Once again, few BAC athletes managed to turn out for the second Upper Age Group Youth Development match of the season. However, the seven that did make it to Ealing (taking advantage of the free coach travel – may the rest of out athletes take note of this for future away competitions!) all performed very well. The combined BAC/New Forest Junior team came 5th. All the below results are in the U17 age group unless stated otherwise.
Cameron Hale was the only male from BAC. Cameron was 2nd in the Javelin with a throw of 47.82 and 2nd in the High Jump with a jump of 1.80m.
After gaining a new PB in the South West Athletics Gala in Exeter on Saturday, Madeleine Smith improved once again in the Triple Jump, with a distance of 11.38, coming 1st in the U20W age group. Madeleine was 3rd in the Long Jump U20 W and also competed in the U20 javelin and shot to gain points for BAC/NFJ.
Abigail Richardson was 3rd in U17W 300m with a PB of 45.65, 2nd in 1500m with a huge PB of 5.01.33 and 3rd in High Jump with a jump of 1.35.
Olivia Galloway was 1st in B string 80m Hurdles with a time of 12.38, 1st in Javelin with a throw of 32.67 and 1st in B string Shot with a putt of 10.75m.
Iona Sheerin was 1st competing in U20 High Jump with a jump of 1.55, 2nd in 80m Hurdles in 12.89 and 2nd in Long Jump with a jump of 5.09m.
Amelia Dobson was 1st in Triple Jump with a distance of 10.45m and 1st in B String Javelin with a PB of 28.8m.
Last but not least Danielle Broom continued her fine form coming 1st in all of her 3 events. In Hammer she threw 55.61m, Discus 41.08m and Shot 12.49. All 3 being near her PB’s for U17 weights.
Iona, Danielle and Olivia ran in the 4x100m relay with Danielle Gale from NFJ, coming 2nd in a time of 51.99.
British Athletics had (along with the 1st match) specially selected the 29th May so that it would not interfere with athletes’ studies as this weekend falls during half term for many. Unfortunately British Athletics’ good intentions fell on fallow ground and were not helped by England Athletics organising a jumps competition in Bedford for Saturday the 28th. A number of BAC jumpers opted to compete at Bedford as they are perfectly entitled to do so. Perhaps British Athletics and England Athletics should liaise when arranging their competitions? I don’t think the EU can take the blame in this instance.
Well done to Heidi Tregenza, 2nd lady in one of the Transylvania100 races on 21 May. This event is a ‘Mountain Ultra’ which takes place, unsurprisingly, in Transylvania, Romania, and consists of three races of 100k, 50k and 30k distances, all starting and finishing at Dracula’s Castle. Heidi competed in the 30k race, which she describes as “the toughest thing I’ve ever done, especially being so undertrained”. In fact, Heidi was leading the ladies’ race for the first half, to be overtaken by a Swiss lady, no doubt used to mountain races. Heidi then managed to get lost for a while, adding 1k to her distance, so she was delighted to finish still as second lady. The profile of the race shows a climb from the start at 750m to just over 2300m, then a drop, and up again to 2308m, then an undulating drop back to the finish at 750m. So who knows how Heidi would have done had she been fully trained for the event, and without getting lost!
Following his international debut at the Anglo-Celtic 100k Plate, Anthony Clark is joining the team of BAC Ultra Runners who have achieved national, and indeed international, recognition. Anthony is a member of ‘Fetch‘, a website for runners, cyclists, etc., which clearly has a large following, and is well worth a visit. Anthony recently achieved the accolade of Fetch Member of the Month, which resulted in an interview consisting of numerous questions posed by members from all over, all of which Anthony answered fully and with humour. The interview is available at www.fetcheveryone.com/motm_interview.php?id=7729, and is a really interesting read. BAC‘s Ultra Runners, loyal to the club, Anthony, Steve Way, Jon Sharkey, Jez Bragg, with Toby Chapman and Jacek Cieluszecki also now dipping their toes into this discipline, really bring a great deal of prestige, locally and nationally, to BAC, which is very much appreciated.
