STEVE WAY and JON SHARKEY set to represent their country

Most will by now be aware that two BAC athletes, Steve Way and Jon Sharkey, have been selected to represent England in the Anglo-Celtic Plate 100k, to be run at Gravesend on 3 May 2014, but their achievement deserves to be marked with some explanation of their journeys to this goal.
Steve‘s first foray into the 100k distance was in an open event in Stockholm on 4 August 2013. Of course he was familiar by then with Ultra-Distance, albeit just halfway to 100k, as he had competed in the 50k World Championships in 2012 in Italy, and won, with the result, of course, that we have in our midst nothing less than a WORLD CHAMPION. And Steve‘s run in Stockholm was worthy of a World Champion. Over 100k his split times hardly varied from 3.59/4.01, an incredibly disciplined run, and over the 12 lap course he lapped every other competitor. Steve‘s time of 6.40.14 ensured his place in athletics history, as he has become the 5th fastest British man over 100k EVER, and his selection for the Anglo-Celtic Plate competition was inevitable. Regrettably, as the 100k World Championship for 2013, scheduled to take place in South Africa, was cancelled and not re-arranged, Steve was denied the opportunity of achieving a second World Championship Title, but that doesn’t alter the fact that, in 2013, he was the fastest man in the World over the 100k distance.
In the meantime, Jon had decided it was about time that his well-deserved rest following his debut Ironman Triathlon earlier in 2013 came to an end and, encouraged and inspired by Steve, decided to take up the 100k challenge, and why not attempt a qualifying time for consideration for selection for the England team alongside Steve? The only problem was that races where this can be done are limited in number, and the only opportunity available to Jon was the Newcastle Racecourse Marathon, which incorporated a 50k race alongside the marathon and other distances, and a 3.22 50k time is one of the qualifying times. So, despite not having enough time to train fully for this distance before the race date of 8 December 2013, Jon decided to go for it anyway – after all the 100k at Gravesend is an Open 100k, so he’d still be able to compete even if not selected for the Anglo-Celtic Plate. But Jon knew exactly what he had to do at Newcastle to give himself a chance – ignore everyone else and run his own pace. And that is just what he did. The course was almost 19 laps of the racecourse and each lap was run in a remarkably even 6.24/6.29. Although, at the start, Jon was left in the wake of a number of other competitors he won the race by a huge margin of 30 minutes or so, double-lapping the second finisher. But, most importantly, Jon‘s time of 3.19.21 was within the qualifying time he sought, and it was just a question of waiting till February when the team for Gravesend would be announced.  And, sure enough, Jon‘s name was there!

The England team for the Anglo-Celtic Plate consists of five athletes.  Of those five, two (40%) will come from BAC.  All at BAC can justifiably feel very proud of Steve and Jon, and we wish them well with their training and for the competition itself at Gravesend on 3 May.

Steve Way
Steve Way
Jon Sharkey
Jon Sharkey

National Cross Country Championships – 22 February 2014

BAC was represented by three of our athletes in the National Cross Country Championships held at Nottingham on Saturday 22 February. Of over 1600 who completed the Senior Mens‘ race, Rob McTaggart was 165th in 42.15, and Manol Dimitrov was 357th in 43.16. In the U20M race David Long was 65th in 34.28 – a total of 186 finished.

BAC athletes selected for their country and Parkrun and Marathon winners!

Steve Way
Steve Way
Jon Sharkey
Jon Sharkey

Many congratulations to Steve Way and Jon Sharkey on their selection to represent England in the Anglo-Celtic Plate 100k competition in May (an event which is also the National 100k Championships).  We are very proud of both on their achievement, and it is quite something for BAC to have not one, but two, of our athletes in this race.  More about Steve and Jon later.

