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South West Steeplechase Workshop in Bristol - 12 November 2014

National lead for Steeplechase, Spencer Duval, delivered a Flying Coach session to coaches from five clubs: Bristol & West AC, Team Bath AC, Taunton AC, Gloucester AC and Mendip AC on Wednesday 12th November 2014. Coaches were invited to bring athletes and 17 athletes with a 9:8 split of female:male athletes were there in force ready to bravely tackle the demands of steeplechasing. The session took place at the Kip Keino track in Filton with thanks to Bristol and West AC who enabled the session to be run alongside one of their club night sessions.

This second session in a series of two focussed on the water jump and Spencer soon had the athletes confidently jostling for position as they approached the obstacle. Inevitably one or two athletes ended up getting a little wetter than they intended, but a lot of fun as well as some valuable learning took place. Coaches and athletes alike had a much better understanding of foot placement, body position on the barrier and in flight, approaching and exiting the water jump by the end of the session. Spencer also imparted lots of ideas on how to quickly build confidence in tackling the water jump.

CCSO Charlotte Fisher said ‘With a new enthusiasm for the event amongst coaches and athletes in the South West and a greater knowledge and confidence in coaching the event we expect to see many more athletes giving this event a go next summer. Spencer’s practical based, no-fuss approach to coaching has really resonated with those who have attended the workshops.’

Bristol & West Development Adviser, Keith Brackstone, is now exploring with England Athletics the possibility of running a monthly steeplechase session alongside the usual weekly endurance session run by the club at the venue.


Mike Strange Updates Men's Club records

Sterling work by Mike Strange has seen him update the men’s track and field records for the club for the recent summer and the fruits of his labours can be found at:

http://www.bristolandwestac.org/downloads/club-track-field-records/ .

Keith Brackstone is undertaking the same task for the ladies and hopes to upload their revised records shortly.

If you think you spot something that you thinks requires updating please let Mike (for men) and Keith (for women) know and they will investigate and take action as necessary.


Kurt and Ella take Medals at National Age Group Championships

Four Club Athletes were in action on Day One of the English Under-17 and Under-15 age group championships at Bedford International Arena on Saturday 30th August 2014. Ella FALK finished second in her heat of the under-17 300 metres clocking 41.51. Tomas GOODMAN finished fourth in Heat 2 of the under-17 400 metres in 52.91 and Anton MILLS finished sixth in Heat 1 of the under-15 Boy’s 800 metres in 2:08.26. However, pride of place must go to Kurt CAMERON who cleared 3 metres 60 centimetres in the under-15 pole vault to finish second and take the silver medal losing out on count back only.

Early information from today is that Ella finished third in her final in 40.72 to take a bronze medal.

Further details will be added once today’s results have been posted on Power-of-10. Well done to Kurt and Ella and their respective coaches Martin Davies and Al Abrams. It’s great to see young athletes performing so well on the National stage.


South-West League - Yeovil - Sunday 7th September 2014

The last South West Athletics League match takes place at Yeovil on Sunday 7th September 2014 . As this is on their doorstep Mendip Athletic Club want as many of their athletes as possible to attend! As Bristol & West AC are partnered with Mendip our athletes are also welcome to attend. If anyone is interested in taking part, please contact Keith Brackstone – keithatrvp@blueyonder.co.uk - know ASAP stating their age group with DOB and the event(s) they would like to do. Keith will then let Peter Grosjean the Mendip Team Manager know. It is timetable A for this event which can be found at:



Good Individual Performances at South-West Championships - Sunday 17 August 2014

There were several groups of club athletes competing at the South-West Inter-Counties held at Exeter on Sunday 17th August 2014 and Al ABRAMS’ group of sprinters were probably more active than most.

Chris STONE produced a strong run in the under-20 Men’s 100 metres to take the title in 10.56 with a legal wind. Chris’ time was the fastest 100 metres of the day. Before taking the 200 metres in 21.35. Behind him Elliot PRENDERGAST (11.27) and Alex DALEY (11.40) finished third and fourth in the 100 metres, with Elliott also fourth in the 200 metres in 23.27.

