Yvonne Tibble triumphs in Imperial Series

Yvonne Tibble finishes as first lady in Imperial Series

This one may have gone under the radar a bit but Yvonne Tibble finished as first lady in the Imperial Series, which culminated in a superb victory at the Larmer 10 back in March.

To qualify to win the Imperial Series you have to finish all three 10 mile races in the set, which are the Lychett 10, the Bournemouth 10 and as previously mentioned the Larmer 10. Then the times of those who have completed all three are then added together to make one cumulative time. That time then decides where you are in the standings at the end.

Amazingly, Yvonne finished in 28th place out of 197 who completed all three races in the series. This was a phenomenal achievement for Yvonne and her cumulative time made her the top lady on that list.

Yvonne finished the Lychett 10 in 1 hour 12 minutes and 59 seconds which made her 5th female on the day. Then at the Bournemouth 10 she was the fourth lady to finish with a time of 1 hour 13 minutes and 25 seconds. At the considerably tougher Larmer 10, Yvonne was the first lady finish in a time of 1 hour 21 minutes and 40 seconds, capping off a very memorable series in an ideal way.

Yvonne was the only BAC runner to complete all three races in the series. She was also the only around when they gave out the prizes to hear the Imperial Series organisers thank Bournemouth AC for organising the Bournemouth 10 that took place on 26th February.

Yvonne sealed the series win after victory at the Larmer 10


Two PB’s at the ABP Southampton Half Marathon

Richard Brawn indulges in a hard-earned beer after his Half Marathon PB at the ABP Southampton

Three Bournemouth AC members took to the start line for ABP Southampton Half Marathon, which was held on the same morning as the marathon, starting an hour later. This meant that the two races merged in together as the participants reached the Itchen Bridge toward the end. It made for an interesting finish of dodging and weaving in and out of the marathon back markers as the half marathon competitors edged closer to the line.

After a rather frantic dash to finish, Richard Brawn found himself two seconds in arrears of breaching that famous 1 hour 30 barrier, rather frustratingly registering a time of 1.30.01 in the end. Richard couldn’t be too disappointed with that though, given that it was a PB of 3 minutes and 19 seconds.

The ABP Southampton wasn’t Richard’s primary target going into the race as he is currently midway through a 10 week training programme targeted at the Derby Ramathon Half Marathon on 4th June, where he was initially hoping to attempt a sub 1.30 finish.

To have completed the Southampton one in just one second over was an unexpected bonus for Richard, who enjoyed the post race beers they were giving out with immense satisfaction. Richard came in 129th place out of 3,755 and 92nd in the Senior Men’s category.

Tamzin Petersen also brought her game face to Southampton, knocking two minutes off her previous best finishing a time of 1 hour 47 minutes and 9 seconds. This put her 747th place overall and 79th female finisher out 1,532.

Tamzin Petersen earns herself a great new PB at the ABP Southampton Half Marathon

Tamzin’s previous best time of 1.49.14 was set at the Vitality Reading Half Marathon in March this year. She was very pleased to have seen such an improvement, especially given that the course at Southampton had it’s fair share of ups and downs. This included a very tough incline on the Itchen Bridge which came at around the 11 mile mark.

Also in action for BAC was Ross Blakemore, who found himself a little short of his best form, finishing in a time of 1 hour 32 minutes and 19 seconds. This is understandable given that the amount of training he can do has been rather restricted of late following the birth of his first born child Leo on 15th February.

Ross Blakemore breezed the ABP Southampton Half Marathon in a stellar time of 1 hour and 32 minutes

Ross still came in 170th place overall and 121st out of 1,316 in the Senior Men’s category. Coincidentally, he actually set his half marathon PB in Southampton in 2015, with a time of 1 hour 25 minutes and 51 seconds.

Richard Brawn shows off his new bling after completing the ABP Southampton Half Marathon



Tony hunts down a new PB at Southampton Marathon

Tony Hunt secured a superb 11 minute PB at the ABP Southampton Marathon

The VLM wasn’t the only marathon  to take place over the weekend. The ABP Southampton Marathon was  on the same day and attracted a good mix of competitive club runners, first timers and costumer wearing fund raisers amongst the 1,128 that took to the start line.

