Ultravasan 90k, Dorset Doddle and Parkruns

Steve Way appreciates and responds to the welcome on finishing the Ultravasan 90k
Steve Way appreciates and responds to the welcome on finishing the Ultravasan 90k

Some updating to do – apologies, computer problems and holiday to blame!
Some real BAC successes to report at home and abroad. Steve Way again features following another amazing Ultrarun, and wins and PBs in the Dorset Doddle and Bournemouth and Poole Parkruns.
Having previously accepted an invitation to compete as one of the elite runners in the inaugural Ultravasan 90k in Sweden on 23 August, Steve Way decided he had no alternative other than to show up, despite having, in recent months,  won an International 100k, and led the England team home in a PB at the Commonwealth Games Marathon and, if he was going to show up, he would have to continue training to give the race his best shot. This was a 90k trail race, the first race of this type Steve had attempted, and, as he himself admitted, not the best preparation for the 100k World Championships later this year, when ideally he would be resting after his recent exploits.  So, would this latest venture prove a setback?  Not a bit of it!  Steve‘s main competitor was one Jonas Buud, a local to the race, and whereas at 13k Steve was “comfortable”, by 35k he was not feeling as fresh as he should and was wondering if this was “a race too far”.  Nevertheless Steve won himself a bonus by leading at halfway, earning a sprint prize, but then things started to go slightly wrong, with delays for a pitstop in the woods, and for a repair to his number which was falling off, which meant Steve slipped from the lead to third.  Nevertheless, Steve pulled back to second, finishing in 6.12.28, behind Jonas‘ winning time of 6.23.38, a remarkable achievement in view of everything Steve has already accomplished this year.  And who knows what the result would have been had it not been for the unfortunate enforced stops?

A week earlier, 17 August, a number of BAC athletes ran in the Dorset Doddle, a 32 mile distance event along the challenging Dorset coast.  The race was won comfortably by Jez Bragg and Jon Sharkey both in a time of 4.47.  In 12th position was Richard Nelson, 6.05, and 28th was Caroline Rowley, 6.49, with Andy Gillespie finishing 42nd in 7.22.  To put these runs into perspective, 187 finished this race, and a not inconsiderable number retiring!

The Parkruns continue to throw up some excellent performances.  At the Bournemouth Parkrun, 23 August was the ‘birthday’ run, it being exactly one year since the first.  Fancy dress was the order of the day, and Paul Hill entered in to the spirit of it all, finishing third in his outfit as a Zulu (or something) Warrior.  Emma Dews was the first lady, and with her PB time set a new course record for the ladies.  Incidentally, the mens’ course record, previously held by Dave Long and then Rob McTaggart, also fell.  Who is going to take up the challenge so that we have BAC man and lady record holders?  Also competing were Nikki Sandell, Jud Kirk, Joe Price, Elsa Charlwood (good to see our youngsters having a go), Dave Parsons (with a PB!) and Will Price.  The complete field of 324 was a record attendance by a long way.  The week before, 16 August, Paul was again third of a field of 265, and also running were Paul Consani, Ian White, Jud, Nikki (1st lady), Joe, Ian Graham, Will and Paula Kirk, running with daughter Katie.  Meanwhile, at Poole on 23 August, Billy McGreevy and Peter Thompson were 3rd and 4th respectively, of 551, and on 16 August the winner was Dave Long, with Sanjai Sharman 29th, of a total of 591.

As mentioned, the 23 August marked one year exactly since the first Bournemouth Parkrun, which meant that the first League table was closed.  Individuals earn points for the League table by turning up and running, and also for helping, which a number of BAC athletes have done over the year, so the table reflects commitment to the Parkrun, rather than fast performances.  Top of the table for the first year was Jud Kirk, with Paul Hill second and Steve Cox fourth.  Also fairly high up in the table were Billy McGreevy, 14th, Joe Price, 33rd, Damian Boyle, 41st and Will Price, 45th.  Congratulations to all of those for their contributions to making the Bournemouth Parkrun the success it has become.

