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BAC Masters Athletes Win at Vets League

BAC Masters Athletes represented Southampton to secure a triumphant Win in Match 2 of the Hampshire Veterans League at Winchester.

On the evening of 21 May 2018, several BAC masters athletes travelled to Winchester to compete as part of the Southampton AC Veteran’s squad.  Despite the stronghold, BAC  do not have a Veterans team, thus many compete as second claim for Southampton.

The vets league provides such great competition, a brilliant atmosphere and it certainly was an amazing evening alongside our fellow team mates from Southampton.  Thanks to everyone for such an incredible effort and well deserved win!

Despite the promise of light showers, the thunder storm took a few by surprise. Fortunately it passed before proceedings commenced and the grass was greener as a result – not that BAC are fazed by the weather.

As usual, the BAC contingent were out in force with Andy Sheerin, Andrew Turner, Steve Dobson, Joy Wright and Janet Dickinson in action.

The men performed well in Discus with Andrew Turner gaining high points for 2nd place 32.75m.

Janet and newcomer, Joy added the points for Southampton.

Janet Long Jump. Photo by Noel O’Dowd

Janet Dickinson had a great evening with a convincing win in the Long Jump 4.21m before heading to the 200m start line via the Shot Putt where she threw an outstanding 9.04m. A quick dash to the 200m saw her dominate the lead and win in 29.0sec and Discus 25.14m. Janet still had fuel in the tank for the first leg of the 4x400m relay. Again Janet dominated the race and created an enormous lead.

Joy looked strong, closing the gap with a final leg chase for 2nd place. and the fastest split overall 63.9.  Joy started the evening at the 200m start with a few aches and pains but ran well for 2nd place against strong competition, 28.5. About 10 minutes later Joy was back on the start line for the 800m which was well executed near the front and well placed for a win had she not blown up in the last 50m. An incredible effort to finish hard with nothing left and feeling so unwell. After staggering around bewildered, Joy was offered a magic cake which revived her in time for a quick non scoring discuss throw over 20m and the 4x400m at the end of the day.

Photo by Noel O’Dowd

Fantastic result for the Southampton team, both men and women won the match.  The men usually make the final.  However, the women have a realistic chance of reaching the final for the first time ever, come on girls you can do it!

BAC Athletes Compete at Somerset Schools Combined Events

Congratulations to four BAC athletes who competed over the weekend of 28th & 29th April 2018 in Somerset Schools Combined Events.

This is a prestigious multi events attracting athletes from around the SW area and is held annually at Millfields School, Street, Somerset.  The track at Millfield is found in the rolling countryside of southern England.  The facilities were used as one of the official pre-games training sites in 2012 as teams were arriving for the London Summer Olympics.

Senior Boy Decathlon

Cameron Hale came 2nd for the silver medal in the U20 M Decathlon with 5,103 points. Ranked 2nd Nationally.

Intermediate Girls Heptathlon

Olivia Galloway was 3rd for the bronze medal in the U20 W Heptathlon with 4,544 points. Ranked 7th Nationally.

Senior Girls Heptathlon

Louise Galloway was 8th in U17 W Heptathlon with 3,519 points

Sian Meadows 14th with 3,203 points.

The SSAA Combined Events Championships take place during the last weekend in April or the first weekend in May for Minors, Juniors, Intermediates and Senior age groups. Entries come direct from schools and clubs.

Teams of four athletes (not Minors) are selected to represent the County at the South-West Regional Championships which usually take place on the fourth weekend of June.

The winning team, plus the top two individuals not in that winning team, from each age group qualify automatically for the ESAA Championships.

In addition, from the six Regional competitions, ESAA will extend invitations to the top 9 athletes in each age group who have not already qualified by right.

The ESAA Championships are held on the third weekend of September.

Further information Here

BAC Team Rise to the Occasion at the SAL, 2nd Place in Yeovil!

The greatly anticipated track & field season has finally kicked off! The first SAL match of the season took place on Saturday 14 April 2018 at Yeovil Olympiads Athletic Club.

The Southern Athletics League (SAL) is the area track and field league for clubs in the SEAA region who wish to compete in joint (male & female) teams. There are 3 divisions and the top 2 teams at the end of the season will be promoted to the higher division.  BAC were last season’s Division 3 WINNERS and subsequently promoted to Division 2.  They welcomed the challenge and thrived against the higher level of competition.

