Caroline Powell – Still the Queen of Master’s Sprinting

25 Sep

Yet again our F60 Masters sprint sensation Caroline Powell features in Athletics Weekly – surely a club statistician can tell us if she has appeared in more photos in Athletics Weekly than any other club member? On this occasion it was due to her sprints hat-trick in the British Masters Championships at Alexander Stadium on 17th and 18th September 2016 where she took the W60 100 metres in 14.70, the 200 metes in 29.57 and the 400 metres in 66.75. Caroline certainly shows no signs of slowing with age nor does she reduce her commitments to National level Masters competitions and competing on the International Stage. Will she be off to Australia for the Word Masters Championships ? I wouldn’t bet against it.

Three Sets of Team Medals at Midland Road-Relays

25 Sep

The Midland Road Relays in Sutton Park on Saturday 24th September 2016 saw the club begin and end with winning teams.

Senior Men

Will CHRISTOFI ran his usual sensible race moving through after a cautious start. Still someway short of his fitness from last year he nevertheless produced a solid 18:43 clocking to bring the team home in sixth place. Luke EVANS spent much of the second leg maintaining sixth place but in what is his familiar charge for the line he lifted the team into third place as he too clocked 18:43. Rich PETERS might not have competed for some time but once half fit his class will always out and on Leg 3 he looked imperious as he strode clear of the field to bring the team home in first place. His time of 17:29 ended up as joint fastest leg of the day and took the team 22 seconds clear of Cheltenham Harriers. On Leg 4 Ben WESTHENRY ran probably his best race in club colours as he consolidated the club’s lead stretching it to 51 seconds. His 18:08 was the second fastest for the club on the day. Owain JONES ran a very solid fifth leg; he was eventually chased down by Graham Rush of Cheltenham Harriers but handed over in second place just one second down as he clocked 18:21. Steve MITCHELL has often had periods out of running in the last couple of years but now seems set on returning to form on the road and track having decided to give up cross-country. Initially planning to sit in and use his 1,500 metre speed late on he felt he had the edge on the Cheltenham athlete so decided to push hard quite early on and by the end had opened a winning margin of 34 seconds much to the delight of Team Managers Mike Down and Keith Brackstone. Steve’s 18:21 clocking matching Owain’s time on the fifth leg. The club were 3 minutes 33 seconds clear of third placer’s Birchfield Harriers.

The usual fraught week trying to secure a second six athletes to form a complete B team seemed like a bad dream once Rob STEWART got them off to a flying start coming home in fifteenth place in 19:19. Bristol University student Will DAVIDSON ran 20:41 to bring the team home in twentieth place as the team set about securing the top 25 finish needed to secure two team spots in the National Road Relay on Saturday 8th October 2016. New-comer Josh MOODY showed what an asset he will be to the club clocking 19:31 to lift the club six places to fourteenth. Tom DOBRA, another recruit from our close links with Bristol University, ran 21:09 as the team slipped to eighteenth after Leg 4 but a strong fifth leg from Miles CHANDLER saw the club back up to fourteenth place at the end of Leg 5 as he clocked 19:20. Harry LEEMING has only just stepped up to the under-20 age group but was keen to make his senior debut: so keen that his Dad drove him up to run the last leg after having school in the morning. Harry clocked 20:59 to hold on to fourteenth place and ensure the B team secured a spot in the National Road Relays. Well done Harry – a great senior debut and our returners for the National should appreciate your efforts – without your support we would have been limited to one team in the National.

Five of the 6-Man Team that won the Midland Senior Road Relay
Five of the 6-Man Team that won the Midland Senior Road Relay


Tony ROPER got the masters underway finishing ninth on the first leg in 21:56, Andy WRIGHT ran 24:31 on the second leg as the team finished fourteenth. Dave BEDWELL showed age is no bar to a good performance as he clocked 22:54 to lift the team back up to ninth at the half-way point. On Leg 4 Peter MOUNTAIN ran 23:59 as the team finished tenth and Steve GRANT ran 25:12 to finish eleventh on Leg 5 before Stuart WILKIE brought the team home in tenth place in 23:21.

Under-17 Men

Hugh SADLER was our sole runner in this event and finished fourth on Leg 1 in 12:31, which was the fifth fastest leg of the day. Let’s hope age group coach Dave BEDWELL can get a full team out for the National.

