Archive for March, 2015

The pride of the west country?

Tuesday, March 31st, 2015

BRISTOL & West AC’s victory in the Midland Counties Women’s 6-Stage Road Relays continued their superb form in this event over the past decade.
It was their second gold after also winning in 2011 plus four silvers and two thirds making them the most consistent club in the region.
The men’s silver was also the sixth time they have made the podium since 2008 with a single victory in 2012 the highlight.

Jasmine is back in the groove

Monday, March 30th, 2015

JASMINE Finney has certainly bounced back to form quickly after her six-week injury problems curtailed her mid-winter racing schedule.
She made a sold comeback in the Inter-Counties Cross Country but then followed that up with a sparkling time in the Midland 6-Stage Road Relays on Saturday.
Deliberately thrust onto the first stage by team manager Keith Brackstone to take advantage of her competitive nature – and cover her inexperience of relay running – Finney responded with a time of 17mins 40secs.
That not only gave her second place on stage one but also saw her clock the sixth fastest time overall behind experienced rivals and GB runners like Jane Potter (17:10), Laura Whittle (17:13), Katrina Wootton (17:25), Jenny Nesbitt (17:28) and Emily Whitmore (17:38).
Her Bristol & West clubmates Jessie Sanzo (17:44), Imogen Ainsworth (17:50) and Claire Hallissey (17:53) also made the top ten – which explains why the club romped to victory.

Annabel lifts Yeovil marathon half title

Monday, March 30th, 2015

ANNABEL Granger finally claimed victory in the fifth Yeovil half marathon yesterday. Runner-up last year the Bristol & West runner finished 16th overall in a time of 1:22.15.

* Bristol & West runner Gary Standinger ran a personal best of 38mins 31secs to finish seventh in the Calne Clock Challenge 10k road race yesterday. Westbury Harriers’ junior Joe Conor was ninth and first U17 in 39:03.

Stone scorches to 100m victory

Monday, March 30th, 2015

RACING over the rarely run 100m INDOORS Bristol junior international Chris Stone clocked 10.58secs for victory in Birmingham yesterday.

Lizzie is quickest for Westbury in relays

Monday, March 30th, 2015

THE Westbury Harriers squad of Lizzie Smith (20:26), Alex Ling (23:50), Tamsin Chick (23:55), Smita Ghosh (24:54), Alison Rogers (22:37) and Kelly Winstone (21:22) finished 31st in the Midlands Six-Stage Road Relays in Birmingham.

Champions! That’s the Bristol & West women

Saturday, March 28th, 2015

OUTSTANDING news from Sutton Park today with Bristol & West AC winning the women’s six-stage title at the Midland Counties Championships and the men finishing runner-up in the 12-stage event.
The women’s squad smashed great rivals Charnwood AC by almost five minutes taking control of the race on stage three to open a lead they never relinquished.
1 Bristol & West AC 1:47.39; 2 Charnwood AC 1:52.26; 3 Royal Sutton Coldfield 1:53.36.
1 [ 2 ] 17:40:00 Jasmine FINNEY
2 [ 2 ] 18:25:00 Charlotte GREEN
3 [ 1 ] 17:44:00 Jessie SANZO
4 [ 1 ] 18:07:00 Kate HULLS
5 [ 1 ] 17:53:00 Claire HALLISSEY
6 [ 1 ] 17:50:00 Imogen AINSWORTH

Mike Down predicted that Notts AC would be tough to beat if they got out their strongest team and that is exactly what happened as almost five minutes separated the two clubs at the finish.
Steve Mitchell gave B&W the lead on stage one as he finished five seconds clear of Stuart Spencer from Notts.
But on stage two Tim Hartley overtook Matt Whitfield and that is how the order remained for the rest of the race with another huge gap back to a revitalised Wolverhampton & Bilston.
1 Notts AC4hrs 00mins 28secs; 2 Bristol & West AC 4:05.04; 3 Wolverhampton & Bilston 4:11.34.
1 [ 1 ] 27:50:00 Stephen MITCHELL
Men [A] 2 [ 2 ] 16:09 Matthew WHITFIELD
3 [ 2 ] 28:12:00 Owain JONES
4 [ 2 ] 16:23 Jack MILLAR
5 [ 2 ] 29:46:00 William CHRISTOFI
6 [ 2 ] 17:32 Torran ELSON
7 [ 2 ] 27:35:00 Daniel STUDLEY
8 [ 2 ] 15:54 Charlie MACLEAN
9 [ 2 ] 16:32 Ben ROBINSON
10 [ 2 ] 16:22 Oliver MOTT
11 [ 2 ] 16:32 Stephen FRANCIS
12 [ 2 ] 16:17 Benedict WESTHENRY

Brackstone upbeat over medal chances

Friday, March 27th, 2015

TEAM manager Keith Brackstone can’t hide his excitement about the prospects for the Bristol & West AC women’s squad at the Midland Counties 6-Stage Road Relays around Sutton Park, Birmingham, tomorrow.
“I am quite confident that they can do very well,” said team manager Keith Brackstone.
“I feel we are good enough to be challenging Charnwood for the title.”
Brackstone’s confidence is understandable as the team list includes Imogen Ainsworth, Jessie Sanzo, Jasmine Finney, Claire Hallissey, Kate Hulls and Charlotte Green.
Westbury Harriers and Team Bath are also both sending women’s teams to the event.

Merson fitness test ahead of 12-Stage

Friday, March 27th, 2015

TOM Merson will have a fitness test of a sore big toe before making a final decision on his fitness for the Midland Counties
12-Stage Road Relays.
Merson gave the Reading half marathon last week a miss due to the problem but he is a tough customer so Bristol & West team manager Mike Down is confident he will be on the start line.
“We have four strong long stages with Tom, Steve Mitchell, Owain Jones and Dan Studley,” said Down.
“For the short we have Ben Westhenry, Oli Mott, Charlie MacLean, Ben Robinson, Matt Whitfield, Steve Francis and junior Jack Millar, who has had a great winter.
“With that team we should definitely be in with a shout for a medal but if Notts AC are at full strength they will be very hard to beat.”
Cheltenham & County Harriers include former B&W runner Phil Wylie and could challenge for a top six position.

Record field for Yeovil half marathon

Friday, March 27th, 2015

RUNNER-UP last year Bristol & West’s Annabel Granger will start favourite - defending champion Lucy MacAlister won’t be there - to win the women’s title in the fifth Yeovil half marathon on Sunday.
“We have had a record entry of 1,426 runners which is a significant uplift on the previous best of 1,007 last year,” said race spokesman Steve Elliott.
“We are really pleased with the interest that the race has generated and to get a 40 per cent increase is great.”
The Tickner brothers have dominated the past two races with Ben winning in 2013 and Frank, who is now back living and working in Somerset, setting a new course record of 67mins 32secs last year.
Neither will be on the start line tomorrow so Bournemouth’s Rob Mctaggart, who was third in 2014, looks favourite.

Beat the clock in the Calne 10k

Friday, March 27th, 2015

ENTRIES will be taken on the day for the Calne Clock Challenge 10k road race on Sunday from Calne Leisure Centre. The 5k race starts at 10am and the 10k at 11am with registration open from 9am (
Also on Sunday is the Hogweed Hilly Half from Horton, south Gloucestershire (, the Weymouth Bay 10k ( and the Exe to Axe 20 (

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