Team spirits were high and enthusiasm flowed throughout the day, enhancing the true talent of BAC, not only the athletes but our outstanding officials, coaches and helpers.  The men and women’s team pulled together to cover almost every single event throughout the day.  They were rewarded with an outstanding 2nd place spot, just 21 points behind Yeovil. Oxford City AC and Portsmouth were behind with 159 and 139 points respectively.

Yeovil                    223
Bournemouth  202
Oxford                 159
Portsmouth      129

The day started with a promisingly full coach and the usual buzz of the men and women’s teams. on board  BAC had the largest squad out for many a year and the weather was fantastic with the welcome sunshine to top things off.   The match kicked off on the field with the throw events at midday.

Women’s Hammer: The first to hit the stage and win both A and the B string was the talented Danielle Broom and Pheobe Dowson in the hammer.  This was a great start to the day and the bar was set high with top class performances against a strong field of athletes. Dannielle (18) threw a PB of 57.42m, almost 10m beyond the next competitor and set a new club and county senior record! Dannielle is now 2nd ranked junior in Great Britain, a great achievement.

Pheobe threw 43.72m to win by over 20m! Later in the day Pheobe went on to win the discus with a PB of 52.48m and another senior club record and is now ranked 2nd in Great Britain. Pheobe was selected for the 2018 European Winter Throws championships, finishing 4th in an International field.  Evidently her performance continues to improve.

Throwers Danielle Broom, Isabella Shepherd Pheobe Dowson

Congratulations to Pheobe and Danielle for setting BAC Senior Club records.
Pheobe Dowson 52.48m Discus 2nd ranked in Great Britain.
Danielle Broom 57.42m Hammer 2nd ranked junior in Great Britain.

Men’s hammer throwers, Dan Brunsden and Andrew Sheerin stepped up to the mark with 2nd place in both A and B string against some tough competition. Dan’s 42.43m was close to the leader by a big cats’ whisker -1.8m. Andrew threw 26.56m to secure 2nd place behind Yeovil’s athlete.  Men’s Team Leader, Andrew also holds the British Masters Indoor Silver medal for Hammer and bronze for the weight throw.

Shot Putt
Danielle Broom 11.38m, and Isabella Shepherd 7.90m rose to the occasion against some tough competition and managed to come 2nd to Portsmouth.  Isabella also threw well in discus 21.62m and hammer 36.09m.

The men’s shot putt was also a great success with winning throws by Dan Brunsden, 15.19m and Andrew Sherrin, 10.79m.

A rose between two thorns, Andy Sherrin’s Shot Putt. Spot the ball?!

Women’s Pole Vault: Harriet Slade and Nikki Sandell competed in the Pole Vault to grab well-earned points for the club. Nikki jumped a PB of 1.90m and Harriet a respectable 1.20m as a first timer. Well volunteered Harriet!

Nikki clearing the bar, by a mere 10 metres!
Harriet enjoying her Pole Vault success.

Men’s Pole Vault saw a fantastic win by James Lelliott with 2.70m SB and a close 2nd place PB for new comer Steve Cox with 2.10m. Steve jumped the same height as the B string winner but only evaded top spot due to a missed attempt, well done to Steve! Steve also took his hand to the Discus (non-scoring) although he almost didn’t make it to the circle. The officials tried to stop him crossing the track to join the other throwers despite his efforts to convince them he was there to compete. Perhaps they weren’t expecting a slim, long distance runner to rock up to throw things?

A fabulous sea of yellow, blue throwers.

400mH: Steve Cox also nailed the 400H for the first time and brought in the points as the only representative in this event and every point counts in these matches. Steve slotted into the BAC team very well. He’s been bitten by the BAC track & field bug and is enthusiastic about improving his performance and competing at the next SAL match at KP in May.   We look forward to welcoming our women’s hurdler/sprinters, Danielle Marshall and Janet Dickinson back for the next match. Janet was busy officiating and helping the day run smoothly.

Steve’s excellent effort, flying over the hurdles.

Middle Distance:
Next up, the middle distance runners took to the track. The events were covered by Nikki Sandell, Harriet Slade and Joy Wright.

The women’s 800m race was highly competitive pushing Harriet Slade to achieve a much deserved PB of 2:27.60 (from 2:29) in 3rd place and Joy Wright just behind in 2:31.05, 2nd B string.

Harriet & Joy

The Women’s 1500m points were in the bag with Nikki Sandell in 5:34.35 and Joy in 5:39.43. Nikki has been plagued by injury over the winter season, yet managed to bag three PBs and win the 3,000m B, in 11:36.13.  That’s the determination on our team!

