Hoburne 5 (BAC win!), SEAA Road Relay, Richmond HM (BAC win!), Black Hill 10k (BAC win!), Bristol HM, Berlin Marathon and Winchester HM

Just some of the BAC squad at the Hoburne 5
Just some of the BAC squad at the Hoburne 5

Fixture clashes meant that, on Sunday 25 September, BAC‘s strength was divided between the two ‘team’ fixtures on the day, the Hoburne 5, a DRRL race, and the SEAA Road Relays, in which the club fielded a Senior Mens’ team for the first time for a number of years, with, not only these two races, but also a number of others in which athletes were pursuing their own individual goals.

The Hoburne 5 (mile) race was the 9th of the twelve races which make up the Dorset Road Race League for 2016, and BAC‘s hold on the defence of the Mens’ and the Ladies’ championship title is tenuous, so a good result was important.  In view of the number of fixtures, it is very pleasing to report that no fewer than 15 BAC athletes ran at Hoburne, with (subject to confirmation) the Ladies scoring yet another DRRL win, and the Men achieving a third position, leaving the League Championship titles within reach, but, for both the Men and the Ladies, probably requiring two wins from the remaining three fixtures (Gold Hill 10k 9 October, Wimborne 10 20 November, Boscombe 10k 27 November).  A feature of the Mens’ team result was the contribution of the club’s recent signings – and the continuing resurgence of BAC legend, Mark Hargreaves Alex Goulding, 6th in the race, Marcus O’Toole, 16th, and Richard Brawn, 38th, have all joined up very recently, and Mark finished 10th, expressing himself disappointed in clocking 10 seconds slower than the Littledown 5 last week – could a less than a PB course, the wind and some hills have had something to do with this!  Jud Kirk, crossing the line two seconds after Richard, completed the Mens’ DRRL team.  Congratulations to Emma Dews, who was the winner of the Ladies’ race (and, of course, was first Lady veteran), in a storming run which resulted in an 18th overall position.  Nikki Sandell and Yvonne Tibble completed the Ladies’ DRRL team – comfortably winning the League competition on the day.  Joy Wright and Louise Price provided the all important reserve.  Please see below for the full BAC results in the Hoburne 5 and photographs.

Meanwhile, at the Bedford Autodrome, about ten miles north of Bedford itself, a BAC Senior Mens’ team competed in the SEAA 6 Stage Road Relay, moved this year from Aldershot as a result of booking difficulties at the Rushmoor Arena, the home of the relays since 1988.  The course was completely different from the Aldershot course, consisting of one long loop around a motor car race track, taking competitors well away from the administrative, tented, etc., area, resulting in very little support, which, coupled with a very strong wind blowing unchecked across the hilltop site, made running each leg of the relay a somewhat lonely business.  BAC fielded a strong team of five, unfortunately supported by an ageing ‘has-been’ who would, but for a few months, have qualified for a V70 team had such a thing existed!  Rob McTaggart ran well on the first leg (the 43rd fastest leg – of a total of 380 – of the day) taking the team to 19th of the 57 complete teams who would eventually finish.  Rob handed over to Toby Chapman, who also ran well, dropping only three places.  There were good runs also from Max Catterall and Tom Paskins, but the quality of this event is such that places were inevitably dropped, with Josh Cole recovering some so that when Josh handed over to Ian Graham for the ‘glory leg’ BAC were 36th.  Unfortunately, the last leg was not so glorious, with BAC finishing the end of the competition in 50th place.  But – we were there!!  Hopefully next year BAC can return to its practice of not that long ago of fielding a strong complete Senior Mens’ team, as the club is well capable of doing, on occasions finishing in the top 25 and qualifying for the National Road Relay competition.  But congratulations to Rob, Toby, Max, Tom and Josh, whose efforts could have resulted in this with a strong last leg, and, although Ian‘s time was the slowest of the Senior Men who were part of full teams (there were seven slower Senior Men who were not part of full teams), if his time had been amongst the V60 times, rather than the Senior Mens’ times, it would have looked much more favourable!  Each leg was a little short of 6k, and BAC‘s times were: Rob 18.14; Toby 19.15; Max 21.37; Tom 22.08; Josh 20.02; Ian 26.23.

