Archive for April, 2010

Team boss Elson cautious over Midland title defence

Friday, April 30th, 2010

BRISTOL & West AC launch the defence of their Midland Track & Field League Division One title at Loughborough tomorrow with team manager Chris Elson cautious about their hopes.
“What with the British Milers’ Club meeting on Monday, the British Students’ Championships, weddings, birthdays, injuries and the volcanic ash fall-out that has trapped our decathlete Mark Spivey in Australia it is a bad weekend for us,” said Elson.
“It looks like our strength will be the field events with Christina and James both likely to win us plenty of points. In fact we do have some very talented individuals competing for the club but seem short in middle distance runners.”
Likewise Yate & District team boss Graham Howell is having similar selection problems with his club’s opening Division Three match at Kettering.
“It is difficult to predict how the other clubs in the division will perform with only us and Wolverhampton and Bilston present from last season,” said Howell.
The loss of the multi-talented talented Jo Eaton, who has retired, will also hit the women’s squad.

Claire back on the track at British Students’ Champs

Friday, April 30th, 2010

REPRESENTING Bristol University British international Claire Hallissey will be running the 10,000 in the British Students’ Track & Field Championships at Bedford this weekend
Harry Webb, Steve Mitchell and Imogen Ainsworth, who are all members of Bristol & West AC, have all entered the 1500m while Brock will be joined by Bristol & West international sprinter Emily Diamond.

Ace vet Mick targets Glastonbury glory

Friday, April 30th, 2010

BRISTOL & West AC veteran Mike O’Doherty will be among the entries for the 29th Glastonbury 10k on Sunday (11.40am) which starts and finishes near the Town Hall.
The event boasts cash prizes of £1200 with the winners of the men’s and women’s races both receiving £100 with a bonus of £100 on offer for breaking the course records which stand at 32mins 44secs and 37:20 respectively.
The event also includes a 5k at 10.45am, which also includes the South West Veterans’’ Championships, a fun run at 11.15 and finally a 3k run at 11.45.
Entries will be taken on the day and for further details see the race website at: www.glastonburyroadrun.info

* Bristol & West AC’s Tom Merson will start favourite for the Great West Run half marathon in Exeter on Sunday.

* The Long Ashton 10k is staged from village sports hall on Sunday morning (9.30am) with entries taken on the day. For further information see the race website at: www.nailsearunningclub.org.uk

Holly’s delight at European Championships call-up

Thursday, April 29th, 2010

HOLLY Rush has been selected to represent Great Britain in the European Championships in Barcelona this summer.
The 32-year-old Team Bath AC runner and her coach and husband Martin Rush will today start planning for the event at the end of July after she was confirmed in the team following her performance in Sunday’s Virgin London Marathon.
“We are both very happy with the news,” said Martin. “We were a bit on edge after Sunday as Holly finished sixth British woman and it wasn’t clear whether the selectors would take five to Barcelona for the championships, which also includes the European Team Cup.
“But are really pleased with their decision and this is a huge step up for Holly.”
Rush, who has been working part-time at Running Bath to give her the time to train properly, finished 23rd in the elite women’s race on Sunday in a time of 2:37.56.
That was 21 seconds outside her PB, although the time was inside the championship qualifying mark of 2:38, and sixth British runner after Mara Yamauchi, Susan Partridge, Helen Decker, Rebecca Robinson and Jo Wilkinson
“It was a solid run although Holly was disappointed not to run a PB,” added Martin Rush. “But she felt heavy-legged from the start really and she really had to gut it out and hang in there at times.
“It wasn’t as fast as she wanted or felt she could run but it at least put here in contention.”
And the reward for that dogged effort is Rush’s first appearance at a major championships.
Joining Rush in the team is fellow west runner Dan Robinson, who despite failing to finish Sunday’s London race due to a calf injury is still Britain’s No 1.

Long Ashton 10k is still taking entries

Thursday, April 29th, 2010

THE Long Ashton 10k is staged from village sports hall on Sunday morning (9.30am) with entries taken on the day. For further information see the race website at: www.nailsearunningclub.org.uk

Glastonbury 10k offers tidy cash bonus

Thursday, April 29th, 2010

BRISTOL & West AC veteran Mike O’Doherty will be among the entries for the 29th Glastonbury 10k on Sunday (11.40am) which starts and finishes near the Town Hall.
The event boasts cash prizes of £1200 with the winners of the men’s and women’s races both receiving £100 with a bonus of £100 on offer for breaking the course records which stand at 32mins 44secs and 37:20 respectively.
The event also includes a 5k at 10.45am, which also includes the South West Veterans’’ Championships, a fun run at 11.15 and finally a 3k run at 11.45.
Entries will be taken on the day and for further details see the race website at: www.glastonburyroadrun.info

Why Debbie loves the Bridge Inn 5k series

Wednesday, April 28th, 2010

DEBBIE Marsden sure enjoys the Bridge Inn 5k course. Running in the opening race of the summer series last night the 32-year-old Westbury Harrier clocked yet another personal best over the course.
Marsden’s winning time of 17mins 34secs was her fourth PB in the event having progressed from 18:26 to 18:08 last year then 17:40 in January 2010.
Last night she was pressed to the line by Stroud’s Jo Fletcher, who is preparing for next week’s Prague Marathon.
In the men’s race in-form Team Bath runner Allister Sheffield won in 15.46 with Bristol & West AC’s David Green just a second behind him with his clubmate Phil Parry third and top veteran in 16.00.

Bristol Towpath 10k entries still open

Wednesday, April 28th, 2010

ENTRIES for the opening Towpath 10k race next Friday (May 7th) will be taken on the night.
Organised by Great Western Runners the event, which starts and finishes in Greville Smythe Park in Ashton, has in recent years has been a sell-out but the clash with the Bristol 10k 48 hours later has clearly had an effect.
“I think that has messed us up a bit,” said race spokesman Mike Willcox.
Nonetheless, just under 300 runners have already registered and for further details see the race website at: www.greatwesternrunners.org.uk

Easy Runner seeking new staff

Wednesday, April 28th, 2010

BRISTOL sports shop Easy Runner are looking for athletes who are interested in working part or full time in the shop. Anyone interested should call Matt (o117 9297787) or email their details to: shop@easyrunner.co.uk

Bristol hosts England Athletics road show

Wednesday, April 28th, 2010

ENGLAND Athletics will be holding a consultation road show in Bristol next month to discuss the future of the sport post-2012 after the euphoria of the London Olympic Games has evaporated
The meeting will be held at Coombe Dingle Sports Complex on Wednesday May 12th from 6.30pm and any clubs from Avon and Somerset are invited to attend.
Further information from: Matt Foad: 07824 302932 mfoad@englandathletics.org
To confirm attendance contact: Charlotte Fisher 07919540489 Cfisher1@somerset.gov.uk


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