Nikki Harriet going for the win in the 3000m

Harriet was delighted with her great performance, achieving a PB in every event; 3000m, 10.55.26 from in 11.18.8, 2nd place and 2000m steeplechase 1st place, a huge PB of 8.03.15 from 8.30.3. Congratulations to Harriet as she is now ranked 4th steeplechaser in Great Britain.

Harriet at the water station, thirsty anyone?

5000m Men
Top points were up for grabs in the men’s 5000m and BAC snatched them with impressive 1st place performances in both A & B string. Ultra-runner, Steven Way clinched it with a convincing win in 15:39.21, making him the fastest athlete for his age group in GB this year!

Roy Long won in 18:26.21, ranking him top 10 in GB (age group).

Steve Way out on his own pushing hard over 5k.
Roy Long, is strong in the 5k

Men’s 800m: Back to the 800m with the men’s performance. This included a great race execution by Lewis Sainval (U20) 2:02.15 and Lewis Bartlett, 2:14.27 PB both bringing in the points for 3rd place. It certainly made it easier for the supporters to cheer them on at the same time by continually shouting “Come on Lewis!”, although there was a third Lewis in the race from Portsmouth, who undoubtedly benefited. Welcome to Lewis Bartlett, a newer member to the BAC team, already showing great potential.

Lewis, Lewis, Lewis in contention in a well paced hard race.

Women’s 400m:
Joy also competed in the 400m, 62.03 SB to come 4th in the A string against a field of U23s. After the 800m and especially the rest of the day’s events, Joy was relieved her body held together considering her constant battle with injuries in the lead up to the outdoor season.  Women’s Team Leader, Jemma Bates also came 4th place in 80.10 against all U17s to gain valuable points for the team.

Men’s 400m: Adam Nicholass and Andrew Sheerin showed great commitment to the team by securing valuable points in the men’s 400m. Adam didn’t stop there and pulled in more wonderful points for 3rd in the 1500m and 2nd place over 2000m Steeplechase. A commendable effort by a sprinter!


Andrew concentrates his efforts on the throwing events and another one of the many dedicated athletes willing to fill in the gaps to cover the events.

Adam on form in 400m

100m & 200m Sprints:
Staying on the track for some sprint action with great performances from the youngest members of the BAC team. Yasmin Bridget (U17) ran a great 100m in 13.52, in 3rd pace and Rebecca Hannibal (U17) was also 3rd, B string in 13.70. Both Jasmin Cooke (U17) and Rebecca ran a speedy 200m to cross the line together in 28.0.

The men’s sprints were dominated by Portsmouth which saw Muiris Egan reach home in 11.69 for 100m, 3rd place A string and Ryan Markham in 12.17 for 2nd B String. Jack Davies and Adam Nicholass put their legs to the test, finishing in 11.95 and 12.75 respectively.
Men’s 200m also competed in the 200m, Muiris in 23.71 (3rd A) and Ryan in 24.68 (2nd B).

Men’s 100m

Charlotte Sidaway (U20) and Joy Wright took on the 100mH with two 3rd place spots in 18.45 and 18.91 PB respectively.

James Lelliott and Joe Hayward’s sterling effort over the 110mH (very high hurdles) welcomed many a cheer from an encouraging crowd. Fortunately neither athlete sustained an injury in their pursuits to cross the line and they were rewarded with a 3rd and 1st place to add to the team points tally. Our very own Janet Dickinson has also perfected the art of lifting, moving and shifting the hurdles. Her help, alongside our other officials and helpers was appreciated by athlete’s and organisers alike.

Janet gets a work out lifting hurdles. Surely not higher?

High Jump:
Jazmin Cooke’s (U17) high jump performance 1.45m, secured 2nd place (A string) in a strong field and only 8cm below the winner.  Sian Meadows (U17) also came up with the goods, jumping of 1.40m, 2nd place (B). Our young athletes are jumping to win and it’s exciting to see such great talent coming through the ranks and stepping up to senior competition.

James Lelliott excelled to 1.78m for 2nd (A string) in a highly competitive field. Sam Adams made his debut appearance for BAC in the high jump with an outstanding 2nd place in 1.50m which is close to his PB and a great start to the season. We hope to see more from Sam as he continues to improve throughout the season.

Sam clearing the High Jump
James Clears High Jump

Long Jump:
It was great to Amelia Dobson back from injury and jumping 5.18m for 3rd place with Angela Spall performing well with 4.19m, 3rd (B).

