Moors Valley and Bognor Regis 10Ks, Ox Marathon, 3 Mountains and Parkruns

Chris O'Brien celebrates his win in the DYMB Moors Valley 10k
Chris O’Brien celebrates his win in the DYMB Moors Valley 10k

A bit of catching up and some wins to report………………..
Congratulations to our Web Adminstrator, Chris O’Brien, on his win in the DYMB (Dorset Youth Marching Band) Moors Valley 10k on Sunday 17th May. Chris was 1st of 57 competitors in an off-road race in a time of 39.07. Meanwhile, Ross Smith and Simon Hearn were amongst the 1500 or so runners in the Bognor Regis 10k, with Ross finishing 13th in 37.18, and Simon 56th in 41.15. The race was run on a nice day, over a good course, the only problem being the wind as the competitors reached the seafront towards the finish.
A week later, and another BAC win – this time in the Ox Ultra Marathon, won by Anthony Clark in a time of 4.39.22. This was an impressive performance by Anthony over a course of 35 or so miles described as taking place “in the beautiful rolling hills (that’s big hills) of Wiltshire”. 158 competitors completed the entire distance. The Ox Half Marathon was won by another name we know, Stuart Fox, at the moment unattached, but hopefully only temporarily so!
Many of you will have read Andy Gillespie‘s account of the ‘3 Mountain’ stage of his ‘4 Marathons and 3 Mountains’ challenge. Unfortunately, bad weather defeated Andy‘s attempt to conquer all of the three mountains, Snowdon, Scafell Pike and Ben Nevis. After a successful ascent of Snowdon, pouring rain and poor visibility meant that the marshalls required Andy and all the others to turn back some 300 metres from the summit – it seems part of the problem was that some of the participants were not deemed sufficiently fit to continue, which meant everyone had to abort. The weather again intervened on Ben Nevis, this time snow and ice, with the result that without full climbing gear it wasn’t possible to reach the summit sufficiently safely. Undeterred, Andy has already signed up for the same challenge next year!
In the Bournemouth Parkrun on 16 May, BAC had yet another winner, namely Nikki Sandell, 1st lady, and 15th overall of the 393 competitors. Also running were regulars Steve Cox, Jud Kirk, Paul Consani, Ian White and Joe Price, who were joined by Dave Parsons, getting back to form with a PB. Meanwhile, in Poole Park, Simon Munro and Robin Copestick were 4th and 5th respectively of the 618 finishers. The following week, 23 May, Paul Dixon-Box ran a PB to finish 2nd in the Bournemouth Parkrun, with Jud Kirk, Ian White, Joe Price and Paul Consani also competing amongst the total of 395. Steve Way added to the list of BAC winners by finishing 1st (of 686) in the Poole Parkrun on 23 May, joined by Sanjai Sharma in 20th position.

Still a chance of YDL promotion after 2nd place at Portsmouth

By William Kearsey

It was a great day for the BAC athletes, and those from Poole Runners and New Forest Junior AC, who competed in the thoughtfully named BNP composite team at Portsmouth on Saturday 16th May.

There were over FIFTEEN PBs set by BAC athletes in the match.  PR and NFJ athletes also achieved many PBs.

In U20 men, Kevin Hodgson won the U20 100 and 200 meters A string races, with Ben Arnold winning the two B string races. They both set PBs in both races; Kevin with 10.8 secs and 21.6 secs and Ben with 11.1 secs and 22.2 secs.

Muiris Egan won 400m U20 in 50 secs dead, maintaining his strong form this year.

Ben Dickinson, still and U17 athlete, competed in the higher age group, coming third in U20 discus.

James Glynn made a very welcome return to competition after nearly a year out of athletics due to various injuries. He finished first in HJ B string and third in LJ A string, despite being U17. Jamie Williamson came first in HJ A string and second in LJ B string.

In U17 men, the versatile Cameron Hale set 3 PBs, coming fourth in 100m and 100m hurdles, and third in LJ.