Bournemouth AC’s very own Tony Hunt was in that field and was targetting a super quick time of 3 hours 15 minutes. Due to the undulating nature of the course, the heat on the day and a bit of fatigue over the second half of the race, he wasn’t quite able to keep to the pace required but he did still manage a PB of over 11 minutes.

Tony’s finishing time was 3 hours 25 minutes and 35 seconds which put him in 79th place in the overall standings and 30th in the V40 category. This was a decent result for Tony given the toughness of the course which took the runners on a two lap circuit going over the Itchen Bridge twice, at miles 12 and 24. The bridge included a deceptively tough incline up one side.

Not only that but there was also the problem of the race intermingling with runners from the 10k and Half Marathons as well which were also on the same route, resulting in a fair bit of dodging and weaving on the second loop.

Tony’s previous best time of 3 hours 36 minutes was set at the North Dorset Village Marathon two years ago.

Tony Hunt secured a superb 11 minute PB at the ABP Southampton Marathon

London Marathon brings out the best in BAC

Steve on his Way to a superb 30th place finish in the Virgin London Marathon

It is known by many to be the pinnacle of the sporting calendar, particularly in the runner’s realm, and it’s something people of all ages and ability are prepared to devote months of hard training, sacrifice and unwavering dedication to work toward. The London Marathon is indeed a special occasion every time it comes around, never failing to deliver by bringing people together and encompassing that inspirational, unbreakable spirit that us Brits are famous for.

A record number of participants competed in the race this year, with 40,000 lining up to sample the iconic course in all its glory. As ever, the participants ranged from the very top distance runners on the world stage, to amateur club runners, to relative beginners to who have taken on the challenge looking to raise money for a worthy cause. Whatever their motivations, anyone who completed the 26.2-mile circuit deserves plaudits.

Bournemouth AC had a healthy representation amongst those competitors with 19 club members taking part. Amongst them, a few hard fought PBs were secured as well as many other stellar performances to be proud of.

One of the standout displays of the day came from Rob McTaggart, who finished in an incredible 2 hours 28 minutes, putting him in 41st place overall. What made this performance even more impressive was that it was only his second ever marathon after Bournemouth last autumn. This is a sign that there are exciting things to come from Tag in future long distance events.

Rob McTaggart powers his way to a stunning 41st place in only his second ever marathon

Stuart Nicholas managed a 17 second improvement on his previous best, coming in with a time of 2 hours 43 minutes. This was Stuart’s fifth attempt at the London Marathon and at the half way stage he was on target to break 2 hours 40 minutes but tired a bit in the second half of the race. Nevertheless, it was a pleasing run for Stuart, despite arriving in a starter pen a little later than planned after going the wrong way on the tube.

Marathon first timer Steve Bunce was targeting a 4-hour finish and managed the race well considering it was his debut at the distance. He set off at a steady pace and managed to tough it out well for a creditable 4 hour 2-minutefinish.

Steve Way was battling to defend his crown of finishing as the first vet, which he did last year. Steve’s time of 2 hours 26 minutes was enough to put him in 30th place overall and 4th in the vet category. This was still a success given that the marathon is not currently Steve’s primary focus. His training is all geared toward the Comrades ultra on 4th June. Comrades is the world’s most competitive road ultra, with the a tough 87km course, predominantly uphill.

Steve shows the others the Way to the finish line

Stuart Fox ran his fastest marathon of recent times, finishing in 2 hours 33 minutes. Stu had been on target for a 2 hour 30 finish but it slipped away from him in the last five miles. It was still a great return though, securing 110th place in the overall standings and 13th in the Male 40-44 category.

Over the last sector of the race Stu was accompanied by Anthony Clark who came in just two seconds later in 113th place. It was the first of two marathons in consecutive days for Anthony as he jetted off to Lisbon the next day with the illustrious Peter Thompson to accompany him on the next step of his amazing marathon journey around Europe.

Anthony is currently in training for the Anglo Celtic Plate, a 100km ultra in Hull on 21st May so is getting in the marathons thick and fast. He is also set to take part in the North Dorset Vale Marathon next weekend.