James Lelliott’s jumping continued to impress with a convincing 6.99m win in the long jump. James is ranked 5th in GB and the current British Indoor bronze medallist, behind the former Olympic champion, Greg Rutherford with a PB of 7.65m. Joe Hayward (U17) showed great promise with a 5.69m and excellent 2nd place spot. This is another event that shows the calibre of athletes training with and competing for BAC.

Triple jump:
James also performed well in the triple jump winning with 12.90m and Dave Flicos jumped 5.97m for 3rd place.

Amelia Dobson showed great form with an outstanding win, 10.48m, over 40cm in front of Yeovil’s 2nd place athlete. Angela Spall jumped well, 6.64m for 2nd place.

The relays are the final events of the day and could be considered one of many highlights. They are cheered on by the whole team in anticipation of bringing that baton home as fast as possible.

4x100m Women

Amelia bringing the baton home

First up was the women’s 4x100m relay with an impressive 2nd place in close race to the line in 52.04, less than a second behind match winners Yeovil. A courageous effort by our youngest athletes, showing great dedication and talent.  The team included:

  1. Jazmin Cooke
  2. Rebecca Hannibal
  3. Yasmin Bridget
  4. Amelia Dobson
Women’s 4x100m Team

4x100m Men
Next the men showed great form in a close battle for 2nd. They came 3rd in 45.16, less than half a second behind Yeovil.

Ryan Markham looking powerful!

4x400m Women– 4:45.9

Harriet Slade 70.4
Phoebe Dawson 74.1
Danielle Broom 74.5
Joy Wright 66.9


4x400m Men – 3:42.6

Ryan Markham 58.2
Lewis Bartlett 59.7
Lewis Sainval 52.3
Muiris 52.4


BAC relay teams were boosted by a combination of throwers & middle distant runners, even Harriet lined up straight from the steeple to take the baton for the 1st leg.

The young athletes showed impressive character. They competed against older athletes but ran hard and smashed it. They should all be very proud. The future is bright!

Non-scoring athletes competed in the same races as scoring athletes, getting excellent competition and an opportunity to gain race experience and improve performances. Steve Dobson has been struggling with injury but still managed a 9.70m Shot Putt and 21.52m Discus. We hope to see Steve fully recovered in the near future!
Other performances include Adam Nicholass 100m 12.75; Fraser Spall, Javelin 33.46m; Andrew Sherrin, Discus 31.09m; David Flicos, Long jump 2.70m and 200m 20.39; 100m: James Lelliott 11.35, Joe Hayward 11.83, Jack Davies 11.95 & Dan Kirkby 12.22. Charlotte Sidaway also ran 100m in 14.19.

A warm welcome to Victoria Coombes (T20) showing a great team spirit and competing numerous events including the 100m 15.03, 200m 32.25, Long jump 3.76m and high jump 1.25m.

Vikki in the Long Jump

Man of the Match Awards:
Congratulations to…
Dan Brunsden, Shot – 15.19m
James Lelliott, Long Jump – 6.99m
Pheobe Dowson, Discus – 52.48m
Dannielle Broom, Hammer – 57.42m

Throwers Steve, Pheobe, Andy & Dan

“Efforts today by club members were special in my opinion.
Seeing a full coach of enthusiastic members going to a SAL match has seldom been matched in my 53 years at the club.
Well done everyone.”
                                                                                                              Coach Paul Rees

Thank you BAC!
A huge thank you to all who attended and to all the officials and helpers that made the day possible. In particular Officials, Juliet Dobson, Janet Dickinson, Hazel Bates, Wynne, Robin and helpers, Paula Broome, Susie Shepherd and Paul Dowson. Not forgetting a big shout out the both team managers Jemma Bates and Andrew Sheerin. Andrew and Jemma work extremely hard to organise and manage the teams to go and represent our club too the highest standard. Their zest and enthusiasm will continue to spread throughout the season and we look forward to the next match on 20th May.

Wynne grabs a much needed cuppa to go!

There are 16 clubs in Division 2, West and BAC are currently 7th place in the league table after match 1. This is just 36 points behind top spot and we can continue to improve with the same dedication and commitment displayed in Yeovil.

BAC is a diverse and wide ranging club with plenty of young new talent moving up through the ranks, some long standing and well established athletes and numerous Masters (35+). No matter what age or level, come and join us on the track for training and at SAL days which are outstanding for competition, enthusiasm and extraordinary team spirit so get your trainers or spikes on and join us!

