Archive for April, 2012

Stunning 1500m PB by Bishop in America

Monday, April 30th, 2012

DAVID Bishop clocked a stunning personal best of 3mins 37.51secs in America yesterday.
Competing in the Payton Jordan Cardinal Invitational meeting at Stanford University the 24-year-old Bristol & West AC runner not only ducked under the 3mins 40secs for the first time but also ran inside the Olympic B standard.
The time carved 3.28secs off his previous best of 3:40.79 that he set only the previous weekend in the Mt SAC Relays and means that since last year Bishop has now taken almost four seconds off his time for the metric mile.
It was also the quickest time by a Scot for almost 20 years and was the fifth fastest of all time. Yet Bishop didn’t even finish top Brit in the Californian meeting. That honour went to Andy Baddeley who clocked 3:35.19 to go top of the UK Rankings for 2012 with Bishop leaping into second spot with Chris O’Hare, who also ran in Stanford, clocking a PB 3:37.95 to go third in the national lists – and underline how tough competition will be to make the team for the Olympic Games.
But it is also worth remembering that Britain will be sending a team to the European Championships in Helsinki, which falls less than a month before the Olympics and the likes of Bishop will be in contention for that as well.

Even the rain can’t stop on-song Collier

Monday, April 30th, 2012

JOHN Collier continued his good form with victory in the Pensford 10k road race yesterday.
The Westbury Harrier defied heavy rain and cold conditions to clock 35mins 44secs, which left him 37 seconds clear off Mike Blackmore, previously of Bitton Road Runners but now running unattached.
The win, which earned Collier a handy cash bonus of £100, comes on top of two successive wins in the Ashton Court Park Run series plus third place in the Corsham 10k the previous weekend.
Lizzie Smith would have loved to have secured a Westbury double by winning the women’s race but had to settle for second behind Stroud visitor Gwen Kinsey, who finished seventh overall of the 176 runners.
Men: 1 John Collier (WH) 35:44; 2 Mike Blackmore (unatt) 36:21; 3 Mark Pyke (HT) 39:55.
M40: Charles Le Bek (SRC) 40:02. M50: Mark Scrutton (B&W) 40:10. M60: Richard Beath (unatt) 48:12. U20: Stewart Hallett (Somer) 44:38.
Women: 1 Gwen Kinsey (Stroud) 40:14; 2 Lizzie Smith (WH) 41:33; 3 Joanne Lawrence (BRR) 44:22. W40: Meryl Fogg (BRR) 47:37.W50: Jackie Stott 45:07. W60: Helen Mackie 58:20. U20: Katie Maynard (BRR) 55:13.

Weighty offer for Bristol athletes

Monday, April 30th, 2012

AN initiative prompted by Bristol & West AC sprints coach Alastair Abrams has now given club members access to the University of Bristol’s Olympic Weight Lifting facility at the Coombe Dingle Sports Complex, Coombe Lane, Stoke Bishop.
Abrams is running these sessions himself from 6.30 to 8.00 pm. on a Monday night. The fee for use of the facility is £35 per quarter - a bargain when compared to most gym memberships.
As well as Monday nights once given a proper safety induction club members will be able to train at other times. Anyone wanting further information should contact club development advisor Keith Brackstone at:

Team Avon match axed due to bad weather

Monday, April 30th, 2012

THE horrendous weather conditions yesterday have forced the cancellation of Team Avon’s opening National Junior League Midlands Premier Division match at Derby. The Avon Division match at Yate was also scrapped.

Debbie gets her track campaign off to solid start

Monday, April 30th, 2012

RACING in a mixed 1500m in the British Milers’ Club meeting at Parliament Hill, in London, Bristol & West AC’s Debbie Niccol, who is now livinig in thte capital, clocked 4mins 40.82secs in conditions more suited to cross country.

Entries alert! Bristol 10k deadline is looming

Friday, April 27th, 2012

ANYONE still hoping to run the 2012 Bristol 10k better get cracking as the entries close on Monday (April 30th) at 12noon.
The race, which takes place on Sunday May 20th , incorporates the England Athletics Championships and weather permitting offers the chance of fast times.
To get your entry now on-line log onto:

Pensford 10k entries reminder

Friday, April 27th, 2012

ENTRIES are being taken on the day for the Pensford 10k road race in Somerset on Sunday (1pm). The race HQ is the Memorial Hall, in Pensford and for further information see the website

Bishop opens season in style

Friday, April 27th, 2012

USA-based Bristol & West AC runner Dave Bishop opened his account in this Olympic Year with a 3:40.79 clocking for 1500m when finishing a close second to Andy Baddeley (3:40.33) in the prestigious Mount Sac Relay meeting in California last weekend.
Bishop is due back in Britain next week after being invited to run in the London 2012 athletics test event, at the Olympic Stadium on 4 – 7 May. Bishop will join former clubmate Frank Baddick and Wells City Harriers’ Frank Tickner to contest the 3000m in the meeting which is being held alongside the BUCS Visa Outdoor Athletics Championships, in a programme of events organised by UK Athletics.

Merrien handed surprise Olympic call-up

Friday, April 27th, 2012

THE British Olympic Association (BOA) announced today that Lee Merrien has been added to Team GB to compete in the men’s marathon at the London 2012 Olympic Games. Merrien was the first British man home in last weekend’s London Marathon in a new personal best time of 2:13.41. His selection means that Team GB will now have a full complement of marathon runners.
The Guernsey athlete was originally not selected. He appealed through the formal UK Athletics appeal process. His appeal was unsuccessful however the Selection Panel was asked to reconsider if exceptional circumstances existed, as it could under the policy. The UKA Selection Panel therefore reconvened and following consideration of all relevant facts and using its expert opinion, exercised its discretion to nominate Lee Merrien to the BOA.

Watch out Bath, the Russians are coming!

Wednesday, April 25th, 2012

MEMBERS of the Russian Federation’s athletics team will finalise their preparations for the London 2012 Olympic Games at the University of Bath, it was announced today.
A 30-strong contingent of Russia’s top track and field athletes will train at the University in the build-up to the Games.
The delegation, which will also include support staff, will arrive on campus on 20 July and depart for the Olympic Village on 1 August.
As well as making use of the world-leading sports facilities at the University, they will also stay in accommodation on campus.
Stephen Baddeley, Director of Sport at the University of Bath, said: “The Russian Federation is one of the powerhouses of world athletics and we’re pleased and proud to announce that the Russian athletics team will be training with us at Team Bath in the build-up to the2012 Olympics.
“The Sports Training Village will have a truly international flavour this summer, with athletes from Malaysia, China, Ghana, Egypt and Barbados as well as the UK, and a wide range of other countries, training at Team Bath ahead of 2012.
“We have some of the best sports facilities in the country on a compact and attractive campus, which is a compelling combination for nations and teams looking for a training base.”

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