Bournemouth and Poole Parkruns 25 January

The Parkrun movement locally goes from strength to strength, with the regular numbers competing in Kings Park, Bournemouth creeping towards 200 with 196 finishing the course on 25 January, whereas in Poole Park, Poole there were 609 finishers, a record so far. There were BAC winners in both events, with Billy McGreevy winning at Bournemouth, with Emma Dews again finishing second overall and first lady. Also running in Kings Park were Ian White, Jud Kirk, Steve Cox, Caroline Rowley, Ian Graham (1st O65), Dave Parsons (1st O60) and Will Price. In Poole Park Jacek Cieluszecki was again the winner with Simon Munro finishing 8th, showing an encouraging recovery from injury. Also competing were Mike Cowham (yet to transfer back from Elmridge!) and Cherry Sheffrin (who has made the transfer!).

Southern XC Champs and British Athletics Cross Challenge – and Llanfair PG?

There were very few representatives from local clubs competing at the Southern Cross Country Championships at Parliament Hill, London on Saturday 25 January, but there were two from BAC. Of 986 finishers in the Senior Mens’ race Rob McTaggart was a highly creditable 92nd in 57.58, and running equally well in the U20 Mens’ race was David Long, 26th of 105 in 29.35. A week earlier at Cardiff the Dence family were flying the BAC flag in the British Athletics Cross Challenge. In the U15 Girls’ race Bridget Dence continued to show her form running 11.08 to finish 6th of 87, and brother Jim Dence must be pleased with his 22nd position of 78 in the U13 Boys in a time of 12.36.

Pictures on Facebook seem to show Manol Dimitrov running what appears to be a cross country race, apparently in Llanfair PG.  Any more details?

News Round-Up (Parkruns, Boscombe 5k, U11 races, County XC Champs)

There were BAC wins at both Bournemouth and Poole Parkruns on Saturday 18 January – Rob McTaggart (again) winning at Kings Park, followed in second place overall, and first lady, by Emma Dews. Also running at Bournemouth were Roy Long and son David Long (the course record holder), Jud Kirk, Ian White, Steve Cox and Will Price. In Poole Park the overall winner was Peter Thompson followed in third place by Simon Way whose time of 17.35 knocked 10 seconds off his PB. Also representing BAC at Poole was Elsa Charlwood.

The previous day saw the 4th of the 6 Boscombe Pier 5k Winter Series organised by Poole Runners at which there was yet another BAC win in the form of recent signing Lee Piercy who was first across the line in 17.03.  Also competing were Steve Cohen (15th 19.09), Steve Cox (37th 20.14), Jud Kirk (38th 20.16), Caroline Rowley (63rd 21.50) and Will Price (123rd 26.01).  In all 151 finished.

As previously reported on Saturday 11 January BAC hosted a fixture of the Hampshire Cross Country League in Kings Park. Before the League races proper a 2k (approximately) race was held for U11s, and the Senior Mens’ and Womens’ races doubled as the Dorset County Championship.

In the U11 races a number of athletes who have been attending the BAC Junior Development Evenings each Wednesday competed. These Wednesday evenings are for youngsters aged 11 to 14 (ish) who want to sample athletics and experience an organised programme supervised by qualified coaches which offers the opportunity to try all aspects of athletics – running, jumping and throwing, together with some ‘fun’ competition. On a typical Wednesday evening up to 100 and more youngsters attend. So congratulations to Conor Charlwood (a BAC Junior), Freddie Harrington, Isaac Naraine, Elliott Brampton, Laura Reeves, Yasmin Bridet, Lily Simpson, Ruby Eve Bowden, Sienna May and Isabelle Rowland for taking the plunge and having a go at an organised, official race. Full results can be found at