David Long demonstrated his current excellent form by running a PB of 31.55.45 at the ‘Night of 10000 PBs’ at Parliament Hill (Highgate Harriers) on 21 May. The BAC flag was also flown by RobMcTaggart, who ran a season’s best of 32.40.18.
Well done to the BAC/New Forest Juniors composite team, who finished second in the YDL (Lower) match at Kings Park on 21 May. With 520 points, the team, which competes in Division2W, was only 26 points behind the winners, so a win for the season appears there for the taking. This was the second match of the season, but an aggregate of the scores of both matches isn’t, for some reason, as yet available. These are the athletes who took part (both BAC and NFJ): U15B – Joe Haywood, Harry Grubb (won 100m and 300m B), Sam Caplen (200m A and won HJ A and LJ B), MarioYoussef, Charlie Castro, Tom Farwell (2nd 1500m A), GeorgePlumber, Jim Dence (2nd 80mH A, won HJ B), Fraser Spall (DT, HT and won JT B), Mathew Forster: U13B – Owen Williams, JayTurner, Aiden Dure-Smith, Thomas Forster (200m, LJ and won 800m A), Daniel Williams, Rhys Allen (2nd JT A, won SP A), William Batchelier: U15G – Elle Ward (100m and won LJ B), Rebecca Hannibal, Lily Roberts, Juliet Smallbridge (won 75mH B and 300m B), Emma Ferris, Martha Pestridge, Yasmin Bridet (2nd 75mH A), Serena Sutherland, Jessica Gordon (won HJ A), LaurenSheerin (won HT B), Louise Galloway, Gemma Willford: U13G– Christiani Orioni, Elsa Smith, Jasmine Gordon, Flo Kennedy, EmilyWheeler, Rebecca Mitchell, Natalya Smith (won 1200m B), IsabelleFranklin, Amelia Gordon. Well done to everyone!
One of Bournemouth AC’s long jumpers was invited to compete at the Loughborough International last weekend. Patrick Sylla excelled, jumping a huge 7.33m and finishing in 5th place. This feat is all the more outstanding, given that he was the only U20 athlete in a senior field at such a high standard competition. Congratulations to Patrick, and his coach, Zac Kerin on his achievement. Brad Pickup, who also trains with Zac at BAC also competed, finishing just behind Patrick in 6th place.
BAC hosted a tough match against Guildford and Godalming, Newquay and Par and Swindon Harriers at the Southern Athletics League meeting on 22nd May. In overcast and at times cool conditions, our athletes put in a strong effort to gain third place overall.
Standout performances came from Izzy Wedderburn and Danielle Broom. Izzy gained two very impressive PBs, winning the long jump A competition in 5.45m and came second in 200m A with 26.2 secs. She also won the 100m B race. Danielle won the A string discus, hammer and shot putt, gaining an outstanding PB of 10.95m in the latter.
On the track, Rob Woolgar clinched victory in a close 100m, race and Sarah Kearsey showed a clean pair of heels her fellow competitors, winning the 800m. Guilford and Godalming were largely victorious in the sprints, however, BAC’s athletes stepped up and picked up the points across the board. Special mention must go to Lewis Sainval, who ran a very speedy PB of 52.6 secs in what was his second ever 400m race. Darryn Campbell came 3rd in the 200m A race, and Andrew Speers ran a PB of 24.4 secs in the 200m B race, following his PB at Dorset County Champs last weekend. This time was matched by Ryan Markham, running as a non-scorer, for whom it was also a PB. Danielle Marshall and Janet Dickinson both collected points for the club in the 100m hurdles, coming 2nd in the A and B races, respectively. Danielle also came 2nd in the 400m hurdles race. Performances from Mark Annis, Dave Flicos and Paola King over the middle distance events gained vital points, contributing to Bournemouth’s overall total for the day.
In the field, BAC was largely dominant. Cameron Hale and Jamie Williamson won the high jump A and B string, respectively, while Iona Sheerin leapt to a SB of 1.60m, coming second in the women’s A string and Gemma Kennard won the B string. Iona also gained a new PB in the long jump with 5.25m. She and Izzy were class apart in the long jump field, being the only athletes to jump over 5 metres which they did so in style. Jay Collins also won the men’s B string long jump. In the triple jump, Madeleine Smith leapt out to PB of 11.24m, a distance which would normally win any SAL match, but came second against some quality jumping from an older Swindon athlete.
