THE VALIANT FEW FAIL IN BATTLE TO KEEP BAC/NFJ IN YDL PROMOTION CHASE AT WINCHESTER

By William Kearsey

The 20 athletes from BAC and NFJ who spared their time to represent the composite team of B/N/P deserve great praise. It will require a dramatic turn of events at the final match at Ealing for B/N/P to be promoted. Realistically, we needed to finish 2nd to still be in the hunt for promotion. Unfortunately we finished 3rd.

Four athletes, who have far greater interests in English Schools than in aiding BAC/NFJ/PR gain promotion, still chanced injury by competing in a multitude of events for the club. Special thanks therefore to Danielle Broom, Ben Dickinson, Matthew Ridge and Patrick Sylla.

Also thanks to Jamie Williamson, Tom Peters, Muiris Egan, Kevin Hodgson, Glenn Balfour, Bridget Dence, Keelan Abley, Megan Lucas and Jack Betts from BAC, and to the seven from New Forest Juniors who have given marvellous support in the three matches thus far.

The match was always going to be problematic. Due to the way athletics are organised in this country, BAC had a Wessex League match at home and YDL at Winchester the same day. In addition four BAC athletes were (quite rightly) representing their counties in school multi events at Yeovil or Reading. Luckily only two athletes who were needed at Winchester competed at King’s Park, as they could not spare the whole day at Winchester.  More damaging was the absence of 5 who were injured and a couple who had other pressing engagements.

Just about everybody competed in 3 or 4 events. Glenn Balfour as always volunteered for events such as 400m hurdles, 1500m steeplechase, 400m flat and 4x100m relay despite a persistent cough and cold. Bridget Dence being a middle distance specialist, the 800m, 1500m, 100m and 4 x100m relay.

Danielle Broom exemplified the attitude many elite athletes (perhaps foolishly) take. Namely that they never want a poor result to appear against them on P of 10. She won U17 discus with 39.34m, hammer with 51.96 and shot with 11.69, followed by running in the 4×100 U20 relay which the team won.

Muiris Egan deserves mention because, as a sprinter running 100m and 200m, he also ran 2.07.9 in 800m then was part of a BAC quartet to win 4×100 U20 relay. Patrick Sylla took a rest from Long Jump to do Triple Jump and High Jump. Jamie Williamson, Ben Dickinson and Matthew Ridge faithfully turned out doing their usual various events, Matthew wisely ignoring the idiotic request by the author to also do Triple Jump.

Tom Peters made a welcome return to the team, after a forced absence due to having to work Saturdays and missing most of the season’s competitions. Apologies to Keelan Abley who could easily have done more events at Wessex in a home fixture but was stuck with just the 100m and 200m for points at Winchester.

Well done to Megan Lucas and Jack Betts. Megan made a long awaited club debut, again due to working Saturdays, making a valuable contribution filling gaps due to those representing Dorset Schools at Yeovil. Jack has only just joined the club and was keen to compete. He was 5th in 1500m U17 and running in U20 800m was 2nd. A daunting debut indeed.

A final thanks to Paula the Team Manager on the day, Lisa the volunteer driver, the officials and helpers from BAC and to the relatively small club of New Forest Juniors who certainly punch above their weight.

MAGNIFICENT SEVEN CHOSEN TO REPRESENT DORSET AT ENGLISH SCHOOLS

By William Kearsey

Congratulations to Danielle Broom, Angel Kerin, Madeleine Smith, Ben Dickinson, Jack Howlett, Matthew Ridge and Patrick Sylla for being selected to represent Dorset at the English Schools Championships in Gateshead on 10th and 11th July. We wish them all the very best of luck.

The county of Dorset is limited to 25 entrants based on its school population. Hampshire has an allocation of 60. Last year BAC had a dozen or more chosen to represent their respective counties, which was probably a club record. This year, 37 Dorset athletes achieved English Schools Standard. Four BAC athletes gained that standard but were below the criteria  level the selectors had to set this year to pick the best 25. Hard luck to Ben Arnold, Rosie Wootten, Cameron Cooke and Olivia Galloway, but well done for reaching the ES Standards.

The English Schools Championships commenced in the 1920’s and is one of the largest athletics competitions by number in the world.

Also please could any parents or supporters travelling to Gateshead manage a photo or two that can be available to be put on the club website it would be most appreciated!

