The third fixture of the 2017/18 season of the Hampshire CrossCountry League took place at Popham Airfield, Basingstoke on Saturday 2 December, and, although BAC‘s teams weren’t quite as strong as at the previous fixture at Queen Elizabeth Country Park, the Senior and Veteran Men and Senior and Veteran Women are all ranked towards the top of their respective tables leading, hopefully, to a satisfactory, at least, conclusion to the season. We welcomed Laszlo Toth and Theo Irvine, competing for the first time in the yellow and blue vest, and Craig Palmer, who competes for BAC as his second claim club in order to run in this League, continues to make a very valuable contribution.
The only less happy note was the absence, once again, of a substantial BAC representation at lower age level, with on this occasion, the boys coming entirely from the Farwell family and the girls from the Sandell family. So, congratulations to Tom Farwell, 25th of 53 in the U15 boys race in 13.33, to Sam Farwell, 55th of 81 in the U13 boys race in 11.44, and to Anya Sandell, 34th of 55 in the U15 girls race in 16.12. No doubt, had there been U11 races, Anya‘s younger brother Isaac would have been running. Let’s hope that in due course Tom, Sam and Anya will have some company with BAC teams in their age categories.
However returning to the good news, Dave Long, who led the Mens’ race for much of the way, was first of the BAC athletes to finish, followed very closely by Craig Palmer – Dave and Craig were 8th and 9th respectively so an excellent foundation! Rob McTaggart, Josh Cole and Steve Way completed the BAC Senior Mens’ team, with Steve leading the BAC Veteran Men, the team being completed by Pat Robbins and Sanjai Sharma. On the day, BAC‘s Senior Men were 5th of 10 complete teams in Division 1, and are 3= aggregate for the season so far. Aldershot, Farnham and District will never be caught (as ever!), but Southampton, in second place, are within sight, but the real battle is amongst BAC, Reading and Basingstokeand Mid Hants, all of whom are so close that one stutter, or one brilliant performance, could make all the difference. It isn’t just about the leaders, though. It was a real pleasure to see 13 BAC men competing with the BAC vest everywhere.
The ladies, too, had a very successful day with Harriet Slade, NikkiSandell and Joy Wright making up the Senior Womens’ team which finished a highly creditable 6th of 19 complete teams, the aggregate position being 7th of 21 teams. Yvonne Tibble completed the Veteran Womens’ team (with Nikki and Joy), which finished an excellent 3rd of 12 complete teams on the day, and remain 3rd aggregate for the season of 14 teams. Kirsty Drewett was on hand to provide the vital back up should this have been needed.
With the best two performances so far counting, BAC athletes are beginning to appear in the top 10 individual aggregate positions. Of the Senior Men Dave Long is 6th and Craig Palmer 10th. Steve Way is 6= Veteran Man, and in the Veteran Women table EmmaDews is 4th and Nikki Sandell 9th.
So, with three fixtures gone and two remaining it’s all to go for. Your club needs you at Reading on 13 January and Aldershot on 10 February!
A strong contingent of BAC men and women competed at what must be the toughest of the Hampshire Cross Country League venues at Queen Elizabeth Country Park, near Petersfield, on Saturday 11 November. This is a new course and involved climbing almost to the top of Butser Hill, the highest point in Hampshire, followed by a sharp descent, and then doing this again, in the case of the men, three times!
However, this did not daunt a very strong BAC mens’ team, whose objective was to build on the solid fifth place in Division 1 of the League achieved at the first fixture of the season, at Kings Park, to ensure that first division status is maintained at the end of the season. To say this was done is an understatement, with the SeniorMens‘ team finishing 2nd on the day, with only the untouchable Aldershot, Farnham and District club in front, and now lie 2nd equal in the table after two fixtures. BAC‘s Veteran Men also had a highly successful day, finishing 3rd of 24 teams.
There was another 2nd position by BAC – the Veteran Women, more about this later.
The BAC charge was led by Jacek Cieluszecki, who chased DavidLong around the course, just edging past David towards the finish, so that David finished just one place behind Jacek, but, as 8th and 9th respectively, it looked as if BAC were on course for a low points count. This was confirmed when Craig Palmer crossed the line seconds later, pursued very shortly by Josh King, and when RobMcTaggart finished in 48th position it was clear this was a good result – to have the entire team in the top 50 is always good news! BAC‘s Senior Men are 2nd in the table, equal with SouthamptonAthletic Club, so let’s hope the exciting contest with SAC to finish the season 2nd (behind AFD who can never be caught!) of a few years ago can be repeated!
BAC‘s Veteran Men can also be very satisfied with the result from Butser Hill. The team of Steve Way, Pat Robbins and SanjaiSharma, by finishing 3rd of 24 teams (there is only one VeteranMens‘ division), ensured that that the 4th position achieved at the first fixture at Kings Park was retained as the aggregate position.
