Archive for March, 2010

Rebekah earns bonus in tough Welsh challenge

Tuesday, March 30th, 2010

BRISTOL & West AC’s Rebekah Randell picked up a nice cash bonus after finishing runner-up in the Richard Burton 10k road race in Cwmafan, Wales, on Sunday.
Randell clocked a time of 36mins 15secs on a very tough course and also claimed the scalp of former British international Andrew Whitcombe. British international Emily Pidgeon was in a class of her own at the head of the field.
“It was a very tough course but a good race – even though it hurt a lot!” said Randell.
“Everyone there said the times were worth at least a minute or two on a quicker, flat course but I’m glad I did it.”
One of the reasons Randell made the trip across the water was to catch up with her coach, former world marathon record holder Steve Jones.
“Steve lives in Boulder, America, but he was over in Wales so it was nice to meet up and have a chat,” added Randell. “That was the reason I entered really and I think he was pretty pleased with how I have improved.”
In the men’s race Bristol & West clubmate Tom Merson finished fourth in 32:11.
“It was a solid run on that course,” said Merson.

Long-distance ace Emma can’t stop winning!

Tuesday, March 30th, 2010

YOU can’t help but be impressed by the stamina of Westbury Harrier Emma D’Alton.
Over successive weekends in the past three weeks D’Alton has churned out a course record of 84mins 22secs in the Hogweed Hilly half marathon, won the tough Rhayader 20 in 2:18.52 and then on Sunday completed an impressive hat-trick of victories by finishing first woman in the San Domenico 20 in a PB time of 2:16.37.
If there is any justice in the world the 33-year-old from Bristol will smash her personal best of 3hrs 09mins in the Virgin London Marathon next month.

Final race in Burnham Winter 5k series

Tuesday, March 30th, 2010

A reminder that the sixth and final Burnham-on-Sea Winter 5k road race will be held on Thursday (7.30pm) with entries taken at the Burnham swimming pool.

Enjoy a swift Easter treat on the road

Tuesday, March 30th, 2010

ENTRIES are still being taken for the Easter Bunny 10k organised by Yeovil Town Road Runners from Yeovilton Air Station next Monday. The course is renowned for producing fast times and an incentive has put been put up for the elite end with a £50 cash bonus on offer for the first man and woman to break 30 and 34 minutes respectively.

Claire smashes PB in Eastleigh 10k

Monday, March 29th, 2010

BRISTOL & West AC international Claire Hallissey smashed her personal best to finish runner-up in the B&Q Eastleigh 10k road race yesterday.
The 27-year-old carved a staggering 46 seconds off the PB she set when finishing runner-up at the Bristol 10k last year with a time of 33mins 10secs to finish runner-up behind fellow international Laura Kenney.
“Having had to take a week off completely with an Achilles tendon problem and then doing a lot of swimming and gym work I was quite happy with that,” said Hallissey.
Hallissey’s time matched the time of 33mins 10.73secs she ran for 10,000m on the track last year and suggests that it won’t be long before she dips under 33 minutes this summer – maybe even in the forthcoming Bristol 10k.
In the men’s race Westbury Harriers’ 22-year-old John Colliere clocked a PB of 32:07 for 24th with clubmate Sam Dalgleish just seven seconds behind.

B&Q Eastleigh 10k road race – men: 1 Josh Lilly (Sev) 30:04. LOCAL: 24 John Collier (WH) 32:07; 29 Sam Dalgleish (WH) 32:14.
Women: 1 Laura Kenney (RSC) 32:46; 2 Claire Hallissey (B&W) 33:08. 1536 finishers.

Annabel shines on GB debut in World Champs

Monday, March 29th, 2010

CONGRATULATIONS to Annabel Gummow on an excellent debut in the IAAF World cross Country Championships in Poland.
The 16-year-old Bristol & West AC runner from Truro, who is coached by Chris Wooldridge, finished 30th and third British runner behind Kate Avery and Amelia Gorecka in the Under 20 women’s race to help the squad finish fifth team and first European country behind Kenya, Ethiopia, Uganda and Japan.
“That’s a terrific run by Annabel especially considering she is so young and will be able to run the event again in the future,” said B&W club chairman Mike Down.

