Archive for March, 2013

Bristol to host new women’s 10k trail race

Friday, March 29th, 2013

A NEW EVENT is being launched is Bristol this summer with a brand-new women’s 10k multi terrain race.
Bristol has been selected as one of just three locations for the Women’s Running 10K series which has been organised top UK magazine, Women’s Running which inspires, motivates and helps women to improve their running.
“As a magazine that prides itself on inspiring and supporting women with their running, we are so excited to announce our new Women’s Running 10K Race Series,” said Chris Macdonald, Editor of Women’s Running.
“The event is aimed at all women looking to achieve their own personal goals, from simply getting around a 10K course, to achieving a personal best, and we will be there to help them every step of the way.”
The event, which will be led by former model, busy mum and top runner, Nell McAndrew, will start and finish at Blaise Castle on Saturday June 29th.
Blaise is renowned for its hills but the organisers say the course will avoid surrounding steep hills, instead offering runners a scenic trail loop combining flat, open parkland with sheltered tracks.
“As one of the UK’s most attractive cities, we couldn’t think of a better place to launch the running series than in Bristol,” added Macdonald.
“There is no better way to explore the great outdoors than on foot, and Blaise Castle provides the perfect backdrop for runners to experience some of the most magical and romantic landscapes in the West Country. Fingers crossed for a clear day that will reward all runners with some striking views across the Avonmouth.”
To help runners around the 10 kilometre course, Women’s Running pacers will be on hand to run around the course with participants, to help them achieve their target time. Suitable for runners of all abilities, there will be a team of four pacers, targeting times of 45 minutes, 50 minutes, 60 minutes and a run/walk group aiming for approximately 70 minutes.
The race experience also includes a warm up, led by Women’s Running 10K ambassador, Nell McAndrew, a quality goody bag and medal for every finisher, a post-race warm down with tea and cake and a personalised email containing your race finish time and personal statistics from the day.
The other two venues for the series will be Nottingham in July and London’s Finsbury Park in September.
Entries are now open costing £25 plus a small booking fee and for further information s the website at: www.womensrunninguk.co.uk.

Marriott is taking the long road in Scotland

Friday, March 29th, 2013

WEST runner Adrian Marriott of Wells City Harriers is in the England team for Anglo-Celtic Plate 100k race in Scotland on Sunday. “It’s going to be a race against myself and the conditions as much as anything,” said Marriott.
“The forecast is -4 at the start at 7am and perhaps +3 by the afternoon. Add in a north east wind and it’s going to be cold! A really great outcome would be finishing safely, England winning the team race and for myself doing the 7hrs 18mins team standard for the worlds but getting around in one piece will be the main aim!”

Hanham Horror race is an Easter Sunday treat

Friday, March 29th, 2013

THE local racing calendar this weekend kicks off tomorrow with 10k in Gloucester organised by Severn AC (www.severnac.co.uk).
Sunday (11am) sees the popular Hanham Horror 6 miles multi terrain race organise by Bitton Road Runners from Vicarage Playing Fields in Hanham, east Bristol (www.bittonroadrunners.co.uk
Other local races on Sunday include the Clock Challenge 10k road race in Calne (www.calneleisure.co.uk), while on Easter Monday choose between the very fast Yeovilton Easter Bunny 10k (www.yeoviltownrrc.co.uk), the historic Bampton to Tiverton 7 (www.tiverton-harriers.co.uk) or the Shapwick Bunny Hop 7 in Somerset (www.shapwickrunners.co.uk).

Early season meetings looming large

Friday, March 29th, 2013

ENTRIES are coming in steadily for the inaugural Team Bath AC/Stroud & District Field Fest Open meeting to be held at Bath University on Sunday April 14th.
“This is the first time either club has staged a field only event but there appears to be a lot of interest, especially among the throwers,” said event spokeswoman Di Viles. “Entries have been received from as far afield as Cornwall and Wrexham.”
For entry email Di Viles at: brandythecat@hotmail.com
But don’t forget on the same day is the Yate & District Sprints & Hurdles Fest (www.yateac.co.uk).

