Archive for June, 2013

PBs galore over 800m in BMC meeting at Exeter Arena

Wednesday, June 26th, 2013

GEORGIE Salmon and milti-talented Charlotte Green enjoyed a Bristol & West AC one-two in the women’s 800m A race at the British Milers’ Club meeting in Exeter last night.
Buoyed by her bronze medal in the Midland Championships at the weekend Salmon clocked a personal best of 2:19.28 for victory with new Midland steeplechase champion Green showing a useful turn of speed in second with 2:21.17 to carve around four seconds off her previous best time.
Strangely the women’s B race was way quicker with Mirada Sadler following up her fourth successive Midland title last weekend by smashing her personal best by over three seconds with a winning time of 2:12.60.
Cornwall AC teenager Charlotte Cayton-Smith just behind in 2:13.27 and Mendip’s Rose Penfold third in 2:16.17.
There was delight for 14-year-old North Somerset AC youngster Ellie Wallace as she also smashed her personal best to finish fourth in 2:16.46, her first time under 2miins 20secs.
The men’s A race was won by Cornwall AC’s Callum Jones in 1:55.94 with Bristol & West’s Adam Speake fifth in 1:57.99

Mott & Wylie heading to Columbia for World Games

Wednesday, June 26th, 2013

CONGRATULATIONS to the Bristol & West AC pair of Phil Wylie and Oli Mott , who I heard have been selected to represent Great Britain in the duathlon at the Word Games in Cali, Columbia, next month.
The event comprise a 10k road run followed by 40k on the bike and then a final 5k run and both Wylie and Mott will be chasing a top ten finish in the race which is due to take place at the end of July.

The Fab Five strike gold in Midland Championships

Wednesday, June 26th, 2013

THE fabulous five of Scott Bajere, Charlotte Green, Miranda Sadler, Amy Woodman and Hattie Dent all struck gold at the Midland Counties Championships at the Alexander Stadium Birmingham, over the weekend.
Bajere won the senior men’s 100m with the 21-year-old Bristol & West AC sprinter, who was recently sixth in the England U23 Championships, clocking 10.86secs into a strong headwind.
The windy and wet conditions helped no-one over the two days and partially explains the poor turn-out at the event but that won’t bother 17-year-old Sadler as she collected her fourth successive regional title. Sadler ran a cleaver tactical race sitting in before bursting clear in the final 250 metres to just hold off Georgie Hartigan.
In contrast Green claimed her first Midland title and enhanced her growing reputation in the steeplechase as she dominated the 2000m event to win by 40 seconds in a new personal best time of 7mins 19.2secs.
“Charlotte is certainly making a name for herself in the steeplechase and is now up to 12th in the UK Rankings,” said coach Dave Taylor.
Dent showed great character as the 17-year-old Yate & District athlete set a new personal best of 65.33secs to win the under 20 women’s 4000m hurdles and Woodman clinched top spot in the senior long jump.
In addition to the five golds there was a silver for Adam Wall in the senior men’s high jump coming just three days after improving his personal best to 2.03m at the Bristol & West open meeting.
Other silver medals went to fellow high jumpers Hayley Pitman and Amelia Hempleman-Adams, Luke Bailey Bailey in the pole vault long jumper James Diamond and Christina Jones in the hammer.
There was also a bronze and personal best of 4:46.13 for Georgie Salmon in the senior women’s 1500m with clubmate Anna Burton fifth. Yate & District’s 21-year-old Jackson battled a strong headwind to finish third in the senior 100m hurdles
In the under 20 women’s 100m Alyssa Small came fifth while veteran Caroline Powell was sixth in the senior women’s 400m.

Midland Counties Championships, Birmingham – senior men 100 (-1.8w): 1 Scott Bajere (B&W) 10.86; 5 Gregg Smith (B&W) 11.06 (hts 10.95); 200hts:Alex Fields (B&W) 23.4; Romaine Hyman (B&W) 23.2; Alastair Abrans (NSAC) 23.3; 400hts: Fields 50.67; HJ: 2 Adam Wall (B&W) 2.00; PV: 2 Luke Bailey (B&W) 4.20.
Under 20 men – 100: 5 Elliott Prendergast (B&W) 11.44 (hts 11.28); 400: DNS Josh Evans (Yate) (hts 50.69); 800: 7 Adam Wilson (Yate T20) 2:18.55 (PB); LJ: 2 James Diamond (B&W) 6.27.
Senior women – 400: 6 Caroline Powell (B&W) 62.63; 1500: 3 George Salmon (B&W) 4:46.13 (PB); 6 Anna Burton (B&W) 4:51.99 (P); 7 Rebecca Pierce (TBAC) 4:56.97; 100H: 3 Hannah Jackson (Yate) 16.32; 200m steeplechase: 1 Charlotte Green (B&W) 7:19.2; LJ: 1 Amy Woodman (Birch) 5.85; HJ: 2 Hayley Pitman (B&W) 1.65; HT: 2 Christina Jones (B&W) 57.1.
Under 20 women – 100m: 5 Alyssa Smalll (B&W) 12.89 (hts 12.7); 400: 1 Loren Bleaken (TBAC) 55.23; 1500: 1 Miranda Sadler (B&W) 4:39.54; 2 Georgie Hartigan (Cov) 4:39.91; 400H: 1 Hattie Dent (Yate) 65.33 (PB); PV: 2 Hannah Grubb (TBAC) 3.30; HJ: 2 Amelia Hempleman-Adams (B&W) 1.65.

