Archive for January, 2012

It’s double gold as super Maclean cruises to victory

Sunday, January 29th, 2012

CHARLIE MacLean and his Bristol & West under 20 men clubmates were the local stars at the Midland Counties Cross Country Championships in Nottingham yesterday.
Just 48 hours after returning home from four weeks training in Kenya Maclean looked superb as he cruised to victory around Wollaton Park to claim his first significant regional title.
His team-mates were clearly inspired asa Nathan Young had his best race for some time to finish fifth, Dan Studley was sixth and Rhys Park 15th as Bristol & West AC defeated reigning champions Stroud & District AC by eleven points.
For Stroud the loss of Tom Purnell, racing indoors for England today and an illness to Gregg Halliwell, which saw him finish a below par 14th when he had been hoping for a medal, were decisive in losing their title.
Nonetheless, a great contest among the two west clubs.
Under 20 men – teams: 1 Bristol & West AC 27; 2 Stroud & District AC 38; 3 Notts AC 50.
1 Charlie Maclean (B&W) 24:49; 2 Sam Densham (C’wood) 25:13; 3 Ben Norris (Notts) 25:26.
WEST: 4 Ben COldray (S) 25:35; 5 Nathan Young (B&W) 25:37; 6 Dan Studley (B&W) 25:42; 7 Rob Galt (S) 25:46; 9 Conor Robinson (CAC) 25:54; 10 Alex Hill (TBAC) 25:57; 13 Brett Halliwell (S) 26:14; 14 Gregg Halliwell (S) 26:26; 15 Rhys Park (B&W) 26:32; 20 Dan Own (C ) 27:05; 23 Luke Grenfell-Shaw (B&W) 27:2; 49 Matt Deacon (B&W) 29:29;

Hannah adds silver to her Midland collection

Sunday, January 29th, 2012

HANNAH Alderson also added another medal to her collection by finishing runner-up in the under 20 women’s race.
Going one better than here bronze medal at Leamington twelve months ago Alderson was just three seconds adrift of Birchfield’s Chloe Richardson as the pair finished third and fourth overall in the combined under 17/20 women’s race.
That’s an encouraging performance for the 19-year-old Alderson, who has steadily improved her form over the winter.
Team Bath AC’s Alex Stainthorpe was fourth under 20 women and team-mare Imogen Wolsey ninth.
In the under 17s race Miranda Sadler was a creditable fifth and Bristol & West clubmate Annasley Park eighth.

Alison’s under 13 boys enjoy a silver lining

Sunday, January 29th, 2012

THE other local medal winners were Bristol & West’s under 13 boys’ team. Revitalised under the enthusiastic team management of Alison Hurford the squad finished a superb second behind Leicester Coritanians, just missing the title by five points.
Hugh Sadler led the way in 12th and he was backed up by Anton Mills in 21st, Billy Cochrane 25th and finally George Green in 32nd.
Tom Krause can count himself unlucky to miss out on a medal asa he finished 33rd and just one second behind Green but it is that level of support that pushes all the runners to strive to their best. There was also further support from Kyle Haynes (60th) and Kiereon Dunkley (83rd).
Under 13 boys: 1 Leicester Coritanians 85; 2 Bristol & West AC 90; 3 Charnwood AC 124.

Marsden injury agony costs Westbury medal chance

Sunday, January 29th, 2012

IN the senior women’s race Westbury Harriers’ medal hopes were effectively ended when unlucky Debbie Marsden,w ho hasa really been suffering these pasat few months, was forced to drop out with an Achilles tendon injury.
That left Kelly Winstone was the fourth and final scorer in 78th but even then the harriers scored 167 points which left them just 16 points off third. Had Marsden been able to run at the level she achieved last year, when finishing in the top twenty, then a team medal would have been theirs but it was not to be and anyone who has suffered an Achilles injury will know that they are extremely painful.
Top local runner was Bristol & West’s Rebekak Randell in a fine sixth as she continues her return from injury while top Harrier was Emma D’Alton in 13th.

Senior women – teams: 1 Charnwood 50; 2 Notts AC 82; 3 Telford AC 151; 4 Coventry Godiva 152; 5 Westbury Harriers 167 (13 Emma D’Alton 29:44; 23 Sophie Voller 31:41; 53 Lizzie Smith 34:00; 78 Kelly Winstone 35:53).
1 Juliet Doyle (C’wood) 27:43; 2 Hannah Doran (C’wood) 27:45; 3 Jane Potter (C’wood) 27:52.
WEST: 6 Rebekah Randell (B&W) 28:42; 17 Jane Wassell (S) 30:51; 24 Claire Stevinson (B&W) 31:45; 28 Rebecca Pierce (TBAC) 31:51; 39 Charlotte Green (B&W) 32:43; 46 Louise Durman (S) 33:18;

