Saturday 24th January saw BAC athletes officially exit winter hibernation and make their break for freedom in the early autumn (bit early?) sunshine. Bournemouth AC runners were popping up on parkrun results lists everywhere. It was a bit like a ‘pic n mix’ free all for the reporter this week!
Blandford: Our spies at Blandford parkrun informed us that not only did Steve Way and Jez Bragg finish 1st and 2nd runner respectively but that they used the parkrun course as the sandwich filling between their two slices of bread (a run there from Stur Marshall, then run back).
Brockenhurst: Philip Mosley doesn’t take prisoners in The New Forest. By claiming 1st runner at Brockenhurst parkrun he now has two in a row. Running a PB for the Brockenhurst course, which I’m sure is quite a way off from his actual 5K PB.
Bournemouth: Paul Hill and Billy McGreevy claimed 1st and 2nd tokens at Kings Park. Followed closely by Jud Kirk, Heidi Tregenza (clearly resting for Sunday’s Swanage 10K), Steve Cox, Ian Graham and Will Price.
Poole: George Way was our solo runner at Poole finishing in 17th with a solid 18:47 for the youngster.
Swanage 10K: Sunday saw the annual Swanage Sea Rowing Club’s 10K race. It was a lovely picturesque run around rural Swanage that attracted 166 runners. Heidi Tregenza came 1st woman. Paul Hill came 2nd male, Ben Walliman came 9th and ousted Hamish Murray from Purbeck runners. No mean feat! Nick Kenchington rounded out a good day for BAC with 15th.
Duathlon: Ross Smith recently competed in The Dirty Devil Duathlon and claimed 1st place! He has been doing a lot of duathlon’s recently and this recent 1st place along with his excellent XC showing at Reading highlight the progress he is making.
Friday night saw the fourth 5K in Poole Runners annual six part Winter Series take place down on Boscombe Pier. It’s always a popular event and among the 151 runners braving the winter’s night air (some only had shorts and a vest on!) were 7 adventurous Bournemouth AC souls. Dancing under the moonlight to take home 1st position on a run he dedicated to a packet of chocolate Hobnobs was Rob McTaggart. Maybe I should eat more chocolate covered biscuits… Recent signing Heidi Tregenza showed her value by taking home 2nd Lady with a PB of 18:50. Nikki Sandell and Gemma Bragg must be at home right now lacing up their trainers as all three of them share very similar times for the 5K distance. Interesting viewing for the neutral! January transfer window new boy Ben Walliman wasn’t affected by his run down from Westbourne as he picked up a PB of 18:56. He is looking like a very promising addition to the club. Paul Hill came in 5th with a solid 17:51 and Brandon Meredith not far behind in 19:14. Jud Kirk (20.00) and Simon Hunt (20.49) both came in under 21 minutes to round of a solid BAC showing down on the Prom. The next race in the series is 20th February. Better get some chocolate Hobnobs in….
BAC positions – 1st – Rob McTaggart (17:25). 5th – Paul Hill (17:51). 20th (2nd lady) – Heidi Tregenza (18:50). 23rd – Ben Walliman (18:56). 25th – Brandon Meredith (19:14). 39th – Jud Kirk (20.00). 54th – Simon Hunt (20:49).
Poole – Unfortunately Poole parkrun had to be cancelled due to very slippery dangerous conditions down in the park. But someone ran down to Poole from Boscombe Pier….
Blandford – He’s at it again! After Jez Bragg’s maiden appearance at a parkrun last month. Guess what? He’s made it two. Running 6.5 miles down to Blandford, coming 1st runner at parkrun and then running 5.5 miles home? Jez made it a morning to savour. Only hope he had lots of his beloved but “costly” Almond Paste on toast.
Brockenhurst – Bournemouth AC were everywhere this weekend, Philip Mosley finishing as the first runner across the line at Brockenhurst’s parkrun.
Bournemouth – Bournemouth parkrun set an attendance record of 376 at their Pacing Event on Saturday. Among those runners enjoying the morning sunshine were Paul Consani, Paul Hill, Jud Kirk, Steve Cox, Heidi Tregenza, Ian Graham, Dave Parsons and Louise Price.
The Dorset Schools Cross Country Championships were held at Port Regis School, Motcombe Park, Shaftesbury, on Thursday 15 January, and those BAC athletes who competed, representing their schools, all turned in top performances. In the Minor Boys category, Tom Farwell and Conor Charlwood were 4th and 8th respectively, of a total field of 96, and, of the 107 who competed as Junior Girls, Elsa Charlwood was 12th. Jim Dence was 27th of the 80 JuniorBoys, and Jim‘s sister Bridget, who continues with her consistently high standard, was 3rd of the 54 Inter Girls. The performances of Conor and Jim were even more remarkable considering they are both at the very youngest age of their categories. Well done, everyone!