In the throwing events, Ben Dickinson won the javelin A string in what was a very high standard of competition, with a PB of 49.97m. Amelia Dobson also gained a PB in the women’s A string javelin, with a distance of 26.49m placing her second. Janet Dickinson came second in the B javelin and won the B string discus. Andrew Sheerin and Stephen Dobson put in a solid and consistent performance for the BAC. Most notably, Andrew gained a PB of 10.70m in the shot and Stephen threw a PB of 24.39m in the discus competition.
And finally to the relays; both the men’s and women’s 4x400m teams were highly competitive, both placing second with some very impressive splits from the runners. In contrast, perhaps the less said about the 4x100m relays, the better. In what we thought would be demonstrative of BAC’s sporting prowess, we fielded not one but two women’s teams, in contrast to previous years where we have barely scraped together one team. Unfortunately, following a dramatic turn of events in which not one but two changeovers ended an athlete from each of our teams hitting the deck, both teams soldiered on to finish race, ensuring the track referee had plenty of issues to contend with.
Nonetheless, Bournemouth should take heart from the fact that the team appears to be growing stronger this season with more commitment from the athletes, which can hopefully lift us from the swathes of Division 3 South West, to a division which truly reflects our athletes’ talent. This will be a tough ask for the next match which clashes with a schools championship, so we hope we can still field a decent team at this event.
Well done to all the athletes and their coaches. All those months of winter training are now paying off!
Finally, special thanks must go to the officials and volunteers without whom the competition could not have taken place. From those raking the sand pit to the time keepers, from the sandwich-makers to the race starter, all volunteer roles are important for the day to run as smoothly as it did.
This report was written using results from the Power of 10, accessible here:
Caroline Rowley introduced herself to trail running on 14 May, not just any trail running, but over marathon distance! This was the Arun River Marathon, which Caroline completed in 4.24.38, to finish as 5th lady. Caroline declared herself as “happy” with the result, although, not being used to trail running, she “found it tough”. As anyone would!
Further north, Simon Hearn was flying the BAC flag in the ChesterHalf Marathon. Simon‘s time was 1.29.56 and he finished 243rd of a total of 5243, 26th in his age category. Of the event, Simon says “it was a good course, nice and sunny and had a great day, the only nasty bit being a hill at the end, which lost a bit of time”. It sounds as if a sub 1.30 time for this race is something to be proud of!
Returning to the Dorset County Track and Field Championships at Kings Park, apologies to Bridget Dence for omitting to mention her Championship Best Performance in the report on this website. In the JW 1500m, in which she won a gold medal, Bridget ran 4.41.0, beating the previous CBP of 4.43.7 which has stood since 2011. Many congratulations to Bridget, who has remained a consistently excellent performer as she has progressed through the various age categories.
Congratulations also to Patrick Sylla, who has been invited to compete at the Loughborough International on 22 May, where he will be jumping for his country as part of the GB Junior Team. Another figure familiar to BAC will be Bradley Pickup, who will be jumping for Loughborough.
Many congratulations to Luke Sinnott on his 400m Gold Medal and 200m Silver Medal at the Invictus Games in Florida. The Games, inspired by Prince Harry, feature mentally and physically injured servicemen and women from around the world competing in a variety of sports, including track and field. As reported earlier, Luke lost both his legs and almost lost one of his arms when an Improvised Explosive Device exploded whilst he was serving in Afghanistan with the British Army. It was a privilege to hear, at the Presentation Evening in November, his account of how he dealt with and conquered his new situation. Luke, a member of BAC, is coached in the long jump (which doesn’t form part of the InvictusGames) by Brian Camp, with an eye on selection to represent his country at the Paralympic Games in Rio. Those who have been following the Invictus Games on BBC TV will have seen an item concerning Luke, featuring his wife Sophie, and their young family, which includes a clip of Luke training at Kings Park (at a time when Brian was coaching, but unfortunately we don’t see Brian!). The item appeared in the 6th of the 7 Invictus Games programmes, and is well worth searching out on BBC’s IPlayer. Viewers will also have heard that Luke was one of a number of people specifically mentioned in Prince Harry‘s speech at the closing ceremony. We are very proud to count Luke as one of our number.
