Gwent League Round-Up

24 Nov

Two matches in and with the third due in Brecon on Saturday 6th December 2014 it is time to see where club members stand after two races.

The Under-11 Boys are being led by Aidan Oscroft who finished eighth in Cardiff in 7:13 and is also eighth overall after two races. Joseph Hull was twenty-eighth at Cardiff in 7:44, Amos Kingston was fifty-third in 8:18 with Beck Harding Hill fifty-ninth in 8:33. There were 88 finishers at Cardiff so the youngsters are getting good depth in their races. The team is currently in eighth place on 441 points but I am sure Alison Hurford is working on this.

The Under-13 Boys were led home by Nathan Marchant in sixth place in 8:46 and not too far off third place, Jack Bannister was thirtieth in 9:14 with Otto Kingston forty-third in 9:38. Fenn Willoughby (seventy-second in 10:24), Harry Hughes (seventy-fifth in 10:28), Robert Kiekuth (eighty-third in 10:48) and Flynn Baker (eighty-fourth in 10:50) put in good performances for the team, which was fifth team on the day and is also in fifth place overall. Nathan is in sixth place overall but is only six points off second – you can bet Ali will be encouraging all of this team for a good performance at Brecon to put them right in the mix.

The Under-15 Boys were led by Hugh Sadler who showed great racing maturity to work through and finish fourth in Cardiff in 15:04 having nearly taken third on the run-in. With Hugh having missed the first race our overall best performer is Anton Mills who finished seventh in Cardiff in 15:23  and is fifth overall on 109 points (only 9 behind the leader). Otis Harding Hill is also well placed in the overall standings (eighth on 94 points) after finishing twentieth at Cardiff (16:11). Cardiff was a disappointing team performance as only three ran (those who did race ran well) but the team are second overall on 306 points and if Dave Bedwell can field his best team at Brecon they are very capable of finishing well up in the team standings at the end of the season. Cardiff are already 123 points clear on 429 points and that looks like too big a gap to close but you never know.

The Under-17 men were led home by Henry Cochrane in  fourteenth place in 23:02, with Jack Flowers thirty-second in 25:50 and Billy Cochrane  thirty-eighth in 27:37. The team is currently lying eighth on 89 points.

The club hasn’t run any under-20 men so far this season but then only 5 clubs have and there were only 20 in the race at Cardiff.

The Senior Men’s performances have been well documented by Team Manager Chris Elson – the ‘A’ team are second overall on 3,672 points behind Swansea on 3,788 and in front of Bridgend who are on 3,622.  The team is being led by Richard Weeks who is third equal overall on 74 points and Jarlath McKenna who is fifth overall on 761 points. In the V60 category Dave Bedwell is lying second on 185 points just seven behind the category leader.

The Under-13 girls team had Claudia Spice finish sixty-fifth in 10:45 in Cardiff with Molly Orchard eighty-eighth in 11:31 the clubs other competitor. Both are newcomers to the sport and it will be great to see how they progress at Brecon with the experience of a race behind them. The team was stronger in the first match at Bridgend and are twentieth overall with 236 points.

The Under-15 girls also had two competitors at Cardiff with Nancy Dineen twenty-seventh in 18:25 and Olivia Crofts thirty-third in 18:37. With 179 points from the two matches the Under-15 girls are in fifteenth place.

So far the club hasn’t fielded any under-17 or under-20 ladies in a Gwent League race this year – coach Dave Taylor will no doubt be working on it as there were certainly some running in recent schools championships.

The performances of the Senior Ladies are well documented already but just to re-cap the ‘A’ team sits proudly at the head of the standings with 2,253 points with Swansea in second place on 2,136. Individually with two second place finishes behind different winners Jasmine Finney leads the individual standings on 467 points with Grace France in sixth place on 448 points. Clare Jolliffe is leading the F45 standings on 421 points.

Full race results can be found at

So get behind your team managers and where we are doing well let’s reinforce those positions and where our first two matches have been a bit shaky let’s get people out and start moving up the leader board.

Keith Brackstone Reports

Club Membership Renewal

02 Feb

We are now more than a month into 2012 so an appropriate time to remind everyone that club memberships need to be renewed. If you follow the link to Downloads – Club Administration – Membership you will find the subsrenewal2012 form. Please download it, and send a completed form with the appropriate membership fee and a stamped addressed envelope to Mike Strange, Membership Secretary, at the address on the form. Junior Academy members need to renew their membership of the Junior Academy – the fee is £10. Former members of the Junior Academy who have moved up to Young Athlete sessions will need to join the club to be able to compete in competitions in 2012.

