Berlin, Purbeck and New Forest Marathons, Black Hill 10k, Hoburne 5, Unknown Duathlon and Parkruns

 

Simon Way is all ready for the Berlin Marathon
Simon Way is all ready for the Berlin Marathon

Simon Way, Graeme Miller and Tom Paskins were three BAC athletes who completed the Berlin Marathon on Sunday 27 September, all under three hours. Of 27,896 who completed the course, Simon was 440th in 2.43.58, Graeme 457th in 2.44.30 and Tom was 1090th in 2.55.17. Simon described himself as “very pleased” with his result (less than 35 seconds over his PB), “considering less than consistent training”. However, Graeme crossed the finish line “gutted and sore”, which is hardly surprising bearing in mind he was unfortunate enough to sustain an injury in the first mile, followed by more than 25 miles of pain.  On the bright side, as Graeme says, he would have been “over the moon” with this result 18 months ago, which shows the progress he has made.  Well done to Tom, who appears to have knocked nearly 30 minutes of his PB!

Simon Way (centre) and Graeme Miller (right) enjoy the Berlin sun after the marathon
Simon Way (centre) and Graeme Miller (right) enjoy the Berlin sun after the marathon

BAC participation in the Purbeck and New Forest Marathons was missed from the last report – apologies!  Part of the Purbeck Marathon event, which took place on 20 September, is the Purbeck 16, off-road as is the marathon, over a distance of, funnily enough, 16 miles.  Of the 132 who finished this race, Gary Woolnough was an amazing 12th in 2.15.10, completing the course just in front of Liz Yelling who, although perhaps not in the form of a few years ago, is still a very classy runner, and a notable ‘scalp’!  Also on 20 September, Peter Thompson was competing in the New Forest Marathon (also, nowadays, largely off-road).  Peter was treating this as a training run, but still managed to finish 2nd, in 2.53.10, despite running further than the marathon distance, having been sent off course by a marshal.  According to the results, Peter has transferred to Bournemouth Joggers!

Back to 27 September, and Heidi Tregenza was competing in, and winning, the Black Hill 10k, a trail run in the Bere Regis area.  Heidi was 14th overall of the 207 competitors, and the first lady.  In the Hoburne 5 (mile) race, now organised by Christchurch Runners, on the same day, Jud Kirk was the only BAC representative, finishing 18th of 105 in 32.58.   Also competing off-road on 27 September (we think!) was Ross Smith in a duathlon.  No more details are to hand, but it is thought the competition was in the Blandford area, but what is certain is that this was part of Ross‘s preparations for the European Duathlon Championships in Spain in the very near future. We wish Ross every success.

Heidi Tregenza on her way to a win in the Black Hill 10k
Heidi Tregenza on her way to a win in the Black Hill 10k
Ross Smith prepares for his Spanish adventure
Ross Smith prepares for his Spanish adventure

Of course, the Parkruns went ahead as usual on 26 September.  Rob McTaggart won the Bournemouth Parkrun in Kings Park, followed by Richard Nelson, Simon Hearn, Conor Charlwood (PB and 2nd JM 11-14), Joseph Henwood (3rd JM 11-14), Jud Kirk, Steve Cox, Ian Graham (1st V65) and Peter Briant, running in the Parkrun for the first time.  336 completed the course.  Over in Poole Park, BAC had a 1, 2 in the Poole Parkrun, which was won by Jacek Cieluszecki with Steve Way second.  In 15th position (of a total of 630) was Ali Carter, 1st JM 15-17.  In the Blandford Parkrun, Jez Bragg was 5th of a field of 107, in a time well over his PB, and, in the Salisbury Parkrun, Andy Gillespie ran a PB to finish 34th of 220 finishers.