Both Bournemouth and Poole Parkruns saw BAC winners on Saturday 22 February. In Kings Park Emma Dews was the overall winner – how many ladies won Parkruns throughout the country? Emma is surely one of few. Also competing in Bournemouth were 165 other runners, amongst whom were Ian White, returning to form and recording a PB for the Bournemouth Parkrun (although not for Parkruns in general nor the 5k distance), and Steve Cox. In Poole Park Jacek Cieluszecki was again the overall winner of a total of 511 runners. The next day Steve Way was the winner (2.39.10) of the Heartbreaker Marathon, an off-road race (marathon distance, starting at Abbotts Well, near Godshill in the New Forest, and heading (three times in the case of the Marathon!) towards Fritham, but fortunately avoiding the notorious Fritham Plain. In third place, breaking three hours in 2.59.50, was Jon Sharkey. A total of 165 competitors completed the race. The event also included a Half Marathon and, of 184 finishers, in second place (and first M40) was Lee Piercy in a time of 1.18.27, followed not far behind by Richard Nelson, 18th in 1.34.01.

Spring Marathon and 10 km Specific Training 2014

Please click the following link to download the 2014TrainingFeb-April.

There will be Tuesday and Wednesday sessions for the marathon specific training – Graeme will run the Tuesday sessions and Steve will run the Wednesday sessions. Simon will run the sessions for the non-marathoners as well on Tuesdays.

The attached plan includes all the sessions (10K and marathon).

Lytchett 10, Bramley 20 & 10, Parkruns, Meon Valley Plod, Boscombe Pier 5k

BAC Mens' Team Lytchett 10 - Lee Piercy, Steve Way, Simon Munro (Club Captain), Josh Cole, Jacek Cieluszecki, Toby Chapman, Jez Bragg
BAC Mens’ Team Lytchett 10 – Lee Piercy, Steve Way, Simon Munro (Club Captain), Josh Cole, Jacek Cieluszecki, Toby Chapman, Jez Bragg
BAC Ladies with their Lytchett 10 prizes - Caroline Rowley (1st FV40), Gemma Bragg (2nd Lady), Nikki Sandell (3rd Lady)
BAC Ladies with their Lytchett 10 prizes – Caroline Rowley (1st FV40), Gemma Bragg (2nd Lady), Nikki Sandell (3rd Lady)
BAC Ladies' Team Lytchett 10 - Helen Ambrosen, Cherry Sheffrin, Nikki Sandell, Gemma Bragg, Caroline Rowley
BAC Ladies’ Team Lytchett 10 – Helen Ambrosen, Cherry Sheffrin, Nikki Sandell, Gemma Bragg, Caroline Rowley

Lytchett 10 – 16 February 2014

Well done to the BAC Men and Ladies for one of the most successful days for BAC for some time at the Lytchett 10 mile race on Sunday 16 February, with the Mens’ team winning both the Open and Dorset Road Race League races, and the Ladies’ team only just being pipped into second place in both contests.  Course record holder Steve Way was aware of a difficult battle ahead when it became clear that Winchester & District’s Chris Powner was competing, and, sure enough, Chris won the race in a new record time of 50.55.  Undaunted, Steve ran a strong race to finish second, followed in an amazing 3rd, 4th and 5th place by Jacek Cieluszecki, Josh Cole and new (and valuable!) signing Lee Piercy respectively to seal an Open team win.  Not far behind, Toby Chapman and Club Captain Simon Munro completed the winning Road Race League team.  In fact, such was the strength of the BAC Mens’ team that, had there been a ‘B’ Road Race League team the next five BAC finishers, namely Jez Bragg, Peter Thompson, Paul Consani, Simon Hearn and Steve Cox would have been second, or thereabouts, in the League!   The Ladies had an equally successful day, with Gemma Bragg and Nikki Sandell finishing 2nd and 3rd ladies respectively, with the Ladies team, which was a close second to the strength of Poole Runners‘ ladies in both the Open and League events, completed by Caroline Rowley who was herself winner of the FV40 contest.  The Lytchett 10 also doubled as the South West Veterans 10 mile Championship, and Championship medals were awarded to Lee (1st V40), Helen Ambrosen (2nd FV55) and Ian Graham (1st V65).  So this was an enjoyable day for BAC, helped along by glorious sunny conditions, excellent organisation by Lytchett Manor Striders and a varied and extensive supply of delicious cakes to restore lost energy at the end! 

