Congratulations to David Long, who finished a successful year by winning the last race of 2016, the Round the Lakes 10k, organised by Poole AC, on Boxing Day. David was the first of 327 competitors in 31.40. Also well done to Caroline Rowley, who completed the year on a high, marking her recent ‘promotion’ to a new age category by finishing as the first W45 in a time of 44.36 (106th overall). Other BAC athletes running off their Christmas puddings were Rob McTaggart, 7th in 34.33, Anthony Clark, 10th in 35.19, Jez Bragg, 21st in 36.22, Steve Cox, 67th in 41.17 and GemmaBragg, 68th in 41.23.
Unless and until a volunteer is found to continue these, this will be the last regular report on this website, so, if you have been, thanks for reading them.
It just remains to wish all BAC‘s athletes, officials, volunteers, helpers, and everyone who makes the club what it is, a very happy and successful 2017.
With the road/cross country section enjoying a Christmas meal at which there were a number of awards, Stuart Nicholas and AntonioRuiz running well for BAC in Portsmouth and Madrid respectively, and PeterThompson‘s amazing challenge shortly to commence, BAC is as active as ever!
On Friday 16 December over 40 of BAC‘s road and cross country runners assembled at the Kitchen Club, adjacent to Iford Golf Course, for an enjoyable Christmas meal followed by a disco, efficiently organised by Rich Nelson and Ian White. It has been a very successful year for this section of the club, both on the road and cross country, and, in order to mark this, Rich, our Club Captain, arranged for a number of trophies to be awarded, a gesture which was appreciated, not just by the recipients, but by everyone present. In addition, throughout the year, County Championship medals, gold, silver and bronze, have been won by BAC athletes, and as these medals have not been available at the Championship races (a situation it is hoped will change for 2017), the opportunity was taken to award these to the winners who were present. This was a very enjoyable and successful evening, and many thanks to Rich and Ian for their hard work in the organisation. It was also a chance to say goodbye to Gonzalo Mogorron, who has been in Bournemouth from Spain at language school for the past six months, and has really become involved in club affairs, attending training and competing regularly. We wish Gonzalo good luck in the Seville Marathon in February, and in his new job which he starts in Madrid in January. So, who were the evening’s trophy winners? The first trophies were for the ‘Runners’ Runner’ – the winners having been voted for by their fellow club members, and these went to, male, Sanjai Sharma, and, female, Yvonne Tibble. Then came the Captain’s Awards, decided on by Rich himself. These went to, male, Tom Paskins and Alex Gould, and, female, Nikki Sandell and Emma Dews. The BestNewcomer Award winner was Marcus O’Toole, and the MostImproved Runners were, male, Pawel Surowiec and, female, SamLaws. A special award went to Emma Dews as the Star BAC Team Baker for her delicious cakes at cross country fixtures, and at the ‘get-together’ after the Boscombe 10k! Although not all the CountyChampionship medal winners were present to receive their medals, here is a complete list of BAC‘s medal winners: 10 miles(Lytchett 10) Steve Way (Gold and Masters’ Gold), Gemma Bragg (Gold): Marathon (North Dorset Village Marathon) Jon Sharkey (Gold), Simon Way (Silver and Masters’ Gold), Anthony Clark (Bronze): 10k (Purbeck 10k) Jon Sharkey (Gold), Peter Thompson (Bronze), Emma Dews (Silver and Masters’ Gold), Nikki Sandell (Masters’ Bronze): Half Marathon (Stur Half) Josh Cole (Gold), Sanjai Sharma (Silver and Masters’ Gold). Many congratulations to all BAC‘s award and medal winners. Of course, there were a number of other BAC road/cross country award winners at the club’s PresentationEvening in November, as those who were there will know, and BAC teams and athletes are in line for some Dorset Road Race League trophies for 2016, as those of us who run in the Broadstone Quarter on New Year’s Day and attend the presentations which follow will find out!
Congratulations, also, to Stuart Nicholas, who was a remarkable 7th of a total of 1014 competitors in the Portsmouth Coastal Marathon on Sunday 18 December. Stuart‘s time of 2.53.09 was highly creditable on a course which, although flat, takes in various surfaces, including gravel, sand and, every so often, a bit of tarmac!
Well done too to Antonio Ruiz, who was flying the BAC flag in Madrid on the same day. Antonio, like Gonzalo, was a language student from Spain here in Bournemouth, although for a considerably longer period, during which Antonio trained with and competed for the club, and also helped with the training at the Wednesday Junior Development evenings. Antonio is returning from long term injury, so his run in a 10k race in Madrid at the weekend (wearing his BAC vest!) in 38 mins 20 secs (Antonio was 200th of a total of 2500) was very encouraging.