In the Senior Men’s 100 metres Theo CAMPBELL won race 2 in 10.59 helped by a 3.1 metre following wind; Theo then finished second in the 200 metres behind former club member Leon Reid with Theo clocking 21.28.

Debo ADEMUYEWO finished third in Race 1 of the 100 metres in 11.00 with a .4 wind – well within the legal limits. Bruce DA SILVEIRA (Coach Dean Garrett) finished second in the under-15 Boy’s 100 metres in 11.87 (but the wind at 2.4 was just over the legal limit – so Bruce had to settle for a windy PB). Bruce also finished second in the 200 metres in 24.55.

Debo and Alex both doubled up in the 400 metres with Debo finishing second in the Senior Men’s race in 48.18. Alex clocked 50.4 for third in the Under-20s race.

Bethan WAKEFIELD has also been training with Al’s group during her summer back from Birmingham University and won the Women’s 100 metres in 12.78 in a disappointing field of two. Still at least she had more opposition than she did in the 200 metres which she ‘won’ in 27.15 with no opposition. Danielle PRENDERGAST (Coach Lloyd Rice) finished fourth in Race 1 of the under-15 girl’s 100 metres in a windy 13.23 and was also fourth in the 200 metres in 28.19. Other athletes coached by Lloyd who competed were under-13 girls Tia JACKSON (fourth in Race 1 in 13.54) and Khiaaama KOFI (first in Race 2 in a 13.50 PB with the wind at 1.2). Khiaaama also won race 2 of the 200 metres clocking 28.48 in a race that saw Jessica FRAZER finish third in 29.15.

Isabella PARSELLE finished fifth in the under-15 300 metres in 44.73 – a season’s best. Tia also finished third in the 70 metre hurdles in 11.74 – although how any of them coped with a 5.4 metre following wind is beyond me.

Adam SPEAKE was one of three male middle distance runners and is clearly still out of sorts clocking 2:06.36 for fourth in the Senior’ Men’s 800 metres. Ben WESTHENRY (4:12.74& and Tom MERSON (4:13.06) were the others finishing second and third in the Senior Men’s 1,500 metres. Tom MERSON also ran the 5,000 metres where he was a clear winner in 14:49.84; Jason DREW ran 16:07.47 to take the under-20 title in the same race in his first outing in Bristol & West club colours.

Jessica FRAZER finished eighth in the under-13 800 metres in 2:46.30. There were two female athletes in the Senior Women’s 1,500 metres – both from Bristol & West where Georgie SALMON (4:59.77) prevailed over Clare HODGSON (5:13.04). Eloise BROWN finished seventh in the under-15 girl’s 1,500 metres.

Amelia HEMPLEMAN-ADAMS finished third in the under-20 high jump with a season’s best clearance of 1 metre 66 centimetres, with Sam BARRETT finishing fourth in the under-17 age group with a clearance at 1 metre 49 centimetres.

James DIAMOND was winner of the Senior Men’s long jump with a best jump of 6 metres 44 centimetres (a distance that was bettered by both the under-20 and under-17 winners). Madison THOMAS finished second in the under-20 long jump with a windy best of 5 metres 47 centimetres and a legal best of 5 metres 24 centimetres. Sam BARRETT was the winner of the under-17 age group with a best jump and PB of 5 metres 30 centimetres. Tia JACKSON was having a busy afternoon and added second place in the under-13 girl’s long jump with 4 metres 44 centimetres to her track successes.

Rownita MARSTON put the shot 12 metres and 51 centimetres for second place in the under-17 event. Catherine CLAYTON won the under-15 discus with a throw of 28 metres 35 centimetres and the under-15 hammer with a throw of 31 metres 13 centimetres.

Our only male thrower on display was Matt SPICER who took third in the Senior Men’s hammer with a best throw of 46 metres 95 centimetres.

There were some great individual results in what was often trying conditions.

Keith Brackstone Reports.