Archive for August, 2011

Blog is taking a breather

Thursday, August 25th, 2011

THE blog is taking a break for the next eight days and will return revitalised and refreshed on September 3rd.

Westlake marks a birthday to remember

Thursday, August 25th, 2011

NEWS reaches me that Phil Westlake, of Bitton Road Runners, recently successfully completed his 50 @ 50 birthday challenge, running from Minehead beach to Exmouth beach through the night arriving in Exmouth on his 50th birthday and raising over £3000 for charity Vitalise in the process.
“Just a quick update to say that my 50th birthday coast to coast challenge was successfully completed overnight,” said Westlake.
“I eventually covered 51.2 miles between Minehead and Exmouth beaches in a total time of 9 hours and 58 minutes, finishing at Exmouth shortly before 3am.
“Despite all of the training I’ve put in (over 1700 miles during 2011), I still found running continually for 10 hours extremely tough, although the weather was kind and that made it a lot easier than it could otherwise have been.
Some photos can be found at his JustGiving page (where of course you can still donate) at:

Bath runner is heading to the mountains

Thursday, August 25th, 2011

MEANWHILE Team Bath’s Andy Maggs is heading to Tanzania on September 1st to attempt to climb Kilimanjaro, which at 5,895 metres is the highest peak in Africa. Maggs is raising money for the Wessex MS Therapy Centre, which proves therapies, advice and support to multiple sclerosis sufferers. Anyone wanting to sponsor Maggs can log onto his JustGiving page at:

It’s going to be a real battle at Langport

Thursday, August 25th, 2011

ALMOST 400 runners have already registered for the Battle of Sedgemoor 10k road race ton Sunday and further entries will be taken on the day. The race starts at 11am from the Langport Arms Hotel, in Somerset. For race details see the website at:

* Also on Sunday are the Pewsey Vale half marathon, in Wiltshire, from Pewsey Vale School (10.30am) and the Foxtrot 5 miles road race at Broughton Gifford, between Bath and Melksham (11am). For further details see the respective websites at: and
Off-road races in the west on Sunday include the Studland County Fair 5k (11am) from the Studland Show Ground, in Dorset ( and the Winchcombe 10k Hill Climb from Studeley Castle, near Cheltenham (10.30am) (
Bank Holiday Monday is also a busy day of racing with the Arlingham 4.5 miles event (11.30am) near Frampton-on-Severm Gloucestershire (; the Lustleigh 10k (12noon) on Dartmoor (; the Baltonsborough 5 miles road race (11am), in Somerset (; the Shillingstone 5 (2.15pm), in Dorset ( and finally the Roundway Rampage 7 miles multi terrain event (10am), in Devizes (

Emily’s shock medal in 4×400m relay

Wednesday, August 24th, 2011

EMILY Diamond has returned to her Bristol home with a bronze medal from the World Student Game sin Shenzgen, in China.
The 20-year-old Bristol & West athlete was drafted into the 4×400m relay squad and produced a stunning last leg, timed at 51.93secs, to bring Great Britain form fourth into third.
“I had seven races including three rounds of the 200m (in which she finished eighth), the 4×100m relay and then finially the 4×400m so I was delighted to run that fast,” said Diamond.
“I really don’t know how I managed that!”

Last chance to clock PBs in BMC Exeter meeting

Wednesday, August 24th, 2011

A reminder that the final British Milers’ Club regional meeting of the summer takes place at the Exeter Arena on Tuesday (August 31st) with 800m and 1500m races for all age groups.
So if you are still seeking a personal best then register in advance contact organiser John Knowles either by phone (tel: 01872 263541) or by email at:

Padstow triathlon entries still open

Wednesday, August 24th, 2011

FANCY a triathlon? Entries are still available for the USN Padstow Triathlon on Sunday September 11th . Organisers are confidently expecting close to 300 competitors, beating the 240 in 2010, for the event which takes place at Harlyn Bay, one of Cornwall’s most breathtaking beaches.
Race organiser Ben Mason said: “It’s a unique triathlon as it’s such a scenic course, and is definitely one of my favourite events.”
The event features a 1.5km swim, 40km bike and 10km run for the standard category, while the sprint race features a 750m swim, 26km bike and 5km run. Standard entry is £40, with sprint entry costing £30. For further information, check out

Coales wins stroll in the Bristol Park

Tuesday, August 23rd, 2011

OLDLAND runner Dave Coales won the Bristol 5k Park Run in Ashton Court on Saturday. Coales, who is a member of Team Bath AC, clocked 17mins 34secs to finish well clear of Kevin Worlock and Wayne Ellis.
“That was by far the toughest of the 5 park runs I have run,” said Coales. “It’s an out and back course the first 2.5 km is uphill and from about 1 km to the turn you run on a rough stony path. It is not a course for a PB!
“That said a great workout and a great way to start the weekend.”

Team Bath clubmate Georgia Wood won the women’s race in 19:20.

Men: 1 Dave Coales (TBAC) 17:34; 2 Kevin Worlock (unatt) 18:21; 3 Wayne Ellis (Bitton RR) 18:24.
Women: 1 Georgia Wood 19:20. 135 finishers.

Christmas Cracker race details

Tuesday, August 23rd, 2011

THE popular Christmas Cracker Race will take place on Sunday 11th December and online entries are available now at Weston Athletic Club at:

Crook Peak race is definitely not a piece of cake!

Tuesday, August 23rd, 2011

THE Crook Peak Cake fell race is held tomorrow night (August 24th) from the White Hart at Cross, near Axbridge (7pm), The race is over three miles with plenty of climbing and entries are taken on the night.

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