Round up of a busy weekend for BAC athletes across the UK and Europe

By William Kearsey

As Ian Graham has already reported on events at Bedford and Bracknell, I will start my report with the main action for BAC athletes this weekend, which was at Exeter.   BAC provided a good number of athletes to represent Dorset at the South West Schools Regional Championships.

Giving priority to Championship winning performances, means starting with Danielle Broom who won both the discus and hammer (Inter Girls). Jack Howlett won shot and was 2nd in discus (Inter Boys). Ben Dickinson won Inter Boys javelin. Rosie Wootten won Senior Girls high jump. None achieved PBs, but the main thing in championships is to beat the opposition in front of you and hopefully to get in the habit of doing so at different venues and different conditions.

Those fine achievements were closely followed by Madeleine Smith who came 2nd in Inter Girls triple jump with a slight improvement on her PB to 11.04m.

Further good performances were by Matthew Ridge who came 3rd in shot and 4th in discus (Senior Boys). Cameron Cooke (recently returned to BAC) came 2nd in hammer with a PB of 39.01m and 6th in discus (Junior Boys). The fresh west-country air did Dorset newcomer Jamie Williamson a power of good as he sailed over the bar to come 2nd with 1.83m in Senior Boy’s high jump. Muiris Egan proved continued his consistently high standard coming 2nd in Senior Boys 400m. Lewis Sainval, making his debut at regionals level, gained a bronze medal coming 3rd in Inter Boy’s 800m with 2.02.60.

Gemma Kennard came 4th with a PB of 12.81secs in 100m and 8th in high jump (Junior Girls). Olivia Galloway was 4th in 80m Hurdles and 11th in long jump (Inter Girls). Amelia Dobson was 6th in long jump and 6th in her heat for 75m Hurdles (Junior Girls). Verity Cowell came 6th in high jump (Inter Girls). Holly Lowther was 4th in her heat of 75m Hurdles (Junior Girls). Also finishing 4th in a heat for Inter Girl’s 100m, was Izzy Wedderburn.

Over at Erith on the Kent/London border, Iona Sheerin was representing Hampshire in the 80m hurdles and high jump. Iona found the competition too hot to handle, coming 2nd in both of her events. However she, along with Verity and Olivia will be competing in their respective Schools Regional Multi Events Championships next weekend which we hope to report on and wish them the best of luck.

Not being at an event makes it difficult to comment fully. However from past personal experience as an official, I know going from King’s Park at county level at a busy Exeter venue, with 7 teams each of 100 or more athletes, with stricter (stranger) officials, 2 parallel jumping pits, and people running beside you, etc. can be a very challenging experience. Hopefully the younger ones who may not have done quite as well as they hoped will be back next year having learned a bit from Saturday’s trip.

At the time of writing the Dorset Team selection has not been made public, but the standard seems to be gradually getting higher year by year. The selectors have a thankless task which they do not take lightly.

Patrick Sylla chose not to compete at Exeter and hoped to improve on his PB in U20 Long Jump at Bedford U20 UK Championships to try to be selected for World Junior Championships in Columbia. Unfortunately at this level you need to be 100% fit. Patrick failed in his attempt but hopefully can swap his Spanish phrase book for a Geordie one for the trip to Gateshead rather than Cali.

As Ian has already reported on Bedford and Bracknell I shall turn to Cheboksary where the European Athletics Team Championships Super League was held.

Ex-BAC sprinter Sven Knipphals represented Germany and came 3rd in Men’s 100m with 10.50 secs. He also ran in Germany’s 4x100m Men’s relay where they came 4th.

Finally in the 35OC heat in Castres (France), Sarah Kearsey represented SA Toulouse University Club, continuing her steady comeback after illness. She came 2nd in both 400m hurdles and 400m in the Midi-Pyrenees Regional Championships with SBs in both events.

Purbeck 10k, Puddletown Plod and Parkruns

The BAC squad ready for the Purbeck 10k
The BAC squad ready for the Purbeck 10k

BAC‘s Dorset Road Race League campaign was back on track after a win for the men, and a second place for the ladies, in the Purbeck 10k in the evening of Friday 19 June. Having won the Puddletown Plod almost a week earlier, Steve Way was again the winner on Friday, almost a minute ahead of second placed Peter Thompson. Simon Munro, in fourth place, completed the BAC Open winning team, and the DRRL team was completed by Paul Hill and Billy McGreevy. Heidi Tregenza was a welcome sight back in action, and led the BAC ladies’ team, finishing as the second lady overall, and the first senior lady. The ladies’ team, completed by Nikki Sandell and Gemma Bragg, was pushed into second place by a very strong Poole AC, but this was still a strong performance by a team which achieved promotion to the DRRL 1st division only last year.  BAC’s results in the Purbeck 10k were:  1. Steve Way 32.37;  2. Peter Thompson 33.34;  4. Simon Munro 35.05;  8. Paul Hill 36.20;  9. Billy McGreevy 36.36;  30. Sanjai Sharma 39.08;  44. Heidi Tregenza 40.01;  65. Nikki Sandell 41.50;  77. Steve Cox 42.26;  88. Gemma Bragg 42.56;  99. Joe Price 37.30 (PB);  141. Caroline Rowley 45.48;  387. Will Price 63.08.  There were 428 finishers.

