London 10k and Parkruns and Update

Damian Boyle competes in the Yorkshire Three Peaks fell race
Damian Boyle competes in the Yorkshire Three Peaks fell race

After the amazing weekend of Steve Way‘s new 100k British Record (and subsequent selection for the England Marathon Team in the Commonwealth Games) and Steve‘s and Jon Sharkey‘s part in the England win in the 100k Anglo-Celtic Plate, followed the next day by BAC medals and team wins in the North Dorset Village Marathon, led by Toby Chapman and Jez Bragg as gold and silver medallists respectively, the next two weekends have been relatively quiet, but Club Captain Billy McGreevy ran well on Sunday 25 May in the BUPA London 10,000 (10k), finishing 250th (of literally thousands) in 36.23.  Although this is 2 seconds slower than Billy‘s Christchurch 10k time, because he is now one year older, his age-grading for the Championship Table is actually increased .05% to 73.98%! The previous week saw a battle between outgoing and incoming club captains in the Poole Parkrun on Saturday 17 May, with Simon Munro finishing 3rd in 17.13 and Billy 4th in 17.17! Only slightly further down the field (which totalled 625) there was another BAC battle, with Sanjai Sharman and Billy Nixon finishing 12th and 13th respectively, separated by 2 seconds! On the same day in the Bournemouth Parkrun, three BAC athletes achieved PBs for the course, with Paul Consani 4th (of 208) in 18.46, Jud Kirk 7th in 19.50 and Steve Cox 11th in 20.17. Jud was one of 120 brave souls who turned out to run the Bournemouth Parkrun the following week, Saturday 24 May, in torrential rain, and was joined by Damian Boyle, who was 3rd in 18.41, and also by Parkrun regular Joe Price.

UPDATE

It turns out that Billy McGreevy wasn’t the only BAC athlete competing in the BUPA London 10,000 (10k).  Also running, and running well, was Rob McTaggart who finished 53rd in 32.24, 2 seconds outside his PB and his best time since 2012, and not far behind was Karl Welch, 217th in 36.46.  That was 25 May.  One week earlier, on Sunday 18 May, Mark Hargreaves and Roy Long were running in the Netley 10k, Southampton, with Mark finishing (in a field 500) 16th, and 1st M50, in 36.24, followed in 20th position by Roy, 36.49.  Going further back, 17 years in fact, in 1997 three BAC vests were on display in the Yorkshire Three Peaks race, worn by Ian Graham, Nick Kenchington and Neil Schofield, on the occasion of Ian‘s 50th birthday, which fell on the day of the race.  In 2014, the BAC vest could again be seen in this race, occupied by Damian Boyle, who completed the course in 4.22.59 and was 305th of 704.  This is a fell race taking in the three Yorkshire peaks of Pen-y-Ghent, Whernside and Ingleborough and is marathon distance.  Damian‘s time was ranked ‘second class’ of the classifications ‘elite’ (there were very few ‘elite’ runners), ‘first class’, ‘second class’ and ‘standard’ so Damian‘s run was highly creditable on a tough course very different from our normal competitions.  As it happens, the Yorkshire Three Peaks race was during the same weekend and in the same area as the 100k Fell Race, in which Jez and Gemma Bragg competed (see earlier report), so BAC vets could be seen all over that part of Yorkshire!  There is also another race involving BAC athletes, which Peter Thompson won and in which Billy McGreevy came 5th (despite getting lost!) and Billy will be sending in details………………………..

 

SAL Match Report (19th May 2014)

Saturday 19th May saw BAC make the trip to Salisbury for the second Southern Athletics League match. After having finished last overall in the previous fixture at Plymouth, the team was looking to improve, despite a few withdrawals due to injury and exams. The sun shone down on a beautiful day, and conditions were ideal for both track and field alike.

Events began on the track with the 400m hurdles, with Sarah Kearsey and Danielle Marshall racing in the A and B sting, respectively. Kearsey finished second in 65.4secs, while Marshall finished 3rd in with a highly impressive 74.0secs for a debut performance.

The 800m followed with both of BAC’s men gaining PBs; Jamie Grose came 3rd in the A race with 2min 00.5secs, while David Flicos ran in the B race.