Aldershot Road Relays, Jacek Cieluszecki update, Parkruns and Amy Spencer powerlifting success

 

BAC's Aldershot Road Relay V50 team - Nick Kenchington, Andy Gillespie, Ian Graham and Dave Parsons
BAC’s Aldershot Road Relay V50 team – Nick Kenchington, Andy Gillespie, Ian Graham and Dave Parsons

The Annual SEAA Road Relay Championships took place at Rushmoor Arena, Aldershot over the weekend 19/20 September, with BAC represented by only one team, a Vet 50 team, which must have had a combined age of more than most, if not all, of the competing Vet 50 teams, bearing in mind half of its members were V 65s! The Veterans run a 4 stage relay, and Nick Kenchington was first away for BAC, completing leg 1 of the approximately 3.8 mile course in 24.07, 45th of the 65 vets of all ages (V40, V50 and V60). Nick handed over to Andy Gillespie, who, inspired by a PB at the Salisbury Parkrun the day before, ran the course in 26.22, 55th of the 63 vets who completed leg 2.  Ian Graham took over for leg 3, who finished 56th of the 62 vets who ran his leg, in a time of 27.33, and Dave Parsons took the ‘glory’ last leg, running 27.06, 51st of the 60 vets on leg 4.  Although, in the final results, the BAC  Vets were 17th of the 19 complete V50 teams (and 52nd of the 58 vets teams of all ages, V40, V50 and V60), nevertheless all four who took part (who realised they weren’t in the hunt for medals!) enjoyed the occasion, and, as their race took place at 12.30, were then able to take in the sun whilst watching the start of the Senior Mens‘ race which commenced at 2.30 pm.  Considering that 69 teams of six, plus a number of incomplete teams, took part, and that the winning time was 17.45, with 20 men running under 18.31, it is easy to imagine what a spectacle this was.  The only thing which was missing was a a team wearing the BAC vest!

Nick Kenchington, leg 1 of Aldershot Relay
Nick Kenchington, leg 1 of Aldershot Relay

More photos of the Aldershot Relays below…………………

More details have come to light of Jacek Cieluszecki‘s race mentioned in the last report.  Jacek has just returned from holiday in Poland, during which he ran two highly successful, but very different, races.  The first was a mountain ultra race, very much so, as this was over a distance of no less than 100k, with an elevation of 4500m, known as the ‘7 Valley Run‘.  Jacek ran a remarkable 10 hr 35 min 28 sec, to finish 11th of a total of 450 finishers (there were numerous withdrawals).  Jacek says that he really enjoyed the race, but it is very different from road running.  He found the flat and uphill ok, but found the downhill, especially the rocky, technical, bits problematical, and says “I must improve my skills”.  With such a superb run, Jacek‘s skills don’t seem to need much improving!  The following week, Jacek ran in the Torun Parkrun, and won, with a new course record (16.42)!  The Torun Parkrun takes place in Jacek‘s hometown, and the course includes part of some of Jacek‘s long runs when he lived in Poland.  The website for this event is exactly the same as the websites for our Parkruns (including a picture of a London Routemaster Bus!), except, of course, it is all in Polish.  One page clearly refers to the new course record achieved by Jacek (“gratulujemy” – now what on earth can that mean?!).

Jacek Cieluszecki displays a well-earned medal, after finishing 11th in the 100k '7 Valley Run', Poland
Jacek Cieluszecki displays a well-earned medal, after finishing 11th in the 100k ‘7 Valley Run’, Poland

There was a BAC presence at just two of the Parkruns on Saturday 19 September. At the Bournemouth Parkrun, Paul Hill was 3rd, with Paul Consani 5th and Ross Smith 6th – both Paul and Ross running PBs for the course.  Also running at Bournemouth were Ian White, Alison Humphrey, Jud Kirk, Steve Cox, BAC‘s Captain Rich Nelson, showing a welcome recovery from injury, and Sam Laws.  Meanwhile, in the Salisbury Parkrun, Andy Gillespie‘s PB meant that his finish, 15th, was considerably higher than in previous Salisbury Parkruns, despite an increased (if not a record) field of 189.

Finally, although not strictly speaking athletics under the auspices of BAC, mention must be made of ex-BAC member Amy Spencer‘s recent achievement at the recent GBPF Classic Powerlifting Championships.  Amy came 4th in the Senior competition – despite the fact that she was competing as a Junior!  Furthermore, Amy achieved a Junior British Record in the Squat.  Well done, Amy!

Amy Spencer with coach and BAC stalwart, Paul Rees at GBPF Powerlifting Championships
Amy Spencer with coach and BAC stalwart, Paul Rees at GBPF Powerlifting Championships

And returning to the Aldershot Relays………………..

