Archive for June, 2012

Olivia smashes 1500m PB in BMC Grand Prix

Wednesday, June 27th, 2012

OLIVIA Sadler smashed her personal best over 1500m at the British Milers’ Club meeting in Exeter last night.
The 18-year-old Bristol & West AC runner clocked a time of 4mins 23.38secs to slash almost five seconds off her previous best – set just three days earlier when winning the senior girls’ title at the South West Schools’ Championships.
“It was very even running which was largely down to James Thie taking her around at 70 second lap pace and just when she looked like the time was drifting a bit she still managed to raise a bit of a sprint towards the end,” said coach Dave Taylor.
“Rosie Chamberlain (Exeter Harriers) was second around 10 seconds behind!”
The time lifts Sadler to seventh in the UK Rankings for under 20 women.
Not to be outdone youngster sister Miranda Sadler, 16, also ran a PB of 4:37.48 which eclipsed the PB of 4:39.17 she ran on Saturday when finishing runner-up in the inter girls’ race in the regional championships.

Peters lets rip to win Bridge Inn 5k in record time

Wednesday, June 27th, 2012

FRUSTRATED by his disappointing performance at the Olympic trials when he failed to make the final of the 1500m Richard Peters worked off some of that excess enery with a runaway win in the latest Bridge Inn 5k race.
The Bristol & West AC runner clocked 14mins 43secs, clipping six seconds off the course record to finish almost a minute clear of clubmate Zac Tobias with Stephen Francis completed a clean sweep.
Indeed, with seven runners inside the top ten that was a perfect base for the club to retain their Andrew Rawnsley Trophy and the Avon AA Mob match competition.

1 Bristol & West AC 565
2 Bitton Road Runners 1504
3 Hogsweed Trotters 1504
4 Westbury Harriers 1569
5 Great Western Runners 2044
6 Bristol & West AC B 2263
7 Team Bath 3123

1 73 14.43 Rich Peters Bristol & West AC SM 9
2 99 15.36 Zac Tobias Bristol & West AC SM 9 PB
3 94 16.04 Stephen Francis Bristol & West AC SM 9
4 36 16.14 Philip Parry Bristol & West AC M45 11
5 39 16.38 Anthony Glover Westbury Harriers SM 9
6 11 16.41 Mike Blackmore Bitton Road Runners SM 9
7 95 16.45 Daniel Randell Bristol & West AC SM 9
8 120 16.48 Lloyd Collins Wells City Harriers M50 12
9 62 16.59 Robin Dallman Bristol & West AC SM 9
10 156 16.59 John Downsborough Bristol & West AC SM 9 PB
11 20 17.20 Chris Palmer Westbury Harriers SM 9
12 91 17.25 Tim Britton Great Western Runners SM 9
13 35 17.27 Scott Cambell Westbury Harriers SM 9
14 89 17.32 Karl Dunn Westbury Harriers SM 9
15 8 17.33 Gareth Cullen Bristol & West AC M40 10
1 Caitlin Llloyd Bristol Uni 18;22
2 Lizzy Smith (WH) 18:50
3 Michelle Kerfoot (BRR, W35) 19:00
4 Charlotte Green (B&W) 19:22
5 Sarah Everitt (B&W, W45) 19:26
6 Helen Newberry (HT) 19:35.

Emily to get second chance at Olympics prize?

Wednesday, June 27th, 2012

EMILY Diamond is awaiting confirmation that she has a place on the start line for a 400m in Lucerne, Switzerland, on Saturday.
UK Athletics chiefs have intimated to Diamond, who finished fourth in the Olympic trials on Saturday that if she can run another fast time she will be considered for the 4×400m relay team for London.
“I spoke to Charles van Commenee and he said I am in contention but to give myself a better chance I need to run another 52 seconds time,” said Diamond.
“I am trying to get a place in the 400m in Lucerne, which is a fast track and if I can run low 52 seconds then I should have a chance, especially as Ii beat Nicola Sanders in the trials.”
Diamond has only raced the 400m five times but has brought here PB down to 52.69secs to place seventh in the UK Rankings.

Nailsea Festival 10k reminder

Wednesday, June 27th, 2012

DON’T forget that entries will be taken on the evening for the Nailsea Festival 10k road race tonight.
The race starts at 7.30m and registration at Nailsea & Backwell RUFC open at 5.45 – as long as the 300 limit hasn’t been reached.
For further details see the club website at: or call Dermot McCann on 07531 346852.

Annabel heads B&W one-two in Torbay half

Wednesday, June 27th, 2012

ANNABEL Granger picked up the first women’s prize in the Torbay half marathon on Sunday. The Bristol & West AC runner finished 18th overall in a time of 1hr 21mins 20secs with clubmate Jenny Jagger second (1:22.29) and Vicky Pincombe third (1:23.58).
Leading local runner in the men’s race was Bitton Road Runners’ Mike Blackmore, who finished seventh in the in a time of 75mins 25secs.There were 1332 finishers.

