Parkruns and Southbourne ‘Flat and Fast’

Rob McTaggart ran a PB for the course to win the Bournemouth Parkrun in Kings Park on Saturday 26 April, followed in 5th place by Billy McGreevy, no doubt holding back for his 10k the following day. Also amongst the 200 finishers were Steve Cox, 14th, Joe Price, 27th and Tim Dence, 45th. Meanwhile, in Poole Park, Jacek Cieluszecki was the winner of the Poole Parkrun and in second place (of a total of 546) was Steve Way, some way behind, but pacing himself in preparation for the 100k race rapidly approaching. We wish Steve, and Jon Sharkey, the very best of luck in the forthcoming 100k Anglo-Celtic plate, in which they comprise 40% of the England team in this international competition.
The next day Billy McGreevy was again in action, finishing 5th of a total of about 320 in the Southbourne 10k ‘Flat & Fast’ in 37.47. BAC was also represented by Duncan Wells, 20th in 39.41, and Jud Kirk, 34th in 41.19.

Guernsey Easter Races, Easter Quarter Marathon and Parkruns

Dave Parsons completing the Guernsey Half Marathon with Ian Graham 'hiding' behind the sea wall a short distance behind
Dave Parsons completing the Guernsey Half Marathon with Ian Graham ‘hiding’ behind the sea wall a short distance behind

Congratulations to Jon Sharkey on his win in the annual Easter Quarter Marathon on Saturday 19 April, starting and finishing at Boscombe Pier. Jon was first of the 290 competitors in a time of 36.55, and in 40th position was Mike Cowham, completing the course in 44.57. In the ladies’ competition both Cherry Sheffrin and Helen Ambrosen ran well to achieve ‘podium’ positions, with Cherry as 3rd lady overall, 59th in 46.28, and Helen 2nd FV50, 84th in 48.32. In 10th position (40.19) was John Broom, an old friend of BAC, now a member of Barnsley AC.
Earlier the same day record numbers ran the local Parkruns, 643 in Poole and 250 in Bournemouth. In Poole Park Karl Welch was 3rd and it was pleasing to see Billy Nixon, a welcome returnee to BAC, representing the club. Also running at Poole was Adam Eason, who ran 7 minutes slower than his PB – maybe we should be seeing more of him at training! In Kings Park, Graeme Miller was 6th and Bridget Dence was once again the first lady. Joining Graeme and Bridget were Richard Felton, Paul Consani, Steve Cox and Bridget‘s brother Jim. Proudly displayed against Steve‘s name in the results is the ‘100’ logo, Steve having run his 100th Parkrun (24 in Bournemouth) the week before, when he was selected as ‘Parkrunner of the Week’ and was featured in the News section of the Parkrun website. Steve was asked which celebrity he would like to run with, and his answer was Steve Way, and who could argue with that?!

Guernsey Easter Races 2014 (Dave Parsons reports)

BAC were again represented at the Easter Races in Guernsey with Ian Graham and Dave Parsons (O60 vets) tackling the challenge of four races in four days.  This was Dave‘s 16th successive year at the event with Ian a mere ‘novice’ as this was only his 8th year in a row!  Accompanying then was Geoff Scott from Poole Runners with his 21st appearance at the Festival although, as Dave was quick to point out, he had missed a few years on the way!

The first race was the 10k road race on Good Friday and, for once, the weather was kind with plenty of sunshine and, although there was a strong breeze, it was less than on some previous occasions.  On arrival at the HQ for the race there was the usual ritual of looking around to see which other O60s were there and the main challengers were identified.  After his serious illness last summer, Ian was mainly aiming to complete all four races without any mishaps.  Dave felt that his training had gone better this year and was hoping for better performances than 2013.   He set off with some purpose and, after the initial rush, settled into a good pace and was very pleased to come home in 88th place (out of 220 finishers) in 44.49, his fastest 10k for four years.  He was delighted (really? – Ed) to see Ian finishing strongly just three places behind him in 45.19.  They then watched their expected O60 rivals coming in over the next few minutes and for some time felt that they had probably finished 1st and 2nd in their age category.  It was only several hours later that they discovered that old rival, Terry Bates, now of Isle of Man Veterans, had not only run but had finished 72nd in 42.24!  Unless Terry was not going to compete in all of the races or got injured, it was clear that winning the overall O60 category wasn’t going to be a realistic option for our two runners.

Dave Parsons approaching the finish at the 10k
Dave Parsons approaching the finish at the 10k
Ian Graham approaching the finish at the 10k - must do something about those shorts!
Ian Graham approaching the finish at the 10k – must do something about those shorts!

On the Saturday, the second race was the traditional ‘Long Course’ Cross Country event on L’Ancresse Common.  Following the storms earlier in the year, there was a small detour necessary at the far end of the course.  Dave set off hard but, this time, Ian kept him well within his sights and caught and passed him after about halfway.  They stayed fairly close together for the rest of the race with Ian finishing in a very satisfactory 58th place (118 finishers) in 36.12 and Dave just two places further back in 36.22.