2013/14 Gwent Cross Country League dates announced

Wednesday, June 26th, 2013

THE dates and venues for the 2013/14 Gwent Cross Country League season have been revealed with the first fixture taking place in October and the series reaching its climax at Blaise Castle.
Weekend 19/20 October 2013 — Pontypool Park/Tredegar Park/Parc Bryn Bach (TBC)
Sunday 10 November 2013 —– Newbridge Fields, Bridgend (incorporating East Wales Championship)
Sunday 8 December 2013 —— University of Bath (in conjunction with Tri-Counties)
Saturday 8 February 2014 —- Penlan Leisure Centre, Brecon
Saturday 1 March 2014 ——- Blaise Castle, Bristol

Twelve weeks and counting to the Bristol half

Monday, June 24th, 2013

TODAY marks the 12-week countdown to the 25th silver anniversary Bristol half marathon. I’m told that thousands have already registered for this year’s race and if you are still undecided don’t delay ad long onto the website at www: and enter now.
The organisers have also drawn up training schedules – ranging from beginners through improvers to advanced - that commence today to take you to the start line in decent shape.

Charlotte keeps bursting through those barriers

Monday, June 24th, 2013

CHARLOTTE Green’s progress in the steeplechase has been one of the success stories of the track season so far.
The 28-year-old Bristol & West AC runner won her first regional title yesterday as she raced to victory in the senior women’s 2000m steeplechase at the Midland Counties Championships.
Green slashed 40 seconds off her previous best to win in a time of 7mins 19.2secs which lifts her to 12th on the UK Rankings.

Chambers is on the way back

Monday, June 24th, 2013

KAIRN Stone had a solid run to finish third overall and top Brit in the Torbay half marathon yesterday. The Plymouth-based athlete clocked 70mins 36secs to finish an isolated third as the top two, Africans Boniface Kiprop and Tewodros Shiferaw, had their own private battle.
It was encouraging to see Bristol & West AC’s Andrew Chambers racing again after injury problems and finish seventh (74:02) in a field of 1538 finishers.

Bishop relishing his chance to win points for Britain

Saturday, June 22nd, 2013

TO be named alongside double Olympic Games champion Mo Farah in the Great Britain team for the prestigious European Team Challenge in Gateshead this weekend is another sign that David Bishop is beginning to make his mark in the spot.
The 26-year-old Bristol & West AC runner from Chippenham has been picked to run the 3000m, a distance rarely run in championships, with Farah tackling the 5000m at the two-day competition which features the strongest athletics nations in Europe.
It is a rare event in the sport that is all about the team rather than individual glory, where points mean more than times and in which the passionate north-east crowd will surely give the home athletes a big advantage.
“I said to my dad the other day that this summer is becoming a season of firsts for me,” said Bishop.
“This is my first GB senior vest in a championship and recently I competed in my first Diamond League match in Oslo. Things are definitely taking shape for me in the sport and I am really looking forward to the weekend.
“I think the 3000m will suit me as it will all be about tactics and being in the right place with probably a fast last 800m. It would be nice to do something memorable for the team in what is the last track event before the relays on Sunday.”
Competing in front of a packed domestic crowd and on live TV coverage may be another first for Bishop and if he can finish in the top three that would be a superb achievement.
“This is why I train hard to get into teams for events like this,” added Bishop. “I was originally going to Spain for a fast 1500m race in Bilbao but when I got the call I couldn’t turn this down!”

Lucy and Leon heading to Italy and the Euro U20s!

Friday, June 21st, 2013

BRISTOL & West athletes Lucy Bryan and Leon Reid - both previous winners of the Easy Runner athlete of the month competition - have been selected to represent Great Britain at the European U20 Championships in Rieti, Italy, next month.
For 18-year-old Backwell-based pole vault ace Bryan confirmation of the news yesterday (WEDNESDAY June 19) ended a nervous few days after she had pulled out of the trials due to the dangerous windy conditions.
While Bryan is the UK No 1 in her age group and by far and away superior to her rivals she had that lingering doubt that the selectors may have taken a dim view of her late withdrawal even though her coach (Charles Preston) fully explained her decision taken against the background of recent problems with her back.
So the call from the GB management was a relief and also the perfect way to mark her final A Level (PE) on Wednesday.
Reid, who only started sprinting three years ago, has been selected to run the 200m and the 4×100m relay after finishing runner-up in the trials race and rewards his form this summer which has seen the 18-year-old improve his personal best to 21.23secs and go second on the UK Rankings.
“Leon has worked very hard for this and it is nice to see him get his reward,” said coach James Hillier.
Both athletes have already represented their country before. Bryan won a bronze medal at the 2011 World Youth Championships in France while Reid was runner-up in the 100m at the 2011 European Youth Olympics in Turkey.

Wall soars to new personal best of 2.03m

Friday, June 21st, 2013

THERE were some great performances in the high jump at the latest Bristol & West Open meeting at the Kip Keino Stadium, in Stoke Gifford.
Just a few days after finishing fourth in the England Athletics U23 Championships 19-year-old Adam Wall spared to a new personal best of 2.03m to seventh in the U23 Rankings. The clearance added three centimetres to his outside best and two to his indoor PB.
In addition Hayley Pitman who used to work in Easy Runner and Amelia Hempleman-Adams both cleared 1.70m in the women’s high jump.

* Avon Athletic Association will host the final Open Meeting of the season at the track on Tuesday 16th July.

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