Archive for May, 2015

Claire leads Bristol & West women challenge

Friday, May 29th, 2015

BRISTOL & West’s women will be out in force again in the 8th Bristol 10k road race on Sunday.
The London Marathon team champions will be hoping to pick up some more prize money and with a squad boasting Claire Hallissey, Jenny Spink, Jessie Sanzo, Helen Sharpe, Annabel Ganger and Kate Hulls.
“That’s a strong team,” said B&W team manager Mike Down.

Strong British field in Bristol 10k

Friday, May 29th, 2015

THERE is a strong women’s line-up for the Bristol 10k, which is the third race in the runbritian Grand Prix.
Apart from a strong presence from Bristol & West AC and Cornwall AC’s Emma Stepto the race has attracted the likes of Faye Fullerton, who currently leads the runbritian Grand Prix, Louise Damen, Stroud runner Rachel Felton and Natalie Harvey.
In the men’s race there is also a strong west country entry led by the Bristol & West pair of Owain Jones and Oli Mott, East Cornwall Harriers’ Dan Nash, James Rodgers of North Somerset AC and the Bideford par of in-form Shaun Antell are among the top west men in a strong domestic line-up.
Other top men include John Beattie, Paul Martelletti, Ben Livesey,Phil Nicholls, Jon Pepper and the incredible Martin Rees.

Olympians get the race underway

Friday, May 29th, 2015

THE eighth Bristol 10k is going to be started by Bristol running legend Nick Rose along with former Olympic marathon runner Mara Yamauchi.
Bristol 10K Race Director, Georgette Van Hoof, said: “We are, as always, very excited about this year’s 10k and we are looking forward to welcoming runners of all abilities to what is sure to be another fantastic event.
“I’d like to thank all our official race charities and partners for their hard work so far, and I know they will play a massive part in the success of this year’s event.”

Holly pulls out of World Trail Champs

Friday, May 29th, 2015

TEAM Bath runner Lizzie Wraith is in the British team for the World Trail Championships in Annecy, France, tomorow (SATURDAY) but Holly Rush has withdrawn as she feels she is not fit enough.
“It is a great pity as I had loved reccing the course last month and obviously pulling on a GB vest doesn’t happen very often,” said Rush.
“But I didn’t want to compete less than 100% fit and well. My heart was willing but my body was not happy.”

New prizes in Thornbury 10k

Friday, May 29th, 2015

THORNBURY Running Club will be hosting the Thornbury 10k race on Thursday 9th July.
New in 2015, Thornbury Running Club has introduced a team competition, in addition to prizes for individual runners. Teams may comprise work colleagues, sports clubs, other running club or just a group of friends who want to run together.
Trophies will be awarded to the first all-male and all-female teams (though mixed teams may still enter). A team may consist of up to five individuals, with the fastest three times counting towards the team competition. Where five runners form a team one of these enters for free.
Full details of the race, including team application forms, can be found via our website www.thornburyrunningclub.co.uk

Molly in a class of her own in BMC 800m

Thursday, May 28th, 2015

MOLLY Long raced to a thumping victory over 800m at the latest British Milers’ Club regional meeting in Exeter earlier this week.
The Bristol & West AC runner won the A race in a tem of 2mins 06.70secs to finish an astonishing nine seconds clear of junior rival Charlotte Cayton-Smith (2:15.01) with 13-year-old Molly Canham third in 2:16.00.
North Somerset’s Harriet Emery, who recently improved her PB to 2:17.78, was fourth in 2:18.95.
In the men’s race Bristol & West’s Mike Wilsmore continued his comeback with a season’s best of 1:53.89.

Jenny smashes Aztec West 5k course record

Thursday, May 28th, 2015

IT was heartening to see Kate Reed continue her comeback with another solid performance at the latest Aztec West 5k road race on Tuesday.
The former Olympian followed up her win in the Yeovilton 5k with victory going to her Bristol & West clubmate Jenny Spink.
Maybe Spink was inspired to be facing Reed, who led until the final lap, as she produced a course record and personal best of 16mins 45secs to seal victory, eclipsing the previous best of 16:56 held by Kate Hulls.
Interestingly Reed’s time of 17:03 was slow than the 16:54 she ran two weeks earlier in Yeovil so perhaps the Somerset course is faster?
Hilary Mott of Cheltenham Harriers finished third in 18:12.