Gemma Gragg points out that Steve Way is, indeed, number 1
Gemma Gragg points out that Steve Way is, indeed, number 1

As already mentioned, Steve Way was the winner of the 20k Puddletown Plod on 14 June, completing the course in 1.09.03. This race is run on an ‘undulating’ (in other words, hilly) course, and Steve appears not to have been under particular pressure, as he was the clear winner.  Steve was first of 132 finishers.

There were some excellent BAC performances in the Parkruns on Saturday 20 June, the Bournemouth Parkrun being dominated by our youngsters.  Of a total of 370 finishers, Brandon Meredith was 6th, and Seb Hearn was 9th, both running PBs.  Abigail Richardson, JW11-14, ran the Parkrun for the first time, and Freya Waddington, JW10, ran a PB.  Over at Poole, of 623 who finished the Poole Parkrun, Graeme Miller was 65th.  Meanwhile, at Weymouth, Simon Munro, after his impressive run in the Purbeck 10k the previous evening, won the Weymouth Parkrun, leading 227 finishers across the line.  The first ever Parkrun in Salisbury took place a week or two ago, and Andy Gillespie was there, running his first Parkrun.  The Salisbury Parkrun has quickly become established, with 185 finishers on 20 June.

James Lelliott and Phoebe Dowson National Champions, SAL at Bracknell, WYAL at Woking, Regional Schools at Exeter and YDL (Lower) at Portsmouth

 

BAC's athletes and officials at SAL fixture, Bracknell
BAC’s athletes and officials at SAL fixture, Bracknell

This is a bit of a round-up without, at the time of writing, very much information available………………………………….

What is known, however, is that we have two National Champions, no less, from the England Athletics U20/U23 Championships at Bedford on Saturday, 20 June, namely James Lelliott and Phoebe Dowson.  James became the U23M Long Jump Champion with a jump of 7.50, a distance which isn’t James‘ PB, this being 7.57, achieved at the John Rumbold Open at Kings Park earlier this year. Phoebe achieved her U23W National Champion status in the Discus 1k with a throw of 48.27.  Many congratulations to our two Champions, and also to Kevin Hodgson and Patrick Sylla who, although not gaining championship titles, were amongst the ‘elite’ squad earning the right to compete at the National Championships.  Kevin worked his way through to the U20M 100m heats, finishing 4th in his heat in 10.98.  Patrick was a highly creditable 6th in the U20M Long Jump, achieving a distance of 6.94.  Well done to all – we are very proud of you!

Also on Saturday 20 June, due to other commitments and injuries, it was a depleted squad of five athletes, plus officials, who went to Bracknell for Round 3 of the Southern Athletics League season.  It was, therefore, perhaps inevitable that BAC would finish last of the five teams competing, but that takes nothing away from our athletes who were present, all of whom took part in a number of events, including for the first time (when Keelan Abley claimed PBs in the discus and javelin, it transpired that it was because he hadn’t previously thrown either a javelin or a discus, but well done for having a go!).  In addition, all our athletes helped out with the shortage of officials by assisting at some time with the running of the events.  So, hats off to Keelan, Rachel Welch, Danielle Marshall, Jemma Bates and Peter Briant, and also to the officials, Wynne and Ray Munden, Hazel Bates and Ian Graham.  BAC‘s athletes competed as follows: Keelan Abley 100m A (5th); DT B (4); JT B (3): Peter Briant 1500m A (5); HJ A (4); LJ A (5); TJ A (5); SP A (3); DT A (3); HT A (4); JT A (4): Rachel Welch 100m A (4); LJ A (1); TJ A (2); DT B (3): Jemma Bates 100m B (4); 200m A (5); SP A (3); DT A (4); HT A (4); JT A (4): Danielle Marshall 200m B (4); 400m A (4); 400mH A (1); SP B (3).  Full results, including the League position, should shortly be available at www.southernathletics.org.uk.

