Cheddar Gorge Half Marathon, Western States 100 and Parkruns

Toby Chapman on his way to 2nd place in the Cheddar Gorge Half Marathon
Toby Chapman on his way to 2nd place in the Cheddar Gorge Half Marathon

Congratulations to Toby Chapman who was second in the Cheddar Gorge Half Marathon on 22 June. This race is part of the Cheddar Gorge Challenge, a series of races of different distances over a period of time all in the Cheddar Gorge area. Toby‘s time was 1.37.58 on an off-road, very hilly course.
A week later Jez Bragg competed in the Western States 100, a 100 Mile (yes, mile!) Endurance Run from Squaw Valley to Auburn in – you’ve guessed it! – California, USA. Jez, we know, was 19th at mile 40 and 24 minutes off the lead, and it’s believed that he finished an astonishing 11th, time unknown, but 10th position was 16.36.42. Amazing!
Turning to the Parkruns, in Kings Park on Saturday 28 June, Paul Hill was second overall in the Bournemouth Parkrun, and Bridget Dence and Nikki Sandell were first and second ladies respectively (Nikki first in her age group). Also running were Jud Kirk (who had been the Bournemouth Parkrun ‘runner of the week’ on 21 June), Steve Cox, Joe Price, Jim Dence, Tom Cochrane (first in his age group) and Will Price. Meanwhile, in Poole Park, our youngsters were showing the way in the Poole Parkrun, with Jamie Grose winning overall, and Joe Arundel in 5th place.
A Facebook entry reveals that Paul Consani has completed his first triathlon of the season, and was first male, and there’s a rumour that Simon Hearn, and Joe and Will Price ran in the Moors Valley Summer Solstace on 20 June, but full results don’t appear to be available.

Well Done to BAC Athletes Selected for English Schools

Top (l-r): Samantha Cash, Angel Kerin, Patrick Sylla, Kevin Hodgson, Rosie Wootten, Ben Dickinson, Matthew Ridge, Tom Peters. Bottom (l-r): Izzy Wedderburn, Bridget Dence, Hannah Molyneaux, Danielle Broom, Iona Sheerin.
Top (l-r): Samantha Cash, Angel Kerin, Patrick Sylla, Kevin Hodgson, Rosie Wootten, Ben Dickinson, Matthew Ridge, Tom Peters. Bottom (l-r): Izzy Wedderburn, Bridget Dence, Hannah Molyneaux, Danielle Broom, Iona Sheerin.

The club would like to offer its congratulations to 11 of its athletes selected to compete for their counties at the English Schools Athletics Championships to be held on 11th and 12th July 2014 in Birmingham.

Although thirteen athletes from BAC attained the qualification standard for their discipline, the number of athletes Dorset Schools can take is capped at 25. Therefore only ten were selected from BAC, along with one for Hampshire Schools.

The ten BAC athletes selected for Dorset are:

Junior Girls: Hannah Molyneaux – Shot, Danielle Broom – Discus

Inter Girls: Bridget Dence – 1500m, Rosie Wootten – High Jump, Angel Kerin – Triple Jump

Inter Boys: Ben Dickinson – Javelin, Patrick Sylla – Long Jump, Tom Peters – Discus

Senior Boys: Kevin Hodgson – 200m, Matthew Ridge – Shot

Iona Sheerin has also been selected to represent Hampshire Schools for the junior girls 75m hurdles.

Two other BAC athletes gained the qualification standard, and although not in the Dorset team, deserve recognition for their achievements. They are Izzy Wedderburn (Junior Girls – Long Jump) and Samantha Cash (Inter Girls – Triple Jump).

The English Schools competition has been running since the 1920s, and for BAC to have had so many of its athletes selected to compete is considered by many to be a record in living memory. For those unfamiliar with it, the two-day competition is the largest of its kind, with many athletes from all over the country representing their county.

The club wishes its athletes the very best of luck, and with such a strong team going, we are hopeful of some great results!

 

 

 

SAL Report – 21st June 2014

On Saturday 21st June BAC made the trip to Portsmouth for the third SAL match of the season. The team was very much depleted in terms of both athletes and officials due to the match coinciding with the regional schools competitions and the England U20 and U23 Championships. The four female and eight male athletes, along with Ian Graham and Hazel Bates as time keeper and track judge respectively, pulled out all the stops to gain as many points as possible.

