Archive for July, 2012

Win a pair of Mizuno shoes in marathon competition

Tuesday, July 31st, 2012

TOP shoe company MIZUNO have linked up with Easy Runner to offer a pair of their latest shoes as the main prize for our Olympic Games competition.
The competition is based on Bristol & West AC Olympian Claire Hallissey, who runs the women’s marathon on Sunday morning and the question is this:

Q: In which position do you think Claire Hallissey will finish in the Olympic Marathon on Sunday morning?

And if more than one contestant gets the right answer then the tie breaker is:

Q And what time will she complete the 26.2 miles?
Bear in mind that there are currently 112 women registered for the marathon but there may be withdrawals before the start.
The entry deadline for the competition is 12 midnight on Saturday August 4th and any entries received after that date won’t be considered. Strictly one entry per person.
Email your entries to:

Bristol & West closing in on British League title

Monday, July 30th, 2012

BRISTOL & West AC made it three wins out of three in Division Four of the British Men’s League with a tremendous victory in Bournemouth on Saturday.
The club beat Reading by 21.5 points with Cambridge another 21 points adrift in third to strengthen Bristol & West’s grip on the league with just one match remaining at Windsor on August 18th.
There were some great events where the club won both ‘A’ and ‘B’. In the pole vault where Tony Hillier cleared 4.40m and Luke Bailey 3.80m for a double win while in the discus Liam (45.45m) and Simon Biddlecombe (42.89m) took top points.
In the 400 metres hurdles Gustav Klingsted ran 52.48secs - a run which gave him the performance of the match award - and Caspar Eliot ran 55.21secs and in the 800 metres Andrew Woods (1.55.03) and Andrew Dean-Young (1.58.00) both won.
Added to these doubles there were a whole string of individual wins. In the field Ben Hale took the ‘B’ string hammer with a throw of 37.99m, Ding Yang won the triple jump ‘A’ string with 13.87m and Liam Biddlecombe the ‘A’ shot putt with a throw of 14.35m.
On the track Scott Bajere scored a personal double taking the ‘A’ string 100 and 200 metres in 10.64 and 21.61 seconds respectively and then anchored the 4 x 100 relay squad to second place overhauling the Reading athlete in the last few strides to run up an impressive personal points tally.
Andrew Dean-Young also scored a personal double winning the ‘B’ 400 metres in 50.37 to add to his 800 metres win.
Adam Speake ran a really gutsy 1500 metres ‘B’ string when after a slow first 800 metres he threw down the gauntlet with a ferocious third lap – he was overtaken by the ‘A’ string athletes from Cambridge Harriers (Joe Durrant winner in 4.02.52) and our own Andrew Woods (runner-up in 4.03.54) but was a clear winner of the ‘B’ string race recording 4.04.67.
The club’s final win came in the last event of the day – the 4 x 400 metres relay – where the quartet of Andrew Dean-Young, John Brierly, Andrew Woods and Caspar Eliot ran 3.21.51.
BAL Division Four, overall after three matches: 1 Bristol & West A 18 league points/751.5 match points; 2 Reading AC 15/684; 3 Nene Valley Harriers 11/626; 4 Mansfield Harriers 8/583.5; 5 Cambridge Harriers 8/574.5; 6 Bournemouth AC 3/501.5.
Bournemouth match results: 1 B&W 254.5 2 Reading 233; 3 Cambridge 212.5; 4 NVH 198; 5 Mansfield 185.5; 6 Bournemouth 164.5
Bristol & West AC performances – 100: 1 Scott Bajere 10.64; B: Elliott Prendergast 11.17; 200: 1 Bajere 21.61; B: 4 Prendergast 22.68; 400: 3 Eliot Caspar 50.17; B: 1 Dean-Young 50.37; 800: 1 Andrew Woods 1:55.03; B: 1 Andrew Dean-Young 1:58.00; 1500: 2 Woods 4:03.54; B: 1 Adam Speake 4:04.67; 3000: 5 Zak Tobias 8:59.74; B: 3 Phil Patty 9:24.67; 3000S/C: None; B: None; ; 110H: 5 John Brierly 18.00; B: 4 Richard Llewellyn-Eaton 24.06; 400H: 1 Gustav Klingstedt 52.48; B: 1 Eliot Caspar 55.21; 4×100m relay: 2 Bristol & West AC 43.33 (John Brierly, Klingstedt, Prendergast, Bajere); 4×400m relay: 1 B&W 3:21.51 (Dean-Young, Brierly, Woods, Caspar); Hammer: 3 Matt Spicer 45.96; B: 1 Ben Hale 37.99; Discus: 1 Liam Biddlecombe 45.45; B: 1 Simon Biddlecombe 42.89; Javelin: 5 Klingstedt 42.58; B: 6 Dean-Young 30.33; Shot: 1 Liam Biddlecombe 14.35; B: 2 James Preston 12.32; LJ: 5 Ding Yang 6.48; B: 5 John Brierly 5.41; PV: 1 Tony Hillier 4.40; B: 1 Luke Bailey 3.80; HJ: 5= Bailey 1.50; B: 4 Brierly 1.55; TJ: 1 Yang 13.87; B: 5 Llewellyn-Eaton 10.83.

