Archive for July, 2009

Wills’ nightmare night in Watford

Friday, July 31st, 2009

JON Wills won’t forget his trip to the British Milers’ Club meeting at Watford on Wednesday night. Firstly the terrible weather conditions meant Wills and coach Mike Down got caught up in a bad traffic on the M25 and only arrived at Watford at 7.45pm.
That meant Wills missed his intended 1500m race so switched his attention to the 3000m so as not to waste his trip.
“But there were so many 800m races that the 3000m didn’t start until 10.45!” said Down. “By then Jon had warmed up about five times and also had something to eat as he was so hungry but that gave him an upset stomach in the race.”
Wills clocked just over 8mins 30secs before jumping back in the car and getting home to Bristol at 1.15am in the morning.
“It was one of those nights when everything that could go wrong did so,” groaned Down

North Somerset relays cancelled

Friday, July 31st, 2009

NEXT month’s North Somerset Road Relays, organised by Clevedon AC, have been cancelled. The event had been scheduled for Sunday September 27th but Clevedon AC spokesman Andy Heyes said the club had regretfully taken the decision to cancel the race.
“Basically it was due to the fact that a couple of key people are on holiday while the Midland Counties have also brought forward their relays and the Clevedon event was always a good trials event for that,” said Heyes.
“In the end it got too complicated so we decided to cancel it this year but it will return in 2010.”

Midland League showdown

Friday, July 31st, 2009

THE Midland Counties Track & Field League reaches its climax on Sunday with Bristol & West AC battling to win the Division One title – while Yate & District AC are fighting to beat the drop from Division Three.
Bristol & West top the division after the first three matches and hold a one-point advantage over Mansfield with the City of Stoke AC two points adrift. The new champions seem certain to come from one of those three clubs with Mansfield perhaps having the slight edge as they host Sunday’s match and can be sure to have a strong turn-out.
But Bristol & West AC’s team manager Chris Elson, who has galvanised the squad this season, believes they have a fighting chance.
“We may not be quite as strong as when we won the last match at Bath but we are first overall and even if we come second as long as we finish within 30 points of Mansfield we will win the league,” said Elson.
There will also be plenty of tension and excitement at Birmingham University for Yate & District AC’s final Division Three match and team boss Graham Howell knows it will be a trying afternoon.
“Hopefully we can avoid finishing in the bottom two,” said team manager Graham Howell. There are a few holes in the team but we aren’t looking too bad and I think we have a decent chance.”
Yate currently lie fourth overall two points clear of Tipton and Telford, who are in the relegation zone.

Blaise a trail to the Castle

Friday, July 31st, 2009

WESTBURY Harriers’ stage their next Blaise Blazer event at Blaise Castle on Monday. The four miles hill race, including 600ft of ascent, starts at the clubhouse, next to the main car park, at 7.15pm and entries will be taken on the night.
The next Bitton 5k road race will be held next Wednesday (August 5th). The race starts at 7:30pm from Bitton Station, with registration from 6:30pm onwards at Oldand Abbotonians Football Club, Oldland Common. Entries are taken on the night .

Whalley breaks Bridge Inn record

Wednesday, July 29th, 2009

ROB Whalley announced his return to competition after injury problems with a record-breaking victory in the Bridge Inn Summer 5k.
The former British international tore around the cycle paths in an impressive time of 15mins 06secs to beat Bristol & West clubmate Phil Parry’s previous mark.
Whalley dominated the race with runner up Steve McGuigan 42 seconds back in second and Craig Peters completing a Bristol & West AC clean sweep.
Bristol’s Rebekah Randell won the women’s race from Team Bath’s Laura Parsonage and Bath-based modern pentathlete international Katy Livingston third.
Race organiser Chris Elson revealed that the event nearly didn’t take place after a group of travellers set up camp alongside the route about the 1K mark.
“I spoke to them on Monday afternoon and they seemed OK about the race, but there were a lot of dogs around,” said Elson.
“We had six marshals available on the site, as they were still there Tuesday morning but they had disappeared before the race started.”

Bridge Inn 5k – men: 1 Rob Whalley (B&W, M40) 15:06 (veterans record); 2 Steve McGuigan (B&W) 15:48; 3 Craig Peters (B&W) 15:59; 4 Matt Peters (B&W) 16:06; 5 Jon Hanley (GWR) 16:33; 6 Phil Lucker (B&W) 16:35; 7 David Beddows (B&W) 17:10; 8 Anthony Wilson (B&W) 17:24; 9 David McNally (GWR, M40) 17:26; 10 John Terry (WH) 17:33.
M45: Terry Jewell-Davies (WH) 17:52. M50: Steve Morgan (GWR) 20:10. M55: Dave Wintle (GWR) 17:58. M60; Roger Trubridge (unatt) 19:21. U17: George Hurford (B&W) 18:25.
Women: 1 Rebekah Randell (B&W) 17:44; 2 Laura Parsonage (TBAC) 17:51; 3 Katy Livingston (Bath Uni) 17:54; 4 Debbie Marsden (WH) 18:08; 5 Emma D’Alton (WH) 18:16; 6 Sophie Voller (WH) 18:52. W35: Aileen Brown (GWR) 19:21. W45: Veronica Ford (GWR) 21:17. 115 finishers.