Also on 20 June a Regional Schools competition was taking place at Exeter.  Rumour has it that Danielle Broom was competing, and possibly other BAC athletes as well.  Regrettably, no further information is to hand at present, and your scribe isn’t available now for two weeks, but hopefully some more up to date information can be provided after that.

Round 2 of the Wessex Young Athletes League took place at Woking on 7 June, with BAC competing against Woking, MADJA, IOW, Andover and Waverley & Haslemere.  BAC was well represented in the U13G and U15G categories, but the situation was a little different in the other categories, with three U17W, U13B and U15G, and one U17M. However, there were some excellent performances, resulting in, on the day, the U13G finishing 4th, U13B 6th, U15G 4th, U15B 5th, U17W 2nd, U17M 5th, with an overall position of 4th. Without in any way taking away from any of the performances, the outstanding ones must have been from, in the U13 Girls, Elle Ward and Yasmin Bridet, who both won three of their four events, and, in the U15 Girls, Gemma Kennard, also winning three of her four events, and Amelia Dobson, winning two events and second in two. All of the U17W, U13B and U15B are to be congratulated on their multi-eventing, the only exception being Tom Farwell, who nevertheless made a major contribution by finishing second in the 1500m. Congratulations, too, to Lewis Sainval, BAC‘s only U17M, who won both his events. The BAC athletes who competed were: U13GElle Ward 100m A (1st); 200m A (1); 4 x 100m (1); LJ A (4): Yasmin Bridet 100m B (1); 70mH A (1); 4 x 100m (1); SP A (2): Isabelle Franklin 200m B (4); LJ B (5): Ruby Bowden 800m A (3): Louise Rhymes 800m B (6): Jasmine Stocker 70mH B (3); 4 x 100m (1): Tanishia Davis 4 x 100 (1): Hannah Saunders SP B (2); DT B (2); JT A (3): Ria Hartigan DT A (2). U15G – Gemma Kennard 100m A (1); 4 x 100m (2); LJ B (1); HJ A (1): Holly Lowther 100m B (2); 75mH A (1); 4 x 100m (2): Rebecca Hannibal 200m A (3); 4 x 100m (2); SP A (5): Charlotte Quantick 200m B (3): Laurin Sheerin 300m A (3); SP B (4): Abi Richardson 300m B (2); 800m A (3); HJ B (2): Amelia Dobson 75mH B (1); 4 x 100m (2); LJ A (1); JT A (2). U17W – Iona Sheerin 100m A (2); 80mH A (1); SP A (1): Charlie Sidaway 100m B (2); 200m A (2); 80mH B (1): Verity Cowell LJ A (3); HJ A (1); SP B (1). U13B Gil Rees 100m A (5); 75mH B (2); LJ A (4): Oliver Hassan 200m A (6); 75mH A (2): Tom Farwell 1500m A (2). U15B – Johannes Elie 100m A (3); 200m A (3); LJ A (5): Jim Dence 80mH A (3); LJ B (1); HJ A (5): Fraser Spall DT A (3); JT A (4). U17M Lewis Sainval 800m A (1); LJ A (1).  A Quadkids competition also took place, involving the same teams, at Woking. BAC were represented by Lauren Stocker in the girls’ competition, and Samuel Rappoport in the boys’.  Well done to both Lauren and Samuel, but, as every other team was supported by a number of athletes, it was inevitable that BAC would finish 6th on the day.  Full results can be found at www.wessexleaguetandf.co.uk.

The third round of the Youth Development League (Lower Age Group) season was taking place at Portsmouth at the moment of writing (21 June), and a squad of our athletes was spotted leaving Kings Park in the morning.  Hopefully, all is going well, and it is anticipated that more information will be provided here in due course.  In the meantime, the results will no doubt eventually be available at www.ukydl.org.uk.

