IT as good to see Bristol & West AC retain their position in Division Two of the British Men’s League at the weekend while Yeovil Olymiads came agonisingly close to joining them next year after just missing promotion from Division Three.
Yeovil won their final match to finish third overall one league point behind Bedford, who will go up with champions Swansea.
Joining Yeovil in Division Three next season will be Division Four champions Newquay & Par after a fantastic season in which they won their opening three matches before slipping to fourth in the finale last weekend.
But there was a sad story from Division Four as Exeter Harriers were not only relegated but failed to field a team for the final match. In the modern era the Harriers were the first west club to regain British League status and for a couple of season blazed a trail reaching as high as Division Two.
BRISTOL & West’s women staged a grand finale to their UK Women’s League campaign to end the season on a high at Wigan.
The club saved their best performance for the third and final match as they finished second to Notts AC.
That lifted the squad to fourth overall which represents a remarkable recovery after finishing second from bottom in the opening match.
But they bounced back quickly from that setback to finish third in the second match and with this latest effort finished equal third with Wigan AC on 15 match points with both Notts and Shaftesbury Barnet securing promotion.
Sale Harriers Manchester and Southampton Ac were relegated with Harrow AC and Crawley AC gaining promotion from Division Two.
Woodford Green and Blackheath & Bromley were relegated from the Premier Division.
The only other west club in the UK Women’s League, Exeter Harriers, will retain their status in Division Three despite finishing second from bottom just ahead of Newport Harriers but as the division only has six clubs with no automatic relegation that may yet save them.
Division One overall standings: 1 Notts AC 21.0 league points (607.5 match points); 2 Shaftesbury Barnet 20 (656); 3 Wigan 15 (557); 4 Bristol & West Ac 15 (536.5); 5 Cardiff AC 13 (544); 6 Trafford AC 12 (529.5); 7 Sale Harriers Manchester 9 (479); 8 Southampton AC 3 (350.5).
BRISTOL & West AC secured their place in Division Two of the British Men’s League with a solid performance in the fourth and final match in Kingston yesterday.
Fifth place on the day meant they claimed sixth spot overall with Nee Valley and Gateshead relegated. It was the club’s best result of the campaign as they just edged out Notts AC into sixth by two points.
One of the star performances came from Steve Mitchell (pictured), who won the 3000m in a new Division Two record time of 8mins 15.46secs and was also winner of the 800m B in 1:55.61.
Overall results (after four matches):
1 TVH 30 league points (1315 match points); 2 Harrow 28 (1293); 3 K&P 22 (1220); 4 Crawley 21 (1144) 5 Notts 16 (1118); 6 Bristol & West 13 (1030); 7 Nene Valley 9 (935.5); 8 Gateshead 5 (550.5).
CHARLOTTE Green shot to the top of the UK Rankings for the 2000m steeplechase with a superb personal best today.
Competing for Bristol & West AC in their final UK Women’s League match Charlotte smashed her previous best of 6:46.76 with a time of 6mins 35secs to leap into the No 1 place ahead of Katie Inglis (6:43.13).
IT is good to see British junior international sprinter Chris Stone back in action at the final match of the British Men’s League tomorrow.
The 20-year-old Bristolian, pictured receiving his Easy Runner/Bristol Post athlete of the month award, hasn’t raced since June 14th when a series of niggling injures finally forced him to take a complete break.
But Chris tells me he is lot better now and after some sharp training sessions has declared himself available to Bristol & West team manager Roger Brocklesbury to run the 100m at Kingston.
The club needs a solid performance to finally banish any fears of relegation and retain their National Division Two status. They finished fifth in the opening two matches but last in the penultimate fixture to leave them sixth overall going into tomorrow’s finale.
Fortunately Brocklesbury has put together a strong squad which team captain Casper Eliot described as “the strongest I have seen in all my years at the club.”
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PORTISHEAD Running Club has revealed details of an exciting new race for the winter.
The Gordano Round Marathon will be held on Sunday 14th November is now open for entries and the route will follow the Gordano Round waymarked route around Portishead, Clevedon and Abbots Leigh.
The route will require self-navigation but runners will follow trails, coast path and woodland tracks – and six miles of tarmac- as they navigate the 27 miles and 750 metres of climb and marshals will be in place at key points.
“Previous marathon experience is recommended and there will be a cut-off time of 7 hours,” said the club in its race blurb.
“Those runners not reaching the aid station at the Black Horse Pub (12.25 miles) within 3 hours will be retired and directed straight back to the finish at Gordano School.”
All profits from the event will be donated to the Children’s Hospice South West.
Entry fees will cost £28 for club athletes and £30 unattached and note there will be NO registration on the day. For further details of this exciting new race see the club website at: www.portisheadrunningclub.co.uk
RACE 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: http://www.runbristol.com/events/bristol-half-marathon
In addition clubs can apply for up to 35 per cent discount via this link: http://www.runbristol.com/News/club-offer-discounts-with-runbristol/44
THE 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 www.fullonsport.co.uk
KATE 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.
OWAIN Jones finished third in the Welsh 5k road championships held in Tredegar over the weekend.
The Bristol & West AC runner clocked 15mins 14secs to finish well adrift of winner Ieuan Thomas (14:42) and Joshua Griffiths (15:00).