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BAC athletes perform well at SEAA 2019 Championships

BAC athletes turned in some excellent performances at Bedford last weekend on 1st & 2nd of June. Bedford was again the stage this year for the South of England Athletic Association’s Senior & Under 20 Championships.

Winning a Gold Medal, Sophie Merritt came first in Senior Women’s Shot with a putt of 14.13 meters.

Phoebe Dowson continued her trend for 2019 by winning a silver medal by coming second in Senior Women’s Discus with a throw of 50.14 meters. Phoebe continues to be ranked second in the UK for Women’s Discus. Sophie Merritt came 4th in the same event with a throw of 42.16 meters.

A Silver medal was also won in the Senior Men’s 3000 m Steeplechase by Jamie Grose in a time of 9 min 30.17 seconds.

A surprise Bronze Medal was won by Jasmin Cooke in U 20 Women’s High Jump with a height of 1.63 meters. It was Jasmin’s second taste of competition at this sort of level with all it’s added pressure.  She also competed at Lee valley EESA in U17’s last year and received a bronze medal

Jack Messenger came 6th in the Sunday morning’s Final of the Senior Men’s 400 m Hurdles in a time of 55.45 seconds. Jack had battled through in the 10 AM Saturday morning’s heats with a qualifying time of 54.75 seconds to reach the final.

The Senior Men’s 5000 m was thankfully for all competitors a straight Final. Former local Craig Palmer returned to Bedford and along with Josh King were up near the front in the first half of the race. The fast pace eventually told on Josh who couldn’t hang onto the leaders and finished 11th in a credible time of 15 min 39.58 seconds. Craig paced his race exceedingly well, finishing 7th in a PB of 15 min 21.41 seconds.

Rob Woolgar on the Saturday finished 6th in Senior Men’s Long Jump with a jump of 6.77 m. Rob unfortunately didn’t finish the Senior Men’s 110 m Hurdles Heats held the next day. Despite Rob’s height, elevating one’s self successfully over the high hurdles is not an easy task.

Chloe Burrows ran the Heats of Senior Women’s 100 m in 12.30 seconds, in the Semi Final she came 7th in 12.51 seconds.

Joel Harvey and Kevin Richardson ran in the Senior Men’s 400 m Heats. Joel qualified for the Semi Finals in a time of 50.77 seconds, Kelvin did likewise in a time of 50.97 seconds. They both ran in the same Semi Final, Kevin coming 5th in 50.05 seconds and Joel 6th in 50.08 seconds.

Madeleine Smith was disappointied coming 10th in Senior Women’s Triple Jump with 11.46 m due to registering a number of no jumps. She struggled with the warm still conditions, normally contending with cold windy conditions.

Although not a Higher Claim BAC member, David Clarke is a BAC uni student member. David ran in the Senior Men’s 1500 m under High Wycombe club colours . David regularly trains at KP and is always cheerful. He was just even more cheerful on Saturday as it was a straight Final, coming 12th in a time of 4 min 11.22 secs.

Hopefully I have not overlooked any BAC competitors. Special mention must be made of Hazel and Jemma Bates who went all the way to Bedford to officiate on Sunday and to Mike Phillips who did likewise on Saturday. Without such sacrifices competitions at any level would not take place. I overheard the officials being told at 9 AM on Sunday they would be granted £4 for food and drink instead of a packed lunch for their toils lasting till gone 5 PM.

Report by William Kearsey

Triumph at Hampshire Vets Match, Basingstoke

Three BAC athletes were in action for Southampton in the Hampshire Vets League on Monday night in Basingstoke

Joy legging it home to win the 400m A.

Southampton Ladies Masters team won the Hants Vets League Match and the men were second.

Andrew Sheerin won M35 Hammer and was 3rd in Shot. He impressed all with some big warm up throws in the Hammer and was on top form as usual. We are looking forward to seeing some more PBs soon from the muscular, throwing man.

Janet Dickinson competed mainly in the younger W35 age group.  She won the Hammer, 100m and came a close second in Javelin.  It was another first place for Janet in W50 High Jump.  Only taking limited attempts at all these events as they followed each other in close succession.  In fact the High Jump and Hammer took place at the same time so Janet had to switch between throwing and jumping.  Fortunately they were next to each other to facilitate this.