The results of the first BAL match in Cornwall on Saturday 7 May are now available. BAC competes in National Division 3 in this League, and, of the eight teams in the Division, BAC were 5th, only 8 points behind the 4th placed team. Last year, after the first fixture, BAC were 4th, and comfortably retained their position in Division 3 at the end of the season. However, team manager Tim Hughes is aiming for promotion this year, so is looking for the strongest team possible at the next fixture at Chelmsford on 4 June. The BAC athletes (including ‘Higher Claim’ athletes) who competed in Cornwall were: James Lelliott (100m A string 3rd 11.5; Pole Vault B 3rd 3.00; Long Jump A 2nd 7.20; Triple Jump A 3rd 14.28; Discus A 5th 35.73; Javelin A 1st 54.59); Ben Arnold (100m B 6th 11.90; 200m A 7th 23.67; Hammer B 1st 9.15); Scott Rutter (200m B 2nd 23.26); Muiris Egan (400m A 8th 54.78); Adam Carpenter (400m B 6th 52.69; 400mH A 1st 21.95; Long Jump B 1st 6.50; Pole Vault A 3rd 3.60; Shot Putt A 7th 10.17; Discus B 3rd 31.33); Karl Welch (800m A 7th 2.00.05); Lewis Sainval (800m B 4th 2.00.87); PiersCopeland (1500m A 1st 3.54.55); Jamie Grose (1500m B 1st 3.59.63); David Long (3000m A 1st 8.51.17); Rob McTaggart (3000m B 4th 4.26.62; 400mH A 7th 80.88); Josh King (3000mS/C A 4th 10.16.86); Roy Long (3000mS/C B 7th 13.02.02); CameronHale (High Jump A 5th 1.80; Triple Jump B 6th 11.41); AndrewBrown (High Jump B 6th 1.60; Shot Putt B 7th 9.39; Hammer A 8th 23.94; Javelin B 1st 52.66). In addition, BAC were 1st in the 4x100m and 7th in the 4x400m relays. Congratulations to all who took part!
The Dorset County Track and Field Championships took place at Kings Park on 14 and 15 May 2016. Many congratulations to Patrick Sylla and Danielle Broom on achieving Championship Best Performances. Patrick‘s Long Jump of 7.29 exceeded the previous CBP (JM) of 7.10, which has stood since 1983. Patrick also holds the CBP for the U17 Long Jump, which he gained last year. Danielle broke two U17W CBPs which she herself set last year. In the Discus Danielle threw 40.55 (38.78 in 2015) and in the Hammer Danielle threw 54.53 (53.43 in 2015). BAC‘s medal winners were: GOLD: Andrew Sheerin, Patrick Sylla (2), Brandon Meredith, James Newell, Janet Dickinson (4), Bridget Dence, Angel Kerin (2), Charlotte Sidaway, Iona Sheerin (2), Elle Ward (2), Isabelle Franklin, Rob Woolgar, Adam Carpenter, Ben Dickinson, Joseph Haywood, Gemma Kennard, Danielle Broom (2), Amelia Dobson, Tamika Douch: SILVER: Dave Pain (2), Adam Carpenter, Jamie Williamson, Adam Hassan (2), James Newell, Conor Charlwood, Janet Dickinson (2), Madeleine Smith, Olivia Galloway, Izzy Wedderburn (2), Andrew Sheerin, Lewis Sainval, Lewis Wykes, Chloe Burrows, Madeleine Smith, Iona Sheerin, Danielle Broom, Serena Sutherland (2), Elle Ward, Isabelle Franklin: BRONZE: Andrew Sheerin (2), Andrew Speers(2), Samantha Cash (2), Gemma Kennard, Iona Sheerin, Olivia Galloway (2), Yasmin Bridet (3), Samuel Rapoport, Eva Thompson.
The Upton House Summer Series, organised by Poole Runners, commenced on the evening of Wednesday 11 May. Jacek Cieluszecki won the Senior Race in a time of 17.49, followed by Sanjai Sharma, 11th in 19.27, and Helen Ambrosen, 131st, and first V55, in 26.08. 275 runners completed the course, which consists of two laps of Upton House Country Park, a distance of between 5 and 6 kilometres.
