Archive for January, 2010

Final chance to win New Balance competition

Friday, January 29th, 2010

A reminder that nominations for the ’stars of tomorrow’ competition offering a twelve months of support from New Balance and Easy Runner to two of the city’s brightest young athletes - one boy and one girl - close on Sunday. Nominations should be emailed to: or outlining why the athlete deserves the prize.

Eleanor misses Midland Championships

Friday, January 29th, 2010

THREE local reigning champions have been ruled out of the Midland Counties Cross Country Championships on Stafford Common tomorrow.
Twelve months ago the Bristol & West AC pair of Katie Knowles (Under 20s) and Eleanor Wimshurst (Under 17s) plus Westbury Harriers’ Floren Scrafton (Under 15s) raced to victory at Mansfield but sadly all three will be missing tomorrow.
“This is my first injury really and it is very frustrating,” said Wimshurst, who also had to miss the Avon Schools’ Championships last weekend.
Wimshurst has developed an Achilles tendon injury while Knowles has been ruled out with a knee injury and Scrafton is just starting her comeback after shin splints.
But that leaves the way clear for other contenders to make their bid for glory and among those Bristol & West AC’s Annabel Gummow and Westbury’s Brett Halliwell are medal contenders.
On her form so far this winter 16-year-old Gummow will start favourite to win the Under 17s title while Halliwell’s last two performances in Cardiff and at the Avon Schools’ last weekend should leave him confident of challenging for a medal although competition will be very stiff.
Gummow also leads a strong Under 17 women’s squad with newly crowned county schools’ champion Olivia Sadler and Naomi Speake in support.
Bristol’s Miranda Sadler should do well in the Under 15s race and Westbury’s Zoe Barber runs in the Under 17s.

Russell leads Bristol & West medal bid

Friday, January 29th, 2010

CAN Bristol & West AC’s senior men repeat the silver medal team success of last year at the Midland Championships?
With Rob Whalley, Phil Wylie and Oli Mott missing the odds seem against it but then it is never wise to second-guess who will turn up at the regional championships and the Bristol squad has consistently finished among the top three in recent years.
“But we still have Robbie Bugden, Tom Merson, Steve McGuigan, Dan Woolford, Craig Peters, Phil Parry and Dave Green,” said team manager Mike Down. “A lot will depend on who turns up but we’ve got a medal chance.”
The women’s squad will be led by British international Claire Hallissey with Rebekah Randell, Imogen Ainsworth, Suzanne Richards and Jenny Jagger in support.
Westbury’s senior women are giving the event a miss but Gregg Ward, Chris Palmer and John Terry will run the senior men’s race while Joe Dalgleish and Dan Studley are in the Under 20s.
Bristol & West also have a strong Under 20 men’s team with brothers Richard and Matt Peters joined by Harry Webb, Nathan Young, and Sean Hazell.

Coetzee was runner-up in Avon Schools

Friday, January 29th, 2010

DUE to a computer glitch the results of the junior and inter boys’ races at the Avon Schools’ Cross Country Championships were initially incorrectly published.
The correct version, showing that Camereon Coetzee finished runner-up in the inter boys’ race, is printed below.
It should also be noted that the North Somerset squad of Anghard Flower (1st), Ellie Parker (2nd), Abbie Ball (3rd), Ciara Halpin (9th), Chloe Buck (10th) and Cecillia Anderson (13th) won the minor girls’ title by 18 points over the Bristol squad.

Avon Schools’ Cross Country Championships, Blaise Castle. B=Backwell; BC=Beechen Cliff; BG=Brimsham Green; Br=Broadoak; BGS=Bristol Grammar School; C=Clevedon; Ca=Castle; Co=Cotham; CC=Clifton College; CG=Colston’s Girls; CH=Clifton High; Col=Colstons; CV=Chew Valley; F=Fairfield; FC=Filton College; G=Gordano; K=Kingswood; KES=King Edward School; M=Mangotsfield; NH=Norton Hill; PP=Prior Park; R=Redmaids; RH=Royal High Bath; SB=St Bedes; SBL=Sir Bernard Lovell; SG-St Gregory’s; SK=St Katherines; QEH=Queen Elizabeth Hospital; W=Wellsway;

Inter boys: 1 Alex Hill (KES) 20:29; 2 Cameron Coetzee (G) 20:55; 3 Kieran Hawkins (Ca) 21:07; 4 Luke Jacobs (Br) 21:14; 5 Freddie Barton (Co) 21:17; 6 Felix McGrath (SB) 21:18; 7 Zak Tobias (QEH) 21:58; 8 Dan Templer (KES) 22:05. Teams; 1 Bristol 58; 2 BANES 68; 3 South Glos 83.

Junior boys: 1 Myles Chandler (G) 13:58; 2 Ben Millar (SG) 14:25; 3 Callum Hannnay (B) 14:59; 4 Lewis Nightingale (CV) 15:06; 5 Josh Bray (B) 15:11; 6 Zak Sow (G) 15:12; 7 Oliver Robley (K) 15:13; 8 Andy Golledge (G) 15:25. Teams: 1 North Somerset 34; 2 BANES 49; 3 South Glos 109.