In all, 14 BAC men competed in this fixture, and it was a real pleasure to see so many of the yellow and blue vests around the course. Congratulations to all who took part. The only sad feature was that there was not one single BAC U20 or U17 man, nor U15 or U13 boy, although, in the U11 boys’ race, it was great to see IsaacSandell tackling the course.
There was also a strong BACSeniorWomens‘ team present, with the team of Emma Dews, Harriet Slade and Nikki Sandell finishing 7th on the day, of 27 teams (like the Veteran Men, there is only one Senior Women division), an excellent result, placing the team 7th aggregate in the team. Emma and Nikki also scored for the VeteranWomens‘ team, and supported by Yvonne Tibble, the team finished an astonishing 2nd on the day, resulting in a 2nd aggregate position. Just in case anything went wrong (which it didn’t!) Joy Wright and Kirsty Drewitt provided the essential back-up. The situation concerning BAC‘s youngsters was almost as sparse as with the boys, with no BAC U17W, U13G nor U11G taking part, but, in the U15G race, it was very encouraging to see Amelia Reynolds and AnyaSandell competing.
Results (BAC): Senior/Veteran Men: 8. Jacek Cieluszecki 35.53; 9. David Long 36.02; 13. Craig Palmer 36.24; 21. Josh King 37.25; 48. Rob McTaggart 39.12; 64. Steve Way 40.11; 72. Stuart Nicholas 40.38; 96. Pat Robbins 42.08; 109. Sanjai Sharma 42.53; 156. Richard Brawn 45.28; 166. Nick Kenchington 46.09; 179. Jud Kirk 47.33; 198. Simon Hearn 49.07; 231. Steve Cox 52.18 (286 in race): Senior/Veteran Women: 29. Emma Dews 26.22; 47. Harriet Slade 27.49; 50. Nikki Sandell 28.25; 67. Yvonne Tibble 29.44; 77. Joy Wright 30.31; 93. Kirsty Drewitt (161 in race): U15 Girls: 28 Amelia Reynolds 15.40; 36. Anya Sandell 16.15 (48 in race): U11 Boys: Isaac Sandell (results not yet published – this race isn’t part of the League).
The following photographs (copyright: hammy8241) were taken by Paul Hammond of Eastleigh RC and are reproduced with his permission, for which many thanks………
The 2017/18 season of the Hampshire Cross Country League opened on Saturday 14 October with the first fixture in beautiful sunny weather at Kings Park.
For BAC‘s senior mens’ team the aim this season has to be, at least, to remain in Division 1 of this highly competitive League and thanks to some outstanding performances Saturday was an encouraging start. It is BAC‘s good fortune that Craig Palmer has joined second claim, for the purpose of cross country competition, as Craig‘s astonishing run brought him to the finish line in 15th position. Throughout the mens’ race, Craig was being pursued by Josh King, who edged ever nearer to Craig, finishing one place behind him in 16th. BAC is also fortunate to have recruited fairly recently StuartNicholas, running in his first cross country race, who also had an excellent run to finish third BAC athlete. Steve Way followed very shortly afterwards, probably running better than he expected after injury problems, and, completing the BAC mens’ team, Pat Robbins also ran well to finish only one minute (exactly!) after Steve. Steve and Pat were BAC‘s first two veteran men, the veteran’s team being completed by John Phillips, also recently joined (or, more accurately, rejoined after many years!), which meant that BAC‘s veteran mens’ team is no less than the 4th team of the 18 complete veteran men teams (there is only one veteran division), which is an excellent start to the season. BAC‘s senior mens’ team, after one fixture, are 5th of 10 teams in Division 1, so a solid start, but hopefully we can improve on this as the season progresses, and there is certainly no room for complacency! The U20s also ran in the same race as the senior and veteran men, and BAC was sole representative was Brandon Meredith, who should be pleased with his 13th U20M position. Please see the full BAC mens’ results below.
Turning to the ladies, some excellent running led to a satisfactory start to the season. Despite this being only her second race this year, EmmaDews‘ strong running kept her at the front of the field for the entire race, finishing 12th overall in 22.58 and 2nd veteran lady. Harriet Slade and Yvonne Tibble, finishing 30th in 24.27 and 70th in 27.14 respectively, completed the senior ladies’ team , and of the 20 complete teams, BAC were placed 8th (there is just one ladies’ division), so that is an excellent start to the season. Emma and Yvonne were the first two BAC veteran ladies’ the team being completed by Kirsty Drewitt (88th in 28.28) with the veteran ladies’ team also having an excellent start, lying 5th of the 14 veteran ladies’ teams. Well done too to Mandy Adams who was 124th in 31.53 and provided the essential backup in case of any dropouts. A total of 156 completed the senior/veterans race, apparently the largest field for many years.
