Archive for May, 2014

Wylie is hoping to reign in Spain

Friday, May 30th, 2014

PHIL Wylie is hoping that his slow-burning career as one of Britain’s top duathletes will really catch alight at the World Championships in Spain on Saturday (MAY 31ST).
This will be the Bristol & West athlete’s sixth appearance in the showpiece event of the run-bike-run format and Wylie’s progression is such that he is now challenging to finish on the podium for the first time.
“When I made my debut in the event I finished 27th and ever since then I have gradually been working my way through the field,” said Wylie.
“I had another finish in the 20s then improved to 14th, 13th, eighth then last time two years ago a best of sixth. I have been consistent but now it is time to pull something better out of the bag and start challenging for a medal.
“That is my target and I am really looking forward to the event.
Wylie, who moved to Exeter last year, has been in great form in 2014 and only last month regained his British Duathlon title for the first time in five years.
“I had been going well but in the past two or three weeks I have not been feeling 100 per cent and my race performances haven’t been as good as I would have wanted,” added Wylie.
“I had a bit of treatment for a niggle which has now cleared up so hopefully those problems are behind me. I will have to be at my best to make the top five because the field in Spain looks like it will be incredibly strong with all he leading athletes there.
“It is going to be very tough but this is what I have been aiming for all season so I will give it my very best shot.”

Peters now faces the waiting game

Friday, May 30th, 2014

RICHARD Peters faces a nervous wait this weekend before he learns whether he has done enough to make the England team for the Commonwealth Games.
The 24-year-old currently likes third in the UK Rankings for 1500m with a season’s best of 3mins 38.83secs and is crucially second quickest England runner behind overall No 1 Charlie Grice.
Other rivals will be looking to make a final bid this weekend but it seems like Peters will be denied the chance to run any quicker to strengthen his claim.
His Bristol & West AC coach Mike Down tells me that Peters will be running two 1500m races for Boston University this weekend in a qualifying meeting to ensure of his place in the NCAA Championships.
“Unfortunately both those races will be tactical so are not likely to be particularly quick,” said Down. “Richard will just have to hope he has done enough.”

Bristol & West women in the money

Friday, May 30th, 2014

THE Bristol & West AC trio of Jenny Jagger, Jessie Sanzo and Lucy MacAlister scooped a prize of £1,000 for finishing second to Aldershot, Farnham & District.

Oldbury fun run expecting 1,000 runners

Friday, May 30th, 2014

THE annual Oldbury Fun Run 4 miles road race will be held on Sunday June 22nd with the organisers are again expecting over 1000 runners for the race which is held over traffic-free roads in south Gloucestershire.
In addition to the four miles (actually just under) there is also a fun run for all ages. All funds go to Clic Sargent with over £50,000 raised in recent years.
Online registration is open until June 14th and from the June 16th-20th runners can register at the Anchor Pub from 6.30 to 7.45pm. Price £8 for adults and £5 for under 13’s. Entries on the day (£3 extra) will be taken between 9am to 10.30am at the Anchor.
For more details see the website at:

Sign up for the Westbury Wipeout!

Friday, May 30th, 2014

THE Westbury Wipeout will be held on Monday July 14th (7.30pm) at Blaise Castle – and this year will be sponsored by Ford ensuring entry fees will be pegged to just £5 (£7 on the night if available).
The Ford Westbury Wipeout is a challenging multi terrain adventure run for juniors age 8 to 15, taking them on a tour of the woods, streams and hills of the Blaise Castle Estate.
The event is 3k long (2k for 8 and 9 year-olds), and includes a long downhill section, some scrambling up banks and slopes, and plenty of splashing through water and across mud, rocks, roots and steps.
The course is only lightly marked. Survivors will have to overcome the ‘Decent of Doom’, ‘Shark Lagoon’, ‘Ditch of Destruction’, ‘Crocs Leap’, ‘Hills of Torment’, ‘Trolls Bridge’ and ‘Scramble of Hope’. All participants will receive a special T-Shirt.
Entry in advance – £5:00 (cheques payable to ‘Westbury Harriers’) by post to ‘Westbury Wipeout’, 9B Etloe Road, Bristol BS6 7PG by 1st July. Numbers will be reserved for collection on the day (not posted out).
Entries will also be taken on the day (£7:00) from 6.15pm subject to a strict race limit of 249 entrants. For further details see the website at:

Lucy relishing her return to the marathon stage

Friday, May 30th, 2014

BRISTOL & West AC’s former international Lucy MacAlister is running the Stockholm Marathon tomorrow.
It will be the 36-year-old’s first marathon for three years, when she was runner-up in Brighton while it is six years since she ran her personal best of 2:36.26 when winning the Austin marathon in Texas.
Since then MacAlister has had two children but this past winter she has returned to top form and in 2004 has notched up several victories including the Taunton and Plymouth half marathons.
“I am really excited about running the marathon again,” said MacAlister.
“The weather forecast is good, the course s very fast and there is a strong women’s field. I am feeling in good shape and while I don’t think I am in the sort of form I was when I ran my PB I think I can get close to 2hrs 40mins.”

Bath Hilly 10 is a real challenge

Friday, May 30th, 2014

WEST races on Sunday include the Bath Hilly 10 (, the Fairford 10k ( and the Crewkerne 10k (

* On Monday Westbury Harriers stage the first race in the Blaise Blazer 4 miles multi terrain series in Blaise Castle, Bristol, with entries taken on the night (

* The next Run Exe 5k race on footpaths and cycle tracks around Exwick Playing Fields and the River Exe Flood Relief will be held on Tuesday (7.30pm) with registration at the Flowerpots (

Dates of Cheltenham Open meetings confirmed

Friday, May 30th, 2014

CHELTENHAM & County Harriers have confirmed the dates of their popular Midsummer Open meetings with the action getting underway on Wednesday July 2nd and further meetings on July 9th, 16th and 23rd. Entries will be taken on the night and for details of the timetable see the website at:

Coach Abrams promoted onto national programme

Tuesday, May 27th, 2014

BRISTOL & West AC sprints coach Alastair Abrams has been given a place on the National Coach Development Programme (NCDP).
This comes as recognition by England Athletics of the great work Abrams has been doing with his sprints group at Whitehall, which has seen athletes like Chris Stone and Debo Ademuyewo gaining international honours.
Club coaches already on the NCDP are Joy Bray (High Jump) and Keith Brackstone (Middle Distance/Endurance).

Red-hot Jenny leads Bristol girls to team silver

Tuesday, May 27th, 2014

JENNY Jagger raced to a superb new PB of 34:52 in the BUPA London 10k on Sunday. Jagger finished ninth with Jessie Sanzo 12th (35:41) and Lucy MacAlister 13th (35:49).
According to team manager Keith Brackstone’s calculations that should have been good enough to earn the Bristol & West trio second place in the team competition behind Aldershot , Farnham & District.
“The combined time for our first three ladies is 1 hour 46 minutes 22 seconds which I believe should be good enough for second behind Aldershot, who had Emily Wicks (sixth in 34:43), Georgie Bruinvels (seventh in 34:45) and Louise Small (tenth in 34:53) for a total of 1:44:22,” said Brackstone.
“So well done ladies on another national silver team medal!”

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