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”.
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.
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.
BAC’s discus thrower, Phoebe, is back home from university in the USA for a summer break until early August.
Phoebe is still recovering from a difficult shoulder injury which kept her sidelined for 3 months this year, however, with careful training and rehab, she is fighting her way back towards her previous level.
Notable performances this summer are a silver medal at the U23 UK Champs and a brilliant 4th place at the recent British championships with a season’s best throw of 50.18, only 2m from the podium and a metre from her PB.
Her last remaining event is likely to be the England Athletics/CAU championships at end of July in Bedford, before she returns to the other side of the Atlantic. We wish her the best of luck for this competition.
Thanks to Paul Dowson for the information provided in this report. We hope to include some more of Phoebe’s performances both in the UK and the USA over the coming months!
The turnout at the latest Wessex League match on 3rd July was higher than previous matches, particularly in the Quadkids event. However, we are still some way off our limit of ten boys and ten girls in the competition. Well done to Hollie Stonier, Matilde Ward, Olivia Abel, Nathaniel Boot and Oscar Ewen Mathews for their participation at the weekend. We hope you enjoyed the competition, and will compete again in the Isle of Wight. The coach and ferry transport is part for by the club and parents and spectators will only have to pay £8 for the trip; rather a cheap cost for a day out!
Performances by our U17 athletes were as follows:
Andrew Speers – 1st 200m A, 2nd 100m A
Glenn Balfour – 3rd 100m B, 3rd 800m A
Gemma Kennard – 1st High Jump A, 2nd 100m A
Holly Lowther – 4th 200m A
Abigail Richardson – 1st 800m A, 4th 300m A
Olivia Galloway – 1st shot, javelin, 80m hurdles, all A
Isabella Shepard – 1st shot B
Performances by U15s:
George Galpin – 2nd 100m A, 2nd 200m B
Harry Grub – 2nd 200m A, 3rd 300m A
Tom Farwell – 4th 800m A
Olly Johnson – 2nd 80m hurdles A, 3rd long jump A
Fraser Spall – 2nd discus A, 1st javelin B
Samuel Adams – 2ns discus B
Lewis Wyles – 2nd javelin A
Yasmin Bridet – 2nd 100m A, 1st 75m hurdles A, 2nd long jump A
Louise Galloway – 2nd 75m hurdles B, 2nd long jump B, 3rd javelin A
Rebecca Hannbal – 2nd 200m A, 3rd 300m A
Katie Fry – 4th 300m B, 1st javelin B
Maeve Bailey – 2nd 800m A
Laura Reeve – 2nd 800m B
Milly Lynk – 1st long jump A
Katie Buller – 1st long jump B
Lauren Sheerin – 5th discus A
Performances by U13s (some still recorded as A.N. Other at the time of writing):
William Batchellier – 3rd 100m A
Louis Baldry – 3rd discus A, 3rd shot A
Tamika Douch – 2nd 100m A, 1st long jump A
Isabella Franklin – 4th 100m B, 2nd long jump B, 5th javelin A
Ruby Bowden – 5th 800m A, non-scorer 200m
Abigail Phillips – 3rd 800m B
BAC were only able to field 3 out of the 6 relay teams, but overall things seem to be moving in the right direction and hopefully more athletes, with the support of their parents or guardians, will participate in these league competitions.
Apologies for any omissions and thanks as usual to officials, helpers and coaches.
This weekend saw some of our athletes compete at the English Schools Athletics Finals. This is one of the biggest athletics sporting events in the world in terms of the number of athletes involved. To win an event is one of the greatest achievements a school athlete can realise. Even reaching the finals is a challenge itself in a small county such as Dorset which can only take 25 athletes to the competition.
Danielle Broom won the silver medal in the Intermediate Girls (IG) discus. Although throwing 38.47m is just over 4 metres below her PB, Danielle must be satisfied with just one person finishing above her in such a prestigious competition.
In the Senior Girls (SG) triple jump, Angel Kerin came 5th with a best of 11.15m and Madeleine Smith came 6th with 11.11m. These distances were a little below their PBs but Gateshead is not renown for warm and still conditions conducive to the jumps events. They both finished ahead of their positions in the national rankings this year.