Ian Graham - those shorts again! - at the finish of the Cross Country with Dave Parsons in the background
Ian Graham – those shorts again! – at the finish of the Cross Country with Dave Parsons in the background

Easter Sunday saw the Cross Country Relay being held on the ‘Stonecrusher’ course at L’Ancresse CommonDave and Ian were joined by Angela Brown and Geoff Scott (Poole Runners) and agreed that in honour of his great race at the London Marathon, their team name should be ‘The Steve Way Fan Club’.  Unlike the two previous days, the weather was truly awful, especially immediately leading up to the start.  Strong winds and heavy rain were very much the order of the day although, thankfully, it did improve for the later runners.  Dave led the team off but really didn’t enjoy the conditions with plenty of standing water around.  His time of 16.28 proved to be 117th out of 194 and 6th O60.  Angela ran the second leg and then Ian took over for the penultimate leg and put in a strong performance finishing in 15.55 (4th O60).  Geoff ran the glory leg and as he entered the home straight, the commentator gave him and the Team a fine mention which included a glowing tribute to Steve Way‘s performance in London!  The team finished 33rd out of 48 complete teams in an aggregate time of 67.32.

'The Steve Way Fan Club' team (Dave Parsons, Geoff Scott, Ian Graham) minus Angela Brown who had very sensibly headed back to the hotel to dry out!
‘The Steve Way Fan Club’ team (Dave Parsons, Geoff Scott, Ian Graham) minus Angela Brown who had very sensibly headed back to the hotel to dry out!

The final race of the weekend was the Half Marathon on Easter Monday which started and finished in St Peter PortDave always looks forward to this race as it is more his distance.  Again he set off strongly and was joined by Ian after a few miles.  The two leading O60 athletes were in a group a little way ahead, however, Dave and Ian knew there was no point in trying to keep up with them and ran together till some time after halfway when Dave began to open up a small gap which he managed to keep to the finish, coming home in 1.39.25 in 67th place (159 finishers).  This was again his fastest time for over four years so the increased training this year had paid off.  Hardly had he finished, than Ian came racing in just two places behind in 1.39.37.  He may not be back to his best of the last couple of years, but this completed a remarkable series in view of his illness in 2013!

In the overall classification for the four races, Ian finished 31st with a total of 320 points and Dave just one place down in 32nd and 332 points and they were 2nd and 3rd O60s respectively.  Remarkably their aggregate times were 3.17.03 and 3.17.04!

Once again it was a superb weekend of racing and was a great chance to meet up with old friends and make new ones.  It really is a wonderful event and one to be highly recommended to all.

London Marathon success for Steve Way and BAC results

Steve Way on his way to a PB in the London Marathon 2014
Steve Way on his way to a PB in the London Marathon 2014

Are there sufficient superlatives to describe Steve Way’s achievement in the London Marathon on Sunday 13 April 2014?  His PB of 2.16.27 resulted in a finish in 15th position overall (1st of the ‘non-elite’ runners), 3rd Briton (after Mo Farah and Chris Thompson) and a qualifying time for the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow later this year.  Steve will be running for England in an International 100k in three weeks time and has his eye on the 100k World Championships, and was originally planning to run a paced 2.30 London Marathon.  But he felt he was in the form of his life and posed an ‘Ask the Audience’ question on Facebook – in these circumstances, should he ‘go for it?’  The overwhelming majority of the more than 100 responses was that he should – which really confirmed what Steve was going to do anyway!  The outcome showed that this was exactly the right decision, particularly as, as Steve said, he has never felt stronger after a marathon than he did following Sunday’s race.  Steve was picked up by the BBC as he approached the finish with the commentators quickly looking up his statistics and reporting on his previous PB and also mentioning his clubThe Times, in one of their reports on Monday 14 April, talked, of course, about Mo Farah, and then said “it was a good day for the other Britons in the elite mens’ field”.  They then mentioned Chris Thompson (2.11.19), and Ben Livesey and Scott Overall, to both of whom Steve had shown a clean pair of heels, their times being 2.17.44 and 2.19.55 respectively.  So Steve is now officially the third fastest marathon runner in the country, and is ranked No 1 V35 at the marathon distance.  There is no doubt we have a National Treasure in our midst and we are very, very proud. 

