Lytchett 10, Bramley 20, Wokingham Half and Parkruns

Toby Chapman and Jacek Cieluszecki start the Lytchett 10 with Paul Hill following
Toby Chapman and Jacek Cieluszecki start the Lytchett 10 with Paul Hill following

A race clash and injury led to a weakened mens’ team competing at the third Dorset Road Race League event, the Lytchett 10 mile race on Sunday 15 February, but, despite this, the Open Mens’ Team prize went to BAC, thanks to very strong runs by Jacek Cieluszecki, Toby Chapman (who were 2nd and third overall respectively) and Paul Hill, who simply goes from strength to strength. It was very pleasing to see Jacek (who had run five miles from home to the race beforehand, and ran the five miles home afterwards!) in such good form after injury, and thanks are due to Toby, who travelled a considerable distance to compete. Excellent runs by Paul Dixon-Box and Ben Walliman (both recent and very welcome signings) ensured that BAC is still in the hunt in the League, though, subject to confirmation, our mens’ League team is likely to have been third at Lytchett.  Unfortunately, Heidi Tregenza felt a calf injury coming on in the early stages of the race and, very sensibly, retired, leaving Nikki Sandell and Caroline Rowley as the only two BAC ladies in the race, but Nikki did leave with the prize for the 2nd lady (and was the 1st FV).  So not too bad a day for BAC.

Results (BAC): 2. Jacek Cieluszecki 54.54;  3. Toby Chapman 55.15; 6. Paul Hill 57.57;  25. Paul Dixon-Box 1.01.58;  47. Ben Walliman 1.04.36;  51. Nikki Sandell 1.05.36;  57. Paul Consani 1.05.55;  66. Richard Nelson 1.07.17;  76. Jud Kirk 1.08.22;  90. Steve Cox 1.09.24;  107. Tony Hunt 1.11.19;  141. Caroline Rowley 1.14.51;  143. Ian Graham 1.15.02;  161. Andy Gillespie 1.16.56;  164. Dave Parsons 1.17.12.  There were 423 finishers.

Jez Bragg, Graeme Miller and Anthony Clark, 2nd team at Bramley 20
Jez Bragg, Graeme Miller and Anthony Clark, 2nd team at Bramley 20

Meanwhile, another BAC team was collecting honours at the Bramley 20 mile race, where Jez Bragg, Graeme Miller and Anthony Clark won the prize for the second team.  At the time of writing, the full results for the race haven’t been published, but the team believe their total time is a “smidgen under 6 hours”.

The previous week, 8 February, BAC was represented in the Wokingham Half Marathon by Peter Thompson, who ran in 1.12.15, Graeme Miller (1.15.38), Manol Dimitrov (1.15.58) and Sanjai Sharma (1.26.13).

The Club Championship Tables have now been brought up to date with the Lytchett and Wokingham races.

Of course, the Parkruns continue apace.  Paul Hill was again 2nd at the Bournemouth Parkrun on 7 February, and was joined amongst the 309 who competed the course by Jud Kirk, Steve Cox, Josephine Baldry (age category JW11-14) and Will Price.  The following week, Paul was yet again 2nd, this time to an ‘unknown’ who was, in fact, Josh Cole, whose intention in visiting Kings Park had been to undertake a track session, but decided it would be a good idea to compete when he realised the Parkrun was about to get under way.  319 completed the course that day, 14 February, amongst whom were Sebastian Hearn, Tony Hunt, Billy McGreevy (running 8 minutes over his PB!) and Josephine Baldry.  Meanwhile, at Poole on 7 February, Billy McGreevy was the only BAC representative amongst the 569 participants, and on 14 February, it was good to see Helen Ambrosen competing again, the only BAC athlete in a total of 566.

Rumour has it that Jon Sharkey ran an off-road marathon on 14 February – any details, anyone?

Team and individual BAC wins at final Hampshire CC League fixture

Steve Way, David Long, Rob McTaggart with Josh Cole following, on their way to a team win at Kings Park
Steve Way, David Long, Rob McTaggart with Josh Cole following, on their way to a team win at Kings Park

The final Hampshire Cross Country League (sponsored by Destination Basingstoke) fixture was hosted in Kings Park on Saturday 7 February by BAC, and, first of all, many thanks are due to the marshals and officials who contributed to a successful event on a new course which appeared to be well received. Although the rain held off, a cold wind blew across the park for the entire afternoon, and many BAC members and their families stood out in the cold for up to 4 hours or more, without which the fixture simply could not have taken place. So thank you to everyone – your dedication was very much appreciated.  In all, 637 athletes competed during the day, from U11 boys and girls to veteran men and women, with 3 DNFs.

