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Doubts are raised over Midland road relay times

RyanMcleodQUESTIONS have been raised about the authenticity of the times recorded at the Midland Counties 6-Stage Road Relay Championships.

Following the publication of results last night comments have been made on social media from various clubs that the times are inaccurate.

The most glaring appears to be in the fastest time of the day. Tipton’s Ryan Mcleod (pictured) was awarded a super time of 16mins 35secs which would lift him into the top ten all-time.

Apparently McLeod timed himself at 17mins 09secs so clearly there is something amiss there and several other athletes have also remarked that their times were out.





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Kate finishes third in Swansea Bay 10k

KateReed2KATE Reed finished third and first Brit in the Admiral Swansea Bay 10k yesterday.

The Bristol & West AC runner from Clevedon clocked a time of 34mins 09secs to follow up her 33:34 at the Cardiff 10k two weeks earlier.

That is consistent running and another solid sign that she is on the way back after long-term injury.

Admiral Swansea Bay 10k – women: 1 Teresiah Omosa (Kenya, U20) 33:47; 2 Purity Kimetto (Kenya) 34:03; 3 Kate Reed (B&W) 34:09.

Men: 16 Josh Dixon (Stroud) 33:16;



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Can in-form Jenny hit top spot in the Bristol half?

JennySpink2014JENNY Spink will be heading the local challenge in the Bristol half marathon on Sunday.

The 34-year-old Bristol & West AC runner (pictured) goes into the race with her confidence high after clocking a PB of 34:07 in the Cardiff 10k last weekend.

Second last year Spink would dearly love to emulate clubmate Claire Hallisssey, who won the race five years ago, but the race always attracts a good class field with a smattering of African runners so making the leap to top of the podium won’t be easy.

“There are usually a couple of decent female runners on the start line so I know I will have to run out of my skin,” said Spink., who was second in the Bath half earlier this year.

Joining Spink in the elite women’s field will be former GB international Michelle Ross-Cope, who was runner-up in the Bristol 10k earlier this year while the leading Kenyan is Teresiah Omosa.





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McKenna is seeking another big performance

JarlathMcKennaFAVOURITE to win the men’s race and continue the African dominance of the race will be Moris Muene.

Muene boasts a PB of 65:41 but Bristol & West coach Keith Brackstone reckons he will go a lot quicker having recently seen him training in Kenya while on a holiday-come-research trip in Embu on the slopes of Mt Kenya.

“I was helping Moris’s coach Bruce Lati and I reckon he is capable of running 61 minutes,” said Brackstone.

Jarlath McKenna (pictured) was the top local runner last year in 15th and will be heading the Bristol & West challenge again along with clubmate Matt Whitfield.

Bideford runner Shaun Antell is looking to break 67 minutes for the first time and regular visitor Paul Martelletti should also figure. The first wave of runners gets underway at 9.30am with the second wave at 10am.




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The Woods boys are aiming high in mountain championships

AlecWoodsBATH brothers Guy and Alec Woods (pictured) will be joined by Mick O’Doherty and Paul Synott are heading to north Wales this weekend for the World Mountain Running Championships.

The week-long event is based at Betws-y-Coed and the attraction for the Bath group is that masters age-group races are also included.

“Alec and I will both be running the 50-54 age group race, Paul is in the M45-49 race while Mick is in the M55-59 category which means we all get proper races which is great,” explained Guy, who now lives in the centre of Bath having recently taken over the Kennard Hotel.

“The course is 10k with 500 metres of climbing and from what I have seen on line is quite technical and mostly on quite fast forest tracks so while it won’t be too demanding it will be pretty tough.”

The Bath runners are all due in action on Saturday.




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‘It’s a miracle I am running’, admits ultra star Holly

HOLLY Rush is on international duty this weekend as she represents Great Britain at the World & European 100k Championships in Winschoeten, Holland.

Rush is only just recovering from a bout of pneumonia so admits she has no idea how she will perform over the ten laps of 10k.

“I will take the race as it comes and do the best I can as I am aware that we have a team there as well,” said Rush.

“To be honest it is a miracle that I am even going.”


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Ada’ora joy at Commonwealth Youth Games silver

CONGRATULATIONS to North Somerset AC teenager and former Easy Runner/Bristol Post athlete of the month winner Ada’ora Chigbo (pictured right) for winning a silver medal for England at the Commonwealth Youth Games in Samoa.

Chigbo, who is coached by Ken Holmes, finished runner-up in the women’s high jump behind England team-mate Niamh Emerson of Amber Valley.

Emerson achieved a mark of 1.80m, just shy of the PB she set in winning the England title before flying out to Samoa with the team while Chigbo’s 1.77 secured her second place ahead of Australian Paige WilsonAdaOraChigboCGSilver2015

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Wilson & Owsley make Bristol Post sports awards

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

LOCAL athletes Adam Wilson (pictured) and Freddie Owsley have been named in the short list for the 2015 Bristol Sports Awards.

Bristol & West sprinter Owsley, who made his GB international debut in the European Under 20 Championships, has made the list for the Young Sports Personality category while Yate & District AC runner Wilson is included in the Disability Performer of the Year for his achievements in bot athletics and football.

The victory ceremony will be held at the Marriott Hotel, Bristol, on Thursday, October 22 and the guest of honour will be Bristolian Gareth Chilcott, the former Bath and England rugby prop.





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Chairman Coales is back in the groove

DaveCoalesCardiff10k2015TEAM Bath AC chairman Dave Coales finished 80th and second veteran over 45 in the Cardiff 10k road race clocking a time of 34mins 17secs.

“I was pleased with my time having had a lot of time off this summer due to a calf injury,” said Coales.

Coales finished top M45 in the opening three races of the series so still leads overall.





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Rachel leaps into UK top 10 with PB

RachelFeltonRACHEL Felton leapt to eighth in the 2015 UK Rankings after running a personal best to win the Cardiff 10k road race.

The 36-year-old from Stroud enjoyed her best race of the year on Sunday to beat a strong field in a time of 33mins 25secs to slice two seconds off her previous best set over the same course two years ago.

It is the quickest time by any Gloucestershire runner this year and second fastest in the South West behind four-times Olympian Jo Pavey.