Berlin Marathon, Parkruns and Hoburne 5

Billy McGreevy and Peter Thompson celebrate achieving their targets in the Berlin Marathon
Billy McGreevy and Peter Thompson celebrate achieving their targets in the Berlin Marathon

On the day when the Marathon record was broken in the Berlin Marathon (Dennis Kimetto, 2.02.57) two BAC athletes ran very impressively in the same race on Sunday 28 September to achieve their own personal targets. Peter Thompson was aiming to run under 2.30, and clearly ran an intelligent, paced run to finish in 2.29.33, an astonishing 60th of 22,209 finishers. Billy McGreevy‘s training had been with a view to a sub 3 hour marathon, achieved comfortably in 650th place with a time of 2.53.56.  A look at Peter‘s and Billy‘s previous marathon PBs shows how much progress has been made in a short time – Peter: 2010 3.29.30; 2011 2.49.05; 2012 2.44.31; 2013 2.31.47 and 2014 2.29.33 – Billy: 2011 3.50.11; 2012 3.28.51; 2013 3.08.52 and 2014 2.53.56.  Well done to both!  It’s also worth mentioning another PB, achieved by Nigel Rogerson, who, although a member of Poole AC, has benefitted from BAC training, and finished in 2.43.49, a PB by 8 minutes!

Graeme Miller receives his awards won in the Hoburne 5
Graeme Miller receives his awards won in the Hoburne 5

On the same day, over a shorter distance and more low-key, but just as important to its participants, was the Hoburne 5 (mile).  The results aren’t yet available on their website, nor on Power of 10 (no criticism – early days!), but we know that, following a fine run,  Graeme Miller was 2nd overall, and winning veteran, and the photo shows Graeme receiving his awards from Peter Wallis, of Christchurch Runners, who took over the organisation of the race this year.  When the results are available, this posting will be updated if there were any other BAC competitors.

Running legends Ron Hill and Steve Way with some of their fans (the Brogan family) at the Heaton Parkrun
Running legends Ron Hill and Steve Way with some of their fans (the Brogan family) at the Heaton Parkrun

The day before, Saturday 27 September, there were winners in the Poole and Bournemouth Parkruns, and also further afield in Heaton Park, Manchester Jacek Cieluszecki was the outright winner of 518 winners in Poole Park, with Simon Way 10th.  In Kings Park, Bournemouth, the first BAC athlete to finish was Ross Smith, 6th, followed very shortly afterwards by Nikki Sandell, who was the 1st lady.  Also running were Joe Price, Duncan Wells (and dog – thought to be Duncan‘s dog’s PB!), Sebastian Hearn (5th in his age group), Paul Hill (for some reason a long way down the field for a winner of this event!), Janet Dickinson, Paula and Jud Kirk.  The Bournemouth Parkrun now routinely attracts over 200 competitors, but nearly 300 (to be exact 291) ran on 27 September.  Meanwhile, in Heaton ParkManchester, none other than Steve Way was the winner of the Heaton Parkrun, the first of 424 runners, amongst whom were ex-BAC members John Broom (4th – first Parkrun) and Dawn Broom (3rd lady).  Also spotted in the results was one Ron Hill Steve achieved yet another landmark, in that this was his 50th Parkrun – congratulations!

Parkruns, Beauty and the Beast and news from Switzerland and Spain

 

Manol Dimitrov races  in spectacular scenery in Switzerland
Manol Dimitrov races in spectacular scenery in Switzerland

There were two BAC wins in the local Parkruns on 20 September, namely Paul Hill, making a welcome return from injury, at the Bournemouth run, and Peter Thompson at PoolePeter was followed in third place by Steve Way, in fourth by Billy McGreevy and Tim Hughes a little way further down the field.  Rumour has it that the Poole Parkrun also doubled somehow as a wedding for a competing couple!  Following Paul at Bournemouth were Jud Kirk, 11th, Steve Cox, 20th and Joe Price, 22nd.  245 finished at Bournemouth and 557 at Poole.

The next day, Richard Nelson did well to finish 13th in the Helly Hansen Beauty and the Beast Marathon, described as a 6 lap ‘Chiltern Classic’ with 1500m ascent, in 3.48.  Eighty-nine competitors completed the race, and just how tough the course was is illustrated by the fact that there numerous DNFs!