Whilst mentioning Rob McTaggart, one race which fell under the radar was the Richmond Half Marathon on 18 September, which Rob won.  Rob was the first of 2314 finishers in a highly creditable time of 1.11.56.

Back to 25 September, Anthony Clark was the winner of the Black Hill 10k, a trail run based at Bere Regis, part of the Purbeck Trail Series, in a time of 40.57, a minute clear of the second athlete to finish.  Anthony was the first of 190 finishers.

Also on the 25 September, in addition to the Hoburne 5 and the SEAA Road Relay, BAC athletes were competing in Bristol, Winchester, and, further afield, Berlin.

Peter Thompson (left) and Billy McGreevy (3rd left) start their training for the next race
Peter Thompson (left) and Billy McGreevy (3rd left) start their training for the next race

In the Great Bristol Half Marathon, Peter Thompson ran extremely well to finish 11th in 1.12.54, and, not that much further behind, was Billy McGreevy, 66th in 1.20.58.  The results show that that there were 1500 finishers, but there must have been many more, as the 1500th athlete completed the course in 1.48.01 – if everyone who started this race finished in less than 1.48.02 this half marathon is quite unique!  Meanwhile, new signing Tamzin Petersen was taking on the Winchester Half MarathonTamzin finished 435th of a total field of 1256, in a time of 1.53.45.   A much bigger field of 26807 completed the Berlin Marathon, amongst which was Caroline Rowley, 1405th in 3.48.05.  This was Caroline‘s 3rd World Major Marathon, describing it as “a most amazing experience”, and clearly very emotional, bringing tears to Caroline‘s eyes “for the first time ever”.  Well done Caroline, and we look forward to seeing your smile back at training very soon!

Caroline Rowley before the Berlin Marathon.................................
Caroline Rowley before the Berlin Marathon……………………………
...............................and after!
………………………….and after!

Back to the Hoburne 5, here are the BAC results: 6. Alex Goulding 28.44; 10. Mark Hargreaves 29.18; 16. Marcus O’Toole 30.00; 18. Emma Dews 30.06; 38. Richard Brawn 32.03; 39. Jud Kirk 32.05; 43. Simon Hearn 32.15; 51. Raymond Ngai 32.55; 55. Nikki Sandell 33.17; 56. Rich Nelson 33.28; 69. Steve Cox 34.27; 72. Yvonne Tibble 34.34; 92. Andy Gillespie 36.00; 99. Joy Wright 36.16; 178. Louise Price 41.08.  There were 314 finishers.

And some photographs…………………………..

Alex Goulding well on his way to 6th position and 1st BAC
Alex Goulding well on his way to 6th position and 1st BAC
Mark Hargreaves returns to racing
Mark Hargreaves returns to racing
Marcus O'Toole in action in a BAC vest for the first time
Marcus O’Toole in action in a BAC vest for the first time
Jud Kirk and Simon Hearn in the early stages of the race
Jud Kirk and Simon Hearn in the early stages of the race
Steve Cox and Andy Gillespie leave the caravan park for the streets
Steve Cox and Andy Gillespie leave the caravan park for the streets

 

Emma Dews is awarded the prize for 1st lady
Emma Dews is awarded the prize for 1st lady
Yvonne Tibble is the winner of her age category
Yvonne Tibble is the winner of her age category
Just some of the BAC squad at the Hoburne 5
Just some of the BAC squad at the Hoburne 5

 

Littledown 5, Purbeck Marathon, Philadelphia HM and Silver Medal at English Schools Combined Events