The next SAL is at Kings Park on Sunday 20 May 2018.  It’s a home match so let’s get out in force and go for a win!

Full Results

For more information on the SAL Click here

BAC at the Indoor Grand Prix Cardiff

Indoor Grand Prix Cardiff Met

The Cardiff Indoor Grand Prix was hosted at the Welsh National Indoor Athletics Centre on 4th February 2018.  It featured the Welsh Championships, South West of England & Welsh Masters Championship events.

BAC’s Janet Dickinson and James Lelliott showed great form with their inspirational performances. A promising start to the year both indoor and for the coming outdoor track and field season. James ran 6.94s in the 60m heat, placing 2nd in a competitive field. He went on to win the final in 6.83s, PB by .09s, even beating the U20 and U23 age groupers.

James Lelliott (in yellow) ready to explode from the block in the 60m sprint.

James also triumphed in the long jump with 7.28m, an SB of 1cm and a convincing lead margin of 86cm! He jumped strongly and consistently throughout the event.

James Lelliott, Long Jump

A great day for James especially as his main goal was to grab the opportunity to compete and get an idea of his current form after the last training cycle. His main focus is to target the outdoor season and we’re looking forward more great performances and likely some PBs.

Janet Dickinson performed well as she focused on shaking off the winter cobwebs in preparation for the British Masters next month. Janet competed in five events and started extremely well with a 60m PB, 8.82s and another PB in the Long Jump, 4.67m Indoor, a mere 19cm under the British record set in 2000! Janet’s High Jump was 1.35m and 200m, 29.46s on the inside lane which could be tough! Another PB in 400m, 67.96s Indoor. The Shot Put clashed with the High Jump (not literally!) so it was impossible to do both.
An excellent performance all round especially considering it’s Janet’s first time racing on an indoor track.

Janet clearing the High Jump bar!

Our outstanding athletes Janet and James will hopefully provide some inspiration for BAC’s current and future track and field athletes.
Janet and James intend to compete at the Indoor British Champs on 10-11 March at Lee Valley. We hope to see some other BAC athletes competing and will be looking forward to the results. If you are interesting in competing at any British Masters event, go to

Link to Full Results

By J.Wright

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


Tributes to AFD’s athletes Lucy Pygott and Stacey Burrows at Hampshire XC League and BAC’s Presentation Evening

David Long on his way to 7th Hampshire Cross Country League place in Kings Park
David Long on his way to 7th Hampshire Cross Country League place in Kings Park

A sombre mood overlayed the fixture of the Hampshire Cross Country 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 Youth Championships 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 U17 Hampshire 3000m Champion, and, running against all school ages, was bronze medallist at the Hampshire Schools Cross Country Championships 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 Cross Country 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.

Jacek Cieluszecki (chasing ex-BAC Jamie Grose)
Jacek Cieluszecki (chasing ex-BAC Jamie Grose)

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.

Josh Cole chased by Graham Robinson
Josh Cole chased by Graham Robinson

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.

Rob McTaggart
Rob McTaggart

See below for more Cross Country photos…………………….

At BAC‘s Presentation Evening, which took place at the Queens Hotel 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 Invicta Games, and the Paralympic Games in Tokyo in 2020.  Many thanks are due to Paddy for his superb contribution to the enjoyment of the evening.

Graham Robinson
Graham Robinson

Returning to the Hampshire Cross Country League fixture in Kings Park 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.

Anthony Clark
Anthony Clark
Marcus O'Toole
Marcus O’Toole
Alex Goulding leads BAC's vets
Alex Goulding leads BAC’s vets
Mark Hargreaves
Mark Hargreaves
Sanjai Sharma
Sanjai Sharma
Brandon Meredith
Brandon Meredith
Simon Hearn
Simon Hearn
Nick Kenchington
Nick Kenchington
Jud Kirk
Jud Kirk
Steve Cox
Steve Cox
David Long on his way to 7th Hampshire Cross Country League place in Kings Park
David Long on his way to 7th Hampshire Cross Country League place in Kings Park

Another win at SAL home match!

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 Phoebe Dowson returns to the UK and to form

BAC’s discus thrower, Phoebe, is back home from university in the USA for a summer break until early August.

Phoebe in action at the national championships (Myvision4reel Photography)
Phoebe in action at the national championships (Myvision4reel Photography)

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.

The results of Phoebe's throws at the British Championships
The results of Phoebe’s throws at the British Championships

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!

BAC’s third Wessex League match

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.

Congratulations to our English Schools Athletes

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.