Archive for January, 2015

Stone looking for a good night in Vienna

Friday, January 30th, 2015

BRISTOL & West AC sprinter Chris Stone flew out to Austria today to make his senior England debut at a top class indoor meeting in Vienna.
The 19-year-old is one of two Bristol & West AC athletes named in the England team with Yannick Budd – they are both former winners of the Bristol Post/Easy Runner athlete of the month competition - selected to run the 60m sprint hurdles in Bratislava on Sunday.
“I am so proud that I will be representing England in Vienna this weekend for my first senior international,” said Stone.
“Hopefully it will be the first of many!”
Stone, who represented Great Britain at the World Junior Championships in America last year, will run the 200m in Vienna tomorrow (SATURDAY).
He opened his season with an indoor personal best of 21.57secs, which is the third fastest in the UK this year and won the South West title.
“It is a good bit of recognition early in the season for Chris and a nice boost to his confidence to know that the selectors are looking out for him,” said coach Ali Abrams.
“It is also another chance to run a quick time before the British Championships.”
Budd, 23, opened his season with 8.04secs in Cardiff and will be looking to go a lot quicker in Bratislava.

Charlotte just keeps getting faster

Friday, January 30th, 2015

WHAT a great week for Charlotte Green. Last weekend she clocked a personal best of 4mins 29.76secs for the 1500m at the Welsh Senior Indoor Championships – carving over three seconds off her best set outdoors last summer- and then scorched to anther PB in the Aztec West Fast 5k road race.
Green ran 17:31 to shatter her previous attempt at the distance when she ran 19:22 over the old Bridge Inn course which just illustrates how much she has improved.
And for good measure she also won the race!

Burnham 5k race reminder

Friday, January 30th, 2015

ENTRIES will be take on the night for the Burnham Sea 5k on Thursday ( and are also still being taken for the Dursley Dirty Dozen ( and the Humdinger half marathon near Taunton (, both scheduled for Sunday February 8th.

Holly delight at GB call-up

Tuesday, January 27th, 2015

TEAM Bath’s Holly Rush has been named in the Great Britain squad for the for the IAU World Trail Championships in Annecy, France, on Saturday May 30th.
“This will be the fourth time I have had the honour of wearing the GB vest, and one I hadn’t expected to wear again,” said Rush.
“Representing your country at any event is always a great honour and something I never dreamt I would be doing when I started this running lark in my 20s.
“Competing in my first major championships in Barcelona (the marathon at the European Championships, 2010) and winning a team bronze made me believe that perhaps anything is possible with really hard work
“That performance was good enough to see me selected to run the marathon at the Commonwealth Games in Delhi, another dream come true.
“So to be asked to wear the Union Jack again in what is a whole new running chapter for me really is the icing on the cake – after all I’m not getting any younger and who knows how much longer my body will let me continue abusing it.”
A second Team bath runner was also name in the women’s squad with ultra specialist Lizzie Wraith also selected to make her GB debut.

Don’t forget the next Aztec West Fast 5k!

Monday, January 26th, 2015

A REMINDER that the fourth race in the Aztec West Fast 5K winter series organised by Bristol & West AC and held in north Bristol just of the M5 junction 16 will be held tomorrow evening (Tuesday Jan 27th).
As usual entries are on the night with registration from 6.30pm and the race, held over three laps, starts at 7.30pm. The race HQ is in the Atrium of the Goodman Building, Aztec Centre, Aztec Business Park.

Bishop cashes in on Bermuda succcess

Monday, January 26th, 2015

BRISTOL & West AC international 1500m runner David Bishop has enjoyed a profitable start to the new year by scooping the $2,000 first prize in the KPMG Front Street Mile in Bermuda .
Bishop shook off a niggling Achilles tendon injury to win the race in a time of 4mins 20.15secs but the problem clearly affected him at the New Balance Indoor Games in New York on Sunday as he could only finish ninth in 4mins 12.10secs.

Entries flooding in for new marathon

Monday, January 26th, 2015

ACCORDING to the GO2 website the new Bristol to Bath marathon has already attracted close to an impressive 4,000 entries.
The organisers are reminding runners that there is still a week remaining for the early bird discount. For details see the website at:

Bristol & West women retain Midlands crown

Monday, January 26th, 2015

CHAMPIONS again – that was the prize for Bristol & West AC’s senior women as they retained their team crown at the Midland Counties Cross Country Championships in Nottingham.
The quartet of Imogen Ainsworth, who finished a career best third overall, Jessie Sanzo, Helen Sharpe and Julia Belyavin defeated Charnwood AC by 25 points to keep hold of the title.
“It was a great result for the girls and nice for them to retain their title,” said team manager Keith Brackstone.
Ainsworth led the challenge with that excellent third place while both Sanzo (5th) and Sharpe (9th) also made the top ten leaving the team to wait for Belyavin to close the scoring quartet in 21st.
“Julia always runs well for the team and I think she has improved so much over the past twelve months,” added Brackstone.
The Westbury Harriers’ squad of Catherine Lee (13th), Katie Hughes (19th), Bridget White (29th) and Kelly Winstone (67th) just missed out on the medals in fourth place.
Another improving runner is Ben Westhenry and the 20-year-old, who is coached by Tom Watson, finished an excellent second in the under 20 men’s race.
There was also a strong performance by Bristol & West teenager Anton Mills to finish fifth in the under 15 boys’ race while in the senior men’s event the leading local runner was Dan Studley in seventh with Tom Merson 11th.

Wall breaks new barriers with PB

Monday, January 26th, 2015

FORMER Easy Runner/Bristol Post athlete of the month winner – and ex-employee of Bristol’s favourite athletics shop – Adam Wall was in terrific form over the weekend.
The 21-year-old Bristol & West high jumper, who is still coached by Joy Bay although now based in Leeds, cleared a personal best of 2.10m in the Hustopece Skanani Meet in the Czech Republic.
That height, which added four centimetres to his previous lifetime PB, matched the 25-year-old outdoor Club Record of Mark Lake. Wall then went very close to clearing 2.13m.

Mitchell is handed first Great Britain vest

Tuesday, January 20th, 2015

BRISTOL & West AC middle distance runner Steve Mitchell has been awarded his first Great Britain vest after being named in the squad for the Sainsbury’s Glasgow Indoor International match on Saturday.
The 26-year-old former Easy Runner athlete of the month has been selected to run the 1500m in the prestigious match against teams from France, Germany and Scotland and marks a significant breakthrough in his career.
Also named in the GB 4×400m relay squad is clubmate Emily Diamond.

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