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Cheddar Gorge Half Marathon, Western States 100 and Parkruns

Toby Chapman on his way to 2nd place in the Cheddar Gorge Half Marathon
Toby Chapman on his way to 2nd place in the Cheddar Gorge Half Marathon

Congratulations to Toby Chapman who was second in the Cheddar Gorge Half Marathon on 22 June. This race is part of the Cheddar Gorge Challenge, a series of races of different distances over a period of time all in the Cheddar Gorge area. Toby‘s time was 1.37.58 on an off-road, very hilly course.
A week later Jez Bragg competed in the Western States 100, a 100 Mile (yes, mile!) Endurance Run from Squaw Valley to Auburn in – you’ve guessed it! – California, USA. Jez, we know, was 19th at mile 40 and 24 minutes off the lead, and it’s believed that he finished an astonishing 11th, time unknown, but 10th position was 16.36.42. Amazing!
Turning to the Parkruns, in Kings Park on Saturday 28 June, Paul Hill was second overall in the Bournemouth Parkrun, and Bridget Dence and Nikki Sandell were first and second ladies respectively (Nikki first in her age group). Also running were Jud Kirk (who had been the Bournemouth Parkrun ‘runner of the week’ on 21 June), Steve Cox, Joe Price, Jim Dence, Tom Cochrane (first in his age group) and Will Price. Meanwhile, in Poole Park, our youngsters were showing the way in the Poole Parkrun, with Jamie Grose winning overall, and Joe Arundel in 5th place.
A Facebook entry reveals that Paul Consani has completed his first triathlon of the season, and was first male, and there’s a rumour that Simon Hearn, and Joe and Will Price ran in the Moors Valley Summer Solstace on 20 June, but full results don’t appear to be available.

Purbeck 10k, Parkruns and Steve Way in Hackney Half Marathon

BAC's winning Ladies' team Purbeck 10k, Nikki Sandell (4th Lady overall), Emma Dews (1st ) and Gemma Bragg (2nd)
BAC’s winning Ladies’ team Purbeck 10k, Nikki Sandell (4th Lady overall), Emma Dews (1st ) and Gemma Bragg (2nd)

More successes to report, particularly to our Ladies’ team of Emma Dews, Gemma Bragg and Nikki Sandell for their wins and to Manol Dimitrov for his spectacular run at the Purbeck 10k, and to Jacek Cieluszecki for his 50th Parkrun, achieved in style.
The Purbeck 10k on the evening of Friday 20 June was definitely one for BAC‘s ladies, with Emma Dews winning the ladies’ race outright (and finishing 22nd of a total of 431), supported by Gemma Bragg (2nd Lady overall) and Nikki Sandell (4th) to win both the open and the Dorset Road Race League races. Furthermore, Emma, Gemma and Nikki were all winners of individual age category trophies. The fact that BAC had ‘back-up’ in the ladies’ race, namely Cherry Sheffrin, Caroline Rowley and Helen Ambrosen shows how far we have come in the last year or two. Well done to all!
BAC‘s mens’ team in the Purbeck 10k was unfortunately weakened by injury and other commitments, but Manol Dimitrov stood out with an excellent run to finish third overall, and to win yet another trophy for BAC. Manol was supported in 7th place by Jez Bragg (soon to be running another challenging Ultra distance race, this time in the USA), and in 14th place by Paul Hill. Paul has just signed for BAC, having been prominent for some time in the Parkruns, and there is no doubt that Paul will be a very useful asset to the club. Sanjai Sharman and Steve Cox completed BAC‘s team for the Road Race League.  Although not up to date, the Road Race League table is looking very healthy for BAC, with the Mens‘ and Ladies‘ teams both top of their respective Division 1, and the first five individual places all occupied by BAC athletes, namely Steve Way, Jacek Cieluszecki, Jon Sharkey, Jez Bragg and Toby Chapman.

Purbeck 10k results (BAC):

3. Manol Dimitrov 34.45;  7. Jez Bragg 36.10;  14. Paul Hill 37.18;  22. Emma Dews 38.15;  31. Sanjai Sharman 39.10;  55. Gemma Bragg 41.19;  63. Nikki Sandell 41.36;  78. Steve Cox 43.00;  82. Mike Cowham 43.24;  104. Cherry Sheffrin 44.09;  134. Caroline Rowley 45.50;  150. Helen Ambrosen 46.44;  220. Ian Graham 49.19.

