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Sole Sisters Bradley Stoke 10k report

Posted on Thursday 19th July 2018 at 10:28 am by SH (Editor)

Finishers at the 2018 Bradley Stoke 10k Run.

By race director Sam Carpenter of Sole Sisters Running Club.

For the 12th consecutive year, Sole Sisters organised the Bradley Stoke 10k, which has now become an integral part of the festival weekend. With an entry limit of 650 runners, the race sold out in record time.

From 6am on Sunday, members of Sole Sisters were either getting the Jubilee Centre set up at Race HQ or were out on the course delivering the water, putting up warning signs and generally getting ready for 8am when the runners started arriving to pick up their race numbers.

Six lead marshals gathered their own group of mile marshals, all equipped with goodie bags, and set-off to their marshal stations covering the entire 10km (6 mile) route. Each year, we need between 80 and 100 marshals for the event, and that includes two water stations. As in previous years, we’ve received such lovely feedback on how great and supportive our marshals were. We were ably assisted by 1st Bradley Stoke Guides at the start/finish, 1st Stoke Lodge Guides at Water Station No. 1 and Stoke Gifford Guides at Water Station No. 2.

The Bradley Stoke 10k has become a key race in the running community calendar and 566 entrants turned up for the race in near perfect conditions (although it was still quite warm if you were running!) and we had a mixture of club and non-club runners. The festival is often the first official engagement for the new Bradley Stoke mayor and we were pleased that newly appointed Cllr Ben Randles was on hand to give the runners some words of encouragement and for the prize-giving.

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Bradley Stoke Youth FC Festival of Football 2018

Posted on Friday 13th July 2018 at 10:14 pm by SH (Editor)

Photo of the Meadowbrook Primary School football team.

On Saturday 9th June, Bradley Stoke Youth FC (BSYFC) continued the success of their Schools’ Football Festival at the Jubilee Centre, which this year attracted 130 Year 1 children representing 13 different local primary schools. The festival is the finale to the club’s School Link Programme where BSYFC’s FA Qualified coaches go into the schools and coach all the Year 1 children for a three-week period at each school. The programme starts in February and finishes in the last school in May, ready for the Festival in June.

The Football Festival has been running since 2006 and over the years has developed into a major event as part of the town’s annual Community Festival, with over 1,750 children having now taken part. The School Link Programme started in 2007 and has grown over the years to become a major community activity with over 7,500 children having received football skills coaching in their school.

At the festival, every child received a medal and a gift bag full of football-related essentials like shin pads, football socks, water bottle, baseball cap, activity play pack and sweets. Each school received a cup and a ball bag with size 3 footballs, so they can continue the football coaching at their school. The winning school also received a new kit for their team. The Teacher Awards this year went to Bowsland Green and St Michael’s.

Football Festival organiser Marcus Fisher said:

“The club would like to recognize all the club coaches, managers and helpers who assisted on the day, ensuring the success of this community event. Also a big thanks to our key long term sponsors McDonald’s, Bradley Stoke Town Council and the Gloucestershire FA.”

More: Festival award winners and team photos »

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Final presentation evening for first cohort of BSYFC Girls

Posted on Thursday 21st June 2018 at 9:30 pm by SH (Editor)

Photo of the BSYFC U16 Girls at their presentation evening.

By Martin Lee of Bradley Stoke Youth FC (BSYFC)

Photo of the BSYFC U16 Girls managers (l-r) Ross and Martin Lee.

The management team of the BSYFC U16 Girls’ squad, Martin and Ross Lee, started girls’ football at the club back in May 2008 when Ross was just 14 years old. The U16 squad was formed in 2010 when the girls were just 7 and 8 years old and they have stayed together to finish fourth in the Bristol Girls League in their final season as U16 girls. We have all had a great time together but now it is time to say goodbye to youth football and start our adult football life together!

The present U16 Girls’ final presentation evening was a red carpet event on 20th April at the DoubleTree by Hilton Hotel, Bradley Stoke, where the squad walked the red carpet into the venue sipping mocktails while posing for photos and viewing the complete history of the team showcased through historical photographs over the many years. Then, after being seated at their tables for the welcome introductions from the host for the evening, Martin, the traditional annual video show was presented. Everyone enjoyed the two-course meal while being entertained throughout the evening with Eurovision Song Contest Spot Quiz (with air horns), the annual Managers’ Quiz, the table game ‘Dates’, the Shirt Number game, the mystery players photo quiz, the “Where am I” quiz, the Team History Slideshow and the BSYFC 2018 Comedy Puppet Show, complete with scenes from Titanic, Dirty Dancing, Opera, Ballet, Xmas Songs, Cake Making and Mastermind. Trust me, you had to be there! The disco was playing throughout the night and we finally finished the celebrations in the early hours.

The girls now move to ladies’ football for the season starting in September with great memories of their time in youth football. This will start the process of girls at BSYFC youth football transitioning to the Ladies’ team when they become 16 years old. For Martin and Ross, this signals the end of their time in girls’ youth football, but they have also been running the Ladies’ team for the last three years, so they will just focus on ladies’ football now into the future and help the young girls with their move into adult football.

More: Bradley Stoke Ladies to have two teams from September »

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Tatum shoots up the judo world rankings

Posted on Friday 20th April 2018 at 10:08 pm by SH (Editor)

Photo of Tatum Keen, wearing her Croatia Cadet Cup silver medal, with coach Pete Douglas.

Bradley Stoke Judo Club player Tatum Keen has shot up from 90th to 18th in the world rankings following an outstanding silver medal-winning performance at a prestigious international competition in Croatia.

The success has come despite Tatum suffering a serious knee injury at the Adidas International Judo Cup in The Hague last November. Overcoming injury and illness, Tatum battled through to become British champion for the third time and then gain selection for the GB Identification Squad, entitling her to attend European Cadet Cup events.

On the second weekend in March, Tatum travelled as one of only seven girls in the England squad, and the only 52kg, to attend the Croatia Cadet Cup in Zagreb, one of the most well-known tournaments for young judokas worldwide, having grown from 220 participants to more than 800 judokas from 36 countries.

Tatum was ranked 90th in the world before going to the competition, out of 50 girls entered into her weight category, and was in pool C with the number 3 seed. Her first fight was against a strong Austrian who had previously won a European medal. After a tough fight where Tatum nearly got caught with a big throw, she managed to hold the girl down and win to get through to the second round.

In her second fight, Tatum came up against a very tall Serbian, but she won with an arm-lock and progressed to the third round, which was her highest achievement so far in a Cadet Cup.

Next, Tatum came up against the number 3 seed from Israel. The fight was a tough battle and went into ‘golden score’. With a change of tactics, Tatum managed to throw her opponent and won in the fight, therefore progressing to the pool final. Here, she came up against another strong Israeli and managed to win this fight with a confident display of judo, thereby winning her pool and unbelievably progressing to the semi-final, where she was up against the number 1 seed from Italy who is an excellent strong fighter and had looked confident all day. Tatum attacked and looked confident throughout the fight and with just over a minute left to go, she managed to hold down her opponent and win the fight.

In the final, she came up against the number 2 seed from Austria and after a good battle, she was eventually held down by the stronger, more experienced player and came away with the silver medal.

More: "Tatum shocked the competition with this result" »

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