Archive for February, 2013

Anna cruises to victory in final winter 5k

Wednesday, February 27th, 2013

ANNA Burton was first woman in a low-key final race of the Pomphrey Sports winter 5k series last night.
The Bristol & West AC runner clocked a time of 18mins 23secs to finish 16th overall of the 74 runners who braved the cold in east Bristol.
Top man was Harvey Speed of Coventry Godiva Harriers (16:32) finishing well clear of Bristol University student Duncan Birtwistle (17:17) with Matt Langdon of Bitton Road Runners third (17:19).

Why Annabel is one tough woman

Tuesday, February 26th, 2013

THERE is no doubt that Annabel Granger is the tough woman of the Tough Ten. For the third successive year the Bristol & West AC runner finished top woman and in the past ten years she has lifted the female trophy five times – indeed, every time she started the race!
Interestingly in Sunday’s race, which was again sponsored by Easy Runner, Granger finished her highest ever position in tenth overall from a field of 822 runners.
Whether that means she is getting better – and in her 40th year that is by no means impossible – or the quality of the field is declining is open to interpretation.
Her winning time of 63mins 42secs wasn’t her quickest – she clocked 62:50 in 2007 – but times are not that relevant over this type of course where the going can change drastically from year to year.
What is certain is that she is the queen on the Tough Ten and it will take a good woman to end her reign in the coming years.

Rankin gets early 40th birthday gift

Tuesday, February 26th, 2013

TOP man in this year’s Easy Runner Tough Ten was Stroud’s Lee Rankin (60:09), who retained his title from Clevedon AC’s Luke Murray (61:17) and Tom Doyle (61:55). Alex Daniels of Newquay Road Runners was fourth and first veteran over 40.
Last year Rankin who turns 40 on Saturday, won in 58:23 s that suggest conditions were far tougher on Sunday morning.

Michelle roars to victory in Castle Combe

Tuesday, February 26th, 2013

OLI Mott showed he is steadily returning to form with third place in the Bourton 10k road race clocking a tine of 31mins 44secs. Luton’s John McDonnell won the race I 30:45 with Cheltenham duathlete Dave Roper second I 31:35.

* Michellle Kerfoot of Bitton Road Runners was top woman (39:30) in the Castle Combe 10k and clubmate Oliver Webb was the leading local man in seventh (39:08).

* Dominic Taylor of Westbury Harriers finished eighth in the Babcary 7.5 miles road race recording a time of 48mins 08secs. The race was won by Wells City Harrier veteran Ti Hawkins (43:01).

Jenny is top Bristol & West woman in ‘National’

Tuesday, February 26th, 2013

NOT surprisingly very few local athletes made the long trip to Sunderland for the English National Cross Country Championships.
Despite a chest infection that had at one stage threatened Kate Goodhead’s participation she started and battle her way to a creditable 50th but the British mountain running international was over-taken by Bristol & West clubmate Jenny Jagger, who finished an excellent 30th.
Charlotte Green was an impressive 66t and had the club manage to turn out one of their leading runner then a team medal would have been possible but that’s the way it goes. Other clubs will have similar tales of woe.
“Jenny and Charlotte performed exceptionally well as National first-timers – I doubt they will forget the experience in a hurry,” said team manager Keith Brackstone.
“Kate was happy to get round and now plans to run the Gwent League before running the Inter-Counties for Gloucestershire.”
There were 427 finishers in the Senior Ladies’ race.
In the men’s race county champion Owain Jones was Bristol & West’s only runner and he did well to make the top 100 in 96th.

Carter delight at meeting ex-star Cram

Tuesday, February 26th, 2013

THE star performer from the small band of west runners who made the trip the north-east was undoubtedly Team Bath AC teenager Alex Carter.
Carter finished third in the under 17 men’ race which was his third bronze medal in this prestigious event having also made the podium in the under 13 and under 15 age groups.
“I always seem to come third but I have to be happy with that,” said Carter. “It was a strong field and I ran a good race. I was close to winning but I can’t be unhappy with third – and I got my medal from Steve Cram!”

Suzie finishes in top fifty in Sunderland

Tuesday, February 26th, 2013

FORMER Bristol & West runners Suzie Richards and Jon Wills, now running for Herne Hill Harriers and Leeds City AC, 43rd and 78th respectively. It was the first time that 26-year-old Richards has made the top fifty of the senior women’s race.

Sign up for new disability athletics sessions

Tuesday, February 26th, 2013

SGS College and Bristol Academy of Sport are launching their Adult Disability Athletics at the WISE campus SGS College from Sunday 3rd March (11.00-12.00).
The sessions will be mainly for those aged 16-25 who would like to come and try athletics events in running, jumping and throwing.
“We will have the use of indoor facilities and our fantastic Kip Keino Athletics Stadium,” said coach Andrea Lock.
“We will initially be running a six-week course starting Sunday and hope it will become a successful ongoing session. Anyone aged below 16 can apply to attend our established Junior Academy which runs on Monday evenings at the WISE campus.”
Those interested in attending should contact Lock to book your place:

Ellie’s delight at finally landing the big prize

Thursday, February 21st, 2013

ELLIE Leather has waited a long time to win the Easy Runner/adidas athlete of the month competition in the Bristol Post so her delight was understandable after claiming the award for January.
“I have been nominated quite a few times but I didn’t think I would win it this time,” said Leather, a 14-year-old member of Westbury Harriers.
“I am really eased to win and get a new pair of shoes. My cross country season has been going well this winter and I have been improving quite a lot.”
Leather, who lives in Westbury-on-Trym and goes to Marlwood School, caught the judges’ attention with fourth place in the junior girls’ race at the Avon Schools Cross Country Championships and then sixth finally in the snow at the Cardiff UK Cross Challenge.
“In Cardiff my aim had been to make the top ten so I was really pleased with sixth,” added Leather. “I have since followed up with fifth in the South West Schools’ Championships and now I am aiming to make the top thirty in the English Championships.
“That will be hard as I was 64th last year but I am looking forward to it.”
With Leather at Easy Runner was 18-year-old Bristol & West AC runner Will Christofi, who won the December competition but had been unable to pick up his prize.

West coaching seminar places still open

Thursday, February 21st, 2013

A reminder from Area Coach Mentor Mark Brace that places are still available for the last in the current series of workshops in the England Athletics South West Endurance Network :Physical Preparation for the Endurance Athlete.
The session will take place on Saturday March 23rd (10am-4pm) at the Castle Sports Centre, Wellington Road, TauntonTA1 5AU.
“The workshop will include some presentations but have a large practical content including plyometrics, the development of lower body power; hurdle & track based drills to aid mobility, co ordination and running economy,” said Brace.
“There will be a working lunch with a discussion around the place for speed in endurance lead by Alan Thomas. This will be a full and progressive day, where all are welcome.”
Rob Thickpenny, Charlotte Fisher, Alan Thomas and Brace will be taking the session and anyone wishing to register should contact the latter either my email at: or call him on 07540 703511.

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