Archive for April, 2011

Merson fired up to keep hold of half marathon title

Friday, April 29th, 2011

BRISTOL & West AC’s Tom Merson faces a strong local challenge in his bid to retain his senior men’s title in the Follett Stock Great West Run half marathon on Sunday.
Merson is determined to make it two wins in a row but clubmate Andrew Chambers and Westbury Harriers’ Matt Ellis could both be big threats.
“Without a doubt I would love to retain my title,” said Merson, who had progressed from 7th to 6th, 3rd and 2nd before finally realising his dream in 2010.
“This is still the race I want to win above many others and the day I don’t want to win it will be the day I’m not competing. It is my local race and I want to win it again.”

Glastonbury 10k race heads busy weekend

Friday, April 29th, 2011

ON a busy weekend there are also several other good races being staged on Sunday in the area including the Glastonbury Round The Tor 10k road race (; the Pensford 10k road race (; the Portland Round The Rock 10k (; the Corsham St George 10k ( and the Wellington Monument multi terrain race (

West T&F Championships entries deadline looming

Friday, April 29th, 2011

A reminder that entries for the West of England Championships at the Yate Outdoor Sports Complex on Saturday May 14th will close on May 5th. For further details see the website at : or contact Graham Howell at : GraTimHow

Kate ponders her marathon options

Friday, April 29th, 2011

KATE Goodhead celebrated her return to action with a handsome win in the Gloucester 10k – and then revealed that she is planning to tackle her first marathon.
The 25-year-old Bristol & West AC runner was forced to rest for six weeks with a bad hamstring injury before getting the all-clear to start running again and Easter Saturday’s victory in the Severn AC event in Sandhurst was her first race since representing England in a cross country race in Belgium in February, when she suffered the injury.
“I only ran around 37 minutes on Saturday but it was my first race back and it was so hot,” said Goodhead.
“But I am used to running 33 minutes so it shows I have a long way to go. It is nice to be back racing again but I am nowhere near in form yet.”
Nonetheless, Goodhead is already making plans for the rest of the year and admitted that the thought of running her first marathon certainly appealed to her.
“First of all I am looking too run the Bristol 10k and then the BUPA 10k in London,” added Goodhead. “The big aim, though, will be to get into top shape for the Bristol half marathon in September as that is the UK Championships.
“Chris (Frapwell, her coach) has also talked to me about running the Frankfurt marathon (held on October 30th) and that is a possibility. I would love to run a marathon towards the end of the year and I just have to make sure I am in decent shape.”

Wicks heads top class field for Bristol 10k

Thursday, April 28th, 2011

THE Bristol 10k on May 15th is shaping up to be a top class race with the organisers predicting much faster times than in 2010.
Last year the men’s race was won in 28mins 29secs and the women’s in 32:53. Phil Wicks is the former winner and heads a very strong entry from his club Belgrave Harriers.
Pushing him all the way will be the current England half marathon champion, Nick Swinburn from Morpeth Harriers while also entered are Matt O’ Dowd from Swindon, Dan Robinsonfrom Stroud and Ian Hudspith from Morpeth.
The 2010 English 5k champion Matt Barnes (Altrincham) can expect to be a threat if still in contention with a mile to go while Jean Ndayisenga from Birchfield is always strong on the roads.
Adding an international flavour will be Swedes, Mikael Ekwall and Frederik Johansson coached by Tom Watson from Yate and Tewodros Shiferaw, the Glasgow based Eritrean should also make the leading pack.
Reigning champion Claire Hallissey of Bristol & West AC is aiming to defend her title after a spell of training at altitude but will face strong opposition.
With a 53 minute 10 mile clocking to her name this winter Charnwood’s Gemma Steele will be a big threat as will Liz Yelling, who will be looking to bounce back after a disappointing London.
Bristol & West’s Kate Goodhead is also targeting the race while other entries include Becky Penty, who has improved over two minutes in the last year, Andrea Woodvine, Gemma Turtle, Amy Stiles and Dionne Allen from Leigh.

Francis cruises to victory in Bridge Inn 5k

Wednesday, April 27th, 2011

BRISTOL & West AC’s Steve Francis was an emphatic winner of the opening race in the Bristol Bridge Inn 5k road race last night.
The in-form runner dominated from the early stages and won in a time of 15mins 26secs with Bitton Road Runners’ Robert Farley, tackling his fourth race in an exhausting week, a distant runner-up in 16:05.
Team Bath’s Laura Parsonage marked her return from injury with an encouraging victory in the women’s race clocking a time o7 17mins 03secs with Westbury Harriers’ Debbie Marsden smashing her personal by twenty seconds in second (17:08).

