Archive for February, 2015

Bath half is wide open after Kenyans are barred

Friday, February 27th, 2015

THE Bath half marathon race on Sunday has been throw wide open after it was revealed today that the elite Kenyan athletes won’t be on the start line after being denied entry to the UK.
Race director Andrew Taylor got all from Tom Payne, who is a representative of the Run Fast sports agency which acts for many of the top overseas athletes, that all the Kenyans would have to withdraw.
“Run Fast’s Kenyan athletes have had to withdraw as their visas failed to come through in time for them to
board their flights to the UK, following the introduction of new visa requirements,” said Mr Taylor.
“The good news is that this throws open both the men’s and women’s race to British born winners for the first time since Hugh Lobb for the men in 2003 and Michelle Ross-Cope in 2010.”
On paper in-form Paul Martinelli, the man who inadvertently took a short cut in the Bristol half a few years ago, will now start favourite with Toby Lambert hot on his heels.
In the women’s race former Olympic marathon runner Mara Yamauchi could be involved in a great race against a strong challenge led by Stroud’s Rachel Felton and former Bristol half champion Emma Stepto, who is using the race as her comeback after injury.
The Bristol & West AC pair of Jessie Sanzo and Jenny Jagger, who helped the club win team silver at the English Cross Country Championships last weekend, should also be in the mix.
“I’m naturally disappointed to have lost such fine athletes, although forecast weather conditions on Sunday would not have favoured a course record attempt,” added Taylor.
“But the flip side is that it this misfortune throws the door wide open to British athletes to give them an opportunity to breast the tape and pick up significant cash prize money at one of the UK’s top road races.”

Lucy is ruled out of Grizzly title defence

Friday, February 27th, 2015

DEFENDING women’s champion Lucy MacAlister has pulled out of Sunday’s Grizzly event.
The Bristol & West runner has been struggling with an Achilles tendon injury and a stomach problem so is in no shape to defend the title she won in such style last year when finishing sixth overall.

Two new 10k races in the west are launched

Friday, February 27th, 2015

DETAILS of two new 10k races in the west country are due to be announced next week.
London-based MCC Promotions will be staging the Taunton 10K from Taunton Racecourse on Saturday April 11th
with the Exeter City 10K taking place on the Sunday April 12th, at Duckes Meadow Park.

Entries will be accepted on-day, register between 10 and 10.45am on both days for a 11.00am start,
cost £13.00 which includes tee shirt & medal. This year’s nominated charity is Action for Blind People.

For further information see the website at:

Unbeatable Ashcroft in a class of his own

Thursday, February 26th, 2015

JOHN Ashcroft’s record in the Aztec West Fast 5k is remarkable.
His victory on Tuesday, in what was the final race of the winter series, was his fourth and means he is unbeaten on the new course since it was introduced last autumn.
The Bristol University student opened up last year on the new course with 14:54 in September followed by 15:03 in October and 15:09 in November – and won all three races.
Previously to that he also enjoyed three wins and a third on the old Pomphrey Sports 5k course.

Five star Ellie shines in Aztec West series

Thursday, February 26th, 2015

BASED on all five scoring races Under 17 runner Ellie Wallace from North Somerset Athletic Club is the overall women’s champion of the new Aztec West Fast 5k winter series.
Wallace recorded the fastest accumulated time for five races amongst all the ladies with 95:43 with her fastest individual race an 1826 in the third race.
Despite some fast runs from a variety of Bristol & West women, Rachel Vines of Cheltenham’s CLC Striders was the fastest senior woman on the four race accumulator (79:13) but Westbury’s Hannah Hobbs (under-17) was quickest of all at 73:41 to win her category.
Henrietta Anstey took W35 honours in 88:52. Clare Jolliffe was very consistent in four of her five races and ended the season with a 19:12 PB as part of her overall 77:03. Nicola Hovey of Gloucester Athletic Club was first W55 with an accumulated time of 90:48.

