Archive for September, 2012

Kenyans at the double in Bristol half marathon

Sunday, September 30th, 2012

DOMINIC Ondoro ran out a convincing winner of the 24th Bristol half marathon this morning.
The 24-year-old followed up his victory in the Swansea Bay 10 the previous week with a handsome win in a time of 62mins 51secs to finish 43 seconds clear of training partner Bernard Rotich, both of whom had spent the week in Bristol preparing for the race.
“I am very pleased with my victory and I really enjoyed the race,” said Ondoro.
Initially London-based Paul Martelletti finished third but was later disqualified for taking a wrong turning in the final mile. So third went to Tewodros Shifraw of Birchfield Harriers (63:59) with Sammy Kigen limping badly across the line in fourth (65:27).
The honour of finishing first Briton went to Neilson Hall of Bedford & County AC in fifth while the top local runner was Bristol & West AC’s Tom Merson, who was 20th in a personal best time of 68mins 31secs.
In her first race outside Kenya Emily Biwott won the women’s prize after a good duel with countrywoman Eunice Kales as the pair clocked 71mins 22secs and 71:39 respectively.
In third there was a superb debut from Birmingham University student Hannah Walker, whoo clocked 71:50.
England mountain running international Emma D’Alton of Westbury Harrier was the top local female finisher. D’Alton, who only last month competed in the gruelling Jungfrau Mountain International in Switzerland, was 10th in the women’s race and 77th overall in a time of 77:48.

Big turn-out expected for Bristol half marathon

Thursday, September 27th, 2012

IT IS time for the biggest race of the year in the west country on Sunday with around 14,000 entries for the 24th Bristol half marathon which incorporates the Run Britain Grand Prix Challenge for the first time.
While the top athletes will be chasing considerable prize money - £1000 for the top man and women plus extensive prizes and time bonuses for British athletes – for the majority the challenge is to complete the course or beat their personal best in what has become one of the best mass participation races in the country.
“We are up to around 14,000 entries this year which is not as good as we have had I the past but better than last year so we are on an upward trend again and we are pleased with the response,” said race director Georgette Van Hoof.
The last significant local success came two years ago when Bristol & West AC’s Olympic Games marathon runner Claire Hallissey won the race in a personal best time of 72mins 02secs.
“Sadly I won’t be running this year as I took a break after the Olympics and will be building up for the Great South Run at the end of October,” said Hallissey. “But it is a terrific event and the course definitely has the potential for personal bests.”
British international John Beattie is a late entry and on paper he is the leading British runner after his 2:16.38 in the London Marathon this year after clocking 64:50 on his half debut in the 2011 Great North Run. He has just spent a period of hard training at altitude in Boulder, America and appears to be in good shape.
Other runners include Anuradha Cooray, who was third last year and represented Sri Lanka in the Olympics, Phil Nicholls, Martin Williams, Mike Skinner, Paul Martelletti – who from September 27th will be eligible to represent Britain having been born in New Zealand – while Bristol & West’s leading man should be Robbie Bugden who is on the comeback trail following injury.
As long as she has recovered from the Jungfrau marathon Westbury Harrier Emma D’Alton should fare well in the women’s race while Bristol & West’s strongest entry is Kate Goodhead. Team Bath’s international marathon runner Holly Rush is also entered.

Bath’s Victoria Park road race returns

Thursday, September 27th, 2012

The popular Victoria Park road races in Bath return to the calendar in November after taking a break last year. The event is scheduled for Saturday November 3rd and will be supported by Running Bath and the nominated charity is the RUH Cancer Care Campaign.
The race is held over five laps of the park and the club has decided to reduce the entry fee to encourage participation.
“We will also have a cake stall and all proceeds from the run and cakes will go to the RUH Cancer Care Appeal,” said event spokeswoman Lindsey Dow.
“The council (BANES) has also been very helpful in guiding us through setting up this event and Running Bath, our local running shop, is helping to support this event and will have entry forms and will donate some prizes.”
For further details see the club website at:

Kate shines as top Brit in Swansea Bay 10k

Monday, September 24th, 2012

KATE Reed gave herself a nice early birthday present – she celebrates her 30th on Friday – with her fastest 10k road time in four years in Wales yesterday.
Competing for England in the Admiral Swansea Bay race the Bristol & West AC Olympian finished fourth woman and top Brit behind a trio of Kenyans clocking a time of 33mins 21secs (or 33:19 as it is attributed on the UKA Power of 10 Rankings).
That immediately lifted Reed to ninth on the UK Rankings which should give her great confidence that her for is returning after a decent spell of training with the promise of much more to come if she can maintain her progress.
Reed finished 31st overall from a huge field just a stride behind Kenyan Agnes Chebet (33:20) with her fellow countryman Jane Muia a little further ahead in 33:16 while victory wen to the top Kenyan Eunice Kales (32:46).
Top local man was Bristol & West AC’s Robbie Bugden in 16th (31:23), who himself was returning t action after a stress fracture over the summer.
Local results (all B&W unless stated): 16 Robbie Bugden 31:23; 19 Shaun Antell 31:41; 24 Sam Dalgeish (Stroud) 32:27. Women: Emma D’Alton (WH) 35:28; Kate Goodhead 35:52; Annabel Granger (W35) 37:23.

Wylie sixth in World Duathlon Championships

Monday, September 24th, 2012

REPRESENTING Great Britain Bristol & West AC runner Phil Wylie finished sixth in the Word Duathlon Championships held in the French city of Nancy.
That is Wylie’s best ever international performance eclipsing his eighth pace in the World and and seventh in the European Championships.

Leany tops the bill in new Grand Pier event

Monday, September 24th, 2012

CLEVEDON AC’s Stuart Leany as the winner of the inaugural Grand Pier half marathon in Weston-super-Mare.
Competing in appalling weather Leany clocked a time of 71mins 42secs to finish 59 seconds ahead of Damian Carr with Michael Robinson third (73:59).
Weston AC’s Liz Wiggins was easily top woman in a tie if 1:28.55, putting her almost two minutes clear of Sara Costin (1:30.50) with Nicola Sweeny third (1:31.11).

Entries still open for mile and street sprints in Bristol

Monday, September 24th, 2012

ENTRIES are still being taken for the Bristol road miles and street sprints that are being held over the half marathon weekend.
As usual the event is being held on Saturday around Cathedral Green outside the Bristol City Council offices and there is a full programme of races for all age groups in the mile while the street sprints are exclusively for under 11s.
“The number for the younger age group are most heartening as entries do not close until Friday and I have more promises so that area is buoyant,” said event organiser Mike Strange.
“The bulk of the younger entry comes from the very active group at Whitehall led by Dean Garrett and a lot of North Somerset entries.”

Bristol & West chief reflects on British League past

Monday, September 24th, 2012

CY Knibb tells me that Bristol & West AC’s senior men have been in the British League three times since being founder members (as Bristol AC) in 1969.
“From 1971-83 – our longest stay to date – we reached the giddy heights of Division Two (the current Division One) under the management of Mike Strange, myself and others,” said Knibb.
“We then returned from 1992 to 1997.”
The club then dropped out of the league before winning promotion via the play-off match last year and marked their return by winning the Division Four title at the first attempt.

Whitehall young athletes meeting is summer finale

Monday, September 24th, 2012

BRISTOL & West AC bring down the curtain on the track & field season with the Champions Challenge at the Whitehall Athletics Arena on Wednesday (September 26th).
The meeting is aimed at young athletes, both girls and boys, with events for under 11s up to under 15 with the 75m, 100m, 600m, 800m, long jump, javelin and the howler throw. The meeting starts at 6.20pm and entries will be taken on the night. For a full timetable see the club website at:

2013 UK Women’s League dates announced

Monday, September 24th, 2012

IT has already been confirmed that the dates for Bristol & West AC’s UK Women’s League Division Three matches next summer will be as follows: June 8 or 9; July 6 or 7; August 3 or 4.
“We will try and get a home fixture in June or July,” said club chairman Cy Knibb.

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