What was slightly disappointing from BAC‘s point of view was the lack of youngsters competing, with not even one U17M or U17W BAC athlete. However, well done to those youngsters who did compete, and especially the three U13 girls, as this produced a BAC team result for their category. They were Martha Preece, who, of the 79 finishers, was 15th in 12.51, Lara Broderick, 56th in 14.16 and Abigail Phillips, 61st in 14.40. The fact that the team was 11th of the 11 complete teams really doesn’t matter – it is very encouraging to see a BAC team in the younger age groups, and there were plenty of clubs taking part in this race who didn’t have a team. In the U15 girls, Anya Sandell was 34th of the field of 56 in 17.34, in the U13 boys Sam Farwell was 55th of the 85 finishers in 13.00 and in the U15 boys Tom Farwell was 26th of the 64 finishers in 14.45 and Jasper Todd was 36th in 15.16. What a pity there wasn’t a third U15 boy to make up a team! Once again, well done to all the youngsters who competed and kept the BAC flag flying throughout the day.
In addition to the League races, there were also boys’ and girls’ U11 races at Kings Park, which gave an opportunity for our Development Evening youngsters to compete. It is encouraging that, had these races been part of the League, we could have had an U11 boys’ team! Of the 75 who completed this race, Archie Kilburn was 12th in 8.21, Sam Brewer 57th in 9.39, Isaac Sandell 59th in 9.43 and Nathan Mearns 66th in 10.00. There were two Bournemouth U11 girls amongst the field of 47, Ida Waring who was 10th in 9.10 and Katie Kilburn, 26th in 9.43.
This fixture was organised and run by BAC, and many thanks are due to all the marshals, officials and helpers without whom the fixture could not have taken place. Kings Park appears to be a popular venue for Hampshire Cross Country League clubs (although it is true the first fixture always attracts large numbers) as, throughout the day, including the U11 races, an astonishing 894 athletes completed 10 separate races.
BAC results (senior/veteran/U20 men): 15 Craig Palmer 32.03; 16 Josh King 32.08; 57 Stuart Nicholas 34.45; 60 Steve Way 34.59; 76 Pat Robbins 35.59; 83 Brandon Meredith 36.20; 91 John Phillips 36.47; 96 Tom Paskins 36.52; 108 Richard Wade 37.09; 136 Ross Smith 38.32; 148 Nick Kenchington 39.39; 158 Simon Hearn 40.14; 185 Jud Kirk 41.52.
On Saturday 2 September Adrian Townsend tackled the 22 mile obstacle course which is the Man v Mountain race starting at Caernarfon Castle in Wales, and four days later Toby Chapman successfully defended his title in the Sourton Tors Fell Race on Dartmoor.
Of Man v Mountain, Adrian writes: “Last Saturday I ran Man vMountain with my mate Chris. The route starts from CaernarfonCastle and weaves its way up to the summit of Snowdon and down the other side into Dinorwic Quarry then back up the VerticalKilometre and finally back down to the quarry where there’s an array of water based challenges. 22 miles with 5295 ft of ascent. Chris had suffered a number of bad injuries in training so the plan was to run together at a steady pace, have crack at the vertical kilometre and enjoy the day. The weather was great and we got some amazing views as we headed up to and over the summit. At 25% gradient the vertical kilometre at 3 miles from the finish was tough and I paid for my efforts with bad cramp in both legs. The final challenges included a quarry jump with a lake swim, abseil and water slides with more lake swimming and a river crossing. All good fun with crampy legs! We finished together in just over 5 hours in 135th place out of 1197 and I was 2nd super vet for the verticalkilometre.” It really does sound like fun!
Toby‘s race was rather shorter, at 2.6 miles, but nevertheless demanding, climbing, as it does, the 300m to Sourton Tor. It is an evening race, which Toby won last year, so he had a title to defend, which he successfully did, winning yet again. Toby says: “always fun to go fast”. Those were the days!
With the road/cross country section enjoying a Christmas meal at which there were a number of awards, Stuart Nicholas and AntonioRuiz running well for BAC in Portsmouth and Madrid respectively, and PeterThompson‘s amazing challenge shortly to commence, BAC is as active as ever!