Andy Gillespie, leg 2 Aldershot Relay
Andy Gillespie, leg 2 Aldershot Relay
Ian Graham, leg 3 Aldershot Relay
Ian Graham, leg 3 Aldershot Relay
Dave Parsons, leg 4 Aldershot Relay
Dave Parsons, leg 4 Aldershot Relay

BAC ladies win Littledown 5, Parkruns and other news items

Nikki Sandell, Gemma Bragg and Heidi Tregenza (first lady), BAC's winning ladies' team at the Littledown 5
Nikki Sandell, Gemma Bragg and Heidi Tregenza (first lady), BAC’s winning ladies’ team at the Littledown 5

Congratulations to Heidi Tregenza, Nikki Sandell and Gemma Bragg on their team win in the ladies’ competition in the Littledown 5 (mile) race on Sunday 13 September, and in particular to Heidi who was the first lady to cross the line. As this event was part of the 2015 Dorset Road Race League, the win helps the BAC Ladies’ team to a top place in Division 1 of the League for the year, although, as Poole AC Ladies were second at Littledown, there is no room for error in the remaining three League races.  Of BAC‘s men, well done to Rob McTaggart for finishing second overall, and to Tom Paskins, Paul Consani, Simon Hearn and Tony Hunt for their PBs.  The DRRL team, consisting of Rob, Tom, Paul, Chris O’Brien and Ben Walliman, finished, in the League (subject to confirmation) second to Poole Runners, which means that, as Poole AC‘s Mens’ team were third, BAC is just hanging on to the top Division 1 spot, but good results at the remaining three fixtures, Weymouth 10 (18 October), Gilly Hilly (1 November) and Boscombe 10k (22 November) are needed to stay at the top.  Another good win at Littledown was Sebastian Hearn‘s finish as first U17.  Results (BAC): 2. Rob McTaggart 27.39;  17. Tom Paskins 29.29;  15. Paul Consani 30.16;  32. Heidi Tregenza 30.46; 33. Chris O’Brien 30.53;  40. Ben Walliman 31.31;  45. Simon Hearn 31.53;  55. Nikki Sandell 32.33;  57. Tony Hunt 32.42;  58. Jud Kirk 32.46;  59. Gemma Bragg 32.47;  65. Ian White 33.05;  71. Simon Hunt 33.19;  78. Steve Cox 34.07;  82. Seb Hearn 34.19;  114. Dave Parsons 37.00;  127. Louise Price 38.02;  225. Sam Laws 48.28. There was a total of 258 finishers.

Heidi Tregenza on her way to a win at the Littledown 5
Heidi Tregenza on her way to a win at the Littledown 5
Steve Cox close to the finish of the Littledown 5
Steve Cox close to the finish of the Littledown 5

The involvement of BAC athletes in the Littledown 5 probably explains the reduced participation in the Parkruns on Saturday 12 September.  In Kings Park, Damian Boyle was 4th at the Bournemouth Parkrun, Rob McTaggart 10th, and in 19th position, and first lady, was Alison Humphrey.  Also amongst the 321 finishers were Jud Kirk, and Louis BaldryLouis is JM10, and it’s tremendous to see BAC‘s youngsters competing.  Jez Bragg was third of the 97 runners at the Blandford Parkrun, and, in the Weymouth Parkrun, Simon Munro was 6th of a total of 222.  Further afield, Helen Ambrosen ran in the Clumber Park Parkrun, Nottinghamshire, and it was intriguing to see ‘Bournemouth AC‘ in the results alongside Retford, Newark and Worksop running clubs.  Helen, who was described as a ‘First-Timer’ (little do they know!) was 56th of the 148 who took part.

Whilst 18 of BAC‘s athletes were competing at Littledown, further down the coast Paul Chapman was taking part in ETU European Long Distance Triathlon Championships at Weymouth.  This consisted of a 1.9k swim in the sea, which Paul completed in 1 hr 18 mins, a 180k bike ride (6.39.22), and a marathon run (42.2k completed by Paul in 4.11.00).  So, including transition times, Paul‘s total time was 12.13.55, and he was 203rd of a total of almost 400, and 35th in the 35-39 age category.  Quite an achievement – well done Paul!

