Archive for September, 2014

Half marathon star McKenna is on a roll

Tuesday, September 30th, 2014

JARLATH McKenna has enjoyed a terrific end to the month of September.
Ten days ago the Bristol & West AC runner smashed his personal best in the Bristol half marathon with a time of 72mins 14secs – which slashed a staggering 7mins 42secs off his previous best.
McKenna would have been forgiven for resting on his laurels after that and taking a well-earned breather but he had other ideas.
So on Sunday he lined up for the Forest of Dean Autumn half-marathon and raced to an emphatic victory on the picturesque forest trails around Speech House.
Clearly he wasn’t a quick but McKenna’s time of 75:12 was still highly respectable n that course and left him nearly three minutes ahead of Gary Burnett of Charnwood AC who was second in 1:18.20. Sean Taylor of Devon-based Michelmores Running Club was third in 1:19.03.
Now that is what I call a week to remember!

Avon junior girls are history makers

Tuesday, September 30th, 2014

A GROUP of Avon teenagers have written themselves into the county history books by becoming the first medal winners at the English Schools’ Combined Events Championships in Boston.
In a thrilling competition the Avon squad of Natalia Isherwood (Chew Valley), Emma Bakare (Backwell), Esther Leong (Backwell) and Nicola Fortune (Oldfield) won the team bronze medals behind the mighty squads from Hertfordshire and Greater Manchester.
“In a titanic struggle with North Yorkshire for third place the result came down to the 800metres where all four girls performed at their best to achieve third place by just 40 points,” said delighted Dave Turner, who was joint team manager with Susan Jones.
“It meant the junior girls team became the first ever Avon Schools’ team to appear on the podium at the English Schools’ Combined Events Championships.”

New Bath race is a big hit

Monday, September 29th, 2014

WITH just over 1,000 finishers in its five races the inaugural Bath Two Tunnels has been pronounced a huge success.
“The event went brilliantly and I am absolutely delighted,” said race director Tom Room.
The 10k, half marathon and marathon races all took in the Devonshire Tunnel measuring 408 metres and the Combe Down Tunnel at 1672m and the turn-out makes the event the second biggest in the city after the Bath half marathon.

Kate races to victory in Cirencester 10k

Sunday, September 28th, 2014

BRISTOL & West AC’s Kate Hulls (previously Goodhead) finished top woman in the Cirencester Park 10k road race today clocking a time of 37mins 05secs for eighth place of the 488 runners.
Runner-up was former GB international Wendy Nicholls in 38:33 with Stroud’s Naomi Eaton third (38:59). Overall winner was Severn AC’s Harry Bishop (32:56).

Fox ends Scott’s reign as Taunton 10k champion

Sunday, September 28th, 2014

LUKE Scott’s reign at Taunton 10k came to an end today. For the past six years the Taunton AC runner has dominated his home town race but today that dominance was ended in emphatic style.
Wells City Harrier Oliver Fox who doesn’t turn 18 until a week tomorrow, was the party-pooper as he finished 20 seconds clear of Scott and came within seven seconds of the course record.
Fox’s time of 32:14 was just two seconds outside his PB set last year. Third was in-form Tiverton Harriers’ veteran Kevin Squibb who slashed another thirty seconds off his personal best with a time of 33:07 to finish well clear of M40 rival Pete Waumsley.
Men: 1 Oliver Fox (Wells, U20) 32:14; 2 Luke Scott (Taun) 32:34; 3 Kevin Squibb (Tiv, M40) 33:07; 4 Pete Waumsley (Tamar, M40) 33:44; 5 Steve Kershaw (Taun) 34:02; 6 Paul Butcher (Mansfield) 34:03.
Women: 1 Joanna Carritt (RF Taun) 38:16; 2 Aliso Thorn (EVH) 38:28; 3 Seranne Stone (Tiv) 38:43.
540 finishers.

Fancy a Nightmare run in Leigh Woods?

Friday, September 26th, 2014

SOUTHVILLE Running Club have confirmed the return of the Nightingale Nightmare - the second run of our trail 10k based in and around Leigh Woods in Bristol.
The event takes place on the 2nd of November 2014 at 11am and for further details see the website at:

Entries on day for Portishead 10k

Friday, September 26th, 2014

ENTRIES on the day are being take – but only up until 10am – for the 12th Portishead 10k multi terrain race from the Lake Grounds on Sunday (September 28th).
The course is designed to be within the capabilities of any normal fit runner or jogger. The course uses sections of tarmac road, woodland and coastal paths in and around the Portishead Lake Grounds. There is a time limit of 90 minutes.
For further details see the website at:

Somerset double-header on offer

Friday, September 26th, 2014

WEST runners have a choice of two great events in Somerset next month with the Castle Cary 10K on Sunday October 12 and the Shepton Mallet 10K on Sunday October 26.
The Castle Cary 10K is now an established and firm favourite with the region’s athletes who enjoy the challenge of a multi- terrain event. The race leads runners from Caryford Leisure Centre in Castle Cary through an undulating route past inspiring views of King Alfred’s Tower and Bruton Lodge Hill Fort.
Now in its second year the Shepton Mallet 10K road race starts at Shepton Mallet Leisure Centre, moving past the town’s famous prison and weaving through the streets before escaping onto scenic country lanes.
For more information about the races see the website at:

Dot forget the new super-fast 5k race in Bristol

Friday, September 26th, 2014

A reminder that the new Aztec West Fast Winter (formerly Pomphrey Sports) 5K races, which is being held over a fast three-lap course, gets underway on Tuesday September 30th and entries will be taken on the night (

The death of Clive Thomas

Thursday, September 25th, 2014

THERE is very sad news from Somerset with the sudden death of Clive Thomas.
The former Wales international runner and the coach at Wells City Harriers died on Sunday, the day after was with the club at Aldershot working as a team manager for the South of England Road Relays.
“Clive will be sorely missed by all of us but our thoughts at this time are with his partner Sue, with his mum, and with his sons Alan and Neal and their respective families,” said club chairman Paul Chadwick.
Thomas been a member of Wells City Harriers for 30 years and made an immense contribution to athletics in the area through his coaching, team management and committee roles with the club, the school, the County Athletic Association and the Schools AA.
Of the many athletes he coached British international Frank Ticker was probably the most high profile.

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