Next was the women’s 100m, with Kearsey and Jemma Bates both finishing third in the A and B races. The men’s race followed. Moinul Uddin came 4th in a highly competitive race, with a PB of 12.1secs, all the more impressive given he is in his first year of the under 17 age group, and was racing against senior athletes. Jamie Williamson, also an U17 gained a PB in the B race with 12.0secs. Ex-BAC athlete Peter Mitchell also ran as a non-scorer, gaining a PB of 11.2secs.

The 400m was next up. Bates came 3rd in the women’s race, while in the men’s race, Muiris Egan gave a master class in 400m racing tactics. In a close race, he overtook the Bracknell athlete in the closing metres to secure maximum points for Bournemouth.

This was followed by the 3000m, with Samantha Laws running in the women’s race, and David Long finishing a strong 3rd in the men’s race.

Next was the women’s 200m. Kearsey and Marshall both finished 4th in the women’s A-string and B-string races, respectively, and Bates came 3rd in the non-scoring race. Meanwhile for the men, Egan ran to a SB of 23.1secs in 3rd place in the A race and Uddin came 4th in the B.

BAC’s men amassed maximum points in the 1500m, with top spots in the A and B string. Rob McTaggart gained a season’s best of 4mins 07.1secs, while Grose gained another PB of 4mins 14.2secs. In the women’s race, Laws finished 5th.

Ian White came 3rd in the men’s steeplechase, while is the women’s race, Laws dug deep to finish 4th, in what was her 3rd middle-long distance event of the day. This event was sparsely filled, and so the points gained by these athletes were to prove highly valuable.

The final track events were the relays. The ladies’ 4x100m team of Anya Kay, Madeleine Smith, Marshall and Kearsey claimed 2nd spot, while the men’s team of Uddin, Karl Welch, McTaggart and Egan came 4th. The ladies’ 4x400m team of Janet Dickinson, Bates, Marshall and Kearsey struggled to keep with the pace of some strong opposition, finishing in 4th place. The men’s team also finished 4th, with Grose, McTaggart, Welch and Egan bringing the baton home. The efforts of these athletes, may of whom had competed in several events throughout the day cannot be faulted.

In the field, U17 Madeleine Smith put in very impressive performances, winning the A-string for both long jump and triple jump, leaping to 4.45m and 9.98m, respectively. Meanwhile Angie Spall claimed second place in the B-string long jump. White and Flicos competed in the men’s long jump, and later on Peter Briant and Flicos took part in the triple jump. Although these events were not necessarily the usual events of these athletes, the team was enthusiastic to pick up crucial points for the club.

In the men’s high jump, Jamie Williamson placed second in the A-string, with 1.85m, and another up and coming young athlete James Glynn won the B-string with a PB of 1.70m. In the women’s high jump, Angie Spall cleared 1.45m well to come 2nd in the A-string, while Janet Dickinson came 3rd in the B-string with 1.30m. Meanwhile, Flicos placed 4th in the pole vault.

In the ladies’ throwing events, Janet Dickinson was the standout performer, with PBs in several events. She won the A-string hammer with 33.77m (PB), while Anya Kay won the B-string. In the men’s event, Briant came 4th in the A-string and White came 3rd in the B-string.

Kay came 2nd in the women’s A-string shot with a PB of 9.92m, while Dickinson won the B event. Briant also came 2nd in the men’s A-string shot, with 10.81m, and Flicos came 5th in the B-string.

Both Dickinson and Kay came 2nd in the discus for the A and B-sting, respectively. Both had very impressive throws; Dickinson threw a PB of 26.40m, and Kay gained an SB. Meanwhile, both Briant and Flicos competed in the men’s event.

In the womens’ javelin, both Dickinson and Spall threw well to come 3rd and 2nd, whilst Briant and Flicos came 4th and 2nd, respectively.

Thanks must of course go to the officials who accompanied the team; Wynne and Ray Munden, Robin James and Hazel Bates, all of whom helped with the running of the event.

All in all, the team put in a lot of effort, beating Bracknell to 3rd spot overall by a mere 5 points. This slim margin was gained by athletes competing in events which were not their natural choice to earn a few points for the team. Hopefully at the following competitions, the turnout will be even stronger, and BAC can perform to the level that it is truly capable of.

