Following the Christmas break, chiropractor treatment is once again available at no charge for all BAC members. The chiropractors are at the track on Thursdays from 6pm to 7.30 pm and can be found in the First Aid Room.
Often the chiropractors come to the track at this time of year and have either no one, or only one athlete to treat. Please make the most of this free service as it is useful not only as treatment, but also in injury prevention!
Here are the BAC results for the Hampshire Cross Country League fixture at Prospect Park, Reading on Saturday 16 January 2016. This was the fourth of five fixtures for the 2015/16 season.
Individual results: Senior/Veteran Men – 7. Dave Long 28.47; 10. Josh King 29.20; 14. Rob McTaggart 29.46; 18. Steve Way 30.05; 21. Graham Robinson 30.44; 29. Jon Sharkey 31.38; 110. Simon Hearn 37.19; 118. Steve Cox 38.24; 122. Simon Hunt; 149. Andy Gillespie. Senior/Veteran Women – 15. Heidi Tregenza 21.38; 24. Nikki Sandell 22.18; 68. Louise Price 26.12; 74. Caroline Rowley. U17 Men – 20. Brandon Meredith 21.14. U17 Women – 5. Bridget Dence 15.31. U13 Girls – 63. Anya Sandell 15.06.
Team results: Senior Men (Division 1) – 3rd (of 10) on the day; aggregate 7th (of 10) for the season so far. Veteran Men (Division 2) – 3rd (of 6) on the day; aggregate 4th (of 6) for the season so far. Senior Women – 7th (of 16) on the day; aggregate 5th (of 12) for the season so far. Veteran Women – 4th (of 8) on the day; aggregate 2nd (of 6) for the season so far.
Individual aggregate placings for the season so far: Dave Long (8th Senior Man); Heidi Tregenza (7th Senior Woman); Nikki Sandell (5th Veteran Woman).
Well done to the Senior Men, who are now two places clear of the relegation zone, as a result of excellent results at Prospect Park and the previous fixture at Bournemouth, Dave Long, Rob McTaggart and Graham Robinson having competed in both. A strong performance at the final fixture (Dibden Inclosure, 13 February) will ensure survival in Division 1 and could pull us further up the table. At long last BAC is on course for scoring Veteran Men, and Senior and Veteran Women teams for the first time for years! It would be good to see more youngsters at Dibden Inclosure, but well done to Brandon Meredith, Bridget Dence and Anya Sandell for flying the BAC flag at Reading. Bridget had a particularly good run to finish 5th after limited training this winter. Spare a thought for Jon Sharkey, who ran superbly to finish 29th, but still wasn’t in the scoring team, and for Caroline Rowley, who ran despite suffering from a cold, thus ensuring the Veteran Women maintained their 2nd aggregate position!
The next day, Sunday 17 January, Sanjai Sharma was amongst the 1600 or so competing in the Stubbington 10k. Sanjai ran a PB of 37.13 to finish an impressive 63rd. This has propelled Sanjai to the top of the 10k Championship table.
On 16 January, Ross Smith continued his habit of winning duathlons in the BustinSkin Dirty Devil Duathlon, an event consisting of 5k run, 20k mountain bike and 5k run, all off road in the Bovington area. Ross was the first of 115 finishers in a total time of 1.14.19.
The annual Round The Lakes 10k, organised by Poole AC, in Poole Park on Boxing Day, was won by Rob McTaggart, the first to cross the line of a total of 281 running off their Christmas dinners. Rob was joined by a further eight BAC athletes, amongst whom was Emma Dews, who was the second lady overall, and the winner of the veteran ladies’ race. So here are the BAC results in full: 1. Rob McTaggart 33.22; 16. Graeme Miller 36.53; 26. Emma Dews 38.07; 46. Jud Kirk 40.16; 48. Nikki Sandell 40.33; 55. Simon Hearn 41.25; 59, Steve Cox 41.49; 97. Joe Price 45.12; 110. Dave Parsons 46.43; 246. Will Price 60.44.
Meanwhile, in Royal Deeside, Aberdeenshire, Scotland, Ian Graham was running in a genuine fun run, ie, no registration (just a payment of £2), no times taken, no results, no prizes, which hopefully means he’s safe from a UKA ban for life from competition for running in an unlicensed event! Ian was running with his niece’s husband (his ‘nephew-in-law’?), Dennis Perez, and despite the pouring rain (although quite mild) over 100 took part.
The Broadstone Quarter Marathon on New Year’s Day, even though it’s ‘the morning after the night before’, definitely is not a fun run! As the first Dorset Road Race League event of the year it’s highly competitive! Organised by Poole Runners, a total of 371 completed the course this year, 2016. BAC won both the Open Mens’ and Womens’ team races, the mens’ team consisting of PeterThompson, Karl Welch and Jon Sharkey, and the ladies’ team consisting of Emma Dews, who also won the 1FV prize, Nikki Sandell and Gemma Bragg. So the ladies have made an excellent start to the DRRL year, but the men start the year in third position behind Poole Runners and Poole AC. Graeme Miller, as BAC‘s fourth scorer, ran strongly, but, as so often happens, we were missing the fifth scorer in the top 15/20 or so (but, hats off to our fifth scorer, Jud Kirk, who ensured we didn’t slip below third!). The prizegiving for the race was followed by the presentation of the awards for the 2015 DRRL, when it was pointed out that the BAC mens’ team have won the Division 1 title for seven consecutive years, let’s see if we can make it eight! The dates of the next two League races for your diaries are 7 February (Blackmore Vale HM) and 28 February (Bournemouth 10 mile). As mentioned in the last report, individual DRRL 2015 awards went to Heidi Tregenza, NikkiSandell, Gemma Bragg and Steve Cox. Here are the full BAC results for the Broadstone Quarter: 2 Peter Thompson 36.25; 3. Karl Welch 36.35; 4. Jon Sharkey 36.38; 12. Graeme Miller 38.41; 31. Emma Dews 40.36; 61. Nikki Sandell 43.40; 62. Jud Kirk 43.42; 66. Gemma Bragg 44.16; 73. Steve Cox 44.45; 101. Ian Graham 47.31; 122. Caroline Rowley 48.40; 142. Dave Parsons 49.35; 210. Helen Ambrosen 53.28.
The Poole Parkrun on 25 December was apparently the third biggest Parkrun in the country to take place on Christmas Day. Of 498 finishers, Sanjai Sharma was 14th. The Boxing DayBournemouth Parkrun attracted 260 participants, the BAC contingent being dominated by our youngsters. Apart from PaulDixon-Box, who finished third, all the BAC athletes were in the 11-14 age category, namely Tom Farwell, running the Parkrun for the first time, Amelie Scott and Emily Stonier. Of the 207 competing in the Moors Valley Parkrun on Boxing Day, Chris O’Brien was 18th. On New Year’s Day, Joe Price, and his Dad, Will Price were the only BAC athletes in the Bournemouth Parkrun, and in the SalisburyParkrun BAC was represented by Andy Gillespie, who also ran at Salisbury the next day, 2 January. Also running on 2 January, in the Bournemouth Parkrun, were Jud Kirk, Louise Price, Steve Cox, IanGraham and Amelie Scott.
And, finally, a look back to the Poole Marathon 1995. Recognise anyone……………………………?