Archive for December, 2009

Rebekah targets hat-trick of victories

Thursday, December 31st, 2009

REBEKAH Randell is seeking to make it three wins in a row when she lines up for the Hangover 10k road race tomorrow (January 1st).
The Bristol & West AC runner has already notched up wins in the Christmas Cracker 10k in the run-up to Christmas and then the Clevedon 4 on Boxing Day and will start favourite to make it a north Somerset hat-trick in the first west race of the new year.
“It will be more of a hard training run after Clevedon but I’m looking forward to it,” said Randell.
“Training is going well at the moment and I was pleased with my last two wins.”
Entries will be taken on the day at Kewstoke Village Hall for the Weston Hangover 10k on New Year’s Day (11am). For further information see the race website at: www.westonaac.co.uk

Downs race is postponed until the spring

Thursday, December 31st, 2009

THE annual Downs handicap race has been postponed until the spring. The traditional pre-Christmas event was originally delayed until this Sunday but now organiser Mike Down has made the decision to stage the three miles race around the Downs on Sunday April 11th.
“For a variety of reasons, including runners’ availability and not least the prevailing weather conditions, it has been decided to reschedule the annual Downs Fitness Christmas Handicap to the spring,” said Down.
“The new date clashes with no major local road races and will act as a final blow out for the following weekend’s National 12 and 6-stage road relay championships.”

Merson waiting on First Chance entry

Wednesday, December 30th, 2009

BRISTOL & West AC’s Tom Merson is sweating on a late entry for the First Chance 10k, in Exeter, on Sunday as he looks to take on former clubmate and race favourite Kevin Heywood.
Merson won the Clevedon 4 on Boxing Day and while in their previous two clashes on the country Heywood has finished well ahead Merson should get closer on his favourite road surface.

Deadline looming for Midland Indoor meetings

Wednesday, December 30th, 2009

A reminder that entries for the first Midland Counties Indoor Open meeting over the weekend of January 23rd/24th at the Alexander Stadium close on Monday (January 4th). For further details log onto the website: www.midlandathletics.org or call the Midland Counties on 0121 344 4201.
Additionally the Midland Counties organise the Birmingham Indoor Games at the National Indoor Arena on February 6/7th (closing date January 1th), the Midland Championships on February 13/14th (CD January 18th) and a further open meeting on Sunday February 21st (CD January 25th).

Bloor upbeat over new multi terrain race in Bristol

Wednesday, December 30th, 2009

CHRIS Bloor believes that the new Moorland 10k multi terrain race from the Avon Riding Centre on Kings Weston Road, in Henbury is a great new addition to the off-road calendar in Avon.
This new event will take place on Sunday January 24th (11am) with the course comprising a variety of surfaces, from short grass around Moorgrove Wood, jumps, a canter track, woods, potentially slippery descents and rough grazing on Lawrence Weston Moor.
“This is an unexpectedly interesting piece of land, where it was easy to produce a varied and challenging course suitable for runners of all abilities,” said Bloor, who is chairman of Town & County Harriers.
“ I was particularly impressed by the potential of the site as a gateway out of the city into the countryside.”
Race details are available on the club website at: www.tach.org. uk or call Bloor on 0117 9624099.

Heyes delight at new record in Clevedon 4

Monday, December 28th, 2009

A RECORD-breaking field of 857 runners completed the Churngold Recyling Clevedon 4 miles road race on Boxing Day.
With the ice and snow melting away conditions were perfect for organiser Andy Heyes and his team from Clevedon AC as once again they staged a superb event.
“It was a great day’s racing and as someone said at the prize giving, the sun always seems to shine on Clevedon!” said Heyes.
“The total of 857 finishers beat the previous record of 815 set a few years ago and we also had 105 in the young athletes’ race. Overall we are delighted with the way it went.”
The sponsors should also be satisfied and Heyes is hopeful they will continue their support next year and for the foreseeable future.
Top honours on the day went to Bristol & West AC’s Tom Merson. The Devon-based runner was too hot for his rivals on the long climb after the halfway mark and surged clear to win by 40 seconds with Westbury’s Julian Hatcher finishing strongly to catch Ian Gillespie on the run-in.
“The aim before the start was to run under 20 minutes so to go that quick and win the race was very pleasing, I’m chuffed to bits,” said Merson.
But Gillespie’s run was impressive. The 39-year-old, who now lives on the west coast of America, last did the event in 2007 when he clocked 21mins 02secs for ninth place.
On Saturday he was 53seconds quicker and if he can keep his body together could make an impact when he joins the veteran ranks in February.
“Ian has managed to get in a few month of decent training without any problems with his Achilles tendon and looked pretty lean,” said his former coach Down.
The top veteran performance came from Clevedon AC’s Mike Horwood, who set a new over 70s record, beating Doug Whiting’s time of 31:50.
But Steve Hollier fell 34 seconds shy of breaking Harry Clayton’s outstanding 1996 record mark of 22:45 in the over 60s age group.
Bristol & West team-mates Rebekah Randell and Eleanor Wimshurst ran together until the hill when Randell used her strength to pull clear and clinch victory in a time of 21mins 55secs, giving her 22nd place overall.
Junior international Wimshurst can feel satisfied with her second place 24 seconds behind with Westbury Harriers’ Sophie Voller claiming third from the home club’s Hannah Woodman.