Jez Bragg achieves a further record, Endure 24, Swansea HM and BAC night out

 

Just how tough is Ramsay's Round? Jez Bragg finds out
Just how tough is Ramsay’s Round? Jez Bragg finds out

Many congratulations to Jez Bragg on achieving a new record of 18 hours 12 minutes for Ramsay’s Round, a 24 hour hill running challenge based around Glen Nevis and the Lochaber Mountains in the Scottish Highlands. The established route for the challenge starts and finishes in Fort William, and takes in various peaks, including Ben Nevis, Great Britain’s highest mountain. It involves a total distance of 58 miles and 25,399 feet elevation.  Although many have tried, only 80 people have succeeded over the years in completing the Round in under 24 hours, so Jez joins a distinguished group, with the added distinction of breaking a record which has stood for 26 years.  Jez is one of the country’s leading Ultra Distance runners, and recently finished second The Fellsman, a fell race taking in each of the Yorkshire Three Peaks, Penyghent, Whernside and Ingleborough.  The Ramsay’s Round isn’t the only record held by Jez.  In December 2012, Jez commenced the Te Araroa, a trail extending from the northern tip of North Island, New Zealand, to the southern tip of South Island, over terrain which varies from reasonably passable to practically impossible (including a kayak crossing from North Island to South Island), a distance of 3,000km,which Jez completed in 53 days, 9 hours and 1 minute, a record which still stands.

A new record for Ramsay's Round is established.  Will it take another 26 years for it to be broken?
A new record for Ramsay’s Round is established. Will it take another 26 years for it to be broken?
Jez is congratulated by Gemma on a new record for Ramsay's Round
Jez is congratulated by Gemma on a new record for Ramsay’s Round

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Ultra running is becoming quite familiar to BAC!  Three BAC athletes took part in Endure 24, a 24 hour relay race over a 5 mile loop of forest trails at Aldermaston, Near Reading, over the weekend 12 – 14 June.  Anthony Clark competed as part of the Profeet team, which finished 4th in the mixed category, 6-8 athletes, completing 41 laps.  Anthony ran his six laps in 30.16,30.17, 30.49, 32.18(night), 31.18 and 30.55.  Chris O’Brien‘s team, Bugface, was in the 3-5 athletes, mixed, category and was 24th of 79 having completed 31 laps.  Chris‘ seven laps were 34.29, 36.04, 36.23, 40.30. 43.06 (both in the dark), 39.20 and 40.37. Paul Hill also competed, but at the time of writing details of Paul‘s team and individual results aren’t to hand.

Chris O'Brien (centre) and team still smiling after the Endure 24
Chris O’Brien (centre) and team still smiling after the Endure 24
Paul Hill (529) and his Endure 24 team 'before the fun starts'
Paul Hill (529) and his Endure 24 team ‘before the fun starts’
Chris O'Brien on Endure 24 course
Chris O’Brien on Endure 24 course
The finish line always comes! Chris O'Brien and the Bugface team conquer Endure 24
The finish line always comes! Chris O’Brien and the Bugface team conquer Endure 24

Meanwhile, Simon Hearn took part in a more ‘normal’ event on 14 June, namely the Swansea Half Marathon.  Simon‘s sense of achievement in running a PB of 1.30.29 was only slightly marred by the fact that he didn’t break 1.30 – but it’s only a matter of time!  Simon was 141st of 3396 finishers.

Approximately 30 of BAC‘s road and cross country runners, and their friends and families, descended on Casa Brazil, Old Christchurch Road, on 10 June for a very enjoyable evening and excellent food.  Word is that the next ‘social’, a beach barbeque, is already being discussed.  Many thanks to Gemma Bragg for organising it all.

BAC road runners' night out, organised by Gemma Bragg
BAC road runners’ night out, organised by Gemma Bragg

 

BAC at 2015 Dorset Schools Championships

By William Kearsey

The 2015 Schools Championships were held at King’s Park on Saturday 14th June. Although the manure remained deposited next to the track, air quality was much improved on the County Championships of three weeks earlier. There was still the occasional agrarian aroma which was caught on the wind and blown across the venue, giving an air of authenticity from a Dorset farmyard setting one may expect to find in a Thomas Hardy novel.

The first two finishers from each discipline at the County Schools for Junior, Intermediate and Senior levels usually progress to the Regional Schools Championships, to be held next Saturday at Exeter against Cornwall, Devon, Somerset, Avon, Gloucestershire and Wiltshire. A limited number of places are sometimes available to those finishing 3rd  . Athletes are only able to compete in two disciplines at county and regional level.

As Year 7s do not progress further, they have been given first mention here. Yasmin Bridet won the 100m with Elle Ward coming 2nd. Elle went one better in the 200m, winning the event. Not to be out done, Yasmin Bridet won the 70 hurdles with a Championship Best Performance of 11.4, and Hollie Yule was 2nd. Also not to be outdone, Hollie came equal 1st in the High Jump. Unfortunately BAC Boys had no top two finishers.

