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BAC’s BAL Men start to dominate Division 2

The men’s BAL team travelled to Nuneaton for the second round of this year’s BAL campaign. Having won the first round four weeks earlier the team were seeking another successful result. A stronger team was being fielded this time due to better availability of athletes some of whom last time were involved in other competitions. The team battled hard all day and came out as convincing winners with an outstanding 63.5 point lead. With second and third placed teams differing from round 1, this now places BAC proudly at the top of Division 2 with a four league-point gap.

Once again, the success was down to sheer determination of the enthusiastic team which were by far the team with most presence in the stadium that day. There were a number of comments from other teams about how good our support for each other is and you certainly couldn’t fail to hear the half dozen or so cow bells that rang out during the majority of BAC performances alongside a number of increasingly popular team chants.

As is often, the match kicked off with the Long Jump. Alarm bells rang when during the warm up James Lelliott reported having an adductor strain which prevented him from sprinting properly. Discussions took place to decide which events he felt he could do and that did include continuing in the Long Jump. A brave effort saw him win the B string event with Bradley Pickup making a welcome 2018 team debut winning the A string in 7.32m. Later Lelliott jumped to a convincing win in the Triple Jump A string (13.98m), took 1st place in the B Discus, with 40.20m and threw 57.09m to place 3rd in the B string Javelin.

Bradley Pickup Long Jumps to Victory

James Lelliott launches the Javelin

Dan Brunsden completed the trio of heavy throws placing 3rd in both the A string Discus and Shot, and 6th in the A string Hammer. Andrew Sheerin completed the line up for the heavy throws placing 3rd in the B string of his main event, the Hammer, and 4th in the B string Shot.

Hammer Time for Dan Brunsden

High Jump new boy, Lewis Sainval, continued to enjoy his new hobby clearing 1.93m for a fine 2nd place in the A string event. Cameron Hale won the B in 1.73m. In the Pole Vault Hale and Andy Brown both finished in 5th place in each of A and B.

On the track, Ronnie Wells continued to improve with a superb PB of 10.43s in the 100m A race. New recruit Joel Harvey gained a valuable 2nd place in the B string running a PB of 11.04 in his debut race for BAC. Harvey later finished 4th in the A string 200m in 21.87s with Kev Hodgson making a return to the team to finish 3rd in the B string. Hodgson had shortly earlier competed in his main event, the 400m coming 4th in the A string in 49.21s with Muiris Egan 4th in the B race. The two 400m lads then combined with Joel Harvey and Piers Copeland to run an impressive 4x400m Relay in a time of 3:21.36, not too far short of the BAC club record.

Nobody is catching Ronnie Wells today

Joel Harvey and Kev Hodgson showing how a baton change should be done in the 4x400m Relay

Piers Copeland won the 800m A race in impressive style with what appeared to be an ‘easy’ 1:50.80. Lewis Sainval was 3rd in the B race with 1:59.17. Jamie Grose was 4th for A in the 1500m with 3:59.69 and Dan Mulryan 3rd for B. The 5000m lads, Rob McTaggart and David Long, took good points each finishing 3rd in the A and B races.

Piers Copeland in ‘cruise mode’ before winning the 800m

No danger from the sun with David Long’s 5000m hat on

Ayo Byron also appearing in his first BAL match for BAC had an impressive A string win in the 110m Hurdles in a time of 14.98s. Cameron Hale set a new PB of 17.05s to come 3rd in the B race. Ayo had also earlier helped the team in the 400m Hurdles along with Lewis Bartlett, both setting new PBs. Josh King ran a commendable 10:10.77 SB for 3rd place in the 3000m Steeplechase A string with Dan Mulryan a valuable 2nd place in the B.

Ayo Byron flies to victory in the 110m Hurdles

Tim Hughes was once again delighted with the performance of the team. “I never expected that we would travel to Nuneaton and win by around 65 points.” he said, “The guys have really upped their game and so want to do the best they can and win every match now. I’m now not only hopeful of promotion to Div 1 this year, but also of a grand slam set of wins in all four matches.” He goes on to say “Once again the team showed their excellent support towards each other. The BAC cheering and the cow bells were dominant at Nuneaton. I think people know who we are now! I’m looking forward to the Big Saturday at Bedford now and proving in front of the entire BAL league that we continue to be a really strong team – and one that it is fun to be part of.”