Congratulations, also, to our athletes, who produced a Senior Mens‘ team win, and individual race and category wins by Steve Way, David Long and Bridget Dence.  BAC‘s Senior Men at last showed what they can do in this League, with Steve finishing 4th overall (1st V40), followed in 5th place, after a run which can only be described as stunning, by David (1st U20).  David just stuck to Steve‘s shoulder throughout the entire race, finishing just 10 seconds behind him. Josh King again showed his strength across the country, with Rob McTaggart and Josh Cole completing the BAC team.  With Jamie Grose and Simon Munro finishing 16th and 17th, BAC had 7 finishers in the first 17!  The team accumulated only 43 points, the lowest for a very, very long time (the second team scored 67) and were the first team of ten complete Division 1 teams for the season.  After some average results in the earlier fixtures, the possibility was relegation to Division 2, but the solid result at Kings Park put this fear to bed, with BAC‘s Senior Men finishing 5th of 10 teams in Division 1.  It’s perhaps worth pointing out that the aggregate score was 1440, not that far away from Poole AC‘s 1956.  Poole AC finished top of Division 2, and will be promoted for next season, so, although this season can be described as reasonably satisfactory, we cannot rest on our laurels!

The Mens' race start at Kings Park, with Jamie Grose, Rob McTaggart, Josh King, David Long and Anthony Clark in the mix
The Mens’ race start at Kings Park, with Jamie Grose, Rob McTaggart, Josh King, David Long and Anthony Clark in the mix
Jezz Bragg and Anthony Clark are part of a successful day for BAC in Kings Park
Jezz Bragg and Anthony Clark are part of a successful day for BAC in Kings Park

BAC‘s Senior Women also had an excellent result at Kings Park, the team being led by Heidi Tregenza, followed very shortly (11 seconds) by Nikki Sandell.  Heidi and Nikki both ran very close to one another throughout the race, which must have motivated them both, and resulted in high placing, 14th and 16th.  Cherry Sheffrin, with another strong run, completed the team, and, as ever, Louise Price was there to back up the team in case anything went wrong!  Many congratulations to Nikki, who was third Veteran Woman aggregate for the season, of a total of 41 women who completed sufficient races to qualify.

BAC's Ladies Team at Kings Park - Cherry Sheffrin, Heidi Tregenza, Nikki Sandell and Louise Price
BAC’s Ladies Team at Kings Park – Cherry Sheffrin, Heidi Tregenza, Nikki Sandell and Louise Price

Bridget Dence ran very strongly to win the U17 Women‘s race, and congratulations to Bridget, not only for this win, but also for winning the prize for second U17W aggregate throughout the season.

It was very pleasing to see some of the youngsters who attend BAC‘s Junior Development evenings competing in the U11 races, Anya Sandell in the girls, and Finn Pardy (who was 4th), Toby Bailey-Pearce and Thomas Gordan in the boys.  Also well done to Hampshire CC League regulars, Brandon Meredith and Sebastian Hearn in the U17 Men, and Jim Dence in the U13 Boys.  Jim seemed to finish covered in more mud than might have been expected on a dry day, so it looks as if he may have had a fall, so well done for continuing to the finish!

Results (BAC): Senior/Vet/U20 Men: 4. Steve Way 31.11;  5. David Long 31.21;  8. Josh King 31.50;  12. Rob McTaggart 32.31;  14. Josh Cole 32.37;  16. Jamie Grose 32.42;  17. Simon Munro 32.44;  21. Jez Bragg 32.55;  27. Anthony Clark 33.27;  40.Paul Hill 34.15;  104. Nick Kenchington 38.24.   U17 Men: 20. Brandon Meredith 22.54;  24. Sebastian Hearn 23.55.  U13 Boys: 46. Jim Dence 14.20.  Senior/Vet/U20 Women: 14. Heidi Tregenza 23.26;  16. Nikki Sandell 23.37;  46. Cherry Sheffrin 25.59;  74. Louise Price 28.20. U17 Women: 1. Bridget Dence 15.24.  U11 Girls: 25. Anya Sandell 11.08. U11 Boys: 4. Finn Pardy 8.16;  18. Toby Bailey-Pearce;  23. Thomas Gordan.