Well, Steve Way certainly had an interesting day on Sunday 8 May! Steve took part in the Wings For Life World Run, a global event in which all the competitors in all the 34 participating countries start at exactly the same time, and 30 minutes later a car sets off in pursuit. As each competitor is caught, he or she is eliminated, and the last to be caught is the winner. The UK race took place in the Cambridge area, and the car driver was none other than David Coulthard. Steve set off in fine style, and by 10 miles had the lead. He passed marathon distance in 2 hours 37 minutes, by which time the heat was making the going rather difficult, by 38 miles (yes, 38 miles!)Steve learnt he was the last man standing, the excuse to slow down and wait for the car which duly arrived and, as Steve says, he has “never been so happy to see David Coulthard in my life”. The underlying purpose of the event is to raise money for spinal cord injury research, so, quite apart from the amazing achievement of being the UK winner, Steve‘s exertions, about which you can read more at www.steveway.co.uk, were well worthwhile!
More photographs of the Wings for Life below…………………
The second Invictus Games are taking place this week in Orlando, Florida. Prince Harry is the driving force behind the conception of the games, which are for physically and mentally injured service men and women from around the world to compete for their countries. Luke Sinnott, who is a member of Bournemouth Athletic Club, lost both his legs and almost lost one of his arms to an IED whilst serving with the British Army in Afghanistan just over five years ago. Luke was our special guest at the Presentation Evening in November, and the story of his recovery and his determination not to be defeated by what had happened, and to make the most of his new situation, was truly inspiring. Luke literally ‘launched’ himself into sailing, but also became involved in athletics, and is often at the Kings Park track where he is being coached by BrianCamp. Against very strong competition, Luke gained selection for the GB team at the Invictus Games, and is, as this is being written, in Orlando, and was to be seen on the BBC on Monday being interviewed by Gabby Logan and Ade Adepitan along with PrinceHarry! We wish Luke and the team every success at the games, and it seems likely that Luke will be in Rio for the Paralympic Games this summer.
The British Athletics League season opened on Saturday 7 May, with the BAC team competing in Cornwall. BAC is in National Division 3, which consists of eight teams (there are four National Divisions). The results for the Cornwall fixture have not yet been published, so PLEASE COME BACK as this report will be updated when this has been done. At present, it appears that BAC finished 4th or 5th, not bad, but Team Manager Tim Hughes will be looking for the strongest possible team to compete at the next fixture at Chelmsford on 4 June.
Some results from the weekend not yet available, but this will be updated when they are, so PLEASE COME BACK in a day or two. Please see updating in italics.
The 8th (of which BAC athletes have won five)North Dorset Village Marathon, which took place on Sunday 1 May, impeccably organised, as ever, by GillinghamTrotters, was a successful race for BAC, with individual and team wins. Jon Sharkey(2.39.55) regained the title he took at the inaugural marathon, by winning outright, way ahead of even the first of the relay teams. Next BAC were Simon Way(2nd overall in 2.47.50) and Anthony Clark (4th overall in 2.51.59), completing the winning team in the open competition. It was a pleasure to see Simon finishing the marathon so strongly after a scare two weeks ago, when he pulled out of the London Marathon, and hats off to Anthony, who completed a gruelling few weeks which involved his successful runs in the Anglo-Celtic 100k Plate (in which Anthony was competing for England) and the LondonMarathon. With a remarkable display of loyalty to his club, Anthony ran in the North Dorset Marathon to support BAC, despite everything he had done so recently, this being an important DorsetRoad Race League event. The same can be said of Andy Gillespie, who completed the marathon despite not being in top form, having completed the Jurassic Coast Marathon (actually three marathons in three days) not that long ago. Although BAC didn’t field the full DRRL team of five, nevertheless having four finishers automatically places BAC above teams with three or fewer competitors, and could have a significant effect on the result, so well done to everyone! As yet, the marathon results and DRRL placings aren’t available, but this report will be updated when they are.
