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Charlotte shines in Belgium with steeplechase PB

CHARLOTTE Taylor-Green chipped another three seconds off her personal best to move up to third in the UK Rankings for the 3000m steeplechase.

Racing at the IFAM Meeting in Belgium the Bristol & West AC runner clocked a time of 10mins 07.86secs to beat her previous best of 10:11.12 which she set in America at the end of March.

Unfortunately Taylor-Green had to line up in a huge field of 36 athletes, which is way too big to be safe in such an event. Inevitably Charlotte got pushed and baulked on several occasion so it is not unreasonable to think that she could have gone a lot faster.

As husband and former coach Dave Taylor commented, finding decent steeplechase races is not easy and so Charlotte may have to travel again in her bid to get under 10 minutes for the distance.

Top of the UK Rankings is former Bath University student Rosie Clarke, who ran a superb 9:36.75 in that same American meeting while Scotland’s Lennie Waite is second with 10:05.07.

“Wow what a weekend running a 3k steeplechase PB in Belgium on Saturday night and then on Sunday morning flew back to London on two hours sleep for the road mile,” said Charlotte.

“My legs had nothing left but still ran my second fastest road mile!”

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Tom and Lucy at the double in Bampton to Tiverton race

LYNETTE Porter of Bitton Road Runners finished top woman in the Wells 10k road race on Sunday.

Lynette dominated the race to finish almost two minutes clear of her nearest rival Ruby Orchard of Truro with a time of 41mins 09secs.

Overall race winner was Kieran Young of Wells in 35:10 while Clevedon AC’s Steve Wood was eighth (37:58) and third veteran over 40.

Meanwhile yesterday Bristol & West runner Tom Merson opted for the historic Bampton to Tiverton event, one of the few remaining point-to-point races left in the West Country.

Merson, who is still finding his way back to form after a toe operation, won at a canter clocking a time of 36mins 10secs that put him virtually three minutes clear of the field.

Former GB international Lucy Macalister (pictured right), who also lives nearby, ensured a Bristol & West double as she finished 17th overall and top woman (43:01) .

Clubmate Florence Edmond was fourth woman (48:00).

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

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Bath ace Anna leaps to top of UK U20 Rankings after BMC win

ANNA Burt has been pushing the boundary all season and she gave it another nudge last weekend by becoming one of the youngest ever winners of a British Milers’ Club Grand Prix A race.

The 16-year-old Team Bath AC runner from Peasedown St John (pictured left wearing No 97) showed maturity and composure beyond her years to deliver an excellently executed race to beat far more experienced – and on paper quicker – rivals like Leah Barrow and Joceline Monteiro.

Furthermore Burt celebrated her victory and the £200 Best of British cash prize with a personal best of 2:04.52 to not only go top of the European and UK U20 Rankings but also dip inside the qualifying standards for both the European Juniors (2:06.00) and the Commonwealth Youth Games (2:06.50).

Little wonder that it is a meeting that Anna won’t forget in a hurry

“That is the first time I have ever raced in a BMC Grand Prix so I just cannot believe I won it!” said a clearly stunned Burt.

“I never even dreamt about winning an event like this so I am delighted.”

 

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Just champion! That’s Anthony Glover as he wins Avon 10k

ANTHONY Glover has been crowned the 2017 Avon County 10k road champion.

The Westbury Harrier (pictured) claimed the title after racing to victory in the Hogweed Trot 10 road race held from Yate Town Football Club on Monday evening.

Glover clocked a time of 34mins47secs to finish virtually a minute clear of Chris Roxburgh (35:44) of Avon Valley Runners with Team Bath’s Mike Blackmore third (36:53).

Blackmore was awarded the silver medal in the Avon Championships and bronze went Westbury veteran Robin Phillips (37:23).

The women’s county title was won by Gemma Collings (42:05), even though a member of Chippenham Harriers, with Lucy Wallace of Bitton Road Runners second (42:14). The bronze medal was won by Ffion Archer of Burges Salmon Running Club (43:00).

Other good performances came from Westbury’s Ben Rawlins, who finished top junior in ninth overall (38:15).

The race boasted a terrific turn-out of 458 runners.

 

 

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Zak enjoys a night to remember with a PB over 10,000m

ZAK Tobias took advantage of the wonderful atmosphere created at the Highgate Night of 10,000m, incorporating the British Championships, with a personal best.

Racing in the B event Zak clocked a time of 30mins 33.99secs to clip 13 seconds off the mark he set in the same event last year and go second in the South West Rankings.

In fact the top three men in the west were all in action at Parliament Hill with Cheltenham’s Graham Rush going top with a PB of 29:04.52 and his clubmate – and former Bristol & West runner – Oli Mott third with a PB of 30:44.66.

North Somerset’s James Rodgers was also in action clocking 32:08.08, which was outside his PB of 31:47.50.

A below par Jo Pavey, who is clearly still recovering from the demands of the London Marathon which she failed to finish, could only finish in 32:49.93 for fourth place

 

 

 

 

 

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In-form Anna facing a big decision ahead of selectors’ meeting

ANNA Burt is facing a tough but enviable decision as competition winds up ahead of selection for the Commonwealth Youth Games in the Bahamas.

The 16-year-old Team Bath AC middle distance runner (pictured far left in her GB U20s gear behind eventual winner Hannah England) has now achieved the qualifying standards for both the 800m and the 1500m.

