Archive for July, 2010

Diamond can lift Bristol & West title hopes

Friday, July 30th, 2010

GREAT Britain international sprinter Emily Diamond will shake off jet-lag to turn out for Bristol & West AC in the final Midland Track & Field League match on Sunday.
The 19-year-old former Easy Runner athlete of the month only returned home to Clifton on Tuesday after representing her country at the World Junior Championships in Canada, emerging with enormous credit to finish sixth in the final of the 200m and improve her personal best to 23.47secs n the semis.
The Midland League isn’t as important but Sunday’s fourth and final match at Nottingham on Sunday will decide whether Bristol & West retain their title and go forward into the qualifying match for the British League.
“It is great to have Emily available for the sprints and is a real boost ,” said team manager Chris Elson. “If everyone who has said they will compete gets on the bus then we will have quite a strong team.”

And Yate can clinch title as well

Friday, July 30th, 2010

YATE & District AC’s final Division Three match at Brierly Hill is no less significant as the south Gloucestershire club have promotion in their sights.
“We are currently equal top with Tamworth and one point behind us are Wolverhampton & Bilston,” said team boss Graham Howell.
“As long as we manage to beat one of those two we will go up. If we beat them both then we will go up as champions so it should be an exciting match.”

A day to remember for the Rush family

Friday, July 30th, 2010

FOR the Rush family July 31st is a special day of sporting history. For Team Bath athlete Holly it will be her international debut when she lines up for Great Britain in the marathon at the European Championships.
That is significant enough for a runner who just five years ago started her marathon career clocking 3hrs 05mins 34secs for 11th place in the London Marathon.
But in a strange quirk of fate Holly will competing exactly 18 years to the day that husband and coach Martin Rush competed in the 20k road walk at the 1992 Barcelona Olympic Games.
“It is a real coincidence that I also competed on July 31st and finished 24th in the 20k walk,” said Rush.
“To help prepare for the conditions we have been using the heat chamber at the University of Bath. They have been very supportive and with the backing of UK Athletics we have trained there every other day to help Holly acclimatise to the heat. So far the results have been very good and the preparations have been on track.”
Since qualifying through the London Marathon, in which the 32-year-old finished 23rd in the elite women’s field in 2:37.56, Holly has focussed on training and kept her races to a minimum. But last month she won the Running Bath 5k in 17mins 24secs and was runner-up in the Poole 10k in 34:49, her fastest time for three years.
So all the hard work has been done and this week it is about easing down, resting and concentrating the mind on the physical and mental challenge that lies ahead.
“Obviously we are trying to stay calm but there will be a lot of excitement and pride for Holly making her championship debut for her country,” added Martin.

Claire smashes Bridge Inn 5k course record

Thursday, July 29th, 2010

CLAIRE Hallissey produced a superb performance to smash the course record in the Brdge Inn 5k road race.
The Bristol & West AC international won the final race of the summer series on Tuesday in a sparkling time of 16mins 21secs to carve 17 seconds off the previous record held by fellow international Wendy Nicholls of Cirencester.
“It was a terrific performance,” said race organiser Chris Elson.
Clubmate Matt Crane clocked a PB of 15mins 42secs to win the men’s race – wife Grace was a distant third to Hallissey – with Cardiff’s Pete Ryder second and Westbury Harriers’ Matt Ellis third.

Men: 1 Matt Crane (B&W) 15:42; 2 Peter Ryder (Card) 16:02; 3 Matt Ellis (WH) 16:08; 4 Steve Francis (B&W) 16:09; 5 Stuart Crees (Les Croups) 16:16; 6 Claire Hallissey (B&W, 1st woman) 16:21.
Women: 1 Hallissey; 2 Jane Wassell (Ciren) 18:39; 3 Grace Crane (B&W) 18:59. 69 finishers.

Golden run by Matt has coach purring

Thursday, July 29th, 2010

RICHARD Peters may have won the 800m A race at the British Milers’ Club meeting at the Exeter Arena on Tuesday but he wasn’t the happiest member of the family.
The man with the biggest smile – after he recovered – was younger brother Matt who smashed his personal best to finish runner-up in the C race in a time of 1:59.2.
“That takes about ten seconds off his best, that’s fantastic,” said coach Mike Down, who is now known for his over-excessive praise. “That was brilliant.”
Peters would agreed. Shame that he was lying flat on his back in the Exeter clubhouse feeling a little bit rough. No pain, no gain Matt!