Some of the team with a cheeky celebratory refreshment following the superb win.

Photos: Thanks to Lisa Shepherd

BAC’s BAL Men Start Their 2018 Season With An Impressive Win

The men’s BAL team convincingly won their first fixture of the season at Yeovil on Saturday 5th May.  The team travelled to Yeovil knowing they were missing a number of key athletes due to the BUCS Champs and also some injuries.  Those hours leading up to the match had seen some frantic reshuffling of the team in order to ensure that all spaces remained filled.  As has been the situation for a number of years now, the BAC spirit and enthusiasm for success carried the team through the day and was the fuel which led to the superb win.

BAC were up against seven other teams in Division 2 BAL, their second season in that division. This year saw four fresh teams to encounter including Glasgow, Basingstoke and Rugby.  The team were determined to get off to a flying start to the season in order to ensure promotion to Division 1 having tantalisingly missed that opportunity last season by only 5 points.  Saturday’s win really does set out the team’s stall.

An early start to the day saw James Lelliott compete in the first of his seven events, the Long Jump. Lelliott opened up his campaign with a convincing win, jumping 7.25m.  Cameron Hale, also looking forward to seven events, was second in the B event.  Soon after this was the Hammer event with Dan Brunsden and Andrew Sheerin both throwing respectable 4th places.  Sheerin slipped during one of his trials and hit his head hard on the concrete.  Thankfully he was quick to recover though – nothing keeps this enthusiastic Scotsman down.

James Lelliott’s Long Jump victory

Newcomer to the team, Lewis Bartlett, enthusiastically approached his debut 400mH race finishing in a respectable 6th place.  He had only been practising for the event for around a week and he battled hard to gain valuable points.  Bartlett later joined Josh King in the 3000m Steeplechase but unfortunately had to withdraw during the race due to hamstring tightness.  King, making his season debut, ran a respectable 10:17 for 4th place.

Lewis Bartlett’s debut at the 3000m Steeplechase

Lewis Sainval had earlier agreed to stand in for the High Jump, an event he had little experience of. The event immediately followed his 800m race, but he valiantly took it on as the supporting team watched the bar height keep increasing with Sainval’s successive clearances.  In the end he achieved 2nd place in the A string with a remarkable 1.90m.  Cameron Hale was 3rd in the B event.

Lewis Sainval’s impressive 1.90m in his High Jump debut

Lewis Sainval’s 800m saw him achieve a season’s best time of 1:59.90 for 5th place in the B race, whilst Jamie Grose has a hard fought 1:58.72 in the A race.  Grose then later went on to gain a valuable 4th place in the A string 1500m with Rob McTaggart doing coming 4th in the B race less than a fortnight after his superb London Marathon effort.

Newcomer Ronnie Wells back on his old ‘home’ track for the first time since joining BAC never failed to impress with some outstanding sprinting.  Wells won the 100m A race in 10.59s with James Lelliott in a rare dead heat for 1st in the B race with 11.01s.  The pair then also covered the 200m races with Wells narrowly missing a win in the A race with a time of 21.71s and Lelliott 3rd in the B race with 22.35s.

Ronnie Wells in winning form in the 100m

In the 400m, Muiris Egan ran a strong race to set a seasons best time of 51.79s, taking 6th place in the A race, whilst a now tired Lewis Sainval ran a new PB in the B event of 52.10s to take 5th place.  Dan Mulryan and David Long both ran impressively in the 3000m race. Mulryan was narrowly beaten in a home straight dash setting a new PB at 8:31.20, with Long winning the B race in 8:47.40.

David Long and Dan Mulryan gain big points in the 3000m

Back in the throws, Dan Brunsden took 4th place in a competitive Discus competition with newcomer Josh Kelly setting a new PB of 34.84m to take 3rd  place in the B event.  In the Shot, Brunsden was 4th in the A with Kelly a good 2nd place in the B event.  In the Javelin James Lelliott threw a lifetime best 61.45m to take 2nd place in the A event with Cameron Hale also setting a new PB to win the B event in 52.94m.

