Archive for December, 2012

The day JP got his revenge on RP!

Thursday, December 27th, 2012

BELGIUM international Jean Pierre Weerts went one better than last year to claim an impressive victory in the Clevedon 4 miles road race on Boxing Day.
Weerts, who was in Clevedon with girlfriend Steph Barnes, avenged his defeat at the hands of Richard Peters twelve months ago as he raced clear for victory in 18:58, 20 seconds quicker than in 2011.
Peters, who only flew home from America at the end of last week, actually ran five seconds quicker himself for second with Tom Merson third a further 23 seconds adrift.
Exeter-based Andrew Chambers continued his comeback with an encouraging seventh place.
British international Emma Pallant completed a hat-trick of victories in the women’s race ahead of the Bristol & West pair of Rebekah Randell and Barnes.

Men: 1 Jean-Pierre Weerts (Belgium) 18:58; 2 Richard Peters (B&W) 19:06; 3 Tom Merson (B&W) 19:29; 4 Alex Carter (TBAC, U20) 20:07; 5 James Thie (Card) 20:22; 6 James Rodgers (Clev) 20:24; 7 Andrew Chambers (B&W) 20:27; 8 Dave Coales (TBAC, M40) 21:21; 9 Dan Jones (TBAC) 21:44; 10 Emma Pallant (AFD) 21:44.
M50: 1 Mick O’Doherty (B&W) 21:45.
Women: 1 Pallant; 2 Rebekah Randell (B&W) 22:24; 3 Steph Barnes (B&W) 23:13; 4 Laura Gent (AFD) 23:49; 5 Olivia Sadler (B&W U20) 24:35; 6 Louise Manson 24:38; 7 Viv McConnell (B&W, W50) 24:41.

Men: 1 Jean-Pierre Weerts (Belgium) 18:58; 2 Richard Peters (B&W) 19:06; 3 Tom Merson (B&W) 19:29; 4 Alex Carter (TBAC, U20) 20:07; 5 James Thie (Card) 20:22; 6 James Rodgers (Clev) 20:24; 7 Andrew Chambers (B&W) 20:27; 8 Dave Coales (TBAC, M40) 21:21; 9 Dan Jones (TBAC) 21:44; 10 Emma Pallant (AFD) 21:44.
M50: 1 Mick O’Doherty (B&W) 21:45;
Women: 1 Pallant; 2 Rebekah Randell (B&W) 22:24; 3 Steph Barnes (B&W) 23:13; 4 Laura Gent 23:49; 5 Olivia Sadler (B&W U20) 24:35; 6 Louise Manson 24:38; 7 Viv McConell (B&W, W50) 24:41;

At last Merson is back in the groove

Thursday, December 27th, 2012

BRISTOL & West AC runner Tom Merson is ending the year on a real high after two superb performances.
While 2012 will go down as a year plagued with injuries Merson is proving that the worst is behind him with an excellent victory in the Wellington Monument race on Sunday and then third place in a high quality Clevedon 4 miles road race on Boxing Day.
“I am chuffed to bits to be back again and getting on with racing and being in the mix,” said Merson.
“Now I am trying to binge-race to make up for lost time!”
Merson really stamped has authority on the Wellington event that takes runners to the top of the Monument and back again as he beat Billy O’Donnell’s 1986 record of 33min 07secs.
Merson’s unofficial time was 32:49 so that has taken 18 seconds off O’Donnell’s long-standing best for the 6.27miles race.
Then three days later Merson lined up for the prestigious Clevedon Day race and did well to hold onto third after running most of the race on his own, clocking a time of 19mins 29secs which was just outside his best mark of 19:23 set three years ago when winning the event.
“I am feeling quite strong at the moment but I just don’t have that sharpness in my legs,” added Merson.

Why Merson has a real Xmas treat on the menu

Friday, December 21st, 2012

BRISTOL & West AC’s Tom Merson may have a celebrity partner for his Christmas Day run this year – top TV chef Gordon Ramsay OBE.
Apart from his cooking Ramsay is well–known for his love of running and regularly takes part in the Virgin London Marathon but it is his TV duties that will bring him down to Exmouth for the festive celebrations.
And if Ramsay fancies a light work-out along the east Devon beach then Merson, who is a member of Bristol & West AC and lives in the seaside town, would be only too happy to help out.
“Channel 4 and Gordon Ramsay are coming down to Exmouth on Christmas Day to film a live programme based around the Christmas Day swim,” said Merson.
The traditional Christmas Day dip attracts hundreds of participants with further thousands cheering encouragement from the shoreline.
As a member of the Exmouth Surf Life Saving Club Merson will be on duty, not only to keep a watchful eye on the swimmer but also help Ramsay with his programme.
“Apparently he is cooking up a Christmas Dinner for us at 11am,” added Merson. “It will be the first of two Christmas Day dinners for me this year but as he is a top end chef I’m sure his portions won’t be that big.
“It should be an interesting day as the swim is a fantastic spectacle with the amount of people who turn up.”
As for Merson’s hopes of running the Clevedon 4 on Boxing Day he’ll wait and see how he is feeling after that double dose of turkey, roasties and brussel sprouts.
“I fancy running Clevedon but I’ll see how I feel on Boxing Day!” said Merson.

