Archive for May, 2012

Jo is chasing fast 5000m in Diamond League

Thursday, May 31st, 2012

BRISTOL & West AC life member Jo Pavey will line up against a world class field in the Samsung Diamond League meeting in Rome tonight and is determined to run a fast time.
It is only her second race on the track in two years after switching her focus to the marathon but having missed out on a place in the British team for the Olympics the Exeter Harrier is looking to qualify for a fourth successive Games in her first love.
So having announced her return with a British Milers’ Club record time of 15mins 14.19secs in the opening Grand Prix meeting at Sportcity, Manchester, ten days ago she will be looking for another big improvement tonight.
“It should be a fast race but if the Africans decide to race tactically and against each other then it will be up to me to make that happen,” said Pavey.
Afterwards she will fly back to the UK before moving onto to Spain to run the European10,000m Cup in Bilbao on Sunday seeking to break the Olympic A qualifying mark of 31:45.00.
There she will be joined by a strong British team comprising Charlotte Purdue, Hannah Walker, Gemma Steel, Sonia Samuels and Freya Murray.
“While there is a lot of travelling I believe they are my best options,” added Pavey. “Ideally I wouldn’t want two races so close together but sometimes you have to take the races where you can and get on with it.”

Emily hoping to sparkle in Switzerland

Thursday, May 31st, 2012

EMILY Diamond will have another personal best in her sights when she races in Geneva on Saturday. The 20-year-old’s confidence is high after running a time of 53.61secs for 400m in Oordegem, Belgium, on Saturday evening, shaving 0.06secs off her indoor best and lifting her to 12th in the UK Rankings.
“I am really happy to run a PB and I had no problem with my hip at all,” said Diamond, who suffered that injury at the British Students’ Championships.
“I was hoping to run around 53 seconds plus and to get a PB was an extra bonus. Now I am really looking forwards to next weekend as I am racing another 400m in Geneva on Saturday and then either a 200m or 400m in Le Chaux-De-Fonds the following day.”
Diamond, a former winner of the Evening Post/Easy Runner athlete of the month, is hoping that she will be in shape to break 53 seconds by the time of the Olympic trials.

Wilsmore targets sub 1mins 50secs

Thursday, May 31st, 2012

MIKE Wilsmore is confident that it won’t be long before he breaks 1mins 50secs for 800m. On Tuesday night the Bristol & West AC runner romped to victory in the elite two-lap race at the British Milers’ Club regional meeting in Exeter clocking 1:51.56, just 0.16secs outside his personal best.
“I went through the bell in around 54/55 seconds but I lost it between 400-600metres,” said Wilsmore, who finished over seconds clear of Cornwall AC junior Andrew Worden.
“I finished strong so I feel I am definitely in shape to run 1:49, it is just a question of when I do it.”
In her first 800m of the season 17-year-old Lily Owsley, who has spent the winter playing hockey, made it a Bristol & West AC double by easily winning the women’s A race in 2:12.26. I think she was disappointed to fall just 0.14secs outside her personal best but it not a bad effort of a slow first lap of 70 seconds and surely it won’t be long before she breaks 2mins 10secs.
“They were two excellent wins on a superb night for racing,” said BMC organiser John Knowles.
For a full set of results see the BMC website at: www.britishmilersclub.com

Bath Hilly 10 is not for the faint-hearted

Thursday, May 31st, 2012

SUNDAY (10.30am) sees the running of the 35th annual Bath Hilly 10 miles road race, one of the oldest events in Avon and one of the few remaining races at this classic distance.
It is not called the Hilly 10 for no reason so the race is not a personal best course but it is a great challenge and one not to be missed. Entries will be taken on the day at the race HQ at Culverhay Sports Centre while the race starts at Roundhill Park.
For further details see the race website at: www.bathhillyten.co.uk

* The Bradley Stoke Festival 10k road race will be held on Sunday (9.30am) from the Jubilee Centre and for further details see the race website at: www.solesisters.com

Bristol & West AC open meeting date

Thursday, May 31st, 2012

TRACK and field athletes might be interested in the Bristol & West Open meeting scheduled for next Wednesday June 6th at the new Kip Keino Stadium at Filton College. For full details see the club website at: www.bristolandwestac.co.uk or call organiser Keith Brackstone (tel: 07999511366).

Peters looking towards NCAA finals

Thursday, May 31st, 2012

BRISTOL & West AC’s Richard Peters, who is a student at Boston University, has qualified for the semi finals of the 1500m at the prestigious NCAA Championships in America.

New ultra event launched along Kennett & Avon canal

Thursday, May 31st, 2012

ULTRA running seems to be enjoying a renaissance at the moment and another new event on the calendar is the Bath to Newbury run along the length of the Kennet and Avon Canal on September 1st.
Organised by ultrarun.co.uk runners are being offered two alternatives; either a 21 mile run to Devizes or a full ultra distance run of 56 miles all the way along the length of the canal to Newbury.
The route from Bath takes in such notable landmarks as the Dundas Aqueduct, Caen Hill Locks - 29 locks rising 237 feet in two miles (the only hill on the route) - and the Crofton Pumping Station.
All finishers will receive a memento and there will be prizes for the first three men and women and first over 50 man and woman in each race, as a minimum.
Race Director Rob Wood certainly knows all about long distance running having competed in 16 ultras, gaining a AAA bronze medal at 24 hours and has also raced over two hundred triathlons, cycle races and running events so the athletes should be looked after.
The organisers point out that the cut off for the Ultra 56 is 8.30pm allowing 13 hours to complete the 56 miles at an average of 4.3 mph). For further details see the website at: www.ultrarun.co.uk

Bishop suffers setback in Germany

Tuesday, May 29th, 2012

BRISTOL & West AC’s David Bishop suffered a disappointing result in Germany last night.
Bishop travelled to the 17th Pfingstsportfest in Rehlingen with high hopes of beating his recent personal best of 3:37.51 but he fell way short trailing home in 17th in 3:48.20.

Bristol & West last in Midland League match

Tuesday, May 29th, 2012

WITH the British League tacking precedence Bristol & West AC’s Midland League teams took a battering as they finished last in the second Division One match.
A depleted squad meant there lots of events not filled at Wolverhampton so the club will need to bounce back in the next home match at the Kip Keino Athletic Stadium on Sunday 1st July 2012 if Bristol & West AC are to avoid relegation from the Midland Premier League.
On Sunday the men’s team were sixth scoring only 88 points while the women were fourth with 137 points. The combined scores left the team in sixth place.
There were few individual winners with Tor Kenny taking the 3,000m ‘A’ string in 10 minutes 44 seconds. In the men’s pole vault Tom Gibson took the ‘A’ string with a clearance of 4 metres and Scott Davie made it a rare club double taking the ‘B’ string pole vault with 3.90m.
Ruby Juan made it three wins out of four as she took the women’s ‘B’ string pole vault with 2.10m. Hannah Williams won the ‘B’ long jump with 4.56m.

Emma’s marathon Swiss challenge

Tuesday, May 29th, 2012

EMMA D’Alton has confirmed she will be running the Jungfrau Marathon, in Switzerland, in September.
“It is something that I have always wanted to do,” said the Westbury Harrier.
The 26.2 miles challenge starts at sea level but has a real sting in the tail as it climbs 2000 metres. Take your oxygen mask Em!


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