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Best in the west – ever! That’s ace steeplechaser Charlotte

CHARLOTTE Taylor-Green’s superb personal best in the 3000m steeplechase in Spain this week is the quickest ever run by an athlete from the South West.

Charlotte’s first sub-10 clocking of 9mins 58.85secs not only lifted her to second in the 2017 UK Rankings but also put her 17th in the UK All-Time List.

That performance must surely increase Charlotte’s chances of winning a GB vest this summer though in terms of championships she is still shy off the Commonwealth Games qualifying standard of 9mins 45secs and the Worlds standard that is three seconds faster.



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Record-breaker Adam’s joy as he sets new T20 best over 800m

Adam Wilson pictured in team kit prior to making his Great Britain debut.

ADAM Wilson is this week celebrating an England record after a superb run at the Watford Open meeting on Tuesday.

The Yate & District AC runner and former Easy Runner/Bristol Post athlete of the month winner not only sliced almost two seconds off his personal best with a time of 2min 00.78secs but also broke the English National T20 800m record in the process.

This time lifts him to third in the current UK T20 800m rankings behind GB athletes Stephen Morris of Wales and James Hamilton of Northern Ireland.



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Chew Valley 10k is a roaring success, says delighted Denise

RACE organiser Denise Mellersh was delighted to report  a record field of 723 runners for the 2017 Chew Valley 10k last weekend.

The race, which was again sponsored by Debbie Fortune Estate Agents, was started by Bath-based and Tavistock-born  Olympic modern pentathlete Heather Fell (pictured below in the centre), who then joined in to run the race.

“I am delighted to be able to support a brilliant local event like the Chew Valley 10k,” said Fell.

“I have gained so much from sport and relish any opportunity to encourage others to have a go and to reap the lifelong benefits which sport can bring.

As a charity event which supports Bishop Sutton School Society, Chew Valley School Society and South West neo-natal charity, Bloodbikes NICU Support, this year organisers invited additional charities to enter runners to raise further funds 

It was therefore fitting that both male and female race winners, Graham Wadsworth (36:23 and pictured above) and Victoria Baker (40:48), ran for Bristol’s St Peter’s Hospice alongside runners supporting charities such as A Sibling’s Wish, Time is Precious and Bath Carer’s Centre.

“A big thank you to all our local residents, marshals, helpers and sponsors, without whom we could not put on this event, and most of all thanks to our runners,” said Mellersh.

“The Chew Valley 10k contributes significantly to sports equipment/training and fundraising projects at local schools. Plus, it supports the families of premature babies all across the South West at a critical point in their lives.”



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Team Bath men hang on to clinch third in Castle Relay thrilller

TEAM Bath’s senior men produced another superb performance to clinch a thrilling third place in the Welsh Castes Relay last weekend.

Individual wins for James Donald (stage one), Elliot Ball (stage three), Gary Dunstone (stage eight), Steve Rose (first veteran on stage 13) and George Frost (stage 15) were the highlights of the two day event that incorporates 350 kilometres from Caernarfon to Cardiff Castles over 20 stages.

It is one of the great tests of strength in depth and a podium place only comes from consistency throughout the whole team as this year’s result amply demonstrated as Team Bath secured their third place by just 90 seconds over 21 hours of racing.

“What a great weekend at the Welsh Castles Relay Champs,” said club endurance coach Paul King.

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Charlotte delight as she breaks 10 minutes for the first time

CHARLOTTE Taylor-Green smashed her personal best over the 3000m steeplechase in Spain tonight to leap up to second in the UK Rankings.

Racing in the Iberoamericano de Atletismo in Huelva the Bristol & West AC runner broke the landmark 10 minutes barrier for the first time with a sparkling time of 9mins 58.85secs.

That slashed almost 10 seconds off her previous best which she ran in Belgium at the end of last month and she becomes only the second runner in Britain behind No 1 Rosie Clarke to go under 10 minutes this season.

“Tracking her friend and travelling buddy Irish athlete Kerry O’Flaherty they both started clocking 78s,” explained husband Dave.

“Charlotte has been known for a fast finish, which may have come in today as she held off fellow English woman Aimee Pratt.

“She is absolutely delighted to break 10 minutes.”

Selected results: 8 Charlotte Taylor-Brown 9:58.85; 9 Aimee Pratt 9:59.86 (England, U23); 11 Kerry O’Flaherty 10:06.86 (Ireland).



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Rebecca earns GB selection for European Mountain Championships

REBECCA Hilland has been selected to represent Great Britain at the European Mountain Championships in Slovenia next month.

The Team Bath AC runner (pictured left training in Norway) booked her place in the team after a superb third place in the trial race staged in the Lake District on Sunday.

“I was really pleased with my third place as I was unsure how I would go,” said Hilland.

“I had done a few uphill races only at home in Norway but they were only half the distance of the trials race and I knew I was up against some very strong girls in the trials.

“But I knew the top three would automatically get selected and there is also a fourth place available so I think I have done enough now.”

Hilland is understandably delighted to win her third senior GB vest on top of her junior vest she won as a teenager when she was  a student at Bath High School living in the city.

Now, of course, Hilland is based in Norway and after a long break from the sport is enjoying a marvellous return and finally realising the potential she showed as a youngster.

A recent hamstring injury, which forced her to miss the London Marathon, had hampered her preparations but the fact that the Europeans this year is just an uphill race was a big help.

“Just racing uphill is obviously much better for my hamstring but it is getting a lot better anyway,” added Hilland.

“But that was definitely my best run of the year so far so I am really pleased.”

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Talks planned over Kip Keino track after league match is switched to Yate

BRISTOL & West AC chairman Roger Brocklesby will be holding talks later this week with the management of the Kip Keino Stadium in Filton over access to the facility.

