The Müller British Athletics Championships took place over the weekend of 30 June – 1 July 2018 at Alexander Stadium, Birmingham.
The best of Britain gathered to compete for the esteemed honour of being British Champion as well as a place on the British Athletics Team for the European Championships in Berlin on 7-12 August and the Athletics World Cup on 14-15 July at the London Stadium.
The Alexander Stadium has played host to numerous memorable British Championships and this trend continued in 2018 including Dina Asher-Smith’s new 100m championship record of 10.92.
A highly competitive field of throwers were lined up for the discus with the top seven throwers capable of exceeding an outstanding 50m. Phoebe Dowson (Mark Chapman, BAC) started the championships with a joint 4th GB ranking and needed to rise to the occasion. She was aware of the level of competition and a top class performance was required to reach the podium. Phoebe did not allow her nerves to dictate the situation but instead channelled them to fuel an outstanding performance of 53.05 for the bronze medal and prestigious place on the podium.
Phoebe’s senior international debut in the discus was at the winter throws event organised by British Athletics in conjunction with Loughborough University. This is where she also rose to the occasion, throwing a PB of 52.37m to secure her first British vest.
Pheobe is an inspiration to BAC having realised her goal of obtaining her GB vest and being selected by British Athletics to represent the country at the European Throwing Cup. This was held in Leiria, Portugal on 10-11 March 2018 where she came 4th, an outstanding achievement.
Other notable performance include championship best performance 2018, at the Hampshire Athletics Track & Field Championships on 12-13 May 2018 at the Mountbatten Centre, Portsmouth. Phoebe Dowson threw 52.90m, improving on her previous 2017 record of 51.80m.
Phoebe also formed part of the England’s Team victory on 20 May 2018, at the Loughborough International. Phoebe saved her best until last with her final throw of 52.39m moving up into second position.
It’s exciting to see Phoebe improving her performances, competing for GB and heading towards the international stage.
A contingent of five BAC masters athletes headed to Basingstoke on Monday 25 June 2018 to compete in the Hampshire Vets League as 2nd claim for Southampton AC. BAC made a significant contribution to secure an amazing win for both the men and ladies teams.
The Veteran’s ladies team secured their second win of three matches with a score of 137 points, a good 14 points clear of Winchester. Winchester ladies have historically been dominant in this league and Southampton ladies have only ever secured one match win in the league prior to this season.
Stand out performances came from BAC’s Janet Dickinson with a convincing win in V50 100m in 14.0, 400m in 67.2, Javelin 26.61m and High Jump 1.30m. Also Joy Wright won the V35 400m in 62.3, high jump 1.25m and 2nd place in the 100m in 13.6, just dipping at the line to beat the main rivals, Winchester.
The night was rounded off with an impressive win in the medley relay consisting of 2 x 200m, 1 x 400m and a final 800m leg. Janet ran a fantastic 200m 1st leg and the baton was handed to Joy for the 400m with a close lead alongside Winchester. Joy managed to open up the gap and get the baton to the 800m runner who did a fantastic job to maintain the lead and win in style. Many described it as an exciting relay to be a part of as well as witness. It’s always a great event to bring the team together and the close the match, especially as the winners!
The men were on form yet again and won their match with 147 points, just 4 points ahead of Aldershot, Farnham & District. BAC’s Andrew Sheerin won the M45 Shot with a 9.89m throw and Stephen Dobson came 3rd in a very close competition with an outstanding throw of 10.35m.
Andrew Sheerin sealed another victory in the Hammer with an impressive 37.25m, only just behind the M40 winner (37.69m) and Andy Turner won the M50 Hammer with 34.06m.
The final match in the series is almost upon us on Monday 9 July 2018 in Aldershot. The men won the league and final last year and are looking to repeat this champion performance streak.
A win for Southampton ladies in the final match would secure them a season’s league win and a much desired place in the Southern Counties Finals in Ashford, Kent in September. Come on team, you can do it!
The South West Vets Championships were held at Exeter Arena, home to Exeter Harriers Athletics Club on 17 June 2018. The annual championships present an opportunity to meet and compete with the Masters athletes in the South West region.
Several BAC athletes made the long journey to compete in various events, both track and field, running, jumping and throwing to an excellent standard, showing that age is no barrier.
The BAC ladies were represented by Janet Dickinson and Joy Wright who were happy to see former team mates Paola King and Jean Fail line up for their respective events. Paola was also dedicated to selling the SWVAC kit with a lovely smile – this season’s black is purple!