Janet Dickinson W50 throwing the Javelin after just winning the 100m. She went on the win Hammer and w50 High Jump before running the 400m leg in the relay. 

Joy Wright had an excellent evening, winning the W35 400m by a significant margin. She won the High Jump and came a near second in W35A 100m into a stiff breeze. Again the High Jump was cutting it fine due to a late start and Joy just managed to secure a winning jump before running almost 200m to the relay start. She was delighted to be back from long term injuries and illness.

Joy’s winning high jump with ample clearance.

The match concluded with the usual relay and this time it was a Medley, comprising 2x 200m, 400m & 800m. It was the perfect way to end the day with a win. Janet ran 400m and Joy 800m as part of the winning team.

Winning Medley relay team pictured.  Becky Mulley,  Tracey Bezanze along with our Joy and Janet after the final race.  All did many individual events as well.

Congratulations to Southampton ladies winning the match by 6 points, ahead of Winchester. There were fantastic performances all round.  Well done to the men’s team on an excellent second place.

A win puts the ladies team in the driving seat for the league. A victory at Aldershot on the 8 July will mean an automatic place in the finals in Kent on 1 September.

It was a fantastic evening throughout.  Well done to everyone that competed, officiated, managed the teams and provided tea and cakes!

Recent Individual Performances by BAC Athletes

Phoebe Dowson came second in Women’s Discus at the BIGish Jumps & Throws Fest at Bedford On Monday 27th of May, with a throw of 54.79 meters.

At the same meeting, James Lelliott was 4th in the Long Jump with a jump of 7.39 meters. James was unfortunate in that 2nd, 3rd & 4th places jumps were within less than 2 inches of each other. A slightly longer jump would have been rewarded by second place. James is currently ranked 7th in Men’s Long Jump in the UK.

Rob Woolgar was also at Bedford participating in the Long Jump. Rob came 7th with a leap of 6.94 meters in a strong field.

The title “BIGish” derives it’s name from a Bedford International Games held some years ago, it is now mostly a national competition, attracting the best throwers and jumpers from around the UK.

Phoebe Dowson was also competing in the Women’s Discus at the Loughborough International meeting the previous weekend. She finished second with a throw of 55.20 meters. At the moment Phoebe is content with her throwing and is ranked nationally SECOND IN THE WHOLE OF THE UK.

Most of the top ten ranked Women Discus throwers in the UK achieved their best throws of 2019 in exotic venues in the USA & Southern Europe. Phoebe’s best throw of 56.05 meters was achieved in the luxurious surroundings of King’s Park outside throwing area at BAC’s Open Meeting at the end of March.

By William Kearsey

Jazmin Cooke came 3rd in the U20’s W high jump at the south of England championships in Bedford on the 1st June 2019

Yazmin Cooke High Jump
Yazmin Cooke Podium

 

YDL Upper Report Winchester 26 May 2019

Firstly, can I say a huge CONGRATULATIONS and WELL DONE to all involved in the event. This applies to Parents, Athletes, Officials and Coaches who all assisted in making the day a success. To come second again is truly amazing and demonstrates excellent team spirit. We scored a massive 501 points!

We had a team of 28 athletes including some new faces from last time and we welcome you all into the team.

I am going to try and mention everyone because everyone had some special moments.

U17 Boys

Joshua Dyer, Daniel Owen, Robert Jones, Jasper Todd.

The boys were a little depleted in numbers due to school exams and holidays but that didn’t stop them!

Joshua and Daniel dominated the 100m and 200m races both in A and B stream. Robert performed excellently in 800M as well as Jasper.

U17 Girls

Amelia Verney, Brooke Ironside, Milly Siderfin , Mel Creber, Yasmin Bridet, Molly Hole, Lana Blake, Lucy Wilkinson, Nia Jones and Anya Sandell and Gwyneth Ikoli

Amelia, Brooke, Yasmin, Lana and Gwyneth scored massive points in the sprints. Mel, Milly and Anya took on the longer distance runs bringing us home more points. The combined resources for the relays produced some inspirational results. Molly, Lana, Mel and Anya took on the jumps. Anya bravely took on the pole vault. Whilst Lucy, Molly, Nia and Yasmin performed excellently in the throws.