Clevedon 4 miles road race – men: 1 Tom Merson (B&W) 19:23; 2 Julian Hatcher (WH) 20:03; 3 Ian Gillespsie (unatt) 20:07; 4 Harry Webb (B&W) 20:09; 5 James Thie (Cardiff) 20:18; 6 Richard Phillips (Serpentine) 20:19; 7 Richard Peters (B&W, U20) 20:25; 8 Charlie MacLean (TBAC) 20:28; 9 Nathan Young (B&W, U20) 20:30; 10 Billy Sheppard (Clev) 20:34; 11 Mick O’Doherty (B&W, M40) 21:04; 12 Oliver Berry (Exe) 21:17; 13 Dave Colaes (TBAC) 21:24; 14 Simon Barrett 21:30; 15 Luke Jacobs (B&W, U17) 21:31; 16 Sean Hazel (B&W, U20) 21:40; 17 Nick Hides (Clev, M40) 21:41; 18 Alex Sampson (TBAC) 21:48; 19 Jon Deane 21;49; 20 David Wilkinson (unatt, M40) 21:50; 21 Dan Studley (WH, U20) 21:52; 22 Rebekah Randell (B&W, W) 21:55; 23 Stephen Hill (unatt) 21:59; 24 Matt Peters (B&W, U20) 22:00; 25 Dan Jones (TBAC) 22:07.
M40: 4 Martin Rogers (West Country Tri) 22:14; 5 Martin Bird (NRC) 23:05.
M50: 1 Bob Creed (TBAC) 22:36; 2 Jonathan Goodland (GWR) 23:14; 3 Peter Wheedon (BAD Tri) 23:25; 4 Paul Newman (TBAC) 23:29; 5 Rick Wallis (WH) 23:37.
M60: 1 Steve Hollier (Clev) 23:19; 2 Mike Willcox (GWR) 26:21; 3 Pat Rogers 26:51. M70: Mike Horwood (Clev) 29:30 (record). M80: Denis Fleming 36:07.

Women: 1 Randell; 2 Eleanor Wimshurst (B&W, U20) 22:19; 3 Sophie Voller (WH) 24:11; 4 Hannah Woodman (Clev) 24:16; 5 Laura Daniel (GWR) 24:55; 6 Beth Marchant (WRN) 25:11; 7 Jo Fifield (Stroud) 25:14; 8 Louise Manson (unatt) 25:19; 9 Helen Hinsley (Bitt RR, W40) 25:33; 10 Viv McConnell (Clev, W50) 25:41; 11 Kim Dyer (B&W) 25:45; 12 Laura Croker (PRC) 26:15.
W40: 2 Alison Hurford (B&W) 26:21; 3 Trinity Booth (TRC) 26:23; 4 Helen Ball (Clev) 27:39; 5 Yvonne Cox (BRR) 27:53.
W50: 1 McConnell; 2 Pam Withers (Weston) 27:51; 3 Kim Huxtable (Weston) 28:38. W60: Dorinda Millikin (Clev) 37:19. W70: Joan Manners (Clev) 35:29.
857 finishers.

Classy Cameron clinches victory

Monday, December 28th, 2009

NORTH Somerset AC’s 14-year-old Cameron Coetzee was a popular winner of the Clevedon young athletes’ 3k from Buxton visitor Bradley Fowler with Westbury Harriers’ Felix McGrath third.
Top female was Laura Gent of Reigate Priory with the North Somerset pair of Katie Grinyer and Rosie Parsons second and third respectively.