Brocklesby was left frustrated when the club’s British Men’s League Division Two team were forced to switch their ‘home’ fixture on Saturday from the north Bristol facility to Yate because the in-field area was being used for a women’s football match.

While Brocklesby, who also doubles up as the men’s team manager, was delighted with the reception that the Yate track management team gave to the club in taking over the fixture, he said it was ridiculous that Bristol & West AC couldn’t stage their home matches in the city.

“Bristol City Council put a lot of money into building the tack at Filton and we are not getting a fair crack of the whip in using it,” said Brocklesby.

“We booked the track to host a British League match for this weekend a long time ago but we were bumped off because they are playing a women’s football match.

“We are the only track and field club in the city and we are working very hard to promote athletics among our young people and yet we find ourselves in a situation where we have to hold our home matches at Yate in Gloucestershire.

“It just does not help us at all. To be fair to Yate they were really good to us. The management there understand the sport and that helped us put on a really good match.”

Sadly as far as the action is concerned the club’s ambitions of finishing in the top two to boost their overall points score after only placing sixth in the opening match was hit by a number of late withdrawals and injuries and they struggled to seventh place on the day.

“To be honest it was a nightmare and we have now sipped into the bottom two,” groaned Brocklesby.

“We have two matches left and we need to start winning some points to make sure we stay up.”

On the track there were wins for Ben Westhenry (1500m, pictured left) and Jack Bancroft (5000m) while former British junior international sprinter Chris Stone (pictured right outside the Easy Runner shop) continued his return to form with second place in both the 100m  and 200m.

Once again the field events proved to be a weak area for the club with just the single victory for Jacob Lange in the hammer.

British Men’s League, Division Two, Yate – overall teams: 1 Newquay & Par AC 298 points; 2 Kent AC 295; 3 Bournemouth 293; 4 Kingston & Polytechnic Harriers 288; 5 Crawley 280; 6 Herne Hill Harriers 273.5; 7 Bristol & West AC 240.5; 8 Enfield & Haringey 201.

Overall (after two matches): 1 Kingston & Polytechnic 11.0 league points (597 match pts); 2 Kent 11 (587); 3 Bournemouth 9 (578); 4 Herne Hill 8 (535); 5 Newquay & Par 8 (535); 6 Crawley 6 (557); 7 Bristol & West 3 (502.5); 8 Enfield & Haringey 1 (404).




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BRISTOL & West AC’s women are also in trouble and facing relegation from the UK Women’s League Division One after finishing eighth and last in the second match at Bedford.

Sadly that is a repeat of the opening fixture and with just one match remaining it will take a miracle for the team to stay up.

On the day it wasn’t all doom and gloom. On the track in-form Kate Maltby (pictured left) set a Division One record when winning the 3000m in 9:05.6 and was only just outside the all-time League record of 9:04.9.

Kate was well supported by Fiona Marks, who won the ‘B’ string in 10:02.7 for a big personal best.

Kate then also won the 1500 metres in 4:30.1 and with Floren Scrafton (pictured below with team-mate Charlotte Taylor-Green) (winning the ‘B’ string in 4:39.8 that meant 36 points out of a possible 36 in those two events.

But they were the club’s only wins on the track; indeed there were no other top three finishers for the club.

In the field the jumps were very disappointing but in the throws Christina Jones and Rownita Marston were impressive.

Christina won her specialist event the hammer with a throw of 58 metres 23 centimetres and Rownita was fifth in the ‘B’ string with a best throw of 22 metres 94 centimetres.

The pair then competed in the discus and shot while Hannah Jackson and Hattie Dent both had a go at the javelin.

“It was this sort of commitment that epitomized the performances of the team that was there on the day,” said team manager Keith Brackstone.






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Top Marks to Fiona – she is flying!

FIONA Marks smashed her personal best to finish top woman in the latest Aztec West Fast 5k road race.

The Bristol & West AC runner (pictured left) cantered to victory in a time of 17min 22secs to slash 25 seconds off her 5k road best.

Runner up was her training partner and clubmate Olivia Sadler (17:52), as she just got the better of Nicola Brookland who clocked 17:53 to finish third and first W35.

Jarlath McKenna (pictured right) was overall winner in a steady 15:27 while clubmate Phil Radford made it a B&W one-two in 15:36, carving 20 seconds off his previous PB.

In third place was Michael Towler of Avon Valley Runners in 15:53.

In the age categories race regular Aidan Noble of Westbury Harriers was first U17 in 17:01.

Leading veteran over 40 was Mark James of Cheltenham Harriers in 16:22 while top M45 was Martyn Green of Thornbury Runners in 17:48, just one second ahead of first M50 Jeremy Mower of Gloucester AC.

The first M55 and a regular winner in this category was Ken Ham of Westbury Harriers in 19:14 and Jon Goodland of B&W was the first M60 in 20:32.

The final race of the 2016/2017 series will take place on Tuesday 27th June when the event also hosts the Avon County 5k Mob Match,


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Ellie races to 1500m PB as she chases Molly to the line

THE Westbury Harriers/Yate AC pair of Ellie Wallace and Hannah Hobbs were both involved in the most exciting race of the night at the British Milers’ Club regional meeting in Exeter on Tuesday.

Wallace (pictured left) pushed winner Molly Canham – who is top of the UK U17 800m Rankings – all the way in the A race as both girls were rewarded with personal bests.

Canham won in 4:32.04 with Wallace just half a stride behind in 4:32.16 – times that put Canham top of the South West U17 Rankings and Wallace fourth in the U20s.

Hobbs (pictured right) just missed her PB of 4:29.93 which she set last year but her time was a season’s best with the promise that she will get significantly quicker.