IAAF World Cross Country Championships, Bydgoszcz, Poland – U20 women: 1 Mercy Cherono (Kenya) 18:47. 30 Annabel Gummow (B&W) 20:37.
Teams: 1 Kenya 10. 5 Great Britain 105 (20,23,30, 32).

Blog is taking a breather

Sunday, March 14th, 2010

THE blog is taking a break for some warm-weather training and will return renewed and ready for action at the end of the month.

Annabel and Eleanor eye World glory

Sunday, March 14th, 2010

BRISTOL & West AC runners Annabel Gummow and Eleanor Wimshurst have both run themselves into contention for a place in the Great Britain team for the World Cross Country Championships in Poland.
Gummow, still only 16, ran brilliantly to finish runner-up in the Under 20 women’s race to all but guarantee her place in the team for the championships on March 28th.
“They have said the to three will be automatically selected so I’m thrilled with that,” said Gummow, who recovered well after taking a fall early on.
Wimshurst had to hurdle the stricken Gummow and the 18-year-old went on to finish a very creditable sixth in Birmingham’s Cofton Park.
“I was very pleased with my result but potentially I think I could be named as a reserve because the girl I just beat on a sprint finish, Kate Avery, has been so consistent his season,” said Wimshurst.
“To be honest I was aiming for a top 12 finish on Saturday.”
To complete a good day Wismhurst also led the Avon & Somerset squad to the bronze team medals with support from Hannah Alderson, who finished a very encouraging 15th, Alice Carpenter and Hannah Taunton.
The race proved to be the most successful of the day for the joint Avon & Somerset squad with an under-strength team struggling to make an impression in one of the most competitive events on the winter calendar.
Individually the only other top ten place was earned by in-form Zak Tobias. The winner of the February Easy Runner athlete competition again showed what an improved runner he has been this winter under the guidance of Dave Bedwell with eighth place in the Under 15 boys’ race. Luke Jacobs also ran solidly for 40th.
Bristol & West international Claire Hallissey was in the colours of her home county Hertfordshire on Saturday and she delivered yet another consistent performance with 10th place.
After his sixth place in the National Bristol & West’s Tom Russell had hopes of another top ten finish but he struggled on the fast going and had to settle for 32nd with his clubmate Robbie Bugden, who was leading the Cornish team, the top local runner in 20th.
Brett Halliwell had his best ever run in the Inter Counties with 32nd place in the Under 17 men’s race while Naomi Speake enjoyed her best run of the winter to finish 14th in the Under 17 women’s event.

