Archive for August, 2009

Towpath series reaches climax tonight

Friday, August 28th, 2009

THE final Towpath race is held tonight (7.30pm) from Greville Smythe Park, Ashton, in Bristol and instead of the usual 10k will be a shortened 5k.
Cardiff AC’s Michael Johnson is in pole position to win the overall men’s title but race director Mike Willcox says the women’s race is still wide open.

New off-road duathlon event in Bristol

Friday, August 28th, 2009

EASY Runner is backing a new off-road duathlon event in the city. The event, which will be staged in Ashton Court on Sunday October 25th, will comprise a 5k cross country run followed by a 20k mountain bike ride and then another 5k race.
“This will be completely off-road with various technical challenges facing riders,” said Richard Ford of Easy Runner. “The event is already attracting interest from a high profile athletes as well as club and novice athletes from across the country.”
For further information see the race website at:

Yate stage sprints and hurdles challenge

Friday, August 28th, 2009

YATE & District AC will be holding a Sprints & Hurdles Challenge at the Yate Outdoor Sports Complex next Sunday (1pm/September 6th).
The event will comprise sprints from 100m to 400m and the 70m, 75m, 80m, 100m, 110m, 300m and 400m hurdles and races will be seeded on season’s best times.
For further details contact Graham Howell either by phone (tel: 01454 261458) or email him at:

New date for BMC cross country spectacle

Friday, August 28th, 2009

A DECISION to switch the date of the British Milers’ Club Cross Country Championships staged on Clifton Downs in Bristol to Sunday November 22nd was confirmed this week.
The fixture, which will host the 50th anniversary of the Mike Sully Trophy and also incorporates the 10th Gemma Butler Bowl, was originally scheduled for November 15th but organiser Mike Down said they had been compelled to make the move by a fixture pile-up.
“It became apparent that there was a big clash of fixtures on the weekend of the 14 and 15th of November,” said Down. “The British and & Irish Masters International is on that weekend along with a Westward League fixture, the English Schools’ Cup regional championships and the McCain Cross Challenge in Gateshead.
“For that reason we have decided to push the event back by a week to allow more people the chance to take part. It is also the week before the European Championships and would be an ideal warm-up for athletes preparing for that event.
The multi-lap, spectator friendly event offers races for all age groups from 1k to Under 11s to 3k for seniors and veterans and if conditions are good is an excellent test of leg speed ahead of the major winter championships. Cash prizes are also on offer in the senior races.
For entry details see the race website at:

Merson targets fast time at Sedgemoor

Friday, August 28th, 2009

BRISTOL & West AC’S Tom Merson, who finished runner-up in Sunday’s Torbay Regatta 10k, is among the entries for the Battle of Sedgemoor 10k from the Langport Arms Hotel on Sunday (11am).
“I have heard it is a quick course so hopefully I can get close to 31 minutes,” said Merson.
Entries are being taken on the day and for more information call Peter Jones (tel: 01458 251486) or log onto the race website at:

Fancy a foxtrot? But this is no dance

Friday, August 28th, 2009

THE 5th Foxtrot 5 miles road race, organised by Avon Valley Runners, takes place at Broughton Gifford Common, near Melksham, on Sunday (11am). For further details see the race website at:

* Take a short trip up the A38 on Bank Holiday for the Arlingham 4.5 miles road race (11.30am) along the banks of the River Severn, in Gloucestershire. The race HQ is the Red Lion pub and entries will be taken on the day. For further details contact Rob Cytlau (tel: 01452 614783) or see the race website at:

* A reminder that the AXA 5 miles road race is being staged next Tuesday (6.30pm) and for entry details either contact Jon Goodland (tel: 07977 918764) or see the race website:

Oldbury 10 chief issues entries warning

Tuesday, August 25th, 2009

THE organisers of the Oldbury Power Station 10 miles road race have warned that absolutely no entries will be accepted on the day for this year’s event on Sunday October 4th.
Due to strict security conditions at the event all runners must register in advance with the closing deadline set for Saturday September 26th.
This year’s race again incorporates the Avon Championships and for more details check the race website at:

Claire’s warming up nicely for Bristol half

Tuesday, August 25th, 2009

BRISTOL & West AC international Claire Hallissey’s preparations for the Bristol half marathon on Sunday week look to be proceeding smoothly after another impressive run at the Torbay Regatta 10k road race.
On an undulating course the 26-year-old finished seventh overall of the 555 finishers in a time of 34mins 12secs, just 16 seconds outside the PB of 33:56 that she ran on the much faster Bristol course earlier this year.
Clubmate Tom Merson’s grip on his senior men’s title was prised away by Chichester raider Tom Payn, who raced to victory in 31mins 05secs.
“I went through the first mile in 4mins 45secs and was already 20 metres adrift of Tom,” said Merson, who finished runner-up in 31:44. “He just sprinted off and stayed there.”
But Merson believes that the times at Torbay are worth a lot more. “Torbay is not a particularly quick course and I feel I’m in PB shape and would run a lot quicker if I was at Bristol again.”

Super Sean is in sizzling form

Tuesday, August 25th, 2009

SEAN Hazel just keeps getting quicker and quicker. Competing for Avon in the South West Inter Counties Championships at the Exeter Arena on Sunday the 18-year-old Bristol & West AC athlete produced yet another PB in a summer of new bests as he obliterated his best time for the 2000m steeplechase by 33 seconds with 6mins 13.72secs.
That time is good enough to lift the 18-year-old to 20th in the UK Under 20 Rankings. For good measure Hazel also finished fourth in the 400m hurdles in 62.81secs, outside his PB.
For full results of Avon athletes see today’s Evening Post.

Why Cameron is quitting Bristol & West AC

Friday, August 21st, 2009

CAMERON Walker-Shepherd has decided to leave Bristol & West AC to join British League Premiership club Birchfield Harriers.
The 17-year-old Great Britain junior international, who this summer won the English Schools’ senior boys’ title and made his overseas debut in the European Youth Olympics, said it was a difficult decision to make having been a member of the club since he was ten years old.
“The main reason I’m going is to get a better standard of competition,” said Walker-Shepherd.
The lack of top class facilities at Whitchurch means Bristol & West AC are unable to host British League matches and even though they won the Midland League title this summer they won’t be contesting the qualifying match to wwin a palce in the top level of club athletics.
“We simply cannot host a British League fixture and won’t do until we get the facilities that a city of this size deserves and which we have been promised by council officers,” said club chairman Mike Down.
For the full story see today’s Bristol Evening Post.

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