Thanks girls you were all amazing.

U20 Boys

Joseph Haywood, Daniel Kirby, Sam Cook, Sam Cooper, Adam Petty, Karlo Weeks Fraser Spall, Adam Phillips, Matthew Forster.

The sprints scored us great points by Joe, Sam And Daniel. Longer distance runs were Adam, Karlo Fraser and Sam Cooper. The boys throws were inspirational and the stars were Adam, Matthew, Sam and Fraser. We even managed to turn out a 4x100m and 4x400m relay team. All the boys truly took on the team ethics and tried events they don’t usually do. This assisted us greatly in gaining second place.

U20 Women

Rebecca Hannibal, Jazmin Cooke, Amelia Dobson
Issy Shepherd.

Again, a little depleted in numbers but you scored wonderful points for the team all of you rising to the challenge and trying events you usually don’t know normally partake in. Amelia and Jazmin dominated the Jumps. Becks dominated the running both in the sprints and the steeple chase and Issy showed them all how to throw. Thank you girls for doing the relays, even when I knew you didn’t really want to!

The next event is 30 JUNE at KINGS PARK

My vision is to fill in all the gaps we had on our team sheet. With the aim of winning on home turf! I think we could do it! But I will need your help. We were 120 points behind the winning team. We will need a few more athletes. We need to find some hurdlers and middle distance runners, especially boys.

Let me know as soon as possible if you can compete and like before consider doing events you don’t usually do. But please make sure your coaches are happy for you to do so. U17 can do 3 events plus a relay and U20 can do 4 plus a relay.

Thank you and well done all.

Suzi Shepherd, Team manager.

SAL kicks off the 2019 Season at Eton on 13 April

A new season and the first SAL was upon us and this year we are in the top league, Division 1.

Saturday was bright & cold with a full bus headed off to Eton. The prospect of taking on some of the best teams in the country might dampened spirits but not in the slightest. The team arrived in true BAC fashion – loud and laughing.

Saturday was at the first time out for many of BAC’s younger athletes. How would they manage this new and competitive environment?  Well brilliantly. They sprinted and jumped ahead on many of their older and more experienced competitors. It certainly shows that BAC’s athlete development is doing something very right.

However, it was not just a day for the young, some of our older members, notably Steve Dobson took 2nd place in the shot with 9.18m– an amazing result. Andy Sherrin was 3rd in A string with 10.97m, although he was unhappy with his performance, the points were great against a tough field.

Due to many athletes being unavailable, several athletes took on multiple events during the day. So many athletes put in huge performances with so many PB’s to mark the day.

Holly Collier broke 3 PB’s and won so many events or close a 2nd, including an incredible 1500m, 800m, 3000m, 2000m SC and a 4x400m relay to top it all off. We call her the smiling assassin.

A busy day for Olivia Galloway who won the Javelin, 100h and her 200m race. As well as competing in shot and long jump. As her dad says… “not bad!”
Brooke Ironside, has had a great winter. To see one of our youngest athletes dominating in the 100m and 200m against far older athletes was wonderful. She won the 100m in 12.6 and ran 26.2 in the 200m.  Jazmin Cooke ran B string 100m in 13.6 and had a great high jump result, coming 2nd with 1.50m.


We also had impressive performances from slightly older athletes, Janet Dickinson (sorry Janet).  Janet’s performance in the 400mh hurdles against a class field was HUGE. She came 3rd.  As well as high jump and 400m.

Chloe had a very strong 400m in 61.2, coming 3rd against some tough competition.Our SAL woman throwers are one of our solid strengths in the team. Today was no exception. Danielle, Issy, Amelia and Olivia were all excellent.

It was an impressive win for Olivia Galloway with a 10.39m shot putt and a Javelin throw of 37.40m. Amelia Dobson claimed 2nd place in javelin with 22.11m.

Danielle is going to have a great year; winning the hammer, 52.23m and 2nd in discus against one of the best throwers in the country; simply outstanding. Issy had an fantastic performance with a 2nd place score in the hammer, 38.87m and threw the discus 24.08m.

