Archive for October, 2014

2015 South West XC Champs returns to old venue

Thursday, October 30th, 2014

IT has just been revealed that he 2015 South West Cross Country Championships on Sunday January 4th has been switched back to Bicton College, near Budleigh Salterton in east Devon.
Bcton College was the former home to the event until it was moved to the National Trust owed Killerton House two years ago.
That course was popularly received by runners but now due to parking restrictions at Killerton organiser Sonya Ellis has been forced to return to Bicton.
With its tough climb to the finish and uneven ground the course is certainly a true cross country challenge and compares well to Killerton and arguably it is better for spectators.
But putting on an event can’t be dictated by the attraction of the course alone and providing safe parking for hundreds of cars is a big issue and one that has forced Ellis’ hand. So all change again.
For more information call 07745 616852 or log onto the website at: www.sw-athletics-academy.co.uk

Ashcroft extends unbeaten Aztec West 5k reign

Thursday, October 30th, 2014

BRISTOL University John Ashcroft made it two wins out of two in the new Aztec West Fast 5k series.
Ashcroft, who is a member of Liverpool Harriers, finished well clear in a time of 15mins 03secs compared to the sizzling 14:54 he recorded in last month’s event which marked the switch of the event from east Bristol to its new home.
Behind him there was a good battle between Oli Mott and Harry Bishop of Severn AC with Mott eventually finishing second in 15:10 and Bishop third in 15:15.
Brett Halliwell (Stroud) took fourth in 15:28 and Jamie Taylor Caldwell of Ealing and Southall finished fifth in 15:30. Will Ferguson of CLC Striders was sixth (15:31) and then there was a real battle as Ben Price of Cheltenham Harriers was seventh (15:32), James Rodgers of North Somerset (15:37) was eighth, followed by a block of Bristol & West athletes who had a real scrap.
Richard Weeks was ninth in 15:38, Jarlath McKenna was tenth in 15:39, Luke Evans was eleventh in 15:41, which carved 25 seconds off the time he set last month.
Chris Green was twelfth in the same time and Mark Edwards completed those who finished under 16 minutes as he clocked 15:44 for thirteenth.
In the women’s race the home club dominated with Imogen Ainsworth winning in 17:13 after making the running throughout.
She was chased hard by last time’s winner Jasmine Finney who clocked a PB finishing in 17:17 with Jessie Sanzo third in 17:35 and Helen Sharpe also running a PB as she took fourth place in 17:38.
Mark Jennings of Fairwater Runners was the first M40 in 16:01 and Stefan Simms of MMRT was first M45in 16:29. Gary Hughes of Team Bath took M50 honours in 17:48, Peter Mountain was first M55 in 18:27 and Arthur Daley was the M60 winner in 19:26.
The under-17 men’s winner was Joe Connors of Westbury Harriers in 17:51.
In the Ladies age groups the under-17 first place went to Zoe Wassall (Stroud) in 18:05, with Jessie Sanzo the F35 winner and Zoe’s Mum Jane taking the W45 age group in 18:53.
Nicola Hovey of Gloucester AC was first F55 in 23:10.

Record turn-out for Aztec West Fast 5k

Wednesday, October 29th, 2014

THE second race in the new Aztec West Fast 5k road series last night attracted a record 206 runners which included 105 who hadn’t taken part in the opening race.
“We had quite a few runners come down the M5 from Gloucestershire and I am sure as words spreads that this is a very fast course with a quality field then we will get even more,” said spokesman Mike Down.
“It is good to know that we have had over 300 different runners tackle the first two races.”
Results to follow shortly.

Ambitious Stone seeks help to fulfil dreams

Wednesday, October 29th, 2014

FORMER Easy Runner/Bristol Post athlete of the month winner Chris Stone has launched a fundraising drive to help finance his dream of becoming an Olympic athlete.
Stone is one of the brightest young sprinters in the country and this summer represented Great Britain at the World Junior Championships in America.
That was a brilliant achievement but the next big step – and it is big – is to break into the senior ranks where competition is intense in the UK.
To realise his dreams Stone is looking for funding in order to devote all his time and energy towards training in a full-time capacity so he has launched a campaign through the funding website talent backer.
The link to the web-site is http://www.talentbacker.com/talents/view/chris-stone. To check out more of Stone’s achievements log onto the Power-of-10 website at: http://www.thepowerof10.info/athletes/profile.aspx?athleteid=378786 if you want to find out more about hi performances to date.