As usual, the first track event was the 400m hurdles, with Sarah Kearsey and Danielle Marshall comfortably winning the A and B-string races. Dave Flicos came fourth in the men’s A-string race.

The 800m followed, the A-string race possibly being the most competitive race of the day as far as BAC were concerned. Karl Welch led the race until the final 150m, where he was pipped to the post with a time of 1 min 57.9 secs. Jamie Grose won the B-string race, while Brandon Meredith, and under 17 athlete making his debut in the SAL gained a PB of 2 mins 22.7 secs as a non-scorer.

In the men’s 100m, U17 athlete, Moinul Uddin raced to 4th place with a new PB of 12.0 secs, and looks strong to run a sub-12 second 100m this season. Flicos gained a new SB, coming 5th in the B-string race.

In the 400m, both Danielle Marshall and Brandon Meredith placed 4th in the women’s and men’s races, respectively, with the latter gaining another PB.

Samantha Laws came 4th in the women’s 3000m race, while Ian White came 3rd with a SB in the men’s 5000m race.

Kearsey raced again, winning the 100m hurdles, with a new PB and later came 2nd in the women’s 200m.

The final race concerning BAC athletes took the form of the men’s 2000m steeplechase, with Jamie Grose winning by a huge margin, with a new PB of 6 mins 30.2 secs. This is all the more impressive considering he ran most of the race alone. Ian White also ran a PB, crossing the line in 3rd place in the B-string race.

In the field, Angie Spall placed a decent 2nd in the long jump, while Adam Nash comfortably won the men’s A-string long jump, with Flicos placing 3rd. This was a position Flicos matched in the triple jump, while in the women’s event, Danielle Marshall came 4th.

In the high jump, Angie Spall came 3rd, while in the men’s event, Andrew Brown came 2nd in the A-string, with a SB of 1.65m, with Flicos placing 4th in the B.

Brown and Flicos also won the A and B-string pole vault, respectively. Brown vaulted far higher than any of the other competitors in an event which was barely represented by the other teams.

In the women’s shot, Kearsey and Spall came 2nd and 1st in the A-string and B-string, respectively, with Spall gaining a PB of 7.33m. In the men’s event, Flicos came 5thand was later BAC’s only competitor in the hammer, coming 4th and picking up valuable points for the club.

Flicos came 4th in the A-string discus, with a new PB of 20.94m, while Adam Nash came 4th in the B-string. Kearsey also gained a new PB in the women’s event, gaining 2nd place in the A-string, while Spall won the B-string, with a SB.

Andrew Brown won the men’s javelin by a large margin, with 52.07m, and Flicos came 4th in the B-string. In the women’s event, Spall and Laws placed 4th and 3rd in the A and B-string, respectively.

During the fixture, the few BAC athletes attempted to fill as many events as possible. Even though winning the match was clearly unlikely, the team endeavoured to gain points, for the dignity of the club. BAC finished 4th overall, out of 5 teams, so the team must be congratulated for its efforts. Although this depletion was understandably due to other competitions on the same day, we hope to put out a stronger team next time round.

Thank you also to BAC’s supporters, Rob McTaggart and Peter Briant (also the men’s team manager) for cheering the team on, and to Ian White for driving the minibus.

If you find any errors of mistake with the report, please let me know so I can correct them.

Golden Day for Phoebe

Phoebe Dowson, U23 Champs, Bedford 2014
Phoebe Dowson, U23 Champs, Bedford 2014

Phoebe Dowson took discus gold at the U23 UK championships in Bedford last Saturday.
Phoebe opened her account with a safe 44.34m, but then proceeded to record 5 throws better than her previous PB and finished with a life-time best of 51.12m. This raised her own BAC all time record by 3m.
It was a close encounter with her friend and rival Shadine Duquemin, Shaftesbury BH. Phoebe posted her best throw in round 4 to take the lead, but then amazingly Shadine matched it exactly in round 5.  However another big throw of 50.61m from Phoebe in round 5 proved to be the decisive 2nd best throw, winning the gold on count back.
What a competition and certainly one of the performances of the week end from BAC’s discus diva!

