Archive for February, 2011

Debbie relishes return to the road with Tunbridge PB

Monday, February 28th, 2011

DEBBIE Marsden found herself in top class company at the Tunbridge Wells half marathon yesterday.
Back on tarmac after the trauma of the English Cross Country Championships the week before Marsden made the podium in third place behind international runners Liz Yelling and Helen Decker.
“I hate hills but it felt so nice to be back on tarmac again!” said Marsden.
Despite the severity of the course Marsden’s time was a personal best by 1min 40secs eclipsing here previous best set last year on the same course. On a flat, faster course like Reading or Bristol a sub 80 minutes time must be well within her grasp.
In the men’s race fellow Westbury Harrier John Terry was delighted to break 80 minutes for the first time with a PB time of 1:19.30 for 25th place.
Tunbridge Wells half marathon – women: 1 Liz Yelling (Bed) 73:56; 2 Helen Decker (Ipswich) 75:;31; 3 Debbie Marsden (WH) 80:15.

Why it’s all downhill for Emma after Malta victory

Monday, February 28th, 2011

FURTHER afield Westbury Harrier Emma D’Alton fairly scorched around the Land Rover Malta half marathon in a personal best time of 77mins 24secs to finish second in the women’s race.
That eclipsed her previous best of 77:52 set in Stroud last year but by all accounts the Malta race is downhill so may not count for record purposes.

Ellis zooms to victory around Castle Combe

Monday, February 28th, 2011

ON a windy day not particularly helpful for personal bests in-form Matt Ellis raced to a runaway victory in the DB Max Chilly 10k road held around the Castle Combe motor racing circuit.
Ellis has run faster over 10k with his time of 31:15 at the First Chance race in Exeter, although that includes stretches of path and gravel track as well and has been included as a multi terrain event in the UKA Power of 10 Rankings.
So as far as the road goes this was a big PB eclipsing his time of 33:57 but Ellis knows he is in better shape and it is surely only a matter of time before his firsts sub-30 minute clocking.
Top woman in the field was Bristol & West AC’s Jenny Jagger in a time of 37:16, a personal best by five seconds from the mark set two years ago over the same course.

DB Max Chilly 10k road, Castle Combe – men: 1 Matt Ellis (WH) 32:05; 2 Paul Bird (Clev, M40) 35:13; 3 Paul Synott (TBAC, M40) 35:32. Women: 1 Jennny Jagger (B&W) 37:16; 2

Clevedon ace Kate shines in the Terminator

Monday, February 28th, 2011

CLEVEDON AC’s Kate Britten finished a fine third in the Terminator 11 miles multi terrain, race in Wiltshire.
Former Bristol & West AC runner Martin Cox, who is back living temporarily in Bath, edged out Tom Fisher to win the men’s race with Alec Woods fourth.
Ed Bailey of Great Western Runners made the top 20 of the 669 finishers while Weston AC’s Adrian Noble was just outside the top fifty.
The Terminator 11 miles multi terrain, Wiltshire – men: 1 Martin Cox (Salford, M40) 76:46; 2 Tom Fisher (AVR) 77:22; 3 Eddie O’Gorman (Chiltern) 79:03; 4 Alec Woods (TBAC, M40) 79:36.
LOCAL BRISTOL; 19 Ed Bailey (GWR) 88:07; 51 Adrian Noble (Weston, M40) 96:32; 99 Sam West (Bitt RR) 1:42.17;
Women: 1 Annie Baumber (Bracknell) 96:37; 2 Sarah Pringle (unatt) 1:42.55; 3 Kate Britten (Clev, W35) 1:53.53. 669 finishers.

Michelle’s PB earns her third spot in Bourton 10k

Monday, February 28th, 2011

MICHELLE Kerfoot of Bitton Road Runners finished third and first veteran over 40 in the Bourton 10k road race yesterday, her time of 38mins 57secs clipping eight seconds off her previous PB of 39:05 set three years ago in the Wyvern Christmas Cracker event.
Stroud Olympic marathon runner Dan Robinson reclaimed the men’s title he last won three years ago.