Junior Girls saw Gemma Kennard have a magical few moments that make the days of hard winter training seem so worthwhile. Having won the High Jump just short of English Schools Standard, she hurriedly changed spikes and within seconds sped off down the track to win the 100m, with Izzy Wedderburn coming 2nd. Izzy then won the Long Jump. In 75m Hurdles Amelia Dobson won, with Hollie Lowther 2nd, meaning they will recommence battle on the track at Exeter.

Intermediate Girls saw Charlotte Sidaway finish 2nd in the 100m. Bridget Dence, with little training due to her studies and exams, blew away the cobwebs to win the 1500m. Olivia Galloway finished 2nd in 80 Hurdles with a time just outside English Schools Standard. High Jump saw Verity Cowell come 2nd. Long Jump saw Olivia Galloway win by knocking Madeleine Smith off top spot with her last jump. Madeleine already had the satisfaction of earlier winning the Triple Jump with a jump well in excess of English Schools Standard distance. Danielle Broom won Discus with an English Schools Standard throw. In Hammer she reached National Standard and broke the Championship Best Performance with a distance of 51.88 metres.

Angel Kerin was agonisingly close to the National Standard, winning Senior Girls Triple Jump with 11.36m. Rosie Wootten won High Jump with 1.60m.

Junior Boys had no BAC members finishing in the top 2 positions.

Intermediate Boys saw Lewis Sainval finish 2nd in the 800m and finish well clear of all challengers to win the 1500m, making sure he would definitely be making his first trip to Exeter Arena. Patrick Sylla won the Long Jump with a National Standard distance. Jack Howlett came first in the Shot with an English Schools Standard putt despite carrying an arm injury. Ben Dickinson maintained his good form with a win and English Schools distance despite being hampered by the blustery conditions.

In Senior Boys, Ben Arnold finished 2nd in an English Schools time of 11 seconds. Muiris Egan won the 400m. Jamie Williamson came 2nd in the High Jump, thus ensuring a scenic drive through the Dorset and Devon countryside. In the past Jamie has competed for Hampshire and travelled to such exotic spots as Erith along the M3 and M25. Matthew Ridge won both Shot and Discus, the former with a National Standard putt of 14.36.

Meanwhile in the Hampshire Schools Championships, Iona Sheerin came 2nd in the Intermediate Girls High Jump.

Congratulations to all those selected (and hopefully accepting the invitation) to represent Dorset at Exeter. Commiserations to those who didn’t make it to the next level and better luck with the rest of the season, which is only half way through it’s calendar. Well done to the coaches who give their time and effort 3 or more times a week throughout the year, and to the parents and carers. Finally, thank you to the officials, judges and starters.

Apologies if I have missed anyone in the report. If this is the case, please let me know if this is the case, so I can change it.

BAC BAL Team Battle it out in Bedford

On Saturday 6th June, the BAL team travelled to Bedford for their second match. The team arrived to find very windy conditions which were to play havoc with individual results. The BAC turn-out was strong but was missing a few key athletes due to injury.

Notable performances in the field came from the High Jump duo of Alex Cox and Jamie Williamson who each battled it out to 2nd places in A and B strings. Cox jumped a season’s opener of 1.95m as well as scoring decent points in the Discus throw.

James Lelliott gave great commitment to a range of field events scoring many valuable points for the team. He teamed up with Patrick Sylla with whom he scored an A and B string victory in the Long Jump. Lelliot’s 7.34m jump won the event by more than 70cm. He and Andy Brown then went on to score good points in the Javelin.

On the track the wind was very apparent. Sprinters Kevin Hodgson and Scott Rutter both ran sub 11s times to score valuable points in the 100m. Muiris Egan ran a particularly strong 400m A race to gain a worthy 3rd place, once again showing the strength he has this season. Rob McTaggart and David Long worked hard in the 5000m gaining 5th and 3rd places in the A and B string races. Roy Long (David’s dad) showed no fear by stepping in to the 3000m Steeple Chase to fill a space in the team and ended up reaping 6 valuable points.

BAC once again performed strong in both of the relays. The 4x100m quartet of Scott Rutter, Kev Hodgson, Ben Arnold and James Lelliott bought the baton home in 3rd place in the 4x100m race. In the 4x400m, Muiris Egan, Kev Hodgson, Scott Rutter and Karl Welch also took 3rd place.

At the end of the day BAC finished in 6th place (of 8) with only 12 points separating 4th, 5th and 6th places. This leaves BAC standing 6th (of 8) in the BAL Div 3 League Table on equal league points with the two teams immediately above. Had the team accumulated just 8 more match points over their first two matches then they would have retained their 4th place in the Division.

