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Marathon woman gets her wish

Jo Blinman, who has had her legs amputated, will take part in the Bristol Half Credit: ITV West

A woman who was told that she couldn't take part in next month's Bristol Half Marathon, will get to compete after all.

Organisers said Jo Blinman, who has had her legs amputated, would take too long to get round the course. But they've now given her the go-ahead to race in the wheelchair event on 21st September.

Double amputee will compete in Bristol Half Marathon

Jo Blinman
Jo Blinman will be able to take part in the Bristol Half Credit: ITV News West Country

Jo Blinman, who has had both legs amputated but was told she could not take part in the Bristol Half Marathon because she would take too long will now be able to take part after all. Organisers have given the go-ahead for her to compete in the wheelchair event on 21st September.


Jo Blinman from @paulsplace2014 has been given the go ahead to take part in the Bristol Half marathon. Wheelchair race.


Rotherham striker signs for Bristol City

Kieran Agard
Kieran Agard signs for Bristol City Credit: Mike Egerton/EMPICS Sport

Bristol City have strengthened their squad by signing Rotherham United striker Kieran Agard for an undisclosed fee.

The 24-year-old has signed a three year contract and will be available for Saturday’s League One match at Rochdale.

We’re delighted to sign Kieran and I’m even more pleased that he’s decided to come to us for footballing reasons.

“He fits into our wage structure and he’s actually come here for less money than he could have got elsewhere in the Championship.

“I’m delighted he’s here because his goalscoring record last season was right up there, not too far away from the golden boot, taken by our own Sam (Baldock).

“I’m looking forward to working with Kieran and welcome him to the club.”

– Steve Cotterill, Manager, Bristol City

All-rounder awarded benefit season by Somerset

Pete Trego has been awarded a benefit season by Somerset CCC Credit: ITV West

Somerset cricketer Pete Trego has been awarded a benefit season in 2015 by the county club.

The 33 year old all-rounder made his debut fourteen years ago and has played in 467 senior games scoring 17 centuries and taking 544 wickets.

Rovers Boss tells fans to blame the board not the players

Bristol Rovers Director Chris Jelf has called on fans to take out their frustrations on the board, not the players, following the side's poor start to the season. In a statement on the club's website he also says children will be allowed in free again this weekend

Bristol Rovers' logo
Bristol Rovers' logo Credit: Bristol Rovers

We understand that you are all hugely frustrated, and as a Board of Directors we must take responsibility for the current situation. It is very important therefore that any frustrations are aimed at the Board, and not at the players.

I know that you will continue to give the players and manager 100% positive vocal support at the Memorial Stadium for Saturday’s game.

We all know that goals win games, and we have made several attempts in the last ten days to strengthen our squad and bring a new striker to the club. I can assure you that the board will continue to support Darrell in his search for a new target man and we hope to see a new addition to the squad very soon.

– Chris Jelf, Bristol Rovers

Dunford asks fans to continue to show their support

In a statement after his resignation from Bristol Rovers Geoff Dunford asks fans to continue to support their team.

"My participation over the last two years has dwindled to mostly giving financial support and I hope the board can find someone young and energetic to replace me. In Chris Jelf and Edward Ware the club have two people who can lead us to better things. They are prepared to work hard with Nick to bring about a change in our fortunes. It will not happen overnight, but please show patience."

"To all Gasheads, please back your team in their hour of need. Positivity is so important."

– Geoff Dunford

You can read the full statement here


Dunford says family pressurised him to step down

"My family have been pressuring me to step down for a while. I did resign in February of this year, when the team was moving up the League 2 table, but I was persuaded to stay on by the Chairman and Toni Watola.

Relegation was a great disappointment to me after nearly 30 years of service to Bristol Rovers, and I am still not over the pain of it."

– Geoff Dunford, Statement

Gold for Bath's Eilidh Child in the 400m hurdles

Eilidh Child
Eilidh Child celebrates winning Gold in the Women's 400m Hurdles. Credit: PA

Bath's Eilidh Child has become the new European 400m hurdle champion in Zurich.

The 27-year-old, who trains at the University of Bath, finished with a time of just under 55 seconds.

The gold adds to the silver medal she won at the Commonwealth Games.

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