Under-17 Ladies

The Alan THOMAS trained trio did the club proud with a great silver medal in this age group. Alice DAVIES brought the trio home in third place on the first leg clocking 14:45. On Leg 2 Elizabeth PLEWS was caught by Bromsgrove & Redditch but passed Exeter to remain in third place as she clocked 15:07. On the last leg Olivia BURTON passed the Bromsgrove & Redditch athlete to lift the team to a fine silver behind Halesowen who led from gun to tape. Olivia’s time of 14:38 was equal fifth fastest of the day.

Under-15 Boys

Stan HARDING-HILL led out the A team coming home twelfth in 13:58, Nathan MARCHANT brought the team back in thirteenth place after Leg 2 as he clocked 14:25. Flynn BAKER ran the last leg clocking 14:44 as he brought the team home in fourteenth place.

The B Team had Jack BANNISTER as lead-off and Jack finished twenty-first in 14:56, Luke ILES ran a great second leg clocking 14:08 as he lifted the team to eighteenth; a position Fred HAWKER maintained as he clocked 14:38

The C Team finished twenty-ninth. Lewis ADAMSON led them out in twenty-ninth place in 15:46, a position Otto KINGSTON maintained on Leg 2 as he clocked 16:44  and James CASLING held on Leg 3 as he clocked 16:07.

Under-15 Girls

It is a mark of how this age group has progressed over the last season that we fielded three teams in this age group (all with suitable face paint!!). The A team finished tenth as Claudia SPICE overcame a mid-week illness threat to lead them off in 16:08 as she finished twenty-second. Next up Nelly BRIDGER-MORALES clocked 17:09 as the team finished nineteenth before Rosie WHITEHEAD’s 15:52 saw the team finish tenth.

The B Team was led off by Molly ORCHARD who finished thirty-sixth in 17:59, Josie DAVIES ran 16:51 to bring the team home in thirty-first place before Elle RADFORD’s 17:26 brought the team home in twenty-sixth place.

The C Team finished twenty-eighth with Grace EVANS leading them out in thirty-first place in 17:29, Matilda JONES brought them home in twenty-ninth place at the end of Leg 2 after running 18:31, with Taryn ZAHRINGER finishing twenty-eighth at the end of the race in 17:44.

Under-13 Boys              

Ali Hurford’s broad grin said it all. An outstanding win by the A Team. Aidan OSCROFT laid the foundations with fourth place on Leg 1 as he clocked 14:11. Cole EDMONDS’ run of 14:52 saw the club up into second place and Rufus THOMAS’ 14:18 on the last leg lifted the team to a 34 second victory. What price a medal in the National Young Athletes Relays?

The C Team defied their billing to come home next for the Club with Joseph Hull (18th in 15:54), Amos KINGSTON (29th in 18:32) and Henry GODFREE (27th in 21:04) getting the better of their B Team rivals.

The B Team had Jacob ROE running 17:46 to finish thirty-third, Ben WILLIAMS (32nd in 17:08) and Vinnie WILLIAMS-BEESE (30th in 24:09).

Under-13 Girls

The under-13 girls A team finished ninth with Grace Ashurst in seventeenth place after Leg 1 in 16:07, Danni SINCLAIR (16:25) improved by 4 places to come home in thirteenth place and Alice BRIDGER-MORALES improved by a further four paces to secure the top ten finish with a clocking of 15:51.


Overall it was one of the best Midland Road-Relay performances by the club and the first in a long time that medals had been won in three different categories. It was also good to see the integration of Paul Owen’s and Alan Thomas’ groups in the girls under-13, under-15 and under-17 age groups. This was a great platform for the club to build on and the winter of 2016/2017 should see some good performances both on the road and on the country.

Feel Good Friday Run at Tyntesfield on Friday 23rd September 2016

20 Sep

Led by members of the Nailsea Running Club, the Tyntesfield run is open to all abilities – no one will be left behind. It’s not competitive! Meet in the lower courtyard of Home Farm, from 9.45 to register and for a welcome briefing ready to run promptly at 10! The run lasts for an hour finishing roughly around 11.00 with a complimentary tea/filter coffee in the Cow Barn Restaurant. No need to book, just turn up on the day, but please have the correct money – £3. NT members please remember to bring your membership cards. Remember; as this is a “paid for” event, car parking charges do not apply.