Patrick Sylla assists BAC's BAL team to victory and promotion at Yeovil earlier in the season
Patrick Sylla assists BAC’s BAL team to victory and promotion at Yeovil earlier in the season

Mark Hargreaves is back! And how! After seemingly many years, Mark returned to competition in the Littledown 5 (mile) on Sunday 18 September. This race, as ever excellently organised by Littledown Harriers, is over a course which isn’t exactly for PBs, yet Mark managed to run 29.10 and finish 6th, and 1st V55. Mark wasn’t the first BAC athlete over the line, however, as that honour went to an in-form Alex Goulding, 4th in 28.59, with Billy McGreevy and Tom Paskins packing in after Mark, 7th in 29.12 and 8th in 29.44 respectively. Completing the BAC contingent, all very close, were Ross Smith, 10th in 30.05, Tony Hunt, 19th in 32.14 and Jud Kirk, 20th in 32.24. Had this race been part of the Dorset Road Race League BAC would have had a win – let’s hope for a similar result at the Hoburne 5 mile race on Sunday 25 September!

Meanwhile, on the other side of Poole Harbour, Damian Boyle was running the Purbeck Marathon, off-road, up and down, over a distance which appears to be slightly longer than the ‘statutory’ marathon.  It seems there were some issues at the start which means that the results aren’t yet available, but Damian is very happy with his 3.50 time, and believes he is in the top 20.  Damian describes the race as a “fabulous” event, run this year in glorious weather, and he appreciated the free bottle of cider at the end, which “didn’t last very long”!

Further away, on the other side of the Atlantic, David Long was competing in the Philadelphia Half Marathon.  Of his run, David says: “I was disappointed with the time, but happy how I raced.  Got a little too excited at mile 8 and didn’t respect the distance which left an emotional last 5 miles to say the least”.  Disappointed or not, David still ran 1.12.14, to finish 18th of a total field of 12206 – not too bad!!

The final Track & Field fixture took place over the weekend 17/18 September – the English Schools Combined Events at Exeter, where three BAC athletes competed.  Many congratulations to Cameron Hale on his Silver Medal in the boys’ octathlon, helped by an amazing Javelin throw of 59.38.  Cameron was certainly in good form, with PBs in the U20M 400m (55.71), 1500m (5.22.65) and 100mH (14.99).  Cameron‘s octathlon competition was completed by the Long Jump (5.90), High Jump (1.82), Shot Put (13.55) and Discus throw (41.36).  Rumour has it that Cameron has been selected to represent English Schools – very well deserved!  Well done also to Olivia Galloway and Iona Sheerin who both completing Heptathlons at Exeter.  Olivia Galloway‘s events were U17W 200m (27.22), 800m (2.38.49), 80mH (12.28), High Jump (1.50), Long Jump (4.64), Shot Put (10.34) and Javelin throw (32.09), whilst Iona Sheerin‘s results were U17W 200m (27.83), 800m (3.04.16), 80mH (13.33), High Jump (1.59), Long Jump (4.51), Shot Put (10.68) and Javelin throw (20.75).

Patrick Sylla assists BAC's BAL team to victory and promotion at Yeovil earlier in the season
Patrick Sylla assists BAC’s BAL team to victory and promotion at Yeovil earlier in the season

BAC winners in the Fells, the New Forest and on the Coast, plus BAC’s Autumn Open

Toby Chapman's awards after winning the Sourton Tors Fell Race
Toby Chapman’s awards after winning the Sourton Tors Fell Race

Congratulations to Peter Thompson on his win in the New Forest Marathon on 11 September in a time of 2 hr 39 min 32 sec – an excellent performance over a mostly off-road, but, of course, very scenic course. Peter was the first of 591 athletes to finish the marathon. This event now incorporates races over a variety of distances, and BAC were represented by a further three athletes in the Half Marathon.  Emma Dews was the 2nd lady, and first lady veteran, 12th overall of a field of 1566 in a time of 1.22.47, followed by Chris O’Brien, 30th in 1.25.52 and Stephen Bunce, 135th in 1.35.53.  Chris had a plan of running to his target marathon place, so a sub 3 hour marathon looks imminent, particularly as two days earlier Chris had covered the half marathon distance as a training run. Stephen‘s main sport is tennis, and he is a relatively new recruit to running, so hopefully is happy with his performance.  In the 10k, Simon Hearn ran an excellent race to finish 12th, of a total of 983, in 43.50.  Simon was the 2nd V40 to cross the line.