Results (BAC): 2. Steve Way 53.56;  3. Jacek Cieluszecki 55.16;  4. Josh Cole 55.39;  5. Lee Piercy 56.20;  9. Toby Chapman 58.46;  11. Simon Munro 59.04;  14. Jez Bragg 1.00.08;  19. Peter Thompson 1.01.47;  55. Paul Consani 1.07.01;  62. Gemma Bragg 1.08.22;  68. Simon Hearn 1.09.06;  70. Nikki Sandell 1.09.27;  72. Steve Cox 1.09.37;  113. Caroline Rowley 1.14.56;  138. Helen Ambrosen 1.16.23;  151. Dave Parsons 1.17.10;  159. Ian Graham 1.17.40;  181. Cherry Sheffrin 1.19.23;  248. Chris Chatfield 1.26.31;  313. Will Price 1.33.42.  There were 396 finishers.

BAC winning team Lytchett 10 - Lee Piercy, Steve Way, Jacek Cieluszecki, Josh Cole
BAC winning team Lytchett 10 – Lee Piercy, Steve Way, Jacek Cieluszecki, Josh Cole

Bramley 20 & 10 – 16 February 2014

Of 739 finishers in the Bramley 20 mile race on Sunday 16 February Manol Dimitrov was 37th in 2.04.37 and Graeme Miller was 40th in 2.06.05.  Graeme‘s pacing seems to have gone exactly according to plan and, as he says, “race went well, felt comfortable”.  Jon Sharkey‘s preparation for his 100k challenge also appears to be going well, as he ran the 10 mile Bramley race to finish 3rd of 604 in 54.44.

Parkruns – 15 February 2014

There were BAC firsts and seconds at both Bournemouth and Poole Parkruns on Saturday 15 February, with Rob McTaggart first (again!) and Emma Dews second (again!) in Kings Park, and Karl Welch and Simon Way first and second respectively in Poole Park.  Also competing in Bournemouth were Billy McGreevy, Jud Kirk, Richard Nelson, Joe Price, Paula Kirk, Steve Cox and Will Price.

Meon Valley Plod – 9 February 2014

Andy Gillespie was the sole BAC representative at the Meon Valley Plod on Sunday 9 February, a 21 mile cross country race correctly described as “tough” and “hilly”.  Andy, running the race as part of his training for the London Marathon, was 116th of 266 finishers, completing the course in 3.46.57 in very wet and windy conditions.  Andy says “performance OK, nothing to shout about.  A really good workout though”.

Boscombe Pier 5k Time Trial – 17 January 2014

A little bit late in doing so, but worth reporting that the 5k Boscombe Pier race, part of a series organised by Poole Runners, on Friday evening 17 January, was won by Lee Piercy in 17.03.  Also competing were Steve Cox, 37th in 20.14, Jud Kirk, 38th in 20.16, Caroline Rowley, 63rd in 21.59 and Will Price, 123rd  in 26.01.  There were 151 finishers.

Lytchett 10 Photos

BAC winning team Lytchett 10 - Lee Piercy, Steve Way, Jacek Cieluszecki, Josh Cole
BAC winning team Lytchett 10 – Lee Piercy, Steve Way, Jacek Cieluszecki, Josh Cole
BAC Ladies with their Lytchett 10 prizes - Caroline Rowley (1st FV40), Gemma Bragg (2nd Lady), Nikki Sandell (3rd Lady)
BAC Ladies with their Lytchett 10 prizes – Caroline Rowley (1st FV40), Gemma Bragg (2nd Lady), Nikki Sandell (3rd Lady)
BAC Ladies' Team Lytchett 10 - Helen Ambrosen, Cherry Sheffrin, Nikki Sandell, Gemma Bragg, Caroline Rowley
BAC Ladies’ Team Lytchett 10 – Helen Ambrosen, Cherry Sheffrin, Nikki Sandell, Gemma Bragg, Caroline Rowley
BAC Mens' Team Lytchett 10 - Lee Piercy, Steve Way, Simon Munro (Club Captain), Josh Cole, Jacek Cieluszecki, Toby Chapman, Jez Bragg
BAC Mens’ Team Lytchett 10 – Lee Piercy, Steve Way, Simon Munro (Club Captain), Josh Cole, Jacek Cieluszecki, Toby Chapman, Jez Bragg

