Archive for July, 2014

Holly races to marathon victory in record time

Thursday, July 31st, 2014

GREAT Britain marathon international and ultra distance specialist Holly Rush raced to an impressive overall victory in the off-road marathon at the Bath Running Festival.
The Team Bath AC runner beat not just her female rivals but also the best men as she completed the course, which included 1100 metres of ascent, in a new record time of 3hrs 36mins.
“There was a slight change to the course in the opening 5k so it wasn’t exactly the same but Holly was six or seven minutes quicker than last year’s winning time so without doubt it was a big new record,” said race director Tom Room.

All change in the Avon Road Relays

Thursday, July 31st, 2014

THE new Avon Athletic Association 5k Club Road Relay Championships will take place on Sunday 31st August .
The event will be a pilot event this year with all profits going to Avon AA and the race will start at 11.00 a.m. The teams will be four for a men’s team and three for a ladies team and there will be seniors and veterans and junior categories. The event will be held at Cleeve Cricket Club, Main Road, Cleeve, Bristol.
The event is being organised by North Somerset members Stu Hancock and Kate Britten and will replace the Clevedon road relays.

Bath Tunnels race not for the claustrophobic!

Tuesday, July 29th, 2014

THE Two Tunnels half marathon training run on Sunday ( 3rd August) is a great preparation for the Bristol half marathon.
The event starts from The Bandstand in Royal Victoria Park, Bath at 8am and there are two routes, the 13 mile circular or the out & back 7+ mile route.
The circular route will be the reverse from last time going through the tunnels on the outward leg. As in previous runs there will be paced groups for all runners and everyone is welcome.
But runners should note the longest tunnel is just over a mile in length, so this run is not for the claustrophobic.

Phillips stars for Team Avon

Tuesday, July 29th, 2014

FORMER Easy Runner athlete of the month winner Rob Phillips was one of Team Avon’s winners in the fourth and final match of the UK Youth Development U20/17 Midland Premier 1 League staged at Swansea.

UK Youth Development U20/17 League, Midland Premier 1, Swansea.
Under 20 men – 100: 5 Luke Lorenzi 11.4; B: 3 Elliott Prendergast (Bath Uni) 11.5; 200 (-3.0w): 4 Lorenzi 23.1; B: 4 Alexander Shad (TB) 24.7 (PB) (-1.1w); 400: 1 Alex Daley 49.9 (PB); B: 2 Sam Rockett (TB, 16) 55.3; 800: 4 Eliot Green (TB) 2:03.2 (SB); B: 4 Daniel Parker 2:14.3; 1500: 3 Green 431.8; B: 2 Adam Wilson 4:41.5; 400H: 1 Rob Phillips 56.3; 4×100m relay: 3 Team Avon 43.9; 4×400 relay: 1 Team Avon 3:30.8; LJ: 5 Ryan Fowler 5.54 (PB); TJ: 4 Fowler 11.35; SP (6k): 2 Sam Boulton (TB) 12.08; B: 3 Mark Pratt 8.31 (PB); DT (1.75k): 2 Boulton 40.91 (PB); B: 3 Matthew Wilson 21.72 (PB); Jav (800) 5 Matthew Wilson (TB) 29.60; B: 4 Phillips 24.25;

Under 17 men 100 (-2.7w): 3 William Kennedy 11.4; B: 4 Owen Harnett 11.9 (-3.3w); 200: 2 Kennedy 22.8 (-1.7w); B: 3 Harnett 23.8 (-4.4w); 400: 3 Tomas Goodman 51.8; B: 2 Adam Gordon (TB) 56.8; 800: 3 Sam Rockett (TB) 2:08.5 (PB); 1500: 6 Jonathan Wilson (TB) 5:26.0; B: 4 Jonny Shine 6:33.6; 3000: 4 Wilson 10:44.7; 100H (-3.3w): 4 Mike Green 17.7 (SB); 400H: 2 Green 60.2; 1500 S/C: 3 Wilson 6:06.9; 4×100m relay: 3 Team Avon 44.5; 4×400 relay: 2 Team Avon 3:41.1; LJ: 2 Harry Weston 5.71 (PB); TJ: 2 Weston 11.83; SP (5k); 3 Adam Gordon (TB) 9.90; DT (1.5k): 5 Goodman 19.66 (PB); HT (5k): 5 Goodman 21.86; Jav (700): 4 Pratt 38.36;

