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Entries for Bristol Half Marathon
Missed the entry deadline for the Bristol Half Marathon but wish you had entered?

Childtime is a Bristol-based charity providing counselling for distressed children and their families. They currently have limited spaces for runners for the Bristol Half Marathon on Sunday 17th September 2006. Whether a novice or seasoned runner, this race provides a great opportunity to test yourself as well as raise much needed funds for Childtime. Can you meet the challenge?

Childtime has special reserved places but spaces are limited so contact us NOW!

Contact Alison on 0117 9291533 or [email protected] for a Marathon Pack and more details.

To get a guaranteed place to run for Childtime, the registration fee is £30 (payable to Childtime Trust) and the minimum sponsorship target is £150.

ALREADY ENTERED BUT NOT CHOSEN A CHARITY? You can still support Childtime! Contact Alison for more info.

University of Bristol BUSA 2005-6 regular season leagues roundup
The University of Bristol has enjoyed a very successful season so far this year, with many teams celebrating victories in their respective leagues.

Men's Basketball 2s finished second in Western Conference 1A (from now on WC), whilst the Women's Basketball 1s comprehensively won WC 1A, recording a record of ten wins in ten matches, accumulating a points difference of 374 along the way. Bristol's fencers have had a quite superb year, with both Men's and Women's first teams dominating their respective division. The Men's 1s topped the Premier South with six out of eight wins, reducing the little known institutions of Oxford and Cambridge to mere onlookers. The Women's 1s similarly ran out victors in WC 1A, winning seven out of eight, scoring an impressive 1060 points in the process.

Bristol's male footballers have had a good season, with the Men's 2s dominating WC 3A to finish top with a win record of eight out of ten games played. Not to be outdone, the Men's 4s ran out champions in WC 5B, with an impressive record of five wins in six games. Going from strength to strength, women's football has experienced a highly rewarding season, finishing first in WC 1A, winning nine out of ten games, scoring thirty-two goals in the process.

The University Hockey clubs produced some good finishes, most notable of all being the Women's 1s, who enjoyed an undefeated season in winning WC 1A. Mention should go to Men's Hockey 2s for topping WC 2A, with eight out of ten wins, and Men's Hockey 4s for recording a 100% victory rate in winning all their seven games in destroying all opposition in a rather one-sided WC 4B. Both the Men's Hockey 2s and 4s finished the season with goal differences of 47. Commendation should also go to the Women's Hockey 4s, finishing second in WC 4A to a very strong Exeter 4s team.

Netball could argue its league results merit the club of the year award. The Netball 1s finished first in WC 2A, winning all ten of their games played, with a final points difference of 152. The Netball 2s finished second in WC 4A, with five out of eight wins, whilst the Netball 3s were highly unfortunate in finishing second in WC 4B to a very strong and undefeated Bath team. The Netball 3s still managed a points difference of 195 in winning six of their nine games.

The efforts of Bristol's male and female rugby players have paid great dividends this year. The Men's Rugby Union 1s finished a very respectable third in the Men's Premier South, in their first season back in the country's highest University Rugby Union league. And of course, UWE were smashed in Varsity rugby. The Men's Rugby Union 2s were highly unlucky in finishing second in WC 2A. Having won eight out of ten games played, the team was joint on points at the season's end, finishing second to Exeter 2s only by virtue of Exeter having scored a measly seventeen points more in the course of the season. Such is life. The Women's Rugby Union set-up continue to go from strength to strength, winning nine out of ten games in topping WC 1A with a points difference of 188.

For Bristol's squash players, the old rivals of Bath twice deprived our teams of a first place finish. The Men's 1s and Women's 1s both finished second to Bath in both WC 1As. Enjoying slightly more success were Bristol's tennis players. The Men's Tennis 1s completely destroyed WC 2A, winning all seven games played, whilst the Men's Tennis 2s finished second to Cardiff in WC 2B, finishing one point behind the Welsh team. Women's Volleyball 1s finished a respectable second in WC 1A, with eight out of ten wins. And finally, credit should go to the Men's Water Polo 1s who finished first in Men's Tier 1D, winning all their games played.

Congratulations to all the teams mentioned above, and indeed all of Bristol's sporting teams this year. Best of luck to all those competing in the knockout rounds of the BUSA events - a further report will follow in a few weeks on this progress.