Turning to the Parkruns, in Poole Park on 21 June, Jacek Cieluszecki was the winner of the Poole Parkrun, and completed his 50th race, thus winning the coveted red T shirt. All of Jacek‘s Parkruns have been in Poole, and he has won 34 times, a ratio of 2 wins for every 3 appearances. Jacek‘s PB is 15.08 and he has never finished below 7th! Also running in Poole on the same day were Simon Munro, 3rd, Joe Arundel, 4th, Peter Thompson, 7th, Paul Consani, 11th, and Billy McGreevy, 28th of a total of 511. Meanwhile, in Kings Park, Paul Hill was second in the Bournemouth Parkrun, and this after his excellent run in the Purbeck 10k the evening before, and following Paul in Bournemouth were Jud Kirk, Dave Parsons (only 31 seconds over his PB despite recovering from two recent holidays!) and Will Price. Another finisher, well up the field, was Alison Humphreys (Alison Barnes as was), and it is good to see Alison running again – and running well!  A total of 210 ran in Kings Park on 21 June.

The next day, Steve Way continued his preparations for the Commonwealth Games, soon to take place in Glasgow, by competing in the Hackney Half Marathon, in which Steve finished 5th (of almost 3000) in 1.07.14.  This was very shortly after winning the Littledown Marathon and was run, not as an outright race, but paced as part of an  overall plan leading to the Commonwealth Games Mens’ Marathon.  Details of the Hackney race, and Steve‘s general preparation can be found on his website www.steveway.co.uk which makes very interesting and instructive reading.  Steve‘s time at Hackney consolidates his position at the top of the BAC Half Marathon Championship table, propelling his age-related percentage to over 90%!

Littledown Marathon, course records and BAC in Spain

Antonio Ruiz finishes Argamasilla de Alba 10k
Antonio Ruiz finishes Argamasilla de Alba 10k

Steve Way, as reported in the Evening Echo, continued with his preparation for the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow, soon to be upon us, with a win at the Littledown Marathon on Sunday 15 June. This event takes place at the Littledown Centre, Bournemouth, and consists of 26 laps of the 1 mile loop marked out in the Centre grounds. Despite its unusual format, the race attracts an increased entry each year, with 69 finishing in 2014. Steve‘s time of 2.27.10, which was some three minutes faster than he had intended, was a new course record, breaking the record which Steve himself set last year. Also completing the marathon was Club Captain Billy McGreevy, finishing in 7th position.  Speaking of course records, we omitted to mention previously that Emma Dews‘ PB run in the Bournemouth Parkrun on 14 June was a new course (female) record.
At the Upton House Time Trial on 6 June, the second of the summer series organised by Poole Runners, BAC were represented by Peter Thompson, 5th in 20.06, Billy McGreevy, 6th in 20.21 and Tom Paskins, 15th in 21.46. Peter won the first Time Trial in 18.32 so was clearly not on top form on 6 June, but overall leads his age category, with Billy second.
Meanwhile, Antonio Ruiz, who ran for BAC and also helped out with coaching during a recent stay in Bournemouth, continues to fly the BAC flag in Spain. Recently, proudly wearing his BAC vest, Antonio finished the Argamasilla de Alba 10k in 37th position (of about 800 total) in a very respectable time of 37.14. Antonio clearly continues to benefit from his BAC training!

Antonio Ruiz heads towards 37.14 10k time in Spain
Antonio Ruiz heads towards 37.14 10k time in Spain
Antonio Ruiz with his Spanish team-mates
Antonio Ruiz with his Spanish team-mates

Parkruns, including BAC legend John Boyes, Kingston Lacey Festival and BAL

John Boyes with Steve Way Ian Habgood Ian White and Jon Sharkey at Pyrenean Retreat Training Week
John Boyes with Steve Way Ian Habgood Ian White and Jon Sharkey at Pyrenean Retreat Training Week

There have been numerous BAC wins and PBs in the Bournemouth and Poole Parkruns recently, together with a visit to one of the Kings Park races by BAC legend, John Boyes, visiting briefly from his home in France – more about John and the Parkruns later on.

The Kingston Lacey Running Festival took place on Sunday 8 June, consisting of 5k and 10k races and a Half Marathon.  Gemma Bragg flew the BAC flag at the event, finishing 10th of 224 finishers in the Half Marathon.  Gemma‘s excellent time of 1.32.23, on an off-road course, gained her a podium place as second lady.