 

 

Purbeck 10k, Parkruns and Steve Way in Hackney Half Marathon

BAC's winning Ladies' team Purbeck 10k, Nikki Sandell (4th Lady overall), Emma Dews (1st ) and Gemma Bragg (2nd)
BAC’s winning Ladies’ team Purbeck 10k, Nikki Sandell (4th Lady overall), Emma Dews (1st ) and Gemma Bragg (2nd)

More successes to report, particularly to our Ladies’ team of Emma Dews, Gemma Bragg and Nikki Sandell for their wins and to Manol Dimitrov for his spectacular run at the Purbeck 10k, and to Jacek Cieluszecki for his 50th Parkrun, achieved in style.
The Purbeck 10k on the evening of Friday 20 June was definitely one for BAC‘s ladies, with Emma Dews winning the ladies’ race outright (and finishing 22nd of a total of 431), supported by Gemma Bragg (2nd Lady overall) and Nikki Sandell (4th) to win both the open and the Dorset Road Race League races. Furthermore, Emma, Gemma and Nikki were all winners of individual age category trophies. The fact that BAC had ‘back-up’ in the ladies’ race, namely Cherry Sheffrin, Caroline Rowley and Helen Ambrosen shows how far we have come in the last year or two. Well done to all!
BAC‘s mens’ team in the Purbeck 10k was unfortunately weakened by injury and other commitments, but Manol Dimitrov stood out with an excellent run to finish third overall, and to win yet another trophy for BAC. Manol was supported in 7th place by Jez Bragg (soon to be running another challenging Ultra distance race, this time in the USA), and in 14th place by Paul Hill. Paul has just signed for BAC, having been prominent for some time in the Parkruns, and there is no doubt that Paul will be a very useful asset to the club. Sanjai Sharman and Steve Cox completed BAC‘s team for the Road Race League.  Although not up to date, the Road Race League table is looking very healthy for BAC, with the Mens‘ and Ladies‘ teams both top of their respective Division 1, and the first five individual places all occupied by BAC athletes, namely Steve Way, Jacek Cieluszecki, Jon Sharkey, Jez Bragg and Toby Chapman.

Purbeck 10k results (BAC):

3. Manol Dimitrov 34.45;  7. Jez Bragg 36.10;  14. Paul Hill 37.18;  22. Emma Dews 38.15;  31. Sanjai Sharman 39.10;  55. Gemma Bragg 41.19;  63. Nikki Sandell 41.36;  78. Steve Cox 43.00;  82. Mike Cowham 43.24;  104. Cherry Sheffrin 44.09;  134. Caroline Rowley 45.50;  150. Helen Ambrosen 46.44;  220. Ian Graham 49.19.

Turning to the Parkruns, in Poole Park on 21 June, Jacek Cieluszecki was the winner of the Poole Parkrun, and completed his 50th race, thus winning the coveted red T shirt. All of Jacek‘s Parkruns have been in Poole, and he has won 34 times, a ratio of 2 wins for every 3 appearances. Jacek‘s PB is 15.08 and he has never finished below 7th! Also running in Poole on the same day were Simon Munro, 3rd, Joe Arundel, 4th, Peter Thompson, 7th, Paul Consani, 11th, and Billy McGreevy, 28th of a total of 511. Meanwhile, in Kings Park, Paul Hill was second in the Bournemouth Parkrun, and this after his excellent run in the Purbeck 10k the evening before, and following Paul in Bournemouth were Jud Kirk, Dave Parsons (only 31 seconds over his PB despite recovering from two recent holidays!) and Will Price. Another finisher, well up the field, was Alison Humphreys (Alison Barnes as was), and it is good to see Alison running again – and running well!  A total of 210 ran in Kings Park on 21 June.

The next day, Steve Way continued his preparations for the Commonwealth Games, soon to take place in Glasgow, by competing in the Hackney Half Marathon, in which Steve finished 5th (of almost 3000) in 1.07.14.  This was very shortly after winning the Littledown Marathon and was run, not as an outright race, but paced as part of an  overall plan leading to the Commonwealth Games Mens’ Marathon.  Details of the Hackney race, and Steve‘s general preparation can be found on his website www.steveway.co.uk which makes very interesting and instructive reading.  Steve‘s time at Hackney consolidates his position at the top of the BAC Half Marathon Championship table, propelling his age-related percentage to over 90%!