Performances of Weeks 28 & 29 – 21 March to 4 April 2011

13 Apr
1 MICHAEL JOHNSON – Mike was the second Brit to finish in 5th place in the Wilmslow Half-marathon, which doubled as the English championship race. He finished just one second behind Kenyan Simon Tonui in a time of 66mins exactly, while  the following weekend clocked the unofficial fastest time in the Avon clubs 4 x 5M relay from Bitton to Bath and back. Feeling in need of a hard morning’s workout, he set the pace on the opening leg ahead of our nominated first stage runner Steve McGuigan and then had just 45 seconds recovery before taking over from Steve and running his official leg back to the start at Bitton.that he finished with a healthy lead.
2= STEVE FRANCIS and CHRIS DODD – Both Steve and Chris yet again slashed their previous bests in the latest Bridge Inn 5K race. Steve had set himself the target of breaking the 15 minute barrier for the first time and with his parents in attendance set off as if his life depended on it. Never letting up, and with an eye on his watch he made it with just four seconds to spare in 14:56, thus carving another 12 seconds off his previous month’s PB and some one and a half minutes off the time he had set at the start of the season. Chris for his part back in third place, took an almost identical chunk off his previous best, 13 seconds to be precise, as he stopped the watch at 15:26 to underline the extra stamina he has gained this winter and which he looks set to exploit on the track this summer.
3= TOM MERSON and STEVE McGUIGAN – Ironman Tom has been at it again, this time smashing the course record in the Exe to Axe 20M fell race. which involved some 4,000ft of climbing between Exmouth and Seaton. He won by more than a quarter of an hour in 2:32:17. He even caught the organisers napping as they could not keep up with the Exmouth Express who reached the second drink station at Sidmouth before they had got there to set up! Steve’s latest efforts may not be so dramatic, but no less satisfying as he followed up a new Bridge Inn 5K PB of 15:47 with a sub 26 minute 5M on the opening stage of the Avon 4 x 5M relay.
1 CHARLIE MACLEAN – Charlie underlined the talent that won him the English Schools senior boy’s steeplechase title last summer by tracking Steve Francis all the way in the Bridge Inn 5K to finish runner-up in the impressive time for a junior of 15:07, which duly clinched his place in the club’s top team for the National 12-stage road relay championship.
2 HOBIE MARTIN – Young Hobie capped his outstanding cross-country season by finishing a close-up 7th for the England Intermediate boys team in the Home Countries Schools international at Antrim in Ireland. 
3= NATHAN YOUNG and MATT DEACON – Nathan continued his assault on the local Somerset road race scene with victory in the Hemington 10K in 34:24, which followed a narrow defeat – just two seconds – by Bitton’s Richard Farley in the annual Butleigh multi-terrain 7.5M. For his part Matt Deacon made what seemed impossible possible by answering a team manager’s call at 8.35am – or should I say his mother did as he was still fast asleep – and volunteering to run in the Avon 4 x 5M relay that just happened to start at 9.30am. Not only did it enable us to finish a team, but Matt’s sub-29 minute effort was faster than he had done for the distance before.
1 ALEC WOODS – Alec was second vet in 5th place overall in the gruelling Cleevewold multi-terrain 14M race from  Winchcombe.He completed the testing course in 1:37:52, which was under seven minutes adrift of National Masters cross-country champion and mountain running international Martin Cox, who won in 1:31:08.
2 HEATH BAMPTON – Heath has twice in recent weeks gone close to breaking the 17 minute barrier for 5K, clocking 17:09 and 17:13 in successive weeks in Swindon’s latest two 5K Parkruns.
3 JON GOODLAND – Like young Matt Deacon, Jonathan also came to the rescue of our makeshift team in the Avon clubs 4 x 5M road relay. He did at least volunteer his services the night before, but was under the illusion that the race started at 11am rather than 9.30am, and ended up making a dash by car to Bath before racing down the towpath to meet our incoming third runner, who just happened to be Matt! Unfortunately the story did not have the fairytale ending it surely deserved, for though he took over with a reasonable lead he was caught in the closing stages of the final 5M stage, which was hardly surprising mind you given his effort in getting to the start and the small matter that at 54 he was giving years away to his pursuer from Westbury Harriers.       
1 REBEKAH RANDELL – Rebekah upset the formbook by beating many of her international rivals in the annual Home Countries cross-country match in Antrim. Representing a Midland Counties team she finished a creditable 5th, less than 40 seconds behind the winner Juliet Doyle and just one second down on South West champion Laura Parker who was in the official England team.
2 IMOGEN AINSWORTH – Imo scored a runaway victory in the latest Bridge Inn 5K. Back in her best form after her recent brush with a car door, she yet again improved her pb for the distance to this time just one frustrating second outside the 17 minute barrier. The sub 17 minute clocking is surely only just around the corner.
3 JENNY JAGGER – Jenny is already getting back to the form she was showing before her recent pregnancy and dipped under 18 minutes for the first time as she took an impressive third place in 17:54 behind Imo and Emma D’alton in the Bridge Inn 5K.
1 ELLIE WIMSHURST – Unlike Rebekah, Ellie was selected for the England U20 junior team for the Home Countries cross-country international, and though not in the winning England trio she was a close fourth scorer in 6th place, losing out only to two of the Scottish girls, and this despite her training being restricted of late due to a niggling foot injury.
1 ANNABEL GRANGER – Annabel created quite a stir by beating all the male opposition to win the Minchinhampton 10K outright. She overcame the tough course to win by nearly 100m in 37:30.
2 AMY CHALK – Amy warmed up for the National road relay by using the latest Swindon Parkrun 5K as a time-trial and was rewarded with a winning time of 17:35 as she crossed the line alongside the men’s winner.
3= SIAN DAVIES and ALI HURFORD – Sian and Ali both clocked season’s bests in the Bridge Inn 5K, Sian recording 19:18 and Ali breaking 20 mins for the first time as she crossed the line well pleased in 19:52.
Mike Down – 12th April 2011