More photos of NDVM below…………………………………
Meanwhile, further north, two of BAC‘s Ultra Runners were in action – it was great to see ‘BournemouthAC‘ in the results of their events!
In Scotland, Jez Bragg ran the ‘Hoka HighlandFling‘, a 53 mile trail race along the southern stretch of the West Highland Way, from Milngavie (near Glasgow) to Tyndrum. Congratulations to Jez, who, of the 625 finishers, was 6th in 7.38.58. Prior to the event, there was a report about it in the ‘I’ newspaper, which mentioned Jez as one the favourites, such is his fame. 99.9% of us would be ‘over the moon’ with such a performance and result, but, for Jez, whose training has been affected recently by some ill-health, it may not be entirely satisfactory. We don’t know, but if that is the case the only way back to the top is never to be satisfied, and certainly, as far as we’re concerned, this was an amazing performance which continues to mark Jez out as one of the leading Ultra Runners around – and he’s one of ours!! For a fascinating report of Jez‘s run see www.jezbragg.blogsport.co.uk.
Meanwhile, in Yorkshire, Damian Boyle was tackling the Yorkshire3 Peaks race, a tough challenge taking in Pen-y-Ghent (2262 ft), Whernside (2374 ft) and Ingleborough (2370 ft) on the 23.3 mile course. This year, the challenge was even more tough because of the conditions, which included hail and snow (deep on Pen-y-Ghent) and slippery surfaces, particularly on Whernside. So Damian, who finished 215th of a total of 703, and has run the race a few times before, was delighted to run a PB of 4.07.28. Well done!
Just as an update to the report on the London Marathon, many congratulations to Steve Way, Jacek Cieluszecki and TobyChapman, as it has now been confirmed that BAC have won the bronze medal as the third team. Also many congratulations to SanjaiSharma, who, following his run in London, is now ranked number 1 V55 in the country over the marathon distance. As Sanjai‘s time is almost 4 minutes quicker than the second ranked athlete, it is highly likely that Sanjai will complete the year with his number 1 ranking.
SteveWay‘s return to form, hinted at in the London Marathon, was further demonstrated in Monday 2 May, when Steve won the MiltonKeynes Half Marathon in 1.09.49. Steve was first of a total field of 2216. For more information about the HM and Steve‘s current training and form see www.steveway.co.uk.
Turning to Track & Field, BAC‘s YDL (Upper) team competed at Guildford on Saturday 30 April. This is a League for U17 and U20 athletes in which BAC competes in SW Division 2 as a composite team with New Forest Juniors. There was a very disappointing turnout of just seven BAC athletes (there were ten from New Forest Juniors). Nevertheless, congratulations to those who did compete, all of whom achieved wins. The YDL organisers had specifically allocated the first two matches to take place with minimum disruption to the academic studies of the athletes of the UK, each followed firstly by a Bank Holiday and secondly by Half Term week, which makes the low turnout even more surprising. After this first fixture, the BAC/NFJ team lie 4th in the League of seven with 319 points, fairly well clear of 5th, but, at this stage, a long way behind 3rd. But there’s still time! Let’s hope that we have a stronger attendance at the next fixture, 29th May 2016, at Ealing, West London, justifying the almost £400 cost of coach hire! The BAC athletes who competed at Guildford were: U 20 M: Patrick Sylla (1st 100m A 11.1; 1st 200m A 22.3 – a PB; 1st Long Jump 7.02m): U 17 W: Danielle Broom (1st Shot Putt A 10.74m; 1st Discus A 38.63m; 1st Hammer 54.24m): Charlotte Sidaway (1st 100m B 13.0 – a PB; 5th 200m B 28.9; 2nd 80mH A 12.4 – a PB): Izzy Wedderburn (3rd 200m A 26.8; 1st Long Jump A 5.11m): U 20 W: Madeleine Smith (1st Long Jump B 4.75m; 3rd Javelin A 13.69m): Angel Kerin (1st Long Jump A 5.07m; 1st Triple Jump A 10.96m): Sam Cash (1st Triple Jump B 10.49m). Izzy and Charlotte also formed part of the BAC/NFJ 4x300m team which finished 3rd. Full results are available at www.ukydl.org.uk.