Seven of the Club’s Best Compete in BMC Oxford Grand Prix – Saturday 23rd July 2016

24 Jul

Seven of the club’s middle distance and endurance runners headed for Oxford on Saturday 23rd July 2016 for the British Milers’ Club Grand Prix, where  Caspar ELIOT made another appearance over 800 metres to finish fourth in the ‘E’ race in 1:54.31 just outside his PB as Adam SPEAKE finished seventh in the same race in 1:56.42. Miles CHANDLER also ran some under-distance work clocking 1:59.02 for seventh place in the ‘I’ race to register a new PB.

Mike WILSMORE finished fifth in the ‘A’ mile race in 4:05.77 (a race which saw Andy Baddeley back in competition and recording a sub-4 minute mile). Hugh SADLER finished ninth in the under-17 mile clocking 4:29.39.

Zak TOBIAS was our sole representative in the 5,000metre races finishing third in the ‘B’ race in 14:43.65 just a couple of seconds behind the winner and not too far off his PB.

Our sole lady competitor could hardly have got closer to her PB: Charlotte GREEN finished second in the Women’s ‘B’ 800 metres in 2:06.98 – her current PB is 2:06.96!

Results from British Milers’ Club Grand Prix – Solihull – Saturday 9th July 2016

12 Jul

Only four club members competed in the British Milers Club Grand Prix Meeting held at Solihull on Saturday 9th July 2016 with Team Captain Caspar ELIOT finishing tenth in the ‘F’ 800 metres in 1:56.57. In the ‘F’ 1,500 metres Adam SPEAKE finished eighth in 3:59.33 with Zak TOBIAS fourth in the ‘B’ 5,000 metres in 14:39.76. Our sole female competitor was Kate HULLS who finished fifth in the ‘A’ 5,000 metres in 16:15.82.

Youth Development League – Results – Kip Keino Athetic Stadium Sunday 19th June 2016

20 Jun

Bristol & West Athletic Club hosted the third match of the Youth Development League (Lower Age Group) at Kip Keino Athletic Stadium at Stoke Gifford on Sunday 19th June 2016. Firstly a big thank you to all of the volunteers who helped to stage the fixture and to the team managers who managed to field our strongest team to date. The team secured 575 match points to finish second behind Yate & District who scored 647 match points. The team is now in second place with 17 league points and 1,637 match points behind Yate & District Athletic Club who have 21 League Points (3 wins!) and 1,859 match points and now needs a strong final fixture in the last match at Newport on Saturday 16th July 2016 to secure promotion to the Premier League South and West of the Youth Development League. Currently our nearest rivals are Team Bath with 16 league points and 1,558.5 match points.

A list of club results can be found at

and written reports will be added as received.

Youth Development League – Results – Bath University Saturday 21st May 2016

22 May

The club’s under-15 and under-13 teams finished third in the second match of the Youth Development League (Lower Age Group) held at Bath University on Saturday 21st May 2016 and now stand third in the League overall on the same League Points as Team Bath but with eight fewer match points. Results of club competitors are at the following link:

Win For Jarlath at Hogweed’s 10k – Monday 16th May 2016

17 May

Nine members of the club competed at the Hogweed Trotters 10k at Yate on Monday 16th May 2016 with Jarlath MCKENNA maintaining his recent run of excellent form with a comfortable win from Ben ROBINSON. Ben’s Dad Matt made the top ten finishing ninth overall to run out winner of the V50 category.

1 Jarlath MCKENNA 31:56.2

2 Ben ROBINSON 32:47.6

4 Matthew BATTENSBY 33:37.8

6 Ciaran MCQUADE 35:18.2  

9 Matthew ROBINSON 35:59.3 V50 1

23 Dave GAPPER 39:24.1 V50 4

47 Darren STRINGER 41:53.5

85 Stu WILKEY 44:45.7

217 Alan WILCOX 55:02.3 V40 55

This report was taken from a Facebook paste – if we have missed anyone please let us know.

Keith Brackstone Reports (from a Facebook upload).

Throws Round-Up

21 Apr

Exeter Open

Sam Boulton threw with the 6 kg shot and 1.75 kg discus. His shot putt at 13 metres 25 centimetres was a new PB and his best throw with the Discus was 42 metres 66 centimetres.

Bristol & West AC Open Meeting – Tuesday 19th April 2016

Catherine Clayton threw 30 metres 61 centimetres in the Discus.

Alex Leeming Froudakis threw 40 metres 97 centimetres in the Discus – a little farther than his efforts at Bath on Sunday.

Gary Barrett ‘s first competition this summer produced 28 metres 85 centimetres in the Discus. 

Tom Skinner had a go at his weakest decathlon discipline and threw 27 metres 00 centimetres with the discus. He is currently working on this and is targeting 34 metres before the season is out.

Rownita Marsden putt 11 metres 97 centimetres in the shot.

Murray Grant Reports.         

Ladies Finish Tenth in National Road-Relays at Sutton Park

18 Apr

The weather for the National Road-Relays in Sutton Park on Saturday 16th April 2016 mirrored that of the Midland Road-Relays with rain on the journey up giving way to a dry, bright but chilly day.

