Archive for October, 2009

Another top run for Fewster

Wednesday, October 28th, 2009

TOM Fewster, of Great Western Runner, shaved thirty seconds off his PB from the Oldbury 10 in September with a time of 55mins 26secs in the Great South Run on Sunday.

Millard salutes an ‘amazing year’

Wednesday, October 28th, 2009

NORTH Somerset AC chief coach Chris Millard summed up a very healthy twelve months for the club at the recent annual awards night.
“It has been a truly amazing year!” said Millard, who was instrumental in establishing the club in 2004.
The year started with several NSAC athletes involved in the wins for the Under 11, Under 13 and Under 15 Avon squads in the South West Sportshall competition.
Calum Hannay went on to become a UK Champion and both Emma Smith and Jake Fisher won national medals.
An impressive primary school squad from NSAA competed in the Quadkids home international against Wales and were runaway winners with Ada’ora Chigbo particularly impressive in the standing long jump setting a UK best of 2.23m.
Eleven athletes were included in the Avon squad for the South West Inter Counties and it ended with a joint first place victory in the Avon League.
“It was a fantastic achievement to finish joint top with Yate & District ASC on match points although they just edged us out on total points scored over the season,” said club chairman Steve Coghlan.
“Now we have to do even better in 2010 and try and win the league outright.”

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Clevedon Club athlete of the year: Jasmin Emery. Multi event athlete: Lauren Meredith. Achievement award: Sam Aizlewood.

Churchill Club – athlete of the year: James Payne. Multi event athlete: Pippa Reilly. Achievement award: Emma Warinton.

Nailsea & Backwell Club – athlete of the year: Ellie Parker. Multi event athlete: Rebecca Abbott. Achievement award: Sarah Page.

Endurance development athlete of the year: Katie Grinyer, who finished the season on a high with a national grade 1 performance in both the 800m and 200m.

Endurance athlete of the year: Cameron Coetzee, South West Inter Counties Champion and College Green mile winner.

Coaches Endurance Award: Ben Maliphant.

Speed Development Athlete: Sophie Thomas, a Year 7 student at Worle School, achieved national grade 1 performances in the 75m and 200m. She is now ranked number 2 and 3 in the UK respectively in her year group.

Speed Athlete: Tasha Osgood. The Gordano School student enjoyed fine performances in the 100m (13.19secs) and 200m (27.76secs).

Throws Athlete: Francesca Allen was a worthy winner after a personal best in the shot of 7.47m and a silver medal in the South West Indoor championships.

Multi Events Athlete: Kody Mortimer achieved a grade 2 performance in the long jump plus various endurance and sprint victories.

Jumps Athlete: Anicia Skeates was the runaway winner with 1.52m in the high jump, which now ranks her 5th in the UK. Also fine performances in the long jump and hurdles.

North Somerset AC sports day challenge winners: NSAA Lightning Bolts.

Roll up for the Bridge Inn 5k

Tuesday, October 27th, 2009

THE next Bridge Inn 5k road race will be held tonight (7.30pm) from the pub of the same name in Shortwood, east Bristol, with entries taken on the night.

Bath marathon ace Holly is best in the west

Tuesday, October 27th, 2009

TOP West female marathon runner Holly Rush has staked an early claim for an international call-up next year after an impressive performance in the Frankfurt Marathon.
Rush’s time of 2hrs 37mins 46secs was not only the second quickest of her career, consolidating her place at the top of the South West Rankings and sixth in the UK, but also crucially inside the 2hrs 38mins qualifying standard to be eligible for the 2010 European Championships and Commonwealth Games.
“It was mission accomplished as far as we are concerned,” said husband and coach Martin Rush.
“It was good to get that qualifying time under her belt and now focus on winning a place in one of the championships next year.
“It is a target a lot of top women marathon runners will be chasing but Holly has put herself in a good position and must now push on from that.”
Former Bristol & West AC runner Nigel Leighton faded in the second half of the race to finish 40th on 2:28.22.

Frankfurt marathon – women: 1 Agnes Kiprop (Kenya) 2:26.57; 15 Holly Rush (TBAC) 2:37.46 (halfway 1:17.37).

Emery triumphs in new Bristol duathlon event

Tuesday, October 27th, 2009

CLEVEDON AC’s Julian Emery won the inaugural Easy runner Bristol off-road duathlon staged in Ashton Court. Emery took out the men’s race with two storming runs, literally leaving the field in his wake and strode home well clear of the field breaking two hours.
Westbury Harriers’ Robyn Golding was in a class of her won in the women’s race as she finished fifth overall from the 73 finishers to beat rival Kate George by almost 15 minutes.

Easy Runner Bristol off-road duathlon (6.9k run, 16.25k mountain bike, 6.9k run): 1 Julian Emery (Clev, M40) 1:57.51; 2 Alex Rumball 2:01.34; 3 Rob Dixon (M40) 2:03.39. Women: 1 Robyn Golding (WH) 2:05.52; 2 Kate George 2:20.03; 3 Sarah Constantin 2:41.33. 73 finishers.

Peters shines in South West relays

Monday, October 26th, 2009

BRISTOL & West AC dominated the senior races at the South West Cross Country Relay Championships, staged at the King’s School, Taunton and sponsored by Easy Runner.
While the senior races were poorly supported the men’s A and B squads claimed a one-two with the women also dominating.
Richard Peters continued his return to form with the fastest time of the day while Rebekkah Randell was fastest in the women’s race.