Club Volunteers Urgently Needed

28 Jan

The move to Whitehall Athletics Arena has given the club the scope to expand its offering particularly to children of junior school age at the Junior Academy (Wednesday’s from 6.15 to 7.15 p.m.) and secondary school age at the Young Athlete sessions (Wednesdays from 7.15 to 8.15 p.m.) . However, to do this effectively the club is in urgent need of coaches, assistant coaches and adult helpers. If you would be prepared to help at one of these sessions (parents of children attending these sessions are particularly welcome to help) then please contact the Club’s Development Adviser at

Senior Men’s 1-2 at Clevedon Boxing Day Road Races

28 Dec

David Bishop – back in the UK on a Christmas Holiday from his American University – finally shook off Michael Johnson to give the club a 1-2 in the Senior Men’s Race as the Clevedon Boxing Day Road Race took place albeit over a course approximately 400 metres shorter than normal to allow for underfoot conditions. Other performances of note were ninth overall by Luke Jacobs making a welcome return to racing after a period of illness and injury and a third place in the Women’s Race by Annabel Granger. Annabel was running unattached but was quickly reminded of her lapsed Bristol & West membership and we hope to see her out in club colours very quickly. The first and second in the Senior Women’s Race were Emma Pallant of Aldershot, Farnham & District and Laura Parker of Wells.

Down the age groups Mick O’Docherty in thirteenth place was first V50 and Sian Davies and Ali Hurford took a 1-2 in the Womens 50 category.

Club finishing positions were as follows:

1. Dave Bishop  18.11

2. Michael Johnson  18.17

8 Harry Webb  19.34

9 Luke Jacobs 19.36

13 Mick O’Docherty 20.01 – 1st V50

14 Nathan Young 20.02

19 Kieran Young 21.07

29 Annabel Granger 21.41 3rd Senior Woman

31 Rob Witham 21.50

32 Dan Noad 21.52

36 Nicki Brookland 22.00 4th Lady – 1st V35

43 Debbie Niccol 22.12

45 George Hurford 22.21

59 Zac Marsh 22.36

62 Camilla Briggs 22.44 (Tenth Lady)

83 Sian Davies 23.51 1st Female V50

133 Ali Hurford 25.28 2nd Female V50

176 Jon Bonner 26.41

185 Rosemary Hurford 26.55

441 Emma Taylor 33.50

442 David Taylor 33.51

There were 648 finishers and full results are available here.

