Archive for May, 2010

Wills and Russell chase fast times in Manchester

Friday, May 28th, 2010

JON Wills will be seeking to beat his personal best of 14mins 21.1secs in the British Milers’ Club Grand Prix at the SportCity Stadium, in Manchester, tomorrow evening. Bristol & West AC clubmate Tom Russell is also in the field and wil be looking to break 14 minutes for the first time and eclipse his 2008 best of 14:01.77.

Local runners enjoy PB bonanza at BMC meeting

Friday, May 28th, 2010

A TOTAL of 18 local runners set new personal bests in Tuesday’s British Milers’ Club meeting at the Exeter Arena.
As reported on the blog earlier this week the Bristol & West AC pair of Richard Peters (1:51.2) and Lily Owsley (2:13.8) led the way with their wins in the men’s and women’s 800m elite races respectively.
Also in the men’s race there were further PBs for B&W runners Steve Mitchell (1:52.60) and newcomer Chris Dodd (1:53.2) while Yate & District AC’s 16-year-old Brett Halliwell shattered his PB by three seconds with 1:54.4 .
In addition 13 other runners recorded PBs with the pick of the bunch being 16-year-old Bristol & West AC runner Sam Bedwell, who slashed eleven seconds off his previous best with 4:12.2. Clubmates Hobie Martin, Dan Bagnall , Matt Peters, Sam Bedwell, Zak Tobias, Luke Jacobs, and Lewis Nightingale also clocked PBs while from Yate & District AC Freddie Barton, Steve Beardwell, Anton Williams, James Skelton, Adam Wilson and Kane Lee, who improved his 1500m PB from 4:30.09 to 4:22.6, all ran quicker than ever before.

Wells 10k entries are now closed

Friday, May 28th, 2010

ENTRIES are closed for the Wells 10k on Sunday (11am) but are still being taken for the Crewkerne 9 miles road race, in Somerset, on the same day from the Town Hall (10am). For further details see the race website at: www.crewkernerc.btik.com

Avon Athletics celebration to honour Peter Griffin

Friday, May 28th, 2010

AVON Athletic Association will hold their 35th anniversary dinner and commemoration of the life of Peter Griffin at Redwood Hotel & Country Club on Saturday July 17th. Former European 5000m champion Bruce Tulloh and his wife Susan will be guests of honour at the dinner, for which there is a limit of 70. Tickets cost £25 and anyone interested should contact Mike Strange by June 17th either by email at: mandc.45strange@blueyonder.co.uk or call him on 0117 949 2298.

Bristol & West to hold EGM next month

Friday, May 28th, 2010

BRISTOL & West AC will be holding an extraordinary general meeting on Friday June 11th at 14 Belvedere Road, Redland to discuss the coaching structure at the new training centres of Packer’s and Filton from October 2010 plus the application for Community Amateur Sports Club status.

Debbie just keeps on winning - and Emma shines too

Thursday, May 27th, 2010

ANOTHER Bridge Inn 5k, another victory for Debbie Marsden. The in-form Westbury Harriers maintained her unbeaten start to the summer 5k series by adding victory in May’s event to her triumph last month as she led home a club one-two with Emma D’Alton just behind.
Marsden’s time of 17mins 36secs was just six seconds outside the PB she clocked last month but go back a year and she was regularly running a minute slower on the same course. That is the measure of her improvement over the past year.
D’Alton, too, has made big strides forward and here time of 17:49 was a massive PB as she dipped under 18 minutes for the first time, easily eclipsing her previous best of 18:08 set over the same course – albeit the winter version - in 2009.
As things stand this pair will keep on pushing each other to go faster and faster.
In the men’s race Team Bath AC’s Allister Sheffield made it two wins out of two with victory in 15:51, seven seconds slower than his time in April.