Peter Thompson (second left) with his fan club after the New Forest Marathon
Peter Thompson (second left) with his fan club after the New Forest Marathon

Earlier in the week, in the evening of Wednesday 7 September, Toby Chapman set out on the Sourton Tors Fell Race, described as a traditional out and back fell run ascending 300m to Sourton Tors in the West Country, this race a distance of 2.6 miles.  Toby, who is as familiar with the marathon distance (and more!) as anyone, won this race and fully deserved the winner’s bottle of ale!

One event (the details say “this is NOT a race”!) which seems to have gone under the radar is the Dorset Doddle, which takes place over a 32 mile course along the Dorset coast from Weymouth to Swanage, this year on 21 August.  Well done to Nick Kenchington, who won the ‘race’ in 4 hours 59 minutes (was there just enough left at the end for a sprint to finish in under 5 hours?!), and to Pat Robbins, 3rd in 5 hours 42 minutes.  In all, about 200 completed the course.

Congratulations and thanks to Hazel Bates and her team on a highly successful Autumn Open Track & Field fixture which took place in the sunshine at Kings Park on Sunday 11 September.  Many thanks, also, to the officials and volunteers, from BAC and elsewhere, who helped to make the event such a success.  It is hoped to update this report shortly with more details of the athlete’s performances, but, in any case, the results will be published on this website shortly.

Toby Chapman's awards after winning the Sourton Tors Fell Race
Toby Chapman’s awards after winning the Sourton Tors Fell Race

 

Maidenhead HM, The Beast and Special Olympics

Simon Way, Chris O'Brien and Sanjai Sharma after their successes at the Maidenhead Half Marathon
Simon Way, Chris O’Brien and Sanjai Sharma after their successes at the Maidenhead Half Marathon

All three BAC athletes who were amongst the 1457 finishers of the Maidenhead Half Marathon on Sunday 4 September had reasons to celebrate. In 30th position overall, in a time of 1.20.47, Simon Way was the 1st V50 to cross the line, and Sanjai Sharma, some 30 seconds behind, 33rd in 1.21.13 was 2nd V50. Chris O’Brien also ran a strong race to secure a PB, 68th in the race in 1.25.13.

Simon Way - winner of the V50 race at the Maidenhead HM
Simon Way – winner of the V50 race at the Maidenhead HM

Meanwhile, on the same date, nearer to home, Max Catterall was showing most of the field a clean pair of heels in The Beast, a tough off-road course starting and finishing at Corfe Castle, taking in, amongst various other climbs, descents, narrow cliff-top paths, etc., the notorious Jacob’s Ladder Max was 8th to finish of a total of 347, in a time of 1.34.13.

Also on Sunday 4 September, Bournemouth & District Special Olympics hosted a Special Olympics competition at Kings Park, with the assistance of many BAC officials and helpers, under the guidance of BAC member and coach, Tony Jones-Pert, who does a tremendous amount of work to help, support and encourage those athletes with disabilities wishing to take part in the sport.  Those who were at the event at Kings Park could not fail to have been impressed with the enthusiasm of the participating athletes, many of whom travelled considerable distances with their teams, and with the amount of enjoyment they clearly derived from competing.

So, near and far, it was a good day for BAC!

Simon Way, Chris O'Brien and Sanjai Sharma after their successes at the Maidenhead Half Marathon
Simon Way, Chris O’Brien and Sanjai Sharma after their successes at the Maidenhead Half Marathon