The above report was written using results from thepowerof10, which can be verified using the following link: http://www.thepowerof10.info/results/results.aspx?meetingid=103518. Many apologies if I have missed anyone out, and if any of the information is incorrect, please do not hesitate to contact me so I can rectify it! (I can usually be found at the track, when not at university, or alternatively contact me on Facebook)

Steve Way selected for England at Commonwealth Games

Steve Way - an inspiration to all
Steve Way – an inspiration to all

Many congratulations to Steve Way who has been selected to run for England in the Marathon at the Commonwealth Games 2014 in Glasgow. Steve has worked extremely hard to achieve this and it is nothing less than he deserves. Steve is an inspiration to so many people and we are very, very lucky to have him in our midst. We wish you luck, Steve, with the training and on the day when we will be amongst the army of your followers tracking your progress!

Parkruns, 1st Upton TT, Lymington 10k and Southbourne F & F

The first of the summer time trials at Upton House,organised by Poole Runners, took place on Friday evening and was won by Peter Thompson who covered the off-road course of 5k plus in 18.32, and was followed in 5th place by Captain-Designate Billy McGreevy whose time was 20.18.  Subsequent time trials will take place on 6 June, 4 July, 18 July, 1 August and 22 August.
Some up-dating needed on the Parkruns! Jo Arundel, having won the Bournemouth Parkrun on 3 May, on his first run in the Kings Park event, went on to finish 2nd on 10 May at the Poole Parkrun, to be followed in 13th position by Steve Way, steadily recovering after his remarkable marathon and 100k runs. On 3rd May Jo was joined at Bournemouth by Jud Kirk, Steve Cox and Ian Graham, who ran a PB for the course and finished 1st V65 (although there isn’t that much competition!). Jud and Steve (Cox) also ran at Bournemouth on 10 May, as did Paula Kirk. At Poole on 3 May, the first BAC athlete was new-signing Damian Boyle, whose 6th position and time of 17.53 show that he will be a valuable addition to the club. About 30 seconds after Damian was Paul Consani, with Michael Cowham and Cherry Sheffrin completing the BAC contingent. Going further back to 26 April there were BAC winners at both Bournemouth and Poole. In Bournemouth Rob McTaggart was first in 16.30, taking the course record away from David Long – but for how long? Billy McGreevy was 5th in the same race. Meanwhile, in Poole Park, Jacek Cieluszecki was once again the winner, followed in 2nd place by Steve Way. Steve Cox and Joe Price also ran in Bournemouth that day. The Parkrun movement continues to prosper, with 200, 225 and 167 finishers at Bournemouth, and 546, 629 and 518 at Poole on 26 April, 3 and 10 May respectively.
Congratulations to Janie Chapman, who must be pleased with her last-minute decision to compete in the Lymington Lifeboat 10k on 11 May, as Janie finished first in her age category on this multi-terrain course.
Last, but by no means least, apologies to Michael Halpenny for missing his run at the Southbourne Flat & Fast 10k on 27 April. The published results don’t specify clubs which means this can happen. Michael finished in a time of 45.38.

Steve Way and Jon Sharkey success in 100k International

Steve Way breaks the British Record for 100k
Steve Way breaks the British Record for 100k

Steve Way (1st) and Jon Sharkey (6th) made up 40% of the England winning team at the Anglo-Celtic Plate 100k International at Gravesend on Saturday 3 May, but there is, of course, much more to say about both Steve and Jon.
Concerning Steve, just to report that his winning time of 6.19.20 is nothing less than a NEW ALL-TIME BRITISH RECORD for the 100k distance on the road. Furthermore, it places Steve amongst the top ten 100k roadrunners in the world EVER! We asked after Steve‘s tremendous run in the London Marathon, where he was the third Briton to cross the line, “are there sufficient superlatives to describe Steve‘s achievement?” – well the answer increasingly seems to be “no”! Steve‘s finishing time was over 45 minutes ahead of the second -placed athlete (also running for England), who must have been lapped several times on the 1.5k loop course, and firmly put aside any lingering doubt that the 2.16 marathon, only three weeks earlier, would affect his performance. The race incorporated the British Athletics National 100k Championships with the result that Steve is a Gold Medal winner, and a British National Champion. No doubt it will be recalled that Steve was the fastest 100k runner in the world last year after his race in Sweden (unfortunately the 100k World Championships were cancelled) and that in 2012 he was the World Champion over 50k. We’ve said it before, and we say it again, we are very,very lucky to have such a talented and affable athlete in our midst.
Jon finished 6th in the race, a very impressive result considering this was his first attempt at this distance. Jon‘s rise to the top echelons of Ultra Running has been astonishingly rapid. It was only last year, after resting following his Ironman Triathlon, that Jon was persuaded by Steve to take up the challenge of 100k running. So to try to qualify for selection for the England team in Saturday’s race, Jon competed in a 50k race in Newcastle in December, with virtually no specific preparatory training, and ran a highly disciplined, evenly-paced and intelligent race to finish, as planned, within a few minutes of the qualifying time. And so Jon was selected, and as a result helped his country to victory on Saturday. His 6th position demonstrates that describing Jon as in the “top echelons” of Ultra Running is no exaggeration.
Many congratulations to both Steve and Jon, with our best wishes for a rapid recovery and a return to competition.