Vote for Jo Pavey in Sunday Times awards

Wednesday, October 29th, 2014

BRISTOL & West AC life member Jo Pavey leads the finalists for the Sunday Times & Sky Sports Sportswoman of the Year awards which are to be held on Wednesday 19 November in London.
Athletics have finalists in four of the categories which is a fine reward for a very successful year for our female athletes.
The 40 year-old mum of two captured the hearts of the nation as she became the oldest ever gold medallist at the European Championships in the 10,000m.
This came a few weeks after winning an exceptional 5000m bronze medal at the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow. She now stands a chance of joining an illustrious list of former winners of the award such as Christine Ohuruogu and Paula Radcliffe.
To read more about the Sunday Times awards and vote for Jo click on the link below:

http://www.thesundaytimes.co.uk/sto/public/sportswomen/article1474175.ece?CMP=OTH-gnws-standard-2014_10_23

Jagger smashes PB in Frankfurt marathon

Sunday, October 26th, 2014

BRISTOL & West AC’s Jenny Jagger smashed her personal best in the Frankfurt marathon earlier today.
The 33-year-old clocked 2hrs 39mins 46secs which slashed a massive 12 minutes off her previous mark of 2:52.24 which she ran in last year’s London.
The time lifts Jagger to ninth in the 2014 UK Rankings and is the second quickest in the west country behind the amazing Emma Stepto, who was also in Frankurt today and was first non-African in a big PB of 2:32.40.
In addition Jagger’s clubmate Julia Belyavin finished 22nd today in 2.52.41 which sliced over six minutes from her PB of 2:59.04, which she also ran in Frankfurt last year.

Owen and Imogen at the double!

Sunday, October 26th, 2014

IT was a Bristol & West double in the Bristol Cross Country meeting in Ashton Court yesterday.
Owain Jones won the senior men’s race in emphatic style from Ireland’s Liam Brady and Bristol-based Notts runner Jonathan Thewlis.
Imogen Ainsworth, who has just returned from a trip to America, claimed the women’ title from impressive Worcester junior Jenny Nesbitt.
Former champion Naomi Taschimowitz was fifth as she continued her comeback from injury.

Annabel eying top three in Stroud half

Friday, October 24th, 2014

ANNABEL Granger is among the leading women entered for the 33rd Stroud half marathon on Sunday.
The 41-year-old Bristol & West AC runner boasts a good record in the event and finished third last year and sixth in 2012. With former champion Wendy Nicholls having pulled out and no Africans registered this year Granger could again make the podium.

Jones chasing glory in Mike Sully Trophy

Friday, October 24th, 2014

OWAIN Jones opened his cross country season with an emphatic victory in the first Gwent League fixture so will be among the favourites for the 53rd Mike Sully Trophy at Ashton Court tomorrow.
One of his main rivals will be Bristol-based Notts AC runner Jonathan Thewlis, who is coached by Tom Watson but none of the recent winners of the race when it was incorporated into the McCain Cross Challenge – principally Dewi Thomas and Frank Tickner – are entered.
The meeting will start at 11am with the under 11 races and culminate with the senior women at 2.10pm and the senior men at 2.40pm.

Jenny has high hopes in Frankfurt marathon

Friday, October 24th, 2014

THE marathon is a fickle event so Jenny Jagger will take nothing for granted when she lines up for the Frankfurt race on Sunday.
On paper Jagger’s form in recent months suggests that her personal best 2:52.24, which she set in London should be significantly eclipsed.
The Bristol & West runner clocked a big PB of 74:09 in Cardiff last month and was top Brit in the Bristol half the previous month so one would expect a sub 2:50 time is well within her capability – and hopefully much better than that.


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