Long-distance man Ward wins again

Wednesday, June 27th, 2012

FORMER Bristol & West AC runner John Ward is carving out a bit of name for himself in ultra circles. Just two weeks after winning the Dartmoor Discovery 32 miles road race he has won the North Devon multi terrain marathon held over the footpaths and coastal paths around Woolacombe.
Ward covered the 26.2 miles off-road route in a time of 3hrs 3mins 51secs to finish almost six minutes clear of the 156-atrong field.
Further down the field Rowan Baker of Bitton Road Runners was 108th (5:06.30).

Local athletes get taste of Olympics trials drama

Tuesday, June 26th, 2012

A TOTAL of 15 Bristol & West athletes were in action in the UK Olympic Trials at Alexander Stadium last weekend and while there were no medalists – though Emily Diamond came very close with fourth place in the 400m – all will have gained valuable experience.
Leon Reid finished third in his heat of the 100 metres in 10.85secs and Bethan Wakefield was sixth in her heat in the women’s 100 metres in 12.38secs.
Emily Diamond chased home eventual champion Christine Ohuruogu the first heat of the 400m with Diamond running 53.52 and then in the final clocked 53.36secs, her second best time ever, for fourth. Ohuruogu booked her Olympics place with a win and Diamond : took the scalp of Nicola Sanders.
In the Men’s 1500 metres Richard Peters, recently returned from Boston University, (3:48.46), Steve Mitchell (3:56.65) and Mike Wilsmore (3:49.24) all failed to make the final. Dave Bishop did get through to finish seventh in 3:50.24 and again will have been disappointed not to have finished higher having run a 3:37 not so long ago.
Newcomer Omar Simpson finished seventh in his heat of the 400m in 48.27secs.Sadly Christina Jones was the only thrower in action and was 13th in the hammer with a best throw of 51metres.
In the men’s 800 metres Andrew Woods finished fifth in his heat while in the 3000m steeplechase Charlie Maclean ran a solid race to finish sixth in 8:56.47, just a fraction outside his PB.
Theo Campbell was looking nicely poised in the heats of the 200m chasing Christian Malcolm and Danny Talbot but then pulled up with a hamstring injury.
Tom Russell was 14th place in the 5000m (14:28.67) and that could be his last race in club colours as he is poised to re-join Stroud & District AC.
Lucy Bryan, who has competed rarely this summer due to injury, was joint eighth in the pole vault with 3.71m and finally Imogen Ainswoth, who has been based in America, returned home to finish 13th in the 3000m steeplechase in 10:47.8 It was only her fourth race over the barriers.

Annabel’s misery as season is cut short

Tuesday, June 26th, 2012

ANNABEL Gummow has been forced to admit defeat in her attempt to take part in the World Junior Championships.
The Bristol & West AC junior international has decided to end her season early after a second knee injury – one on each knee – cruelly ended her dream of taking on the world’s elite over 5000m in the under 20 age group in Barcelona next month.
“Annabel is totally gutted,” said Mrs Sarah Gummow.
The latest knee problem flared up at the British Milers’ Club Grand Prix in Watford earlier this month and forced Gummow to drop out of the 5000m as she sought to run the qualifying standard.
She had already missed the official UK Athletics trial in Manchester the previous month with a problem on the other knee caused in a freak accident after she tripped and fell while on a training run near her Truro home.
But after an outstanding winter the Great Britain selectors were prepared to give her plenty of time to recover and prove her fitness. But the second injury meant she first missed the England Under 20 Championships and then finally the Olympic trials in Birmingham last weekend.

Yate’s magnificent four break club relay record

Tuesday, June 26th, 2012

THE highlight of the latest National Junior League match on Sunday was a superb performance by the men’s 4×400m relay squad.
Comprising the Yate & District AC quartet of Jake White, Kane Lee, Tom Pontin and Josh White they broke their own club’s under 20 best time that had stood since 1999 at 3:37.2 as they finished in a superb time of 3:26.75 to help Team Avon move up to third place overall.
National Junior League Midlands Premier Division, overall teams: 1 West Wales; 2 Birchfield Harriers; 3 Team Avon.

Kate makes top ten in Boston 10k

Tuesday, June 26th, 2012

KATE Reed continued her comeback with an encouraging performance in the Boston 10k road race on Sunday. The Bristol & West AC Olympian from Clevedon finished eighth overall and first European in a time of 34mins 18secs. The race was won by Kim Smith in a new courses record time of 31:36.
Reed’s time was five seconds quicker than the time she ran in the New York Mini 10k at the start of the month.

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