Peter Thompson starts a remarkable challenge shortly in StPetersburg, Russia, the aim being to run 44 marathons in 44 countries in 44 days in order to raise awareness of mental health issues. Peter is raising money for two charities, Mind (www.mind.org.uk) and a local charity, Livability Holton Lee (www.holtonlee.org), and amongst the marathons Peter will be running are the London Marathon, followed by Lisbon, in Portugal, which will be the 24th, just over half way. We wish Peter every success in this unique endeavour, which will hopefully raise a large sum for two excellent charities.
There are yet more BAC medal winners to report following the Wessex Cross Country League fixture which was also the CountyCross Country Championship race. Congratulations to NikkiSandell on winning the Veteran Women Gold medal, and to DavidLong, the County Cross Country Champion, on winning the Senior Men Gold, and Marcus O’Toole, who is the County Bronze medallist. Brandon Meredith just missed out, finishing 4th of the U20 Men Championship competitors. The full BAC results from the League fixture are as follows: S/U20M: 1. David Long 28.23; 11. Marcus O’Toole 32.30; 13. Brandon Meredith 32.55: S/VW: 3. Nikki Sandell 26.20: U17W: 9. Kate Stanger 19.27: U15B: 5. Tom Farwell 12.59: U15G: 21. Ella Barlow 16.30: U13B: 10. Morgan Sommerseth 11.27: U13G: 9. Anya Sandell 12.56; 10. Ruby Bowden 12.57; 18. Emily Stonier 15.01: U11B: 12. Sam Farwell 7.09; 31. Samuel Brewer 8.38; 33. Isaac Sandell 8.47: U11G: 39. Holly Stonier.
There was plenty of activity this weekend with a well-attended Christmas 10k, BAC wins at the Dorset County Cross CountryChampionships (David Long) and the Bovington Marathon (JezBragg), but perhaps with Damian Boyle outshining everyone in a mountainous 100k trail race starting and finishing in Cape Town, South Africa.
20 BAC athletes competed in the Christmas 10k on Sunday 11 December, organised by Chris Potter and Christchurch Runners, who were able to put on an excellent and ever-popular race despite not having the usual facilities and start/finish area available to them. Many of the prizes went to BAC‘s athletes, including RobMcTaggart, 2nd overall, Sanjai Sharma, 1st V55, Graeme Miller, 2nd V45, Emma Dews, 2nd Lady overall and Yvonne Tibble, 1st FV55. One week ago, Yvonne ran the Blandford ParkRun in 20.30, giving her an age-graded result of 90.73%, which was something like the fifth highest age grading IN THE COUNTRY, and Yvonne‘s run was the fastest in all ParkRuns in the country in her age category! Yvonne‘s time in the Christmas 10k consolidates her position at the top of the club 10k Championship table – Yvonne also currently tops the 10 mile table! BAC‘s ladies team consisting of Emma, Yvonne and Joy Wright won the prizes as first ladies’ team in the race. Results (BAC): 2. Rob McTaggart 33.19; 9. Billy McGreevy 35.57; 12. Sanjai Sharma 36.16; 16. Tom Paskins 36.29; 33. Graeme Miller 37.59; 40. Emma Dews 38.34; 44. Chris O’Brien 39.08; 47. Adrian Townsend 39.32; 48. Ross Blakemore 39.33; 49. Simon Hearn 40.44; 67. Richard Brawn 40.44; 69. Jud Kirk 40.53; 70. Steve Cox 41.16; 81. Simon Hunt 41.51; 88. Tony Hunt 42.05; 94. Yvonne Tibble 42.34; 100. Joy Wright 43.27; 193. Daniel Gilbert 49.58; 287. Joe Price 55.56; 321. Will Price 58.11. There were 487 finishers.
Taking place at the same time, unfortunately, was the final WessexCross League fixture of the season, which also doubled as the Dorset Cross Country Championship, at Bryanston School. The results aren’t yet available, but we know from a video posted on Facebook by Brandon Meredith that David Long managed to hold off Jamie Grose to win the Championship, and that Marcus O’Toole and Brandon himself were also competing, and that Brandon was 13th overall in the SM/U20M race, and was 6th U20. It’s believed that the some or all of the Sandell family were also competing at Bryanston, but there will be a further report after the full results have become available.
