Archive for December, 2011

Mitchell smashes his 10k personal best

Thursday, December 29th, 2011

BRISTOL & West AC’s Steve Mitchell smashed his personal best in the Ribble Valley 10k road race on Tuesday. Up north visiting family over Christmas Mitchell finished 10th in the high-class event, which incorporated the North of England Championships, broke his previous best by a minute-and-a-half with a time of 30mins 07secs.
The time lifts Mitchell to fifth in the 2011 South West Rankings behind Ben Tickner (29:23), Robbie Bugden (29:55), Jon Wills (29:57) and Phil Wylie (29:59).

Get the new year off to a flying start!

Thursday, December 29th, 2011

THERE are three decent road races in the west to kick-start your new year on Sunday starting with the Chard Flyer 10k in Somerset from Chard Cricket Club (11am) (
There is also the Kewstoke hangover 10k near Weston-super-Mare ( and the Hereford New year’s Day 10k (

First Chance 10k entries still open

Thursday, December 29th, 2011

ENTRIES are still being taken for the First Chance 10k road race in Exeter next Sunday (January 8th). The flat course offers the chance of fast times as was proven by former Bristol & West AC runner Kevin Heywood’s course record mark of 30mins 44secs in 2010. For further information see the event website at:

That’s just plain crazy!

Thursday, December 29th, 2011

LEE Masters of Hogweed Trotters headed to Warminster for the Plain Crazy 12 over the festive weekend but due to a last minute amendment the route was changed due to non clearance of explosives. The route was both roads and compact army tracks including the abandoned village of Imber and Masters finished in 1hr 29mins 20secs.

Victory’s a breeze for Boston student Peters

Wednesday, December 28th, 2011

BOSTON University student Richard Peters took time off from his Christmas vacation to add the family name to the roll of honour in the Clevedon Boxing Day race.
Peters, who is a member of Bristol & West AC, is back at his parents’ home in Yate for a three-weeks break and made a late decision to enter this popular event.
With a mile to go it looked like Belgian runner Jean-Pierre Weerts was set to become the first foreign winner of the race as he opened a gap at the front but Peters said he was never worried.
“There was a small pack in the first mile with James Thie, Dan Studley and John Collier with me and the Belgian,” said Peters. “We had broken away by the bottom of the hill but he let me take the pace up the gill and off the top.
“At around three miles he put in an effort and, while it may sound odd, I let him go as I was feeling really good about my finish.
“I know that the last mile drags on and with 800 metres I drew level aand got ahead and then held him off to win by about 30 metres.”
Peters enjoyed a clear advantage off seven seconds at the finish from Weerts, whose presence in the race was due to him being the boyfriend of local athlete Steph Barnes – who, coincidentally was also runner-up in the women’s race.
That title was not surprisingly retained for the fourth time in five years by newly-crowned European Under 20 cross country champion Emma Pallant though Barnes can take great encouragement for finishing within a minute of the Aldershot, Farnham & District international.

Clevedon 4 miles road race – men: 1 Richard Peters (B&W) 19:11; 2 Jean-Pierre Weerts (AC Dampicourt) 19:18; 3 Michael Johnson (B&W) 19:29; 4 James Thie (Cardiff) 19:40; 5 Dan Studley (B&W) 19:50; 6 Joe Dalgleish (Stroud) 19:58; 7 Luke Grenfell-Shaw (B&W) 20:47; 8 John Collier (WH) 20:55; 9 Zak Tobias (B&W, U20) 21:00; 10 Jamie Knapp (Southampton) 21:04.
M40: Dave Coales (TBAC) 21:24; 2 Alan Buckingham (TBAC) 21:58; 3 Steve Rose (TBAC) 21:58.
M50: Bob Creed (TBAC) 22:59; 2 David Vaudin (TBAC) 23:17; 3
Women: 1 Emma Pallant (AFD) 21:11; 2 Steph Barnes (B&W) 22:06; 3 Laura Gent (AFD) 23:29; 4 Debbie Niccol (B&W) 23:49; 4 Olivia Sadler (B&W, U20) 24:30; 5 Suzanne Richards (H&H Runners) 24:49; 5 Hannah Woodman (Clev) 25:15; 6 Kate George 25:28.
751 finishers.

Bancroft cruises to Stampede 10k triumph

Wednesday, December 28th, 2011

BACK in Somerset at her parents’ home in Wellington marathon international Lucy MacAlistere ran out an easy winner of the women’s race in the Stoke Stampede 10k road race near Taunton.
Such was MacAlister’s dominance that she finished sixth overall of the 314 finishers and her time of 35mins 21secs put her over two minutes clear of the runner-up.
The men’s prize went to wells City Harriers’ Jack Bancroft, who runs on the track for Exeter Harriers. Bancroft won in a time of 33mins 32secs with Yeovil veteran Tim Hawkins almost a minute behind.
There was also a fine run by Seaton-based Adam Speake, who set a new junior men’s course record of 34mins 29secs in fourth place overall.