McCain Cross Challenge Final incorporating the world cross country trials, Cofton park, Birmingham – senior men: 1 Mo Farah NEB) 34:41; 2 Andy Vernon (AFD) 35:25; 3 Moumin Geele (NEB) 35:40.
LOCAL: 20 Robbie Bugden (C ) 36:49; 30 Owain Jones (AS) 37:15; 32 Tom Russell (G) 37:16; 82 Tom Merson (D) 38;40; 199 Mark Hopkinson (AS) 41:20.
U20 men: 1 Richard Goodman (Middx) 25:04; 2 Ben Norris (Notts) 25:06; 3 Calum Hawkins (Scotland) 25:26.
LOCAL: 22 Charlie Maclean (AS) 26:47; 54 Sean Hazel (AS) 27:38; 63 Gregg Halliwell (AS) 27:58.
Under 17 men: 1 Ross Matheson (Scot) 18:33; 2 Ian Bailey (Surrey) 18:43; 3 Ben Connor (Derbys) 18:45.
LOCAL: 32 Brett Halliwell (AS) 19:51; 106 Adam Speake (AS) 20:49.
U15 boys: 1 James McMurray (Herts) 14:55; 2 Finlay Rae (Scot) 14:56; 3 Mike McKeown (Warwicks) 15:03.
LOCAL: 8 Zak Tobias (AS) 15:22; 40 Luke Jacobs (AS) 15:46; 123 Cameron Coetzee (AS) 16:23; 163 Ben Millar (AS) 16:39.
U13 boys: 1 Tom Holden (Surrey) 10:22; 2 Christian vov Eitzen (Oxon) 10:23; 3 Merhawi Tesfaloet (Surrey) 10:24.
LOCAL: 38 Charlie Martin (AS) 11:01; 102 Luke Reynolds (AS) 11:24; 106 James Skelton (AS) 11:25; 134 Kody Mortimer (AS) 11:33; 191 Luke Prior (AS) 11:55.
Senior women: 1 Freya Murray (Edinburgh) 27:21; 2 Steph Twell (AFD) 27:30; 3 Faye Fullerton (Havering) 27:41; 4 Hannah Whitmore 27:47; 5 Emily Pidgeon (Stroud) 27:54; 6 Laura Kenney 28:04.
LOCAL: 12 Claire Hallissey (Herts) 28:30; 14 Naomi Taschimowitz (AS) 28:33; 19 Rebekah Randall (AS) 29:06; 24 Laura Parker (AS) 29:36; 34 Laura Parsonage (AS) 29:55; 134 Jenny Moore (AS) 32:46.
Under 20 women: 1 Emilia Gorecka (AFD) 20:40; 2 Annabel Gummow (B&W) 20:53; 3 Hanna Walker (Dacorum) 21:00; 4 Sarah Inglis 21:04; 5 Beth Potter 21:05; 6 Eleanor Wimshurst (B&W) 21:13.
LOCAL: 15 Hannah Alderson (AS) 22:22; 45 Alice Carpenter (AS) 23:53; 74 Hannah Taunton (AS) 25:23.
Teams; 1 Surrey 40; 2 Lancashire 87; 3 Avon & Somerset 140 (6,15, 45,74)
Under 17 women: 1 Kate Holt (Staffs) 19:00; 2 Emily Wallbank (Beds) 19:01; 3 Mel Wood (Bucks) 19:20; 4 Melissa Courtney (Do) 19:27.
LOCAL: 14 Naomi Speake (AS) 19:56; 31 Aoife Thorogood (AS) 20:24.
Under 15 girls: 1 Jessica Judd (Essex) 14:52; 2 Rebecca Knapton (Hants) 15:11; 3 Susan Rankin (Surrey) 15:14.
LOCAL: 195 Harriet Rogers (AS) 17;48; 223 Rosie Parsons (AS) 18:10; 263 Iris Mcneil (AS) 18;49.
Under 13 girls; 1 Katie Howe (Hants) 11:19; 2 Georgia Tuckfield (Essex) 11:20; 3 Grace Cook (Sussex) 11:26.
LOCAL: 39 Holly Brown (AS) 11:56; 132 Poppy Thompson (AS) 12:31; 143 Abigail Gibbons (AS) 12;37; 145 Katie Grinyer (AS) 12;37; 164 Angharad Flower (AS) 12;44; 196 Yasmin Bailey (AS) 12;56.

Claire and Tom chasing top ten in World trials

Friday, March 12th, 2010

BRISTOL & West AC runners Claire Hallissey and Tom Russell will be looking to end their cross country seasons with a flourish at the McCain World trials and Inter Counties Championships in Birmingham tomorrow.
Hallissey has made huge strides over the country, with the highlights this winter including a bronze medal in the British Students Championships, silver in the Midlands and a hard-earned 10th place in the English Championships.
The prize of winning a place in the British team for the World Cross Country Championships, plus substantial prize money on offer in the finale of the McCain Challenge, will ensure a very strong field lines up in Cofton Park but Hallissey is relishing the challenge.
“I’d love to finish in the top ten but I expect the competition will be even tougher than at Leeds for the National,” said Hallissey.
Twelve months ago Hallissey was 31st so top ten would represent a remarkable achievement and be a great indicator of what she might achieve this summer.
Russell was sixth in the National two weeks ago but will need to raise his game another notch to match that tomorrow as the field looks even stronger but the course and terrain at Cofton Park should suit him.

Bristol & West trio in Under 20 showdown

Friday, March 12th, 2010

THERE will also be a lot of interest in the Under 20 women’ s at tomorrow’s Inter Counties race where the Bristol & West trio of Annabel Gummow, Eleanor Wimshurst and Hannah Alderson are all capable of doing well while it will be interesting to see how Olivia Sadler and Zak Tobias fare in the Under 17 and under 15 races respectively.

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