Good Luck to all competing in Regional Schools Championships

BAC would like to wish the very best of luck to all those athletes competing in their regional schools championships, whether it be in the South West champs at Yeovil, or the South East champs at Crawley.

The club is very lucky to have such a talented bunch of athletes representing both their county and their school.

I (Sarah) will be competing at the SAL match (good luck to everyone there too), so will write a report on proceedings there. But I know that in the past, athletes and their parents have been keen to see write-ups of the schools events. If anyone is a willing volunteer to write anything for either schools competition, then please let me know. If not, I can write up a summary, but it will obviously be lacking in the detail of tension, suspense and action that the SAL report will involve, due to my actual being at said SAL match and thus witnessing said tension, suspense, and action.

Also, if anyone takes any pictures, which they would like to be used in reports, or posted on the website, again let me know, and I could sort something out.

Again, good luck to one and all, I hope it all goes well!

 

Littledown Marathon, course records and BAC in Spain

Antonio Ruiz finishes Argamasilla de Alba 10k
Antonio Ruiz finishes Argamasilla de Alba 10k

Steve Way, as reported in the Evening Echo, continued with his preparation for the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, soon to be upon us, with a win at the Littledown Marathon on Sunday 15 June. This event takes place at the Littledown Centre, Bournemouth, and consists of 26 laps of the 1 mile loop marked out in the Centre grounds. Despite its unusual format, the race attracts an increased entry each year, with 69 finishing in 2014. Steve‘s time of 2.27.10, which was some three minutes faster than he had intended, was a new course record, breaking the record which Steve himself set last year. Also completing the marathon was Club Captain Billy McGreevy, finishing in 7th position.  Speaking of course records, we omitted to mention previously that Emma Dews‘ PB run in the Bournemouth Parkrun on 14 June was a new course (female) record.
At the Upton House Time Trial on 6 June, the second of the summer series organised by Poole Runners, BAC were represented by Peter Thompson, 5th in 20.06, Billy McGreevy, 6th in 20.21 and Tom Paskins, 15th in 21.46. Peter won the first Time Trial in 18.32 so was clearly not on top form on 6 June, but overall leads his age category, with Billy second.
Meanwhile, Antonio Ruiz, who ran for BAC and also helped out with coaching during a recent stay in Bournemouth, continues to fly the BAC flag in Spain. Recently, proudly wearing his BAC vest, Antonio finished the Argamasilla de Alba 10k in 37th position (of about 800 total) in a very respectable time of 37.14. Antonio clearly continues to benefit from his BAC training!

Antonio Ruiz heads towards 37.14 10k time in Spain
Antonio Ruiz heads towards 37.14 10k time in Spain
Antonio Ruiz with his Spanish team-mates
Antonio Ruiz with his Spanish team-mates

Parkruns, including BAC legend John Boyes, Kingston Lacey Festival and BAL

John Boyes with Steve Way Ian Habgood Ian White and Jon Sharkey at Pyrenean Retreat Training Week
John Boyes with Steve Way Ian Habgood Ian White and Jon Sharkey at Pyrenean Retreat Training Week

There have been numerous BAC wins and PBs in the Bournemouth and Poole Parkruns recently, together with a visit to one of the Kings Park races by BAC legend, John Boyes, visiting briefly from his home in France – more about John and the Parkruns later on.

The Kingston Lacey Running Festival took place on Sunday 8 June, consisting of 5k and 10k races and a Half Marathon.  Gemma Bragg flew the BAC flag at the event, finishing 10th of 224 finishers in the Half Marathon.  Gemma‘s excellent time of 1.32.23, on an off-road course, gained her a podium place as second lady.

Although not road-running, mention has to be made of the contribution BAC road runners to the club’s win in the BAL National League 4 at Mile End (wherever that is) on  7 June.  As a result, BAC, after two matches, are 3rd (of 6) in the League and, bearing in mind just how comprehensive was the win at Mile End, if this level of performance can continue throughout the season there is no reason why the talk of promotion in the Bournemouth Evening Echo report should not be realised.  Steve Way and Jacek Cieluszecki were 1st and 2nd overall in the 5000m, in times of 14.54.85 and 15.26.90 respectively, thus winning maximum points as winners of both the ‘A’ and ‘B’ string races.  Jon Sharkey was 2nd in the 3000m s/c ‘B’ and in the 1500m Rob McTaggart was 4th ‘A’ and David Long 2nd ‘B’.  Many congratulations to the entire BAC team on this highly creditable win which, unfortunately, is apparently not being reported on in full elsewhere on this website.

