Archive for December, 2013

Stunning debut by Studley in Ribble Valley 10k

Sunday, December 29th, 2013

DAN Studley delivered a stunning performance in the Ribble Valley 10k road race today.
Just two days ahead of his 22nd birthday – on January 1st – Studley marked his debut at the distance with a fantastic time of 29mins 48secs to finish third in the race, which also incorporated the North of England Championships.
Remarkably it was his first race since the Midland Counties 6-Stage Road Relays after which he suffered an injury which has curtailed his racing programme until today’s dramatic comeback.
The time shot him to second in the South West Rankings behind his Bristol & West AC clubmate Phil Wylie.
Also in Clitheroe today was clubmate and training partner Charlie Maclean and he carved 40 seconds off his PB with a time of 30:12 for ninth place.
In view of his recent return to form with a course record of 14:40 in the Pomphrey Sports 5k and then a fine run in the Manchester League many observers would have expected him to finish top west man in the race – but Studley clearly had other ideas.

Peters boxes clever to sprint to victory

Sunday, December 29th, 2013

RICHARD Peters regained his Clevedon 4 miles title on Boxing Day in what proved to be a comfortable win. The late withdrawal of defending champion Jean Pierre Weerts of Belgium opened up the race and when Peters’ rivals failed to push he pace hard enough he was happy to sit in and sprint clear in the final 400 metres.
Peters’ winning time of 19min 20secs was his slowest ever on the course but as it was his first race in three months that won’t unduly worry him.
More pressing for the Boston-based Bristol & West AC runner is that when he returns to America next week he will be thrust straight into the indoor circuit and will be looking to post some fast times over the mile and 1500m to remind the England selectors that he aims to be a contender for the Commonwealth Games next year.

Men: 1 Richard Peters (B&W) 19:20; 2 Alex Carter (TBAC, U20) 19:27; 3 Ben Boad (Highgate) 19:29; 4 Tom Merson (B&W) 19:33; 5 James Thie (Cardiff) 20:02; 6 Ian Gillespie (B&W, M40) 20:22; 7 James Rogers (Clevedon) 20:31; 8 Nicholas Saillard (unatt) 21:12; 9 Jon James (Wells, M40) 21:16; 10 Dave Coales (TBAC, M40) 21:17.
M50: 1 Mick O’Doherty (B&W) 21:34; 2 Nick Hides (Clev) 22:01; 3 Peter Mountain (B&W) 23:37. M60: Tom Hutchison (TBAC) 24:52.
Women: 1 Emma Pallant (AFD) 21:40; 2 Steph Barnes (B&W) 22:42; 3 Laura Gent (AFD) 23:00; 4 Jo Meek (TBAC) 23:35; 5 Suzie Richards (Las Vegas Institute of Sport) 24:10; 6 Lucy Richens (WH) 24:23. 869 finishers.

Lucy tames the Monument to run out champion

Sunday, December 29th, 2013

WEST international Lucy MacAlister was top woman in the Wellington Monument multi terrain race in Somerset. The Bristol & West AC runner, who lives nearby, finished 11th overall from a field of 199 runners in a time of 38:01. Second woman was Joanna Carritt with Kim Hill third.
Top man was Phil Burden (34:13) well clear of his Taunton AC clubmate Ben Pointing (34:55) and Torbay’s Arran Tocknell (35:37).
Super consistent Peter Monaghan, also of Torbay AC, won the veterans’ over 40s prize in fourth (35:54) while Tim Vialls of South West Road Runners was the over 50s champion.

Belgian ace fired up to defend Clevedon title

Tuesday, December 24th, 2013

REIGNING champion Jean Pierre Weerts is returning to defend his title in the 37th Clevedon 4 miles road race sponsored by Churngold on Boxing Day.
The Belgian international is believed to have his sights on the £150 bonus for breaking Ian Gillespie’s course record of 18mins 28secs, which he set 16 years ago but that was an outstanding performance.
“Ian was running 13mins 20secs for 5000m in those days and to break that record you would have to go flat out from the gun,” said Bristol coach Mike Down, who was advising Gillespie at the time. Weerts won in 18:58 last year.
“You can’t afford to admire the scenery for the first mile as you settle into the race! In’s time is really exceptional.”
The women’s record is equally as formidable with local Olympian Kate Reed’s time 20:15 in 2006 proving well beyond reach since then despite some quality athletes turning up.
I suggest that Reed’s run will ultimately go down as one of her best ever achievements, especially on the West Country circuit, as even now not many men beat that time and it will take a proven British international runner to get anywhere near it.
For further details on how to enter see the website at:

West ace Brewer seeks unusual PB to end the year!