PERFORMANCES OF THE WEEK – 8 to 15 November 2010

20 Nov
1 DAVE BISHOP – Dave seems to be in the form of his life endurance-wise. He finished an impressive 5th in the NCAA Mountain Region cross-country championship only 15 secs down on GB international Keith Gerrard, who was 4th, and ahead of former British Students’ champion Rory Fraser (6th) and U20 international Ross Millington (7th). It means that the University of New Mexico team, at which all four Brits are students, have now qualified for the NCAA championship finals.
Clearly if Dave can transfer his improved endurance to the track next summer it could be a question of watch this space!
2= STEVE FRANCIS and CHRIS DODD – Steve and Chris are two of the club’s most improved runners this autumn and proved their fitness by finishing just ten seconds apart in 3rd and 4th places respectively in the gruelling multi-terrain Sodbury Slog. More significantly perhaps – both being relative novices as endurance runners – they finished only a minute down on two of the county’s leading distance runners Clevedon’s Julian Emery and Westbury’s Matt Ellis. Steve, for instance, has only just started training seriously, while Chris is considered as an 800-1500m middle distance specialist.
3 ANDY CHAMBERS – Andy continued his promising comeback from his long injury absence by pushing Julian Emery all the way in the latest monthly Street 5K, finishing just five seconds down on the British Masters international in 16:05.
1 HOLLIE KNIGHT – Like Dave Bishop Hollie is also in a rich vein of form and matched his 5th position in the corresponding NCAA South Regional cross championship. She too had the satisfaction of beating Aldershot’s highly rated junior international Charlotte Browning, who was 7th, and will now surely be looking forward to the NCAA championship race.
2 LUCY McALLISTER – Lucy proved she is fast regaining race fitness by taking a more than respectable third place in the latest Surrey women’s League race that attracted an unusually large field of nearly 400 runners. She did well to come in only just over a minute behind Julia Bleasdale, who had finished an impressive 5th in the previous weekend’s Lotto Cross Cup race in Belgium.
3 IMOGEN AINSWORTH – Imo put her disappointing run in the National cross relays behind her by cruising to an overwhelming victory in the popular Sodbury Slog, beating all bar a dozen of the men in the 1,028 finishers.
1 KIERAN YOUNG – It appears Kieran was the only youngster in action last week and did well to finish as high as third in the latest Street 5K road race. He also did well to finish no more than a minute behind winner Julian Emery in exactly 17:00 mins.
1 ALEC WOODS – Holding the Home Countries vets international cross-country championship in Dublin in no way distracted from the class of the race, with the participation of all of Southern Ireland’s top masters adding significantly to the quality of the competition. This resulted in a comparatively rare defeat of the England team by the Republic in the men’s V35, 45 and 55 titles as well as the prestigious women’s V35 category, Alec for his part finished 24th overall and was fourth English scorer in 8th place among the V45 competitors, yet still had to be satisfied with a silver medal for the team event just three points behind the Irishmen.
2 PHIL PARRY – Phil was not expecting to make his usual contribution to the England team’s challenge in  Dublin, having been unable to train properly for the past three months due to a troublesome ankle injury. It was hardly surprising then that he found himself as far back as 40th in the overall race and consequently a non-scoring sixth runner among the England V45 team in 11th individual position.
3 HEATH BAMPTON – Heath maintained his recent good form by finishing as high as 6th overall in the Civil Service cross-country championship in Birmingham less tha a minute behind the triumphant Hobbs brothers from Swansea. It also earned him the silver medal in the vets race.
1 CAMILLA BRIGGS – Camilla made an auspicious international debut by finishing only just outside the top ten in 11th place overall in the Home Countries Masters championship in Dublin. It left her 4th just 20 seconds short of a position on the podium in the V35 class, though she did have the consolation of being second scorer behind overall winner Clare Martin in England’s silver medal-winning team.
2 SIAN DAVIES – Due to injury and illness Sian had to be content with travelling to Dublin as first reserve for England’s V50 team, but in finishing as high as 4th in the accompanying Reserves and Open race, she actually proved she should have been in the team as her time would have made her fourth counter of the English runners in 8th position.
MIKE DOWN (19-11-10)       

Whitehall Athletic Arena Opens to Club

16 Nov

The new Athletic Arena at Whitehall will be open to the club from Monday 22nd November 2010 (subject to successful certification by UK Athletics this Thursday 18th November 2010). Core opening hours for club use will be from 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. daily. The facility will also be available from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on a Saturday and Sunday if needed. Details of coaching sessions at the Whtehall Athletic Arena will be posted on the web-site shortly.