Anthony Clark seems to be enjoying himself as he races to a 2.33 finish

Another who was aiming for a 2 hour 30 finish was Toby Chapman. However, he was also struck by the curse of the last six miles and began to feel like he was running on empty. Toby managed to persevere and ended up finishing in a very creditable time of 2 hours 36. This put him 187th in the overall standings.

Toby Chapman tears up the course in true style

Simon Way is coming back to form now after a troubled year of injury and he was 50th place in the male 50-54 category with a solid 2 hours 54 minutes. This was despite being 5 weeks behind on his training schedule. He’s currently working toward his main goal of the Dorchester Marathon in five weeks’ time.

Simon Way makes his way toward the finish on The Mall

One man who certainly surprised a few people by making an appearance was Graeme Miller. Graeme has been struggling with injury since the Berlin Marathon back in 2015 so it was good to see him donning the BAC vest once again.

Despite vomiting a few times at around the 15 mile mark and glute pains kicking in around mile 17, Graeme went on to show he’s still got it, finishing in a superb time of 2 hours 56 minutes.

Graeme Miller pops up to clock another sub 3 marathon despite recent injury woes

Another BAC member to break the 3-hour barrier was Billy McGreevy. Billy was targeting a 2 hours 50 time but again began to suffer a bit and cramp up in the last six miles. Despite that he still managed to salvage a very respectable finish of 2 hours 57 putting him in 1,560th place in the overall standings.

Billy McGreevy cruises towards a sub 3-hour time

Just on the other side of the 3-hour barrier was Paul Chapman, who came in in 2,086th place with a time of 3 hours 1 minute. Paul went through the half way point on course for a sub 3 but then started vomiting at around the 20-mile mark. He then slowed a bit for the next four miles again before picking it up for the final two. Whilst he was a bit gutted not to finish the wrong side of 3 hours, Paul was pleased he managed to finish ahead of the world record breaking hot dog.

Gary Woolnough finished just outside the PB he set at Brighton last year with a time of 3 hours 7 minutes. Gary was happy with the time, given that he has just returned from injury and even managed a negative split for the race, which is something not achieved by many in the VLM.

Next in was Sanjai Sharma, who had been on course for finish of around 2 hours 48 minutes until he was struck down by a severe cramp in both legs. After 5 minutes, he managed to get up and walk to the finish line but the damage to his time had already been done by then. His finishing time of 3 hours 8minutes left Sanjai feeling a little deflated after all the hard training he’d put in over the winter months but he lives to fight another day has vowed come back stronger next time.

Andrew Gillespie just dipped under 4-hour barrier, clocking a time of 3 hours 58 minutes which put him in 425th place Male 55-59 category. Andrew was coming off the back of the Jurassic Coast Challenge, which he did three weeks ago. This consisted of three marathons in three days so it’s highly possible he still had some of that in his legs on Sunday but overall, he was happy with his performance.

Completing his ninth London Marathon, Julian Oxborough managed to overcome heat stroke, sickness and a chronic back pain to make it to the finish line showing great tenacity.  Although he felt like dropping out on many occasions, the crowd really helped pull him through the tough moments.

Julian’s final finishing time was 7 hours 26, not quite managing the sub 6 hours he was hoping for. Back in his heyday though, in the early 90’s, Julian was a sub 3-hour marathon runner. Since then he has taken a 17 year absence from running. Julian was pleased to raise a decent amount of money for the mental health charity Mind.

Paul Dixon-Box was also on the start line for the race but unfortunately didn’t make it to the end due to injuries and being unable to attend training sessions on a regular basis after the birth of his second child. Paul claims to have lost a bit of form of late as well but he still managed to reach the half way point in 1 hour and 20 minutes before pulling out.

The most colourful element of the race from a BAC perspective was the presence of Peter Thompson and his support train, which included Caroline Rowley and team captain Rich Nelson amongst others.

This was to be Peter’s 23rd consecutive marathon as he continued his epic journey around Europe with the aim of completing 44 marathons in 44 days. The idea is to run a marathon in each different  European country whilst raising money for two mental health charities.

Peter Thompson and his support train including Rich Nelson and Caroline Rowley

A sobering thought is that by the time of writing this, Peter will have already completed another three more marathons, which gives some idea of the enormity of the task he has taken on. Peter is doing it all with a smile though which is great to see and he enjoyed having the opportunity to take it all in, engage with the crowd and thank people who had come out to support.