James Lelliott launches the Javelin to a 61.45m PB

A BAC debut for Josh Kelly in the Shot

In the Triple Jump, James Lelliott convincingly won the A event in 14.25m with Cameron Hale 2nd in the B, with a PB of 11.81m.  The same pair had earlier competed in the Pole Vault to gain valuable points.

The 4x100m squad of Wells, Lelliott, Hale and Egan narrowly missed a win in a time of 43.28s.  The 4x400m squad went into the final race of the day knowing that BAC had already won the match, but Grose, Long, Sainval and Egan pushed hard to achieve some decent spilt times and a 6th place finish.

One match now completed with three more to go, culminating in the final match at King’s Park on 5th August where the promotions and relegations will be decided.

Tim Hughes was delighted with his team’s determination on the day.  He said “It just goes to show that when we take a few hits on athlete availability the rest of the team come together to make things good.  I’ve said it before, but the success of our team is down to the enthusiasm of the athletes and the hunger to win.  A shining example in the match was Lewis Sainval in his superb 2nd place in his High Jump debut.”  He goes on to say “Everyone that travelled to Yeovil was a team player and put the needs of the team over and above their own personal goals.  That’s the type of team we are and that’s how we continue to grow and succeed.  I so look forward now to the next match at Nuneaton <for Rugby>  and bringing together an even stronger squad.  I just can’t thank the athletes enough!”.

<Photos: Thanks to Lisa Shepherd>

YOUR BAC STARS OF THE YEAR 2017!!

It takes a lot of hard work and commitment to be successful in sport and here are some of your fellow athletes that have done just that!!  Well done to them!!

These pictures are available for you to use on your Facebook, websites and Instagram pages.  If anybody wants a copy to frame, perhaps for a Xmas present, please contact lisa.123@btinternet.com for a larger file copy.  This will cost £2.50 for BAC club funds.

HAPPY DAYS!!!

 

 

Bournemouth’s BAL Team Finish the Season on a High

The men’s BAL Team set another all time high position as they finished second in the final BAL match of the season at Lee Valley, London.  This places the club third in the Division 2 table, yet again achieving a highest ever finishing position.  In achieving this the club also narrowly missed out on promotion having gone to the match ready to fight against relegation. This now places BAC well above some well established BAL teams and with a strong aspiration for promotion next season.

Stunning double wins in the field events from Patrick Sylla and James Lelliott in the Long Jump,  Alex Cox and Cameron Hale in the High Jump plus Dan Brunsden and James Lelliott in the Discus.  Other field wins were for Patrick Sylla (Triple Jump B), with Lelliott just missing out on winning the A string,  and also a win for Andrew Brown (Javelin B).  High scoring too were the pairing of Dan Brunsden and Andrew Sheerin, both finishing 3rd in their Hammer A and B events.

On the track, the athletes battled hard in some very competitive races.  Notable performances from David Long and Rob McTaggart finishing 2nd and 3rd in their 5000m races.  Lelliott finished 2nd in a fast 100m B race.  A welcome return to the track for Yiu Man Wong and Josh Nevin who both gained valuable points for BAC in the 400m Hurdles.  Nevin then later joined Roy Long in the Steeplechase.  An extremely tight 800m A race saw Lewis Sainval lunge for the line and narrowly miss out on a new PB.  Jamie Grose and Rob McTaggart, both doubling up, scored well in the 1500m, McTaggart 3rd in the B race.  Kev Hodgson and Muiris Egan went out hard in their 400m races which proved very tough.  Ryan Markam made a BAL debut in the 200m and 4×100 relay, the latter joined by Egan, Hale and Sylla.

A strong quartet of Egan, Hodgson, Lelliott and Sainval hit out a hard 4x400m at the end of the afternoon, finishing a decent 4th and in a time of 3:24.56, the fastest by BAC for some years.

Team Manager Tim Hughes was once again delighted with the team’s performance.  “We had a good motivational warm-up on the coach just before we went into the arena.  Every athlete knew that they had to do their utmost to get every point they could in what started off to be an anti-relegation battle.  I have never seen such enthusiasm both by our athletes competing and also the remainder of the team cheering them on.  This is what makes our team rather unique in the BAL – we certainly have an enthusiastic presence at these events with lots of camaraderie!  The guys have been fantastic this year and were a joy to manage”.