The County Championship was not as well supported as it might have been, considering the number of eligible athletes already running in the League races, but congratulations to Steve Way on his County Silver Medal. The results are set out below; there is something of a mystery in that Josh Cole entered the Championship and definitely ran, and ran well, but doesn’t appear in the results – perhaps Josh didn’t collect his number?? Had he counted he would have been outside the medals by a matter of seconds. Here are the results:
Senior Men:
1. Richard Horton PAC 30.11; 2. Steve Way BAC 30.30; 3. Thomas Austin PAC 31.36; 4. Manol Dimitrov BAC 33.38; 5. Andy Jennings BAC 33.38; 6. Adam Gough DAC 38.08.
Veteran Men:
1. Denis Merciere PR 36.02; 2. Jim Aylmore PR 36.07; 3. Ian Barnes PR 39.06; 4. Stephen Horton PAC 39.56; 5. Clint Cornick DAC 40.23; 6. Nicolas Ireland DAC 42.15; 7. Nigel Furness 43.31.
Senior Women:
1. Verity Ockenden PR 21.27; 2. Chloe Dowson BAC 26.54.
Veteran Women:
1. Claudia Howse PR 28.45; 2. Angela Brown PR 31.27.

Bournemouth AC Spring Open (Sat 29th March)










U15B     100M, 200M, 300M, 800M or 1500M or 3000M, 80MH, LONG JUMP, TRIPLE JUMP, HIGH JUMP, SHOT, DISCUS, JAVELIN, HAMMER

U15G     100M, 200M, 300M, 800M or 1500M or 3000M, 75MH, LONG JUMP, TRIPLE JUMP, HIGH JUMP,  SHOT, DISCUS, JAVELIN, HAMMER

U17M    100M, 200M, 400M, 800M, 1500M, 3000M, 100MH, 400MH, LONG JUMP, TRIPLE JUMP, HIGH JUMP, SHOT, DISCUS, JAVELIN, HAMMER

U17W   100M, 200M, 300M, 800M, 1500M, 3000M, 80MH, 300MH, LONG JUMP, TRIPLE JUMP, HIGH JUMP, SHOT, DISCUS, JAVELIN, HAMMER

U20M/SM/VM  U20W/SW/VW 100M, 200M, 400M, 800M, 1500M, 3000M, 100MH/110MH, 400MH,  LONG JUMP, TRIPLE JUMP, HIGH JUMP, SHOT, DISCUS, JAVELIN, HAMMER

 QUADKIDS £6   ENTRY FEES £3 PER EVENT         ENTRIES CLOSE 19TH MARCH                      NO LATE ENTRIES          U13/U15/U17 MAX 3 EVENTS    U20 MAX 5 EVENTS   


800m, 1500m , 3000m, will be graded events 2013 pb’s needed 

For timetables see Track and Field



Download the Entry form here: Bournemouth AC Spring Open

Hampshire Cross Country League, King’s Park, 11 January 2014

On a beautiful sunny winter’s day BAC’s senior men achieved a remarkable win at the Hampshire Cross Country League fixture at King’s Park, Bournemouth on Saturday 11 January. With our first five athletes scoring in the top 25, BAC was unbeatable on the day and congratulations to those five, namely Steve Way, Jacek Cieluszecki, Josh Cole, Rob McTaggart and David Long. The result leaves BAC 5th aggregate for the season so far, of ten complete teams, in Division 1 of the League, so retention of our Division 1 status is within reach, provided a full team competes at the final fixture at Salisbury on 8 February, but hopefully we can repeat Bournemouth’s result to put this beyond doubt. In the previous fixtures this season BAC has not scored so highly and it’s important to acknowledge the contribution of our athletes at those fixtures, who have ensured that we have always fielded a full team, without which we wouldn’t be in the position we are now. Furthermore well done to Rob, who is at present 10th aggregate Individual Senior Man of the League.
In the other races of the day, Bridget Dence continues to sparkle, finishing 5th in the U15 Girls’ race, at present lying 4th Individual U15 Girl, and a warm welcome to Elisa Robbins and Brandon Meredith, both competing in the BAC vest for the first time.
Before the League proper commenced, a race for U11 boys and girls was held, and a number of youngsters from BAC’s Wednesday Junior Development evenings ran, more details of which to follow.
The fixture at King’s Park was organised by BAC, and thanks are due to all the organisers and officials who made possible an event in which 678 athletes, of ages from U11 to Veteran, competed in nine separate races.
Results (BAC):
Senior/U20 Men:
4. Steve Way 30.30; 7. Jacek Cieluszecki 31.11; 11. Josh Cole 31.39; 19. Rob McTaggart 32.12; 25. David Long 32.34; 32. Joe Arundel 33.16; 38. Manol Dimitrov 33.38; 91. Andy Jennings 38.00; 95. Nick Kenchington 38.07; 137. Brendan Kirkton 41.09; 138. Simon Hunt 41.17. There were 199 finishers.
U15 Boys:
33. Seb Hearn 15.39; 57. Brandon Meredith 17.45. There were 62 finishers.
U13 Boys:
40. Jim Dence 14.46. There were 52 finishers.
Senior Women:
72. Elisa Robbins 27.25. There were 106 finishers.
U15 Girls:
5. Bridget Dence 15.16. There were 63 finishers.
U13 Girls:
17. Elsa Charlwood 14.31. There were 71 finishers.

