Archive for October, 2012

Christofi clocks PB to win latest winter 5k race

Wednesday, October 31st, 2012

TEENAGER Will Christofi won the latest race in the Pomphrey Sports 5K inter series. Christofi clocked a personal best of 15mins 44secs to finish five seconds clear of Harvey Speed from Coventry Godiva with Zak Tobias third, also in a PB of 15:53.
Jenny Jagger completed a Bristol & West AC double by winning the women’s race in 17:45 from the Bristol University student pair of Anna Burton (19:28) and Christine Lowson (19:52). There were 129 finishers.

15.44 William Cristofi Bristol & West AC SM
2 15.49 Harvey Speed Coventry Godiva Harriers SM
3 15.53 Zak Tobias Bristol & West AC SM
4 16.06 Lionel Fernandez Bristol & West AC SM
5 16.07 Matthew Collins Fairwater Cwmbran Runner SM
6 16.09 Mark Jennings Fairwater Cwmbran Runner SM
7 16.25 Daryll Barnby Fairwater Cwmbran Runner SM
8 16.53 Tom Morris Bristol & West AC SM
9 17.03 Stefan Simms Fairwater Cwmbran Runner M40
10 17.03 Mark Edwards Bristol & West AC SM

Claire waiting for all-clear on flight home to US

Wednesday, October 31st, 2012

CLAIRE Hallissey was hoping that she would at last be flying home today. The Bristol & West Olympic marathon runner had been scheduled to return t Washington DC on Moday, the day after her racing in the Great South Run in Southsea.
But due to Hurricane Sandy the flight was cancelled and Hallissey was left in limbo.
“They said the earliest I wold get a flight would be Wednesday,” said Hallissey.

Bristol & West kids fail to show for McCain Challenge

Tuesday, October 30th, 2012

SO where were all the local young athletes in the McCain Cross Challenge in Bristol in Sunday?
Or to be more precise, where were all the youngsters from Bristol & West AC and Westbury Harriers because at least there were plenty of North Somerset AC vests racing around Ashton Court in what was THE biggest cross court event of the season in the west country.
One local coach remarked to me that it was “embarrassing” that for an event of this importance there was not one single Bristol & West AC vest in the under 13 to under 20 races. At least Westbury had six runners across those age groups while North Somerset had 20.
One wonders why the local coaches didn’t have all their youngsters running over what was a fantastic course devised by Keith Brackstone and in an event expertly organised by Georgette Van Hoof and her Run Bristol team from Bristol City Council.
Did they think the standard of the event was too tough? Do they prefer their athletes to run the lower-key Gloucester or Gwent League races?
Whatever the explanation the fact that there were numerous vests from Warrington, Cardiff, Taunton, Derby, Swansea, Invicta east Kent and Sheffield to name just a few and none from the local club is a very poor and sad state of affairs.

It’s tonight! The Bridge Inn 5k

Tuesday, October 30th, 2012

DON’T forget that the second race in the Pomphrey Sports 5K winter road series in east Bristol is on tonight starting at 7.30pm (www.bristolandwestac.org) while tomorrow night is the Burnham-on-Sea 5k (www.bospool.com).

Fernandez just misses Portishead course record

Tuesday, October 30th, 2012

BRISTOL & West AC’s Leonel Fernandez breezed to victory in the Portishead 10 multi terrain race and his time of 36mins 26secs was just outside the course record.
Fernandez finished almost two minutes clear of Andrew Cooke (38:11) with Mark Edwards third (38:33). Leading woman was 27-year-old Sally Johnson in a time of 42:52.

Lynette conquers the Dorset 3 Peaks

Tuesday, October 30th, 2012

LYNETTE Porter of Bitton Road Runners finished 89th overall and sixth woman – plus second veteran over 40 - in the Stickler Dorset 3 Peaks Challenge held over 10.1 miles near Blandford Forum, in Dorset. Porter completed the course in a time of 1hr 26mins 01secs.

Terry back in action - and now racing for Exeter

Tuesday, October 30th, 2012

NOW wearing the colours of Exeter Harriers former Westbury Harrier John ‘JT’ Terry returned to action after a length and frustrating injury with sixth place in the South Molton Struggle 8 miles multi terrain race on Sunday. Terry has switched clubs after switching jobs to Exeter University and he is now based in Devon.
Tom Adams of Ilkley (42:47) crushed his rivals, including Tavistock’s Jim Cole (46:05), to win the race by over three minutes with North Devon Road Runners’ Ronnie Richmond third (46:20). Top woman was Tiverton Harriers’ veteran Caroline Hewitt in 23rd overall (53:56).
Westbury Harriers’ Anthony Glover was ninth (50:16).

Mitchell conquers the mud to lead local challenge

Monday, October 29th, 2012

STEVE Mitchell can take the honours for the best performance from a local athlete in the senior events at the McCain Cross Challenge in Bristol yesterday.
The Bristol & West AC 1500m specialist was way over distance in the slog around Ashton Court, which for the senior men ended amidst a downpour.
Mitchell came seventh nine seconds clear of clubmate Phil Wylie, who would normally have been expected to beat him in this type of event.
Top woman was Bristol & West’s Rebekah Randell as she continues her comeback after injury with a ninth place.
Overall winners were the Swansea Harriers pair of Dewi Griffiths and Caryl Jones.

Alice sparkles with silver in under 13 girls’ race

Monday, October 29th, 2012

HIGHLIGHT among the young athletes were few and far between yesterday as the leading local runners appeared to give the event a big swerve.
Pick of the bunch was North Somerset AC’s Alice Davies, who finished runner-up in the under 13 girls’ race.
Clubmate Ellie Leather was ninth in the under 15 girls’ race and David Warnes was 10th in the under 15 boys’ race.

Rookie Rory is the only west winner in Ashton Court

Monday, October 29th, 2012

THE only local west winner yesterday Rory Howorth of Teaam Bath AC. The ten-year-old won the under 11 boys’ primary schools event by twelve seconds from Warrington’s Sam Evans.


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