Whilst on the topic of long distance events, spare a thought for Steve Way who, although passing 50k in the 100k World Championships in the Netherlands on Saturday 12 September in 3.10.6, within sight of the leaders, subsequently had to pull out with a right glute problem.  Although very disappointing for Steve, the decision not to continue was exactly the right decision, avoiding any long term injury, and we all send our best wishes to Steve for a rapid recovery, and we look forward to his return to training, and the inspiration he brings with him, very soon.

Now for some items about which we are definitely lacking information………………………………………………

Jacek Cieluszecki displays a well-earned medal - and some flowers?
Jacek Cieluszecki displays a well-earned medal – and some flowers?

It appears that Jacek Cieluszecki took part in an Ultra Distance race, probably a mountain race, as all we know is that Jacek completed it in 10 hr 35 mins, and it involved an elevation of 4500m.  Also, we know it was won in 9 hr 11 mins, so we’re not quite sure how pleased Jacek is with his run.  It would be interesting to know a little more……………..

Caroline Rowley is believed to be in there somewhere!
Caroline Rowley is believed to be in there somewhere!

Another event about which more information would be welcome is a race (solely a cycle race?) which Caroline Rowley completed in 5 hr 2 mins on the continent, finishing at Calais.  All we know is that it was “tough, nasty hills and pouring rain”!  Perhaps it’s a case of the least said the better!

Heidi Tregenza confirms her status as part of the AYP Trail Running Team
Heidi Tregenza confirms her status as part of the AYP Trail Running Team

Back to Heidi Tregenza, who has been selected as part of the AYP Trail Running Team – not quite sure what this is, but AYP means At-Your-Pace which Heidi describes as “a great little shop, stocked with quality kit, in the depths of Cornwall”.  According to the shop website, Heidi was first lady in the Mudcrew RAT over the weekend 5/6 September, so this sounds a completely different type of race from the one in which Heidi was first lady the following week!

BAC winners in Maidenhead HM, The Beast and Parkruns

Sebastian Hearn, Simon Hearn, Peter Thompson, Manol Dimitrov and Billy McGreevy - Maidenhead Half Marathon
Sebastian Hearn, Simon Hearn, Peter Thompson, Manol Dimitrov and Billy McGreevy – Maidenhead Half Marathon

Congratulations to Peter Thompson on an emphatic win in the Maidenhead Half Marathon on 6 September, an event described by BAC athlete Simon Hearn, who also competed, as “a great race, perfect conditions, well organised and a fast course”. Peter led a substantial BAC presence, with a number of PBs being achieved. Peter completed the course in 1.10.48, and was followed in 30th position (of a total of 1582 finishers) by Manol Dimitrov, 1.19.08, and in 36th by Billy McGreevy, whose time of 1.19.20 was a PB.  The remaining three BAC athletes all ran in under 90 minutes, with V40 Gary Woolnough completing the course in 1.27.10 (114th), Sanjai Sharma (V50) in 1.28.41 (146th) and Simon (V40) in a PB time of 1.28.58 (155th).  Well done also to Simon‘s son, Sebastian (U17), who won the 1 mile ‘mini-marathon’ in 5.29.

On the same day, a number of BAC athletes were competing in The Beast, starting and finishing in Corfe, over a demanding off-road course through the beautiful Purbecks, also taking place in ideal conditions.  Ross Smith was the first of the BAC squad to finish, 12th of the total of 362, in 1.31.28.  Ross is hoping to compete in the European Duathlon Championships in Spain on 10 October, so it appears that preparations are going well.  The Ladies’ race was won by Heidi Tregenza, who was 28th overall in 1.36.10.  Heidi just managed to hold off Nick Kenchington, who was 31st in 1.37.43, and third Lady was Nikki Sandell, who was first V35 Lady, and 57th overall in 1.44.57.