Jon Sharkey on his way to 6th position in his debut 100k race
Jon Sharkey on his way to 6th position in his debut 100k race
Steve Way with winner's trophy having led the England team to victory in a record-breaking time
Steve Way with winner’s trophy having led the England team to victory in a record-breaking time

North Dorset Village Marathon – wins particularly Toby Chapman and medals!

Toby Chapman - winner and County Champion
Toby Chapman – winner and County Champion

Well done to BAC’s Mens‘ team for their race win and to our Ladies’ Team for their race and League win , but first of all many congratulations to Toby Chapman who, running only his second marathon, is the Dorset County Champion and Gold Medallist as a result of his win at the North Dorset Village Marathon in a time of 2.40.29, knocking about 15 minutes off his PB. Congratulations also to Jez Bragg, second in the race (2.46.29) and County Silver Medallist. Jez‘s run is all the more remarkable as it comes only a week after competing in the Fellsman 100k in the Yorkshire Dales – see separate article. The mens’ team was completed by Richard Nelson, 30th, who declared himself “moderately satisfied” with his time of 3.13.14, and Duncan Wells, 46th in 3.23.37. Earlier in the race Duncan was much further up the field, even as late as 15 miles, but he than found he was struggling with those twinges we all know about, and even injury, and it is testament to Duncan‘s determination that he continued to the finish when others would have pulled out.  Toby, Jez and Richard won the open team event, but, as there was no fifth BAC man, we were probably 4th Dorset Road Running League team, as three other League clubs fielded five or more athletes.
Many congratulations also to our Ladies’ Team of Gemma Bragg, Caroline Rowley and Nikki Sandell who continued their success in the Dorset Road Running League with another League win.    First home was Gemma 2nd lady and 60th overall in 3.28.51, an astonishing run considering that, like Jez, she had competed in the Fellsman 100k only a week earlier. Gemma started the race very steadily, and was the last of our ladies at 2 and 11 miles, but in the latter stages worked her way through the field, and still had sufficient left for an astonishing sprint to the finish line! Gemma, as 2nd lady, certainly qualifies for the Silver County Marathon medal, and may even be the County Champion depending on whether the first lady to finish meets the qualification criteria.  Caroline was 76th overall in 3.33.56, with Nikki 95th in 3.42.10.  Nikki, like Duncan, developed something of an injury during the race, which meant she dropped back in the letter stages and it is very much to her credit that Nikki continued to the finish.  Although Nikki won the award for 1st 030F, we are sure she would be the first to acknowledge that there were some veteran ladies, including Caroline, who finished before her.  We should spare a thought for Caroline, who left without anything although, as noted, she was entitled to a team award.

So, on the whole, a successful day for BAC!