Young Athletes’ 3k – men: 1 Cameron Coetzee (NSAC) 10:00; 2 Bradley Fowler 10:07; 3 Felix McGrath (WH) 10:30; 4 Kieran Young (B&W) 10:44; 5 George Hurford (B&W) 11:01; 6 Calum Hannay11:04; 7 Alex Massey (WH) 11:14; 8 Jake Fisher 11:23; 9 Callum Cameron 11:24; 10 Kody Mortimer (NSAC) 11:31.
Girls: 1 Laura Gent (Reigate Priory) 11:45; 2 Katie Grinyer (NSAC) 11:48; 3 Rosie Parsons (NSAC) 12:03; 4 Catherine Hughes 12:37; 5 Estella Lertxhundi-Willis 12:38; 6 Jasmin Emery (NSAC) 12:40; 7 Chloe Buck 13:01; 8 Jenna Bird 13:06; 9 Cecelia Bradley 13:10; 10 Sophie Juleff 13:26.
105 finishers.

Mitchell’s PB in top class Ribble Valley 10k

Monday, December 28th, 2009

BRISTOL & West AC’s Steve Mitchell ran a personal best of 31mins 41secs in the Ribble Valley 10k road race, in Clitheroe, but found that good enough for only 34th position in what was a high class race won by Bolton international Tom Lancashire (29:21).

Tom stamps his mark on Stoke 10k

Monday, December 28th, 2009

TOM FISHER ended his year on a high with an exciting victory in the Stoke Stampede 10k road race on Boxing Day.
The 29-year-old landscape gardener from Bradford-on-Avon, played a patient waiting game before sprinting to victory in the Somerset race that attracted a record field of 370 finishers.

25th Stoke Stampede 10k – men: 1 Tom Fisher (unatt) 33:42; 2 Ed Knudsen (Wells) 33:44; 3 Jim McConnel (Tri, M40) 34:34; 4 Peter Monaghan (Torbay, M40) 35:30; 5 Thomas Craggs (Mornington) 36:42; 6 Chris Baker (unatt, M40) 36:56; 7 Peter Rigler (Tipton, M40) 37:47; 8 Kevin Burree (Chard RR, M40) 37:56; 9 Julian Ridgley (Running Forever, M40) 38:22; 10 Andy Wilson (unatt, M40) 38:32.
Women: 1 Rachel Heard (Taunton) 39:12; 2 Tara Park (Sleaford, W35) 39:21; 3 Jenny Mills (Launceston RR, W50) 42:27; 4 Rachel Holmes (Ranelagh) 43:04; 5 Rachel Brown (Avon Valley, W35) 43:20; Lizzie Bradshaw 43:26.

Clevedon Boxing Day showdown is wide open

Wednesday, December 23rd, 2009

THERE will be new winners for this year’s Clevedon 4 miles road on Boxing Day.
Men’s champion Kevin Heywood has declared that he will not be defending his title, preferring to concentrate on the First Chance 10k, in Exeter, the following week while women’s champion Emma Pallant is injured.
That means Saturday’s race is wide open with the Bristol & West AC pair of Tim Wallis, who was third two years ago and Richard Peters, seventh in 2008, among the favourites.
Peters, in particular, is fired up for a big performance after the muddy fiasco at the county championships – when he was beaten by Wallis - and then missing his England debut last weekend due to the problems with the Euro Star train service.
Clevedon-born James Thie loves his home town race and the former British 1500m runner always raises his game so will be there or thereabouts and there is always the chance that Wells City runners Ben Tickner and Adrian Marriott might make a late decision to enter on the day.
The host club’s challenge will be led by veteran Julian Emery, who was third last year while Steve Hollier will be looking to celebrate his 60th birthday on the same day by eclipsing Harry Clayton’s course record.
With a new sponsor on board in Churngold Recycling Heyes is again optimistic of seeing over 800 runners on the start line and also bettering the 100 that finished the young athletes’ 3k race, won by Matt Peters family last year.
Entries will be taken on the day at the Little Harp Inn, on the sea front. The young athletes’ 3k starts at 10.15am and the senior event at 11am and for further information see the club website at: www.clevedonaac.co.uk


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