RACED two – won two. That’s Nick Rose’s unblemished record for 2017!
The Bristol & West AC former Olympian races rarely these days but when he does he certainly makes it count.
Nick in action shorty after the start of the race last weekend. Photo courtesy of David Aspin
Last weekend Rose, representing England, won the British & Irish Masters International cross country over 65s title in Derry exactly eight months after lifting the British Masters title in Liverpool.
Running with the women Rose, competitive as ever, finished a battling 20th overall. Great to see him still in action.
THE chair of South West Athletics, Keith Reed, has explained the reasoning behind the decision to switch the 2018 South West Cross Country Championships to a new venue in Somerset.
For the past five years or more the event has been held in Devon, predominantly at the Bicton Arena near Budleigh Salterton, then in the grounds of the National Trust owned Killerton House and finally last winter for the first time at Exeter racecourse.
For 2018 the organisers decided to move the popular event scheduled for Sunday January 7th to Aldon Hill, near Yeovil with Reed explaining the rationale behind the switch.
“There were a number of reasons we took the decision,” said Reed. “One was the cost, with the new venue being much more cost effective that the racecourse.
“The other was it is good to move the event around the region giving other people a chance to take part. It (Aldon Hill) is in fact quite central and easy to get to. Entries are coming in well already.
“The final reason is it is an excellent cross country course with good on-site parking and is very spectator friendly.
“I am sure everyone will really enjoy the venue and it will prove to be a real testing course.”
The venue has been used previously to host the Somerset Schools’ Championships and has been thoroughly researched by Richard Llewellyn-Eaton and Brian Baker.
Entries are being handled by Fullonsport at: www.fullonsport.com/event/72661/profile to enter.Closing date is Wednesday 20 December 2017.
ENTRIES are now being taken for the Cardiff Met Indoor Grand Prix series which kicks off with the Christmas Classic on Sunday December 10th in the Wales capital.
Then in 2018 the New Year’s Open will be held on January 14th and will incorporate part one of the South West Indoor Championships with part two following on Sunday February 4th.
For entry details see the website at: www.cardiffmetathletics.co.uk
PHIL Radford of Bristol & West dominated the Easy Runner Sodbury Slog as he finished almost three minutes clear of the field for a crushing victory.
Radford completed the popular event, which boasted 1,161 finishers, in exactly 62 minutes with Westbury Harriers’ Ben Rawlins runner-up on 64:40.
Westbury Harriers’ team-mates Ben Rawins and Sophie Voller
Phillipa Williams finished an excellent ninth overall to win the women’s race by an even greater margin. The University of Bristol student had a massive seven minutes advantage over Westbury’s Sophie Voller with Bristol & Wests Daisy Mumme third.
Sodbury Slog – men: 1 Phil Radford (B&W) 62:00; 2 Ben Rawlins (WH) 64:40; 3 Paul O’Mara (Tyne Bridge) 64:48.
Women: 1 Phillipa Williams (UBACCC) 69:32; 2 Sophie Voller (WH) 76:49; 3 Daisy Mummery (B&W) 78:35. 1,161 finishers.
JACK Millar enjoyed arguably his best result in the British Athletics Cross Challenge with 10th place in the Milton Kenynes event on Saturday.
In a much stronger field than turned up for the first Challenge fixture in Cardiff last month Millar battled tenaciously to make the top ten and just edge out Bristol & West AC clubmate Will Christofi, who was two places and eight seconds behind.
Not any young athletes made the trip and the best result was Hugh Sadler’s 11th place (pictured) in the combined under 20/17 men’s race with the North Somerset AC pair of Callum Smith and Sam Gentry making the top 100.
The best NSAC result came from Ollie Lock in the under 15 boys’ age group as he placed 20th.
In the senior women’s race Westbury Harriers’ Floren Scrafton can be pleased with her 24th with former Bristol & West AC Olympian Claire Hallissey, who is now racing for Dacorum, in 41st.
British Athletics Cross Challenge, Milton Keynes â€“ senior men (selected west results): Â 10 Jack Millar (B&W) 31:22; 12 Wil Christofi (B&W) 31:30.
U20/17 men: 11 Hugh Sadler (B&W) 19:09; 21 Finn Birnie (N&P, U17s 9th) 19:28; 52 Callum Smith (NSAC, U17) 20:25; 85 Sam Gentry (NSAC, U17) 21:26.
U15 boys: 8 Johnny Livingstone (Exeter) 15:23; 20 Ollie Lock (NSAC) 16:02; 31 Daniel Maydew (Wells) 16:44.
U13 boys: 17 Bradley Glover (Wells) 9:49.
Senior women: 14 Naomi Tachimowitz (Taun) 21:02; 24 Floren Scrafton (Westbury) 21:38; 41 Claire Hallissey (Dacorum) 23:12; 80 Deborah Glover (Wells, W40) 25:24;
WESTON AC’s Kieron Summers finished runner-up in the Stratford upon Avon 10k road race on Sunday.
Summers clocked a time of 34mins 44secs, 1min 11secs behind winner Sam Lloyd-Perks of Cardiff AC.
Bitton Road Runners’ Kevin Mowat finished 37th and fourth veteran over 55 in the marathon event completing the 26.2 miles in 3hrs 35mins 04secs.
Chippenham Harriers’ Paul Gardiner was third in the half marathon (80:53).
THE West Country will have a new marathon in 2018 with the decision to launch an event in Somerset.
The Weston-Super-Mare marathon and half marathon will be held on Sunday March 18 and is being backed by double Olympic rowing gold medallist James Cracknell OBE.
“I started with a blank piece of paper, an inkling that Weston would make the perfect venue and a desire to create a brand new running event,” said Cracknell.
“This race will be fantastic. It’s a largely flat, achievable course and we’ll be there every step of the way to help with advice on training, nutrition and self-care.”
The event will be geared towards mass participation and offers at least one unique advantage over other marathons in the region as the organisers are confident it will be the only event in the world in which the runners will cross the finish-line a quarter of a mile out to sea – at the end of Weston-super-Mare’s Grand Pier itself.
Details of the event can be found at westonsuperhalf.co.uk. Further updates will be available via Facebook and Twitter using the handle @westonsuperhalf.
FORMER World Triathlon champion and four-times World Ironman champion Chrissie Wellington OBE is giving a free talk at Bristol University on Monday November 27th.
Chrissie is a legend in the world of triathlons and as an accomplished author and speaker is we worth listening to not matter what your sport.
The talk – labelled To The Finish Line: An evening with Chrissie Wellington – is being held in the Wills Memorial Building stating at 7pm.
WESTBURY Harriers have announced that Felix McGrath has won their latest athlete of the month award for October.
To quote the club Facebook site: ‘Felix ran an incredible leg at the National Road Relays of 17:35 to place Westbury in 8th place after leg 1.
‘That time came in the top 20 of all legs on the day. A great way for him to bow out as a Westbury Harriers (as Felix is moving club as has moved away but has been with Westbury since being a junior).’
The junior award went to Seamus Robinson for his victory in the under 13 boys’ race at the opening Gwent Cross Country League fixture in Cardiff.
BRISTOL & West AC runner Pete le Grice had the honour of finishing first British runner in the 2017 New York marathon on Sunday.
The Cornishman finished 20th in a time of 2hrs 27mins 11secs, which was almost four minutes outside his personal best.
“That was harder than expected,” said le Grice.
“Thrilled to bits but my legs let me down in the second half. The course is a beast but really worth the trip. Couldn’t be happier with 20th place and all the support from every direction.”
The fact that Pete finished the race will be a relief after the injury problems he has suffered this year and which wrecked his hopes of attacking his personal best in London.