Jessie SANZO showed what a great club supporter she is by running the first leg despite still having problems with a major niggle that has stopped her training properly since May 2015. Her eleventh place in 31:28 got the team off to a great start and fortunately Jessie reported afterwards that the effort over 5.38 miles hadn’t made her condition worse. Team Manager Keith Brackstone hoped Jessie would give Kate HULLS plenty to chase on Leg 2 and so it proved. Kate ran a great leg and lifted the club up to fourth place with a 17:07 clocking for the short leg; Kate’s time was just 6 seconds slower than Susan Partridge’s 17:01 fastest of the day for Leeds. On leg 3 Ellen HARRISON kept the team in fourth place as she clocked 19:11 – a big thank you to Ellen for coming across from Hull by train!

On leg 4 (the second long leg) Julia BELYAVIN ran 33:49 to finish seventh as Cambridge & Coleridge, Thames Valley Harriers and Cardiff all passed her with very strong runners on the leg. On leg 5 Alexa PARKER lost one place as her 20:21 clocking saw her finish eighth as Birchfield Harriers moved through the field. It was left to Imogen PECK to bring the team home and a 20:24 clocking saw Imogen finish tenth. A big thank you to all the ladies who turned out and well done to them for their top ten finish.

Weekend Road Round-Up – 12th/13th March 2016

14 Mar

Saturday 12th March 2016

Whitehorse 5 mile race: Luke Evans won the Whitehorse 5 mile race near Gloucester by 3 minutes but had a surprise on the way home. It was a panhandle course with 2 laps round the pan. On the return Luke was amazed to find the road flooded – well you don’t usually expect the Severn Bore to provide an extended water jump.

Sunday 13th March 2016

Trafford 10K: Two Bristol & West athletes competed in this event and both should be pleased with their results. Tom Merson broke the 30 minute barrier again with a 29.59 clocking, while Ben Westhenry running his debut 10K posted 31.13, a time that reportedly included an unscheduled 25 second pit stop! 

Gloucester 20: Two club athletes distinguished themselves with Ciaran McQuade in seventh place in 1.59.59 and Hannah Walsh finishing sixth lady posting a PB by 8 minutes in 2.26.48.

Grizzly: On the South Coast Scott Watkins was ninth in 2: 33.55 and Mark Burley nineteenth in 2. 38.46 out of the 1,400 or so runners who finished the testing course.

Larmer Tree Half-Marathon: 320 runners finished another testing off road course with Rob Colman finishing 88th, and eleventh M50, in 2.24.13 and Matt Cooper 193rd in 2.51.23.

Club Athletes Show Good Form in Bath Half-Marathon – Sunday 13th March 2016

14 Mar

At least 24 club members completed the Bath Half-Marathon on a very spring like morning in Bath with most of the athletes very happy with their results. Some like Ron Paine got a bit carried away early on – despite advice to the contrary but was still happy with his time despite slowing in the last two miles as a consequence of his fast start. The ladies in particular were in evidence with six of the first ten club finishers ladies. Imogen Peck’s time was a 96 second PB, while Rosey Mushens was delighted to run 4 minutes 5 seconds quicker than her PB from the 2015 Bristol Half-Marathon.

One athlete having a low key run out was former GB Road and Track International Rob Whalley who finished 383rd in 84:43 or was it? That’s certainly what the results say. The results also show that it took him 2 minutes 25 seconds to cross the start line!

170 Anthony Hall SM 01:22:01
222 Doug Jewell M40 01:23:35
248 Julia Belyavin F35 01:24:11
314 Neil Light SM 01:25:18
328 John O’Dwyer SM 01:25:39
354 Francesca Eddy SF 01:26:26

383 Rob Whalley M45 01:24:43
386 Rebecca Awde SF 01:26:55
472 Imogen Peck SF 01:28:38
564 Tracy Allan VF50 01:30:01
842 Rosey Mushens  VF50 01:34:24
909 Tanya Chowdhury VF35 01:34:11
964 Robert Moore SM 01:33:47
1427 Alison Engledew AC VF55 01:39:10
1428 John Kavanagh VM50 01:39:10
1473 Rob Brown SM 01:38:54
1853 Maggie Salter VF55 01:42:39
1872 Fleur Cockley VF40 01:42:19
2344 Richard Bayliss VM40 01:45:16
3443 Ron Paine VM65 01:51:13
6020 Nicola Dutton VF40 02:05:29
6022 James Dutton VM40 02:05:29
6081 Jennifer Wassell SF 02:06:45
7332 Doreen Paine VF60+ 02:09:44

Club Annual General Meeting – Friday 22nd April 2016

13 Mar

This is the first announcement that the Club’s Annual General Meeting will take place on Friday 22nd April 2016 at the King’s Head, Whitehall commencing at 7.00 p.m. As with last year’s AGM the Club plans to put on a buffet and it would be appreciated if you could let Keith Brackstone know if you intend to come along so we can advise the venue of the expected number to cater for. The club will fund the buffet but those attending will be expected to buy their own drinks.

If there is any matter that you wish to be added to the agenda for the Meeting please advise Keith Brackstone who is Acting General Secretary by Friday 1st April 2016 by e-mail to

One item on the Agenda will be the revision of the Club’s Constitution which was last amended in 2010.