Tuesday, December 24th, 2013

JAMES Brewer is aiming to end the year with a massive personal best – on his home turf in Cheltenham.
But for once the Great Britain international 1500m runner won’t be chasing personal glory on the track but rather in the annual Winston’s Wish charity run on Boxing Day.
Brewer has switched roles for the race swapping his racing spikes for duties as event organiser and is hoping that the fifth running of the event could be the best yet.
“We had 950 runners last year so it would be amazing to get 1,000 on Boxing Day as that would be a new record,” said Brewer.
“It is a race for all ages, from eight to 80 and we try to make it fun for everyone. It is very rewarding to help organise the event.”
Entries for the race, which offers distances of four and two miles around the Cheltenham Racecourse, will be taken on the day from 9am with the action getting underway at 10.30am.
“When it was started in 2008 (one year was cancelled due to the bad weather) I had no idea it would get as big as it is,” added Brewer.
“When I left Bath University I had some time on my hands and offered to get the event started.
“Obviously my own running is still very important but it is nice once a year to do something for other people.”
Reigning champion Tom Russell will be looking to make it three wins in a row although technically he shared his victory in 2012 with brother Ander as the brothers were given the same time.
Top local runners like Ben Coldray, Dave Roper and Rob Gault are also expected to line up and while Brewer would relish that sort of intense race himself the Boxing Day event is all about the numbers – and breaking that 1,000 barrier for the first time.
For further information see the event website at:

Busy time for runners over the festive period

Tuesday, December 24th, 2013

ON Christmas Day itself (10.30am) there is the 51st annual 3 miles handicap road race from Gloucestershire University’s Oxstalls Campus (
Boing Day incudes the events mentioned above while on the 27th there is a choice between the Christmas 4 miles road race from Elmore Village Hall, near Gloucester, at 11.30am ( or the Team Bath Christmas hash (
On Sunday (December 29th) there is the 5th Plain Crazy 12 miles MT race around Salisbury Plain ( plus the Stoke Stampede 10k near Taunton (, which will see Lucy MacAlister start as favourite.
A reminder that the Yeovil Montacute parkrun is held every Saturday morning from 9am and is open to all runners, of all ages, and all abilities. The run - and it’s very much a run not a race - is free and you simply log on at , get a runner’s barcode and turn up to run. Details can be found at

Christmas comes early for sprint ace Daley!

Tuesday, December 17th, 2013

BRISTOL & West AC may have their first world record holder!
The opening Cardiff Met Grand Prix Indoor meeting featured a fun ‘Santa’ 60 metre dash which was given a huge build-up by Clevedon’s own James Thie, who was working as meeting MC.
The race featured nine sprinters all dressed up as Father Christmas and it was Alex Daley who sprinted to victory in a time of 7.53secs, which early reports suggest is a world best time.

Bristol & West girls look at home on the boards

Tuesday, December 17th, 2013

BRISTOL & West AC’s women took the 3000m B race by storm in the opening Cardiff Met Grand Prix Indoor meeting.
On her debut on the boards Jessie Sanzo clocked an excellent indoor PB of 9:56.40 in fourth while club captain Charlotte Green overtook a whole group of people with her customary last lap finish and got inside 10 minutes for the first time with 9:59.11 in fifth.
Anna Burton, who was the Easy Runner athlete of the month for October, continued her good form to beat 10 minutes for the first time with 9:59.96 in eighth.
Sadly Jeremy Hogan, who had been lapped, stopped one lap too early so only ran 2,800m but Dave Bedwell, who is now over-60, ran impressively to finish just behind the girls in 10th with 10:06.31 – possibly a new club age record.

Marshall so close to PB in Pisa marathon

Tuesday, December 17th, 2013

NICK Marshall of Westbury Harriers finished a minute outside his personal best as he clocked 3:25.51 in the Pisa marathon on Sunday. Last year Marshall, who is a veteran over 50, clocked 3:24.40 in London.

Top short list for November athlete of the month

Tuesday, December 17th, 2013

THE cross country season moved into full swing during November and the late autumnal weather certainly helped to produce some excellent performances.
And as the short list for the popular Easy Runner athlete of the month competition, which is now in its 13th year in the Bristol Post, once again shows the quality is impressive to ensure our judges have plenty to mull over.
As always the winner will receive a top class pair of adizero shoes courtesy of Easy Runner, Bristol’s leading athletics retailer in St Michael’s Hill.

EMMA JOURNEAUX: The 19-year-old was Westbury Harriers had a terrific run to finish fifth in the senior women’s race in the second Gwent Cross Country League fixture in Bridgend. It was Journeaux’s best finish in a Gwent senior women’s race and she led Westbury to a superb win in the team competition finishing 32 points ahead of Swansea.

AIDEN NOBLE: The 13-year-old Westbury Harrier ran a well-judged race to finish second in the under 13 boys’ race in the Gwent Cross Country League at Bridgend. Noble was also fourth in the second Gloucestershire Cross Country League fixture in Cheltenham at the start of the month.

ELLIE LEATHER: The 15-year-old Westbury Harrier was rewarded for making the long trip north to Liverpool for the British Athletics Cross Challenge by finishing 12th in a high quality under 15 girls’ race. Leather was also fourth in the second Gwent League fixture.
JESSICA MONK: The 15-year-old Bristol & West runner was fifth in the under 17 women’s race in the second Gloucestershire Cross Country league fixture in Cheltenham at the start of the month.
DAVID WARNES: The 14-year-old North Somerset AC youngster finished third and first local runner in the under 15 boys’ race in the second Gloucestershire Cross Country league fixture in Cheltenham at the start of the month.

ROSIE ALLEN: The Westbury Harrier finished an excellent second in the under 15 girls’ race in the Gwent Cross Country League at Bridgend.

GEORGE MARSHALL: The 15-year-ol from Westbury Harriers followed up his Pontypool breakthrough run with an even more impressive race to finish 5th in the second Gwent Cross Country League fixture at Bridgend.

ELLIE HOBBS: The Westbury Harriers rookie, who is coached by Pat Gallagher, posted her second win out of two in the under 13 girls’ race in the Gwent

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