Men: 1 Allister Sheffield (TBAC) 15:51; 2 Matthew Crane (B&W) 16:05; 3 Mick O’Doherty (B&W, M50) 16:16; 4 Steve Francis (Bris Uni) 16:26; 5 Simon Everington (unatt) 16:35; 6 David Beddows (B&W) 16:42; 7 Jon Hanley (Moti-Mizuno) 16:58; 9 Anthony Glover (WH) 17:02; 10 Debbie Marsden (WH) 17:34.
M40: John Bryan (TRC) 18:23. M45: Colin Johnson (WH) 18:28. M50: 2 Jon Goodland (B&W) 17:58. M55: John Hargreaves (GWR) 20:52. M60: Tony Jefferies (WH) 19:53.
Women: 1 Marsden 17:34; 2 Emma D’Alton (WH) 17:49; 3 Vicky Tester (B&W) 18:41; 4 Grace Crane (B&W) 19:05; 5 Sophie Voller (WH) 19;26; 6 Chloe Felton (UWE) 19:39. W35: Aileen Brown (GWR) 19:48. W45: Helen Hinsley (Bitt RR) 20:10. 80 finishers.

Claire tackles legendary Boulder 10k road race

Thursday, May 27th, 2010

BRITISH International Claire Hallissey is racing the top class Bolder Boulder 10k road race in Colorado this weekend.
The Bristol & West AC athlete has returned to America to join her husband Matt, who is working in the capital Washington and managed to secure an entry for the event which is held at altitude, starting at 5,290ft and finishing at 5,350 and includes some tough climbs and descents.
The race, which is held on Monday and starts at 7am, attracts a world class field and was won by Ethiopian Mamito Daska last year in a time of 32mins 48secs. No British runner finished in the top 30 of the elite race.

The Bath Hilly 10 is a real challenge

Thursday, May 27th, 2010

THE 33rd Bath Hilly 10 miles road race, organised by Team Bath AC, will be held on Saturday (11am) from Culverhay Sports Centre and entries will be taken on the day.

Rising star Brett just keeps getting faster and faster

Wednesday, May 26th, 2010

NEW Balance Rising Stars winner and former Easy Runner athlete of the month Brett Halliwell continued his fine start to the new season with a super personal best in the British Milers’ Club meeting at the Exeter Arena on Tuesday night.
The 16-year-old kept his cool in the men’s A race and despite being at the rear of the very strong field smashed his personal best by almost three seconds with a time of 1min 54.4secs.
It was Halliwell’s fourth PB this season and all over different distances with new bests at 200m (24.2secs), 1500m (4:04.9) and 3000m (8:50.5).
“I’m delighted with that,” beamed Halliwell afterwards.
Throw in a new part-time job at Bristol’s leading athletics shop and it has not been a bad month for the Yate & District athlete!

Knowles delight at BMC turn-out in Exeter

Wednesday, May 26th, 2010

LAST night’s men’s A race proved to be one of the best yet seen in the BMC races staged at the Exeter Arena.
“That was not only a great race but this is probably the biggest meeting we have arranged,” said BMC organiser John Knowles. “We put on 16 races with eleven at 800 metres and five 1500m ones. It hasa been a great turn-out.”
Bristol & West AC’s Richard Peters, another ex-Easy Runner athlete of the month, led the way with 1:51.2 eclipsing his previous best of 1:15.9 set two years ago, an impressive performance considering it was only his second race of the season and both he and coach Mike Down have been forced to delay speed work due to injuries.
In second and third 18-year-old Devon junior Sam Petty (1:51.8) and B&W’s Mike Wilsmore (1:52.3) just missed their PBs as they probably paid for the fast early pace that saw the leaders reach the bell in 54 seconds – spot-on pacemaking.
But the next five runners - B&W’s Steve Mitchell (1:52.60, Exeter Harriers’ Matt Parsley (1:53.2), B&W’s Chris Dodd (1;53.2), Exeter’s James Ansell (1:53.8) and Yate’s Brett Halliwell (1:54.4) - all ran PBs.


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