Brandon Meredith came first in the gruelling 3000m and second in 800m.

Jack Howlett was probably the outstanding BAC athlete of the day. He won all 3 of his events and set PBs in all of them. His winning distances were 44.13m in the discus, 45.16m in the hammer and 14.68m in the shot.

Ben Dickinson won U17 Javelin with 54.59m.

Alex Paul made a welcome debut and gained valuable points coming third in triple jump and fourth in HJ.

In U20 women, U17 athlete Verity Cowell competed in the higher age group and won HJ A string and came third in A string shot. Verity also came 6th in U17 A string 200m

Angel Kerin came 3rd in LJ A string with 5.28m and won the triple jump with 11.35m. Both were impressive PBs achieved after recent illness.

Olivia Galloway won U20 LJ B string and came second in the U17 javelin.

U17 women saw Iona Sheerin come second in A string 100m, second in 80m hurdles and first in HJ with 1.65m.

Danielle Broom couldn’t quite match her fantastic achievements of the 1st match, but still put in strong performances, winning the discus and the shot.

BAC’s athletes participated in the victorious U17 women’s and U20 men’s 4x100m races. They also contributed towards the 4×100 U17 men’s team finishing 3rd.

The efforts of our fellow composite team members also deserve to be mentioned. Poole Runners contributed 4 athletes to the team and New Forest Junior AC, 6. Broadly speaking, but not solely, they filled the many places in distances of 300m and upwards. New Forest Junior provided 2 young ladies who gained near maximum points in U17 1500m steeple chase, hardly a cushy event.

To summarise, B/N/P amassed 575 match points on the day behind Winchester who had 593. If it were not for last minute injuries to two BAC athletes, B/N/P could have possibly won the match.

After 2 of the 4 matches Winchester lead with 15 points, Hillingdon are 2nd with 14, B/N/P are 3rd with 13 and Ealing are 4th with 10. The other 4 teams are unlikely to be able to gain promotion. We need to win 1 and come no lower than 2nd in the remaining 2 match to ensure 1 of the 2 promotion places.

As YDL Upper Manager can I appeal to all U17 and U20 athletes to try and be available for the two matches on Sunday 28th June at Winchester and Sunday 26th July at Ealing. The 28th June fixture clashes with Wessex League which is at King’s Park. There is no promotion or relegation irrespective of BAC finishing 1st or 20th in Wessex League (BAC normally finish about 15th). Nikki Hannibal the Wessex League Manager agrees it is beneficial to represent B/N/P (BAC) in YDL and gain promotion rather than compete in the Wessex match. In addition a few BAC multi eventers are understandably opting to compete at regional schools heptathlon events, their absence making it all the more important BAC athletes be available if possible for YDL.

Well done to all athletes, coaches, officials and helpers at Portsmouth.

NDV Marathon update, Parkruns and Lymington 10k

First of all, apologies to Pat Robbins, whose contribution to the North Dorset Village Marathon was omitted from our report of 9 May. The event also includes a relay race (teams of four), and Pat was one of the SVM Relay Team. SVM won the ‘Mixed Team’ (ie 2 males, 2 females) race, and was third overall of the 28 teams who competed. Their aggregate time was 2.51.52.
Simon Munro seems to be recovering from his cracked ribs, caused in a cycle accident, as he was third in the Bournemouth Parkrun on Saturday 9 May, in which Paul Hill was fifth. Also amongst the 419 finishers were Jud Kirk, Steve Cox, Ian White, Eddie Suthers and Ian Graham (pacing 32 minutes). Of the 638 who completed the Poole Parkrun on the same day, Ross Smith was seventh, and 19th was Chris O’Brien, running a PB of 18.49.
Rumour has it that Paul Hill, and Joe and Will Price ran in the Lymington Lifeboat 10k on Sunday 10 May but, at the time of writing, no results have been published.