Men: 1 Dan Robinson (Stroud) 30:08; 2 Steve Naylor (Woodstock) 30:39; 3 John Parker (CLC) 32:00; 4 Chris Ilman (Ciren) 32:25. M40: Andrew Hussey (Chelt) 33:59. U18: Dan Owen (Chelt) 35:06.
Women: 1 Rose-Anne Galligan (Glos) 35:08; 2 Diana Moore (Headinigton, W35) 38:17; 3 Michelle Kerfoot (Bitton RR, W40) 38:57. W35: 2 Lucy Walmsley (Bourton RR) 38:23. W50: Kathryn Martin (Stroud) 41:39. W60: Carol Cowley (Tewkesbury) 45:40. U18: Beth Wynn (Bourton RR) 43:06. 465 finishers.

Merson stays the course to clinch Dalwood victory

Monday, February 28th, 2011

TOM Merson made a late decision to run the Dalwood Three Hills Race and raced clear for a comfortable victory.
After the disappointment of the Plymouth Hoe 10 miles road the week before, when marshals sent Merson and others off course, the Bristol & West AC runner had no problem in negotiating his way around this challenging test to finish over three minutes clear of Patrick Devine-Wright from the organising club Axe Valley Runners.

Dalwood Three Hills, near Honiton – men: 1 Tom Merson (B&W) 67:48; 2 Patrick Devine-Wright (AVR, M40) 70:57; 3 Chris Gill (Tiv) 71:16. M45: 1 Jon Croome (Exm) 80:27.
Women: 1 Ali Young (unatt) 78;37; 2 Lucy Commander (SWRR) 82:56; 3 Lin Lascelles (Maiden Newton, W45) 83:35. 138 finishers.

New west half to clash with Bristol race?

Friday, February 25th, 2011

I HEAR there could be a rival to the Bristol half marathon this year. Just seven days before the Bristol event on Sunday September 11th will be the re-launch of the Cheltenham half marathon starting and finishing at the city’s famous racecourse.
Race director Norman Wilson is resurrecting the event that was last held in the late 1980s and hasa big plans for the race, aiming to build it up to around 15,000 runners and also hoping to get the green light to stage the UK Championships.
“We believe the Cheltenham race has huge potential,” said Wilson.

Robinson targets fast time in Bourton 10k

Friday, February 25th, 2011

WEST Olympic marathon runner Dan Robinson is in action at the Bourton 10k road race on Sunday and will be looking for a swift time as he builds up to the Brighton half marathon in April.
“It is a good race and I’m really looking forward to it,” said Robinson, who will be joined by almost 600 runners in the sell-out event.
Robinson last did the race in 2008 when he claimed victory in a time of 29mins 21secs, although that mark was later nullified after it was found the course was short.
Bristol & West AC’s Kate Goodhead is also entered but will make a late decision after recently suffering from a shore hamstring.

Ironwood 6 is a real Challenge

Friday, February 25th, 2011

NAILSEA Running Club, based just south of Bristol near Clevedon, stage their Ironwood Challenge 6 miles multi terrain race from Long Ashton sports hall on Sunday (11am). For further details see the race website at: www.nailsearunningclub.org.uk

* Also on Sunday is the Caste Combe Chilly 10k road race and duathlon is staged at the traffic-free motor racing circuit this Sunday (11.30am) and further details are on the website at: www.dbmax.co.uk

Babcary 7 is race No 2 in Somerset Series

Friday, February 25th, 2011

THE second race in the 2011 Somerset Series takes place on Sunday with the Babcary 7 miles road event organised by Wells City Harriers.
The race starts at 11am from Babcary Playing Fields and further details are available on the race website at: www.wellscityharriers.org.uk
Taunton AC’s reigning champion Luke Scott opened the new series with victory in the Hestercombe Humdinger event last weekend.


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