Under 20 women – 100: 4 Abigail Barton 13.2; B: 3 Sarah Neate (TB) 13.4 (-2.6w); 200: 3 Barton 27.0 (-2.7w); B: 2 Neate 27.6 (-3.9w); 400: 3 Grace Davies-Redmond (TB) 60.2; B: 2 Ellie Winfield 67.3; 800: 5 Lauren Ellis 2:31.4 (SB); 3000: 2 Kirsty Stanley (TB) 11:27.7 (SB); 100H: 5 Hattie Dent 17.0; 400H: 1 Dent 66.1; 1500 S/C: 1 Ellis 5:55.5 (PB); B: 2 Dent 6:31.5 (PB); 4×100 relay: 3 Team Avon 50.7; 4×400m relay: 1 Team Avon 4:23.1; HJ: 1 Amelia Hempleman-Adams 1.66 (SB); B: 1 Davies-Redmond 1.50; LJ: 3 Samantha Barrett 4.77; B: 2 Sarah Long 4.22; TJ: 2 Sarah Smith 9.95; SP: 3 Rownita Marston 11.64 (PB); DT (1k); 4 Marston 20.92; B: 4 Winfield 8.38; HT (4k): 3 Marston 20.47; Jav (600) 6 Barrett 14.03.

Under 17 women – 100: 4 Yvette Westwood 13.2; B: 2 Sarah Smith 13.1 (-3.3w); 200: 2 Ella Falk 26.2; B: 1 Westwood 27.2 (-3.1w); 300: 1 Sarah Long (TB) 43.2; 800: 3 Grace Cook 2:30.2; 1500: 2 Ellie Leather 4:58.8; B: 2 Emma Jones 5:36.8; 3000: 4 Georgia Taylor 11:48.3; 80H (-3.3w): 2 Livia Gauntlett 12.2; B: 2 Zoe Mattacks 13.0 (-2.7w); 300H: 2 Gauntlett 49.3 (PB); B: 2 Laura Statham 57.2 (PB); 4×100m relay: 3 Team Avon 50.2; 4×300m relay: 1 Team Avon 2:54.5; HJ: 3 Samantha Barrett 1.50; LJ: 4 Statham 4.23; TJ (+3.0w): 1 Statham 9.34; HT (3k): 2 Mary-Lou Poore 36.43; Jav (500) 3 Davies-Redmond 33.15.

Loren sparkles with relay silver in World Juniors

Monday, July 28th, 2014

WEST sprinter Loren Bleaken has won a silver medal on the final day of the IAAF World Junior Championships in Eugene, Oregon.
The Team Bath AC runner, who lives in Marshfield just north of Bath, was part of the Great Britain women’s 4×400m relay team who finished close second to the USA with a time of 3:32.00, the second fastest ever by a British junior women’s team.
The quartet comprised Shona Richards (Marina Armstrong, WSEH), Bleaken (Malcolm Arnold, Team Bath), Sabrina Bakare (Jane Dixon, Bracknell) and Cheriece Hylton (John Blackie, Shaftesbury Barnet).
Third leg runner Bakare said: “It’s absolutely amazing. We knew we were a strong team and we just wanted to prove that we could do some damage out there. To come away with a silver medal is unbelievable. We knew we could do it but to actually go and do it on the track, I’m so proud of everyone that we were able to do it.”