Parkrun and Chichester 10k

This was a busy weekend which may explain why no BAC athlete was amongst the 445 who ran the Poole Parkrun, but there plenty at the Bournemouth Parkrun in Kings Park on Saturday 18 February, which was won (again!) by Billy McGreevy, with Roy Long in second place. Also competing were Ian White (7), Jud Kirk (8), Steve Cox (17), Caroline Rowley (20), Joe Price (22), Ian Graham (31 – 1st V65), Paula Kirk (33) and Will Price (89). Altogether 149 finished. The next day saw Peter Thompson crossing the line at the Chichester Priory 10k in 32.59, 21st of a total of 1637, closely followed by Rob McTaggart, 23rd in 33.08.

Hampshire Cross Country League, Salisbury, 8 February

The final fixture of this season’s Hampshire Cross Country League took place at Hudson’s Field, Salisbury on Saturday 8 February in blustery conditions with plenty of mud, but the rain held off for the afternoon. BAC’s Senior Men’s team were fourth of the 9 complete Division 1 teams, with David Long running very strongly to finish 11th (David was fourth U20 which gives some idea of the quality of this League). The second, third and fourth BAC positions were sorted out in the last few yards of the race, with Simon Munro, Manol Dimitrov and Robin Copestick crossing the line within seconds of each other. The day was a repeat of earlier fixtures, with BAC missing the fifth finisher within the top 40, but Nick Kenchington again saved the day, completing the League team, with Andy Gillespie providing the vital back-up in the event of a non-finisher or someone not turning up (Andy has previously himself completed the League team as the fifth BAC finisher). For the first time this season a Lady wearing a BAC vest was in evidence, so congratulations and welcome to new signing Louise Price who competed in the Senior Womens’ race. Turning to the Juniors the only BAC competitors were in the U15 Boys’ race, in which Seb Hearn and Brandon Meredith ran, both of whom have been ‘regulars’ this season.
Results (BAC):
Senior Men: 11. David Long 32.17; 23. Simon Munro 33.46; 24. Manol Dimitrov 33.47; 25. Robin Copestick 33.50; 75. Nick Kenchington 38.25; 138. Andy Gillespie 44.46. A total of 163 ran.
Senior Women: 68. Louise Price 27.01. A total of 77 ran.
U15 Boys: 38. Seb Hearn 16.18; 45. Brandon Meredith 17.07. A total of 57 ran.
Looking at the season overall, the Senior Men aggregate position was 5th of nine complete teams at all the fixtures. The final result is calculated by adding together all the finishing positions, in our case 6, 4, 7, 1 and 4, a total of 22. Reading AC also scored 22, but rank above us as their aggregate of individual finishing positions was considerably lower than ours. Winchester & District scored 23 points, and, above us, Basinstoke & Mid Hants scored 20 and Southampton 17. So, if we had had that all-important 5th scorer in the top 40 in, say, two more of the fixtures we could well have finished second in Division 1 (Aldershot & District were streets ahead in the lead). Maybe we can be satisfied with the final result, which leaves us comfortably in Division 1 (our aggregate individual score was way below the top of Division 2), but it’s perhaps a little disappointing that the result doesn’t reflect the potential of the club. There were no individual BAC award winners, although Bridget Dence only missed out as she was competing in the South West Schools Championships at Kings Park on the same day as the Hampshire League Salisbury fixture.

Membership

Membership – Just a short note to thank all those members who have renewed their membership which was due on 1st January. Can I remind all other members that their fees are now overdue and should be paid as soon as possible. Application Forms are available from the office at Kings Park Athletics Stadium or can be downloaded from the website. I would just mention that the Club will only pay the England Athletics Fee for those who have paid their membership. Those who have not done so will not be eligible for selection for the Club for the coming season. If there are any queries regarding membership, they can be passed to me either by emailing the Club or by leaving a message at the office.

Dave Parsons – Membership Secretary