Looking forward to next season Hughes commented “We narrowly missed out on promotion this year, in fact pretty much by only one league point in the end.  Coming so close, and seeing some tight matches in rounds 2 and 3 where we just missed out on higher placed finishes, we have to believe that we can gain promotion next year.  We can see the events we need to improve in and I shall be on a recruitment drive in the coming weeks to give our team a boost for next season.  I wish the lads well for any end of season competitions and in their winter preparation for next BAL season”.

The BAL team celabrate their successful season – Photo: Lisa Shepherd

 

BAC’s Men’s BAL Team narrowly miss out on a Div 2 Win

On Saturday 3rd June the BAC BAL team travelled to Yate, near Bristol for their second match of the year.  The team had made a solid start to their Division 2 campaign finishing 4th (of 8) in the first round.  Despite having some key athletes unavailable, the team battled hard throughout the day.  The desire to gain every point possible was in everyone’s minds which led to some superb performances throughout the day.  The result was a 3rd place finish, narrowly missing victory by only 5 points.  This places BAC 3rd in the league table, just outside a promotion position.

James Lelliott once again hauled in a large number of points starting the day with a win in the A string Long Jump.  He was partnered in that event by Rob Woolgar who also took a victory in the B string.  Lelliott was 2nd in the A string Triple Jump and 4th for A string in a quality Javelin event, with Andy Brown taking victory in the Javelin B string.

Dan Brunsden once gained many points in the heavy throws whilst Alex Cox and Cameron Hale performed fantastically in High Jump taking A and B string victories.  Cox cleared 1.90 and Hale 1.80, but both were very close to achieving their next heights.  Hale then teamed up with Ryan Long, who made his BAC BAL debut, for the Pole Valut.  Long cleared 3.80 to take 3rd place in the A string, whilst Hale also came 3rd in the B string with 3.40.

Despite some superb performances in the track events, BAC’s only victory came from Josh King, who once again set a new PB (9:46.66) in the A string 3000m Steeplechase.  Roy Long gained a valuable 6th place in the B event.

Rob Green had earlier kicked off the track events with a solid 3rd place in the A string 400m Hurdles in what were windy conditions.  Jamie Grose and Lewis Sainval both set seasons best times in the 800m.  Grose, 5th in the A string 1:58.80, and Sainval, 3rd in the B string set 1:58.51, just some 0.13s short of his PB.

A BAL team debut for Henry Bramwell-Reeks found him taking a decent chunk of his previous best time to set a new PB of 4:23.42 for 6th place in the B string 1500m.  He battled hard in what was a tough race and the 17 year old did not seem fazed by the high standard BAL competition.  Jamie Grose finished in a commendable 5th place in the A string to complete his middle-distance ‘double’ of the day.  David Long and Rob McTaggart, the ever stalwarts of track distance events, finished both 4th (A) and 3rd (B) in the 5000m.

The sprinters had a tough day in their individual races but came together as a strong team in the 4x100m Relay.  Ben Arnold, James Lelliott, Scott Rutter and Ryan Long carried the baton round to a 4th place.  Muiris Egan, Lewis Sainval, Jamie Grose and Rob Green took 6th place in a tough 4x400m Relay.

The 3rd place ranking in the Div 2 table sees the BAC BAL Men’s team achieve yet another all time highest position.

Team Manager Tim Hughes was once again delighted with the performance of his athletes.  “All of the athletes in the team today ran, jumped or threw out of their skin!  It was a superb team effort from a bunch of guys who want, not just their own performances to be superb on the day, but also those of their team mates and the team as a whole.  It was great to bring in some new faces to the team today and to see them perform well and really enjoy the atmosphere too.”

Hughes goes on to talk about the next match.  “Today, we beat two of the teams that beat us in Round 1 and we narrowly missed out on a victory.  We have a great squad of athletes to call upon this year and results to date are demonstrating that if we work hard and really want it, we could get promoted yet again.  I’d like to see that and I know the lads will now settle for nothing less!  The next match at Bedford is going to be fun.”