It was a mother and daughter affair in the woman pole vault; Nikki and Anya Sandell. Anya had a great performance with a 2nd B string jump of 1.80m. It’s only a matter of time before Anya leaps head and shoulders above her mum, obviously Nikki is a great role model and inspiration, having jumped 2.30m before going on to run the 1500 and 3000m. Anya also did high jump and ran a great 800m.

It was a good day for the jumpers with a top scores in triple jump with Madeleine Smith and Amelia winning by a convincing margin, 11.45m and 9.94m respectively and Amelia’s long jump was 4.41m. Lana Blake jumped an impressive 5.19m for 3rd place points in A string.

Harriet Slade was very convincing in the steeple and left delighted with a new PB of 7:42.8 and impressive 2nd place, a well-earned and massive PB of over 20 seconds.

 

The relays were equally impressive. The woman 100m relay was outstanding, leaving the other teams for dust. The winning time for the woman’s 4x100m team close to the senior club record which has stood for nearly 30 years.  Well done Brooke, Isabelle, Lana and Chloe. It was great to watch.

The woman’s 4x400m team was a sterling effort by a mix of middle distance runners and sprinters; all willing to go that extra mile for the team, (well extra ¼ mile).
Well done Harriet, Holly, Olivia and Chloe!

The men were missing a few of their regulars.
So up stepped Adam Nicholas, Fraser Spall, Andy Brown and Steve Cox.
Steve actually earned the name superman from the commentator as he ran from event to event – what an inspiration Steve. We need to get you a cape for the next match (perhaps leave the red pants at home).

Two of the stand out races for the men were the 400m and the 5000m events.  Kevin and Muris in the 400m were on form and both crossed the line ahead of the rest of the field. TOP POINTS.

The 5000m saw Josh King and Rob McTaggart take to the field. These two have trained so hard over the winter. They wanted a hard race and that’s what they gave everyone else. Our BAC men led from the start. They took a group with them and slowly dropped them off. It was a great race to watch. Well done Josh winning the A and Tag winning the B. Tag went on to run in the London marathon, a talented distance runner in our midst.

A few special mentions. Firstly to Andy Brown for beating Andy Sherrin in the discus – NOT FUNNY (says Andy).
To Ryan… who woke up feeling like death yet turned up and did the job.
Also Fraser Spall… who did everything asked of him; Javelin, Long Jump, 1500m, High Jump and Steeple Chase where he showed off his diving skills at the water jump. Thanks Fraser you are a team manager’s dream.

Others may have been missed but their effort has not been forgotten. Thank you to everyone competing, supporting and being involved to make it another great day!

We have a tough year ahead of us. We need every athlete in the club to get stuck in.
The spirit of the SAL is what our team managers, Andy Sherrin and Jemma Bates love about athletics.

Well done to you all. If we carry on as we did on Saturday it’s going to be a very enjoyable year.
Andy Sherrin

I echo Andrew’s comments on the team atmosphere & enthusiasm (Jemma Bates)

Full RESULTS here

THE NEXT MATCH IS ON THE 19TH OF MAY AT CRAWLEY.
GET IT IN THE DIARY.

Andy Sherrin & Joy Wright

Report on YDL Upper Match @ Walton 5/5/2019

We left Kings Park on a very busy mini bus filling almost every seat! Which for me was a much welcome change from previous years! We picked up along the way at both Picket Post and Cadnam. We arrived at Walton all ready to welcome athletes, officials and parents from Salisbury into our newly formed composite team. I was overjoyed when completing my team declaration that I had a pool of 20 plus athletes all keen and ready to compete !!!I must say unheard of!

My first thank you must go out to the officials. Tim and Tina Wilding from New Forest, Juliet Dobson from Bournemouth and new to us Andy Webb, Alan Munro and Andy Angell from Salisbury. It was fantastic to have such a great team of helpers behind us not to mention the additional points the team received from having an almost full quota of officials! Thank you so much.

I also cannot thank the parents who sat in the freezing cold enough! Also thank you to all the coaches that prepared athletes ready for the event and helped me with the team. Thank you to Tim and Dennis for helping the girls on the day particularly with the relay teams.

