Archive for December, 2014

Peters ends 2014 on a high after injury problem

Sunday, December 28th, 2014

IN his first race since the Commonwealth Games in August international 1500m runner Richard Peters retained his Clevedon 4 miles road title on Boxing Day.
The Bristol & West AC had been struggling with an Achilles tendon injury which meant he hadn’t race since the heats of the 1500 in Glasgow but coach Mike Down said he had managed to get in three weeks of decent running before returning home from Boston for the Christmas holidays.
It proved enough as Peters clocked 19mins 55secs – 35 seconds slower than twelve months ago to finish nine seconds clear of James Rodgers of North Somerset AC with Taunton’s Josh David third.
It was great to see that old warrior James Thie, born and bred in Clevedon but now based in Cardiff where he is developing a great reputation as a middle distance coach, finish fourth while young runners Felix McGrath and Miles Chandler did well to make the top ten.
Top M40 veteran was Simon Barrett of Serpentine with Team Bath’s Dave Coales but both men were beaten by Wells City Harriers’ M50 ace Jon James, who was eighth overall.

Emma strolls to Clevedon victory

Sunday, December 28th, 2014

EMMA Pallant has been a regular visitor to Clevedon in recent years and she too retained her title.
Pallant finished 18th overall in 21:33 – seven seconds quicker than in 2013 – with Laura Gent second (22:38) and Jo Meek third (23:22).

The day Dave Bedwell beat Nick Rose!

Sunday, December 28th, 2014

BURIED deep in the results it was good to see former Olympian Nick Rose, enjoying a rare outing these days, finish 53rd in a time of 24mins 10secs.
That put him clear of M60 rivals Steve Hollier of North Somerset (24:4) and Team Bath’s Tom Hutchison (24:38) but wasn’t quick enough to earn him the M60 prize.
That went to his Bristol & West clubmate Dave Bedwell, who finished 47th in 23:57. Bedwell would have enjoyed that!

Westhenry cruises to victory in Lakes 10k

Sunday, December 28th, 2014

BENEDICT Westhenry is finishing 2014 in style as he race to a superb victory in the Poole Round The Lakes 10k road race.
The 20-year-old Bristol & West runner from Weymouth dominated the race as he finished over a minute clear of the field clocking a time of 32mins 17secs, which was just 21 seconds outside the PB of 31:56 he set in the Easter Bunny 10k last year.
The win follows up his victory at the Gwent League fixture in Brecon at the start of the month.

Jenny caps great year with Easy Runner prize

Tuesday, December 23rd, 2014

A GREAT year for Jenny Jagger ended with yet another success as she was named Easy Runner/Bristol Post athlete of the month for November.
The Bristol & West AC runner has been one of the stand-out performers in 2014 and all her hard work came to fruition in a fantastic month.
“My running has gone so well and it is nice to round it off by winning this prize from Easy Runner,” said Jagger.
For the full story and a photo of jenny click on the following link:
http://www.bristolpost.co.uk/Athletics-award-caps-great-year-Jenny-Jagger/story-25753703-detail/story.html

Knibb quits as chairman of Bristol & West

Monday, December 22nd, 2014

CY Knibb has stepped down as chairman of Bristol & West AC.
Knibb played a huge part in the success of the British Men’s League team but had already resigned as team manager after a period of illness.
Roger Brocklesby will step up from his position as joint vice-chairman to take on the role with Mike Down staying as vice-chairman.

West junior ace Fox handed his Great Britain debut

Monday, December 22nd, 2014

SOMERSET runner Oliver Fox has been handed his debut for Great Britain after being selected for the Great Edinburgh Cross Country in the New Year.
The 18-year-old Wells City Harrier from the village of Weare, near Wedmore, has been chosen for the GB Under 20 men’s squad for the fixture on Saturday January 10th having impressed the selectors after finishing 11th in the European trials race in Liverpool last month.
The GB call-up completes an amazing week for the King’s College, Taunton, student as last weekend he marked his debut for England juniors at the Lotto Cross Cup races in Brussels yesterday finishing ninth.
“It will be a great end to the year and start to 2015!” said Fox.

Keen to put some spark into your running for 2015?

Monday, December 22nd, 2014

IRA Rainey, who is a member of Bitton Road Runners, is helping to stage a running event in Bristol in the New Year.
Rainey, who is a parkrun director and author of the book Fat Man to Green Man: From Unfit to Ultramarathon, has become the director of a new running related event called RunSpark which he is putting on for Macmillan Cancer Support.
“The idea behind the evening is to provide running-related motivational and inspiring talks to spark the belief in people that they can do more with their running in 2015,” said Rainey.
“Nothing like this currently happens in Bristol, or even the South West and I know there is a desire for it, with a huge population of runners in the region.
“Speakers for the evening include a short talk from Alice Young from Macmillan Cancer Support, myself talking about Fat Man to Green Man and the story behind it; ultramarathon runner James Adams, who has run pretty much every ultra on the planet, including MdS, Badwater and Barkley Marathons, not forgetting to mention running 3200 miles from LA to New York.
“Closing the show will be Shona Thomson, twice nominated in the Scottish Adventurer of the year awards and one of only 20 women to run a marathon on each of the seven continents including one at the geographic North Pole.”
Proceeds from the event will all go to Macmillan Cancer Support.
The event is taking place at The Watershed on Friday 30th January (6.30 -11.00) and tickets are now on sale.
“I have no doubt that those tickets will all sell and pretty quickly,” said Rainey.
For further details see the website at: www.runspark.co.uk