Josh King on his way to Victory in the 3000m Steeplechase Photo: Lisa Shepherd

Match Result:  http://www1.bal.org.uk/media/1622/2017-div-2-match-2-results-v1.pdf

Solid Start to Season for BAC’s Men’s BAL Team

On Saturday 6th May, the BAC BAL team travelled to Kingsmeadow, London for their first match of the year. The team was promoted to Div 2 at the end of the last season which now ranks them inside the top 24 teams in the UK. The team, which saw some new athletes battling alongside most of last year’s usual faces, encountered some tough opposition which included a number of GB&NI International Athletes.

Notable performances in the field came from thrower Dan Brunsden who scored solid points in the Shot, Discus and Hammer. Returning to the team this year was his brother Steve, who after some years out of competition, returned to set a new PB with a 49.01m Hammer throw.

Long Jumper Bradley Pickup rejoined the team this year teaming up with James Lelliott to take 1st place in the A and B strings. They both also scored valuable points together in the Triple Jump. Lelliott once again demonstrated his versatility over a range of other events winning the B Discus and coming 3rd in the A Javelin (55.03m). The B string Javelin was won by Andy Brown.

Alex Cox made a solid start to his season coming 3rd in the A High Jump (1.90m) with Cameron Hale 4th in the B. Hale then went on to just miss out on a PB in the Pole Vault, clearing 3.20m

Harry Dalton, a new multi-event athlete for the team gained valuable points in the Pole Vault, Shot, 110m Hurdles and the 4x400m Relay. Like Lelliott, he is destined to score many points for the team during this year’s campaign.

On the track the wind was quite blustery at times. The sprinters were mixing it with some tough international competition such as Conrad Williams. Lelliott doubled up for 100m and 200m with support in the B strings from Pickup and Ben Arnold. Scott Rutter joined with Lelliott, Pickup and Arnold to finish a commendable 4th place in the 4x100m Relay.

In the 400m, Kev Hodgson and Muiris Egan returned to gain valuable points, before joining with Dalton and fellow new team member Yiu Man Wong in the 4x400m Relay where they finished 5th in a tough race.

Rob Green, a former English Schools 400m Hurdles 4th placer, made his debut for the team with a solid A race, 57.33 a time unseen from a BAC athlete for many years. Wong was 4th in the B race.

Jamie Grose and Lewis Sainval, who had both been out for some weeks over the past few months made a return to the track to contest the 800m. Grose was 6th in the A string, but a determined race by Sainval allowed him to clinch 2nd place in the B race.

Josh King set a new lifetime best in the 3000m Steeple Chase, finishing 3rd with a time of 9:52.9. Ever present Roy Long gained those valuable points in the B race, finishing 5th.

David Long and Rob McTaggart both had strong races in the 3000m. Long was 4th in the A race (8:51.27) and McTaggart 3rd in the B (9:05.58) having just completed the London Marathon less than a fortnight earlier. Long and Grose both also competed in the 1500m finishing 4th (A) and 3rd (B) respectively.

At the end of the day BAC finished in 4th place (of 8) with only 24 points separating 1th to 4th places. This sets yet another highest ever position for a BAC team.

Team Manager Tim Hughes was delighted with the performance of his athletes and the solid start to life in Div 2. “This match was never going to be easy, but the determination of our athletes never fails to impress. They are not phased by the higher standards found in Div 2 and they genuinely would love to go out there and try and win the Division. I targeted recruitment over the winter towards what have become traditionally weak events for us, and the new guys Rob, Harry and Yiu Man along with returning athletes Steve and Bradley did not fail to impress”.

Hughes goes on to talk about the next match. “We have made a solid start so far finishing 4th in a match where the top three teams were all effectively very local to the event. Next time they have to travel too. I don’t doubt that we can go and put in another solid performance at the June match and maybe start to creep up the league table”.