Janet won Long Jump with an outstanding 4.66m, 400m in 66.68sec after an incredible 300m Hurdles debut performance of 51.5sec. Janet’s great performance was a South West Championship and regional record W50, not a bad day in the office. It seems clear that Janet has plenty more to give, especially in the 300mH as she chopped her stride coming into the last hurdle which set her back. At that point Janet was behind the lead runner by several metres yet she refused to settle for 2nd and powered across the line, breaking the 52sec mark, an inspirational run! Janet commented on her performance making reference to the last 100m where the lactic acid really kicked in and the need to work on that last hurdle. In fact, it as it was the first time she had cleared all eight hurdles, even in training so kudos to Janet!
In the same race, Jean Fail, former BAC member and current World Masters Champion Hurdles W65 ran her speciality for the first time this year and showed fantastic form, many commented that she “looked terrific”. It certainly was a pleasure to watch and be a part of the action for those present. Paola King also ran well in the 300mH and had a busy day also competing in the 100m and shot putt and hammer.
Joy won the 200/400m gold double in age group and overall. In the 200m, Joy powered around the bend in lane 5 and into the home straight. Although she was expecting the opposition to be up on her shoulders, she lead the way and crossed the line in 28.25 PB, just 0.25 short of the match record but an improvement nonetheless. Joy was disappointed with her performance as she was wanted to break 28 but felt very heavy in the legs and is still trying to manage long term injuries.
Next up was the 400m with a lane 8 draw which wasn’t great news for Joy. She wasn’t fazed by it and decided to run her own race. She had to lead the way and although still out in front, a slight panic motivated her to kick hard in the last 120m. She accelerated away from the rest of the field and ran 63.39, somewhat disappointed to miss out on the match and club record of 62.9. Considering the injury problems, Joy reflected on her performance and feels confident there will be significant improvements for the season ahead. Perhaps a better lane draw with more athletes on her heals will help her realise this goal.
The gentlemen’s line up included BAC’s Steve Dobson and Andrew Turner, a fabulous duo of throwing talent as well as track athlete, David Flicos.
Steve Dobson and Andy Turner were both on great form, winning their age group in Shot. They dominated the competition and looked to be on great form for the upcoming championships. It was a joy to see both throwing so well with Janet and Joy helping to officiate (as a warm up for the 400m).
Andy won the discus outright with a great throw of 34.18m and Steve threw 25.85m for the silver medal. Steve was the overall winner in shot with a beautiful, golden 10.27m and the only athlete over 10m, which just evaded Andy by an annoying 2cm with his fantastic 9.98m winning shot.
David Flicos showed his determination competing in the 100m in 18.59, High Jump 1.09m and 6.86m Triple Jump. David finished the day with the 100m hurdles and it was evident he is not a quitter. The previous events had taken it out of his legs and he struggled to clear the hurdles, yet David battled on to finish the race and didn’t give up. He showed strength of character and shear willpower to succeed.
The atmosphere, excellent vibe and friendliness at these events are a thrill to witness. The performances show what can be achieved with hard work and dedication. These events bring like-minded people from all walks of life and all abilities together and unite us in the great sport we dearly love, Track & Field!
Thank you to the organisers and officials who made the day possible. with so many impressive master athletes competing. A great day!
The next event is the England Masters Inter Area T&F Challenge on 8 July 2018. If you’re over 35 years and inspired by the BAC masters or simply wish to have a go and challenge yourself, you can join any area club such as SWVAC as a 2nd claim athlete
On Sunday 20 May 2018, Bournemouth AC played host to the first of two SAL home matches at Kings Park.
Bournemouth topped the winner’s podium by a significant margin
Team captain, Andrew Sherrin said he was staggered by the level of competition and how well the Bournemouth athletes performed. So many PBs! Lots of new faces who ran, jumped and threw with the same SAL commitment. It is staggering to win by such a large margin in the face of such strong opposition. Well done to everyone, the support was outstanding. A huge thanks officials, coaches for the never ending support.
BAC are now placed third in Division 2, West with a total 439 points, a short margin under Basingstoke’s 457 and Woking 495. They are still within our reach and if BAC continue to perform to such high standard, another promotion could be realised. Regardless, it’s fantastic we’re so high up the table with 16 clubs in our division.
The SAL goes from strength to strength!
As it this was a home match, the day started off a little different as athletes made their own way to the track for their respective events. However, it soon unfolded into yet another fantastic day which was buzzing with enthusiasm, excitement and determination. Much of our success comes from the atmosphere created by the team and the way we support each other throughout the day. Many came early to provide some much needed support and camaraderie in the form of vocal, emotional and spiritual support.