South West Cross Country Relay Championships, King’s School, Taunton – senior men: 1 Bristol & West AC 38:07 (Dan Woolford 9:47, Tom Merson 9:33, Rich Peters 9:15, Nathan Young 9:32); 2 B& W B 40:08 (Owain Jones 9:40, Phil Lucker 10:24, Adam Speake 10:32, Merson 9:32); 3 Taunton AC 43:12 (Richard Caburn 10:46, Steve Willis 10:41, Tor Cuss 11;14, Tom Bloodworth 10:31). Fastest: Peters 9:15, Young & Merson 9;32
Under 17 men: 1 Taunton AC 32:29 (Simon Cooper 10:22, Alistair Floyd 11:43, Blair Brown 10:24)
Under 15 boys: 1 Dorchester 15;35; 2 Taunton 15;48; 3 Mendip 16:45. Fastest: Benedict Westhenry 4;50, Kieran Young and Ben Miller (Mendip) 5:10.
Under 13 boys: 1 Mendip 17:45; 2 Mendip B 18:55; 3 B&W 19:10 (Kai Sevenzo 6:15, Tom Grant 6:25, Stuart O’Connell 6:30). Fastest: mark Bailey (Mendip) 5:39
Senior women: 1 B&W (Naomi Speake 11:18, Katy Williams 14:12, Rebekkah Randell 10;31). Fastest; Randell.
U17 women: 1 Dorchester 20:00. Fastest; Rosie Smith (Dorch) 6:36.
Under 15 girls; 1 Taunton 17:36; 2 Dorchester 17:40; 3 Mendip 19:01.Fastest: Harriett Rogers (Taun) 5;37.
Under 13 girls: 1 Taunton AC 18;01; 2 Dorchester 19:14; 3 Mendip 19:5250
Fastest: Holly Brown (Taun) 5;32

Non-stop Claire’s PB hopes blown off course

Monday, October 26th, 2009

THE amazing Claire Hallissey just can’t stop racing. For a third successive weekend the Bristol & West Ac runner was involved in a big race as she tackled the BUPA Great South Run 10 miles event in Southsea.
As if the World Half Marathon Championships and then an eyeballs-out final stage at the National Road relays wasn’t enough Hallissey took on a top class field on the south coast.
A vicious headwind in the final two miles wrecked Hallissey’s hopes of a PB as she clocked 55mins 56secs to finish seventh overall and first British woman.
“At the halfway point I was on for around 54 minutes, which was my target in ideal conditions but the last two miles were into a strong headwind so the finial 5k split was very slow,” said Hallissey.
Her time actually beat her official PB of 57:11 from last year’s Oldbury-on-Severn 10 but Hallissey said she has since ran a faster split during a half marathon.
Former Bristol & West AC runner Kevin Heywood smashed his PB with a time of 49:50.

Kate and Emma race to PBs in Stroud half

Monday, October 26th, 2009

KATE Goodhead smashed her personal best to finish an excellent second in yesterday’s Stroud half marathon.
The 24-year-old Bristol & West runner split the highly-fancied African runners and afterwards said she was delighted with the result.
“While I was hoping to get close to 75 minutes the conditions weren’t helpful so I am really pleased with that result,” said Goodhead, whose time of 77mins 49secs carved 1 minute 47seconds off the time she ran over the same course last year when she finished fourth.
Fourth and second Brit was Westbury’s Emma D’Alton, who carved over two minutes from her PB with 81:29.
The men’s race saw a repeat of last year’s result with Medway & Mainstone’s Neil Renault holding off a strong African challenge to retain his title in a time of 66mins 06secs, 41 seconds slower than twelve months ago. Bristol & West’s Tom Russell was fifth in a PB of 68mins 25secs

Men: 1 Neil Renault (Medway) 66:06; 2 Lukas Wambua (Kenya) 66:30; 3 Julius Kimeu (Kenya) 66:38; 4 Anuradha Corray (Aylesbury) 66;45; 5 Tom Russell (B&W) 68;25; 6 Julian Hough (Stroud) 72:51; 7 Clayton Payne (THR) 73:00; 8 Charlie May (Aylesbury) 73:37; 9 Eric Phillips (Serpentine) 74:20; 10 Gary O’Brien (Swindon) 74:24.
Women: 1 Genet Measso (Ethiopia) 76:35; 2 Kate Goodhead (B&W) 77:49; 3 Kidst Yinchenku (Ethipoia) 81:16; 4 Emma D’Alton (WH) 81;29; 5 Gwen Kinsey (Severn) 82:09.

Kate and Emma are aiming high

Friday, October 23rd, 2009

LOCAL runners Kate Goodhead and Emma D’Alton have both set ambitious targets for the Stroud half marathon on Sunday.
Bristol & West AC mountain international Goodhead will make her first serious stab at the distance and has set her sights high.
“It is a little like stepping into the unknown for me as I haven’t done many half marathons but I’m in good shape physically and mentally and looking to run under 75 minutes,” said Goodhead
D’Alton, who competes for Westbury Harriers, is looking for her second PB in a week after winning the Salisbury half in 84mins 11secs last weekend.
“I feel in good shape and I would love to break 84 minutes,” said D’Alton.

New Bristol duathlon is a hit

Friday, October 23rd, 2009

RICHARD Ford, co-owner of Easy Runner, believes the inaugural Bristol off-road duathlon in Ashton Court on Sunday (10am) is already a success.
“We have taken 100 entries before the deadline and have since had to turn quite a few others away,” said Ford.
The event has been organised Sole Events, with the backing of Easy Runner and comprises a 5k run followed by a 20k mountain bike ride before finishing with another 5k run.
No entries will be taken on the day and among those on the start line will be Clevedon AC’s World Ironman contestant Kit Stokes.

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