Match Result: http://www1.bal.org.uk/media/1599/2017-div-2-match-1-results-v1.pdf

BAC Men’s BAL team record their highest ever league position

Tim Hughes and BAL team about to return to Kings Park after a successful day at Yeovil (complete team not present - others returned directly home from Yeovil with own transport)
Tim Hughes and BAL team about to return to Kings Park after a successful day at Yeovil (complete team not present – others returned directly home from Yeovil with own transport)

On Saturday 8th August the BAC Men’s BAL team travelled to Yeovil for their final fixture of the season. The sun blazed in the sky as BAC put on an equally blazing set of superb performances to finish the match in 3rd place resulting in a 4th place final league position. This is the highest ever position achieved by BAC at the end of a season.

Once again there were outstanding performances by BAC athletes who battled with great enthusiasm resulting in a several PBs. Of the nine Grade 1 standard performances on the day, BAC achieved four of those.

The superb performances started early in the match with Patrick Sylla and James Lelliott winning both the A and B string Long Jumps (7.27m and 7.23m respectively). The duo then met again in the Triple jump with Sylla winning the B event in 13.42m.

Alex Cox won the A string High Jump equaling his season’s best of 2.05m. Jamie Williamson was 2nd in the B event with 1.85m. The heavy throws saw Dan Brunsden partnered with Matt Ridge to gain a feast of points in the Discus, Shot and Hammer. Brunsden won the A string Discus with a throw of 42.05m before also winning the Shot in 14.56m, with Ridge just missing out on victory by 1cm in the B event with a putt of 12.47m. James Lelliott and Andrew Brown got solid 2nd places in the Javelin event with 57.72m and 54.66mm respectively.

Matt Ridge about to earn some useful discus points
Dan Brunsden about to earn some useful discus points

On the track another superb run by Lewis Sainval in the 800m saw him set yet another PB in 1:58.38. He later followed that up with a strong 3rd place finish in the B string 1500m. David Long was Lewis’ partner in both races and he achieved an 800m PB too with a time of 2:00.48 and a useful 3rd place in the A string 1500m.

Lewis Sainval prepares for the 800m
Lewis Sainval prepares for the 800m
David Long focuses on the 800m start
David Long focuses on the 800m start

Muiris Egan, 3rd in the 400m A race and Stephen Goreham 2nd in the B race scored valuable points with Kevin Hodgson and Scott Rutter doubling up in the 100m and 200m.   Ben Arnold, returning to fitness following injury supported the team by standing in for the 3000m Steeplechase and 400mH events, seeking out those valuable points.

Ben Arnold and Rob McTaggart tackle a 3000m s/c barrier
Ben Arnold and Rob McTaggart tackle a 3000m s/c barrier

In the 3000m flat race, Rob McTaggart ran a strong and brave race to finish 3rd in the A string 3000m with Dan Mulryan making his BAC debut in the B race, smashing his PB in a time of 8:58.55.

David Long and Lewis Sainval approach the bell in the 800m
David Long and Lewis Sainval approach the bell in the 800m

BAC as usual gave sound performances in the relays with Egan, Hodgson, Rutter and Lelliott finishing 4th in the 4x100m and Hodgson, Sainval, Egan and Goreham gaining 2nd in the 4x400m.

Team Manager Tim Hughes was chuffed to bits with the performance of his team both in the final match and in the season as a whole. “The team did brilliant once again, just like they have been doing all season. Well done lads! We deserved a high placing in the final table and credit to the guys in their push to get that.”

Hughes continues “Promotion has to be the aim for next season. We narrowly missed out this year and I truly believe we can get it next season. I am committed to finding the athletes we need to boost the team in our few weak events and coming back with a stronger BAL team for 2016…. I can’t wait!”.

The team keep out of the Yeovil sun between events
The team keep out of the Yeovil sun between events

And some more photos courtesy of Josh Nevin…….

(Team Captain Kevin Hodgson)
(Team Captain Kevin Hodgson)

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BAC’s Men’s BAL Team Make a Statement at Derby

The BAC Men’s BAL team came second in their third round BAL Division 3 match. This superb result against the seven other teams now places them 3rd in the table with one match to go. The team did not let a few late withdrawals and some transport difficulties get in the way of what turned out to be their best result this season so far.