Dorset Road Race League 2013 BAC winners

The Dorset Road Race League consists of a series of 12 road races of varying distances throughout the year and is a team and individual competition. The successful running of the League is in no small measure thanks to our very own Sam Munro and Sam is to be congratulated on a very slick presentation of the numerous awards (assisted by husband Simon) which took place on 1 January at the Junction Leisure Centre after the ‘Broadstone Quarter’.  In addition to their trophy many of the ladies also received a prize donated by Lush.  To win an award requires a considerable level of commitment as at least seven of the races must have been completed to count at all, or all twelve to achieve the ‘Fidelity’ award. So well done to all the BAC winners, but particular congratulations to Simon Munro for winning the competition outright, to the Mens’ Team on winning the Division 1 team competition, and to the Ladies’ Team on winning the Division 2 ladies’ team competition, thus securing promotion to Division 1 for 2014. There is also an award for the best male and female performance of each competing club. The complete list of individual BAC winners is as follows:
Simon Munro; outright winner, age group (25-29) winner, male club winner.
Robin Copestick; second male overall, age group (30-34) winner.
Janie Chapman; second female overall, female club winner.
Ian Graham; age group (65-69) winner.
Caroline Rowley; Fidelity award.



Broadstone Quarter Marathon – 1 January 2014

Let’s hope, weather-wise, 2014 didn’t start as it means to go on!  In appalling conditions 246 athletes completed the annual New Year’s Day Broadstone Quarter Marathon, organised by Poole Runners, in doing so battling against driving rain and a strong wind on a course which can’t be described as easy.  The race was the first of the Dorset Road Race League for 2014, and the noteable feature for BAC was the strength of the Ladies’ Team consisting of Gemma Bragg, Janie Chapman and Cherry Sheffrin.  Poole AC were the clear winners of the Ladies’ League race but, subject to confirmation, it may well be that the BAC Ladies were the second League team – and of course we are now talking about Division 1.  What a start – well done!  Turning to the men, congratulations to Jon Sharkey on winning the race outright, and also to Jez Bragg who ran strongly to finish fifth.  Graeme Miller in 14th position and Simon Munro (who is contending with a knee injury) in 18th gave the Mens’ Team a solid foundation and although we could have done with a fifth scorer in the top 20, Steve Cox ensured that we finished with a League position from which we can progress.

Results (BAC):

1. Jon Sharkey 37.28;  5. Jez Bragg 38.14;  14. Graeme Miller 40.23;  18. Simon Munro 41.37;  54. Gemma Bragg 45.37;  58. Janie Chapman 45.56;  63. Cherry Sheffrin 46.44;  67. Steve Cox 47.19;  87. Caroline Rowley 48.45;  115. Helen Ambrosen 50.55;  150. Ian Graham 55.25.