Blackmore Vale Half Marathon + parkruns + thanks to Sam Munro for her work for DRRL

Sam Munro with a bouquet presented as thanks for her hard work for the DRRL, with husband Simon, who no doubt assisted from time to time
Sam Munro with a bouquet presented as thanks for her hard work for the DRRL, with husband Simon, who no doubt assisted from time to time
BAC Attack!
BAC Attack!
Nice socks, Steve....
Nice socks, Steve….

(Paul Hill reports…….)

We came. We saw. We conquered. We got the t-shirt. Blackmore Vale Half Marathon, done. Lead by our fearless Alexander The Great (Steve Way), the BAC Army left a trail of yellow and blue everywhere. Blackmoor Vale well and truly received the all famous ‘BAC Attack!’. On what was a very enjoyable course Steve Way came home with 1st male and Heidi Tregenza claimed 1st lady (quite a collection she is getting now. Hope she knows how to put a good shelf or two up…).

Mens: After Steve Way’s number 1 finish, Jon Sharkey brought home the bacon in 3rd, followed very swifty by Josh Cole in 4th and new boy Anthony Clark in a PB 5th position. The DRRL team was wrapped up by Paul Hill who was followed very closely in by Simon Munro (clearly resting for this weekends XC!), Pat Robbins (sporting a very fashionable string vest), Paul Chapman (9 seconds of a PB), Billy McGreevy (wrapping up 9 BAC in top 20). Steve Cox claimed a PB coming in a little over 95 minutes. Ian Graham ran in the 5 mile race and finished a very respectable 5th. Someone likes the number 5….

The three musketeers...
The three musketeers…
Steve Way. 1st male and Adidas fan.
Steve Way. 1st male and Adidas fan.
Jon Sharkey. 3rd male.
Jon Sharkey. 3rd male.

Women: Can anyone stop Heidi Tregenza at the moment? Another weekend. Another 1st. Where do all the trophies go? Nikki Sandell surprised everyone by attempting to move a bed that didn’t need moving and putting her back out. But then she surprised us even more by finished 3rd with the same bad back. Maybe I should try putting my back out more often? Caroline Rowley ran a very solid and calculated race to wrap up BAC’s 3rd female runner and claim the DRRL win. We also had Louise Price make the trip and run a PB. Normally Louise likes the muddy Cross Country action, but this PB might see her branch more to road races. Watch this space…

Heidi, Nikki and Caroline claiming the women's team win.
Heidi, Nikki and Caroline claiming the women’s team win.
Heidi. First lady.
Heidi. 1st lady.
Nikki Sandell collecting 3rd lady
Nikki Sandell collecting 3rd lady

For full results:

http://bvlhm.yolasite.com/resources/2015/BVHMResults2015.pdf

The opportunity was taken at this 2nd League race of the year to present a bouquet of flowers to Samantha Munro (assisted from time to time, no doubt, by husband Simon) for all her hard work over the last few years in organising the Dorset Road Race League.  Unfortunately, Sam is unable to continue due to re-location of Simon’s work and, although Jerry Shield of Wimborne AC has taken over, Sam will be sorely missed.

 

Poole parkrun:

Jez Bragg at another parkrun? Can’t be? Surely… 3.1 miles. I don’t believe it! But yes, he was there. Claiming 2nd runner (there is no places at parkruns. Only tokens!). The father-son team of Simon Way and George Way followed Jez in. Simon claiming 8th and George getting the 19th token.

I hope Gemma washes that Purbeck 10K top....
I hope Gemma washes that Purbeck 10K top….

Bournemouth parkrun:

Paul hill seems to have a taste for the 1st token at Bournemouth parkrun. Claiming it for the 2nd week in a row. Can he make it 3 weeks this weekend? The world waits with baited breath…. Jud Kirk claimed a top 10 finish with 8th. Billy McGreevy jogged round to get ready for Blackvale Moor Half the following day. And  youngster Josephine Baldry and Will Price followed in afterwards.

Billy McGreevy keeping the legs ticking over.
Billy McGreevy keeping the legs ticking over.