So to the Parkruns.  It was a pleasure to welcome BAC Life Member John Boyes back to Bournemouth on Saturday 7 June when he ran the Parkrun in Kings Park.  There is no space here to detail all John‘s achievements, but one of the most memorable of these must be his win in the Glasgow Marathon in 1984 in a time of 2.14.  Following a 2.17 run in London earlier, John had been picked to represent England in the Glasgow race, which doubled as an International competition, and was part of the winning England team.  The next year John went on to run his marathon PB of 2.13.20 in Holland.  The photograph shows John with BAC athletes at a training week organised by John at his home in France one of whom is, of course, Steve Way, BAC‘s ‘legend in the making’ and surely Steve must have benefitted greatly from his contact with John, who, along with his wife Kath, continues to provide training/activity holidays (or just holidays!) in a beautiful part of France details of which are available at www.pyreneanretreat.co.uk.  At the Bournemouth Parkrun, John, now M55-59 category, was 13th of a total of 156 in 20.37 (assisted by his dog, Robbie),  and 2nd in his category (to BAC‘s Jud Kirk!)

Staying with the Bournemouth Parkrun of 7 June, congratulations particularly to Emma Dews, 3rd overall and 1st lady, Brendon Meredith, 9th overall and 2nd JM15-17 and Elsa Charlwood, 16th overall and 1st JW11-14.  Also running, in addition to John Boyes, were Jud Kirk, 1st M55-59, Mike Cowham and Will Price.  The week before, 31 May, Emma was again 1st lady (6th overall).  Roy Long was 2nd in what was then a PB time for the course, and in 3rd place was Ross Smith, son of Barry Smith, in his day one of BAC’s star runners and now a coach.  Ross is clearly a ‘chip off the old block’ and has improved rapidly over the last few weeks as a result of regular participation in BAC training.  Ian White was 8th and very closely following Ian were two more BAC winning youngsters, namely Bridget Dence, who ran a PB for the course and was 1st in her age category (and 2nd lady after Emma), and Sebastian Hearn, also winner of his age category.  Two weeks later, 14 June, and again there was considerable BAC participation in the Bournemouth Parkrun.  Roy Long was again 2nd, and improved on his PB of two weeks earlier, and Emma, for the third week running, was 1st lady (5th overall).  Emma was followed in 6th place by Damian Boyle and 11th was Ian White.  Next BAC athletes were Jud Kirk, Steve Cox, Joe Price, Helen Ambrosen, Patrick White (Ian‘s son on break from university), Samantha Laws and Will Price.  It is interesting to note that on 14 June at Bournemouth 1st and 3rd were ‘unknown runners’.  Could either of these have been David Long, again running without his barcode??!  193 competed the Bournemouth course on 31 May, 156 on 7 June and 234 on 14 June. Meanwhile, in Poole Park, BAC were also achieving wins and PBs in the Poole Parkruns.  On 31 May Jon Sharkey was the winner, with Chris O’Brien 15th (of a total of 513). Chris went on to run the Poole 10k the next day.   The following week, 7 June, of the 489 finishers, Bridget Dence ran well to finish as 1st lady, 15th overall and a PB for the course.  The next week, 14 June, saw another BAC winner in the form of Jacek Cieluszecki, and in 5th place, of a total of 513, was Jamie Grose with a PB for the course.  

John Boyes and Robbie compete in the Bournemouth Parkrun followed by Mike Cowham
John Boyes and Robbie compete in the Bournemouth Parkrun followed by Mike Cowham