Although not so much news now as history, it’s worth mentioning Manol Dimitrov’s recent success in the Matterhorn Ultratraks Trail in Switzerland, a 46k race which is part of the Skyrunning Series, and involves 3600m of ascent and descent.  Manol was 13th of a total of 59 in his age category, in a time of 6.23.11, the winners time being 5.08.50.  To put this into perspective, the last of Manol‘s age category finished in 11.08.59, and although there may have been just 59 in this category, the total number of competitors went into the hundreds.  It’s great to see the BAC vest in these magnificent surroundings!

Antonio Ruiz completes the Ciudad Real Half marathon
Antonio Ruiz completes the Ciudad Real Half marathon

Also doing the BAC vest proud abroad is Antonio Ruiz, who continues to compete in Spain in BAC colours.  Recently Antonio ran in the Ciudad Real Half Marathon, and was 45th of a total of 550, in a time of 1.21.  Antonio keeps in touch with his news, and it is remarkable that he still runs so well (off BAC training of course!) considering that most of his training is on his own, although Antonio does have contact with a running group, and can no doubt show them a thing or two about ‘proper’ training!  Well done, Antonio!

On a more sombre note, for the first time in, perhaps, living memory, it appears that no BAC team competed at the Southern Road Race Relays at Aldershot on 20/21 September.

Purbeck Marathon and Bournemouth Parkrun

Steve Way (No 1, of course!) at the start of the Purbeck Marathon
Steve Way (No 1, of course!) at the start of the Purbeck Marathon

Two BAC athletes competed in the off-road (and described probably correctly as the most scenic in the country) Purbeck Marathon on Sunday 14 September, namely Steve Way, who was 2nd in 3.01.40, and Jon Sharkey, 5th in 3.16.24. Steve has won this race twice in previous years, in times faster than the winning time this year (3.00.49 by Matthew Bennett of Southampton AC), and, no doubt, was running this year’s Purbeck Marathon at a pre-determined pace as part of his training for the 100k World Championships later this year. “Scenic” very often also means “hilly”, which is certainly true in the case of the Purbeck Marathon, so Steve and Jon can be congratulated on two excellent performances.
On the previous day, of the three local Parkruns, BAC was represented only at Bournemouth. The Bournemouth Parkrun, every Saturday in Kings Park, now regularly attracts over 200 participants, and, of the 270 who ran on 13 September, Simon Way, competing in this event for the first time, was 3rd. In 11th place was Jud Kirk and in 18th was Steve Cox, followed further down the field by Mike Farrell, Ian Graham, Duncan Wells (and dog!), Dave Parsons and Will Price Paul Hill, a regular competitor and from time to time winner, was seen to be one of the helpers, scanning the finishing tokens.  Without volunteers such as Paul to carry out the various tasks each week there would be no Parkruns.

Patrick Sylla wins 2014 Sainsbury’s School Games

BAC’s talented U17 athlete , Patrick Sylla, won the long jump at the Sainsbury’s School Games in Manchester, with a distance of 6.72.

Despite hurting his back in the first jump, Patrick managed to clinch the title in the final round. He later gave an interview, explaining that despite not jumping a great distance by his high standards, he was still please with the victory. He also spoke of his strong season in 2014, and also praised the work of his coach, Zac Kerin, which has brought him on in leaps and bounds this year (please excuse the pun). Patrick was the Inter Boys long jump champion at the 2014 English Schools and also tops the national rankings for his age group, with a best of 7.31m.

I was unable to actually insert the video itself into the post, so please use the link below:

Click here to watch the interview with Patrick.

For those of you unfamiliar with the Games, it is an annual event for the best young athletes in the UK. Twelve different sports are included, such as Badminton, Athletics, Gymnastics, Cycling, Judo and Swimming, to name a few. Disability events are included in six of these sports, of which athletics is one.

Around 1600 young sportsmen and women took part in the Games. In the athletics discipline, there were seven regional teams; South West, South East, Midlands, North West, North East, Northern Ireland and Scotland.