I’ll be back, vows sprint ace Stone

Friday, July 25th, 2014

CHRIS Stone is already turning his thoughts to the future after the bitter disappointment of being knocked out in the heats of the 200m at the World Junior Championships in America.
The Bristol & West athlete and former Easy Runner athlete of the month winner was fourth in heat 2 clocking 21.47secs into a very slight headwind.
That was well down on his season’s best of 20.92secs and frustratingly Stone would have qualified as a fastest loser had he beaten third-placed Jakub Matus of Slovakia, who clocked a PB of 21.36secs.
Stone was obviously initially disappointed but with the support of his coach Ali Abrams 24 hours later he seems to be feeling a lot better and through Facebook issued statement in which he is clearly looking to the future.
“I’m feeling a bit better now after my race,e.
“It has been an amazing experience to be here and I am very honoured to represent my country. I just want to thank everyone that has been involved in the process and would like to thank my coach and my parents for getting me here.
“I will carry out the rest of my season with my head held high and will be back for my next project of the Euro Under 23s next year.
“I will be bigger, stronger, faster and mentally stronger. Bring it on!”

High-flier Kurt is a worthy Easy Runner winner

Friday, July 25th, 2014

THE decision to award Kurt Cameron the prize as athlete of the month proved a wise decision by the judges of the Easy Runner/Bristol Post competition
While the award came for his all-round performances in the the the UK Youth Development League the 14-year-old Bristol & West AC athlete, who is coached by Martin Davies, went on to finish second in the junior boys’ pole vault at the English Schools’ Championships clearing a personal best of 3.50m.
Then just days before he collected his free pair of adizero shoes from Bristol’s leading athletics retailer Cameron soared to another personal best of 3.56m at the final UK Youth Development League match.
That adds up to a golden summer for the Grange School student from Kingswood but Cameron revealed that twice his season nearly came to a premature end this year.
“During the indoor season I broke my right ankle the week after finishing joint first in the England Championships and had to take a break from the sport,” said Cameron.
“Then three weeks before the English Schools’ Championships I sprained my other ankle in training. It was touch and go but the physio taped it up so I decided to give it a go.
“I am extremely glad I did now!”
Cameron is hoping the Easy Runner prize isn’t the last thing he wins this season as he still has the England Under 15 Championships and the teenager is in the mood for further success.

Athlete of the month short-list

Friday, July 25th, 2014


ADA’ORA CHIGBO: The Bristol Grammar School student soared to the top of the UK Rankings with a superb performance at the Avon Schools’ Track & Field Championships, in Yate. The 15-year-old cleared 1.75m which added two centimetres to her previous best, to share equal first place with Amber Valley’s Niamh Emerson in the national rankings for under 17 women. The clearance was a national standard and underlines the huge talent of Chigbo, who is a member of North Somerset AC and is coached by Mike Butterfield.

JACK MOORE: The 14-year-old Castle School high jumper cleared a personal best of 1.71m, which added a staggering eight centimetres to his previous best, to win the junior boys’ event at the Avon Schools’ Track & Field Championships, in Yate. The result lifted Moore, who is coached by Jeremy Dale at Yate & District AC, into second on the South West Rankings for under 15 boys in what is only his second season in the sport.

ROWNITA MARSTON: The 16-year-old Bristol Brunel Academy student threw a PB of 12.89m to not only claim gold in the inter girls’ shot at the Avon Schools’ Track & Field Championships, in Yate but also go top of the South West Rankings for U17 women – and equal seventh in the UK. She then followed that up with victory in the South West Schools’ Championships, Yeovil, throwing a new meeting record of 13.90m.

REUBEN WILMSHURST: The 14-year-old Bristol Grammar School student raced to a thrilling victory in the junior boys’ 800m at the Avon Schools’ Track & Field Championships, in Yate. Wilsmhurst, who is a member of Bristol & West AC and is coached by Alison Hurford, smashed his personal best by a huge by five seconds with a sparkling time of 2mins 05.0secs to finish just ahead of Bath’s Themis Bower. That time was also inside the English Schools’ qualifying standard and lifted Wilmshurst – younger brother of former GB junior international Ellie – to third in the South West Rankings.