In the IG long jump, Izzy Wedderburn jumped 5.40m, finishing 8th in her qualification round. Unfortunately, this was not enough to progress to the final, but having had a few injuries in the lead up to the competition, this is a very good result for Izzy.
Bridget Dence came 6th in SG 1500m with a time of 4.39.52 mins. This was just short of beating her PB, and like Angel and Madeleine, she was well ahead of her position in the national standings.
Cameron Hale came 7th in Intermediate Boys discus. He too threw below his PB but after his exploits winning the South West Schools Multi-Events Finals last weekend, this is still a fantastic achievement.
Another of our multi-eventers, Olivia Galloway, came 6th in her heat of the IG 80m hurdles. Meanwhile one of our young hurdlers, Yasmin Bridet, also finished 6th in her heat of the Junior Girls 75m hurdles.
A recent newcomer to BAC is Jack Davies, who represented Hampshire in Senior Boys 100m. Jack came 8th in his heat. Jack’s preparation for the competition has been hampered with an injury, so being fit to run in Gateshead is an achievement in itself.
Patrick Sylla, who was selected to compete for Dorset, opted to not compete at English Schools as he has been selected to compete soon at the World Junior Championships in Bydgoszcz in Poland.
Once again, well done again to the eight athletes who competed in Gateshead, and their coaches.
If there are any mistakes or anything missing, please let me know.
A number of BAC athletes were in action in Exeter, Lee Valley and Birmingham on the weekend 25th to 26th June.
Many of our athletes travelled to Exeter to compete in the South West Schools Multi Events Finals, and among these, one of the stand out performances came from Cameron Hale. Cameron won the U17 Men’s Octathon competition, gaining a new PB of 4,771 points across the eight events. In spite of this being a seemingly very tiring two days, the finale must have been very tense as his winning margin was just three points!
Cameron achieved a PB, winning the 100m hurdles in 15.19 secs. He also won the discus and javelin events, throwing a distance very close to his PB in each of these. He came 2nd in the high jump and gained another PB in his weaker event, the 400m. He managed to do well enough in the long jump and 1500m to claim first place.
Olivia Galloway came 6th in U17 Women’s Heptathlon with a total of 4,463 points, a new PB. Olivia was consistent throughout the competition, running a SB in the 200m and her weaker event, the 800m. She came 3rd in 80m hurdles, was just 1cm off her PB in high jump, 5th in shot and 2nd in javelin. She also gained a new PB in long jump, leaping to 5.23m, an impressive feat in the middle of seven events.
Amelia Dobson achieved a PB also in U17 Women’s Heptathlon with 3,399 points. Amelia got PBs in 200m, 80m hurdles and high jump. The only down side was the 800m, a distance that, like many other multi-eventers, Amelia does not get on well with.
Louise Galloway, Yasmin Bridet and Pollyanna Yule completed the U15 Girls’ Pentathlon. Yasmin Bridet finished with a total of 2,325 a new PB and Pollyanna Yule had a total of 2,203 points, a little off her PB. Louise Galloway completed her first Pentathlon with a total of 1,969 points.
At the South East Finals at Lee Valley, Iona Sheerin had a challenging weekend of competition, finishing with 3,770 points, only 151 points below her PB.
Meanwhile at the British Championships at Birmingham a number of BAC’s long jumpers were in action. James Lelliott came 6th with a best of 7.42m. Patrick Sylla, aged at least 3 years younger than anyone else in the compeittion, came 13th with a best of 6.99m. Bradley Pickup, a long time regular at King’s Park came 8th with a jump of 7.25m.
Bournemouth AC and New Forest Juniors put in a god team performance at the most recent YDL match at Kings Park. Despite missing several of our best athletes due to fixture clashes and injury, the composite team won the match with ease.
The turnout of athletes was much higher than usual as this was a home match and exams are over for many of our young athletes. Hopefully we can match this at the final competition at Portsmouth. Please note that the club will once again be covering the cost of coach travel for athletes, so please do compete. Not only is this valuable competition experience, you’ll be helping the club out in this league, and you get a lovely day trip to Portsmouth.