Bitton Road Runners out in force at Magor Marsh 10k

Monday, July 30th, 2012

TEAM Bath AC’s Dan Jones won the Magor Marsh 10k road race in Wales yesterday in a time of 34mins 43secs finishing 13 seconds clear of Leighton Rawlinson. Brian Robb, of Bitton Road Runners, was 17th (38:42) and clubmates Wayne Ellis 20th (38:49) and Tony Walsh 33rd (40:31). In the women’s race Clevedon AC’s Julie Poole was sixth and 31st overall. There were 226 finishers.

Bishop third in Oxford mile

Monday, July 30th, 2012

BRISTOL & West AC’s David Bishop finished third in the mile at the British Milers’ Club Gold Standard meeting in Oxford clocking a time of 4mins 02.76secs. The race was won by Australia’s Craig Mottram (4:01.28) as he warms up for his fourth successive appearance at the Olympic Games.
Others (all B&W unless stated): 5 Mike Wilsmore 4:05.49; 7 Dan Studley (U23) 4:12.24; 9 Steve Mitchell 4:19.04.

Coales zooms to fifth in Castle Combe 10k

Monday, July 30th, 2012

OLDLAND Common based runner David Coales finished fifth (34:16) in the Castle Combe summer 10k road race on Sunday. Bitton Road Runners’ Robert Maynard was 24th in 38:48.

Busy night of racing on offer tomorrrow

Monday, July 30th, 2012

THE British Milers’ Club stage their monthly meeting at the Exeter Arena tonight and for late entries contact John Knowles (tel: 07850 812229). Alternatively also tonight is the Bridge Inn 5k road race in east Bristol ( with entries taken on the night.

That’s for grandad, says winner Tom

Thursday, July 26th, 2012

TOM Pontin has dedicated his success in winning the Easy Runner/adidas athlete of the month for June to his granddad.
“My granddad Colin Pontin was a big supporter of my athletics, so I would like to dedicate this award to him as he passed away recently,”
“I am absolutely delighted to win and it is a great way to go off on holiday!”
The 17-year-old Bristol athlete, who competes for Yate & District AC, was a popular choice by our judges after sprinting to double gold in the 100m and 200m at the Avon Schools’ Championships and then helping Avon win the 4×100m title at the South West Championships.
Pontin has since followed that up with his first national medal as he joined Leon Reid, Kwame Fordwor amd Elliot Prendergast to help Avon finish third in the senior boys 4×100m relay at the English Schools’ Championships in Gateshead.
“That was my last English Schools, so I was delighted to finally win a medal, it was a great day,” added Pontin.
“Overall I have had a good season and improved my personal bests at both the 100m and 200m. I am off on holiday now but I’ll be doing a few more races when I come back before getting back into winter training.”
Coach Sandra Woodman said Pontin had worked really hard for his success, especially as he had to cope with a big change in lifestyle this year.
“Tom started an apprenticeship with Airbus, so has been working long days and then still getting up to Yate for training,” said Woodman.

GB star Holly leads half marathon training day

Thursday, July 26th, 2012

A HALF marathon training day will take place in the Wiltshire town of Melksham, near Bath, on Saturday 18th August 2012.
There will be a group run with Team Bath AC’s GB international Holly Rush and discussions on preparation for the half marathon with National Coach Mentor Martin Rush and Freedom Fitness nutritionist Melanie Nicholls.
The event is priced at £12 per runner and registration is in advance only (before 10th August 2012). Further information is available at or by contacting Darren Wrintmore by email at

You just can’t stop super Studley!

Monday, July 23rd, 2012

WHAT an incredible season Dan Studley is enjoying. At the start of the season the 20-year’s personal best was 3:54.29 set last August but this summer has now bettered that four times, the latest being 3:46.79 at the British Milers’ Club Grand Prix in Solihull.
“I’m delighted,” said Studley.
Little wonder. On June 9th he set his first PB with 3:53.75 then the following weekend improved to 3:51.72. His big breakthrough came in the BMC GP in Stretford with a sparkling 3:56.97 and if anyone thought that might be a one-off Studley quickly dispelled that on Saturday evening when he finished powerfully to finish eighth in the B race.
That’s great consistency and if he doesn’t go any quicker it hasa been a great season.

Mitchell bounces back PB in BMC

Monday, July 23rd, 2012

IT was also great to see England Athletics 1500m champion Steve Mitchell bouncing back in Solihull on Saturday.
Mitchell has been suffering a lean period since that impressive title success but the BMC meeting saw him back to his best with a personal best of 3:41.90.
“That was more like it,” said Mitchell.
Bristol & West clubmate Andrew Woods ran a PB of 3:50.89 in the 1500m and there was a PB of 15:06.30 for Shaun Antell in the 5000m.

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