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Zoe misses out on GB place but four west runners make the Euros

ZOE Wassell has missed out on selection for the European Cross Country Championships in Holland on Sunday week. The Bristol & West AC runner (pictured left) always knew it was a long shot at making the six-strong under 20 women’s squad after finishing seventh in the trials in Liverpool last weekend. Her prediction proved well-founded Read more about Zoe misses out on GB place but four west runners make the Euros[…]

Stroud junior Mortimer chosen for London Marathon funding

ONLY one runner from the West Country has been included among an elite group of athletes chosen to share £350,000 of funding from London Marathon Events Ltd in 2019. Stroud & District AC junior Tom Mortimer (pictured left) has made the select list which also includes the likes of Steph Twell, Lily Partridge, Chris Thompson and Chris Read more about Stroud junior Mortimer chosen for London Marathon funding[…]

Francesca equals personal best to win Wiltshire half marathon

CLEVEDON AC runner Francesca Rawlings equalled her personal best to win the AVR Wiltshire half marathon yesterday. Rawlings recorded a time of 86mins 26secs, a time she also ran in the Burnham-on-Sae half last month, to finish 24th overall of the 361-strong field and four minutes clear of her nearest rival. Westbury Harriers’ Alex Hamblin Read more about Francesca equals personal best to win Wiltshire half marathon[…]

Why Zoe was left ‘gutted’ with her best ever run in Euro trials

ZOE Wassell admits it is a long shot that she will be called up to make her Great Britain debut at the European Cross Country Championships. The 19-year-old Bristol & West AC newcomer finished seventh in the under 20 women’s race at the latest UK Cross Challenge event in Liverpool, which was incorporated the trials Read more about Why Zoe was left ‘gutted’ with her best ever run in Euro trials[…]

Bells of glory ring out for Eilidh as she smashes marathon PB in Spain

TEAM Bath AC runner Eilidh Bell uncorked a superb run in the San Sebastian marathon in northern Spain this morning. Bell (pictured left) smashed her personal best by over five minutes with a sparkling time of 2hrs 44mins 58secs which gave her second place overall in the women’s race which was won by Africa Chaltu Read more about Bells of glory ring out for Eilidh as she smashes marathon PB in Spain[…]

British Milers’ Club top coaching award to Mike Down

MIKE Down will take great satisfaction and pride in this week in being handed the Lifetime Services to Coaching Award for 2018 by the British Milers’ Club. The annual BMC awards were announced this week and Down, who has been a coach Bristol & West AC and before that Bristol AC, for longer than most Read more about British Milers’ Club top coaching award to Mike Down[…]

Silver lining for Gates in Masters International cross country

COMPETING for England at the British & Irish Masters Cross Country International Nigel Gates gave another reminder of his remarkable talent. Now representing Westbury Harriers Gates (pictured left), who has enjoyed a fantastic career, finished runner-up in the over 65s age group with Welshman Llanelli’s Alan Davies claiming a terrific win by 14 seconds. In Read more about Silver lining for Gates in Masters International cross country[…]

Bancroft celebrate Sutton Benger victory with course record

JACK Bancroft set a new course record when winning the Sutton Benger 5 miles road race today. The Bristol and West AC had a great tussle with Wiltshire champion Simon Nott as the pair quickly broke clear of the field. Bancroft sprints clear from Simon Nott Bancroft was happy to follow Nott for the first Read more about Bancroft celebrate Sutton Benger victory with course record[…]

Classy Keira shines with her second win in Gwent League

KEIRA Devereux made it two wins out of two in the Gwent Cross Country League to strengthen her grip on the under 13 girls’ competition. The North Somerset AC youngster, who is coached by Julian Emery, again showed what a talented runner she is by finishing ahead of the strong Wales challenge from Ceri Griffiths Read more about Classy Keira shines with her second win in Gwent League[…]