Archive for November, 2014

Kate smashes Aztec West 5k course record

Thursday, November 27th, 2014

KATE Hulls smashed the course record in the third Aztec West Fast 5k road race on Tuesday.
Hulls (ne Goodhead), who was returning to action after a period of intensive training, clocked 16mins 56secs which takes her to 18th equal fastest in the UK on the Run Britain Rankings for 2014.
Bristol & West AC clubmate Helen Newberry was another athlete returning to racing - in her case following an injury niggle - and her 17:45 clocking was a PB in second.
There was a real battle for third place with Naomi Eaton of Stroud AC just edging out Becky Townsend from Leeds City AC as both women clocked 18:48.
Townsend is now living in Bristol and trains regularly with Chris Elson’s group.
Hannah Hobbs of Westbury Harriers was top under 17 in 18:13 with clubmate Ellie Hobbs four seconds behind in 18:17 with Ellie Wallace of North Somerset AC completing the top three in 18:26.
Julia Belyavin was top W35 veteran in 18:37 which was a PB and top W45 vet was again won by Jane Wassall from Stroud AC in 18:49. Nicola Hovey of Gloucester AC was the fastest W55 in 23:00.

Ashcroft tightens grip on men’s title

Thursday, November 27th, 2014

JOHN Ashcroft made it three wins out of three to extend his unbeaten reign in the Aztec West Fast 5k road race on Tuesday.
Ashcroft tightening his grip on the series as he won in 15:09 just three seconds in front of Oli Mott (15:12) with Brett Halliwell of Stroud AC third in 15:25.
Luke Prior of Wells City Harriers was a clear winner of the Under 17 men’s category ahead of clubmate Oliver Dickinson (17:01).
Richard Lowe of Bristol & West was first M40 in 17:07 with Andy Malloy (17:28) second and Robin Phillips of Westbury Harriers third (17:33).
Justin Peters of Avon Valley Runners took M45 honours in 17:58 and Dave Hobbs of Westbury Harriers (18:01) made it a good night for the Hobbs family by finishing second.
John James of Wells City Harriers was a clear M50 winner in 16:00 with Clevedon’s Nick Hides second (17:27) and Mark Scrutton of B&W third (18:41).
Neil Maston of Clevedon was first M55 in 18:50 and Dave Bedwell was first M60 in 18:15.
There was a record 237 finishers.

Steeplechase seminar date announced

Thursday, November 27th, 2014

A 2015 DATE for the diary for all steeplechase runners in the west country.
In conjunction with England Athletics former British No 1 Spencer Duval – who ran 8mins 24secs at his peak - will be hosting a steeplechase workshop on Sunday March 29th (10.30-12.30) at North Devon AC.
For further details click on the following link: http://www.northdevonac.co.uk/http://www.northdevonac.co.uk/http://www.northdevonac.co.uk/
Alternatively call Area Coach Mentor Mark Brace on 07540 703511.

Race alert! Aztec West Fast 5k tonight

Tuesday, November 25th, 2014

DON’T forget that tonight sees the third of the Winter Series of Aztec West Fast 5K races (www.bristolandwestac.org) with registration on the night from 6.30pm in the Goodman Buildings, Aztec West Centre, BS32 4TD.
The race starts at 7.30pm. The Weston Prom 5 is the following night (www.westonac.co.uk).

Nikki’s double medal success at Masters International

Tuesday, November 25th, 2014

TOP local performance at the British and Irish Masters Cross Country Championships came from Bristol & West AC’s Nikki Brookland.
Brookland finished third in the W40-44 age group as England completed a clean sweep to ensure team gold.
I also noted that representing Northern Ireland Anthony Glover of Westbury Harriers was 15th in the M35-39 age group.

Ex-Yate man Drage wins team gold

Tuesday, November 25th, 2014

FORMER Yate & District AC runner Richard Drage finished seventh in the M55 age group race at the British and Irish Masters Cross Country Championships.
But Drage came away from Nottingham with a gold medal as he was third and final scorer for the winning England team.
Taunton AC’s Phil Burden also won team gold for England in the M35-39 race. Burden finished eighth overall and was third scorer in the squad.

Holly runner-up in Himalyan mountain challenge

Tuesday, November 25th, 2014

TEAM Bath ultra specialist Holly Rush finished second woman in the Manaslu Trail 200k mountain race in Nepal last week.
Rush completed the challenge in 20 hours 52 minutes 48 seconds with victory going to Mira Rai of Nepal (20:03.57).
Holly explained that the race, which was held over seven stages of varying lengths and difficulty, attracted 34 participants from nine counties.
Husband Martin Rush expanded his normal support duties to run as well – ad apparently survived the ordeal.

Jarlath races to PB in Ashton Parkrun

Tuesday, November 25th, 2014

GOOD to see recent Easy Runner/Bristol Post athlete of the month winner Jarlath Mckenna clock a personal best of 16mins 52secs – shaving 13 seconds off his previous mark – to win the Ashton Parkrun on Saturday.
It was also encouraging to see former teenage star David Awde continue his return to action with a PB of 17:38 in second.

Lizzie shines in the Chilly 10k

Tuesday, November 25th, 2014

ELIZABETH Smith of Westbury Harriers was second woman in the Castle Combe Chilly 10k road race on Sunday recording a time of 39mins 46secs.Victory went to Belgrave Harriers’ Fee Maycock (38:18).
Jacob Hayes of Bitton RR was eighth and first veteran over 40 in 37:12.

Van man Dan smashes PB the hard way

Tuesday, November 25th, 2014

I love this story from Cornwall runner Dan Rodgers as an example of the lengths to which runners will go in pursuit of excellence.
The weekend before last Rodgers, who lives in the middle of Bodmin Moor, worked until 3pm on Saturday and then made the six-hour drive up to Yorkshire for the Leeds Abbey Dash 10k road race on Sunday.
“I had a nice walkabout ad got my bearings, then kipped in the van!” said Rodgers.
The van couldn’t have been too uncomfortable as Rodgers smashed his PB by 53seconds with a time of 31mins 17secs.It means the Launceston Road Runner has improved his 10k time by two minutes over the past year which is a remarkable achievement.
“The journey was worth it,” added Rodgers.
Definitely old school.


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