BAC‘s Senior Men may just have done enough at the penultimate fixture of the 2014/15 Hampshire Cross Country League, at Prospect Park, Reading, on Saturday 10 January, to avoid relegation to Division 2, whereas BAC‘s Senior Ladies enjoyed another excellent team result. In addition, we welcomed Anthony Clark, running in a BAC vest for the first time, and, although Anthony was unable to count as part of BAC‘s team, as he has already competed in the League for another club this season, his finishing position amongst the leaders shows what a valuable acquisition Anthony will be for us.
Josh Cole led our Senior Men, Simon Munro not far behind (followed closely by Anthony), and third for BAC was RobinCopestick, showing good form after a lengthy break through injury. Ross Smith was next, clearly benefitting from his frequent and successful gruelling off-road duathlons, and, completing the BAC team was Nick Kenchington, a regular Hampshire League competitor. The outcome of the day was that BAC‘s Senior Men were 6th of teams on the day, and our aggregate position for the season is 8th, one position above relegation. There is a considerable gap between BAC and the 9th team (and, at Reading, the team scored fewer points than the top team of Division 2), so relegation may have been avoided, but it could still occur without a good result at the final fixture at Kings Park, Bournemouth on 7 February. Perhaps it’s also worth mentioning that, at the Reading fixture, with Nick supported by Steve Cox and Ian Graham, BAC actually produced a Veteran Mens‘ team, which, on the day, was 5th of 8 completed Veteran Mens‘ teams.
As already noted, BAC‘s ladies had an excellent day at ProspectPark, with the team of Nikki Sandell, Heidi Tregenza and CherrySheffrin, with the ever-present Louise Price as back-up, finishing 6th of 19 (yes, 19!) Ladies’ Teams. Unfortunately, having missed an earlier fixture, our ladies don’t count towards the aggregate positions, but Nikki Sandell at present lies 6th (of 62!) in the Veteran Ladies‘ aggregate table for the season, the table being compiled from the best 3 performances to date.
Another noteworthy performance at Reading was from TomFarwell, who was 21st of 62 in the U13B race. Tom, with Jim Dence and Conor Charlwood, made up BAC‘s fourth team of the day, finishing 8th of 10 U13B race.
Although Bridget Dence wasn’t competing at Reading, it’s worth noting that in the aggregate positions for the season so far, Bridget is 2nd U17W of a total of 33.
So, well done and thank you to everyone who turned up at Reading, not just those noted above, and we look forward to some good results at the Kings Park fixture, which is being hosted and organised by BAC.
Results (BAC) – Senior Men: 30. Josh Cole 30.28; 35. Simon Munro 30.59; 38. Anthony Clark 31.20; 66. Robin Copestick 33.06; 71. Ross Smith 33.27; 114. Nick Kenchington 36.14; 143. Mike Cowham 38.53; 146. Steve Cox 38.55; 178. Ian Graham 43.34. 200 finished. Senior Women: 15. Nikki Sandell 23.00; 22. Heidi Tregenza 23.56; 52. Cherry Sheffrin 26.28; 89. Louise Price 29.07. 115 finished. U17M: 25. Sebastian Hearn 20.42; 29. Brandon Meredith 21.53. 32 finished. U13B: 21. Tom Farwell 11.28; 37. Jim Dence 12.03; 42. Conor Charlwood 12.15. 62 finished.
The Martello Marathon, Folkestone, Kent, must be unique in that it consists of two marathons on two consecutive days over exactly the same course. Other events comprise consecutive marathons, but along different courses, often each day’s course a continuation of the previous day. Jon Sharkey was amongst a small group who took on the challenge of competing in both the Martello Marathon‘s races, on Saturday 10 January and Sunday 11 January. Jon was the winner on both days, and was clearly holding himself back on the Saturday, finishing in 3.03.59, because, the next day, he crossed the line in 2.51.24, a clear winner, the second athlete (who hadn’t competed the day before) finishing in 3.08.23. 111 finished the race on the Saturday and 89 on the Saturday. To put Jon‘s achievement into perspective, amongst the leaders, only one other athlete, Martin Devine, competed on both days. Martin himself had creditable runs, finishing 3rd on Saturday in 3.25.26 and 4th on Sunday in 3.12.45, but everyone else who finished at the front of each marathon had only run once (and who can blame them for that!). Jon is planning on running once again in the Celtic Plate100k, in which last year he was selected to compete for England, so surely Jon‘s two wins over the 10/11 January weekend will help convince the selectors that Jon should be there for his country again!