BAC winning team
BAC winning team
BAC Ladies' winning team
BAC Ladies’ winning team
Toby Chapman winner
Toby Chapman winner
Gemma Bragg 2nd lady
Gemma Bragg 2nd lady
Nikki Sandell 1st 030F
Nikki Sandell 1st 030F
Toby Chapman pursues a relay runner at 2 miles
Toby Chapman pursues a relay runner at 2 miles
Toby Chapman with some competition at 11 miles
Toby Chapman with some competition at 11 miles
Toby Chapman 16 miles
Toby Chapman 16 miles
23 miles Toby Chapman about to overtake Manol Dimitrov - no mean runner himself - who was running the last relay leg for JPMorgan finishing one minute after Toby
23 miles Toby Chapman about to overtake Manol Dimitrov – no mean runner himself – who was running the last relay leg for JPMorgan finishing one minute after Toby
Jez Bragg 2 miles
Jez Bragg 2 miles
Jez Bragg 16 miles
Jez Bragg 16 miles
Jez Bragg finishing 2nd
Jez Bragg finishing 2nd
Nikki Sandell and Richard Nelson 2 miles
Nikki Sandell and Richard Nelson 2 miles
Richard Nelson 11 miles
Richard Nelson 11 miles
Richard Nelson approaches the finish
Richard Nelson approaches the finish
Duncan Wells 2 miles
Duncan Wells 2 miles
Duncan Wells 11 miles
Duncan Wells 11 miles
Gemma Bragg at 2 miles
Gemma Bragg at 2 miles
Gemma Bragg sprinting for the line too fast for the camera!
Gemma Bragg sprinting for the line too fast for the camera!
Caroline Rowley 2 miles
Caroline Rowley 2 miles
Caroline Rowley 11 miles
Caroline Rowley 11 miles
Caroline Rowley celebrates finishing
Caroline Rowley celebrates finishing
Nikki Sandell 11 miles
Nikki Sandell 11 miles

Jez and Gemma Bragg 100k Fellsman and Te Araroa

Jez Bragg celebrates completing the Te Araroa Trail
Jez Bragg celebrates completing the Te Araroa Trail

Those of us who were privileged to attend Jez Bragg‘s presentation entitled ‘Exploring New Zealand the Hard Way: The Te Araroa Expedition’ at the Allendale Centre, Wimborne on Friday evening 2 May will certainly recommend anyone to go should there be a repeat. It is no exaggeration to say that Jez held a large audience spellbound for well over two hours. We had, of course, followed Jez‘s progress at the time through social media, but the presentation really brought home the difficulties, the pleasures, the emotions and the challenges faced in the expedition. This was a journey – mostly running – using only human power on foot, in kayak, and a small amount of cycling from the Northern tip of the North Island to the Southern tip of the South Island of New Zealand, and, yes, the Cook Straight between the two, normally a lengthy ferry crossing, was achieved in a kayak. We learnt about the potential danger this presented, and other dangers such as crossing wide fast-flowing rivers and how measures were taken to ensure safety. We learnt about the contrasts between a non-existent trail through impenetrable forest and running through cities and, occasionally, on well-established almost tourist trails with the novelty of actually seeing other people. At a time when we are celebrating, quite rightly, Steve Way‘s British 100k record it is worth remembering that Jez‘s 53 day traverse of the Te Araroa Trail is itself a record, and the 50 day target would have been reached had it not been for a stomach illness which laid Jez low for 3 days, and would have caused anyone else to give up altogether. We also learnt something about New Zealand itself and its wild and remote terrain which truly turned Jez‘s run into an epic adventure. This was a breath-taking presentation – not to be missed if given the chance!
Of course Jez recently ran his way to County Marathon Silver Medallist, as is reported elsewhere, but just a week before his marathon run, both Jez and Gemma Bragg (who also ran the marathon and won the Ladies’ County Silver Medal) had competed in the Fellsman 100k, a fell race across the Yorkshire moors, starting in Ingleton, and immediately crossing Ingleborough and Whernside, two of the Yorkshire ‘Three Peaks’, and continuing over other summits to finish at Threshfield, near Grassington. Jez was third -yes third – in a time of 11 hr 28 min, with Gemma a little longer in just over 17 hours, an incredible run considering the last runner took over 29 hours. Of the 383 who started, 93 retired and 5 were disqualified, leaving 285 who finished (Gemma was 94th). The race goes over tough terrain, with about 5% road, 15% trail and the rest moorland and bog, with 11,000 ft of climb. The weather was wet and windy to start, with dense fog on the climbs, but after a few hours things cleared up, which was a great help as competitors have to navigate themselves around the course! So congratulations to Jez and Gemma on simply completing the race, let alone on their impressive times. And a week later they were both marathon silver medallists!

Jez and Gemma Bragg and the Fellsman 100k
Jez and Gemma Bragg and the Fellsman 100k
Jez and Gemma Bragg at the Fellsman 100k
Jez and Gemma Bragg at the Fellsman 100k