BAC wins in Parkruns and Salisbury 54321

BAC athletes were the winners at both Bournemouth and Poole Parkruns on Saturday 9 August with Paul Hill (again!) leading the field of 216 to the finish in Kings Park and, at Poole, Simon Munro was the first of 547 competitors. In 8th place behind Simon was Steve Way, who was ‘pacing’ 18 minutes to guide anyone wishing to run the course in that time, and helped they were, as Steve‘s time was just 4 seconds adrift, 17.56! This was the start of a busy weekend for Steve, who later the same day ran a 3000m at Kings Park Athletic Track, helping BAC to earn promotion in the British League (see separate article), and the next day won the Salisbury 50k (see below), and all this after achieving a PB, breaking the long-standing marathon V40 record, and finishing 10th, and first Englishman, only two weeks ago in the Commonwealth Games Marathon! Also running at Poole was Graeme Miller, in a time, also, of 17.56 – teamwork?! Following Paul at Bournemouth were Ian White, 5th with a PB, Brandon Meredith, Jud Kirk, Mike Farrell, improving on his first Parkrun the week before, Joe Price, Ian Graham and Samantha Laws.
The next day was the Salisbury 5,4,3,2,1, a combination of off-road races over 50k, 40k, 30k, 20k and 10k, hence the name. The 50k race was won by Steve Way in 3.23.01, in a manner described by Andy Gillespie, also competing, as “at a canter”.  Andy, with one eye on the Dorset Doddle only a week away, was 67th (of 199 finishers) in 5.16.17. The 30k race was a BAC 1, 2, in the form of Peter Thompson as the winner, in 2.15.20, with Jon Sharkey who, like Steve, had helped BAC‘s promotion in the British League the day before (by winning the B string 3000m steeplechase) second in 2.16.00. There were 168 finishers.

BAC win BAL promotion

BAC's Men's British League Team celebrate promotion to BAL Div 3
BAC’s Men’s British League Team celebrate promotion to BAL Div 3

(Tim Hughes reports)
Bournemouth AC‘s Men’s British League Team finished their best ever season at King’s Park, Bournemouth on Saturday 9 August narrowly missing out on victory, but securing promotion to BAL Div 3 for next season. Team Manager Tim Hughes praised his men for their determination and commitment which led to the superb results this season.
The day kicked off with James Lelliott and Adam Nash secured double victories in the Long Jump. Lelliott‘s 7.54m was a PB and one of the best jumps recorded in the division. A return to King’s Park for long standing athletes Matt Frampton, Simon Fricker and Simon Armstrong secured good points in the heavy throws. Lelliott took another PB in the Javelin 59.83m, to just miss out on victory with Andy Brown winning the B string event.
Tawanda Murape and Patrick Sylla scored well in the Triple Jump whilst over in the High Jump Alex Cox and Jamie Williamson scored a double victory. Cox‘s 2.05m was a season’s best.
On the track, Kevin Hodgson and Ben Arnold gathered some great points in the 100m and 200m, before joining with Adam Nash and James Lelliott to secure victory in the 4 x 100m Relay in a photo finish with Yeovil.  Arnold, who has continued to improve all season, set a new PB of 22.37 in the 200m.
Josh King and Karl Welch once again brought home good points in the 800m with Stephen Goreham and Muiris Egan doing likewise and setting fast times in the 400m. England International Steve Way teamed up with Rob McTaggart in the 3000m in what proved to be a tough race. McTaggart was victorious in the B string.  Further useful points were gained in the 3000m s/c by Jamie Grose and Jon Sharkey with Sharkey winning the B string race.
In the final event of the day, the 4 x 400m Relay BAC were narrowly beaten into third place. Yeovil won that event which led to BAC losing the match by only half of a point. The final league table placing means that BAC now will join Yeovil in promotion to Div 3 for next season.
Match Result
Yeovil                           259
Bournemouth         258.5
Newquay & Par      211
Havering                    202.5
VP & TH                     175
Channel Islands    144