Hi-speed Rush nails it

Thursday, May 28th, 2015

IT was not just Jenny Spink who produced a record-breaking run in the latest Aztec West Fast 5k as men’s winner Graham Rush also broke the men’s record.
The Cheltenham Harrier, who is coached by Dave Newport, went out aggressively determined to take advantage of the near perfect conditions.
Rush was tracked by Josh Davis (North Somerset) and by the second lap it was clear that the race was Graham’s and the sole question remaining was just how far he would g under 15 minutes.
It proved to be 14mins 50secs which shaved four seconds off John Ashcroft’s previous record set in September last year .
Will Ferguson of another Cheltenham club, CLC Striders, was second in 15:07 with Phil Beastall (Cheltenham Harriers) third in 15:10.
Davis was fourth in 15:12 and Oli Mott (Bristol & West) finished fifth in 15:14.

Cheltenham raiders score highly

Thursday, May 28th, 2015

IN the age categories of the Aztec West Fast 5k the Cheltenham raiders from up the M5 swept the board.
John Parker of Cheltenham Harriers took the M40 category finishing ninth overall in 15:40. Andy Gore (Cheltenham Harriers) took M45 honours finishing twenty-second overall in 17:00. Jack Mundinano was first under-17 man in 17:14.
Clive Richards (Clevedon AC) took the M50 category (18:14) and Chris Sykes of Oxford City made his journey worthwhile as he clocked 19:09 to take M55 honours. Arthur Daley (Gloucester AC) was top M60 in 19:25.

In the women’s age groups Harriet Lambe of Frampton Cotterell Harriers was first under-17 finishing seventy-ninth overall in 19:38. Tracy Allan (Bristol & West) was first W45 (19:49) and Sandy King (Southville Running Club) claimed the W35 prize in 20:10 and Nicola Waters (21:38) was top W55.

Who will be April’s athlete of the month?

Friday, May 22nd, 2015

THE Virgin London Marathon features strongly in the Easy Runner short list this month with some great examples of outstanding running that at first hand didn’t always catch the eye.
But marathon running isn’t just about London as local runners also shone in smaller but no less attractive events such as Taunton while the National Road Relays and the local Aztec West Fast 5k also provided opportunities to impress.
And April also marked the start of the track and field season and the popular Yate Sprints & Hurdles Challenge was again well attended and saw some excellent performances.
As always the winner will get a pair of adizero training shoes from Easy Runner, the leading athletics retailer in the city which can be oud in St Michael’s Hill.

JESSIE SANZO: The mother-of-three and former recreational runner - she only started in 2011 after entering the Bristol 10k –clocked the fourth fastest short stage in the 2015 National Road Relays to help Bristol & West AC finish second overall. Additionally Sanzo ran a PB of 17mins 11secs to finish first woman in the Aztec West Fast 5k and was ranked top over-35 cross-country runner in the country by Athletics Weekly in 2015 for the second year in a row.

DECLAN WALTERS: The 16-year-old North Somerset AC sprinter, who has switched to Alistair Abrams successful sprints group lead by GB junior Chris Stone, set PBs in the 200m (23.66secs) and 100m (11.3secs) at the Yate Sprints & Hurdles Challenge to build upon his promising indoor season.

STUART LEANEY: The 36-year-old North Somerset AC runner not only raced to a new personal best in the London Marathon but has also emerged as the quickest man in the Bristol region. Leaney clocked 2hrs 27mins 44secs to shave 55 seconds off his previous best and dip under 2hrs 28mins for the first time – and move to second in the South West Rankings behind Bideford’s Mark Jenkin (PB 2:25.18).

FRANCESCA EDDY: It may not have been a headline performance but the Bristol & West runner will have been delighted to smash her PB with a time of 3hrs10mins 37secs for second place in the Taunton marathon – especially as her previous best was 3:24.01 which she ran in Boston last year. That is a significant improvement by anyone’s standard.

JACK HOLBROOK: The Yate sprinter had a good start to the season with the 14-year-old winning the 100m at his own club’s Sprint & Hurdles Challenge in a hand-timed PB of 11.9secs followed by an electronic PB of 12.60secs set when winning his 100m at the Bristol & West Open the following week. He also recorded a PB of 38.67secs over 300m.

STEPHEN O’HALLORAN: If you are looking for an example that persistence and hard work pays then look no further than the man from Great Western Runners. Aged 42 and in his 13th marathon O’Halloran broke 2hrs 40mins for the first time in London with a sparkling time of 2:35.38 which is the fastest M40 time in the South West this year and puts him third in the Bristol list behind fellow short list nominee Stuart Leaney and former competition winner Jarlath Mckenna (2:29.19).


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