Team Manager Tim Hughes was very pleased with the performance of his athletes and with those who did more than just their normal events on the day.

“This match was particularly hard for us but we were able to battle through well because of that sheer commitment to succeed that this team has. We had some particular bad luck this round with a number of injuries which ruled out some key athletes from competing. We also had some athletes on the day who pushed through the pain barrier to get those extra points. I have to thank these guys especially and also those who helped fill in some gaps”.

Hughes goes on to talk about the next match. “We have to have a strong team for our next match at Derby on July 11th. I will be calling up a number of athletes who have not yet competed in the BAL this season and I look forward to an enthusiastic team travelling North for that match. I am sure we can pull out a great performance and rise back up the league table”.

Poole Festival of Running, Toby Chapman winner of Dartmoor Discovery, Upton Summer Series and Parkruns

Jacek Cieluszecki takes third place in the Poole 10k
Jacek Cieluszecki takes third place in the Poole 10k

The Poole Festival of Running, a massive event featuring 5k and 10k races, and various childrens’ races, organised by Poole Runners, took place on a very hot Sunday 7 June 2015. The day saw some excellent BAC results, and a brace of PBs in the 10k. Jacek Cieluszecki proved his return to form by finishing 3rd (of a total of 779 finishers) in 32.29, followed closely by Simon Munro, 11th in 34.44 and Paul Hill, 14th in 35.32, a PB. PBs were also achieved by BAC‘s next two finishers, Paul Consani, who was 27th in 36.48, and Chris O’Brien, 76th in 39.20. Dave Parsons was third V60 to cross the line (despite the fact that Dave is now what we used to call an OAP!) in a time of 45.04, 189th position. To complete the BAC squad were Joe Price, 283rd in 47.58, with Joe‘s dad, Will, finishing 672nd in 61.49. There were two excellent results by our youngsters in the 5k race. Of a total field of 207, Brandon Meredith was an excellent 5th in 19.04, with Sebastian Hearn an equally creditable 12th in 20.35.

Simon Munro features at the start of the Poole 10k
Simon Munro features at the start of the Poole 10k

The day before, Saturday 6 June, Toby Chapman competed in his first Ultra Distance race – and won!  The race in question was the Dartmoor Discovery, of which competitors are warned: “You’ll experience everything Dartmoor has to offer…………including unpredictable weather and those infamous hills”. The course is 32 miles long, involving 1363m of climbing, and Toby‘s winning time was 3 hr 51min 41s.  Of the race, Toby says: “It was tougher than planned with no food taken on board, but good fun!”  BAC seems to be developing a strong Ultra Distance squad – in addition to Toby, Steve Way, Jon Sharkey and Pat Robbins have produced some excellent Ultra results.  Well done, Toby, on this amazing performance!

Toby Chapman's well deserved award as winner of the Dartmoor Discovery
Toby Chapman’s well deserved award as winner of the Dartmoor Discovery

One series of races so far overlooked has been the Poole Runners Summer Series, at Upton Park.  The first race, on Wednesday 13 May, was won by Peter Thompson, and on 27 May, the second race, Ross Smith was 12th.  The change of day to Wednesday appears to have been a success, with 150 finishing on 13 May, and 190 on 27 May, on which date, of the 53 finishing the Junior race, BAC‘s Josh Monks was 53rd.

Of course, there are the Parkruns!  On 6 June, BAC athletes competed only in the Bournemouth Parkrun, with Paul Hill finishing his customary 2nd, joined by Nikki Sandell (1st Lady), Steve Cox, Jud Kirk, Damian Boyle (perhaps returning from injury? – Damian‘s time was 8 minutes over his PB) and Will Price.  396 runners completed the event.

YDL (Lower Age Group), Guildford and SAL, Portsmouth, 30/31 May 2015

 

Lewis Sainval with the leaders in the 1500m at SAL fixture, Portsmouth
Lewis Sainval with the leaders in the 1500m at SAL fixture, Portsmouth