James Lelliott had a superb day covering a maximum allowed seven events. At one time he was competing in three events concurrently and then was immediately a late substitute into the B-String 200m which he won by a country mile in a PB of 22.58s. He had only minutes before thrown a season’s best of 59.00m in the Javelin to win that event too. James had earlier in the day just missed out in winning the LJ (7.04m) and he later anchored the 4x100m squad home to 2nd place in 42.79s along with Muiris Egan, Kevin Hodgson and Ben Arnold – a time less than 0.2s outside of the club record.

Lewis Sainval (U17) who has had a superb season smashing his personal bests in the Dorset County Champs was drafted into the team at late notice to cover the 800m. Lewis bravely attacked the 800m B string and showed pure maturity towards the front of the field for much of the race. His reward was yet another outstanding PB of 1:59.37 to earn valuable points for the team. To finish the day he helped the 4x400m Relay team, along with Muiris Egan, Kevin Hodgson and Karl Welch finish in 4th place in a good time of 3:28.66, with Lewis having taken around 5s off any previously recorded 400m time.

Alex Cox was back on form coming 3rd in the A string High Jump in a superb 2.05m with Jamie Williamson winning the B string with 1.85. Andrew Brown won the B string Javelin in 55.55m with Adam Nash scoring valuable points finishing 3rd in the B string Long Jump.

Dan Brunsden make a welcome return to BAC to score superbly in the heavy throwing events. He won the A string Discus in 41.75 in what proved to be a very slippery throwing circle, causing a fair few difficulties (James Lelliott was 2nd in the B string). Dan then went on to win the Shot Putt by well over a metre in 14.01m.

Back on the track Kevin Hodgson and Ben Arnold scored good points finishing 3rd and 4th in their respective 100m races and it was great to see Nigel Hayman return to score good points in the A string 110mH. Muiris Egan set a new PB in the 400m A string coming 3rd in a time of 49.93s shortly before Kevin Hodgson finished 3rd in the A string 200m in a time of 22.09s.

Another BAL debut was by Josh Nevin who finished 5th in the A string 3000m Steeple Chase in a superb PB of 10:15.15. Roy Long helped earn valuable points in the B race. Josh then joined David Long in the 1500m, with David gaining good points in the A string with 4:04.36

Karl Welch had earlier taken a superb Season’s Best in the A string 800m in a time of 1:55.84 and Peter Mitchell helped gain valuable points in the 110mH, 400mH and TJ

One of the day’s highlights was a showdown between Steve Way and Rob McTaggart in the 5000m. Rob decided to take it out at a good pace whilst Steve decided to start a little more conservatively. As the laps progressed it started to seem that Steve would perhaps catch Rob and it made for an exiting final two laps. Rob held off the challenge however earning a good 4th place in the A string with Steve Way 2nd in the B string.

BAC go into the final match of the season in four weeks time sitting in 3rd place in the division (the top two get promoted). Whilst promotion is still possible it would have to mean a poor result by Bedford contrasted by another superb BAC result to happen. We now know for sure that there is no chance of relegation this season.

Team Manager, Tim Hughes, was once again delighted with the performance of his team. “The performance of the athletes at Derby was outstanding. They really strive for success and because of that they get it. The morale of the team has been very high ever since Match 2 of 2014 when we started believing we could go somewhere – that resulted in promotion into Div 3 where we are now, but the guys want more – and so do I”.

“It just goes to show what can happen when you gather a bunch of committed athletes. We have the depth of athletes to go to higher positions already and I am keen to improve the team in our weaker areas”.

Tim was particularly impressed with some individual performances at Derby “The whole team performed fantastically and it was great to see a number of PBs during the day. Whilst every single person played their part and got those valuable points it’s difficult to single people out. I do however have to especially point out Lewis Sainval who competed in the BAL as an U17 but acted like the more mature athletes he was competing against. His PB in the 800m was superb and well deserved.”

Tim has a key goal for the next match “Whilst promotion is a possibility it would have to take a poor performance by Bedford to allow us to get that. We cannot influence or control what they do, only what we can do.  Myself and the guys want a win at Yeovil – and that’s what we aim to go and do”.

BAC BAL Team Battle it out in Bedford

On Saturday 6th June, the BAL team travelled to Bedford for their second match. The team arrived to find very windy conditions which were to play havoc with individual results. The BAC turn-out was strong but was missing a few key athletes due to injury.

