June 26th, 2009

GREAT Western Runners are fired up to make a big challenge for the 18th Cotswold Way Relay from Chipping Camden to Bath Abbey , comprising ten stages over 103 miles, which takes place tomorrow.
GWR’s senior men finished second last year just 1min36 secs adrift of Stroud in 12 hours of racing so will be hoping to go one better this time though I understand Stroud are also determined to hold onto their crown..
Local clubs Bitton Road Runners, Thornbury Running Club, Town & Country Harriers and Hogweed Trotters are also among the 68 entries.

Emily targets Europeans prize

Friday, June 26th, 2009

FORMER Easy Runner athlete of the month Emily Diamond will be hoping to secure her place in the Great Britain team for the European Under 20 Championships this weekend.
The 18-year-old Bristol & West AC sprinter heads to the England Athletics Under 23/20 Championships, in Bedford, with high hopes of finishing among the medals in both the 100m and 200m events.
With the championships also incorporating the trials for the Europeans that should be good enough to earn her a ticket to Serbia at the end of next month.
Diamond’s 100m personal best of 11.80secs o win the Midland Counties title last weekend puts her fourth in the UK Under 20 Rankings while she is third in the 200m list after a windy 24.07secs but competition will be intense for both events.

Annabel joy at Worlds call-up

Thursday, June 25th, 2009

BRISTOL & West AC’s Annabel Gummow has been selected to make her debut for Great Britain at the IAAF World Youth Championships in Italy next month.
Gummow has been chosen to run the 3000m and at 15-years-old will be the youngest member of the elite 19-strong squad for an event for athletes aged 18 and under.
“It is great news and I am thrilled,” said Gummow. “I was 99.9 per cent certain I would make the team after doing the qualifying time but when I finally got the call I was so pleased. It is brilliant.”
Gummow is likely to face some of the top young runners in the world at the event, which is being held in the Sudtirol, Italy, from 8-12 July.
Among her rivals will be a very strong challenge from Africa with every chance there will be future Olympic stars in the field and maybe even names that will emerge in the London Games in three years time.
“It is really great news and I just can’t wait to take part,” said Gummow. “It is going to be a top class race and should be a great opportunity for me to improve my personal best.”

Sheffield cruises to win

Thursday, June 25th, 2009

TEAM Bath AC runner Alister Sheffield cruised to victory in last night’s Nailsea Festival 10k.
Sheffield enjoyed almost a tw-minute advantage over Cheltenham’s Russell Forsbrook, a regular racer in Bristol races, with Tim Britton third.
Great western Runners’ Jonathan Goodland had a fine run to finish fourth and top veteran over 40.
Westbury Harriers’ Robyn Golding was 15th overall from the field of 193 finishers to pick up the women’s prize from clubmate Emma Dalton.

Nailsea Festival 10k - men: 1 Alister Sheffield (TBAC) 33:44; 2 Russell Forsbrook (Chelt) 35:33; 3 Tim Britton (unatt) 35:41; 4 Jonathan Goodland (GWR, M50) 35:52; 5 Phil Lucker (B&W) 36:16; 6 Andrew Cooke (B&W) 36:57; 7 Peter Killey (unatt, M40) 37:13; 8 Brian Charters (unatt, M40) 37:15; 9 John Mason (unatt) 37:37; 10 Ray Hooper (WH, M40) 37:41.
Women: 1 Robyn Golding (WH) 38:27; 2 Emma Dalton (WH) 39:46; 3 Maria Powell (NRC, W40) 41:13.
193 finishers.

BMC stage new west title race

Thursday, June 25th, 2009

ALONG with the 800m races next Tuesday’s (June 30th ) British Milers’ Club meeting at the Exeter Arena will feature incorporate the first ever South West Championships with entries already pledged from Jon Wills, Kairn Stone, Tom Merson and Kevin Heywood. Anyone still wishing an entry for the 3000m needs to call Mike Down (tel: 0117 9733407). To enter the 800m register at the BMC website: www.britishmilersclub.com


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