The 2nd round of the Youth Development League (Lower Age Group) took place on Saturday, 30 May, with the composite team of which BAC is a part, in SW Division 1, competing in Guildford.  The other elements of the team are New Forest and Poole Runners. Unfortunately, not the strongest team was able to be present on the day, and the composite team finished 8th of 8 teams, but there were some strong performances from BAC‘s young athletes, with some useful wins and second places.  Amelia Dobson won her Long Jump competition with a jump of 4.77, and, in the same competition, Gemma Kennard was 2nd in the ‘A’ string with a jump of 4.80. Along with Amelia the U13G 4 x 100 relay team also included Rebecca Hannibal and Tola Chilwny, and finished 2nd. Yasmin Bridet won two of her three events, namely 70mH and Shot Putt, with a throw of 6m, although it is fair to point out that Louise Galloway was also competing in the U13G, and threw 6.68 to finish 4th in the ‘A’ competition.   All of our young athletes competed in at least two, and in most cases more, events, and they are to be commended for showing such a competitive spirit – well done, one and all!  The BAC element of the boys’ team consisted of Harry Grubb (300m, 200m), Jim Dence (80mH, HJ, 4 x 400), Fraser Spall (DT,HT, JT), Tom Farwell (1500m, SP,HJ) and Rhys Allen (JT, HJ).  The BAC athletes in the composite girls’ team were Rebecca Hannibal (100m, 200m, JT, 4 x 100 – 2nd), Amelia Dobson (75mH, SP, LJ – 1st B, 4 x 100 – 2nd), Yasmin Bridet (75m, 70mH – 1st A, SP – 1st B), Poly Yule (JT, HJ, 4 x 100), Louise Galloway (JT, SP, LJ), Tola Chilwny (100m, 200m, 4 x 100) and Gemma Kennard (LJ – 2nd A, HJ).  The full results can be found at www.ukydl.org.uk.

Following the 2nd round of the Southern Athletic League at Portsmouth on Sunday 31 May, BAC lie 12th of 20 teams of Division 3 SW, having finished 4th of the 5 teams competing at Portsmouth. There were some excellent performances from BAC athletes, with useful wins and second places, and congratulations to particularly to Jamie Williamson and Danielle Broom for achieving Man and Woman of the Match awards for their High Jump and Hammer respectively, Danielle‘s Hammer throw being a new club record.  Other noteable performances amongst the men were from Cameron Hale, for his Discus and Javelin throw wins, particularly impressive as Cameron was throwing with ‘adult’ weights for the first time, and second place in the High Jump, and Peter Briant for his Discus throw win and second places in Shot Putt and Javelin.  Amongst the women, congratulations to Iona Sheerin for her High Jump win, Olivia Galloway and Danielle Marshall for their second placings in the 200m and 400mH respectively, Madeleine Smith who won the Triple Jump and was second in the Long Jump, Janet Dickinson, who won three of her four events, Triple Jump, Discus and Hammer, and Danielle (Broom) who, in addition to the High Jump already mentioned, won the Hammer and was second in the Shot Putt.  Also, we mustn’t forget Dave (‘Points Machine’) Flicos, who competed in no fewer than 7 events!  The BAC team consisted of, for the men, Dave Flicos (100m,200m, PV, LJ, TJ, SP and HT), Brandon Meredith (200m, 800m), Lewis Sainval (800m, 1500m), Ian White (3000m, LJ), Jamie Williamson (HJ – 2nd A), Cameron Hale (HJ – 2ndB, DT – 1st A, JT – 1st B) and Peter Briant (SP – 2nd A, DT – 1st A, HT, JT – 2nd A).  The BAC womens’ team consisted of Iona Sheerin (200m, HJ – 1st A), Olivia Galloway (100m, 200m – 2nd B, LJ), Danielle Marshall (400m, 400mH – 2nd A), Jessica Greenhalgh (800m, 1500m), Sam Laws (1500m, 3000m), Madeleine Smith (LJ – 2nd B, TJ – 1st A, JT), Janet Dickinson (TJ – 1st A, DT – 1st B, HT – 1st B, JT) and Danielle Broom (SP 2nd A, DT 1st A, HT – 1st A).  Winners or not, every single athlete who took part earned valuable points, so well done to everyone.  Full results (with a bit of navigating through the website!) can be found at www.southernathletics.org.uk. In addition, BAC provided more than its fair share of officials, with Wynne and Ray Munden, Brian Johnson, Hazel Bates, Paul Rees, Paula Broom and Ian Graham all helping to ensure the fixture went smoothly.

Brandon Meredith in the 800m
Brandon Meredith in the 800m
Peter Briant on his way to 2nd position in the Shot putt
Peter Briant on his way to 2nd position in the Shot putt
Olivia Galloway earns some long jump points
Olivia Galloway earns some long jump points
Danielle Marshall fights a strong head wind in the 400m
Danielle Marshall fights a strong head wind in the 400m