The weather was conducive for some great performances as it was warm with only a light breeze along the back straight. The match kicked off at 12.00 with the usual 400mH, throwing and jumping.
The first track event of the day is the 400mH. Lewis Bartlett (A string) and Steve Cox (B) performed well claiming 2nd place A string and 3rd place B in 66.9 and 85.3, PB respectively.
The women struggled to get a B string runner yet Janet Dickinson did not fail to disappoint by running an outstanding PB of 76.1s for 2nd place.
A great performance in PV as Stewart Cotterill came 2nd (A string) with 2.35m and a win by Steve Cox with another Pole PB of 2.35m.
Rachel Matton made a great debut impression by clearing 2.15m for 2nd place and Nikki scaled 2.05m to win B string.
More success in LJ with a wins in both A and B string for men and women! Rob Woolgar won with 6.31m and Joe Hayward in 5.45m.
Amelia Dobson won in 5.04m and Olivia Galloway matched it 5.04m for more 1st place points. Victoria Coombs was non scoring and jumped 3.53m.
100m: Jack Davies ran an SB 11.4 to secure 3rd place (A) and Ryan Markham ran 12.1 bagging more point with another 3rd place (B).
Adam Nicholass and Steve Cox ran non-scoring 12.8 and 14.5 PB respectively.
The women performed well with two great wins in A & B string. Chloe Burrows ran a great SB of 12.5 and Jazmin Cooke stormed home with a PB in 12.9. Non scorers Brooke Ironside and Lydia Rogers both ran a great 12.9s!
Muiris Egan ran a speedy 200m SB of 23.1 for 3rd A string in a tight race, just 0.1 behind 2nd place and Ryan Markham came 2nd (B) with 24.4s, just 0.4 behind the winner.
Steve Cox stretched his legs for another non scoring sprint with a great performance of 29.4s.
Brooke Ironside stepped up again with an outstanding 26.1 PB for 2nd place, A String and Rebecca Hannibal also came 2nd (B) with an SB 27.7s.
Muiris Egan stepped up again with a convincing win in 400m in A string with 51.6s SB and the versatile and dedicated Adam Nicholass scored valuable points with 4th in 63.5s.
It was 3rd place for Joy Wright with 62.9 and a well-executed 1st place for Abigail Richardson in 64.2.
Lewis Bartlett ran 2:25.5 but the only yellow vest due to an injured runner pulling out at the last minute runner.
It was a real treat to watch the women’s 800m with a highly competitive race as Abigail Richardson ran 2:24.9 for 2nd place and Holly Collier a great 2:26.8 for 1st B string. Laura Reeves stepped in for a great non-scoring PB 2:41.1.
Rob McTaggart aka Tag, seized valuable points for 3rd place in 4:21.6. Tag is another valuable asset to the club, with his versatility in running various events from shorter to the marathon. He also competes for the Road Running section alongside many others such as Steve Way, Steve Cox, Harriet Slade, Joy Wright …………. It’s great to see this kind of dedication and realisation of the need for both speed and endurance to enhance your chosen discipline or event. We welcome more Road Runners to the track and hope more follow in future.
Lewis Bartlett narrowly missed out on sub 5min with 4th place points 5:01.7 adding to the points tally.
Next up, the women’s 1500m saw Holly Collier back in action with a great 2nd place (A) in a time of 5:08.2, a determined race to the line less than a second ahead of the athlete behind and Lauren East clinched another 2nd in 5:48.9. The points kept rolling in!
The Men’s 3,000m welcomed Steven Way to the track where he nailed a 9:07.1 SB for 3rd place despite a hefty week of ultra-marathon training. He even ran a 20 miler that morning as a warm up! Another display of determination and dedication amongst the BAC athletes. Jacob London ran a great PB, 9:45.7 in the same race for 3rd place (B) well ahead of the last runner. Another welcome to Paul Drake, making a big come back with his first race on the track in over 20 years. Just a blink of an eye to many. He ran a well-paced 10:40 and is keen to compete again for BAC. Paul will be another Masters athlete to watch for inspiration as he gets fitter and faster.
The Women’s 5,000m increased the BAC points tally with Nikki Sandell’s 20:05.9 SB for 2nd A string and Julia Austin’s win in 21:01.2 PB. Welcome to Julia as this was her debut match for BAC and no better way to start than with a win!
The Women’s 100mH was a great race as Olivier Galloway and Joy Wright won both A and B string in 15.1s and 18.5, PB respectively. It was a tough race and the runner next to Joy hit a hurdle and fell. It didn’t hinder Joy from giving it everything as she was well away with the hurdle fairies to realise.