The next Trust10 will be held at Tyntesfield on Sunday 25th September 2016 at 9.00 a.m.

Nightrun Tyntesfield

Nightrun returns to Tyntesfield for the third year. This year it will be on Saturday 3rd December 2016 with the race starting a 5 p.m. One of a series across several estates. The National Trust are still working on the details but please write it in your pre-Christmas schedule either if you would like to run it or help them run it – but remember it is the Blaise Castle Gwent League that day which is a club priority event.

General News

The next Tyntesfield Feel Good Friday runs are on 7th October, 21st October and every other week.

The next Leigh Woods Feel Good Friday runs are on 14th October, 28th October and every other week.

Avon Track and Field League – Sunday 11th September 2016

19 Sep

The validated results from the Avon Track & Field League Fixture held at Yate Outdoor Sports Centre on Sunday 11th September 2016 have now been received and are included in the following document. The highlight in terms of the club’s performance was the victor of the girls team in the Under-13 age group . The other age groups saw the teams finish in the following places contributing to the club’s fourth place overall:

U15G        4th
U17W       4th
SW/WM    5th
U13B        4th
U15B        4th
U17M       4th
SM/MM   6th

Emily Diamond Visits Whitehall Athletics Arena

16 Sep

Emily Diamond who won a bronze medal in the Rio Olympics as a member of the Great Britain & Northern Ireland 4 x 400 metres relay team returned to her roots on Wednesday 14th September 2016 when she visited Bristol & West Athletic Club at Whitehall Athletics Arena. Emily was a student at Bristol Grammar School before she went to University and now works in Bath and trains at Bath University but visiting the Wednesday night Junior Academy and Young Athlete sessions reminded her of her formative years in the sport training with the club at the old Whitchurch Stadium. As well as featuring in numerous selfies with young athletes and her medal and seeing various groups of young athletes training Emily took time to sit down and recount her Olympic experiences clearly inspiring her audience and hopefully leading to several future club athletes following in her footsteps to become Olympic medalists. emily-3emily-8


15 Sep
The first Aztec West Fast 5k race of the 2016/17 Annual Series will be held on Tuesday 27th September 2016; with registration from 6.30pm and the race starting at 7.30pm. The Race will continue as an annual nine race series, replacing the former two series per annum format, culminating with the final race in June 2017 remaining as the Mob Match. The remaining dates for the 2016/17 series are as follows:


Tuesday 25th October 2016

Tuesday 29th November 2016

December 2016 – No race


Tuesday 31st January 2017

Tuesday 28th February 2017

Tuesday 28th March 2017

Tuesday 25th April 2017

Tuesday 30th May 2017

Tuesday 27th June 2017

Entries can now be made on-line.

Tri-County Cross-Country – Bath University – Sunday 11th December 2016

12 Sep

Wiltshire Athletic Association are pleased to announce that with the kind permission of The National Trust and the University of Bath that the Tri-County Cross-Country Championships will be taking place on Sunday 11th December 2016. The event will incorporate the county championships of Avon, Somerset and Wiltshire as well as being Race #6 of the Wiltshire Off-Road Race League.

Registration is now open at with entries priced at £6.00 for Juniors and £12.00 for Seniors.

To ensure the success of the event the Event Director is seeking volunteers to assist with course marshaling and is offering Free race places as an inducement. If you are able to assist then please contact

For more information on the event please visit

New look website

17 Aug

We’d like to welcome you to the new look Bristol & West AC website. We hope that you will find it easier to navigate as well as including some new information such as our coach bios. There may be a few dead links while everything moves over, but trust that you will bear with us during this transitional time.

Have a look round!

Sophie Kamlish Off to Rio in Some Style

03 Aug

Bristol & West’s Sophie Kamlish has been selected for the Great Britain Team in the T44 100 metres at the Paralympic Games to be held in Rio. Sophie, who competed in the 2012 Paralympic Games at the tender age of 16, is in great form and earlier today appeared on the news page of the British Athletics web-site; the article can be found at:

Have a read and find out that she is now currently ranked second in the world at her chosen event – would it be too much to hope that one (or both) of our Olympians return with an Olympic medal?