Roll up for the Last Chance Saloon meeting

Thursday, July 29th, 2010

ENTRIES for this years Last Chance Saloon Open Meeting on Sunday 12th September are now being accepted. The event, organised by North Devon AC, will start at High Noon and athletes can compete in up to four events, athletes under 15 years of age up to three events (100m / 200m / 300m / 400m / 800m / 1500m / HJ / LJ / TJ / SP / DT / HT / JT). The entry fee is £3 per athlete.
Download and complete the booking form below and send along with payment of £3 postal order or cheque payable to “North Devon Athletic Club” to: Sue Richards, East Hagginton House, Berrynarbor, Ilfracombe, North Devon, EX34 9SB.
Entries must be received by 4th September 2010. For further details see the event website at:

Mitchell roars to victory in South West Champs

Wednesday, July 28th, 2010

STEVE Mitchell is the new South West 3000m champion. The Bristol & West AC runner took the crown away from clubmate Jon Wills, who was missing, with a commanding performance and victory in 8miins 26.0secs at the Exeter Arena last night.
“I’m pleased with that,” said Mitchell, who unleashed a terrific last lap to leave Cardiff’s Nat lane – who was not eligible for the championships – trailing in his wake.
“I didn’t have a very good performance at the BMC race in Belfast on Saturday (he dropped out) so it is nice to bounce back with a decent run tonight.”
Training partner Owen Jones was runner-up (8;34.6) with Tavistock’s Pete Freedman third (98:36.2).
Top junior was Taunton AC’s Charlie Maclean (8:39.2) with clubmate Blair Brown winning the Under 17s age group.
Yate’s Hannah Alderson is the south west women’s champion although was clearly not happy with her time of 9:57.6. Teenager Imogen Wolsey, of Team Bath AC, was second (10:24.1) and Tavistock’s Jo Meek was third (10:26.5).

Now Jo eyes Chicago marathon

Wednesday, July 28th, 2010

JO Pavey has admitted she was both disappointed and frustrated at having to pull out of tonight’s 10,000m final at the European Championships in Barcelona.
An unfortunate toe injury cost Pavey the chance to make her international comeback and despite intensive treatment she reluctantly decided to withdraw.
“I am very disappointed because I battled really hard to get back from the pregnancy last year,” said the 36-year-old Devonian from Feniton.
“I felt a bit like I could run on it, but when I went down to the track I couldn’t do the training sessions I needed to in order to prepare.
“It’s something I have been carrying all season but I had still managed to do things that I wanted to do. I was hoping I would be able to do enough work to try and compete at the European Championships, but unfortunately it became a lot worse.”
Now back at her London base Pavey has revealed that she will not turn her attentions to tackling the Chicago marathon in October.
“I hope the injury will settle down and allow me to do the marathon in the autumn,” added Pavey.

Yate miss out of NYAL final party

Tuesday, July 27th, 2010

FINALLY, almost a week after the competition ended, it has been confirmed that Yate & District AC have missed out of the area finals of the Midland Premier South of the National Young Athletes’ League.
At the end of last week it looked like Yate might scrape through in third spot but there was no confirmation as results of one match were still outstanding.
Finally they landed at the NYAL HQ and that meant Rugby & Northampton and Cheltenham leapt above the south Gloucestershire club pushing them down to fifth and missing a place in the final by just eleven points.
Nonetheless, that may be a consolation to team manager Lesley Nunn and her helpers as organising a squad to travel to Birmingham in just a few days with many athletes now on holiday would have been an immense challenge.

National Young Athletes’ League, Midland Premier South - overall (latest): 1 Rugby & Northampton 2645 totasl points/12 match points; 2 Swansea 2404.5/11; 3 Cheltenham 2142/10; 4 2 Cardiff AC 2038.5/8; 5 Yate & District AC 2028/8; 6 Wolverhampton & Bilston 2017/8;7 Solihull & Small Heath 1861/5; 8 Halesowen 1754/5; 9 Telford 1723/5.

Wills pulls out of South West Championships

Tuesday, July 27th, 2010

REIGNING champion Jon Wills has pulled out of the South West Championships 3000m at the Exeter Arena tonight.
Wills would have been favourite fir the race, which is being incorporated into the British Milers’ Club meeting, but he and wife Charlie Coffey are currently re-locating from Bristol to Leeds.
“Jon and Charlie have bought a house in Leeds so he has a lot on his plate at the moment and doesn’t feel he has the time to go to Exeter,” said coach Mike Down.
In his absence Bristol & West AC clubmate Steve Mitchell will fancy his chances of claiming first place but Devon runners Tom Merson and Pete Freedman are sure to push him.

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