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Don’t forget the Bristol half, say Georgette

GeorgetteVanHoofRACE director Georgette Van Hoof (pictured) reminds me that entries are still open for the 2015 Bristol half marathon on Sunday September 13th.

The race is one of the best and well organised events in the West Country, and if you are looking for a fast time or personal bests it is a very good option.

For entry details check this line:

In addition clubs can apply for up to 35 per cent discount via this link:






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Changes at Bridgwater half marathon

KevinSquibbTHE 4th Bridgwater half marathon is offering something for everyone this year. The event is also offering a new 10k route and also a 5k fun run if the 13.1 miles circuit is too far.

Last year victory went to Tiverton Harrier’s veteran Kevin Squibb (pictured) in 75:49 and Alison McEwing of Erme Valley Harriers (84:18).

For further details see either: www.bridgwaterhalfmarathon or



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Kate soars into UK top 10 with record-breaking win

KateHulls2015KATE Hull’s record-breaking victory in the Aztec West Fast 5k last week has propelled her into the top ten of the Run Britain Rankings.

The winning time of 16mins 38secs is the 10th quickest on the road in the UK this year while Bristol & West clubmate Jenny Spink moves to 11th= with her personal best time of 16:41.

Kate Reed also makes it into the top 15 with her 16:43 at the Yeovilton race in June, which puts her 13th overall.

Top spot is currently jointly held by Katie Brough and veteran Helen Clitheroe, both of whom clocked 16:16 in Manchester last month.



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Jasmine salutes work of coach Brackstone

JasmineFinneyExxeter10k2015JASMINE Finney has paid tribute to coach Keith Brackstone for helping her get back to racing.

Finney made her comeback last week with victory in the Exeter 10k (pictured above) and will have another run-out tonight in the latest Run Exe 5k summer series, also in Exeter.

“The amount of work Keith Brackstone does behind the scenes at Bristol & West is phenomenal,” said Jasmine.

“He is so dedicated and has been also very patient with me.”

Finney is currently back at her home in Bude, where she is spending the summer working as a lifeguard employed by the RNLI but intends to return to Bristol in November to resume her nursing course at UWE.


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Clare’s stunning victory in Seaview 17

SeaviewRace2015IT is not often that a female runner wins a mixed race – unless it is someone like Jo Pavey turning up for the local 10k – so huge plaudits to Clare Prosser of Wells City Harriers for claiming top spot in the Seaview 17 miles multi terrain race on Exmoor last weekend.

Clare covered the distance, which has to be self-navigated, in a time of 2hrs 48mins 42secs to finish 1min 32secs clear of clubmate Oliver Frost with David Knight third.

Also well done to John Evans of Southville Runners for his 11th place (3:04.57) of the 112 finishers.

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LukeMurrayTHERE are changes for the 2015/16 Weston Prom 5 mile race series.

Firstly there is a new race HQ at the Tropicana Bay Cafe, Marine Parade on Weston Promenade.

“This is a new cafe recently opened by North Somerset Council and has toilet facilities and adequate space for the new HQ,” said a club spokesman for Weston AC.

“Parking is available along Marine Parade at £1.50 after 6pm or along Beach Road where it is free after 6pm.”

The club has also re-measured the course to update their licence and have now changed the start and finish locations to be nearer to the new HQ.

Entry fees remain unchanged for the new series and as before the 1 mile junior race is free to enter for all young athletes.

Race DatesRace 1: 24th Sep 2015; Race 2: 22nd Oct; Race 3: 19th Nov; Race 4: 17th Dec; Race 5: 21st Jan 2016; Race 6: 18th Feb; Race 7: 17th Mar; Race 8: 14th Apr; Race 9: 12th May.


The overall winners of the 2014/15 series were the Clevedon AC pair of Luke Murray (pictured) and Julie Poole.





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Sign up for new coaching course

A Coaching Assistant course has been organised in Gloucester for Saturday/Sunday 5th/6th September (9am-5pm both days) at Blackbridge Jubilee Athletics Track, Podsmead.

The Coaching Assistant course is suitable for those new to coaching as their first step on to the coaching pathway and aims to provide prospective coaches with an introduction to coaching athletics via a range of run, jump and throw skills and activities.

The cost of the course is £170 for members of England Athletics Affiliated Clubs. For further details see the website at:


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Steph scorches to 1500m PB in Belgium

StephBarnes2STEPH Barnes shaved over two seconds off her personal best at the Memorial Rasschaert meeting, in Belgium, over the weekend.

The 27-year-old Bristol & West AC runner from Clevedon, who lives in Belgium, clocked 4mins 23.24secs in the 1500 B race to improve her 2014 best of 4:25.37.

It lifts Barnes, who remarkably was a winner of the Easy Runner/Bristol Post athlete of the moth competition 14 years ago, to seventh in the South West Rankings and third in her club listings behind Olivia Sadler (4:18.36) and junior Molly Long (4:20.44).



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Charlotte fifth in England Champs 1500m

ALSO on the women’s 1500m scene Charlotte Green continued her fine form to finis h fifth at the England Athletics Championships in Bedford.

The Bristol & West runner (pictured on the left) ran 4:26.08 in the heats and 4:30.57 in the final to finish top west athlete ahead of Mia O’Connell (Cheltenham) and Team Bath’s English Schools’ silver medallist Gemma Shepherd (pictured right).

Sprinter Theo Campbell and Steve Mitchell both finished fourth in the 200m and 3000m steeplechase respectively, Alex Daley was sixth in the 400m hurdles and Mike Wilsmore eighth in the mile.

In the women’s field events Christina Jones waCharlotteGreenAction2015GemmaShepherd2015s fourth in the hammer and Rownita Marston sixth in the shot.


England Athletics Championships, Bedford (selected west performances)– senior men 100 hts: Daniel Trueman (Stroud) 11.00; 200: 4 Theo Campbell (B&W) 61.61; hts Trueman 22.00; 400hts: Casper Eliot (B&W) 49.62; 400H: 6 Alex Daley (B&W) 54.63 (hts 53.91); Mile: 8 Mike Wilsmore (B&W) 4:11.35; 3000S/C: 3 Phil Norman (NDAC) 9:12.71; 4 Steve Mitchell (B&W) 9:16.71; Jav: 7 Steve Turnock (Exe) 61.98.

Senior women- 100hts: Catherine Hardy (Glos) 12.30; Yvette Westwood (Yate) 12.14; 200s/f: Hardy 25.83; 1500: 5 Charlotte Green (B&W) 4:30.57 (hts 4:26.08); 6 Mia O’Connell (Chelt) 4:30.90 (hts 4:30.27); 8 Gemma Shepherd (TBAC) 4:32.66 (hts 4:30.43); 9 Naomi Taschimowitz (Taun) 4:33.93 (hts 4:26.65); 3000S/C: 2 Emily Smith (Wells) 10:52.96; 100H:4 Mollie Courtney (Chelt) 13.94 (0.01secs off bronze) (hts 13.99); hts: Hannah Jackson 15.06; HJ: 2 Courtney (Chelt) 1.74; SP: 6 Rownita Martson (B&W) 12.75; Hammer: 4 Christina Jones 59.30 (61.61); Hts Charlotte Stallard (Glos) 45.68; Beth Sewell (Glos) 40.73.