Archive for January, 2014

Peters watches in awe as Rupp turns it on

Friday, January 31st, 2014

LOVELY story from Richard Peters via his coach Mike Down following the former’s personal best of 7mins 52.61secs for 3000m in Boston last weekend.
In that same meeting top American Galen Rupp broke the US two miles record with 8:07.41 an achievement that would surely be some cause for celebration.
Well, if it was Rupp puts the champagne on ice because Peters reported that wit the meeting over the American , with coach Alberto Salazar supervising, launched himself into the sort of warm-down that makes me feel dizzy.
“Rich said that Rupp had 15 minutes recovery and then did a session of five by one mile, all on his own,” said Down.
“What’s more his times were 4mins 20secs, 4:21 4:20, 4:16 and finally 4:01!”
That is a mind-boggling session of intensity and quality and goes a long way to explain why Rupp is one of the greatest middle & long distance runners ever to come out of America.

Studley has medal hopes in Scotland

Friday, January 31st, 2014

IT will be interesting to see how new South West champion Dan Studley goes in the British Students’ Cross Country Championships in Stirling tomorrow.
On form it would be no surprise if he won another medal – and who would have predicted that a year ago?
Also heading north are Bristol University students Ben Westhenry, Callum Jones and Anna Burton.

Merson has sights set on home town victory

Friday, January 31st, 2014

BRISTOL & West’s Merson will be defending his title in the Fulfords 5 miles road race in his home town on Sunday.
The popular two-lap course has been going since the mid 1980s with Fulfords loyal supporters of the event ensuring that Exmouth Harriers are able to put it on.
And five miles is such a great distance to race and a nice contrast to the glut of 10k that saturate the fixture list.
Entries are taken on the day (
* But entries are closed for the 22nd Blackmore Vale Lions half marathon near Sherborne and the Hestercombe Humdinger 9.5 in Somerset but will be accepted on the day for the shorter Hurtle 5k (

Halliwell brothers are back in business!

Thursday, January 30th, 2014

BRETT Halliwell finished nearly half a minute clear of the field for a comfortable victory in the latest Pomphrey Sports 5k road race clocking 15mns 54secs.
Behind him Anthony Glover of Westbury Harriers finished runner-up in 16:23 in front of a trio of Bristol & West athletes: Matt Krelle (third in 16:26), Jarlath McKenna (fourth in 16:33) and Ian Stuart (fifth in 16:42).
Interesting to note that down in ninth place Brett’s elder brother Gregg made a welcome return to racing finishing in 17:16.
Fresh from her excellent fourth in the Midland Counties Jessie Sanzo was top woman in 17:29 placing 15th overall.
Not far behind in 17th in 17:44 was Emma D’Alton of Westbury Harriers with clubmate Sophie Voller completing the first three ladies in twenty-ninth place overall in 18:30. The first three ladies were all in the W35 category.
In the age groups Mal White (Westbury Harriers) was first M45 (fourteenth overall) in 17:28 getting the better of Andy Malloy (first M40 and sixteenth overall) in 17:38 (and also regular training partner from WISE Runners on a Wednesday night Jessie Sanzo). Dave Bedwell was first M55 in 18:10 and Dave Wintle of Great Western Runners was first M60 in 19:09. Sarah Everitt took W45 honours in forty-first place in 19:26, and it was good to see Elaine Barley back running after the birth of her first child.
First young athlete home was Joe Connors from Yate & District Athletic Club in thirty-fourth place in 19:05. Isobel Medcroft (Bristol & West AC) knocked almost a minute of her PB recording 22.17.

Entries closed for Two Bays Tough 10

Thursday, January 30th, 2014

IT has a new name, new route but the same sponsor in Easy Runner – and that seems to have already produced a winning formula with the 2014 Two Bays Tough Ten.
For the first time in many years the event has reached its limit so no entries will be taken for the race on Sunday February 9th.

Last chance to enter the Blackmore Vale half

Thursday, January 30th, 2014

TOMORROW is the last chance to enter the 22nd Blackmore Vale Lions half marathon – registration closes January 31st.
The event is held from Bishops Caundle Playing Fields near Sherborne this Sunday (February 2nd) at 11am and there will be t-shirts to all finishers.
There is also a £100 prize for breaking the course records which currently stand at 69:11 for men and 80:56 for women. For further details see the website at:

Emily opens with victory in Vienna

Thursday, January 30th, 2014

BRISTOL & West international Emily Diamond opened her indoor season with a victory over 400m in Vienna on Tuesday although she won’t be overly happy with her time of 54.58secs having been baulked in her race.

Wiltshire Schools’ Champs gets the go-ahead

Thursday, January 30th, 2014

MEETING organiser Tim Whiting has insisted that the Wiltshire Schools’ Cross Country Championships at Grittleton House School will go ahead on Saturday.
“I have walked the course today and it is looking good,” said Whiting. “The parts still under water we can avoid by re-routing the course slightly. Some parts are obviously wet and muddy but in cross country this is to be expected.
“We are determined not to postpone it again – so get the message out . The fixture is ON and come prepared for all weathers.”
Likewise the Somerset Schools’ Championships are set to go ahead at Aldon Hill, near Yeovil starting at 2pm (
The South West Schools’ Championships will be held the following weekend (Feb 8th) in Bournemouth.

This new race could be a cracker!

Thursday, January 30th, 2014

WITH name like the Castle Hill Corker the new race launched by South Molton Strugglers has to be a sure-fire success.
The 10k multi terrain race will be held on Sunday February 23rd on the private Castle Hill Estate thanks to the kind permission of owner Lady Arran.
The race will take in stretches around the Castle Hill Estate, running through the Tunnel of Doom, the Ferocious Ford, Troll Bridge and Creepy Cliff and nearly 1000 feet of climbing – sounds like something out of the Hobbit Film!
“This is a not-to-be-missed opportunity to run in the stunning natural landscape around the great house,” say the organisers.
There is limit of 200m runners and proceeds will go to the North Devon Hospice. For further details see the website at:
Sign up not –it is going to be a real corker!

Why Helen was left out of the results of the Midlands

Tuesday, January 28th, 2014

WELL that Avon domination of the senior women’s race was even better than I thought.
Apparently Bristol & West AC runner Helen Sharpe finished 14th but because she lost her chip in the mud hasn’t appeared in the official results used on the Power of 10 Rankings.
So that is 11 local ladies in the top 25. Brilliant.

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