Performances of the Week – 1 to 7 November 2010

15 Nov
1 ANDY CHAMBERS – I make no apology for giving Andy top billing this week following his surprise second place behind Bideford’s Mark Jenkin in the latest Westward league cross-country event held in Plymouth. Knowing just what this lad has suffered through injury problems since he joined us nearly three years ago, including two hip operations and countless physio sessions, one might have expected him to have thrown the towel in long ago. Yet such is his passion for the sport and determination to prove himself that he has never even contemplated giving up. Now it seems he may at last be in a position to reap the reward for his dedication. After a confidence-boosting sally in the South West cross-country relays, he decided to venture onto a bigger stage for the first time for three years in the Westward League race. He admits he was as shocked as anyone to find himself near the front of the race, and feels that if he had started less conservatively he could have finished much closer to the winner. Hopefully this is a new lease of life for his running career and he can target a place in our National cross team in the New Year.
2 ROBBIE BUGDEN – Following a comfortable runout and victory in the midweek Midland Police and Services League, Robbie gave us a morale-restoring performance in the National cross relay championships at Mansfield. After Steve Mitchell, who appeared to be suffering the after-effects of his strength-sapping 3,000m victory at the opening of the Stoke Gifford stadium, had failed to give us the start he had hoped on the opening leg (15:57), Robbie pulled us back into the mix by gaining 14 places with our best time for the undulating two lap course of 15:35.
3=MIKE WILSMORE and DAN WOOLFORD – Mike and Dan were brought into our National cross relay team at the 11th hour to replace the two Toms – last year’s hero Tom Russell (chest infection) and Tom Merson (sprained ankle) – and both did us proud. Though Dan not surprisingly was unable to stave off the challenge of Wells international Frank Tickner on the second leg, he stiil maintained Robbie’s 18th finishing position with a creditable time of 16:14. However this left Mike with the unenviable task of trying to restore South West bragging rights on the last leg. Though he was clearly edging closer to Wells’ marathon international Adrian Marriot, he was still some 40m down when they turned the last corner into the short finishing straight, but undaunted he switched into 800m mode to produce an action replay of his recent strorming finish in the South West relay, closed the gap by the crest of the hill and caught the Somerset champions almost on the line. Phew! It brought a sigh of relief from our team managers. Oddly enough it was also an echo of Tom Russell’s heart-stopping finishing effort that gave us the bronze medals last year, albeit this time only for 15th position. Still to put that in perspective there was a huge field of 134 teams, and our depleted team was still the 4th best Midland club. 
1 CLAIRE HALLISSEY – Claire made the impressive marathon debut we had all hoped for and even anticipated by clocking 2:36:13 for 18th place among the world class field that contested the New York marathon. It lifted her straight up to third place in the UK rankings behind Mara Yamauchi, who was less than five minutes ahead of her in 13th place, and Susan Partridge. It amounts to a very promising start in her bid to earn a place in the British team for the London Olympice in 2012. I had predicted she was already capable of around 2:32, and considering the winner’s time on the tough NY course was only 2:28 plus for a runner who would normally clock say between 2:23 and 2:25, it looks as if she is already capable of something in the low 2:30s. Her time anyway is a new club record – marginally faster than both Lucy Mcallister and Amy Chalk’s best times. What a team they could form in next year’s London marathon!
2 KATIE KNOWLES – As Robbie was to do later in the afternoon, Katie performed a similar task for our women’s team in the National cross relays after Imogen Ainsworth, like Steve Mitchell later, had struggled to reproduce her recent fine form following her equally hard fought 3000m victory a the opening of the Stoke Gifford stadium the previous Tuesday. Moving through from 15th at the changeover to 4th her time of 10:12 was the 10th fastest overall.
3 REBEKAH RANDELL – Taking over from Katie, Rebekah made a brave effort on the anchor leg to get us up among the medals, yet despite making an early impression on Birmingham student international Sarah Treacy, she eventually ran out of distance and had to settle for the bridesmaid’s position of 4th in a time just nine seconds slower than Katie’s of 10:21. We could not quite match the bronze medals we won in the recent National road relays, though the team that pipped us was a University conglomerate rather than a true club team. No comment!
1 HOBIE MARTIN – Hobie took over on the anchor leg of the U17 event at the National cross relays and ran his heart out in a vain pursuit of Midland relay championship gold medallist Tom Purnell (9:08) as the pair of them caught all bar the two favourites Tonbridge and Aldershot. Hobie’s split of 9:14 was 11th fastest overall and a notable performance for someone at the bottom of the age group.
2 RHYS PARK – It was Rhys who put Hobie and the U17 team in with a medal chance as he moved up from 16th to 8th on the second leg with a time less than ten secs slower than Hobie’s at 9:22.
3 ZAK TOBIAS – Young Zak was assigned the responsibility of providing Rhys and Hobie with the platform from which to mount a medal challenge, but unfortunately he found himself at the back of the start pen due to a shoelace problem and then suffered traffic blocks as he tried to make up ground on the leading pack. The net result was that he could only manage 16th place of the 84 teams with a relatively modest time of 9:35.
1 HANNAH ALDERSON – Hannah produced her best performance yet for the club when she passed South West rival Melissa Courtney on the final run-in to anchor our U20 team to the silver medals in the National cross relay champs behind the hot favourites and defending champions Aldershot. Her time of 8:44 for the 2.5 mile lap was the 4th fastest of the event.
2=ANNIKA JARMAN and OLIVIA SADLER – Recent signing Annika underlined what an asset she is going to be to the U20 team by bringing them home as high up as 7th on the opening stage in the National cross relay. Her time too was a more than respectable 9:01, which was only two secs slower than her junior international clubmate Ellie Wimshurst. As for Olivia she was a one man band in the U17 race, but an impressive one at that, clocking only a second slower than Annika with the 9th fastest time of the event.
3=ELLIE WIMSHURST and ANNABELGUMMOW – Both Ellie and Annabel are targeting Liverpool’s European cross trials at the end of the month,  Annabel for her part continued her preparations with a repeat runaway victory at the Westward League, while Ellie, though perhaps not back to her best, still managed the 10th fastest time of the day by dipping just inside 9 mins to put Hannah in the bronze medal position at the final takeover in the National cross relay.
1 STEVE GOSS – Steve made a spectacular debut for us with a surprise victory in Bath’s popular Victoria Park road race, and could clearly provide the vital cog in the jigsaw that was missing when we failed so narrowly to regain the National Masters road relay title last May. 
2 HEATH BAMPTON – Heath was the lead veteran in 11th place at the latest Oxford Mail League race at Ascott-under-Wychwood, finishing within a minute of a top three position.
1 AMY CHALK – Amy continued her comeback by matching Steve Goss’ victory in the Victoria Park road race, beating her nearest rival Jenny Carter of the host club by just over a minute. More significantly perhaps her winning time of 23:12 was less than two minutes slower than Steve’s 21:27 for the tough hilly 4M course.
2 NIKKI BROOKLAND – Nikki must have given recent Commonwealth Games marathon runner Holly Rush something of a scare when she chased her all the way in the Over the Hills 12K at Bradford-in-Avon, ending up just 21 seconds in arrears after nearly 50 minutes of racing.
3 CAMILLA BRIGGS – Camilla rounded off her preparations for the Home Countries cross-country international in Dublin by finishing a comfortable third in the Lordshill 10M at Southampton behind World cross representative Louise Damen and fellow vet international Kath Bailey. – her time 62:49.
 MIKE DOWN (14-11-10)

