Archive for August, 2010

Teenager McGrath gets England call-up

Tuesday, August 31st, 2010

FELIX MGrath has been selected to represent England in the junior men’s race at the Home Nations Junior International fell running competition.
The 16-year-old Westbury Harrier has been travelling up north all summer to try his hand at fell running and his success has been rewarded for his first international vest.
McGrath’s call-up was clinched last weekend when he finished third in the final FRA Junior League race at Darwen to claim second place overall in the league.
The Bristol-based runner, who is coached by Neil Miller, will travel to Dublin for the international on September 19th.

Alp storms wreck Howard’s ultra hopes

Tuesday, August 31st, 2010

ROUGH luck for Westbury Harriers’ Gareth Howard as his bid to complete the 100 miles Ultra-Tour du Mont Blanc was wrecked by the weather.
Torrential rain, which led to mud slides plus near zero visibility, meant that the event organisers had to cancel the race after just three hours of running. Fortunately Howard emerged unscathed and perhaps will have another go next year.

Hannah so close to 1500m PB in Cardiff

Tuesday, August 31st, 2010

HANNAH Alderson missed her personal best over 1500m by just 0.14secs in the final British Milers’ Club Grand Prix race at Cardiff on Saturday evening.
The 18-year-old from Yate probably paid for an over-ambitious opening 400 metres and while she hung on doggedly had to settle for 4mins 30.74secs against her PB of 4:30.6 at the South West Schools’ in June. That first sub 4:30 may now have to wait until next summer but it will surely come.
It is worth noting though that Alderson has now run quicker than her 2009 PB of 4:32.83 five times this summer which underlines her consistency since joining coach Keith Brackstone’s group.

Young brothers are a class double act

Tuesday, August 31st, 2010

THE Bristol & West AC Young brothers scored a one-two in the Baltonsborough 5 miles road race in Somerset yesterday. Older brother Nathan clinched victory in a time of 27mins 50secs with Kieran almost a minute behind in second (28:47).
Fresh from her PB and £500 bonus from winning the 3000m steeplechase at the McCain UKA Challenge at Cardiff Wells City Harrier Laura Parker finished third overall and top woman (29:45).
Southville Running Club’s Julian Richards was sixth (30:51) and Thornbury Running Club’s Trinity Booth was third woman (33:50) behind Parker and Linda Lascelles (32:16) of Maiden Newton Runners. There were 64 finishers.

Hatherall bags top 20 spot in Dartmoor challenge

Tuesday, August 31st, 2010

CLEVEDON AC’s Neil Hatherall was 16th in the Oke Croak fell race covering the 10.4 miles/2000ft challenge across Dartmoor in 1hr 37mins 03secs. The race was won by Okehampton Running Club’s Andrew Vallance (1:18.51) and there were 41 finishers.

Mitchell’s big win in BMC Grand Prix finale

Sunday, August 29th, 2010

STEVE Mitchell raced to his best win of the season in last night’s British Milers’ Grand Prix event in Cardiff.
The Bristol & West AC runner took off at the bell in the 1500m A race and quickly opened a 20 metre gap over the chasing pack to win in 3mins 45.65secs, his second fastest of the season and frustratingly just 1.02secs outside his PB set last season.
“It is Steve’s first big win of the season so he is delighted,” said coach Keith Brackstone.
Johnny Hay chased hard and the 18-year-old was rewarded with a PB of 3:46.02 with 17-year-old Stroud & District AC runner Tom Curr also clocking a PB of 3:48.34 in fifth.

* Steve wasn’t the only Mitchell to enjoy the final BMC GP of the season. Clubmate Ruth Mitchell clocked a PB 2:10.02, slicing 0.04secs off here 2009 best.

Emma clinches win No 4 to claim title

Sunday, August 29th, 2010

EMMA D’Alton maintained her unbeaten reign to wrap up the overall women’s title in the Towpath 10k series.
The Westbury Harrier made it four wins out of four – she missed the penultimate event - over the 5k course on the course along the banks of the River Avon to ensure a crushing victory over her rivals.
D’Alton finished fifth overall in the race in a time of 17mins 36secs with clubmate Robyn Golding second (18:19) and veteran Aileen Brown third (19:08).
Ben Morley, of Great Western Runners, wrapped up the men’s title with his third win of the summer and in addition to a second place easily gave him the men’s title.
Interestingly while entries were closed last week after the limit of 300 had been reached only 121 runners finished on the night.

Men: 1 Ben Morley (GWR) 15:35; 2 Stuart Leaney 16:01; 3 Jonathan Hanley (GWR) 16:43.
Women: 1 Emma D’Alton (WH) 17:36; 2 Robyn Golding (WH) 18:19; 3 Aileen Brown (GWR, W45) 19:08.

Halliwell third in Sedgemoor 10k

Sunday, August 29th, 2010

FORMER Bristol & West AC runner Kevin Heywood won the Battle of Sedgemoor 10k in a time of 31mins 28secs, almost a minute clear of training partner mark Jenkin. In third was Bristol-based runner Gregg Halliwell (33:12), who has just switched clubs from Westbury Harriers to Stroud & District AC.
Plymouth Harriers’ Simon Anderson was fourth in 33:34 to claim the veterans’ prize while Andrew Ingle in fifth completed a good day for the north Devon club.
To Bristol & West runner was Nathan Young in 10th (35:18).
The women’s race was won by former Bath international Jill Harrison, who finished 43rd overall in 39:04. Welsh runner Kelly Morgan was second (39:08) with Wells City Harriers’ Alice Hector third (40:34).
There were 451 finishers.

Bristol 10k given a huge boost

Friday, August 27th, 2010

THE Bristol 10k has been selected for an exciting new road racing campaign in 2001.
The May event is one of five races that will comprise the runbritain Grand Prix series for a total prize purse in excess of £55,000.
The prize fund announced for the Grand prix series will be available for athletes eligible to compete for Great Britain and Northern Ireland, and will be awarded on a points-for-places system.
he races involved in the 2011 Grand Prix series are:
March: Reading Half Marathon.
May: Bristol 10k.
May: BUPA London 10,000.
September: Admiral Swansea Bay 10k.
October: EDF Energy Birmingham Half marathon.

Runbritain MD, Geoff Wightman, a former student at Bristol University, said “ This is a pilot format and in future years we will aim to extend the width and depth of the runbritain grand prix series. We want to raise the standards of domestic race fields and put in the incentives and quality racing opportunities that will enable Brits to step up.
“All of these are very well organised races, with PB opportunities. As well as currently backing home-grown runners, they have been strong supporters of all runbritain initiatives so far this year and have agreed to hold back places for grand prix scorers.”
Athletes finishing in the top 250 male or female finishers in any of the series’ races will receive points with their best four performances out of five scoring opportunities counting towards the final standings.
For more information see the event website at:

Morley and D’Alton are Towpath hot favourites

Friday, August 27th, 2010

ON previous form Ben Morley and Emma D’Alton need only turn up in tonight’s fifth and final race in the GWR Towpath series to clinch the overall prizes.
Morley, of Great Western Runners, has two wins and a second to his name and while he missed the opening race it is an athlete’s best four results that count towards the main prizes and it is hard to see who can stop Morley if he runs.
Likewise Westbury Harrier D’Alton won the opening three races before giving the fourth a miss and if she line sup tonight then she should make it four out of four.
The race starts at 7.30pm from Greville Smythe Park and no entries will be taken on the night as the limit of 300 has been reached.

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