Archive for April, 2015

Brackstone waiting on women’s team result

Wednesday, April 29th, 2015

KEITH Brackstone is still waiting to hear whether the Bristol & West AC women have won the London Marathon team prize in the England Athletics Championships
The tri of Jenny Spink (PB of 2:37.41), Helen Sharpe (2:48.07) and Julia Belyavin (PB of 2:49.51) combined for a total time of 8hrs 15mins 39secs.
“Their combined team total of 8:15.39 must surely have been enough to clinch the Women’s Club Team title and by quite some margin according to my unofficial calculations,” said Brackstone.
Interestingly the Cornwall AC trio of Emma Stepto (2:35.41), Zelah Morrall (2:47.46) and Donna Raggett (3:07.45) are not far behind on 8:31.12 so will also be hoping to have made a medal position which would be a fantastic results for both west clubs.

Leaney’s delight at marathon PB

Wednesday, April 29th, 2015

STUART Leaney not only raced to a new personal best in the London Marathon but has also emerged as the quickest man in the Bristol region.
The 36-year-old North Somerset AC runner clocked 2hrs 27mins 44secs to shave 55 seconds off his previous best and dip under 2hrs 28mins for the first time.
“I was especially pleased as I was ill in the taper,” said Leaney.
The time puts Leaney second in the South West Rankings behind Bideford’s Mark Jenkin (PB 2:25.18) and ahead of Bristol & West’s Jarlath Mckenna (PB 2:29.19).

Rodgers roars to victory in summer Fast 5k

Wednesday, April 29th, 2015

ANOTHER North Somerset runner in good form is James Rodgers.
Last night Rodger raced to a clear victory in the opening race of the Aztec West Fast 5k Summer Series clocking 15mins 09secs to defeat clubmate Josh Davies (15:17) with Will Ferguson f CLC Striders third (15:24).
Bristol & West’s Matt Whitfield was fourth in a PB of 15:30.
Top U17 was Hayden Burton of Team Bath (15:51) and the first M40 was John Parker of Cheltenham Harriers in 15:42.
Cheltenham clubmate Miguel Mundinano took the M45 category in 17:56, Colin Johnson of Westbury Harriers was first home in the M50 category (18:53) but his time was eclipsed by both Jerry Hogan (18:03 in the M55 category) and Dave Bedwell (18:20 in the M60 category).
Jessie Sanzo was aiming for a sub 17 minutes time but the cold, windy conditions didn’t help and while an opening mile of 5:23 was on course she slowed and had to settle for 17:11 - still a PB but not quite as fast as she had hoped for.
Catherine Lee was second in 17:50, with Ellie Wallace of Westbury Harriers third and first U17 in 18:28.
Tracy Allan took the W45 honours in 20:01 with Nicola Waters of Gloucester AC taking the W55 category in 22:13.
There were 147 finishers.

The day Coales lived the London dream

Wednesday, April 29th, 2015

FOR Dave Coales the 2015 Virgin London Marathon will go down as the day that he lived the dream.
The Team Bath AC chairman and lifelong distance man found himself thrust into the limelight after running alongside the legendary Paula Radcliffe, which clearly inspired him as he beat his own personal best by 36 seconds with 2hrs 36mins 57secs.
“It was a day beyond my wildest dreams,” said Coales.
“To run a personal best was very nice and to get the coverage I did running alongside Paula was great.”

Jenny bags PB as she chases Paula to the finish!

Sunday, April 26th, 2015

JENNY Spink finished top west runner in the open massed club race at the Virgin London Marathon today.
The Bristol & West AC runner sliced just over two minutes from her previous best as she finished third woman in a time of 2hrs 37mins 41secs – less than a minute behind Paula Radcliffe!
The honour of quickest west woman on the day went to the amazing Emma Stepto as she clocked 2:35.41 in the elite women’s race.
Also from B&W Helen Sharpe was just outside her PB of 2:47.22 in 17th place but just behind her clubmate Julia Belyavin smashed her PB by almost three minutes as she went sub 2:50 for the first time with 2:49.51.

Virgin London Marathon – elite women: 18 Emma Stepto (CAC, W40 1st and 2nd Brit) 2: 35:41;
Club women: 1 Paula Radcliffe (Bed) 2:36.55; 32 Breege Connolly (North Belfast) 2:37.29; 3 Jenny Spink (B&W) 2:37.41 (PB);
WEST: 8 Eleanor Davis (NRR) 2:42.38 (PB); 13 Julia Davis (NRR) 2:44.41 (PB); 16 Zelah Morrall (CAC, W45 1st) 2:47:59; 17 Helen Sharpe (B&W) 2:48.07; 24 Julia Belyavin (B&W) 2:49.51; 34 Alison McEwing (EVH) 2:53.03; 69 Naomi Flanagan (SDAC) 2:58.57; 84 Ami Yetton (Ply H) 2:59.44; 101 Hayley Winters (Glos) 3:01.17; 136 Charlotte Bowers (Chipp) 3:04.17;155 Charlene Shorey (Ply H) 3:05.51; 190 Donna Raggett (CAC, W40) 3:07.45; 208 Emma Lake (EVH, W40) 3:08.47; 235 Kathryn Burgess (CAC) 3:10.45; 243 Jane Allison (Ply H, W40) 3:11.24.

