Archive for October, 2013

Bristol kids are a big hit on the country

Wednesday, October 30th, 2013

THERE was a fantastic turn-out of almost 500 youngsters at the recent Bristol Schools Primary Cross Country Championships.
A total of 25 schools sent teams to Ashton Park School and with numerous parents in attendance there as a terrific atmosphere and some great racing.
“The main winner in all this is undoubtedly the future of schools athletics,” said Cherry Kraus from the Ashton Park School Sport Partnership who organized the event.
“It has been fantastic to see so many Year 3-6 pupils excitedly warming up in preparation for their races either keen to win or just keen to finish the course and prove their fitness.
“What a fantastic turnout and all credit to the teachers who gave up their time to organize and accompany the children.”
Keith Brackstone from Bristol & West AC helped set the course, keen to encourage youngsters to take up club athletics.

Results – Year 5/6 Boys: 1 Bryn Davies – Elmlea; 2 Ben Pepworth – St Bonaventure’s; 3 Miguel Freckleton – Stoke Park. Girls: 1 Kate Howard – Henleaze; 2 Caoimhe Fullerton – St Bonaventure’s; 3 Niamh Fullerton – St Bonaventure’s .

Year 3/4 Boys: 1 Luke Phillips – Henleaze; 2 Owain Davies – Elmlea; 3 Tom Alkin – Elmlea. Girls: 1 Ruby Saunders – Elmlea; 2 Carmen Chance – St Bonaventure’s; 3 Lucy Baker – Elmlea.

Teams – Year 5/6 Boys: 1 Henleaze; 2 Elmlea Juniors; 3 St Bonaventure’s. Girls: 1 St Bonaventure’s; 2 Henleaze; 3 Elmlea Juniors.
Year 3/4 Boys: 1 Elmlea Juniors; 2 Westbury Park; 3 Christchurch. Girls: 1 Henleaze; 2 Elmlea Juniors; 3 Bonaventure’s

Wall joins Bristol & West coaching team

Wednesday, October 30th, 2013

TOP local high jumper Adam Wall has taken his first step s into coaching. The 20-year-old has agreed to offer tips and advice to aspiring high jumpers at the Bristol & West AC club nights on Monday at Whitehall from 6.30 p.m. onwards.
Wall, who is coached by Joy Bray, improved his outdoor PB to 2.05m in 2013 to rank 24th overall in the UK and seventh in the under 23 age group.
He is planning to begin his sessions on completion of his Assistant Coaching Course in November.

Get into the Christmas spirt at Saltford

Wednesday, October 30th, 2013

A new event is being launched in Saltford, between Bristol and Bath, on Sunday December 8th. The Saltford Santa Dash will be a five miles road race over a figure-of-eight course through the picturesque lanes of Saltford into Keynsham returning to the start point at Saltford Community Hall.
The emphasis of the event is very much on fun with all entrants expected to run in Santa outfits – which will provided in the entry fee - while there will also be a one-mile race for Santa’s little helpers - Elves - making it a truly family friendly event.
“The Saltford Santa Dash is proud to be raising money for CRY (Cardiac Risk in the Young with details at: after the tragic death in 2009 of Jack Boulton, a Saltford teenager who died of cardiac arrest while playing football,” said event spokeswoman Helen Spooner.
“The expectation is there will be 500 Santas and 200 Elves! Registrations are coming in and we are looking to be on target to hit this goal.”
For further information see the website at:

Julia breaks three-hour barrier at last in Frankfurt

Monday, October 28th, 2013

BRISTOL & West AC’s Julia Belyavin broke her personal best as she broke three hours for the first time in the Frankfurt marathon yesterday.
Belyavin finished 45th woman in a time of 2:59.04 to beat her 2010 best of 3:03.09. It puts her seventh in the South West Rankings.
Also in Frankfurt Team Bath runner Anupam Das smashed his personal best. Das finished in a time of 2hrs 30mins 56secs, carving 6mins 24secs off his previous best set in London last year, to finish 72nd. His splits were an impressive 1:15:19 and 1:15:37.
The time puts Das fourth in the South West Rankings .