Stoke Stampede 10k, Taunton – men: 1 Jack Bancroft (Wells) 33:32; 2 Tim Hawkins (YTRR, M40) 34:21; 3 Jamie Darling (Blackheath) 34:27; 4 Adam Speake (B&W, U20) 34:29 (junior record); 5 Ben Pointing (Taun) 35:06; 6 Lucy MacAlister (B&W) 35:21; 7 Jim McConnell (St Albans, M40) 35:39; 8 Max Hazel (TBAC, U20) 35:47.
Women: 1 MacAlister; 2 Holly Laurence (Swansea) 37:52; 3 Katy Moore (Brighton) 38:53. W35: Joanna Carritt (RF) 38:54.
314 finishers.

Darton ducks under 40 minutes in Poole 10k

Wednesday, December 28th, 2011

ANDREW Darton of Thornbury Running Club finished first local man in the Poole 10k road race on Boxing Day covering the course in a time of 39mins 22secs.

Euro star Emma heading to the West

Thursday, December 22nd, 2011

NEW European Cross Country under 23 women’s champion Emma Pallant has confirmed that she will be defending her title in the Clevedon 4 miles road race on Boxing Day.
The Aldershot, Farnham & District AC international’s victory in Slovenia two weeks ago was a tremendous achievement and she will start favourite to make it four wins in the past five years.
“Emma called me the other night to check a few details and said she is intending to run which is great news,” said race organiser Andy Heyes.
Her main local rival in the race, which once again is being sponsored by Churngold Recyling, will be Clevedon-based Steph Barnes as the 23-year-old Bristol & West Ac runner has been in good form this autumn since returning from her time at Auburn University, in America.

Will the Reed girls spring a Boxing Day surprise?

Thursday, December 22nd, 2011

COULD one of the Reed sisters turn out in their home town race on Boxing Day?
Both Kate and Emma, who have been training together in Albuquerque, New Mexico, are back home for Christmas and have been spotted running around the streets.
The confirmation that 2008 Beijing Olympian Kate is running and racing again is tremendous news after all the injury problems she has suffered since the Games and hopefully 2012 will be a big year for her.
Kate still holds the women’s record of 20mins 15secs which she set in 2006 when blazing around the course to finish 10th overall from 785 runners.
“They are not entered yet so we will have to wait and see if they register on the day,” said race organiser Andy Heyes.
Entries will be taken on the day for both the senior 4 miles race (10.30am) and the young athletes’ 3k from 8am at the Little Harp Inn on Elton Road with the traditional finish in the Salthouse Fields car park.
“A new route for the under 16’s 3K will have the same start and finish lines as the senior event and that starts at 10.15am and this year North Somerset AC are joining us to co-host the junior event,” added Heyes.

Champion Bishop to miss Clevedon title defence

Thursday, December 22nd, 2011

BRISTOL & West AC runners have won four of the past five men’s races at the Clevedon Boxing Day race – but will that run continue this weekend?
Defending champion Dave Bishop is currently in America so there will definitely be a new winner in Monday’s race while 2009 champion Tom Merson has been struggling with a hip injury that has restricted his training.
Cornish farmer Kevin Heywood won in 2008 and while he may be on the start line he has switched allegiance from Bristol & West back to his first club, Bideford AC while 2007 champion Craig Peters is no longer racing seriously.
Steve Mitchell would be a leading contender but he is up north for Christmas and is running the Ribble Valley 10k on Tuesday.
Race director Andy Heyes told me last night that none of Bristol & West AC’s leading male runners have yet to enter so it could well depend on who wants to turn up on the day.

Course records – men: Ian Gillespie 18mins 28secs (1997); Women: Kate Reed 20:15 (2006).
2010 – men: 1 Dave Bishop (B&W) 18:11; 2 Michael Johnson (B&W) 18:17; 3 Ben Noad (High) 18:36. Women: 1 Emma Pallant (AFD) 20:37; 2 Laura Parker (Wells) 21:27; 3 Annabel Granger ((B&W) 21:41. 648 finishers.
2009: 1 Tom Merson (B&W) 19:23; 2 Julian Hatcher (WH) 20:03; 3 Ian Gillespie (unatt) 20:07. Women: 1 Rebekah Randell (B&W) 21:55; 2 Eleanor Wimshurst (B&W) 22:19; 3 Sophie Voller (WH) 24:11. 857 finishers.
2008: 1 Kevin Heywood (B&W) 19:25; 2 James Thie (Cardiff) 19:43; 3 Julian Emery (Clev, M40) 19:52. Women: 1 Emma Pallant (AFD) 22:01; 2 Emma Reed (B&W) 22:42; 3 Zanthe Wray (Hallamshire) 23:47. 815 finishers.
2007: 1 Craig Peters (B&W) 19:06; 2 Adrian Marriott (Wells) 19:17; 3 Tim Wallis (B&W) 19:54. Women: 1 Emma Pallant (AFD) 21:58; 2 Helen Fines (B&W) 23:22; 3 Ann Singer (PRC) 23:44. 817 finishers.
2006: 1 Ben Noad (Highgate) 18:43; 2 James Thie (Cardiff) 19:18; 3 Gary Davenport (B&W) 19:26. Women: 1 Kate Reed (B&W) 20:15 (record); 2 Heidi Moulder (B&W) 22:30; 3 Steph Barnes (B&W) 22:49. 785 finishers.

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