Poole 10k 1 June – a good day for BAC

Chris O'Brien, Simon Hearn and Jud Kirk
Chris O’Brien, Simon Hearn and Jud Kirk

It was part of Steve Way‘s preparation for the Commonwealth Games, for which Steve has been selected to run for England in the Marathon, to run the Poole 10k on Sunday June 1 “flat out”, and so it proved to be, with Steve leading BAC‘s Mens’ Team to Open and Road Race League wins. Our Ladies also did exceptionally well, the Team finishing second in both the Open and League competitions.
But more of that later. To start with, a warm welcome to Damian Boyle and Chris O’Brien, who were wearing the BAC vest in competition, not quite for the first time, but almost so, with Damian running a PB for the distance. BAC was also represented in the Minithons and 5k which took place before the 10k race. Sebastian Hearn ran incredibly well in his age category race (Sebastian is U17) and he was observed finishing well up in the field (5th?). The results haven’t yet been published so no further detail is available, but well done to Sebastian on an amazing effort. In the 5k, also finishing near the front, was Brandon Meredith, who was 12th of 206 finishers in a time of 19.50, so Brandon also deserves our congratulations.
So to the main event of the day, the 10k. This was won by last year’s winner, Boniface Kongin (of Run-Fast!) but in 2nd place was Steve Way followed by Jacek Cieluszecki in 3rd. Jacek and Steve often train together and surely having Jacek on his heels has helped Steve to his recent phenomenal achievements. The third BAC athlete was County Marathon Champion Toby Chapman, and, not far behind, completing the winning Open race team, was Manol Dimitrov. Simon Munro is clearly managing to keep some training going, as he finished a matter of seconds behind Manol, to complete the winning Road Race League team. Despite declaring some disappointment with her run, nevertheless Nikki Sandell was BAC’s leading lady, with Gemma Bragg and Cherry Sheffrin making up the League team (which, subject to confirmation, is second after Poole Runners). The Open race required four team members, and Helen Ambrosen ensured that our ladies were second Open award winners. It is such a pleasure to see the BAC ladies running and competing so well these days.
All the races which form part of the Poole Festival of Running were run on a very hot day, and the result can be seen on the expressions on some of the faces accompanying this report. Many found the second lap of the 10k very hard work. The whole event is huge and complex, and Poole Runners are to be congratulated on their superb organisation. A lot of people obviously worked very hard to make it a success.
Many thanks to Graeme Miller, Jez Bragg and Sam Munro for the photographs.
Results (BAC):
2. Steve Way 31.33; 3. Jacek Cieluszecki 32.21; 10. Toby Chapman 34.49; 13. Manol Dimitrov 35.15; 17. Simon Munro 35.42; 34. Billy McGreevy 37.33; 39. Damian Boyle 38.08; 51. Sanjai Sharman 39.23; 71. Jud Kirk 40.30; 80. Simon Hearn 41.04; 98. Chris O’Brien 41.47; 107. Nikki Sandell 42.04; 108. Mike Cowham 42.04; 130. Gemma Bragg 43.01; 134. Steve Cox 43.14; 143. Alastair Carter 43.24; 144. Cherry Sheffrin 43.27; 219. Ian Graham 46.50; 226. Helen Ambrosen 46.56; 234. Andy Gillespie 47.14; 311. Caroline Rowley 49.47; 618. Will Price 1.00.41. There were 833 finishers.

Steve Way
Steve Way
Jacek Cieluszecki
Jacek Cieluszecki
Toby Chapman
Toby Chapman
Manol Dimitrov
Manol Dimitrov
Simon Munro
Simon Munro
Billy McGreevy
Billy McGreevy
Sanjai Sharman
Sanjai Sharman
Jud Kirk
Jud Kirk
Nikki Sandell
Nikki Sandell
Gemma Bragg and Mike Cowham
Gemma Bragg and Mike Cowham
Steve Cox
Steve Cox
Cherry Sheffrin
Cherry Sheffrin
Ian Graham and Andy Gillespie
Ian Graham and Andy Gillespie
Helen Ambrosen
Helen Ambrosen
Caroline Rowley
Caroline Rowley
Steve Way
Steve Way
Jacek Cieluszecki
Jacek Cieluszecki
Toby Chapman
Toby Chapman
Manol Dimitrov
Manol Dimitrov
Simon Munro
Simon Munro
Billy McGreevy
Billy McGreevy
Jud Kirk
Jud Kirk
Simon Hearn
Simon Hearn
Nikki Sandell
Nikki Sandell
Mike Cowham and Nikki Sandell
Mike Cowham and Nikki Sandell
Gemma Bragg
Gemma Bragg
Ian Graham
Ian Graham
Helen Ambrosen
Helen Ambrosen
Andy Gillespie
Andy Gillespie