I now must move on to some of the day’s highlights. What can I say 2nd place overall above teams like Southampton and Team Dorset! Amazing, Amazing, Amazing! Well done everyone what a fantastic start!

Now over to the real stars of the day.

The girls put in some strong performances across the board in both age categories on both the track and the field. The biggest highlight was U17 100 m relay team breaking the club record with a time of 49.2. Well done Brooke Ironside, Amelia Verney, Lana Blake and Yasmin Bridet. Yasmin had said to me that the team would do well and you definitely did!!

We scored double points in Long Jump Lana Blake and Issy Franklin U17 both first and first with 2nd place going to Amelia Dobson in U20.Again in the High Jump Jaz Cooke jumped a season best gaining 2nd position in U20 and Amelia Lewis who jumped in u17 also came 2nd place. Lana Blake secured first place in Triple Jump. In shot our 3 athletes were Alice Miell and Issy Shepherd at U20 both gaining first place and Georgia Clarke scored well in U17 age group. In Javelin Alice Miell and Amelia Dobson both first in U20 scored double points along with Lucy Wilkinson came first in U17.Issy Shepherd threw a season best in hammer and took first place, Lucy Wilkinson stepped in and threw the hammer in U17. Georgia Clarke stepped into Discus thank you for doing so alongside Issy and Lucy.
Over to the track. Brooke Ironside ran up in U20 in 100m gaining first place position. Rebecca Hannibal also ran a great race. Amelia Verney, Issy Franklin and Sarah Brett ran great races in 100m and 200m. Alice Miell ran a really impressive 100m hurdles all on her own with me cheering for Sarah! I did say I was sorry!! Thank you for getting us top points. Yasmin Bridet gained first place position in 80M Hurdles. Melody Creber ran her first ever 3000M it’s a long way but you did it! well done! The other 100m relay team included Issy Franklin, Jaz Cooke, Sarah Brett and Rebecca Hannibal you had never ran as a team before but came second with a time of 52.4 well done girls. As the day went on the team spirit grew and amazingly a group of girls actually wanted to run the 400m relay. Thank you to Brooke, Jaz, Sarah and Becks.
Be proud of yourselves!

The boys also performed like real troopers. Showing fantastic results across both track and field. We had some new boys who had never competed before and they bravely rose to the challenge. I do really hope you enjoyed it!In 100m Joshua Dyer and Daniel Owen both ran fantastic races both in a time of 12.1 and Sam Cook ran his first ever 100m putting in a strong performance. Aidan Dure -Smith showed us how to compete at distance running and then showed his versatility by running the 100m relay. His team consisted of Joshua, Daniel and Morgan sorry boys for all the faffing about with the vests !!!Danny Sinclair did amazingly well in High Jump coming second. I hope that you survived the hurdles and that your knee is ok now? Morgan competed in Long jump coming 2nd place well done a great result.

Looking at the U20 Boys. Fraser Spall competed in a maximum number of events including being the only athlete in the steeple chase, I think we might have some more takers next time!!!Sam Cook threw the hammer for the first time ever in a competition. He wasn’t even put off by another competitor saying he could throw 60M plus! Adam Petty only agreed to come on Saturday evening he is primarily a runner but he entered into the spirit and tried a whole host of events. Thank you and well done! Jacob Northcliffe did some great running including the relay.

I really hope I have not left anyone out! You really were all amazing. Thank you for enduring the cold, meeting and making new friends. Together we will build on this success please come again and invite your friends to take part.

Please contact me ASAP to let me know your availability for the next events.

Thank you so much and a huge well done!!!

Suzi Shepherd

Quality Shines Through With BAC QuadKids in Wessex League Match 1 at Winchester

Nick Marshall’s marvellously marshalled Quadkids performed wonders on Sunday, 7th April at Winchester in the first Wessex Quadkids League match of the 2019 season.

Overall BAC finished 2nd with 1,650 points behind Winchester’s winning total of 1,736. New Forest Juniors were an extremely close 3rd with 1,649! Camberley came 4th with 1,234, Newbury 5th with 1,207 and Isle of Wight 6th with 1,150 points.

 

 

The Boys team, with a full team of 10 athletes, came a close 2nd with 935 points just behind Winchester who had 948 points.