SCOTT CARPENTER: representing South Gloucestershire Carpenter completed a notable double in the senior boys’ 1500m (4:19.5) and 3000m (9:31.4) at the Avon Schools’ Track & Field Championships, in Yate. Then third in the South West Schools’ Track & Field Championships.

CATHERINE CLAYTON: The 14-year-old county champion – in which she also won the hammer - finished runner-up in the junior girls’ discus with a personal best throw of 30.06m at the South West Schools’ Track & Field Championships, Yeovil.

LUKE LORENZI: The 18-year-old Avon sprinter, who is a member of Yate & District AC, was a superb winner of the senior boys’ 100 at the South West Schools’ Track & Field Championships, Yeovil, clocking a legal electronic personal best 10.98secs. He was also third in the 200m (22.11secs), which was also an electronic legal best.

THOMAS GOODMAN: The 16-year-old set a new personal best of 50.88secs, having broken 51 seconds for the first time in the heats with 50.91secs, to finished runner-up in the inter boys 400m at the South West Schools’ Track & Field Championships, Yeovil. That also lifted him to fourth on the South West Rankings for under 17 men. He was also third in the Avon Schools’ Championships at the 100m (11.8secs).

HUGH SADLER: There was also a great finish in the junior boys’ 1500m at the Avon Schools’ Track & Field Championships, in Yate with 14-year-old BGS’ Sadler (4:32.1) just beating Gordano’s Ben Cureton by 0.2secs. It was his third fastest time of the season.

Stone ready to go in World Juniors - tonight

Thursday, July 24th, 2014

BRISTOL athlete Chris Stone opens his campaign at the World Junior Championships in Eugene, Oregon, this evening.
The Bristol & West AC international is in action in the heats of the 200m at 6.45pm and coach Ali Abrams tells me that his preparations have gone rally well since flying out to America last week.
“Chris has handled the trip extremely well and has been soaking up every bit of the experience and realising that this is a great platform and stepping stone going forward,” said Abrams.
“His attitude has been fantastic and his preparation has been flawless. The great weather has allowed for some great track sessions to be done and he’s ticked all the boxes going into Thursday.
But this evening Stone will need to show that he has the temperament to perform on the big stage and as he is ranked 20th of the 73 entries he should progress through the initial heats.
“Expectations going into Thursday are to try and make the semi-final and then who knows with Chris!” added Abrams.
“His rate of improvement has been so fast that being surprised is becoming norm for me. The standard can’t get any higher than this competition for a junior and many of these athletes are our future Olympic and world champions.
“Chris firmly believes this is where he belongs and from a coaching stand point that’s been great to witness and he’s stepped up to the plate and even seeing him in a holding camp with the world’s best junior sprinters there is something about that still stands out amongst the rest.”

Life in the fast lane suits Stone, says coach Ali

Wednesday, July 23rd, 2014

BRISTOL & West AC coach Ali Abrams has given me a glowing report of his time at the World Junior Championships in Oregon.
Abrams managed to get coaching accreditation to be with his sprinter Chris Stone, who makes his international debut in the heats of the men’s 200m tomorrow evening (Thursday 18.45).
Abrams has already been in Eugene for a week and is clearly impressed with what he has seen.
“It has been an amazing experience out here so far and the competition hasn’t even started!” said Abrams.
“On Sunday we moved to the competition venue at the University of Oregon and the facilities were the best I’ve ever seen with the track next to the hotel and a world class high performance centre across the road at the university.”
It is the first time that Ashton-based Stone, who was playing Sunday League football just three years ago, has competed in an international championships and it is his first trip abroad but it appears he has taken everything in his stride.
“Chris has handled the trip extremely well,” added Abrams.
“He is soaking up every bit of the experience and realising that this is a great platform and stepping stone going forward. His attitude has been fantastic and his preparation has been flawless.
“The great weather has allowed for some great track sessions to be done and he’s ticked all the boxes going into Thursday.”
“I’ve had plenty of coaches ask me ‘Who is that young man over there?’ and it has been great to say he’s coached by myself and share his story. Plenty have said talents like his don’t come around too often in our sport.”

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