The men stepped up next to match these wins in an exciting 110mH against strong competition. Cameron Hale ran a PB of 17.1 and Rob Woolgar’s another PB of 17.8.
Despite some concerned faces, Holly Collier stepped on the track to compete in yet another event, an event that she had never tried before. Holly had an incredible race and wasn’t fazed by the barriers nor the effects of the previous 800m and 1500m on her legs. In fact, Holly smiled the entire time and even gave out a good squeal as she hit the cold water jump. Needless to say it was a PB but also a great 2nd place in 6:12.6. Nikki Sandell also competed in the same race with the remnants of the 5,000m in her legs. Nikki is extremely dedicated and committed to the club. She continues to improve her distance running and also the Pole Vault. This was no exception with a fantastic win in a PB time of 6:23.1.
The strength and enthusiasm of the athletes continued. Steve Cox and Adam Nicholass ran the 3000 SC ensuring the team scored as many points as possible and both finished 4th. Steve ran a PB, 14:56.8 and Adam and SB 15:47.9.
BAC had a strong field out for the HJ with Lewis Sainvall’s winning jump of 1.95m, a great PB! Cameron Hale won B string with a 1.78m Jump.
Jazmin Cooke won A string with an outstanding 1.62m PB after running back and forth from the 4x100m. Not a bad day, nipping across to break a club record, then popping back over to smash your High Jump PB. Great performance Jazmin! Victoria Coombs jumped 1.23m to bring in even more points.
Cameron Hale took to the runway again with another great performance for 2nd with 11.76m. Again Amelia Dobson excelled to win TJ with 10.43m and Janet Dickinson came 2nd after jumping 7.83m.
Top performances and top points from Dan Brunsden and Andrew Sherrin, both winning the shot with 15.19m SB and 10.41m respectively. Stephen Dobson threw 9.95m (ns). It is still undecided who won the roaring competition but the betting shops have set good odds on Dan.
The women scored top points for A string with Danielle Broom’s outstanding PB of 11.40m. Isabella Shepherd threw 7.58m to bring in great points for 3rd.
Isobella Shepherd also delivered in the Discus. Although she was unwell, in true BAC spirit she stuck to the task and did all three heavy throws to the best of her ability. She threw 40m+ twice in the Hammer and placed 2nd in the B string against a talented field. Well done Issy! Danielle came 2nd in A string with a great throw of 39.69m.
Dan won the discus with a convincing 43.76m, well ahead of other competitors. Andrew Sherrin won B string 29.04m and Steven Dobson threw 18.59m (ns).
Yet again there were more top performances and maximum points in the Hammer throws as Dan and Andrew won A and B string 46.26m and 36.82m SB respectively.
A great win by Danielle in A string with 56.96m and Issy 2nd as mentioned above.
Cameron Hale won the men’s A string with a PB throw of 53.35m and Andrew Broom won B with a 51.50m SB.
Olivier Galloway threw 34.81m for 2nd A string and Amelia Dobson came 3rd with 24.45m.
A great day for BAC throwers and a huge boost to the points table!
Outstanding performances by the relay teams with wins in the men’s 4x100m in 45.1 and women’s 50.9.
The 4x400m men and women’s teams were 2nd against a highly competitive field with the men’s in a close race in 3:41.3 and the women getting faster in 4:26.1 SB.
Due to a few last minute injuries BAC were in need of male runners to take on the 3000m steeple chase and female runners to fill the 5,000m and steeple. Needless to say, BAC athletes stepped up to the mark and pulled through to score top points. Thanks to all those volunteering for events at the last minute, particularly in events they never train for, e.g., hammer throwers taking on the 4x400m relays and sprinters scaling the steeple chase.
Thanks to the younger athletes for giving up your valuable exam revision time and even adding it to the day.
Thank you again for all the BAC officials, helpers and supporters, including family and friends. Well done all!
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 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.
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!
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.
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.
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.
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.
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.
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!
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?
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.
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.
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!
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.
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).
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.
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.
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).
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.
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.
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.
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.
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:
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 58.2
Lewis Bartlett 59.7
Lewis Sainval 52.3
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.
Man of the Match Awards:
Dan Brunsden, Shot – 15.19m
James Lelliott, Long Jump – 6.99m
Pheobe Dowson, Discus – 52.48m
Dannielle Broom, Hammer – 57.42m
“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.
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!
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 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.
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.
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 http://bmaf.org.uk/fixtures/
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.