Archive for August, 2014

Holly stars in new Sweden 90k challenge

Thursday, August 28th, 2014

TEAM Bath’s Holly Rush ran herself into the record books with a magnificent victory in the inaugural Ultravasan 90k trail race in Sweden.
The former British marathon international runner has established a reputation as one of the premier female ultra distance runners in the world since stepping up from the traditional 26.2 miles distance and this win will only enhance that further.
“It was a great event and the organisation was epic,” said Rush.
“The organisers want it to become a really big thing, a destination race like the iconic ski event and I think in future it is going to be a great race to run.
“Everything was amazingly organised and I think race organisers over here could learn a few things from the way they go about it over there.”

Chippenham half entries still open

Thursday, August 28th, 2014

THE first weekend of September traditionally marks the start of the autumn half marathon season and west country runners are certainly spoiled for choice with major races in Cheltenham and Chippenham on Sunday September 7th.
Entries for Cheltenham are already closed apart from charity places ( but entries are still being taken for the Chippenham event,
As of today the Chippenham organisers report 1,730 runners registered and they will continue to take entries up until 12noon on Friday September 7th. The race limit is 2,200.
The race was voted fifth in the Runners World Top 10 Half Marathons of 2013 and was the winner of the Wiltshire AA Race of the Year Awards for 2013.

Bristol & West step in to save cross country event

Thursday, August 28th, 2014

ENTRIES are now being taken for the Bristol Cross Country Races – which this year have been switched Ashton Court Estate on Saturday 25 October.
The races will be staged by Bristol & West AC in partnership with runbristol. The events will incorporate the Mike Sully Trophy and Gemma Butler Bowl.
Previously the event had been held on Sunday and marked the start of the McCain UK Athletics Cross Challenge series but the loss of the sponsor has meant that series has been axed.
“There is no race sponsor so the club will be looking to keep costs to a minimum so that the entry fees can remain at £8 for senior athletes and £5 for juniors (plus a £2 fee for unattached runners),” said club development officer Keith Brackstone.
There will be no late entries or entries on the day so runners need to register sooner rather later.
For news, updates and further information about age categories and how to enter log onto the website at:

Organisers delighted with Severn Bridge half

Thursday, August 28th, 2014

For the first time in its 48-year history, the Severn Bridge was closed for a running event as more than 2,000 runners took part in the race and joint race directors Paul Dodd and Andy Creber are already looking to the future.
“Paul and I have been planning this event for over a year, and it is very satisfying to hear so many positive comments,” said Creber.
“It is the first time we have organised an event on this scale. It has been stressful at times, but the ultimate reward is for us to hear such positive feedback.
“We are extremely grateful to all the runners that entered, many having raised hundreds for charity, and we are especially thankful to our many helpers, marshals and sponsors, without which the event simply could not take place. The support from Chepstow Harriers in particular has been overwhelming.”

Wylie delight at first international duathlon medal

Tuesday, August 26th, 2014

BRISTOL & West athlete Phil Wylie is today celebrating his first international medal after finishing third the European Duathlon Championships in Weyer, Austria.
Over the challenge that comprised a 10k run 40k bike ride then a final 5k run Wylie was only denied the silver by one second in a desperate sprint finish with reigning World champion Nicolas Benoit of France.
“It feels amazing to win my first individual medal and I am so happy,” said Wylie.
European Duathlon Championships, Austria – elite men: 1 Rob Woestenborghs (Bel) 1:51.49; 2 Benoit Nicolas (France) 1hr 52:16; 3 Phil Wylie (GB) 1:52.17.

Newcomer Dixon trots out a convincing victory

Tuesday, August 26th, 2014

JOSHUA Dixon of North Somerset AC ran out a convincing winner of the Foxtrot 5 miles road race at rural Broughton Gifford in Wiltshire.
The 24-year-old new signing clocked a time of 25mins 59secs to finish 37 seconds clear of Mike Towler with Team Bath’s Ewen Malloch third in 26:36.

Westbury’s Catherine third in new Bridge race

Tuesday, August 26th, 2014

THERE was an impressive 2,119 finishers in the inaugural Severn Bridge half marathon which started and finished in Chepstow and crossed the River Severn for a loop around Thornbury and other south Gloucestershire villages.
“It was an odd experience running along a bridge the size of the Severn and along a closed motorway, but it made for a great start and finish to a race,” said Team Bath AC’s Dan Jones, who was the first local runner in fourth.
It was good to see that Westbury Harriers’ Catherine Lee finished 23rd overall and third woman in 83minutes with Bitton Road Runners’ Lynette Porter fourth.
The Bristol & West AC trio of Jane Colman, Becky James and Nina Davies won the women’s team prize.