The Girls team were 3rd with 715 points, behind 2nd placed New Forest Junior’s 759 and winners Winchester with 788. Due to Easter holidays, injury and illness the Girls team unfortunately were reduced to 6 out of the maximum 10 allowed.

From the Boys Team, individually William Launder finished 1st out of all 44 Boys competing. Leo Thomasson finished 4th’, Ollie Thomson 10th, Charley Peters and Harley Vincent joint 12th, Thomas Butler 15th, James Davie 21st, Jake Selwood 22nd, Noel Slade 33rd and Connor Bailey-Pearce 35th.

William Launder’s 1st place followed on from his 1st place in last week’s Bournemouth Open Quadkids.

From the Girls Team, individually Esme Hurst-Atkins finished 4th, Elizabeth Davie 7th, Clodagh O’Brien 10th, Alba O’Brien 19th, Chrissie Thomson 17th and Laurel Gent 34th.

Thanks also to Alison Davie, Ian Thomson, Leon Atkins, Darren Launder, Mark Peters, Robin James and Danielle Marshall for helping on the day or helping to coach the athletes.

The photos of Nick Marshall and the team seem to confirm a good day out by all.

Report written by William Kearsey.

Janet Dickinson Nominated for World Masters Athletics Annual Awards

World Masters Heptathlon Gold for Janet Dickinson

World Masters Athletics Federation have introduced Awards for the Best Masters athlete in each discipline in addition to their annual Best Masters Male and Female Athletes Award.

Nominees are selected following numerous hours spent trawling through results, records, PBs, analysing statistics and studying the WMA criteria.

BAC’s Janet Dickinson, a professor at Bournemouth University has been nominated by British Masters Athletics for the World Masters Athletic Federation Awards 2018 for her Multi Events performances and achievements.

Janet Dickinson was all smiles after breaking the 19yr old British Heptathlon record 2018.

Janet won the silver medal at the World Masters Heptathlon this year in Malaga, Spain, competing for Great Britain. Nationally she won six different British Athletics Championships including Heptathlon and Pentathlon.

Janet Dickinson near the end of the final event (800m) in the World Championship W50 Heptathlon in Malaga, Spain.

Janet set new British Heptathlon Records at the British Championships and again at the World Masters Championships.

Janet is coached by Paul Rees and a is member of Bournemouth Athletic Club and Bournemouthbarbell.

Janet competing for BAC at the SAL in Devon June 2018.
Janet with Paul Rees

Congratulations to Janet on her excellent performance and we wish her every success for 2019. WMA should announce the winners shortly.

World Masters Athletics Annual Awards

Janet Dickinson Wins the Silver at the World Masters Champs in Malaga

Janet Dickinson World Championship W50 Heptathlon in Malaga, Spain.

The World Masters Championships were held on the Costa Del Sol in Malaga, Spain, between 4 and 16 September 2018.  It was deemed as one of the largest World Masters Championships with the arrival of over 8,000 athletes from 101 different countries, ready to compete in the facilities of the province.

The streets of Malaga welcomed the community of Master athletes who represent a social movement throughout athletics; embracing the sport as a healthy lifestyle, understanding competition as a striving for continuous improvement, consistent effort and rewarding coexistence.

Athletes competed in men’s and women’s categories, according to age groups in 5 year intervals; in a diverse range of disciplines and athletic events including 100m 200m, 400m, 800m, 1,500m and 5,000m, Hurdles, 2,000m and 3,000m, Weight, Hammer, Discus, Javelin, Long Jump, Triple Jump, High Jump and Pole Vault.

Remarkably, the oldest woman aged 102 years, Man Kaur of India competed in 4 tests, 100m, 200m, Shotput, and Javelin in the 100-104 age group category.  The oldest man with the same age, Giussepe Ottaviani, competed in 2 tests: Triple and Long Jump.  In addition, the athlete enrolled in the largest number of tests was Rad Leovic, a 91-year-old Australian who entered 16 events.

BAC masters athlete, Janet Dickinson represented Great Britain and headed to the championships with the determination to bring home a medal, following hours of training and dedication, both on and off the track.  Dickinson’s hard work paid off and she did not disappoint in winning the SILVER medal, Word Masters W50 Heptathlon.  She is an inspiration to us all.  Congratulations on an outstanding performance and achievement!