Athlete of the month short list

Monday, December 22nd, 2014

PERFORMANCES on the country dominate the short list for the latest Easy Runner/Bristol Post athlete of the month competition.
The Gwent Cross Country League always attracts a reasonable contingent from our local club while those runners with big aspirations also made the trips north for the National Cross-Country Relays and the British Athletics Cross Challenge.
Throw in a couple of good road races and there is quite an interesting mx for your judges to consider before deciding who wins a pair of adizero shoes from Easy Runner, Bristol’s leading athletics retailer in St Michael’s Hill.

OWAIN JONES: The in-form Bristol & West AC runner had a terrific run in the National Cross-Country Relays at Mansfield showing excellent pace judgement on the penultimate stage as he lifted the team six places to fifth with a 15:14 clocking - a huge advance on his 16:02 from 2013. The club eventually finished fourth. Jones then smashed his personal best by 36 seconds with a mark of 30:14 in the Leeds Abbey Dash 10k road race. It was his second big PB of the year after clocking 30:50 in the Bupa London 10k in May.
ELLIE HOBBS: The 13-year-old Westbury Harrier opened the month with a fantastic victory in the Under 13 girls’ race in the second Gwent Cross Country League race in Cardiff. She followed that up with a rare outing over 5k as she raced the Aztec West road event and her time of 18mins 17secs was good enough to earn her second place in the Under 17s age group behind clubmate Hannah Hobbs.

JOHN ASHCROFT: The 22-year-old Bristol University student continued his winning streak in local events with a runaway victory in the East Runner Sodbury Slog finishing two minutes clear of the field. Ashcroft then made it three wins out of three to extend his unbeaten reign in the Aztec West Fast 5k road race winning in a time of 15mins 09secs just three seconds in front of Oli Mott (15:12) with Brett Halliwell of Stroud AC third in 15:25.

JASMINE FINNEY: The B&W AC newcomer produced an outstanding performance in the senior women’s race at the British Athletics Cross Challenge meeting in Liverpool. In only her fourth cross country race Finney finished 22nd overall and sixth in the Under 23s age group and was subsequently named first reserve for the Great Britain squad for the European Championships. In a busy month Finney finished second again in the second Gwent Cross Country League race in Cardiff on Sunday while on the road the 22-year-old, who is a student at UWE, ran a massive PB of 34:39 which is the third quickest in the west this year.

SAM GENTRY: The North Somerset youngster opened the month with a solid eight place in the second Gwent Cross Country League race in Cardiff but then moved up a couple of gears to finish an excellent seventh in the under 13 boys’ race at the British Athletics Cross Challenge meeting in Liverpool at the end of the month.

KATE HULLS (ne Goodhead): Returning to action after a concerted period of training Hulls set a new course record time of 16mins 56secs when finishing top woman in the third Aztec Fast 5k series held at the Aztec Business Park. The time placed her 22nd overall from a record field of 237 finishers and takes her to eighteenth equal fastest in the UK on the Run Britain Rankings for 2014.

New running event can help light your spark for 2015

Thursday, December 18th, 2014

LOCAL runner Ira Rainey, who is a member of Bitton Road Runners, is helping to stage a running event in Bristol in the New Year.
Rainey, who is a parkrun director and author of Fat Man to Green Man: From Unfit to Ultramarathon), has become the director of a new running related event called RunSpark which he is putting on for Macmillan Cancer Support.
“The idea behind the evening is to provide running-related motivational and inspiring talks to spark the belief in people that they can do more with their running in 2015,” said Rainey.
“Nothing like this currently happens in Bristol, or even the South West and I know there is a desire for it, with a huge population of runners in the region.
“Speakers for the evening include a short talk from Alice Young from Macmillan Cancer Support, myself talking about Fat Man to Green Man and the story behind it; ultramarathon runner James Adams, who has run pretty much every ultra on the planet, including MdS, Badwater and Barkley Marathons, not forgetting to mention running 3200 miles from LA to New York.
“Closing the show will be Shona Thomson, twice nominated in the Scottish Adventurer of the year awards and one of only 20 women to run a marathon on each of the seven continents including one at the geographic North Pole.”
Proceeds from the event will all go to Macmillan Cancer Support.
The event is taking place at The Watershed on Friday 30th January (6.30 -11.00) and tickets are now on sale.
“I have no doubt that those tickets will all sell and pretty quickly,” said Rainey.
For further details see the website at: www.runspark.co.uk


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