Although this was his slowest marathon to date, Peter describes it as his most rewarding and it was great that he could share that experience with Rich and Caroline as well as they accompanied him every step of the way. The intrepid threesome all finished within a minute of each other at around 4 hours and 28 minutes.

Team BAC soaking up the atmosphere, enjoying the occasion and embodying the true spirit of the event


Bournemouth AC Results:

Overall    Cat Pos    Name                            Category         Time

30                4                  Steve Way                  40-44                 2:26:52
41               425             Rob McTaggart        18-39                2:28:53
110            13                Stuart Fox                   40-44                2:33:24
113            95                Anthony Clark          18-39               2:33:26
187            158             Toby Chapman         18-39               2:36:52
474            348             Stuart Nicholas        18-39               2:43:44
1,176        50                Simon Way                 50-54               2:54:11
1,416        131             Graeme Miller          45-49               2:56:48
1,560        929             Billy McGreevy        18-39               2:57:52
2,086        1,161         Paul Chapman          18-39               3:01:31
2,704        338             Gary Woolnough    45-49               3:07:28
2,885        47                Sanjai Sharma           55-59               3:08:51
12,765     425             Andrew Gillespie    55-59               3:58:11
13,955     5,079         Steve Bunce               18-39               4:02:37
20,025     739             Caroline Rowley      45-49              4:27:52
20,193     2,771         Rich Nelson                40-44              4:28:26
20,302     7,050         Peter Thompson     18-39               4:28:47
DNF          DNF            Paul Dixon-Box        18-39               –

Tom Paskins bosses Boston Marathon despite horrific heat

Tom Paskins celebrates with a well earned medal and an equally well earned pint after the Boston Marathon

Across the pond, the Boston Marathon took place on Monday with our very own Tom Paskins amongst the 30,000 entrants lining up to tackle the iconic course.

The Boston Marathon is the world’s oldest annual marathon and is one of the six World Marathon Major races, along with London, Berlin, Tokyo, Chicago and New York. It attracts some of the world’s top distance runners including Kenyan superstar Edna Kiplagat and the winner of the men’s race Geoffrey Kirui, who narrowly defeated America’s own Galen Rupp.

Tom had to contend with intense heat as the temperature soared to around 28 degrees, with no breeze and no shade, presenting a real challenge. The course was also undulating with some testing inclines including the aptly named Heartbreak Hill which comes into play on the 20th mile.

Tom prepares to board the bus to the Boston Marathon start line

Despite the tough conditions and suffering from painful leg cramps from mile 21 onwards, Tom demonstrated tremendous tenacity and determination to finish in a time of 3 hours 6 minutes and 27 seconds. This put him in a remarkable 2,219th place overall with an average pace of 7 minutes 7 seconds per mile. He was the 55th Brit over to cross the line out of over 400.

Ironically, Tom found that it wasn’t going up the hills that presented the real problem it was the descents that really took it out of him. Nevertheless, Tom enjoyed the experience and has now crossed another one off the checklist toward becoming a World Marathon Major Six Star Finisher, having previously completed the Berlin and London Marathons.

Tom is already thinking of his next step toward that famous medal, with Tokyo potentially lined up for his next conquest.

Tom Paskins celebrates with a well earned medal and an equally well earned pint after the Boston Marathon

Alex eggcells at the Rotary Easter Quarter Marathon

Alex Gould puts in a cracking display in the Rotary Easter Quarter Marathon

It was a quiet weekend on the race front with many BAC runners preserving their energy for the London Marathon next weekend, or the ABP Southampton. Either that or they were at home with their families tucking into some chocolate. We did, however, have our resident speedster Alex Goulding in action in the Rotary East Cliff Easter Quarter Marathon on Saturday.

Alex stayed true to his excellent recent form finishing second overall and claiming the prize for first vet. Alex’s time of 37 minutes 17 was also a PB for the distance, beating his previous time at the rather hillier Broadstone Quarter.

