Archive for June, 2015

Why not try the Hilly 10?

Monday, June 8th, 2015

A reminder that the 38th Bathy Hilly 10 miles road race, one of the oldest events in the west country , takes place on Sunday (10.30am).
The course may not be a PB one but it is a terrific event expertly organised on a voluntary basis by Team Bath AC and deserves the support of the running community.
Entries will be taken on the day at Culverhay Sports Centre an there are good prizes for all age groups from seniors to over 55s. For further details contact Malcolm Treby by email at: racedirector@bathhillyten.co.uk
For interest the amazing all-time course records stand to Ian Ray (50:14 in 1980) and Kath Binns (57:42 in 1979) while post 2000 the fastest times have been set by Martin Cox in that same year (55:21) and Annabel Granger in 2003 (63:52).

Ellie is running into form

Monday, June 8th, 2015

ELLIE Wallace of Yate & District AC ran a season’s best of 4mins 45.15secs to finish runner-up in the 1500m B race at the BMC PB Classic in Milton Keynes on Saturday evening.
The time puts the Steve Hollier coached athlete fourth on the South West U17 Women Rankings behind Cornwall AC’s Yoyo Barney (4:38.1) Yate clubmate Hanah Hobbs (4:38.71) and Team Bath’s Caitlin Wosika (4:43.99).

There is no stopping Freddie!

Monday, June 8th, 2015

ANOTHER week – and another PB for Freddie Owsley. On Saturday the 18-year-old shaved 0.11 seconds off his best to win the 400m at the British Men’s League match in Waford with a time of 47.88secs.
The time will put Owsley top of the UK Rankings for U20 men but he will need to lop off another big chunk to reach the tough qualifying tome of 47.00secs to be eligible for the European Junior Championships in Sweden later this summer.

Mitchell canters to victory

Monday, June 8th, 2015

NEW 3000m steeplechaser Steve Mitchell is cramming in the experience of running over the barriers.
A week after clocking 9:21.36 on his debut at the BMC Grand Prix in Manchester the Bristol & West runner lowered that mark to 9:14.86 in a solo run at the British league match in Watford.
Mitchell cantered to victory by over 40 seconds to edge his way closer to the top 20 of the UK Rankings.
The club again finished fifth overall – matching their result last month – and now lie fifth at the halfway stage of the campaign.
League Points Match Points
Harrow AC 16 654
Thames Valley Harriers 14 630
Crawley AC 12 604
Kingston AC & Polytechnic Harriers 10 593
Bristol & West AC 8 572
Notts AC 6 551
Nene Valley Harriers 4 458.5
Gateshead Harriers 2 254.5

Bristol & West women third in home match

Sunday, June 7th, 2015

TAKING full advantage of hosting the second UK Women’s League Division One match the Kip Keino Stadium, in Stoke Gifford, Bristol & West Ac finished third in today’s second match of the campaign.
“That’s put’s the team fifth overall on eight match points with Cardiff & City of Manchester on seven,” said team manager Chris Elson.
“So it’s all to play for in the last match at Wigan on Sunday August 9th!”
Teams: 1 Shaftsbury Barnett 249; 2 Nottingham 197; 3 Bristol & West AC 191; 4 Trafford AC 185; 5 Cardiff AAC 179;
6 Wigan & District 142; 7 City of Manchester 136; 8 Southhampton 132.

Oops - Blaise Blazer isn’t on Mondays any more

Sunday, June 7th, 2015

I have just learnt that the Blaise Blazer is NOT being staged tomorrow – as the first race was held last Thursday.
The popular 6k multi terrain race organised by Westbury Harriers has been switched to Thursdays this year as a trial to see how entries fare and the next race will be on Thursday July 2nd.
For the record the opening race was won by Oli Beale of the host club in a time of 22mins 56secs. The previous weekend Beale clocked a personal best of 34:31 in the Bristol 10k.
Runner-up was clubmate Alex Hamblin with Ala Uren third.
The first vet home was M50 Mike Mcbeth of Southville Running Club in seventh with first M40 Richard Noble of Westbury in 13th . Top M60 was Mike Mewse also of Westbury Harriers.
n the women’s race the first three women home were all veterans over 40 with Katie Hughes of Westbury Harriers out front in 11th overall followed by Jane Colman of Bristol & West AC and Maria Hobbs of Westbury.
The W50 prize went to Teresa Oakes of Southville Running Club with Marilyn Palmer claiming top spot in the W60 category.

Jenny’s England joy with Toronto call-up

Friday, June 5th, 2015

CONGRATULATIONS to Jenny Spink, who has been handed her first England vest.
The Bristol & West AC’s runner call-up followed her success in the Virgin London Marathon where she ran a personal best of 2:37.35 to put her sixth in the UK Rankings.
Spink has been invited to join a strong England team to run the Toronto marathon on Sunday October 18th.

Emily is chasing a big jump in Geneva

Friday, June 5th, 2015

BRISTOL & West long jumper Emily Wright is in the Wales team competing in Geneva tomorrow.
The 16-year-old former Easy Runner/Bristol Post athlete of the month winner will be hoping to strengthen her bid to win a place in the GB team for the World Youth Championships in Colombia.
Wright is currently top of the UK Under 20 Rankings for the long jump having already twice achieved the qualifying standard of 6.05m, firstly during the indoor season and then on a training break in Florida during the spring.
Also in Geneva will be clubmate Chris Stone, who is running the 100m and 200m.

Holly named in GB squad for 100k

Friday, June 5th, 2015

TEAM Bath AC’s Holly Rush has been named in the Great Britain squad for the IAU World 100km Championships in the Netherlands on Saturday 12 September.
Rush will be hoping to be back in top shape by the autumn as illness and injury forced her to withdraw from the prestigious World Trail Championships in France last weekend
Last year’s world 100km bronze medallist Jo Zakrzewski and Commonwealth Games marathoner Steve Way are in the men’s team for the event in Winschoten.

Get your racing shoes ready!

Friday, June 5th, 2015

THERE is a busy mid-week race programme beginning with the Blaise Blazer 6k MT race in Bristol on Monday (www.westburyharriers.com), the Clevedon 10k on Tuesday (www.clevedonac.co.uk), the Plymouth (www.armadaathletics.co.uk) and Yeovilton 5ks (www.yeoviltownrrc.com) on Wednesday, the Bude 6 on Thursday (www.launcestonroadrunners.co.uk) and then next Friday the latest Towpath 10k in Bristol (www.greatwesternrunners.org.uk)


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