Littledown 5, Great North Run and Parkruns

Jacek Cieluszecki and Josh Cole 1st and 2nd Littledown 5
Jacek Cieluszecki and Josh Cole 1st and 2nd Littledown 5

A convincing win in the Littledown 5 (mile) race on Sunday 7 September means that BAC’s mens’ team have now won 5 of the 9 Dorset Road Race League fixtures for 2014 which have so far taken place, and with three left, a League win for the year is BAC‘s to lose. The final result is calculated by taking each team’s 7 best results, so another 2 wins would ensure the championship for this year and, although it would be possible to achieve this without securing the forthcoming races, it would be safer not to rest on our laurels! BAC‘s ladies’ team also continues to perform well, having won 4 League races so far, and finished 2nd in all the others before Sunday, which means that, at the moment, they are top of Division1.  Subject to confirmation, BAC ladies were the third ladies team at Littledown, so the pressure will have to be maintained, but, considering the team earned promotion to Division 1 just this year, our ladies are to be congratulated on their phenomenal performance so far.  Altogether, 19 BAC athletes competed in the Littledown 5, with some excellent runs, including PBs, PBs being equalled, and PBs being missed by as little as 5 seconds.  The outright winner of the race was Jacek Cieluszecki, followed in second place by Josh Cole.  Both Jacek and Josh ran PBs, running measured, intelligent races, considering that half way round the course they were some way behind Ian Hardy, of Morpeth Harriers, who eventually finished third.  Fourth and fifth positions were occupied by Jon Sharkey and Simon Munro, running 5 seconds over his PB, and the Road Race League team was completed by Graeme Miller, 13th (of a total of 274), only 6 seconds over his PB.  Of the BAC men, PBs were run by Damian Boyle and Chris O’Brien, with Paul Consani equalling his PB.  Also equalling a previous PB was Emma Dews, who led the BAC Ladies as the winner of the ladies’ race (and, of course, first lady veteran), with Nikki Sandell, also with a PB, second BAC lady, with the team completed by Caroline Rowley.  So, a successful day for BAC, which hopefully can be repeated at the remaining League races, and the dates for your diaries are – 12 October, Gold Hill 10k; 2 November, Gilly Hilly 7.5 (websites for both www.gillinghamtrotters.talktalk.net); 16 November, Wimborne 10 (www.wimborne10.co.uk).

Jon Sharkey approaches the finish (4th)
Jon Sharkey approaches the finish (4th)
Emma Dews approaches the finish (1st lady)
Emma Dews approaches the finish (1st lady)

Results (BAC): 1. Jacek Cieluszecki 26.01;  2. Josh Cole 26.04;  4. Jon Sharkey 26.44;  5. Simon Munro 27.19;  13. Graeme Miller 29.08;  25. Damian Boyle 30.19;  30. Andy Jennings 30.31;  31. Emma Dews 30.37;  38. Paul Hill 31.16;  42. Paul Consani 31.38;  48. Chris O’Brien  31.57;  54. Nikki Sandell 32.17;  61. Simon Hearn 33.01;  86. Joe Price 35.23;  100. Andy Gillespie 36.12;  104. Caroline Rowley 36.43;  118. Helen Ambrosen 37.28;  124. Dave Parsons 37.44;  181. Will Price 42.29.

Simon Munro - mile 2
Simon Munro – mile 2
Graeme Miller - mile 1
Graeme Miller – mile 1
Andy Jennings
Andy Jennings

Meanwhile, joining Mo Farrah in the Great North Run, alongside the River Tyne from Newcastle, were BAC supervets (both 70+ category) Tom Cochrane and Peter GazePeter finished 18262nd position in 2.11.04, and Tom 18379th in 2.11.14.  And yet, as far as we know, neither knew the other was competing!

Nikki Sandell approaches the finish
Nikki Sandell approaches the finish
Paul Consani
Paul Consani

Back home, fewer BAC athletes competed in the local Parkruns on Saturday 6 September than usual – not surprising in view of the Littledown 5 the next day.  Jud Kirk, Steve Cox and Will Price ran in Kings Park, Bournemouth, as did Damian Boyle and Paul Hill, although Damian and Paul were clearly ‘jogging’ the course in preparation for their races the following day.  211 finished at Bournemouth, and of the 543 who finished in Poole Park, the only BAC athlete was Simon Way, who was 6th in the Poole Parkrun.   Returning to the North of England, Ian White was 18th of 292 finishers in the Leeds Parkrun, 1st V40.