Of course, Steve was joined in the marathon by numerous club-mates, and there were particularly solid runs by Jacek Cieluszecki (24th 2.27.45) and Peter Thompson (76th 2.34.16).  For some reason it takes ages for the club positions to be announced, but a look at the results seems to indicate that Kent AC may have won, but, thanks to Steve, Jacek and Peter, BAC is vying with Serpentine for silver and bronze.  Next to finish was Graeme Miller, with a massive PB and achieving his objective of sub 2.45 comfortably with 2.43.44.  Sanjai Sharman was wearing his BAC vest for the first time, and it clearly suits him and his running, with a very respectable 2.56.20.  Sanjai is a welcome addition to the club.  We don’t see much of Paul Chapman in training, but training he obviously is, with a time of 3.04.03.  Simon Way was unfortunate enough to sustain an injury in the first few miles, which meant some walking and 30 minutes for the first 5k!  Simon kept going however and there are many who would have been very pleased with his time of 3.09.43.  Duncan Wells’ time of 3.11.54 was a PB but Duncan wasn’t too happy with that and probably it won’t remain his PB for too long.  Richard Nelson felt before the race that he wasn’t really in top form and had decided that he was going to run well within himself from the start, and was content with finishing in 3.15.04.  We all know Paul Consani is capable of better than his time of 3.24.24, this wasn’t really Paul’s day.  Similarly, Caroline Rowley declared herself not entirely content with 3.42.33, but nevertheless Caroline looked very relaxed at the Red Lion pub, where everyone met after the race!  Andy Gillespie was very disappointed with 4.11.54 after much hard work and good training, but well done to Andy for finishing at all, considering he pulled a calf muscle at 5k, making the rest of the course painful and uncomfortable.  Don’t forget Andy was raising money for the National Autistic Society and donations can still be made to www.virginmoneygiving.com/AndrewGillespieTim Dence, having watched his daughter’s successful run earlier (see below) went on to run his first marathon in 4.32.15 – will there be another?   Peter Gaze, at 70+, continues to astonish.  He ran London in 4.46.18, and this certainly won’t have been his first marathon of the year!

Earlier in the day, Bridget Dence ran in the U15W 3 mile race of the Virgin London Mini-Marathon.  These races are by selection, so you have to be talented just to be selected.  Not only was Bridget selected, but she was 33rd of 282 in her race which she ran in 18 minutes exactly.  Well done, Bridget!

Steve Way - is that a smile?
Steve Way – is that a smile?
Jacek Cieluszecki
Jacek Cieluszecki
Peter Thompson
Peter Thompson
Graeme Miller - running too fast for the camera!
Graeme Miller – running too fast for the camera!
Paul Chapman
Paul Chapman
Sanjai Sharma
Sanjai Sharma
Simon Way
Simon Way
Richard Nelson
Richard Nelson
Duncan Wells
Duncan Wells
Paul Consani
Paul Consani

Parkruns and Manchester Marathon – PBs and a win

Jez and Gemma Bragg celebrate solid runs in the Greater Manchester Marathon
Jez and Gemma Bragg celebrate solid runs in the Greater Manchester Marathon

Jacek Cieluszecki was (again!) the winner (and first of a record field of 627) of the Poole Parkrun on Saturday 5 April, with Peter Thompson second and Rob McTaggart third.  Both Jacek and Peter ran PBs for this course.  Also running in Poole Park were Steve Way, 9th (not a PB for Steve, whose running at the moment is planned and controlled in preparation for his rapidly approaching 100k), and Joe Arundel, 11th.  Meanwhile, in Kings Park, of the 177 competitors, Duncan Wells was 4th, Ian White 5th and Jud Kirk 7th.  Congratulations to Bridget Dence, the first lady to finish, and it was good to see Ryan Birchell, category JM 11-14, competing in the Bournemouth Parkrun for the first time.

The next day, 6 April, saw Gemma and Jez Bragg take on the Greater Manchester Marathon.  The forecast for the day was consistent rain and strong winds…………….but thankfully the rain held off and although there was an annoying wind it didn’t stop the 8030 runners to the start line, hoping to get that PB!  The course itself was fairly flat with a few small climbs and ran around the ouskirts of Manchester city, not particularly scenic but the crowds and support were fantastic.  Both Jez and Gemma had solid runs, with Jez finishing in a time of 2.43.09, placing 33rd overall, missing out on his PB by just 6 seconds.  Gemma finished in a time of 3.18.26, placing 35th female and 676th overall, making it a PB by nearly 9 minutes, and both Jez and Gemma ran negative splits!  It was a long drive home from Manchester after the marathon, especially on tired legs, and they were both happy to get home and shower before celebrating with a glass of vino!

Gemma Bragg in action in the Greater Manchester Marathon
Gemma Bragg in action in the Greater Manchester Marathon

Phoebe breaks 30 year old discus record

Phoebe- Alabama Relays March 2014

Phoebe Dowson currently studying at the University of South Alabama, USA has opened up her track & field season in America by breaking the long-time BAC all time/senior discus record of 47.76m held by Lyn Smith since 1983.  Phoebe threw a life time best of 47.91m on 22 March in Tuscaloosa, Alabama.  Phoebe said afterwards, “This is a massive confidence boost after a difficult  12 months and a relief to improve my PB.  I had a good series of throws, but there is more to come.”

The week before Phoebe had also broken the BAC senior women’s hammer record in only her second year with this event.  A
PB of 43.85m on 15 March took care of the 42.12m record held by Emma Jones  since 1995.

John Rumbold Open Results

Results of the Bournemouth AC John Rumbold Open can be found on the Power of 10 website and here: Open_quadkids_results. Our thanks go to all the athletes, supporters, officials and volunteers who made the event a great success.

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