The 800m remains her favourite event but her personal best of 4mins 21.94secs while representing Great Britain Under 20s in the Loughborough International on Sunday makes her the number 1 contender for that distance whereas she ranks second fastest in the shorter event.

“It is good to now have the qualifying times for both distances as the first time I did it in the 1500 didn’t count as it was in a mixed race,” said Burt.

“I have spoken to the team managers for the Bahamas and they told me I don’t have to make a decision yet on which distance I would like to be considered for but they will need to know before their selection meeting on June 19th.”

 

 

 

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National Endurance Conference is heading to the West Country

ENGLAND Athletics has revealed that Exeter will host the 2017 National Endurance Conference whose theme will be: ‘How to Win’. Learn what it takes to get your athlete to the very top from the very best.

The conference will be held over the weekend of 28th October; with Friday early arrival, weekend and day delegate rates all available.

“These will be advertised very soon and there is likely to be in high demand so do please be prepared to book early,” said a spokesman.

For further information see the website at: englandathletics.org

 

 

 

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New HQ unveiled for GWR Towpath 10k series

THE 2017 Towpath 10k multi terrain series kicks off a week today (Friday May 26th).

The ever-popular event, which is sponsored by Easy Runner,  comprises five races on an out-and-back course along the banks of the River Avon.

The race dates this summer are May 26th, June 16th, June 30th, July 28th and August 18th when the distance reverts to 5k. There is also a Mob Match in the middle of the series but that is invite only.

The event has also secured a new HQ with the use of the sports centre at Ashton Park School where parking, changing, and toilet facilities will be available for all competitors, as well as Jenny from Physio Hut offering post-race massage.

There is a short walk to the start of about 10 mins, so runners are asked to leave a bit of extra time to be ready at the underpass for the 7:30 start.

To enter all five races costs just £35 affiliated*/£37 unaffiliated while per race the cost is £8 affiliated*/£10 unaffiliated
(*Affiliation is to either ARC or UKA).

For entry details see the race website at: greatwesternrunners.org

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Historic win by Jarlath at Tyntesfield

JARLATH McKenna’s late decision to run the Tyntesfield 10k multi terrain race was rewarded with an emphatic victory and a new course record.

Jarlath defied the heavy rain on a miserable day to win in a time of 35mins 21secs with Weston AC’s Chris McMillan 35 seconds adrift in second and David Withers of Southville Running Club third (38:19).

Finishing 16th overall of the 321 runners Bristol & West’s Annabel Granger was top woman in 41:25 with Southville RC’s Jane Faram runner-up (44:15) and Westbury Harriers’ Sophie Voller third (45:00).

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Record-breakers take centre stage at Avon Championships

TWELVE new county records were set at the Avon Track & Field Championships staged at Yate last weekend.

Of those seven came on the track and the other five in the field including the longest-standing one broken in the under 17 women’s hammer.

That saw Yate Olympian Zoe Derham’s best of 39.92m set in 1997 comprehensively eclipsed by Bristol & West’s Anna Laughlin with a mighty throw of 47.10m, though that is well below her own PB of 53.59m.

On the track Abdi Hasan (pictured left in cross country action for Westbury last winter) of Westbury Harriers/Yate broke the 39-year-old under 17 men’s record in the 800m record held by K Bennett.

Bennett’s long-standing record of 2mins 00.8secs was well beaten by the talented Hasan as he clocked 1:57.14,just outside his own PB of 1:56.56 which he set at Millfield School at the start of the month.

One of the records broken went to a guest athlete in the shape of Cheltenham junior international Mollie Courtney, who clocked a swift 13.48secs to win the 100m hurdles.

As a measure of the quality of that run, assisted by a legal following wind of 2mps, it put Mollie third in the UK Rankings.

AVON COUNTY RECORDS

U17M    1:57.14           Abdifatah Hasan       Westbury Harriers/Yate    set by K Bennett in 1978   Bristol AC 2:00.8

3000m      U17M    9:06.51           Max Davis                 Avon Valley Runners  set by Paul Bristow in 1989 Bristol 9:09.2

75m H        U13B      12.42 +2.2    Luke Ball                   Yate                  set by Alistair O’Connor in 2003 NalsaeSchool 13.9

100mH        SW        13.48  +2.0   Mollie Courtney         Cheltenham & County Harriers  but not an Avon athlete (Shame)

Mollie Courtney

200m        U13G       27.63  +3.7   Chloe Marrett            Bristol & West    Set by Tilly Smale in 2016 North Som28.06

200m       U13B       27.11  +2.7    Adam Nolan               Yate                     Set by Tom Scammell in 2009 Yate 27.33

200m       U17W     24.87   +3.3    Tia Jackson                Bristol & West     set by Yvette Westwood in 2015 25.26

HT           U17W      47.10              Anna Laughlin           Bristol & West     set by Zoe Derham in 1997 Yate 39.92

HT             SW        62.96               Christina Jones         Bristol  & West    set Carys Parry in 2016 Rhonda AC 61.24

HJ            U13B        1.60               Luke Ball                   Yate                      Set by Sam Gentry in 2014 North Som 1.56

HJ            U20W       1.75               Adaora Chigbo         North Somerset     set by Catherine Parmiter in 1998 Taunton 1.67

SP           U20W        12.29             Rownita Marston     Bristol & West      set by Rownita in 2016   12.11