On Friday 16 December over 40 of BAC‘s road and cross country runners assembled at the Kitchen Club, adjacent to Iford Golf Course, for an enjoyable Christmas meal followed by a disco, efficiently organised by Rich Nelson and Ian White. It has been a very successful year for this section of the club, both on the road and cross country, and, in order to mark this, Rich, our Club Captain, arranged for a number of trophies to be awarded, a gesture which was appreciated, not just by the recipients, but by everyone present. In addition, throughout the year, County Championship medals, gold, silver and bronze, have been won by BAC athletes, and as these medals have not been available at the Championship races (a situation it is hoped will change for 2017), the opportunity was taken to award these to the winners who were present. This was a very enjoyable and successful evening, and many thanks to Rich and Ian for their hard work in the organisation. It was also a chance to say goodbye to Gonzalo Mogorron, who has been in Bournemouth from Spain at language school for the past six months, and has really become involved in club affairs, attending training and competing regularly. We wish Gonzalo good luck in the Seville Marathon in February, and in his new job which he starts in Madrid in January. So, who were the evening’s trophy winners? The first trophies were for the ‘Runners’ Runner’ – the winners having been voted for by their fellow club members, and these went to, male, Sanjai Sharma, and, female, Yvonne Tibble. Then came the Captain’s Awards, decided on by Rich himself. These went to, male, Tom Paskins and Alex Gould, and, female, Nikki Sandell and Emma Dews. The BestNewcomer Award winner was Marcus O’Toole, and the MostImproved Runners were, male, Pawel Surowiec and, female, SamLaws. A special award went to Emma Dews as the Star BAC Team Baker for her delicious cakes at cross country fixtures, and at the ‘get-together’ after the Boscombe 10k! Although not all the CountyChampionship medal winners were present to receive their medals, here is a complete list of BAC‘s medal winners: 10 miles(Lytchett 10) Steve Way (Gold and Masters’ Gold), Gemma Bragg (Gold): Marathon (North Dorset Village Marathon) Jon Sharkey (Gold), Simon Way (Silver and Masters’ Gold), Anthony Clark (Bronze): 10k (Purbeck 10k) Jon Sharkey (Gold), Peter Thompson (Bronze), Emma Dews (Silver and Masters’ Gold), Nikki Sandell (Masters’ Bronze): Half Marathon (Stur Half) Josh Cole (Gold), Sanjai Sharma (Silver and Masters’ Gold). Many congratulations to all BAC‘s award and medal winners. Of course, there were a number of other BAC road/cross country award winners at the club’s PresentationEvening in November, as those who were there will know, and BAC teams and athletes are in line for some Dorset Road Race League trophies for 2016, as those of us who run in the Broadstone Quarter on New Year’s Day and attend the presentations which follow will find out!
Congratulations, also, to Stuart Nicholas, who was a remarkable 7th of a total of 1014 competitors in the Portsmouth Coastal Marathon on Sunday 18 December. Stuart‘s time of 2.53.09 was highly creditable on a course which, although flat, takes in various surfaces, including gravel, sand and, every so often, a bit of tarmac!
Well done too to Antonio Ruiz, who was flying the BAC flag in Madrid on the same day. Antonio, like Gonzalo, was a language student from Spain here in Bournemouth, although for a considerably longer period, during which Antonio trained with and competed for the club, and also helped with the training at the Wednesday Junior Development evenings. Antonio is returning from long term injury, so his run in a 10k race in Madrid at the weekend (wearing his BAC vest!) in 38 mins 20 secs (Antonio was 200th of a total of 2500) was very encouraging.
Peter Thompson starts a remarkable challenge shortly in StPetersburg, Russia, the aim being to run 44 marathons in 44 countries in 44 days in order to raise awareness of mental health issues. Peter is raising money for two charities, Mind (www.mind.org.uk) and a local charity, Livability Holton Lee (www.holtonlee.org), and amongst the marathons Peter will be running are the London Marathon, followed by Lisbon, in Portugal, which will be the 24th, just over half way. We wish Peter every success in this unique endeavour, which will hopefully raise a large sum for two excellent charities.
There are yet more BAC medal winners to report following the Wessex Cross Country League fixture which was also the CountyCross Country Championship race. Congratulations to NikkiSandell on winning the Veteran Women Gold medal, and to DavidLong, the County Cross Country Champion, on winning the Senior Men Gold, and Marcus O’Toole, who is the County Bronze medallist. Brandon Meredith just missed out, finishing 4th of the U20 Men Championship competitors. The full BAC results from the League fixture are as follows: S/U20M: 1. David Long 28.23; 11. Marcus O’Toole 32.30; 13. Brandon Meredith 32.55: S/VW: 3. Nikki Sandell 26.20: U17W: 9. Kate Stanger 19.27: U15B: 5. Tom Farwell 12.59: U15G: 21. Ella Barlow 16.30: U13B: 10. Morgan Sommerseth 11.27: U13G: 9. Anya Sandell 12.56; 10. Ruby Bowden 12.57; 18. Emily Stonier 15.01: U11B: 12. Sam Farwell 7.09; 31. Samuel Brewer 8.38; 33. Isaac Sandell 8.47: U11G: 39. Holly Stonier.
There was plenty of activity this weekend with a well-attended Christmas 10k, BAC wins at the Dorset County Cross CountryChampionships (David Long) and the Bovington Marathon (JezBragg), but perhaps with Damian Boyle outshining everyone in a mountainous 100k trail race starting and finishing in Cape Town, South Africa.