Further west in Dorset, also taking place at the same time, was the Bovington Marathon, an off road event starting and finishing at the Bovington Tank Museum. Full results aren’t available, but we do know that Jez Bragg tanked round the course to win in a time of 3.08.21. Andy Gillespie was also competing, and finished “hard on Jez‘s heels”, 89th in 4.24.4. Andy describes the course as “a bit muddy in places, but 90% gravel trails and woodland paths”. According to the website the distance is 26.2 (ish) miles.
Further afield, Damian Boyle was tackling the 100k Ultra Trail CapeTown, starting and finishing in Cape Town, and taking in TableMountain and two other mountains (14500′). Of the 64 finishers, Damian was 16th, and 3rd Vet, in a time of 13 hrs 57 mins and 31 secs. This is the longest race in which Damian has competed, and he describes it as “an incredible race in most spectacular surroundings”, and a race which can be recommended to all our Ultra runners.
BAC‘s mens’ and ladies’ teams, both senior and veteran, were able to consolidate their respective league positions with some very strong performances at the third Hampshire Cross Country League fixture of the season at Popham Airfield, near Basingstoke, on Saturday 3 December. Ten senior and veteran men made their way round the 10k-ish course in good conditions, dry with a slight breeze, and even some sunshine. They were supported in other races by four of BAC‘s veteran ladies, but in other age groups, BAC was represented only by Tom Farwell in the U13 boys’ race – well done, Tom! The mens’ team was led by Jacek Cieluszecki, with Graham Robinson not far behind, and was completed by Steve Way, returning to form and 2nd V40 in the race, Anthony Clark and Marcus O’Toole, who is proving to be a very useful recent signing. The ladies’ team consisted of Nikki Sandell, Joy Wright, CarolineRowley and Louise Price. In Division 1, BAC‘s senior men were 5th of 10 teams on the day, but, following the very strong performance at the last fixture in Bournemouth, are 4th aggregate for the season so far. In Division 2 of the veteran mens’ competition, BAC were 3rd on the day, and are 3rd aggregate, a satisfactory position considering a few years ago BAC were struggling to produce a veteran mans’ team at all. In the ladies’ competition, BAC‘s senior team was 9th of 15 teams on the day, and their aggregate position is 6th of 12 teams (which is excellent particularly considering our senior team is actually made up entirely of veteran ladies!), but in the veteran ladies’ competition our ladies continue to excel, 2nd on the day of 11 teams, 2nd of 8 aggregate for the season. In the individual rankings for the League so far, Emma Dews is 4th veteran lady, with Nikki 5th, BAC being one of only two clubs with two veteran ladies in the top 10. Results (BAC): S/V Men: 14. Jacek Cieluszecki 33.25; 20. Graham Robinson 34.24; 32. Steve Way 35.08; 44. Anthony Clark 36.05; 71. Marcus O’Toole 37.57; 118. Simon Hearn 40.46; 138. Richard Brawn 42.29; 143. Jud Kirk 42.47; 153. Steve Cox 43.51; 180. Ian Graham 48.14: S/V Ladies: 25. Nikki Sandell 24.39; 65. Joy Wright 27.16; 70. Caroline Rowley 28.02; 80. Louise Price 29.05: U13 Boys: 30. Tom Farwell 14.33.
More cross country photos (courtesy of Steve Cox and Nikki Sandell) below………………………
Three BAC athletes were competing in the Endurance Life events along and around Dorset’s Jurassic Coast on the same day. TobyChapman was perhaps the star of the day, winning the Ultra Plus race – all of 45 miles! – in a time of 7 hours 20 mins and 9 secs. Toby says he “hit a dark spell at 33 miles but pulled through to reinstate a decent lead with some strong running to finish”. In the Marathon race (apparently more like 28 miles!) Richard Nelson was 29th in 5 hours 6 mins and 22 secs, and Andy Gillespie 128th in 6 hours 32 mins and 1 sec. Well done to all out three athletes for their participation in what is rightly described as a tough trail run.
Every week ParkRun publish the top performances in all the Parkruns in the country, based on the age-graded results. The details for the ParkRuns on Saturday 3 December show just how good was YvonneTibble‘s run at Blandford. Yvonne‘s time was 20.30, and her age-graded percentage was 90.73%. This placed her an amazing 5th in the age-graded rankings, and Yvonne was the fastest FV55 – these statistics relating to the entire country! Well done to Yvonne, who at present leads the club’s 10k and 10 mile Championship Tables.