Bristol duo represent England Rugby
Bristol first team captain James Lumby and James Greenwood represented England Universities on 24 February against Scotland Universities in Edinburgh. Both came off the bench, having played in the Varsity rugby match less than 48 hours beforehand, with Greenwood grabbing a hat-trick in less than 20 minutes, as part of a 73-11 victory over the Scottish Universities team. Both also played the full 80 minutes in the demolition of UWE in the 2006 Varsity rugby match, played 22 February at the Memorial Ground, Bristol.

Lumby and Greenwood represent England Universities
Greenwood (left) and Lumby (right) on international duty for England Universities

England Universities Honours

Men's Varsity 2006
The sweet taste of victory; drink it in - it goes down smooth

UWE taken apart by Bristol
The Bristol men's and women's teams both recorded clear victories in this year's Lloyds TSB Varsity rugby matches against UWE, played in front of a crowd of 3,000 people at the Bristol Memorial Ground.

Although not reflected in the score, the women's match was a one-sided affair, Bristol running out winners 15-0. Three tries from full-back Sian Robinson secured the win, which was never in doubt due to a solid all-round Bristol team display. Team captain Mair Harding also produced a dominant display at inside centre, making the hard yards with some determined runs. But woman of the match was awarded to Rania Nafissah, playing at openside, for her high work and tackle rate.

In the men's game, Bristol enjoyed the perfect start, Joel Burgess touching down within two minutes. The conversion was missed, but full-back James Greenwood soon added a second score, taking the ball blind off a scrum before completely outpacing the UWE defence from 40 metres to take the score to 10-0 after 5 minutes. A converted UWE try, scored by loose head prop Edward Satri, soon brought the score to 10-7 after 7 minutes. Bristol again extended their lead soon after when tight head prop Andy Spikings added another five points for Bristol after 15 minutes. Gareth Williams-Davis added the conversion to leave the scores 17-7. To their credit, UWE again replied quickly, with centre Phil Simmons scoring after a length of the field UWE move on 20 minutes. Fly-half Mike English added the conversion for UWE, leaving the score 17-14. Bristol fly-half Williams-Davis knocked over a simple penalty in front of the posts before the break, leaving the game evenly balanced at 20-14 at half time.

Sadly for UWE, Simmons' try on 20 minutes was to be their last score, as Bristol, in contrast to a fairly even first 40 minutes, dominated the second half to score a further 15 unanswered points. Williams-Davis recorded a penalty score and a conversion, with tries coming from the impressive Juliano Fiori and man of the match and first team captain James Lumby. The final score of 35-14 rang out to cheers of 'easy' from the Bristol faithful, and capped an entertaining game of rugby by both teams.

A crowd of over 3,000 attended the games, and it is expected the matches will raise over £6,000 for the local charity, the Bristol Union of Disabled Sports (BUDS), which aids local community members to take part in disabled sport. Thank you to all who came and spectated on the night-please continue your support in the upcoming Varsity football (15 March), Triangular Day at Coombe Dingle (22 March) and Boat Race (6 May).

Women's Varsity 2006
Women's captain Mair Harding takes contact in the women's match

Men Varsity runout
The Bristol men run out for the big game

Jemba Bull in action
Jemba Bull goes through the UWE captain like a bag of chips

With thanks to Lloyds TSB for sponsoring the games

Jogathon: Get involved 4th June 2006
The University of Bristol is supporting the Everyday Sport Jogathon in Bristol, on June 4th.

As part of the drive to get the community fitter and healthier, we want you to get up, get active and take part in the Everyday Sport JOGATHON.

Whether you're just a regular couch potato who's taking those first steps to a healthier lifestyle, or maybe a budding Paula Radcliffe, JOGATHON is the event for you - Everybody's welcome!!

JOGATHON is a national series and there will be 20 events around the country between April and October this year. Feel free to do as many as you want to before or after our event, but make sure that you come and support us here in Bristol too.

The 1500m is open to all (kids & adults), but if you're over 16 years of age and fancy a bigger challenge, the 5k (3 miles) will get your pulse going a little bit more.
As well as the 'jog/run' itself, they'll be lots of other activities for everyone to enjoy - so fear not, dig out those old trainers and put them to good use - you can do it!

click on this link and get active.

Varsity day 2006
Varsity Day took place at Bath yesterday. For those that wish to purchase action shots please see the link below.


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