Archive for October, 2011

Peters fourth in America East Championships

Monday, October 31st, 2011

REPRESENTING Boston University Bristol & West AC’s Rich Peters finished an excellent fourth in the America East Cross Country Championships hosted by the University of Albany in New York State.
Peters covered the 8k run in 24mins 40secs and was Boston’s leading runner as they finished second team. Overall victory went to the University of Albany even though both teams scored 60 points but on the tie breaker Albany go her verdict by virtue of their leading runner finished second.
The race was won by Riley Masters of the University of Maine in 24:18.
“It was a reasonable one but I don’t think he was over-joyed with it,” said coach Mike Down. “He was seventh in this event last year but has a recent Achilles tendon problem and that has restricted her training. But he has now qualified for the NCAA Championships.”

Kate clocks PB in Great South 10

Monday, October 31st, 2011

KATE Goodhead finished 13th and top west woman in the Bupa Great South 10 miles road race in Portsmouth yesterday.
The Bristol & West AC runner, who was representing the Midland Counties team, clocked 58mins 19secs, shaving nine seconds off her 2008 best set in the Oldbury 10 while Midlands team-mate Debbie Marsden, of Westbury Harriers, was 22nd in 61:20 asa strong winds buffeted the field in the closing stages.
Leading west runner in the men’s race was Wells City Harriers’ Ben Tickner in 14th (49:21) while Bristol & West AC’s Michael Johnson continued his steady return from injury in 32nd.
Bupa Great South Run 10 miles road – men WEST: 14 Ben Tickner (Wells) 49:21; 32 Michael Johnson (B&W) 51:53; 38 Jim Cole (Tavi) 52:38;

Women: 13 Kate Goodhead (B&W) 58:19; 16 Emma Stepto (CAC) 59:11; 18 Emily Pidgeon (Stroud) 59:47; 22 Debbie Marsden (WH) 61:20.

Studley gets all-clear to tackle relays

Monday, October 31st, 2011

THERE is good news for Bristol & West AC’s under 20 men’s squad ahead of the English Cross Country Relays in Mansfield next weekend.
Dan Studley, who resigned from Westbury Harriers to switch to Bristol & West, is eligible so will link up with Charlie MacLean and Rhys Park for what looks a very strong squad.

Kate steps up her recovery in the US

Monday, October 31st, 2011

ALSO on the good news front I hear that Olympian Kate Reed has stepped up her comeback after long-term injury and has flown to America to link up with her sister Emma at the University of New Mexico in Albuquerque.
Albuquerque is located at altitude so is an ideal location for Reed, who has hardly raced since the 2008 Olympics in Beijing, to continue her rehabilitation. She might even bump into a few other Bristol & West athletes in the city as Imogen Ainsworth is studying there and Claire Hallissey is intending to join her for a few weeks training at altitude.

Olivia handed England debut in Spain

Friday, October 28th, 2011

CONGRATULATIONS to teenager Olivia Sadler after being called up to make her England debut next month.
The 17-year-old Bristol & West AC runner, who won the Easy Runner athlete of the month competition three years ago, was named in the under 20 women’s team for the international cross country fixture in Burgos, Spain, on November 13th.

Debbie and Kate team up for Great South Run

Friday, October 28th, 2011

WESTBURY Harriers’ Debbie Marsden and Bristol & West athlete Kate Goodhead will be team-mates on Sunday as they represent the Midland Counties at the Bupa Great South Run 10 miles road race in Portsmouth on Sunday.
“My run in the Stroud half marathon showed my stamina was not as good as I would like at the moment so hopefully 10 miles will suit me better,” said Goodhead.
Goodhead finished third for the second successive year in the Stroud half last weekend but her time of 78:40 was well outside her personal best of 76:15.
In contrast Marsden treated the Stroud race as a hard tempo run to help her Westbury colleagues win the team title – which they did.
Sunday’s race is far more serious and clearly Marsden has the potential to smash her personal best of 60:15 set in the Bramley 10 last year.

Stickler race is a real tester

Friday, October 28th, 2011

ANOTHER big race on Sunday is the 17th Stickler 10.1 miles race through Stour Valley in rural Dorset and incorporating more than 1,500ft of vicious climbing over the peaks of ‘Okeford Beacon’, ‘Hod Hill’ and ‘Hambledon Hill’. Entries are taken on the day as long as the 500 limit hasn’t been reached. For further details see the race website at:

* Also on Sunday are the Calne Leisure Centre Clock 10k race in Wiltshire (11am) and the Mount Edgcumbe 10k multi terrain race (11am) at Torpoint. For further details see the website at: and

McCain Bristol race entries deadline looming

Friday, October 28th, 2011

THE McCain Cross-Challenge will be held in Ashton Court on Sunday 13th November 2011. Any athlete wishing to enter is reminded that the closing
date for entries is Friday 4th November 2011. Entries are available on-line and there is a direct link from the front page of the Bristol & West
web-site at:
Bristol & West AC is also seeking marshals to help run the event, which will include the Mike Sully and Gemma Butler trophy races in the main senior events. Volunteers are asked to contact Keith Brackstone as soon as possible via

Hannah clocks PB to finish top woman in Bridge Inn 5k

Wednesday, October 26th, 2011

CHARLIE MacLean continued his good autumn form with victory in the Bridge Inn 5k road race, sponsored by Easy Runner, last night.
The 19-year-old, who is coached by Tom Watson, clocked 15mins 21secs to finish four seconds clear of Bristol & West AC clubmate Chris Dodd with junior Joe Dalgleish leading a trio of Stroud & District runners, including brothers Gregg and Brett Halliwell.
Maclean’s time was four seconds outside his course best set in February this year and well shy of his PB of 14:53 clocked over the super-fast White Horse 5k course in Gloucester in May.
Top woman was Hannah Alderson, who recorded a personal best of 17:16 in 15th place overall from a field of 116 finishers. The time shaved seven seconds off her 2010 best.

1 59 15.21 Charlie Macklean Bristol & West AC SM
2 8 15.25 Chris Dodd Bristol & West AC SM
3 45 15.30 Joseph Dagleish Stroud & District AC SM
4 16 15.37 Gregg Halliwell Stroud & District AC SM
5 15 15.56 Brett Halliwell Stroud & District AC SM
6 51 15.57 Zak Tobias Bristol & West AC U17M
7 25 15.58 William Christofi Bristol & West AC U17M
8 50 16.01 Paddy Radley Owls AC SM
9 78 16.05 Michael Johnson Bristol & West AC SM
10 41 16.27 Kyran Hale Severn AC U17M
Women: 1 Hannah Alderson (B&W, U20) 17:18; 2 Lizzie Smith (WH) 18:53; 3 Ellen Harrison (Bristol Uni) 19:20; 4 Aileen Brown (GWR, W45) 19:46.

Last chance to register for Taunton coaching day

Tuesday, October 25th, 2011

A REMINDER that this Saturday (October 29th) England Athletics is holding a workshop for endurance coaches, primarily for those who coach 18-23 year olds, at the Castle Sports Centre, in Taunton.
Coaches Mark Brace, Charlotte Fisher, Keith Brackstone and Ben Cox will take the session, which lasts from 10am until 3pm, which focuses on taking the junior athlete to senior performance levels.
The workshop is open to all coaches with athletes near to this age band and is free of charge. Coaches are encouraged to bring athletes.
The day will start with a graded 1500m interval track set. Please register with or call 07540703511.

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