20 BAC athletes competed in the Christmas 10k on Sunday 11 December, organised by Chris Potter and Christchurch Runners, who were able to put on an excellent and ever-popular race despite not having the usual facilities and start/finish area available to them. Many of the prizes went to BAC‘s athletes, including RobMcTaggart, 2nd overall, Sanjai Sharma, 1st V55, Graeme Miller, 2nd V45, Emma Dews, 2nd Lady overall and Yvonne Tibble, 1st FV55. One week ago, Yvonne ran the Blandford ParkRun in 20.30, giving her an age-graded result of 90.73%, which was something like the fifth highest age grading IN THE COUNTRY, and Yvonne‘s run was the fastest in all ParkRuns in the country in her age category! Yvonne‘s time in the Christmas 10k consolidates her position at the top of the club 10k Championship table – Yvonne also currently tops the 10 mile table! BAC‘s ladies team consisting of Emma, Yvonne and Joy Wright won the prizes as first ladies’ team in the race. Results (BAC): 2. Rob McTaggart 33.19; 9. Billy McGreevy 35.57; 12. Sanjai Sharma 36.16; 16. Tom Paskins 36.29; 33. Graeme Miller 37.59; 40. Emma Dews 38.34; 44. Chris O’Brien 39.08; 47. Adrian Townsend 39.32; 48. Ross Blakemore 39.33; 49. Simon Hearn 40.44; 67. Richard Brawn 40.44; 69. Jud Kirk 40.53; 70. Steve Cox 41.16; 81. Simon Hunt 41.51; 88. Tony Hunt 42.05; 94. Yvonne Tibble 42.34; 100. Joy Wright 43.27; 193. Daniel Gilbert 49.58; 287. Joe Price 55.56; 321. Will Price 58.11. There were 487 finishers.
Taking place at the same time, unfortunately, was the final WessexCross League fixture of the season, which also doubled as the Dorset Cross Country Championship, at Bryanston School. The results aren’t yet available, but we know from a video posted on Facebook by Brandon Meredith that David Long managed to hold off Jamie Grose to win the Championship, and that Marcus O’Toole and Brandon himself were also competing, and that Brandon was 13th overall in the SM/U20M race, and was 6th U20. It’s believed that the some or all of the Sandell family were also competing at Bryanston, but there will be a further report after the full results have become available.
Further west in Dorset, also taking place at the same time, was the Bovington Marathon, an off road event starting and finishing at the Bovington Tank Museum. Full results aren’t available, but we do know that Jez Bragg tanked round the course to win in a time of 3.08.21. Andy Gillespie was also competing, and finished “hard on Jez‘s heels”, 89th in 4.24.4. Andy describes the course as “a bit muddy in places, but 90% gravel trails and woodland paths”. According to the website the distance is 26.2 (ish) miles.
Further afield, Damian Boyle was tackling the 100k Ultra Trail CapeTown, starting and finishing in Cape Town, and taking in TableMountain and two other mountains (14500′). Of the 64 finishers, Damian was 16th, and 3rd Vet, in a time of 13 hrs 57 mins and 31 secs. This is the longest race in which Damian has competed, and he describes it as “an incredible race in most spectacular surroundings”, and a race which can be recommended to all our Ultra runners.
BAC‘s mens’ and ladies’ teams, both senior and veteran, were able to consolidate their respective league positions with some very strong performances at the third Hampshire Cross Country League fixture of the season at Popham Airfield, near Basingstoke, on Saturday 3 December. Ten senior and veteran men made their way round the 10k-ish course in good conditions, dry with a slight breeze, and even some sunshine. They were supported in other races by four of BAC‘s veteran ladies, but in other age groups, BAC was represented only by Tom Farwell in the U13 boys’ race – well done, Tom! The mens’ team was led by Jacek Cieluszecki, with Graham Robinson not far behind, and was completed by Steve Way, returning to form and 2nd V40 in the race, Anthony Clark and Marcus O’Toole, who is proving to be a very useful recent signing. The ladies’ team consisted of Nikki Sandell, Joy Wright, CarolineRowley and Louise Price. In Division 1, BAC‘s senior men were 5th of 10 teams on the day, but, following the very strong performance at the last fixture in Bournemouth, are 4th aggregate for the season so far. In Division 2 of the veteran mens’ competition, BAC were 3rd on the day, and are 3rd aggregate, a satisfactory position considering a few years ago BAC were struggling to produce a veteran mans’ team at all. In the ladies’ competition, BAC‘s senior team was 9th of 15 teams on the day, and their aggregate position is 6th of 12 teams (which is excellent particularly considering our senior team is actually made up entirely of veteran ladies!), but in the veteran ladies’ competition our ladies continue to excel, 2nd on the day of 11 teams, 2nd of 8 aggregate for the season. In the individual rankings for the League so far, Emma Dews is 4th veteran lady, with Nikki 5th, BAC being one of only two clubs with two veteran ladies in the top 10. Results (BAC): S/V Men: 14. Jacek Cieluszecki 33.25; 20. Graham Robinson 34.24; 32. Steve Way 35.08; 44. Anthony Clark 36.05; 71. Marcus O’Toole 37.57; 118. Simon Hearn 40.46; 138. Richard Brawn 42.29; 143. Jud Kirk 42.47; 153. Steve Cox 43.51; 180. Ian Graham 48.14: S/V Ladies: 25. Nikki Sandell 24.39; 65. Joy Wright 27.16; 70. Caroline Rowley 28.02; 80. Louise Price 29.05: U13 Boys: 30. Tom Farwell 14.33.