Notable performances in the field came from the High Jump duo of Alex Cox and Jamie Williamson who each battled it out to 2nd places in A and B strings. Cox jumped a season’s opener of 1.95m as well as scoring decent points in the Discus throw.

James Lelliott gave great commitment to a range of field events scoring many valuable points for the team. He teamed up with Patrick Sylla with whom he scored an A and B string victory in the Long Jump. Lelliot’s 7.34m jump won the event by more than 70cm. He and Andy Brown then went on to score good points in the Javelin.

On the track the wind was very apparent. Sprinters Kevin Hodgson and Scott Rutter both ran sub 11s times to score valuable points in the 100m. Muiris Egan ran a particularly strong 400m A race to gain a worthy 3rd place, once again showing the strength he has this season. Rob McTaggart and David Long worked hard in the 5000m gaining 5th and 3rd places in the A and B string races. Roy Long (David’s dad) showed no fear by stepping in to the 3000m Steeple Chase to fill a space in the team and ended up reaping 6 valuable points.

BAC once again performed strong in both of the relays. The 4x100m quartet of Scott Rutter, Kev Hodgson, Ben Arnold and James Lelliott bought the baton home in 3rd place in the 4x100m race. In the 4x400m, Muiris Egan, Kev Hodgson, Scott Rutter and Karl Welch also took 3rd place.

At the end of the day BAC finished in 6th place (of 8) with only 12 points separating 4th, 5th and 6th places. This leaves BAC standing 6th (of 8) in the BAL Div 3 League Table on equal league points with the two teams immediately above. Had the team accumulated just 8 more match points over their first two matches then they would have retained their 4th place in the Division.

Team Manager Tim Hughes was very pleased with the performance of his athletes and with those who did more than just their normal events on the day.

“This match was particularly hard for us but we were able to battle through well because of that sheer commitment to succeed that this team has. We had some particular bad luck this round with a number of injuries which ruled out some key athletes from competing. We also had some athletes on the day who pushed through the pain barrier to get those extra points. I have to thank these guys especially and also those who helped fill in some gaps”.

Hughes goes on to talk about the next match. “We have to have a strong team for our next match at Derby on July 11th. I will be calling up a number of athletes who have not yet competed in the BAL this season and I look forward to an enthusiastic team travelling North for that match. I am sure we can pull out a great performance and rise back up the league table”.

BAC British Athletics League Team have a great start to the Track and Field season

BAC Men’s British Athletics League team who were promoted to Division 3 for this season got off to a great start in their first match at Swansea on 9th May.   The team who had a few setbacks with injury going into the match battled their way to a superb 4th place (out of 8 teams) to show that they really aim to to business in this division.

The day opened with James Lelliott winning the A-string Long Jump in blustery conditions.  This led the way in a feast of great BAC field event performances proving that Bournemouth are a team to be recognised in their new division.  Lelliott followed up with a win in the B-string Discus with Andy Brown taking the B-string Javelin, behind Lelliott’s A-string 3rd place.  Matt Ridge scored valuable points in all three heavy throws with a superb second place in the A-string Shot.

On the track, conditions were harsh for the sprinters with a strong headwind gusting to -5m/s.  Nonetheless, Kevin Hodgson, Ben Arnold and Scott Rutter scored superb points in the 100m and 200m.  One of the outstanding performances of the day by a BAC athlete was Muris Egan’s 400m A-race finishing 3rd in a superb PB of 49.99s.  Ben Arnold, making a BAL debut at the same event scored well with 3rd in the B race.  Jamie Grose and Josh King gained A and B string 3rd places in a tough 1500m race before Rob Mctaggart and David Long finished 5th (A) and 2nd (B) respectively in a quality 3000m race containing containing some good national standard athletes.

Great performances in the relays saw the 4x100m squad (Rutter, Hodgson, Arnold and Lelliott) finish 3rd while the 4x400m squad battled out 5th place in a very tough race.

Team Manager Tim Hughes was delighted with his team’s performance… “The enthusiasm of this team is second to none.  This is a great bunch of lads to work with since they want success so much.  This result really sets us up to think about promotion once again and if I can pull in some of those athletes unable to compete this time round into the remaining matches then that certainly could be on the cards.”