Good Turnout for First Race in Bridge Inn 5k Winter Series 2010 – Tuesday 28 September 2010

29 Sep

There were 104 finishers in the first race of the Bridge Inn 5k Winter Series 2010-2011 on Tuesday 28th September 2010. Although there was a good battle between Allister Sheffield of Team Bath and Phil Parry of Bristol & West in the Men’s Race the event will probably be remembered for the strength of the women’s race.

In the battle for individual honours in the Men’s race Allister eventually prevailed over Phil Parry by 8 seconds with a winning time of 16:01 to Phil’s 16:09 clocking. Behind them Steve Francis of Bristol University and Bristol & West Athletic Club was in close attendance through 3k in 9:45 and finished ahead of Mike Blackmore in 16:30 with Mike running 16:34.

The women’s race was close with three of the Bristol & West silver medal winning team from the Midland Road Relays on Saturday enjoying another good outing on the road. Imogen Ainsworth of Bristol & West led to 4.5k before Rebekah Randell got the better of her in the final 500 metres. Rebekah’s winning time was 17:14, while Imogen clocked 17:16 for the runners-up spot. Not far behind under-20 Hannah Alderson ran a huge PB to finish third in 17:29. In four place was Emma Dalton of Westbury in 17:47 as Westbury also had a strong ladies team out on the night with Debbie Marsden running 18:11 and Robyn Golding 18:21 – I wonder how many Bridge Inn 5ks have had six women under18:30.

First young athlete was Kane Lee of Yate in twelfth place in 17:18, whilst first vet was Phil Parry 16:09 in second place overall.