More cross country photos (courtesy of Steve Cox and Nikki Sandell) below………………………
Three BAC athletes were competing in the Endurance Life events along and around Dorset’s Jurassic Coast on the same day. TobyChapman was perhaps the star of the day, winning the Ultra Plus race – all of 45 miles! – in a time of 7 hours 20 mins and 9 secs. Toby says he “hit a dark spell at 33 miles but pulled through to reinstate a decent lead with some strong running to finish”. In the Marathon race (apparently more like 28 miles!) Richard Nelson was 29th in 5 hours 6 mins and 22 secs, and Andy Gillespie 128th in 6 hours 32 mins and 1 sec. Well done to all out three athletes for their participation in what is rightly described as a tough trail run.
Every week ParkRun publish the top performances in all the Parkruns in the country, based on the age-graded results. The details for the ParkRuns on Saturday 3 December show just how good was YvonneTibble‘s run at Blandford. Yvonne‘s time was 20.30, and her age-graded percentage was 90.73%. This placed her an amazing 5th in the age-graded rankings, and Yvonne was the fastest FV55 – these statistics relating to the entire country! Well done to Yvonne, who at present leads the club’s 10k and 10 mile Championship Tables.
A total of 14 BAC athletes competed on Sunday 20 November in the Wimborne 10 mile race, organised, impeccably as ever, by Wimborne AC, with some excellent results. Rob McTaggart was the overall winner of the race, with Steve Way, who has been plagued by injury for some time, 3rd, and, in 12th position was SanjaiSharma, in a PB time and winner of his age category award. EmmaDews and Nikki Sandell were the first and second ladies respectively, and the ladies’ team of Emma, Nikki and YvonneTibble, who won her age category, were the first ladies’ team in the open competition. One unusual sight was club captain RichardNelson running round with a pack on his back. The explanation is that Richard is in training for an Endurance Marathon very shortly, and before competing in the race, Richard had already, with his pack, run the entire course! The race was the penultimate event of the 2016 Dorset Road Race League competition, and, of course, BAC‘s ladies’ team was first Division 1, consolidating the championship position they had already achieved before Sunday’s race, and it is pleasing that there was such a strong turnout of BAC men, considering that, before Sunday BAC had already achieved DRRL championship status at the top of Division 1 of the League. The full BAC results are as follows: 1. Rob McTaggart 55.55; 3. Steve Way 59.05; 12. Sanjai Sharma 1.01.21; 23. Emma Dews 1.03.06; 41. Nikki Sandell 1.06.17; 48. Simon Hearn 1.06.53; 65. Jud Kirk 1.08.27; 86. Yvonne Tibble 1.11.11; 115. Caroline Rowley 1.14.02; 144. Ian Graham 1.16.00; 196. Richard Nelson 1.19.09; 213. Louise Price 1.20.37; 237. Estelle Slatford 1.22.28; 238. Tamzin Petersen 1.22.29. There were 464 finishers.
More Wimborne 10 photos below………………………..
The third race of the Wessex Cross Country League took place at Yeovil on Saturday 19 November. The results aren’t yet available, but the results have been published for the second Wessex CrossCountry League race at Avon Heath Country Park on Sunday 6 November, and show that there were no fewer than 31 BAC athletes competing in the various age groups. The results for 6 November are as follows: U11 Boys: 11. Sam Farwell 8.23; 40. Sam Payne 9.42; 41. Isaac Sandell 9.47; 47. Sam Brewer 10.27; 48. Nathan Mearns 10.31: U11 Girls: 23. Zara Broderick 9.17; 40. Holly Stonier 9.48; 56. Erin Wells 10.14; 61. Imogen Gent 10.25: U13Boys: 12. Morgan Sommerseth 10.53; 15. Conor Charlwood 11.04: U13 Girls: 15. Anya Sandell 11.53; 18. Ruby Bowden 12.03; 21. Amelia Reynolds 12.12; 28. Abbie Phillips 13.22; 29. Emily Stonier 13.34: U15 Boys: 9. Tom Farwell 14.40: U17W: 9. Kate Stanger 27.05: S/VM: 1. Karl Welch 31.07; 2. David Long 31.19; 3. Jon Sharkey 31.50; 7. Marcus O’Toole 32.07; 23. Chris O’Brien 38.43; 27. Gonzalo Mogorron 39.31; 43. Steve Cox 43.14; 45. Richard Nelson 43.33; 51. Ian Graham 45.50: S/VW: 2. Linn Erixon 23.04; 5. Harriet Slade 23.28; 25. Mandy Adams 28.02; 37. Paola King 34.11.