The race attracted a field of over 300 and was well supported by some of the local clubs, including a large contingent of Littledown Harriers.  Conditions were reasonably good and not too warm as the race set off along the promenade just east of Boscombe Pier heading in the direction of Hengistbury Head.

Alex on the start line near Boscombe Pier waiting for the race to get underway

Alex was feeling good for the first couple of miles as the route then turned off the promenade onto the Southbourne Coast Road. There was a point where he could easily have gone the wrong way as one of the martials on The Broadway had temporarily been displaced. This reminded Alex of the importance of always studying the course beforehand, especially if you’re expecting to be at the front of the field as he often is.

Thankfully he stayed on the right track as the route headed back toward Boscombe Pier via the Coast Road and Overcliff. There was a bit of a headwind which, along with a couple of ascents, made it tough and left Alex wondering if he had set off too quickly at the start. He was able to push through it though, buoyed by a surprising amount of people on the side-lines cheering him on.

After heading down The Marina, the race went on to finish just by Urban Reef restaurant. It was a second successive second place for Alex after he was runner up in the Bournemouth Bay 10k two weeks ago.

Alex Gould puts in a cracking display in the Rotary Easter Quarter Marathon

Richard Brawn sizzles in the sunshine at the Salisbury 10 miler

A new piece of bling for Richard Brawn after completing the Salisbury 10 miler

On the hottest day of the year so far, Richard Brawn lined up with over 700 others to take on the Salisbury 10-mile race. It was a Hampshire Road Race League fixture so attracted many of the county’s finest, battling it out for those all important points.

The course was quite undulating, with not too many massive hills but frequent ups and downs throughout which presented a real challenge, particularly in the intense heat. The route was quite scenic, starting at Five Rivers Leisure Centre, running through some nice country roads before finishing with a lap around the track.

Richard strikes the Bolt pose after a tough run in the Salisbury sun

Richard crossed the line in 116th place with a time of 1 hour 9 minutes 12 seconds. This was 14 seconds quicker than his time in the Bournemouth 10 six weeks ago. Of course, that day, the main difficulty was presented by the wind as opposed to the blazing sunshine and infinite inclines of Salisbury.

Richard comes from a family of running enthusiasts and his brother Dave was also in the race. Dave competes for Portsmouth Joggers who are part of the Hampshire Road Race League. The brothers are pretty evenly matched, with Dave coming in just under a minute later in a time of 1.10.10.

Richard was 65th in the Senior Male category on the day and was using the race as a conditioning exercise before the Southampton Half Marathon in two weeks’ time.

A new piece of bling for Richard Brawn after completing the Salisbury 10 miler

Nikki Sandell defies injury to blitz Brighton Marathon

Nikki Sandell coasting along in the early stages of the Brighton Marathon

On a blisteringly hot day on the south coast, Nikki Sandell took on the Brighton Marathon. As if the sweltering conditions weren’t tough enough, Nikki managed to turn her ankle over 7 miles into the race.

Instead of quitting though like most mortals would have, Nikki soldiered on to complete the race in an incredible time of 3 hours 8 minutes, making her 14th overall female finisher out of 4,818. This was no mean feat (excuse the pun), especially when you factor in the immense pain she was experiencing for the remaining 19 miles after ankle-gate.

Unfortunately, the injury did hamper Nikki’s target of a sub 3-hour marathon, which, given her recent form would possibly have been achievable. She secured a new half marathon PB of 1.28.08 at Blackmore Vale in February and recently clocked a superb time of 18.59 for 5k on the track.

Nikki digs in to conquer the Brighton Marathon with tremendous tenacity

The race was generally well organised despite a slightly chaotic first few water and gel stops. Nikki almost missed her first gel stop and had to get it out of the box herself. It was a predominantly flat course but with a few long slight inclines that can take it out of you without you even realising. The wind didn’t present too much of a problem on the day, although there was a surprising headwind to content with for the final 3 miles.

Nikki was feeling strong toward the end of the race and did manage to pass quite a few people in that last sector but she feels that her pace wasn’t anywhere near what it should have been had she not suffered the setback.

Nevertheless, the time she did get is still a marvellous achievement though on a day like that. Let’s hope she makes a speedy recovery and is back tearing up some other courses soon.

Nikki Sandell coasting along in the early stages of the Brighton Marathon