1 47 16.01 Allister Sheffield Team Bath AC SM
2 17 16.09 Philip Parry Bristol & West M45
3 69 16.30 Steve Francis Bristol & West SM
4 16 16.34 Mike Blackmore Bitton Road Runners SM
5 5 16.40 Russell Forsbrook Cheltenham Harriers SM
6 27 16.44 Martin Flook Bristol & West SM
7 93 16.47 Simon Thornton Bristol & West SM
8 4 17.00 David Beddows Bristol & West SM
9 92 17.10 Anthony Glover Westbury Harriers SM
10 3 17.14 Rebekah Randell Bristol & West SL
11 67 17.16 Imogen Ainsworth Bristol & West SL
12 24 17.18 Kane Lee Yate & District AC U17M
13 12 17.21 Simon Everington Westbury Harriers SM
14 6 17.24 James Egan Bristol & West SM
15 202 17.26 Andrew Cooke Bristol & West SM
16 21 17.29 Hannah Alderson Bristol & West SL
17 66 17.42 Scott Watkins Bad Tri SM
18 48 17.47 Emma Dalton Westbury Harriers SL
19 42 18.00 Stuart Penny Chepstow Harriers M45
20 51 18.01 Julian Bailey-Gard Westbury Harriers SM
21 60 18.04 Gareth Cullen Bristol & West SM
22 40 18.06 Colin Johnson Westbury Harriers M45
23 45 18.11 Debbie Marsden Westbury Harriers SL
24 35 18.13 Dave Wintle Great Western Runners M55
25 10 18.19 Tyrone James Westbury Harriers U17M
26 201 18.21 Robyn Golding Westbury Harriers SL
27 22 18.30 Mark James Severn AC SM
28 46 18.35 Vicky Tester Bristol & West SL
29 96 18.37 Alex Miller Westbury Harriers SM
30 205 18.40 Martin Bailey Bristol Water M50
31 11 18.44 Peter Hawkins Great Western Runners M45
32 57 18.50 Katy Livingston New Marske Harriers SL
33 62 18.57 Jonathan Goodland Bristol & West M50
34 80 19.11 Chris Martin Hogweed Trotters M40
35 65 19.16 Aileen Brown Great Western Runners L45
36 15 19.23 Chris Brown Bitton Road Runners SM
37 95 19.27 George Brown Bitton Road Runners U17M
38 56 19.34 Chris Hope Bitton Road Runners M45
39 91 19.36 Marc Reed Team Aus M40
40 86 19.42 David George Westbury Harriers M50
41 2 19.47 Tony Jeffries Westbury Harriers M60
42 18 19.51 Sian Davies Bristol & West L45
43 34 19.52 Tamsin Chick Westbury Harriers SL
44 59 19.56 Nigel Burford Hogweed Trotters M45
45 55 19.58 Ian Burns Great Western Runners SM
46 52 20.02 Danny Joseph Bristol & West SM
47 71 20.03 Arthur Daley Gloucester AC M60
48 64 20.04 Gary Stretton Hogweed Trotters SM
49 29 20.06 Nick Langridge Thornbury Road Runners M55
50 25 20.12 Aoife Grant Bristol University SL
51 99 20.13 Rachael Marthouse Bitton Road Runners SL
52 43 20.14 Jantinus Ziengs Great Western Runners M40
53 30 20.21 Gary Barnes Severn AC M50
54 75 20.32 Dave Chandler Westbury Harriers SM
55 39 20.34 Rosemary Hurford Bristol & West SL
56 77 20.36 Shona Mackie Westbury Harriers SL
57 58 20.45 Chris Lewis Hogweed Trotters M40
58 44 20.53 Ira Rainey Bitton Road Runners M40
59 31 20.56 George Scully Midlands Masters AC M60
60 38 20.58 Alison Hurford Bristol & West L45
61 73 21.14 Andrew Robert Kingswood Tri M50
62 50 21.24 John Hargreaves Great Western Runners M55
63 36 21.36 Grace Copplestone Unattached SL
64 63 21.46 Geoff Keogh Great Western Runners M55
65 61 21.50 Steve Stretton Hogweed Trotters SM
66 70 21.52 Michelle Stark Gloucester AC L35
67 72 21.53 James Noott Westbury Harriers M45
68 53 21.55 Hayley Marriott Clevedon AC SL
69 83 22.00 Vanessa Hawkins Bitton Road Runners L45
70 203 22.02 Neil Evans Bitton Road Runners M40
71 84 22.26 Sam George Unattached SM
72 19 22.36 Richard Hughes Westbury Harriers L45
73 13 22.40 Steven Castle Unattached U17M
74 100 22.44 David Rudge Unattached SM
75 85 22.49 Nigel White Unattached M40
76 78 22.56 Elliott Chard Bitton Road Runners U17M
77 76 23.08 Gary Coultart Bitton Road Runners M45
78 94 23.09 Zoe James Bitton Road Runners SL
79 204 23.09 Matthew Johnstone Unattached SM
80 7 23.14 Richard Finch Hogweed Trotters M45
81 89 23.16 Jane Goodwin Westbury Harriers L35
82 23 23.18 John James Severn AC M60
83 20 23.19 Roger Briers Stroud & District AC M60
84 37 23.29 Jonathan Hurford Great Western Runners M55
85 9 23.34 Jaqueline Perriman Bitton Road Runners L45
86 26 23.47 Julian McCracken Bitton Road Runners M40
87 28 24.13 Toni Walsh Bitton Road Runners L45
88 1 24.20 Roger Long Westbury Harriers M60
89 79 24.21 Shaun Morrison Unattached M45
90 74 24.29 Paul Chard Hogweed Trotters M45
91 54 24.46 Nicholas Crane Unattached SM
92 98 24.52 Linda O’Shaughnessy Westbury Harriers L35
93 41 25.05 Gordon Lewis Bitton Road Runners M60
94 14 25.21 Hannah Grout Unattached SL
95 8 25.30 Anne Kinsman Bitton Road Runners L45
96 90 25.51 Matt Greenslade Bitton Road Runners SM
97 88 25.54 Jane Thornton Westbury Harriers L35
98 33 27.27 Sylvia Crump Sole Sisters L55
99 32 27.27 Graham Crump Bristol & West M50
100 68 28.18 Michelle Edgell Hogweed Trotters L35
101 87 29.34 Suzie Shepherd Chepstow Harriers L35
102 49 32.16 Sandra Bailey-Gard Westbury Harriers L55
103 81 33.31 Clare Russell Unattached L35
104 82 33.34 Roderick Rees Unattached M60
105 97 DNF Dean Masters Hogweed Trotters M40

Track & Field Bulletin – 13th September 13th 2010 by Mike Strange

14 Sep

This is it – the week that possibly sees this great Club return to National League Competition.  We have won the Midland (joint Men & Women’s) League for the past two years and feel confident to make the big upward move. 

In 1979 our Women reached the highest club pinnacle by winning Div 1 of the UK Women’s League.  Yes we beat Birchfield, Sale, Glasgow etc and walked away with the glory.  About the same time (1978) our Men reached their high point by competing in Div 2 of the British (Men’s) Athletic League.  We have been there before and know what it is like.  If we want to be recognised nationally we have to be in there fighting.  Good luck to both our Men’s & Women’s Teams on Saturday at Abingdon (Oxfordshire), bring back the goods chaps.