McKenna’s five of the best is impressive

Thursday, February 26th, 2015

JOHN Ashcroft (Bristol University) was the overall series winner with a total time of 60:31 including a 14:54 clocking in the first race of the season.
Runner-up was James Rodgers of North Somerset Athletic Club 62:30 with a best time of 15:26 in Race 4. Jarlath McKenna was third overall accumulating 63:30 across his best four races.
Doug Jewell was first M40 in 70:38, Paul Deaton took M45 honours in 73:27. Gary Hughes of Team Bath led the M50 category home in 71:40. Peter Mountain was first M55 in 74:45 with North Somerset’s Steve Hollier taking the M60 category in 77:37. Joe Connors of Westbury Harriers was first under-17 man in 71:29.
Across all five races McKenna scored the lowest accumulated time with 79 minutes 48 seconds and a fastest of 15:39.
In second place was David Awde with 83:40 showing a nice progression from 17:17 in the first race to 16:15 as he edges ever closer to a sub-16 time.
A full listing of all Winter Series times for those completing four and five races is at:

Wilson wins European team silver

Thursday, February 26th, 2015

YATE & District AC’s Adam Wilson has just helped Great Britain win two team silver at the European Cross Country Championships for People with Learning Disability.
In Saturday’s 3k race Wilson finished ninth and third scorer and in the 6k event the following day repeated that result. Both team events were on by Portugal.
Manager and Coach, Vic Collins said: “This GB Team was a great bunch of athletes who gave 100 percent the entire time (and) the whole team came together encouraging each other throughout the entire weekend.”

Yoyo’s bronze continues fine west record

Thursday, February 26th, 2015

YOYO Barnsley’s bronze medal in the under 17 women’s race at the Saucony English Cross Country Championship at the weekend was a terrific achievement.
Competing in the age group for the first time the 15-year-old Cornwall AC athlete from Truro wildly exceeded her own expectations to make the podium.
It was the only west individual medal of the weekend but it is worth pointing out that the region has a good record in the ‘National’.
While 2014 was barren and 2013 saw just a single bronze for Team Bath’s Alex Carter – now on a sports scholarship at Iona University in New York State - in the under 17 men’s race the previous two championships saw west runners win three medals.
In 2012 Cornwall runner Annabel Gummow, who was in the colours of Bristol & West AC, finished second in the under 20 women’s race while there were also bronzes for clubmates Carlie Maclean (under 20 men) and Perranporth-based Hobie Martin (under 17 men).
In 2011Gummow was on the podium again with a bronze in the under 17s and Carter also was third in the under 15s’s race. In the under 13 boy’ Team Bath’s Hayden Burton was a bronze medal winner.

Why Bristol coach Watson is so proud

Tuesday, February 24th, 2015

BRISTOL-based coach Tom Watson was celebrating today as one of his athletes was named in the Great Britain team for the European Indoor Championships in Prague next week.
Rosie Clarke, who first linked up with Watson when she was at Bath University, will run the 1500m after achieving the qualifying time in America where she is now a student at Iona University.
“I am really chuffed,” said Watson.
“She is a talent and has worked very hard. It is a big step and very exciting. We are both very pleased.”
In cooperation with the coach at Iona Watson sets Clarke’s schedules and the par communicate regularly via Skype, Facetime and Whatsapp.
“We speak two or three times a week and it works really well,” added Watson.
Watson has enjoyed previous success with Gary Davenport and Dan Studley both earning GB vests but Clarke is his first female athlete to achieve that honour.

Bath ace Laura handed first GB vest

Tuesday, February 24th, 2015

BATH athlete Laura Maddox was today named in the 39-strong Great Britain for Prague.
The 24-year-old’s selection came after she shattered her lifetime best at the Sainsbury’s British Grand Prix in Birmingham when she clocked 52.32secs for fourth place in a top class field and more importantly well inside the European qualifying standard of 53.0secs.
Having won her first senior medal in the British Championships in Sheffield when she won silver in a personal best of 53.07secs that ensured her first GB senior vest.
“I am really looking forward to being part of the Great Britain team and wearing a GB vest for the first time,” said Maddox.

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