Tim Hughes, team manager, takes an involuntary dip
Tim Hughes, team manager, takes an involuntary dip

Wins for BAC at Stur Half and Parkruns (including Tollcross)


BAC with some of their prizes at Stur Half - Rob McTaggart, Jon Sharkey, PeterThompson, Josh Cole, Tom Paskins, Manol Dimitrov, Simon Munro, Emma Dews, Caroline Rowley, Nikki Sandell
BAC with some of their prizes at Stur Half – Rob McTaggart, Jon Sharkey, PeterThompson, Josh Cole, Tom Paskins, Manol Dimitrov, Simon Munro, Emma Dews, Caroline Rowley, Nikki Sandell

Following the BAC 1,2,3,4,5 at the last Dorset Road Race League event (Portland 10), BAC‘s Mens’ and Ladies’ teams turned on the style again to achieve excellent results at the Sturminster Half Marathon (the 8th – of 12 – League race superbly organised by Dorset Doddlers) on Sunday 3 August with wins and PBs. This time it was Peter Thompson‘s turn to win the race outright, followed in 2nd place by Josh Cole, running his first Half Marathon, and in 3rd by Jon Sharkey to complete the winning Open team race. The winning League team was completed by Simon Munro, 4th overall and seemingly thriving on running limited to lunchtimes at work, and Rob McTaggart who was 6th. Just squeezed out of the League team, by a few seconds, was Toby Chapman whom we were very pleased to see at the race after his move away from Bournemouth. Paul Hill ran a first Half Marathon of which many would be envious, and not far behind Paul were Damian Boyle and Tom Paskins, both running PBs. Also in the mix was Manol Dimitrov, perhaps still not completely recovered from his recent racing exploits in the Alps. In the ladies’ race, Emma Dews was second Lady overall, and first Veteran, with Nikki Sandell 4th Lady overall, and second Veteran. Completing the ladies’ team, both Open and League, was Caroline Rowley, whose run ensured an important second placing for the BAC Ladies, which means that, with four League races to go, both BAC Men and Ladies have made valuable progress following the Stur Half in this year’s Road Race League.

Results (BAC): 1. Peter Thompson 72.37;  2. Josh Cole 74.14;  3. Jon Sharkey 74.35;  4. Simon Munro 74.53;  6. Rob McTaggart 77.23;  7. Toby Chapman 77.48;  13. Paul Hill 82.12;  20. Damian Boyle 84.27;  21. Manol Dimitrov 84.38;  27. Emma Dews 85.50;  39. Tom Paskins 87.56;  59. Nikki Sandell 91.57;  132. Steve Cox 1.42.00;  160. Andy Gillespie 1.45.17;  212. Caroline Rowley 1.50.17;  247. Ian Graham 1.54.13.  There were 422 finishers.

BAC's winning Ladies' team at Stur Half - Nikki Sandell, Emma Dews and Caroline Rowley
BAC’s winning Ladies’ team at Stur Half – Nikki Sandell, Emma Dews and Caroline Rowley

The day before, Joe Arundel was again the winner of the Poole Parkrun, the first of 437 runners. Well done, Joe! At the Bournemouth Parkrun, Paul Hill was second (Paul often wins this when Andrew Ridley doesn’t turn up!), and 9th was Jud Kirk. Also running were Duncan Wells (improving on the week before, so hopefully returning to fitness), Mike Farrell, running in his first Parkrun, Dave Parsons, Ian Graham and Will Price. Meanwhile, in Glasgow, the organisers of the Tollcross Parkrun were astonished and honoured to find that Steve Way, now something of a celebrity, had turned up to run in their “wee Parkrun” (as they described it on Facebook!). Steve was second in 16.45, which would have been a course record had one Gregan Clarkson not also turned up and won the race in 16.40!). Steve was obviously welcomed, and rightly so, at the Parkrun, with plenty of complimentary comments on Facebook, and a group photo with Steve in the centre, and the others clearly very proud that Steve had chosen to take part in their run.