Archive for March, 2012

Boss Brackstone plays down title hopes

Friday, March 30th, 2012

CAN Bristol & West AC retain their senior women’s title at the Midland 6-Stage Road relay Championships tomorrow?
Team manager Keith Brackstone sounded less than confident whebn I put that question to him on the eve of the trip to the fabled Sutton Park course in Birmingham.
“It is looking a bit dire!” said Brackstone. “At the moment I have a squad of seven which is a mixture of first teams and veterans so we’ll have to see what happens on the day.”
But before B&W fans get too despondent the squad can still call upon the services of British junior international Annabel Gummow and Rebekah Randell, who returned to her best form for ages at the end of the cross country season winning her first England vest in the process.
With Paula Gowing, Clare Stevinson, Emma Bowers, Sarah Everitt and Nikki Brookland also in the squad they shouldn’t be far away from the medal chase.

Bristol & West men in the hunt for medals again

Friday, March 30th, 2012

OVER the past six years Bristol & West AC’s senior men have finished 1st, 4th, 2nd, 4th, 3rd and 2nd last year in the Midland Counties 12-Stage Road Relay Championships. That’s an impressive record and there is every chance the squad will make the podium again tomorrow.
“We will be in the mix for the medals again but I’m not sure we have a winning team this year,” said team manager Mike Down.
With the likes of Jon Wills, Robbie Bugden, Tom Russell and Phil Wylie tackling the long stages the team will be on the front foot and the eight short stages also have a lot of quality.
Tom Merson makes a welcome return from injury to race seriously for the first time this year and will be joined by Shaun Antell, Steve Francis, Angus MacLean, Oli Mott, Rhys Park, Nathan Young and Steve Mitchell.

Westbury’s relay hopes ‘pole-axed’

Friday, March 30th, 2012

WESTBURY Harriers’ men have enjoyed a great season on the country culminating in that terrific in the Gwent League but they will be far from their best for the Midlands 12-Stage.
“We have been rather pole-axed by injuries and lack of availabilities of key runners, such as Matt Ellis, Scott Campbell, Anthony Glover, Rich Collinson, Simone Everington, Dan Summers, the list seemed endless at one point!” groaned team manager John Terry.
“That said we still have a team that will qualify for the nationals with John Collier, Will Massey, Felix McGrath, Charlie Jones, Robin Phillips, Chris Palmer, myself, Jullian Bailey-Gard Jnr, Rick Wallis, Gregg Ward, Malc White and Matt Lavis.”
The women are also entered and machining her first appearance in the event is in-form Lucy Richens.
“I have never done a relay before but I’m up to race anything for the club and I’m really looking forward to it,” said Richens.

Taunton half entries slightly down

Friday, March 30th, 2012

ENTRIES are slightly down for both the Taunton marathon and half marathon races on Sunday but nonetheless organiser John Lewis reports that almost 1500 runners are registered with the action kicking off at 10.30am from Somerset College.
“We have 1270 for the half and 230 for the full marathon and we are not complaining,” said Lewis. “Last year was the best entry we have ever had and you cannot expect to keep pushing up the numbers in a recession.” No further entries will be taken on the day.

Calne 10k race entries still open

Friday, March 30th, 2012

ENTRIES are being taken on the day for the 24th Calne Charity 10k race around the Bowood Estate on Sunday (10am) with registration commencing at 8.30am. For further details see the race website at: www.calnerotary.co.uk
Also on Sunday is the Forest of Dean half marathon multi terrain race from Speech House, in Coleford (www.forestofdean-halfmarathon.co.uk) and the Exe to Axe 20 miles race from Exmouth to Seaton along the east Devon coastline (www.sidmouthrunningclub.co.uk).

Carol and Pat jetting off to Finland

Friday, March 30th, 2012

CAROL Powell and Pat Gallagher are in Finland next week for the World Masters Indoor Championships. Bristol & West AC sprinter Powell, who claimed a hat-trick of titles at the British Championships, goes in the W55 100m, 200m and 400m while Westbury Harriers’ Gallagher tackles the W60 800m, 1500m and 3000m.

Bristol & West AC miss team gold by 17 seconds

Tuesday, March 27th, 2012

IT has been confirmed that Bristol & West AC’s over 45s squad finished runner-up in the team event at the British Masters’ Cross Country Championships.
The trio of Phil Parry, Alec Wood and Mike Jacobs finished 3rd, 4th and 10th respectively in their age class but the team prizes in this event are judged on cumulative times – and Bristol & West just missed out.
“Unfortunately Thames Hare & Hounds beat us by 17 seconds,” said Parry. “We all ran above expectations, and were just unlucky on the day. “
Jacobs also won an individual medal in the South West Championships, which were incorporated into the event.
In addition Bristol & West’s squad of Clare Jolliffe, Sarah Everitt, Nicky Bromhall and Emma Bowers finished third in the over 45s team event.

Emily breaks eight seconds barrier for 60m

Tuesday, March 27th, 2012

EMILY Wright ended her indoor season on a high at the final Birmingham open meeting. The Yate & District AC athlete broke her PB in the 60m going below eight seconds for the first time running 7.97secs and moving her to 9th in the UK Rankings for under 15 girls.
Wright also ran 100m indoors and clocked another PB winning her race in 12.50secs.

In-form Lucy stars in Welsh 20 miler

Tuesday, March 27th, 2012

LUCY Richens of Westbury Harriers was top woman in the San Domenico 20 miles road race on Sunday.
Just a week after ‘jogging’ around the Gloucester 20 Richens clocked a time of 2hrs 17mins 32secs to finish 19th overall from a field of 342 finishers.
Sophie Voller made it a Westbury one-two as she came in three places behind in 2:21.20.
The Southville Runners’ pair of Nicky Russell and Tracey Horton were sixth (2:28.25) and ninth (2:33.43) respectively and Westbury’s Vicky Tester was eighth (2:33.35).
Top local man was Paul Horsfall of Thornbury Running Club in 11th (2:10.58) with Jon Thraves of Great Western Runners 14th (2:11.42) Portishead Running Club’s Patrick Foley 23rd (2:21.24) and Stuart Wilkie of Hogweed Trotters’ 29th (2:22.30).
Sam West of Bitton Road Runners also made the top fifty in 45th (2:27.50).

Hargreaves makes top 20 in Cleevewold 14

Tuesday, March 27th, 2012

JOHN Hargreaves of Great Western Runners finished 14st in the22nd Cleevewold race organised by Cheltenham Harriers covering the 14 miles multi terrain event in a time of 2hrs 5mins 29secs.


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