2618 Stephen Paterson Les Croupiers Running Club 01:14:26
2 131 James Bellward Rafaa 01:14:42
3 502 Steve Davies Belgrave Harriers 01:15:07
4 1170 Daniel Jones Team Bath Ac 01:16:17
5 1061 Matthew Hurford Les Croupiers Running Club 01:17:33

1 1444 Katherine Matthews Chepstow Harriers 01:21:00
2 2376 Emma Wookey Lliswerry Runners 01:21:13
3 1309 Catherine Lee Westbury Harriers 01:23:00
4 1719 Lynette Porter Bitton Road Runners 01:26:54
5 2402 Julie Poole Clevedon Ac 01:28:12

Campbell sprints to Inter Counties glory

Monday, August 25th, 2014

THREE former winners of the Easy Runner athlete of the month competition – Theo Campbell, Chris Stone and Charlotte Green - finished on the podium at the Inter-Counties Championships in Bedford.
The star performance came from sprinter Theo Campbell, who not only won the men’s 200m but also clocked a legal PB of 21.14secs in the semi finals to go 28th on the UK Rankings – and second quickest in the South West behind Bristol & West clubmate Chris Stone.
Talking of Stone he also delivered a mighty performance to finally finish a terrific season. The British junior 200m international finished fourth in the 100m after making it through in second place from his heat and as a fastest loser from the semi-final where he ran a legal 10.49secs for fourth.
He then out did himself in the final beating many 10.3secs runners to finish fourth in a windy PB of 10.35.
The other medals were won by Charlotte Green with second in the 3000 metres steeplechase for her final track race of the 2014 summer season and Christina Jones in the hammer with 57.53m.
The other medallist was Exmouth-based B&W runner Tom Merson, who was runner-up in the 5000m in 14:44.90 after unleashing a 60 seconds last lap.
Inter Counties Championships, Bedford – senior men: 100: 3 Andy Robertson (A&S) 10.35 (+3.6w) (s/f 10.10 +1.9w); 4 Chris Stone (A&S) 10.35 (+3.6w); (s/f 10.49 +1.9w); 200: 1 Theo Campbell (A&S) 21.40 (-0.1w) ( s/f 21.14 +0.7w); hts: Daniel Trueman (Glos) 22.04 (+2.9w);
400: 7 Jack Wightman (Corn) 48.67);
3000S/C : 3 Daniel Owen (Glos) 9:15.19; 5000: 2 Tom Merson (Devon) 14:44.90;
SP: 1 Gareth Winter (Glos) 17.00; HT: 5 Alex Warner (Glos) 60.39; Jav: 5 Simon Bennett (Devon) 60.10;

Women: 200: hts Jennie Batten (Glos) 26.98; 100H: 1 Karla Drew (Yorks) 13.60 (+3.1w) (hts 13.45 +2.7w);
3000 S/C: 2 Charlotte Green (Avon) 10:53.30;
HT: 2 Christina Jones (A&S) 57.53; LJ: 1 Rebecca Chapman (Devon) 6.00 (+1.6w); HJ:6 Jordanna Morrish (C/W) 1.65.

Relay Champs – U20 women 4×400: 1 Team Avon 4:10.73 (Abigail Barton, Annie Lewi, Grace Davies-Redmond, Sarah Long).
U20 women 4×100m: 1 Team Avon 50.01 (Livia Gauntlett, Grace Davies-Redmond, Sarah Long,Abigail Barton).

Sprint ace Stone scorches to windy PB

Sunday, August 24th, 2014

BRITISH Junior international Chris Stone ended his season with a wind personal best of 10.35secs to finish fourth at the Inter Counties Championships in Bedford today
The Bristol & West AC sprinter qualified for the 100m final after making it through in second from his heat and as a fastest loser from the semi final where he ran a legal 10.49 for fourth.
“He then out did himself in the final beating many 10.3secs runners to finish fourth in a windy PB of 10.35!” said coach Ali Abrams.
“It is a great end to the season (and) next season looks like it could another big one for Chris where he’ll be aiming to make the Euro U23 champs.”

Merson delight at silver in 5000m

Sunday, August 24th, 2014

TOM Merson ended a busy week with an excellent silver medal in Bedford.
Representing Devon the Bristol & West runner uncorked a 60-seconds last lap to record a time of 14mins 44.90secs and go one place better than last year when he ran his PB of 14:39.71.
“I just got beaten by a few tenths but I think that last lap was a personal best for 400 metres!” said Merson.
Merson’s silver comes after his victory in the second Exeter 10k road race during the week with a time of 31mins 12secs while seven days ago he won the 5000m at the South West Championships and also cam third in the 1500m.

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