One interesting athlete to highlight for Saturday is Caroline Powell.  Our Women’s World Veteran Champion was in that great team of 1979 amongst some famous international stars from Bristol.   On Saturday she again represents us at 400m.

A truly remarkable achievement for this great athlete.

Competing in the Men’s match are :- Alba AC, Ashford, Bedford & County, Brighton & Hove, Medway & Maidstone AC, Nene Valley Harriers & Reading AC.  We may have the pleasure of competing against one of the mainstays of our sprints and hurdles team from the past as Dave Brown now competes for Nene Valley.

In the Women’s match we are against Basildon AC, Crawley AC, Notts AC & Liverpool Harriers.  Both matches should be exciting and close.  Come on Bristol & West.

The two leading teams in both matches will automatically be invited to compete in the respective leagues in 2011.  We need to be there, good luck to all.  After all Bristol & West need to justify two brand new tracks for next season!

Sadly I have not had time to report for the past few weeks particularly due to my commitment to the organisation of the Bristol Half Marathon and the Bristol Mile races.  Consequently some outstanding performances have gone un-reported.

Emily Diamond returned from the World Junior Championships with an impressive 6th place in the final.  Her new pb of 23.47 legal was set in the semi-final.  All this from the little girl that we first saw in Sports-hall Competition all those years ago.  Well done Emily

Close on Emily’s heels we of course have the remarkable under-17 athlete Lucy Bryan.  Lucy’s record is unblemished this year with wins in all of her competitions and Lucy did all of the Championships events open to her so there was no hiding.  With an outstanding PB of 3.90m to win the South West Inter-Counties Championship, Lucy won the England Athletics Under 17 Championships at Bedford in a Championship best performance and then went on to Gateshead to win the UK School Games in attrocius wind conditions.  Truly remarkable.  To impress her tender age Lucy is still too young to compete for our Senior Women’s team at Abingdon this weekend!!   

Even Lucy has someone closely on her heels – another remarkable athlete Bella Hatch.  Bella began Pole Vaulting after converting from gymnastics over the winter period.  I first saw her at the National Indoor Arena (NIA) in February 2010 and she was looked promising then with an outstanding vault of 2.50.  Since then Bella has gradually progressed to the dizzy heights of 3.10 at the Young Athletes League but momentously on the way she came 2nd at Bedford in the England Athletics Under-15 Championships.  A National Silver Medallist, wow.  We look to great things in the future from Bella.   Well done to Neil Winter and the whole Pole Vault Squad for bringing the Club such glory.

The other great YA Squad in the Club is Coached by Dave Taylor.  Just mention his athletes led by Olivia and Miranda Sadler & Lily Owsley in the South West and everyone talks of their great feats.  Olivia competed at the UK School Games (UKSG) and came a gallant 2nd in the 1500m with her second best time of the year 4:33.88.  Remember the wind was very strong at Gateshead (and everywhere else) that weekend.  Lily was also at the UKSG but unfortunately she was in the Hockey squad!

Miranda travelled to Exeter last Tuesday and almost topped her older sister with a great 1500m 4th place of 4:47.4.  This was an improvement of 3.4 secs to her PB.

Gustav Klingstedt returned to the UK from Finland and competed in the 10 in 100 Cup competition clocking a PB in a B&W vest with 48.55 in the final.  Gus’s main event these days is 400m Hurdles, he is a Finland International athlete for those who don’t know him so we look to him for great things in this week’s qualifier.

Also in the Cup Christina Jones nibbled away at her PB Hammer Throw with a new mark of 50.30m; Nicola Breaks won the Triple Jump and was 2nd in the Javelin.  Carol Powell continued that great vein of form that she finally achieved at the Veteran Championships with a 62.97 2nd place clocking in the 400m.  On the track match that great Club stalwart Imogen Ainsworth won both the 800m and 3km with ease.  On the Men’s side we were treated to an excellent 3km PB win from Steve Mitchell in 8:16.6 and we won the Medley Relay but our sound 4th place (out of 8) was down to great team work from all those who competed.

Tom Kingsnorth really attempted a difficult task by completing a 100 mile race back in mid Summer over Multi-Terrain. Wow the thought of running that far hurts, well done Tom.  

We had a reasonable Club turn out in our mile races last weekend on College Green with Naomi Speake excelling by winning her U17 event by 30 seconds and then she went on to compete in the Senior event finishing just 15 secs slower than in the U17’s.  It was good to see Hannah Alderson in a B&W vest (this is a road race so she was 1st claim to B&W) and she turned in a great run to finish in 2nd place Laura Parker from Wells.  Remarkably Miranda Sadler almost emulated Naomi’s time in the U15 race (just 2 secs slower and 1 age group lower) and was about 25 sec clear of the field.  On the male side Zac Tobius chased the NSAC lad home in 4:49 in the U17 race and Ben Stephenson, Lewis Nightingale and Anton Mills picked up sound third places.