Debbie’s delight at Bridge Inn victory

Thursday, January 28th, 2010

DEBBIE Marsden smashed her personal best by 25 seconds to finish top woman in the latest Bridge Inn 5k road race.
The Westbury Harrier broke 18 minutes for the first time with a sparkling 17mins 40secs to finish almost a minute clear of team-mate Emma D’Alton with Sophie Voller completing a Harriers’ clean sweep.
It is Marsden’s second win of the new year after opening 2010 with victory in the Weston Hangover 10k and underlines the benefit of her decision to take an ‘active rest’ at the end of 2009 when her form had tailed off.
“I’m dead chuffed with that time,” said Marsden.
Team Bath’s Allister Sheffield clocked 15mins 49secs to win the men’s race from the Great Western Runners’ pair of Tom Fewster and Ben Morley

Bridge Inn 5k – men: 1 Allister Sheffield (TBAC) 15:49; 2 Thomas Fewster (GWR) 15:53; 3 Ben Morley (GWR) 15:54; 4 David Green (B&W) 15:55; 5 Phil Parry (B&W, M45) 15:57; 6 Matt Crane (unatt) 16:12; 7 Mike Blackmore (BRR) 17:08; 8 Dave Lander (Sev, M40) 17:17; 9 Dave Beddows (B&W) 17:25; 10 Kane Lee (WH, U17) 17:28.
M40: 2 Martin Stalley (BRR) 17:35; 3 Malcolm White (WH) 17:52. M45: 2 Gary Hughes (TBAC) 18:01; 3 Mike Gibbs (BRR) 18:52. M50: 1 Jon Goodland (B&W) 17:33. M55: Dave Wintle (GWR) 18:13. M60: Arthur Daley (Gloucs) 19:07.
Women: 1 Debbie Marsden (WH) 17;40; 2 Emma D’Alton (WH) 18:31; 3 Sophie Voller (WH) 18:34; 4 Vicky Tester (WH) 18:45; 5 Lucy Ellis (GWR) 19:51; 6 Aileen Brown (GWR, W35) 20:01. W45: Veronica Ford (GWR) 21:44. 102 finishers.

Slaughterford entries now closed

Thursday, January 28th, 2010

ENTRIES for the Slaughterford 9 miles multi terrain race on Sunday are now closed with the limit of 350 having been reached. For any queries about entries contact 01249 713380.
Organised by Chippenham Harriers the race covers steeply undulating countryside and carries a sting in its tail. The course is 75 per cent off-road, the route is marshalled and arrowed, there are two drinks station en route.

Bristol 10k to host national championships

Wednesday, January 27th, 2010

THIS year’s Bristol 10k could be the best yet as it has been chosen to host the England Athletics Championships.
“Historically we have secured the national championships for the half marathon so be awarded this in only our third year with the 10k is a real privilege and honour,” said race director Georgette Van Hoof.
“We are really pleased to be hosting the England Athletics Championships and it fits in very nicely with our continuing emphasis on supporting the best of British.”
With the title at stake on top of the attractive prize fund Van Hoof should have no worries in attracting a top class field and the course records set last year by Phil Wicks (28:54) and Hattie Dean (33:30), who has already pledged to defend her title, could be under threat.
“We’ll do our best to attract as many big names as we can and give them a great Bristol experience,” added Van Hoof.
This year’s event, which will be held on Sunday May 9th (9.30am) will also incorporate a University competition with a lucrative £2,000 worth of prizes on offer.
“We did it last year but just between Bristol, Birmingham and Cardiff Universities and it went so well that we want to develop it into a national event for both individuals and teams,” explained Van Hoof.
Just over 3,000 entries have been received for the race and Van Hoof is hopeful that the 2010 event will not only beat last year’s total of 7,800 entries but get close to the magical target of 10,000.
“I’m not sure if it is realistic yet but it would be brilliant to reach 10,000 entries in only our third year,” she added.
For entry details see the race website at:

Bristol & West unveil new indoor training base

Wednesday, January 27th, 2010

BRISTOL & West AC will be using the superb Sportshall at the City Academy as its base for indoor training until Easter. “So that you may see what’s available and judge its potential for coaching/training you are invited to come along
next Thursday January 28th (7:15pm) and see for yourself,” said club development officer Cy Knibb.
“Initially there will be facilities for high jump, long jump and triple jump, sprints, hurdles and
shot putt. There’s an excellent fitness suite and a cafe which could also be available.
“We have needed a social meeting place for years so come along and see for yourself how the facilities could meet our needs.”
Knibb also revealed that the City Academy could play a big part in the development of the club and coaching sessions will start the following week and continue through to the end of the winter.
For further details email:>

Hammer ace Christina starts 2010 with a personal best

Wednesday, January 27th, 2010

CHRISTINA Jones, who is now being advised closely by former Commonwealth Games champion Lorraine Shaw, improved her hammer PB to 46.39m at Alexander Stadium on Sunday, bettering her previous best of 45.97m.

Coach Clover hits the gold standard

Tuesday, January 26th, 2010

WAS Adrian Clover the most successful coach at the county schools’ cross country championships last weekend?
Clover, who coaches athletes at Team Bath AC and works in Bristol at Babcock International Group in Ashton, had EIGHT county champions spread over Avon and Wiltshire.
At Blaise Castle Alex Hill looked very impressive in winning the inter boys’ title while Marcie Bower maintained her good record in the competition – only once in six years has she failed to make the podium – by striking gold in the senior girls.
The majority came in the Wiltshire’s, which in fairness is usually less competitive and the roll oh hours includes the following: Tom Beer: Senior boys; Alex Carter: Junior boys; Hayden Burton: Minor boys; Annie Ingram: Inter girls; Loren Bleaken: Junior girls; Daniella Whiting: Minor girls
“Overall there were some very good results but the South West Schools’ at the end of the month (February 26th) will be a lot tougher,” warned coach Adrian Clover.

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