BAC British Athletics League Team have a great start to the Track and Field season

BAC Men’s British Athletics League team who were promoted to Division 3 for this season got off to a great start in their first match at Swansea on 9th May.   The team who had a few setbacks with injury going into the match battled their way to a superb 4th place (out of 8 teams) to show that they really aim to to business in this division.

The day opened with James Lelliott winning the A-string Long Jump in blustery conditions.  This led the way in a feast of great BAC field event performances proving that Bournemouth are a team to be recognised in their new division.  Lelliott followed up with a win in the B-string Discus with Andy Brown taking the B-string Javelin, behind Lelliott’s A-string 3rd place.  Matt Ridge scored valuable points in all three heavy throws with a superb second place in the A-string Shot.

On the track, conditions were harsh for the sprinters with a strong headwind gusting to -5m/s.  Nonetheless, Kevin Hodgson, Ben Arnold and Scott Rutter scored superb points in the 100m and 200m.  One of the outstanding performances of the day by a BAC athlete was Muris Egan’s 400m A-race finishing 3rd in a superb PB of 49.99s.  Ben Arnold, making a BAL debut at the same event scored well with 3rd in the B race.  Jamie Grose and Josh King gained A and B string 3rd places in a tough 1500m race before Rob Mctaggart and David Long finished 5th (A) and 2nd (B) respectively in a quality 3000m race containing containing some good national standard athletes.

Great performances in the relays saw the 4x100m squad (Rutter, Hodgson, Arnold and Lelliott) finish 3rd while the 4x400m squad battled out 5th place in a very tough race.

Team Manager Tim Hughes was delighted with his team’s performance… “The enthusiasm of this team is second to none.  This is a great bunch of lads to work with since they want success so much.  This result really sets us up to think about promotion once again and if I can pull in some of those athletes unable to compete this time round into the remaining matches then that certainly could be on the cards.”

Jon Sharkey competes for his country over 100k, North Dorset Village Marathon, Parkruns and the BAC vest in Spain


Jon Sharkey competes for England in the Anglo-Celtic 100k Plate
Jon Sharkey competes for England in the Anglo-Celtic 100k Plate

For the second year running, Jon Sharkey was a member of the winning England team competing in the Anglo-Celtic 100k Plate competition which, this year, took place at Redwick, Wales on Saturday 2 May. Jon has quickly established himself as one of the country’s leading athletes at this distance, a journey which started with a 50k run in late 2013 to gain a qualifying time for consideration for last year’s Anglo-Celtic Plate, which he succeeded in doing despite minimum training, and, of course, selection for the England team for 2014 followed. Jon’s time last year ensured his selection for the competition this year on 2 May, when he finished an excellent fourth, in a time of 7.15.35, a ‘B’ standard for GB’s World Championship Team, and knocking some 8 minutes off last year’s time.  Jon is one of BAC‘s band of international athletes, the others being Steve Way and Pat Robbins, and we are very proud of Jon and all that he is achieving.

Nikki Sandell on her way to a win in the NDVM
Nikki Sandell on her way to a win in the NDVM

The next day, Sunday 3 May, the North Dorset Village Marathon took place, and congratulations to the two BAC ladies who competed, namely Nikki Sandell and Caroline Rowley.  Both Nikki and Caroline had run a week earlier in the London Marathon, and Caroline less than a week before that in Boston, thus completing three marathons in less than two weeks!  This means that Nikki‘s achievement in winning the ladies’ (all the ladies – not just the Vets!) race is all the more remarkable, Nikki‘s time being 3.16.04 in 18th overall position (Nikki‘s PB in London was just over three hours).  Caroline, having run just over 3.30 in both Boston and London, was surely pleased with her 90th position (of a total of 275) and time of 3.50.58.  BAC‘s men, also, put in good performances with two PBs.  Ben Walliman was the first of our men to cross the line, 22nd in 3.20.28, and in 46th was Tony Hunt in 3.36.45 and 96th was Steve Cox in 3.53.46.  Both Steve and Tony ran PBs.

