Bristol Half-Marathon sees Forty-Seven Club Finishers – Sunday 30th September 2012

Forty-seven club members completed the Bristol Half-Marathon on a dry but blustery Sunday morning on 30th September 2012, whilst two of our leading lights – Shaun Antell and Kate Goodhead – started but failed to finish. First athlete home was Tom Merson who was twentieth in 68.31. Not far behind was Rob Bugden in 23rd place in 68.48. Both were hoping for a little quicker than their recorded times.

Alec Woods won the battle of the vets; coming home in 37th in 72.47. Behind him the evergreen Phil Parry just saw off young upstart Tom Morris as they finished 49th and 51st in 75.08 and 75.22 respectively. The latter clocking a 51 second PB. We would be surprised if this wasn’t good enough to take the overall team title.

First club lady to finish was Annabel Granger (107th overall) in 80.09 with Jenny Jagger hot on her heels (109th overall) in 80.13 (a massive 2 minute 12 second PB). In between in 108th place was Elyas Haji in 80.09 completing his first half-marathon. All three of these athletes receive regular coaching from Keith Brackstone. Julia Belyavin finished 428th in 1.28.38 to close in the women’s team and we wait to see if this was enough to defend their team title.

It was like a graduation ceremony for the so called ‘Recreational Runners’ from Whitehall on Mondays (who now run anywhere and everywhere) as 30 of them completed the race and Keith Brackstone and Chris Elson will have been well pleased with how their charges acquitted themselves. Dave Engledew (1.30.15) and Chris Harvey (1.30.16) will probably be disappointed to finish just the wrong side of 1 hour 30 minutes and Emma Withers will probably be worse than disappointed to clock 2.00.01 (couldn’t you have found 2 seconds Emma?).

We hope there won’t be too many sore legs tomorrow at Whitehall – but surely the PB report slot at training will be longer than usual as most of this group were completing their first competitive half-marathon.

The Run Bristol web-site already has the results and most club athletes with a Power-of-10 profile have their profile updated – for some reason Tom Morris is not shown as Bristol & West AC but we will get that added. For an extract of the club finishers please see: http://www.bristolandwestac.org/downloads/race-results-and-rankings/multi-terrain-and-road-results/

Bristol & West club members also played over-night host to three of the Kenyan runners who performed so well including the women’s race winner. So a good day all round.