The SAL home match on Saturday 9th of July 2016 produced a third win for BAC out of four recent home matches including recent BAL and YDL meetings.
There was a healthy balance of young and more experienced athletes which helped create a great atmosphere throughout the competition.
BAC’s man of the match would go to Rob Mc Taggart, despite disregarding the pre-race tactical advice from Dave Parsons to stick behind him for the first few laps. As it turned out, Tag lapped almost everyone in the field at least once and had an unofficial lap of 63 secs. He also won the 1500m and ran in the 4x400m relay and wisely didn’t enter the steeplechase following his 3000m blast despite the encouragement of his teammates.
Meanwhile, woman of the match would go to Paola King. Paola completed the 1500m steeplechase, coming 2nd and gaining a PB, much to the delight of most the team who had gathered by the water jump. Earlier on in the day, she won the pole vault with a PB, won the B string hammer, came 2nd in the B string shot, and 3rd in B string discus.
Chloe Burrows had a good day, with 1st place and a PB in 100m, 1st place in 200m and 3rd place in the shot, gaining a PB. Meanwhile, Ryan Markham was 1st in 100m and 2nd in 200m with a PB. Andrew Speers was 2nd in both 100m and 200m B races.
Gemma Kennard was 2nd in 100m B and 2nd in high jump, while Jemma Bates was 1st in 200m B. Dave Flicos did his bit for BAC, coming 2nd in pole vault and triple jump B, and 3rd in 400m. Janet Dickinson was 1st in 100m Hurdles B, 2nd in high jump B, 2nd in triple jump, 1st in Hammer and 1st in Javelin B.
Dave Parsons came 3rd in 800m and 3rd in 3000m B string. Mark Annis was 3rd in 800m B. Danielle Marshall was 2nd in 400m B, and won 100m hurdles and 400m hurdles. Abigail Richardson was 3rd in 400m with a PB.
Holly Collier continued to show her competitive spirit, winning both the 800m and 1500m. Meanwhile, Harriet Slade was 1st in B String 800m with a PB, and Poppaea Bramwell-Reeks was 1st in 1500m B String. Brother Harry was 1st in 1500m B String.
Alex Paul-Ajuwape was 2nd in high jump and triple jump, and Rob Woolgare finished 1st in Long Jump, Amelia Dobson also won the women’s long jump with a PB and claimed 1st place in the javelin competition. Sam Cash leapt to first place in the B string long jump.
In the throws, Stephen Dobson was first in the shot. Andrew Sheerin finished 1st in hammer, 2nd in discus and javelin (B string for all). Adam Carpenter won the men’s discus, while. Isabella Shepherd was 3rd in the women’s competition with a PB. Ben Dickinson finished 2nd in javelin. And last but by no means least, Patrick Pepper achieved first place in B string hammer.
Many athletes also competed as non-scorers in the match, and the hard work of our athletes’ scoring performances moved BAC up to 10th place in the league, which is mid-table.
Well done again to the athletes and their coaches, and thank you to the officials and volunteers who helped out at this event.