Festival race on offer

Wednesday, July 29th, 2009

SEVERN AC stage the Gloucester Festival 7 miles road race from the Pilot Inn, Hardwick, tomorrow night (Thursday July 30th) at 7.30pm with entries taken on the night.

Debbie’s runner-up run revealed

Tuesday, July 28th, 2009

MANY thanks to JT for pointing out that Debbie Marsden was over-looked as second woman in Friday’s Towpath Mob Match – as she was unfortunately listed as a male in the official results.
Marsden finished a fine 26th overall, just six places and 28 seconds behind her Westbury Harriers’ clubmate and overall female winner Robyn Golding.
Only Bitton Road Runners’ Anita Westlake denied Westbury a clean sheet as she beat Sophie Voller by three seconds as they finished 45th and 46th overall respectively. But there was no denying Westbury as they crushed their rivals to lift the team title.

Bridge Inn 5k reaches its finale

Tuesday, July 28th, 2009

BRISTOL & West AC stage the final race in the Bridge Inn 5K Summer Series tonight (TUESDAY). As usual entries are taken on the night with registration from 6.30pm and the race starting at 7.30pm.

Duddell is over 50s champ at Gloucester

Tuesday, July 28th, 2009

STEVE Duddell, of Great Western Runners, won the veterans’ over 50s prize at the Gloucester half marathon on Sunday. In the women’s race Westbury Harriers’ Emma D’Alton finished third in a time of 85mins 49secs just 16 seconds outside her PB of 85:33 set three years ago. Jo Webb, of Bitton Road Runners, was second in the women’s over 45s age group.

Gloucester half marathon – men: 1 Paul Hocking (Stroud) 74:15; 2 Matt Harvey (Neath) 77:23; 3 James Rose (Sev) 77:31; 4 Stephen Price (UKNet) 77:47; 5 Stephen Ward (Tip, M40) 78:01; 6 Andy Gore (Chelt) 78:31.
M50: 1 Steve Duddell (GWR) 85:57;
Women: Myshola Kirkham (Cov God) 83:53; 2 Jo Fletcher (Sev) 85:21; 3 Emma D’Alton (WH) 85:49; 4 Gwen Kinsey (Sev) 85:54. W35: 2 Laura Croker (PRC) 97:50. W45; 2 Jo Webb (Bitt RR) 98:25.
LOCAL BRISTOL; 15 Steven James (PRC) 83:37; 37 Adrian Pook (HT) 90:08; 56 Danny Coll (GWR, M50) 93:28;62 Mike Gibbs (Bitt RR, M45) 94:30; 65 Matt Washburn (Weston) 95;20; 79 Chris Taylor (GWR, M60 2nd) 97:13; 150 Nick Woodhill (HT) 1:46.52.

Fisher’s Killer performance

Tuesday, July 28th, 2009

TOM Fisher was in ruthless form to retain his Conkwell Killer title on Sunday as he led the 8 miles multi terrain race in Bradford on Avon from start to finish to carve 43 seconds off the time he clocked twelve months ago.
Sadly it was a case of deja vu for Allister Sheffield, who for the second successive year had to follow Fisher home but at least the Team Bath AC runner was a lot closer.
Twelve months ago, when he was running for Bitton Road Runners, Sheffield finished fourth in a time of 52mins 53secs. On Sunday Sheffield carved 2mins 41secs off that time to underline his improvement since joining the Team Bath outfit. Avon Valley Runners’ Mike Towler finished third in 51:09.
The women’s race was much closer with Team Bath’s Emer Brangan doing just enough to beat Warminster’s Diane Heir by 13 seconds with another Team Bath runner, Victoria Plummer, third.

Conkwell Killer 8 miles multi terrain race, Winsley nr Bradford on Avon – men; 1 Tom Fisher (unatt) 49:05; 2 Allister Sheffield (TBAC) 50:12; 3 Mike Towler (AVR) 51:09; 4 Luke Sturgess-Durden (TBAC) 54:14; 5 Andy Davison (unatt) 54;59; 6 Keith Abley (Calne) 56:02. M50: Nigel Stone (Somer) 57:59. M60: Patrick Rogers (TBAC) 62:51.
Women: 1 Emer Brangan (TBAC) 59:43; 2 Diane Hier (Warminster, W40) 59;46; 3 Victoria Plummer (TBAC) 68:05. W50: Karen Butler (AVR) 71:03. 94 finishers.

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