Locals square up in Midland Counties showdown

Friday, January 27th, 2012

THE under 20 men’s race at the Midland Counties Cross Country Championships looks like being a battle royal among local runners tomorrow.
In the one corner you have the strong Bristol & West AC squad led by tripartite champion Charlie MacLean, who only flew back from Kenya this week while in the other Bristol-based brothers Gregg and Brett Halliwell turn out for defending champions Stroud & District AC.
At his best Maclean could have a chance of making the individual podium- and so could Gregg Halliwell - and will also be hoping to lead his colleagues Dan Studley, Nathan Young, Luke Grenfell-Shaw and Rhys Park to a team medal.
But I know Stroud are up for the battle and while they have lost Tom Purnell the Gloucestershire club has Rob Galt – like the Halliwells another ex-Westbury Harrier – and Ben Coldray in support.
In 2011 Stroud won with just 24 points thanks to winner Tom Curr, Gregg Halliwell (6th), Matt Withey (8th) and Joe Dalgleish (9th) while Bristol missed out on the medals in fourth
On paper the two clubs should be battling for gold but where it will end up? We’ll let you know.

Can Westbury women spring a medal surprise?

Friday, January 27th, 2012

TWELVE months ago Bristol & West and Westbury won silver and bronze respectively in the senior women’s race at Nottingham – but don’t hold your breath for a repeat of that tomorrow.
Well, at least not for Bristol & West as I’m told their team has been decimated by injuries and unavailability. Steph Barnes has pulled out having been lured away – somewhat understandably – with the chance of some warm-weather training in Portugal while Kate Goodhead, third in 2011, is also not running as she is not happy with her form.
With Charlie Coffey having switched to the North of England Championships following her move to Leeds only Rebekah Randell, who was fourth last year, is likel to make the start line.
On paper the Westbury quarter of Lizzy Smith, Debbie Marsden, Emma D’Alton and Sophie Voller looks solid and if Marsden can opt aside her dislike of the country – and remember she was 121th in a mudbath last year – then you never know as the women’s prizes are often wide open.

Bugden and Russell have high hopes

Friday, January 27th, 2012

ROBBIE Bugden and Tom Russell are both chasing the top ten in the senior men’s race tomorrow. Following good performances in the South West Championships and the McCain Challenge at Cardiff Bugden is racing himself into form and is likely to lead the Bristol & West challenge while Russell is probably behind him in fitness.
But with Phil Wylie and Jon Wills missing from the squad that finished fourth last year, trailing Tipton by a single point, the chances of making the top three look slim .
As for Westbury team boss John Terry has high hopes having seen his squad rise to the challenge in already winning the tripartite county team title and South West Club’s award this winter.
“But we’ll be hoping to match last year’s performance of 5th team overall and score less than 500 points,” said Terry, who will be joined by Matt Ellis, John Collier, Gregg Ward, Charlie Jones, Karl Dunn, Ken Ham and Robin Phillips.

The Sky’s the limit in Bath

Friday, January 27th, 2012

ON Sunday (11am) entries will be taken on the day for the latest race in the Bath Skyline 10k multi terrain series with registration at Bath University. For further information see the website at:

* In contrast the Slaughterford 9 from Leafy Lane Playing Fields, Rudloe, near Corsham on Sunday (9.50am) is a 350-sell out so no entries will be taken on the day. Race details are available at:

* Likewise entries are closed for the Hestercombe Humdinger 9.5 miles road race near Taunton but there is still capacity in the Hurtle 5k but check before travelling on the website at:

* On the road anyone fancying a 10 miles race could head to north Devon for Alby’s Memorial Braunton event on Sunday (11am) and for further details see the website at:

* The next race in the Bridge Inn 5k Winter Series, Shortwood, will be held on Tuesday with entries taken on the night from 6.30pm for the 7.30pm start.

Bryan called up for England indoor duty

Friday, January 27th, 2012

FORMER Easy Runner athlete of the month winner Lucy Bryan is in the England team for the Celtic Cup Indoor meeting in Cardiff on Sunday. The 16-year-old Bristol & West AC pole vaulter opened her season with 3.83m to finish fifth in the Vault Manchester event a couple of weeks ago.
Clubmate Bethan Wakefield and Bristol University student Olly Jefferies are in the Wales team.

Champions! That’s Mitchell & Wilsmore

Tuesday, January 24th, 2012

STEVE Mitchell and Mike Wilsmore had plenty to celebrate over the weekend as they both won major 1500m titles.
Mitchell raced to victory in the Welsh indoor Championships held in Cardiff, clocking a time of 3mins 50.76secs to finish almost two seconds clear of Stroud junior Tom Purnell.
The 23-year-old already boasts a season’s best of 3:43.65, putting him third on the 2012 UK Rankings.
Wilsmore, who is based in Plymouth, made the long trip to the Lee Valley Stadium, in London, for the South of England Championships and was rewarded with his first regional title in a time of 3:53.22, having earlier won his heat in 3:52.98.

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