Meanwhile, on 20 November, three BAC athletes were competing in the Valencia Marathon in Spain. Jacek Cieluszecki was accompanying his wife, Ela, for the race, but finished just in front of her, in 3.56.49, whereas Ela‘s time was 3.56.50! Most probably, Jacek and Ela crossed the line together, but it must have been very crowded, as, according to the results, of the 15852 finishers, Jacek was 9251 and Ela was 9257! Further up the field, Peter Thompson had an excellent run to finish 95th in 2.36.19, and Manol Dimitrov finished comfortably within three hours, finishing 623rd in 2.55.04.
A sombre mood overlayed the fixture of the Hampshire CrossCountry League at Kings Park Saturday 12 November following the tragic deaths of two of Aldershot, Farnham and District‘s young, talented athletes, Lucy Pygott and Stacey Burrows, aged 17 and 16 respectively, earlier in the week, both pupils at Farnborough sixth-form college. Amongst their achievements, Lucy won a bronze medal in the 3000m at the European Athletics YouthChampionships in Tbilisi, Georgia in July, having won the 3000m at the England Athletics U20/U23 Championships in Bedford in June. Lucy has also competed for her country, England, in a cross country event in Elgoibar, Spain, where she finished third. Stacey is the U17Hampshire 3000m Champion, and, running against all school ages, was bronze medallist at the Hampshire Schools Cross CountryChampionships in Southampton, and represented her County, and Club, at the Inter-Counties Cross Country Championships in Birmingham in March. The tragedy occurred when Lucy and Stacey were hit by a car during a routine club training session. The driver of the car was arrested and it is clear he was entirely to blame for the incident. There were various tributes during the Hampshire CrossCountry League fixture at Kings Park, the fixture having been organised by BAC, including a number of silences during the day, led by the League Chairman, Ken Littlejohns, the wearing of ribbons by many of the athletes, the AFD colours painted discreetly on the faces of many athletes (not just AFD members), and the wearing by the officials and marshals of black armbands, which had been generously lent by AFC Bournemouth. Possibly the most poignant moments were ten of AFD‘s women crossing the line together, and then, in the Senior/U20 mens’ race, 5 AFD athletes, Harvey Dixon, Ellis Cross, Josh Grace, Liam Burthem and Jonny Hay, powered round the course, making sure they retained the lead (it wasn’t a case of other athletes ‘allowing’ them to do this) and, at the finish, holding hands and crossing the line together, all five finishing joint 1st. How proud Lucy and Stacey would have been of their club.
Emotions aside, it was a successful fixture for BAC‘s senior and veteran men and women. A total of 16 Senior/Veteran men took part, with the Senior Mens’ team consolidating BAC‘s position in Division 1 (although there’s a lot left of the season!). David Long was moments behind the five winning AFD athletes, to finish an astonishing 7th, closely followed by Jacek Cieluszecki, 11th. The remaining three BAC team members followed in quick succession, Josh Cole 24th, Rob McTaggart 30th and Graham Robinson 35th. The final result was that BAC‘s men were 3rd in Division 1 on the day, now, after two fixtures, 4th in aggregate, up from 6th after the first fixture. AFD are almost certainly going to be the runaway winners of the League, but, on Saturday, BAC were a mere 9 points behind second placed Southampton, so a repeat of the contest with Southampton seen a few years ago for a final second place is within reach. The fixture was a good day too for BAC‘s Veteran Men, with the team of Alex Goulding, Mark Hargreaves and Sanjai Sharma winning – yes, winning! – the Division 2 contest on the day. The team now lies, after two fixtures, 3rd overall in Division 2, so promotion to Division 1 is clearly attainable! The Ladies also had a successful day, with Emma Dews, Nikki Sandell and Yvonne Tibble making up both the Senior and the Veteran Ladies’ BAC teams. In the Senior competition, BAC‘s Ladies finished 7th of 22 teams (there is only one Ladies’ Division), now 6th position in aggregate for the season, and, in the Veterans’ competition, were an amazing 2nd on the day, and are 2nd aggregate for the season so far. Please see below for the full BAC results.
Many thanks are due to all the officials and marshals who turned up to ensure that the organisation of the day was a success. The weather, perfect for the runners, wasn’t so brilliant for the helpers, but it could have been a lot worse.