Ben Walliman in the countryside in the NDVM
Ben Walliman in the countryside in the NDVM
Tony Hunt approaches a PB in the NDVM
Tony Hunt approaches a PB in the NDVM
Caroline Rowley still smiles during her third marathon in two weeks
Caroline Rowley still smiles during her third marathon in two weeks
Steve Cox on his way to a PB in the NDVM
Steve Cox on his way to a PB in the NDVM

Back to 2 May, and Billy McGreevy, recovering from his London Marathon run, was second in the Bournemouth Parkrun, in which Jud Kirk, Joe Price and Eddie Suthers (one of our youngsters) also ran.  Anthony Clark also appears to be recovering from his excellent London Marathon run, finishing 6th in the Poole Parkrun, with Ross Smith 8th and Paul Consani 9th.  Parkrun numbers are huge these days, with 390 finishing in Bournemouth and 634 in Poole.

Antonio Ruiz runs in a 'carrera urbana' in Ciudad Real
Antonio Ruiz runs in a ‘carrera urbana’ in Ciudad Real

Meanwhile, Antonio Ruiz, who ran for BAC a year or to ago, and helped with the Junior Development Group Wednesday evening training, continues to display his BAC vest in Spain.  Recently, proudly wearing the vest, Antonio ran 36.44 in a 10k race in Ciudad Real.

T & F catch-up; SAL Braunton, WYAL Bournemouth and YDL(L) Hillingdon

Brief details of BAC performances at the following fixtures…..

Southern Athletics League, Braunton, 25 April 2015
BAC are in Div 3 SW, and at the end of the 1st League fixture lie 12th of 20 competing clubs, having come third in their own fixture at Braunton. These are the BAC athletes who took part:
Muiris Egan: 100m SM A(string) 2nd 11.5 (PB); 200m SM A 1st 23.1.  Danielle Marshall: 100m SW A 4th 14.9; 200m SW A 4th 30.9; 400m SW A 4 71.9; 400mH SW A 3rd 76.9; DT 1k SW B 3rd 14.04.  Robin Copestick: 5000m SM A 1st 17.32.  Rosie Wootten: HJ SW A 2nd 1.55; LJ SW A 2nd 4.49; SP 4k SW B 1st 7.92.  Jemma Bates: 100m SW B 3rd 14.8 (PB); 200m SW B 3rd 30.4; HT 4k 3rd 7.62 (PB); JT 800 3rd 8.64.  Peter Briant: HJ SM A 3rd 1.30; LJ SM A 4th 4.43; TJ SM A 2nd 8.83; SP 7.26k SM A 1st 11.45; DT 2k SM A 1st 35.81; HT 7.26k SM A 2nd 21.86; JT 800 SM A 2nd 32.85. Anya Kay: SP 4k SW A 1st 9.62; DT 1k SW A 2nd 15.03; HT 4k SW A 4th 20.89; JT 600 SW A 4th 8.09.   Congratulations to such a small team on achieving such a result.  Full results available at