Returning to our account of the most recent match where Andrew Speers continued his excellent progress to set PBs in 100m with a time of 11.6 secs and 23.8 secs in 200m (U17M). Chloe Burrows similarly improved with PBs in (U20W) 100m of 12.7 secs and 26.6 secs in 200m. Chloe also set a PB in shot.
Gemma Kennard focused solely on 100m (U17W) and was rewarded with a time on 13.1 (against a previous electronically timed PB of 13.04).
Lewis Sainval eased away to finish first in 800m (U20M). Immediately after Lewis’s win, Bridget Dence won the 800m (U20W) with an SB. Bridget looks to be timing her training well and hopefully to be in peak condition for English Schools next month.
Holly Collier, a most welcome new member at BAC won the 1500m (U20W) and soon afterwards ran extremely well in the 800m (U17W) to finish within one second of her PB.
Abigail Richardson also ran in the 800m (U20W) despite not yet turning 16.
Glenn Balfour finished 1st in 800m (U17B) and then managed to bravely finish the 1,500m steeplechase despite suffering an injury during the race. Brandon Meredith, returning to fitness, finished the 3000m (U20) in 2nd.
Turning to the field events, Angel Kerin won the triple jump (U20W) A string and Sam Cash won the B string.
Ben Dickinson won the javelin (U20M) with a throw a fraction short of his PB.
Danielle Broom won all three of her U17W events: the shot with a putt of 11.88m, discus with 40.71m, and hammer with a throw of 50.12m. By her own high standards, recently setting a succession of PBs, this was not an outstanding day. However, a win is a win, and she is hopefully saving her best for English Schools.
Isabella Sheppard, another new member who is keen to compete, won all 3 events in B string in shot, discus and hammer.
The YDL website states that “after 69 out of 76 events” BAC/NFJ won with 471.5 points, Vale Of Aylesbury came 2nd 354 points, Guildford & Godalming 3rd with 353 points, Ealing 4th with 310 points, Chichester 5th with 273 points and Hounslow with 0.
New Forest Juniors supplied slightly more than BAC as regards the number of athletes. They also helped out officiating, bringing along Dave Black. He is an extremely modest and pleasant silver medal holder from the 10,000m and bronze medal holder from the 5,000m at the 1974 Commonwealth Games in Christchurch, New Zealand. He helped officiate, raking the sandpit and performing other field duties on Sunday, which goes to show volunteering to help your local club is appreciated at any stage of your athletics career.
There were some excellent performances from BAC athletes representing Dorset Schools at the South West Schools Championships last Saturday. Younger athletes competing in Exeter for the first time hopefully gained some valuable experience in a new stadium at a higher level. Our more experienced athletes, as usual stepped up, setting a fine example.
Pride of place goes to Danielle Broom who set another PB in the Inter Girls (IG) hammer with a throw of 58.22m which was over 12 metres further than the nearest competitor. Danielle was just short of her PB in the discus with a throw of 41.68m which was almost 9 metres ahead of her nearest rival.
Cameron Hale, one of our reliable club members, who relishes competition, won the Inter Boys (IB) discus. Madeleine Smith was first in Senior Girls (SG) triple jump with 11.24m. Bridget Dence was 2nd in SG 1500m, this place was matched by Lewis Sainval in Senior Boys over the same distance. Olivia Galloway won her heat in the Inter Girls 80m hurdles but withdrew as a caution from the final.
Amelia Dobson was 3rd in IG triple jump. Abigail Richardson gained a PB in IG 800m with a time of 2.21.46 to come 4th. Chloe Burrows came 3rd in SG 200m and 5th in 100m.
Other BAC athletes competing included Joe Haywood, Gemma Kennard, Elle Ward, Jasmin Bridet and Millie Lynk. Still having several years left in the schools competition, we hope these athletes will be back and perhaps progress to the English Schools Championships.
Congratulations to all those who took reached this level of competition, and good luck for all those going on to compete at English Schools.
As per, if I’ve missed anyone off this report, please let me know so I can add you in!