Bishop and Peters set to clash in Clevedon

Friday, December 21st, 2012

DAVE Bishop is hoping for a grandstand finish to the year when he lines up for the Clevedon 4 miles road race on Boxing Day.
The Bristol & West international 1500m runner will break off from his festive celebrations with his family to line up for the popular seaside race in north Somerset that always attracts a huge field with a smattering of top class athletes at the front end.
“I have done the race twice before finishing fourth in 2006 (19:33) and winning the race in 2010 (18mins 11secs) and it is a good race,” said Bishop.
Bishop will be hoping that a good blow-out on Boxing Day will sharpen him up for the short and super-fast 3k in Edinburgh, after which he will then decide whether to stay in the UK for the indoor season or return to America.
“My training is going really well at the moment so I am confident with either plan,” added Bishop.
“Moscow (venue for the summer World Championships) remain the big target for 2013 and everything is geared towards that and improving my 1500m times on the track. At the moment it is going well.”
Clubmate Richard Peters, who is returning home from Boston University this weekend, may also line up for the race according to coach Mike Down.
“Richard s coming home a little later this year so we’ll have to see how he recovers from the jet-lag,” said Down.
Anyone else interested in running the Clevedon race – and entries are take on the day - can get further details from the website at:

* Other races over the festive period are as follows – Saturday December 22nd : Severn AC Xmas 5 miles cross country handicap (; Sunday December 23: Wellington Monument MT, Hemyock, Somerset (; Christmas Jingle 4 road, Burnham-on-Sea (; Wednesday Dec 26: Clevedon 4 (; Winston’s Wish 4 MT, Cheltenham (; Thursday Dec 27: Pilot Inn 4 road, Gloucester (; Warminster Plain Crazy 12 MT (; Sunday Dec 30: Stoke Stampede 10k road (; Tuesday Jan 1: Hangover 10k, Kewstoke (; Chard Flyer 10k (; New Year’s Day 5, Gloucester (

Relish the prospect of new west multi terrain races

Friday, December 21st, 2012

BATH-based group Relish Running is planning two new races in Devon for 2013.
“We are hoping to stage a 10k and half marathon at the National Trust property of Killerton House in May following the switch of the Great West Run half marathon to later in the year,” said Tom Room, of Relish Running.
For the new year Relish Running has a programme of races planned for the south west, including the Cheddar Gorge Challenge (a 10km, half marathon and marathon over the course of the summer); the Roman 10km (Bath), Foxbury 10km (New Forest) and the Lacock Abbey 10km.
For more information about those events see the website at:

South West Indoor Championship details

Friday, December 21st, 2012

THE South West Indoor Championships for under 20 and senior athletes will be held at the Wales National Indoor Arena on January 13th and February 3rd in conjunction with the Cardiff Met Open Meeting. The young athletes’ championships for under 13, 15 and 17 age groups will be incorporated into the Welsh Athletics Junior Open on January 6th. For further information see the website at:

Rising star Alice gets a Christmas bonus

Wednesday, December 19th, 2012

ALICE Davies was thrilled to get an early Christmas present when named winner of the Easy Runner/adidas athlete of the month competition for November.
“That’s great news, thanks!” said Davies.
The 12-year-old member of North Somerset AC, who lives near Weston-super-Mare, was the unanimous choice of our judges following her outstanding form last month that included second place in the Gwent League and sixth in the second McCain Cross Challenge event in Liverpool.
“Alice is a very talented athlete, has a very good work ethic and is tough as old boots!” said coach Alan Thomas.

North Somerset kids win top award

Wednesday, December 19th, 2012

THE North Somerset AC pair of Declan Walters and Pippa Reilly have been recognised in the England Athletics South West Regional Awards.
The 13-year-olds have written ‘From Start to Finish’, a 45 page colour book aimed at primary age school children to get them inspired to do athletics.
They are hoping that following the success of the Olympics they can help inspire more young people take up athletics with advice on how to get started, warm-ups, a basic training session, how to join a club, attitude and behaviour and healthy eating.

Merson is back on the comeback trail

Tuesday, December 18th, 2012

GOOD news from Tom Merson that he is back in full training and ready to race again. The Bristol & West AC runner has endured a torrid year with injuries, the latest being a broken bone in his foot after standing on a stone during a training run.
“I carried on for another two weeks but it hurt so much I had to stop and take off four weeks,” said Merson.
“I have jumped back into full training and had around two weeks and am feeling strong.”
Merson is planning his comeback for the Wellington Monument race in the Blackdown hills on Sunday (December 23rd) (
“I wanted to get stuck into racing again before Christmas and this was the closest event to me,” added Merson.
It will be his first race in virtually three months as his last serious outing was the Bristol half marathon on September 30th when he clocked a PB of 68mins 31secs.

Wylie is top west runner in Telford 10k

Tuesday, December 18th, 2012

TOP west runner in the Telford 10k road race on Sunday was Bristol & West AC’ international duathlete Phil Wylie in 13th clocking a time of 30mins 54secs. Olympic 1500m runner Andy Baddeley was the winner in 29:08.

godaddy counter