Reed edging closer to running again after latest op

Wednesday, March 27th, 2013

NEWS today that Paula Radcliffe admitted that her athletics career may be over after suffering further complications with her comeback after long-standing problems with her foot got me thinking about Kate Reed.
The Bristol & West AC Beijing Olympian has also been fighting a long battle against injury and only this week revealed on Facebook that six weeks after her latest op her surgeon had given her the all-clear to step up her cross training with a view to running again in a couple of weeks.
Clearly Reed, too, has a long way to go before she gets back to her best but anyone who knows how determined and focussed she is will agree that she will do her utmost to get back running and ultimately racing.
We all wish her well on that front as Reed is surely one of the most talented female runners ever to come out of the west country and it would be great to see her racing in the colours of B&W again.
But as Radcliffe’s battle against injury has shown top class athlete live on the edge and finding that balance between success and injury only gets harder with the passing of the years.

Easy Runner star Stone is making ripples in sprinting world

Wednesday, March 27th, 2013

THE surprise name in the top ten of the UK Indoor Rankings for under 20 men this winter was undoubtedly sprinter Chris Stone.
The 17-year-old from Ashton enjoyed a real breakthrough this winter as he not only earned his first England vest but also leapt to sixth in the UK Rankings for 200m with a sparkling personal best of 21.73secs, which he also matched in the 400m with a best of 49.13secs.
Contrast that to 2012 when Stone who competes for Bristol & West AC, place a lowly 178th in the UK Rankings for under 17 men and it is easy to see why he can claim to be one of the most improved athletes in the county.
The judges of the Easy Runner/adidas athlete of the month competition staged in the Bristol Post agreed and named Stone the winner of February’s competition.
“I am so pleased to win this competition,” said Stone. “I knew I was on the short-list but it still came as a surprise that I had won but I have had a great indoor season.”

Sign up for the Horton Bull run

Wednesday, March 27th, 2013

ENTRIES are now being taken for the Horton Spring Bull Run 4.26 miles road race on Sunday April 7th. The race is staged from Horton village hall from 10.30am and for further details see the website at: www.hortonbullrun.co.uk
* Further ahead the Arnos Vale 5K Community Fun Run will take place on Monday 6th May 2013 with registration commencing at 9 am and the run starting at 10.00 am. The event is supported by Just Jog Brislington.

New life members at Westbury Harriers

Wednesday, March 27th, 2013

AT the Westbury Harriers AGM Rod Jones and Jullian and Sandra Bailey-Gard were appointed Life members of the club. Nick Elliot, Colin Marrs and Robyn Golding have been appointed vice presidents while Beth Sergeant (membership), Carol Fee (volunteer coordinator) and James Cant and Sam White (website) have joined the committee.

Will this be the first marathon in Bath?

Wednesday, March 27th, 2013

AN exciting new running event is being launched in Bath this summer – including the city’s first marathon race. The Bath Running Festival will take place on Sunday July 28th and is the brainchild of Tom Room, the man behind the successful Bath Skyline Series and the Dyrham Park 10k.
The Festival will comprise a marathon, half marathon, 10k, 5k and 300m races all of which will be held off-road to incorporate some of the most stunning scenery in and around Bath.
To get further details of the event and register log onto: www.relishrunningraces.com

Sign up for the Easter holiday camp at Filton

Wednesday, March 27th, 2013

THERE will be an Athletics Easter Holiday Camp at South Gloucestershire & Stroud College (SGS College), WISE campus with Bristol Academy of Sport. The Camp will be held on Thursday 4th and Friday 5th April 2013 from 10am – 3.30pm and the target age group is from school year 4 up to age 19. Pre-booking is necessary and the cost is £15 for one day and £25 for both days.
Please see www.filtoncollegeathletics.co.uk community section for a booking form or e-mail Andrea Lock, Head of Athletic Academy at SGS College on Andrea.lock@sgscol.ac.uk .


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