Five BAC athletes travelled to Bicton House, Exeter, on Sunday 4 January to represent their County, Dorset, at the South West InterCounties Cross Country Championships. In the Senior Womens‘ race, Nikki Sandell was 27th of a total of 70, and was 3rd V35, in a time of 28.40. Unfortunately, there was only one other competitor from Dorset, so there was no Dorset Senior Womens‘ team, but that takes nothing away from Nikki‘s commitment in undertaking the long journey to compete. Full marks, too, to the other BAC athletes who made the journey, namely Brandon Meredith, Bridget and Jim Dence and Tom Farwell. Brandon ran in the U17M race, but unfortunately there has been a blip and he doesn’t appear in the results, but Brandon DEFINITELY did run! If the results are corrected this report will be updated. In the U13B race, Jim was 31st (of a total of 47) in 12.48, and Tom was 36th in 12.56. Jim and Tom were the 3rd and 4th Dorset finishers respectively. In the U17W race, of 29 finishers, Bridget was 9th in 23.00, and, as the 3rd Dorset athlete to cross the line, won a Silver Medal, as Dorset was the 2nd team. Well done to Bridget, and to all our athletes who flew the BAC flag at Bicton!
2015 could hardly have got off to a better start with BAC Mens‘ and Ladies’ Team wins at the Broadstone QuarterMarathon on New Year’s Day, the first Dorset Road Race League fixture of the year. The race, organised by Poole Runners (with a record entry in its 30th year), was run in near-perfect conditions, finished with JonSharkey in 2nd position, followed by Simon Munro, 5th, and JezBragg, 6th, to complete the Open competition winning team, with Graeme Miller and Paul Hill (who arrived at the start with muddy legs having competed in the Bournemouth Parkrun earlier in the day!) completing the winning Mens’ DRRL team. BAC‘s Ladies‘ team, consisting of Nikki Sandell, Gemma Bragg and CarolineRowley, was victorious in both the Open and DRRL ladies’ races. Both Nikki and Gemma were amongst a group of the first six ladies, all of whom finished within 90 seconds. The awards took place in the Junction Leisure Centre, and it was a pleasure to see so many team and individual prizes going to BAC athletes, not only for the race itself, but also for the 2014 DRRL, the presentations of which followed the race awards (see report 29 November 2014 – Wimborne 10, etc. – for details). The DRRL was managed during 2014, and for some previous years, by Sam Munro, assisted by her husband Simon, and the excellent job done by Sam and Simon was illustrated by the very slick and professional awards presentation. Unfortunately, due to re-location of Simon‘s work, Sam is no longer able to continue with the DRRL, and we will certainly miss them both, though, happily, Wimborne AC‘s Gerry Shield has agreed to take over.
Broadstone Quarter Results (BAC): 2. Jon Sharkey 35.59; 5. Simon Munro 37.46; 6. Jez Bragg 37.54; 7. Graeme Miller 38.45 (1st V40); 18. Paul Hill 40.13; 43. Nikki Sandell 42.39; 46. Gemma Bragg 43.01; 56. Steve Cox 44.25; 98. Caroline Rowley 48.16; 122. Ian Graham 49.49; 169. Dave Parsons 53.29. There were 303 finishers.
As already noted, Paul Hill ran in the Bournemouth Parkrun earlier on New Year’s Day, finishing third, and, of the 179 finishers, was joined by Jud Kirk, Joe Price and Louise Price (no relation!). Paul was again third (what’s gone wrong?!) at Bournemouth on Saturday 3 January. Jud Kirk also ran on 3 January, but what is the explanation for his lowly finishing position (104th – Jud is normally well within the top 20)? Hopefully it is nothing to worry about. Again 179 finished the run. At the Poole Parkrun on 3 January, the only BAC representative of the 527 finishers was Tim Hughes, no doubt limbering up for the forthcoming track & field season!
Several BAC athletes competed in the Somerley 10k on Sunday 4 January. No results are as yet available, but a superb photo on the Bournemouth Echo website www.bournemouthecho.co.uk reveals that, at least, Heidi Tregenza, Caroline Rowley, Jud Kirk, Paul Hill, Simon and Sebastian Hearn and Joe Price took part, all proudly wearing BAC vests. Rumour has it that Heidi won the race, if confirmed, an excellent achievement, and if the results do become available this report will be updated. NB RESULTS NOWIN– showing thatHeidi was 1st lady, rather than 1st overall, but still a fantastic run, considering Heidi was 17th overall, out of an astonishing 592 finishers, and that Paul Hill had another great run. BAC results are as follows (with apologies if anyone has been missed – the results don’t specify clubs): 5. Paul Hill 36.40; 17. Heidi Tregenza 39.49; 30. Jud Kirk 41.00; 36. Simon Hearn 41.24; 73. Sebastian Hearn 44.35; 76. Caroline Rowley 44.49; 90. Joe Price 45.22.