McKenna also sparkles on London stage

Sunday, April 26th, 2015

FORMER Easy Runner athlete of the month Jarlath McKenna had a superb run in the Virgin London Marathon today.
The Bristol & West AC man finished 46th in the open race clocking a time of 2hrs 29mins 25secs – which slashed a huge 12 minutes off his previous best of 2:41.37 which he set over the same course last year.
Top Westbury Harrier as David Fitzpatrick in a PB time of 2:34.43 while Dan Jones of Team Bath knocked off a big chunk from his PB with 2:34.54.
Likewise Stephen O’Halloran from GWR smashed his best as he broke 2:40 for the first tie with a sparkling time of 2:35.38 – at the tender age of 42 and in his 13th marathon!

Top west men: 12 Kairn Stone (NEB) 2:23.39; 25 Johnny Gilby (Derby) 2:25.49; 46 Jarlath McKenna (B&W) 2:29.25 (PB); 55 Phil Burden (Taun) 2:30.01; 116 Stuart Hall (Ply H, M50 3rd) 2:34.24; 124 David Fitzpatrick (WH) 2:34.43; 126 Stuart Reed (Eden Runners, M40 12th) 2:34.46; 129 Dan Jones (TBAC) 2:34.54 (PB); 152 Stephen O’Halloran (GWR, M40 17th) 2:35.38; 161 Adam Miller (Exm) 2:35.54; 165 Ryan Kestle (RNAC) 2:36.03; 181 Anthony Bailey (Chelt, M40 22nd) 2:36.27; 187 Jason Miley (WH) 2:36.36; 200 Dave Coales (TBAC, M45 10th) 2:36.57; 215 Guy Landon (TBAC, M40 31st) 2:37.52; 241 Luke Sturgess-Durden (TBAC, M40 37th) 2:38.19; 272 James Watson (Taun, M40) 2:39.17; 278 James Donald (TBAC) 2:39.30; 289 Rob Gornall (Stroud, M50 6th) 2:40.09; 303 Dave Stone (Exm, M45 19th) 2:40.41; 359 Lee Rankin (Stroud, M40) 2:42.16; 364 Jacob Haynes (Bitt EE, M40) 2:42.24; 373 Simon Brace (TBAC, M40) 2:42.47; 376 Simon Campbell (Ciren) 2:43.00;

Jenny stays ‘positive’ despite recent cold

Friday, April 24th, 2015

JENNY Spink (ne Jagger) is hoping to have shaken off the lingering effects of a recent cold before the start of the Virgin London Marathon on Sunday.
Until the cold Spink had barely put a foot wrong as she notched up a series of impressive performances, particularly in the Bath half and then with a scintillating long stage in the National Women’s Road Relays.
The timing of the recent cold couldn’t have been worse but the Bristol & West runner is adamant she will put it to the back of her mind.
“Apart from the cold, which is coming to an end, I am feeling quite positive ,” said Jagger.

West ultra ace breaks SW coast path record

Friday, April 24th, 2015

WEST ultra specialist Patrick Devine-Wright of Axe Valley Runners in Seaton, east Devon, has broken the record for running the South West Coast Path.
Devine-Wright has just completed the 630 miles– including 115,000 feet of ascent - in 14 days, 8 hours and 2 minutes to beat the previous record by just six hours 42 minutes.
That represents a magnificent feat of physical and mental endurance that should rank alongside the great ultra distance exploits.

Now Jessie is handed an England call-up

Friday, April 24th, 2015

JESSIE Sanzo has joined Kate Hulls in the England team for the Lillibaelt half marathon in Denmark on May 9th.
Sanzo’s international call up is the latest step in an amazing progression that has seen her move from a recreational runner running 40.39 for the Bristol 10k in 2011 to running the fourth fastest short stage in the 2015 National Road Relays.
Additionally the mother-of-three was ranked top over-35 cross-country runner in the country by Athletics Weekly in 2015 for the second year in a row.

Bored with London? Try the Pensford 10k

Friday, April 24th, 2015

FOR road fans not involved in London there is the challenging Pensford 10k ( on Sunday while on Tuesday is the first race in the Aztec West Fast 5k Summer Series in Bristol with entries on the night (
Also this Sunday the Cheddar Gorge 10k multi terrain series, organised by Bath’s Tom Room, gets underway and for further details see the race website at:

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