Ellie delighted with bronze in Cross Challenge opener

Sunday, October 27th, 2013

ELLIE Wallace produced a superb run to finish third in a high-quality under 15 girls’ race in the British Athletics Cross Challenge in Bristol today.
The North Somerset AC teenager was only beaten by English National champions Lucy Jones and Katy-Ann McDonald so was understandably delighted with her run.
“I am so happy with that as I was only hoping for the top ten or maybe the top five,” said Wallace, who is a former winner of the Easy Runner/Bristol Post athlete of the month competition.
“They ran the fastest times in the recent National Road Relays and I was closer to them today. It was a really nice surprise”
Wallace’s third was the best results by a local runner on the excellent Ashton Park course that was devised by Keith Brackstone.
Earlier in the under 13 girls’ race Westbury Harriers’ Ellie Hobbs finished fourth.

Rookie Davies makes a star turn in Ashton Court

Sunday, October 27th, 2013

THE day started with a great turn-out in the under 11 races that saw big teams representing Bristol Primary Schools.
Bryn Davies, a 10-year-old from Elmlea School, won the boys’ event from Fairfield’s Oliver Lock and Devon athlete Jack Dutton.
The girls’ title went to Alexandria Scrivener of Oxford from Henleaze School pupil Katie Howard.

Welsh ace Griffiths keeps hold of his Bristol Cross title

Sunday, October 27th, 2013

FORMER champion Frank Tickner made a gallant but ultimately unsuccessful attempt to regain his title at the opening event of the British Cross Challenge in Bristol today.
A later summer wedding and honeymoon meant that the Wells City Harrier arrived at Ashton Court in less than tip-top shape and he certainly couldn’t handle the early pace set by defending champion Dewi Griffiths.
“That first lap a was a shocker for me as I was so far back but after that I gradually worked my way through but there is a lot of work to be done,” said Tickner, who eventually claimed fifth spot.
Welshman Griffiths ran away from the field on the final lap for a superb victory from Adam Hick and Jonny Hay in a top class domestic field.
In the women’s race Katie Brough was rewarded for making the long trip south from her home in the north east with an impressive victory.
“I had a stomach injury two months ago so I’m still playing catch up but I felt really strong today,” said Brough.
Top west woman was Bristol & West AC’s Kate Goodhead in ninth place just ahead of clubmate Anna Burton.

Emma finishes runner-up in Stroud half

Sunday, October 27th, 2013

WESTBURY Harriers’ Emma D’Alton finished an excellent runner-up in the Stroud half marathon today.
D’Alton clocked a time of 1hr 18mins 33secs to finish behind Kenyan winner Purity Kangogo Kimetto (74:14) and also picked up the bonus of finishing first veteran.
Third woman and first veteran over 40 was Bristol & West’s Annabel Granger (80:28).
Top local man was Westbury Harriers’ Scott Campbell in 17th (76:35). Two-times former Olympic marathon runner Dan Robinson, who marked his comeback with a creditable 71:06 for eighth place and afterwards declared himself delighted.

Bristol & West land top national award

Monday, October 21st, 2013

BRISTOL & West AC have won a prestigious national prize at the England Athletics National Awards ceremony.
The club was named ‘Development Club of the Year 2013′ to reflect its huge success in winning promotion for both men and women in the British Track & Field Leagues plus on-going success on the road and cross country.
“After 131 years of progress it was surely time for a Development Club of the Year award!” said current chairman Cy Kibb, who accepted the award in Birmingham on Saturday evening.
“It was a fabulous recognition for the club’s volunteers and I am delighted.”

Reigning champions B&W off to a flier!

Monday, October 21st, 2013

BRISTOL & West AC’s senior women opened their defence of the Gwent Cross Country League title with a handsome victory in Pontypool on Saturday.
The squad scored 1,121 points to finish 59 points clear of Cardiff University with former champions Westbury Harriers just four points further back in third.
Kate Goodhead led the B&W charge in third with further support from Anna Burton in fifth, Sophie Lovell seventh, Charlotte Green 11th, Nicola Brookland 18th and Ellen Harrison 25th.
Westbury’s top scorer was the consistent Emma D’Alton in 15th backed up by K Elliot (16th), Emma Journeaux (17th), Katie Hughes (23rd), Vicky Tester (38th) and Kelly Winstone (40th).

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