Wessex Young Athletes League, Bournemouth, 26 April 2015     This was a composite team consisting of BAC, Poole Runners and New Forest Juniors.  Here are the results of the composite team (some of these are NFJ, not BAC): U15 LJ G(Girls); A(string) 1. Izzy Wedderburn 4.53, B 1. Gemma Kennard 4.43U15 HJ G; A 1. Gemma Kennard 1.45, B 1. Abi Richardson 1.40. U15 SP G A 6. Laurin Sheerin 5.86, B 4. Rebecca Hannibal  5.34. U17 W 100m A 1. Charlie Sidaway 29.00, B 1. Megan Lucas 29.10. U17 W 800m A 1. Bridget Dence  2.24.50. U17 W 1500m 1. Bridget Dence 4.58.10. U17 W 80m 2. Charlie Sidaway 13.00. U17 W 4x400m relay 1. (Composite Team) Danielle Broom, Megan Lucas, Charlie Sidaway, Bridget Dence. U17 W LJ A 1. Sam Cash 4.77, B 1. Megan Lucas 4.76. U17 W Shot A 1. Danielle Broom  11.83. U17 W DT  A 1. Danielle Broom 37.52.  U13 B 100m A 5. Oliver Hassan 16.30, B 2. Louis Baron 15.20. U13 B 200m  A 5. Gil Rees 34.50, B 2. Louis Baron  31.60. U13 B 1500m  A 1. Tom Farwell  5.24.30, B 1. Conor Charlwood 5.48.20. U13 B 75mH  A 2. Oliver Hassan 16.70. U13 B 4x100m relay 3. (Composite Team) Oliver Hassan, Gil Rees, Louis Baron, Conor Charlwood. U13 B LJ A 4. Oliver Hassan 3.62, B 2. Gil Rees 3.34. U13 B SP  A 3. Conor Charlwood 5.27.  U13 B JT A 5. Conor Charlwood  11.11. U15 B 200m A 4. Jim Dence 31.20. U15 B 800m  A 3. Charlie Castro 2.38.70, B Jim Dence 2.43.50. U15 B LJ A 3. Charlie Castro 4.49, B 1. Joe Haywood 4.18. U15 B HJ A 5. Jim Dence  1.35. U15 B SP A 2. Fraser Spall 6.38. U15 B JT A 4. Fraser Spall 21.14, B 1. Charlie Castro 18.39. U17 M 100m A 4. Glen Balfour  14.60. U17 M 200m A 2. Keelan Abley 26.60. U17 M 800m A 1. Lewis Sainval 2.11.60, B 1. Glen Balfour 2.27.90. U17 M 1500m A 1. Lewis Sainval 4.30.90, B 1. Brandon Meredith 4.55.20. U17 M LJ A 1. Patrick Sylla 6.94, B 1. Glen Balfour  4.81. U17 M Shot A 1. Jack Howlett 15.16. U17 M DT A 1. Jack Howlett 42.30.  From six competing teams, the Composite Team’s position in each of the age categories is U13G – 4th; U13B – 3rd; U15G – 2nd; U15B – 3rd; U17W – 1st (well done!); U17M – 2nd, and the team lies 3rd overall.    Full results are available at  These include the results of the Quad Kids competition which took place on the same day, but these are unfortunately incomprehensible to your scribe.

Youth Development League (Lower Age), Hillingdon, 2 May 2015    This is also a composite team consisting of BAC, Poole Runners and New Forest Juniors, competing in Division South West 1.  At this fixture, the following BAC athletes competed: Poly YuleU13G HJ A(string) 2nd 1.35; U13JT A 4th 16.28; U13G 70mH B 2nd 12.8. Louise GallowayU13G LJ B 3.61; U13G Shot 2nd 6.55: U13G 70mH A 1st 11.9; Gemma KenardU15G HJ B 4th= 1.40; U15G LJ A 2nd 4.63; U15G 100m B 4th 13.4. Rebecca HannibalU15G LJ B 5th 3.88; U15G 200m A 7th 29.8: U15G 100m B 6th 14.4. Amelia DobsonU15G Shot A 6th 7.22; U15G JT A 5th 25.84; U15G 75m A 7th 13.2. Laurin SheerinU15G Shot B 7th 5.49; U15G 300m A 7th 50.0. Also Amelia Dobson, Laurin Sheerin, Rebecca Hannibal, Gemma Kennard 4th in 4×11 relay in 4.54.7. Tom FarwellU13B HJ B 7th 1.10; U13B Shot B 3rd 4.60; U13 B 1500m A 4th 5.16.2. Jim DenceU15B HT A 7th 1.30; U15B JT B 7th 8.66; U15B 800m A 7th 2.43.5. Fraser SpallU15B Shot A 8th 5.66; U15B JT A 7th 21.68; U15B HT A 5th 13.85.  The Composite Team are placed 3rd in their Division of eight teams, so this was a very creditable performance by all our young athletes.  Full results available at