See below for more Cross Country photos…………………….
At BAC‘s Presentation Evening, which took place at the QueensHotel on Saturday 12 November, two minutes silence, led by Master of Ceremonies, Simon Armstrong, was observed as a tribute to Lucy and Stacey, and Simon recounted some of their athletic achievements. Following the President’s Review of the Year, the presentation of the trophies, and a break for the buffet, our Special Guest, Paddy Pepper, spoke about his 12 years in the military, serving eventually with the Paras, and his time after military service as a team leader of an anti-terrorist group in the seas off Somalia, during which he lost a leg when he was crushed between two ships whilst climbing a ship-side ladder. Paddy then explained how athletics, and in particular, BAC played a major part in his rehabilitation, and made everyone realise, if they didn’t know it before, just what a fantastic club BAC is. Paddy may well be directly responsible for an additional recognised Paralympic discipline, involving the Hammer Throw by amputees, which we could be seeing, perhaps along with Paddy himself as well, at the next InvictaGames, and the Paralympic Games in Tokyo in 2020. Many thanks are due to Paddy for his superb contribution to the enjoyment of the evening.
Returning to the Hampshire Cross Country League fixture in KingsPark on Saturday 12 November, here are the BAC results (the U11 Boys and U11 Girls races don’t form part of the League): U11G: 31. Erin Wells 9.58, 43. Mariah Marshall 10.40: U11B: 17. Sam Farwell 8.31, 58. Isaac Sandell 10.42: U13G: 33. Anya Sandell 13.55: Senior/Veteran Ladies: 22. Emma Dews 23.25, 37. Nikki Sandell 24.30, 67. Yvonne Tibble 26.26, 97. Caroline Rowley 29.04, 127. Mandy Adams 31.33: Senior/Veteran/U20 Men: 7. David Long 31.05, 11. Jacek Cieluszecki 31.59, 24. Josh Cole 32.49, 30. Rob McTaggart 33.12, 35. Graham Robinson 33.28, 37. Karl Welch 33.29, 61. Anthony Clark 34.42, 78. Marcus O’Toole 35.47, 79. Alex Goulding 35.50, 84. Mark Hargreaves 36.01, 86. Sanjai Sharma 36.03, 105. Brandon Meredith 37.07, 158. Simon Hearn 39.09, 170. Nick Kenchington 39.33, 192. Jud Kirk 41.06, 198. Steve Cox 41.47.
BAC has finally received from England Athletics the Bronze Medal won for the club by Steve Way, Jacek Cieluszecki and TobyChapman (who have their individual medals) in the NationalMarathon Championships held in conjunction with the LondonMarathon in April. Almost every club in the country will have had a team competing in London, so many congratulations to BAC‘s team on achieving third place. Steve‘s time at London was 2.20.50, Jacek‘s 2.28.17 and Toby‘s 2.31.38. It is hoped that the medal will be on display at the club’s Presentation Evening on Saturday 12 November at the Queens Hotel, Bournemouth at 7 pm (tickets, £7.50 to include a buffet, still available Tuesday and Thursday evenings at the club office!).
Just over a week ago, three BAC athletes took part in The Stickler, organised by Dorset Doddlers, a tough off-road races of just over 10 miles, starting and finishing in Shillingstone, and taking in Dorset’s 3 Peaks, The Stickler itself, Hod Hill and Hambledon Hill (although there does seem to be another one stuck in the middle!). Of the 505 finishers, Damian Boyle was 12th in 1.11.46, a PB of some 7 minutes for this course, Nick Kenchington was 39th in 1.16.35 and IanGraham was 252nd in 1.36.32.
There have been two fixtures for this season of the Wessex CrossCountry League, on 9 October at Canford Heath, and on 6 November at Ashley Heath Country Park. BAC‘s competitors on 9 October were: U11B34. Isaac Sandell 9.20; U11G 45. Holly Stonier 9.46; U13G14. Anya Sandell 13.03, 15. Ruby Bowden 13.14, 23. Emily Stonier 13.41; U15B9. Tom Farwell 14.46; U15G 17. Ella Barlow 18.04; U17W11. Kate Stanger 23.03; FV 21 Paola King 42.05. There was considerable BAC representation at the fixture on 6 November, and results will be reported when they become available.
Congratulations to Nigel Hayman, competing at the World MastersChampionships in Perth, Australia. Nigel was just 0.15 seconds from a bronze medal when he finished 5th in the final of the M40 110mH in a time of 15.90.
Finally, over 20 of BAC‘s road and cross country athletes celebrated, primarily the success of both the mens’ and the ladies’ teams in the 2016 Dorset Road Race League campaign, at Mela Restaurant in Christchurch (with some going on elsewhere till the early hours!). Many thanks to Club Captain Richard Nelson for organising a very successful evening. Unfortunately, no-one thought to take any photos……………………