 

Chris O'Brien
Chris O’Brien

 

Simon Hearn
Simon Hearn

 

Joe Price - mile 1
Joe Price – mile 1
Helen Ambrosen with Dave Parsons not far behind
Helen Ambrosen with Dave Parsons not far behind

 

News from USA, France, Fulham & Putney and Parkruns

Simon and Sebastian Hearn display their medals won in the Rocky Mountain Half Marathon
Simon and Sebastian Hearn display their medals won in the Rocky Mountain Half Marathon

BAC vests were proudly worn at the beginning of August in Colorado, USA, by Simon and Sebastian Hearn, who were competing in the Rocky Mountain Half Marathon.  Whereas this might conjure up an image of a race across mountains, it is, in face, a road race, albeit at altitudes above 7,500 ft in the Rocky Mountain National Park.  It is not the easiest half marathon , though, with a climb from 5 to 9 miles which is described in the course information as “gradual and consistent” and by Simon as “hard going at altitude”.  This was Sebastian‘s first half marathon, which he ran non-stop, quite an  achievement at such an altitude, and did very well to finish 372nd of 644, and, more significantly, was 2nd in his age category, winning himself a silver medal Simon also had an excellent run, finishing 39th in 1.44.29, and he also won a medal, a bronze for 4th in his age category (bronze medals were awarded for 3rd, 4th and 5th).  Simon comments “it was such a beautiful race.   The weather was perfect, apart from a 6 am start!  We were like celebs, we were interviewed for local radio.  It was such an experience”.  Well done to both!

Jez Bragg celebrates finishing the Ultra-Trail du Mont-Blanc
Jez Bragg celebrates finishing the Ultra-Trail du Mont-Blanc

Another BAC family was also competing abroad recently, this time Jez and Gemma Bragg, running in the Ultra-Trail du Mont-Blanc, which is a race across mountains.  Last year Jez was 10th in a time of 23.50.01, and had hoped to repeat this achievement this year, but he says he suffered from unusually painful quads, possibly due to dehydration as the conditions were deceptively warm and humid throughout.  Despite the fact that he lost his “flow”, Jez still finished in the top 20, which is remarkable.  Gemma also had a remarkable run, considering this was her first 100 miler.  Gemma finished as 24th female in 40.46.30.  Just think about that!  Just to compete in a race of this nature, night and day over the toughest of terrain, let alone to finish so far up amongst the competitors, really does require someone special, which both Jez and Gemma surely are!

Gemma Bragg(371) prepares for the Ultra-Trail du Mont-Blanc
Gemma Bragg(371) prepares for the Ultra-Trail du Mont-Blanc

So we move nearer to home and the Fulham & Putney Half Marathon.  Congratulations to Peter Thompson, 2nd having broken 71 minutes for the first time, and to Billy McGreevy, 3rd in 79.25, also a PB.  Not much information is available about this race, but the course is believed to be along the Thames Path, and there is also a ‘there and back’ marathon, but the results don’t appear on Power of 10.  Well done all the same to Peter and Billy.

 

Peter Thompson (2nd) and Billy McGreevy (3rd) on the Fulham & Putney Half Marathon podium
Peter Thompson (2nd) and Billy McGreevy (3rd) on the Fulham & Putney Half Marathon podium

Coming even nearer to home, Paul Hill was again 2nd in the Bournemouth Parkrun on 30 August.  He was joined by Parkrun regulars Ian White, Jud Kirk, Steve Cox and Will PriceHelen Ambrosen was a welcome addition to the BAC squad, although Helen has run the Bournemouth Parkrun on previous occasions.  227 competitors finished.  Meanwhile, over in Poole Park, of the 561 finishers in the Poole Parkrun, BAC were 2nd, 3rd and 4th in the form of Jacek CieluszeckiJo Arundel (with a PB for the course) and Simon Munro.

Silver Medal at European Championships for former BAC sprinter

A belated congratulations to former BAC member, Sven Knippals for his silver medal in the 4x100m at the European Athletics Championships last month in Zurich.

The German sprinter was a member of the club who trained at the rack for several years whilst completing his studies at the Anglo-European College of Chiropractic.

He was part of the German sprint relay quartet, and also reached the semi-finals of the 100m.