Of the 388 who completed the Bournemouth Parkrun in Kings Park on 5 September, no fewer than 11 were BAC athletes.  Damian Boyle was leader of the pack, finishing 5th, followed by Paul Dixon-Box (9th), Duncan Wells (12th), Paul Consani (16th), Ian White (21st), Steve Cox (26th), Jud Kirk (29th), Joe Price (56th), Dave Parsons (61st and first V65), Katrina White (115th) and Sam Laws (241st).  The week before, 29 August, there was also a strong BAC representation in the Bournemouth Parkrun, with Paul Dixon-Box finishing second, and Ross Smith 4th.  Paul Consani and Duncan Wells were 6th and 11th respectively, with Ian White, Steve Cox and Sam Laws completing the BAC contingent.  Meanwhile in Poole Park, Steve Way was the winner of the Poole Parkrun on 5 September.  In less than a week, Steve will be competing in the World 100k Championships (Winschoten, Netherlands on September 12th), and everyone at BAC wishes Steve every success, and, to the extent that luck is required, all the luck going.  We will be amongst many following Steve‘s progress with great interest.  Of the 634 who completed at Poole on 5 September, the only other BAC athlete was Ali Carter, who had a remarkable run to finish 4th overall and, of course, first in his age category, JM 15-17.  The week before, 29 August, Graeme Miller was the only BAC representative at Poole finishing 8th of a field of 667.   At the Weymouth Parkrun on 29 August, Simon Munro was 2nd (of 259), and Andy Gillespie continues his regular appearances at the Salisbury Parkrun, finishing 17th of 164 on 29 August, and 27th of 188 on 5 September.

Gold medal for Patrick Sylla at Sainsbury’s School Games and EA U17 Champs plus round-up of other BAC achievements

Patrick Sylla - Gold Medalist at EA U17 Championships Bedford (Long Jump)
Patrick Sylla – Gold Medalist at EA U17 Championships Bedford (Long Jump)

Patrick Sylla has won every top National Long Jump championship in his age category – U17, and his latest win at the Sainsbury’s School Games 3 – 6 September in Manchester confirms his status as number one.  Patrick won his Gold Medal in Manchester with a leap of 6.75, on his second jump of the competition, which was one week after winning Gold at the England Athletics U17 Championships at Bedford on 30 August.  Just what an achievement this is cannot be overstated.  The Sainsbury’s School Games is a massive event, over four days, attracting the top youngsters from all over the country, competing, not only in athletics, but also in cycling, fencing, gymnastics, hockey, judo, rugby 7s, swimming, table tennis, volleyball, wheelchair basket ball and wheelchair tennis.  Although the Championships at Bedford are ‘England Athletics’ in fact competitors come from all over the United Kingdom, all of which demonstrates the magnitude of what Patrick‘s achievement.  Well done to Patrick – we are all very proud of him!  Patrick wasn’t the only BAC athlete at the Sainsbury’s School Games.  Also forming part of the SW Schools Team was Danielle Broom, with a Hammer Throw of 52.86, Jack Howlett, Shot Put, 12.59 and Madeleine Smith, with a Triple Jump of 10.88.  It is an achievement in itself to be selected to represent a regional schools team, so many congratulations to Danielle, Jack and Madeleine.

Having won Gold Medal at the U23 EA Championships at Bedford on 20 June when, as previously reported, James Lelliott was also a Gold Medal winner, Phoebe Dowson, a short time later, won bronze at the CAU Inter-County Championships at Bedford on 1 August, with a Discus Throw of 48.15.  A week later, Phoebe represented EA at an international meeting in Portugal, throwing 49.45. and 49.32, all this after finishing a highly creditable fifth at the Sainsbury’s British Championships at Birmingham on 4 July.  Phoebe‘s season’s best is 50.83.

Another BAC athlete on the international stage is Janet Dickinson.  A brief report about Janet‘s involvement in the World Masters Athletics Championships in Lyon, France in August has already appeared, but we can confirm that, the Championships having now concluded, Janet, in her age category of V45, is 10th Heptathlete – in the world!  Well done, Janet!  In addition to this, Janet is the British Masters Champion in V45 Sprint Hurdles and Long Jump, having won these competitions at the BMAF Championships at Lee Valley 7-8 March, and currently holds the South West Veterans records in High Jump, Hammer Throw and Javelin Throw.