Dickinson is currently ranked No.1 in GB, Heptathlon W50, a title maintained since 2016 when in W45 category.  Dickinson also holds current No.1 rankings in numerous other events including Pentathlon, 200m, 300m, 300mH, 400i, 400mH and Long Jump.

Dickinson’s Track and Field career began 5 years ago, with coach Paul Rees, from a background as an occasional marathon/road runner.  Her T&F career started with the throwing events, namely Shotput, Discus, Javelin and Hammer which were her main focus during the first year.  Dickinson is evidently well accomplished at three of them but is not a fan of the Shotput.  Coach Paul Rees commented, “I qualified and coached all T&F events over time and she has given me such a great opportunity to coach her in every one of them”.

Dickinson has competed in every Track and Field event and won the one hour Decathlon at Woking last year, 2017.  She also won the European W50 double Heptathlon Championships in 2016.

Dickinson’s latest triumph in winning the World Silver medal saw her break the British Record with a personal best.  She is pictured below running down the eventual Bronze Medallist and closing in on the winner (a former Soviet Union International).

Janet Dickinson near the end of the final event (800m) in the World Championship W50 Heptathlon in Malaga, Spain.

As one of the least enthusiastic 800m runners (to say the least), Dickinson comically stated “whoever put the 800m in at the end of a Heptathlon needs a good talking to”.

Dickinson is an extremely talented athlete with an outstanding work ethic and manages to inspire and encourage other athletes of all ages.  Not content with seven events in the Heptathlon, Dickinson entered the 200m event which took place just one day after the Heptathlon.  The event saw 74 entries, squeezed into 9 heats with only the first two guaranteed a place in the semis.  Dickinson commented that four years ago she had decided to enter the 200m at the British Masters Championships. “I came last. Today I ran in a World Championship semi-final.  I was faster and I didn’t come last.”  In fact she won her heat with the 9th fastest time of the championships.  Despite her disappointment in not making the final, she was pleased to have more time off before Long Jump event.

Results link, medal and competitors here.

WORLD Heptathlon W50 SILVER Medallist 2018 Malaga.  Janet Dickinson with Coach, Paul Rees, behind the University Stadium after completing the seven event challenge.

Two former BAC Athletes, Caroline and Jean, won GOLD in the relay at the World Masters Athletics Championships in Malaga.  Many congratulations on such a great achievement.

Janet Dickinson made a well-earned appearance in the popular Track and Field magazine, “Athletics Weekly”.

More information on competing at future masters competitions can be found here.

Congratulations to BAC U11 Athletes at the Sportshall Match

Congratulations to the U11 Boys and U11 Girls teams at Sportshall match held on the last weekend of October!

BAC’s boys finished first with an amazing total of 442 points, well ahead of Wimborne who finished second. The Sportshall boys’ competition consisted of 6 teams. Poole AC finished third, Dorchester AC fouth, Poole Runners fifth and Weymouth sixth.

The 9 victorious BAC athletes were Ewan Brown, James Davie, William Launder, Findlay Orchard, Rufus Parsons, Connor Bailey, Stanley Peters, Marvin Marshall and Ollie Thompson.

In the U11 Girls match the BAC team came second with 394.5 points, just behind the Wimborne 1st team who gained 398.5 points. The BAC girls team competed with only 7 athletes so their achievement was all the more remarkable as they were missing 2 competitors. Poole AC were third, Poole Runners fourth, Wimborne 2nd team were fifth, Dorchester AC sixth and Weymouth seventh.

The BAC magnificent seven were Jennifer Shute, Chrissie Thompson, Elizabeth Davie, Harriet Wilford, Millie Fisher-Wyatt, Emelia Burgas and Katie Kilburn.

Well done to Nick Marshall for managing the team and phoning round all the parents and guardians to ensure as full a team as possible could be assembled. His enthusiasm and encouragement has helped lift BAC youngsters in Sportshall. This follows on from great improvements in Quadkids in the Wessex League this summer.

A big thank you to parents and guardians for giving up their time to bring the boys and girls along to Sportshall. Thanks also to all the officials and volunteers helping to run the competition.

by William Kearsey