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Bristol & West captain’s half-time verdict on league campaign

BRISTOL & West AC men’s team captain Caspar Eliot has delivered an upbeat verdict at the halfway stage of the British Men’s League.

The second match at Watford on Saturday saw the club repeat their fifth place in a fiercely contested competition in which Bristol & West finished just 30 pints off third and 42.4pts off top spot .

“The sprints and distance were absolutely fantastic on the day, we were in the top three of every flat track race (with the exception of the DQ in the 4×100),” said Eliot.

“Theo Campbell, Freddie Owsley, Joe Thornton, Alex Daley all took great wins along with excellent debuts this season from Harry Lane and William Christofi for third places in very strong A races and a good guest appearance from David Bishop.

“The hurdles was lacking a little with no B steeplechaser, but huge thanks to Oliver Jefferies for pitching in on the B string 400 hurdles and another excellent PB from future GB chaser Steve Mitchell. “Again, the field was a slight issue but those who were there were fantastic, Alexandros Froudakis and Sam Boulton threw multiple PBs, Luke Bailey put himself about and got a good third in the Pole Vault and Adam Wall got a win in the High Jump. Thanks, too, to Paul Weston for filling in as well as coaching.

“We are currently fifth in the league, but only 82 match points in total behind Harrow in first. That gives you an idea as to how tight this league is!

“Also, the first two matches have been in London (or the South East) so effectively home matches for the top four clubs, while the next is in Derby – a long way for them but the same distance for us.

“I anticipate Nene Valley and Notts being stronger while the top four will be weaker – this represents a HUGE opportunity for us to throw the cat amongst the pigeons and give ourselves a shout of promotion going into August.

“Roger (Brocklesbury, team manager) and I have a few new faces we’re hoping to bring in (two specialist javelin throwers) and we have some more returners in Matt Spicer and potentially Richard Peters – let’s get the strongest Bristol and West team out we can and really give promotion a go!”

Division Town overall after two matches: 1 Harrow AC 16pts (654); 2 Thames Valley Harriers 14 (630); 3 Crawley AC 12 (604); 4 Kingston AC & Polytechnic Harriers 10 (593); 5 Bristol & West AC 8 (572); 6 Notts AC 6 (551); 7 Nene Valley Harriers 4 (458.5); 8 Gateshead Harriers 2 (254.5).

 

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Fancy a tough hilly 10 in Bath?

A reminder that the 38th Bathy Hilly 10 miles road race, one of the oldest events in the west country , takes place on Sunday (10.30am).

The course may not be a PB one but it is a terrific event expertly organised on a voluntary basis by Team Bath AC and deserves the support of the running community.

Entries will be taken on the day at Culverhay Sports Centre an there are good prizes for all age groups from seniors to over 55s. For  further details contact Malcolm Treby by email at: racedirector@bathhillyten.co.uk

For interest the amazing all-time course records stand to Ian Ray (50:14 in 1980) and Kath Binns (57:42 in 1979) while post 2000 the fastest times have been set by Martin Cox in that same year (55:21) and Annabel Granger in 2003 (63:52).

 

 

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There is no stopping Freddie!

ANOTHER week – and another PB for Freddie Owsley. On Saturday the 18-year-old shaved 0.11 seconds off his best to win the 400m at the British Men’s League match in Waford with a time of 47.88secs.
The time will put Owsley top of the UK Rankings for U20 men but he will need to lop off another big chunk to reach the tough qualifying tome of 47.00secs to be eligible for the European Junior Championships in Sweden later this summer.

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Ellie is running into form

ELLIE Wallace of Yate & District AC ran a season’s best of 4mins 45.15secs to finish runner-up in the 1500m B race at the BMC PB Classic in Milton Keynes on Saturday evening.
The time puts the Steve Hollier coached athlete fourth on the South West U17 Women Rankings behind Cornwall AC’s Yoyo Barney (4:38.1) Yate clubmate Hanah Hobbs (4:38.71) and Team Bath’s Caitlin Wosika (4:43.99).

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Mitchell canters to victory

NEW 3000m steeplechaser Steve Mitchell is cramming in the experience of running over the barriers.
A week after clocking 9:21.36 on his debut at the BMC Grand Prix in Manchester the Bristol & West runner lowered that mark to 9:14.86 in a solo run at the British league match in Watford.
Mitchell cantered to victory by over 40 seconds to edge his way closer to the top 20 of the UK Rankings.
The club again finished fifth overall – matching their result last month – and now lie fifth at the halfway stage of the campaign.
League Points Match Points
Harrow AC 16 654
Thames Valley Harriers 14 630
Crawley AC 12 604
Kingston AC & Polytechnic Harriers 10 593
Bristol & West AC 8 572
Notts AC 6 551
Nene Valley Harriers 4 458.5
Gateshead Harriers 2 254.5