Marathon star Lucy’s record bid falls short

Tuesday, April 26th, 2011

BRISTOL & West AC runners Tom Merson and Lucy MacAllister both fell short of the £100 bonus on offer for breaking the course record in the Bampton to Tiverton 7 miles 125 yards race.
MacAlister, who only two weeks ago finished runner-up in the Brighton marathon in a time of 2:40.34, was chasing Cathy Newman’s 1990 mark of 39mins 19secs but that is a fair time and on the day she just didn’t have enough in her legs and finished 59 seconds outside the record.
Nonetheless, MacAlister ran out an easy winner well clear of Vicky Pincombe who took another step on her comeback.
Merson is steadily returning to his best form but he is still some way short of challenging Steve Robinson’s 1985 record of 34:22. Merson was clear of the field shortly after leaving Bampton so was never going to challenge the record mark as he finished over two minutes ahead of Bristol & West AC clubmate Shaun Antell, who the previous week had run the London Marathon.
“It was a good tempo run in what were difficult conditions being really hot,” said Merson.
Men: 1 Tom Merson (B&W) 36:41; 2 Shaun Antell (B&W) 38:58; 3 Tim Hughes (WHH, M50) 39:25.
Teams: 1 Tiverton Harriers (8 Kerry Roberts; 15 Rob Ewings; 17 Martin Brace; 23 Walter Andrews).
Women: 1 Lucy MacAllister (B&W) 40:18; 2 Vicky Pincombe (unatt) 41:43; 3 Caroline Hewitt (Tiv, W45) 45:21.
Teams: 1 Tiverton Harriers ( Hewitt; Stephanie Moss; Karen Lister).

Bristol boys just miss out on Bunny 10k team prize

Tuesday, April 26th, 2011

BEN Tickner just missed out on a £50 bonus for breaking 30 minutes in the Easter Bunny 10k organised by Yeovil Town Road runners today.
In searing heat the Wells City Harrier powered clear of the field over the figure of eight course to win in a fine time of 30mins 02secs and also land the Somerset County crown
The Bristol & West AC pair of Steve McGuigan and Andrew Chambers finished a distant second and third respectively and with Steve Goss sixth and first veteran and Kieran Young top junior thought they had won the team title only to just lose out to Wells.
Men: 1 Ben Tickner (Wells) 30:02; 2 Steve McGuigan (B&W) 32:32; 3 Andrew Chambers (B&W) 32:37; 4 Peter Grist 32:53; 5 James Denne (Exe) 33:14; 6 Steve Goss (B&W, M40) 33:39; 7 Robert Farley (BRR) 33:51; 8 Chris Sabine (Tamar T, M40) 33:58; 9 Tim Hawkins (Wells) 34:21; 10 Simon Anderson (Ply H, M40) 34:26.
M50: Gordon Seward (Exe) 36:38. M60: Clive Harwood (Wells) 38:52.
U20: Kieran Young (B&W) 37:18.
Teams: 1 Wells City Harriers; 2 Bristol & West AC
Women: 1 Cassie Thorpe (Portsmouth) 35:57; 2 Ami Yetton (Ply H) 38:47; 3 Alison Thorn (WRN, W35) 41:10; 4 Felicity Elliott (SWRR) 41:49; 5 Victoria Plummer (TBAC) 43:05; 6 Caroline Blake (Chipp, W35) 43:08. 351 finishers.

Robinson makes top ten in Cornish race

Tuesday, April 26th, 2011

BRISTOL & West AC runner Matt Robinson was sixth in the Whitemoor 10k staged in Cornwall on Sunday clocking a time of 40mins 06secs. Robinson finished seven seconds and one place ahead of Bitton Road Runners’ Rob Kingdon.

Wylie pushed hard in record-breaking Horror race

Monday, April 25th, 2011

INTERNATIONAL duathlete Phil Wylie had to work hard before claiming victory in a record-breaking Hanham Horror 6 miles multi terrain race yesterday.
Just a week after finishing seventh at the European Duathlon Championships in Ireland Wylie, who competes for Bristol & West AC, opted for the Easter Sunday race organised by Bitton Road Runners.
The host club’s Robert Farley, who has had a great winter, chased hard and was rewarded by finishing just 35 seconds adrift as the pair moved well away from the field of 274 finishers, a new record for the event. Third and over three minutes adrift was veteran Richard Fanning of Serpentine Running Club.
“With over 300 entries and 274 finishers that is the best we have ever done and the feedback we got from the runners was excellent,” said organiser Bob Sperring.
Hanham Horror 6 miles multi terrain race – men: 1 Phil Wylie (B&W) 38:20; 2 Robert Farley (BRR) 38:55; 3 Richard Fanning (Serpentine RC, M40) 42:25; 4 Neil McAlpine (South Down H, M40) 43:29; 5 Gavin Watkins (GWR) 43:48; 6 Ken Ham (TRC, M45) 43:49.
M50: Phil Manning (Stroud) 45:20.M60: Peter Brown (TACH) 50:47;
Women: 1 Angela Carpenter (South Down, W40) 48:10; 2 Rosalind Viner (unatt, W35) 48:17; 3 Helen Marshall (Aberystwyth, W35) 49:48; 4 Naomi Webber (TBAC, W35) 50:03

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