Although not road-running, mention has to be made of the contribution BAC road runners to the club’s win in the BAL National League 4 at Mile End (wherever that is) on  7 June.  As a result, BAC, after two matches, are 3rd (of 6) in the League and, bearing in mind just how comprehensive was the win at Mile End, if this level of performance can continue throughout the season there is no reason why the talk of promotion in the Bournemouth Evening Echo report should not be realised.  Steve Way and Jacek Cieluszecki were 1st and 2nd overall in the 5000m, in times of 14.54.85 and 15.26.90 respectively, thus winning maximum points as winners of both the ‘A’ and ‘B’ string races.  Jon Sharkey was 2nd in the 3000m s/c ‘B’ and in the 1500m Rob McTaggart was 4th ‘A’ and David Long 2nd ‘B’.  Many congratulations to the entire BAC team on this highly creditable win which, unfortunately, is apparently not being reported on in full elsewhere on this website.

So to the Parkruns.  It was a pleasure to welcome BAC Life Member John Boyes back to Bournemouth on Saturday 7 June when he ran the Parkrun in Kings Park.  There is no space here to detail all John‘s achievements, but one of the most memorable of these must be his win in the Glasgow Marathon in 1984 in a time of 2.14.  Following a 2.17 run in London earlier, John had been picked to represent England in the Glasgow race, which doubled as an International competition, and was part of the winning England team.  The next year John went on to run his marathon PB of 2.13.20 in Holland.  The photograph shows John with BAC athletes at a training week organised by John at his home in France one of whom is, of course, Steve Way, BAC‘s ‘legend in the making’ and surely Steve must have benefitted greatly from his contact with John, who, along with his wife Kath, continues to provide training/activity holidays (or just holidays!) in a beautiful part of France details of which are available at www.pyreneanretreat.co.uk.  At the Bournemouth Parkrun, John, now M55-59 category, was 13th of a total of 156 in 20.37 (assisted by his dog, Robbie),  and 2nd in his category (to BAC‘s Jud Kirk!)

Staying with the Bournemouth Parkrun of 7 June, congratulations particularly to Emma Dews, 3rd overall and 1st lady, Brendon Meredith, 9th overall and 2nd JM15-17 and Elsa Charlwood, 16th overall and 1st JW11-14.  Also running, in addition to John Boyes, were Jud Kirk, 1st M55-59, Mike Cowham and Will Price.  The week before, 31 May, Emma was again 1st lady (6th overall).  Roy Long was 2nd in what was then a PB time for the course, and in 3rd place was Ross Smith, son of Barry Smith, in his day one of BAC’s star runners and now a coach.  Ross is clearly a ‘chip off the old block’ and has improved rapidly over the last few weeks as a result of regular participation in BAC training.  Ian White was 8th and very closely following Ian were two more BAC winning youngsters, namely Bridget Dence, who ran a PB for the course and was 1st in her age category (and 2nd lady after Emma), and Sebastian Hearn, also winner of his age category.  Two weeks later, 14 June, and again there was considerable BAC participation in the Bournemouth Parkrun.  Roy Long was again 2nd, and improved on his PB of two weeks earlier, and Emma, for the third week running, was 1st lady (5th overall).  Emma was followed in 6th place by Damian Boyle and 11th was Ian White.  Next BAC athletes were Jud Kirk, Steve Cox, Joe Price, Helen Ambrosen, Patrick White (Ian‘s son on break from university), Samantha Laws and Will Price.  It is interesting to note that on 14 June at Bournemouth 1st and 3rd were ‘unknown runners’.  Could either of these have been David Long, again running without his barcode??!  193 competed the Bournemouth course on 31 May, 156 on 7 June and 234 on 14 June. Meanwhile, in Poole Park, BAC were also achieving wins and PBs in the Poole Parkruns.  On 31 May Jon Sharkey was the winner, with Chris O’Brien 15th (of a total of 513). Chris went on to run the Poole 10k the next day.   The following week, 7 June, of the 489 finishers, Bridget Dence ran well to finish as 1st lady, 15th overall and a PB for the course.  The next week, 14 June, saw another BAC winner in the form of Jacek Cieluszecki, and in 5th place, of a total of 513, was Jamie Grose with a PB for the course.  

John Boyes and Robbie compete in the Bournemouth Parkrun followed by Mike Cowham
John Boyes and Robbie compete in the Bournemouth Parkrun followed by Mike Cowham

Poole 10k 1 June – a good day for BAC

Chris O'Brien, Simon Hearn and Jud Kirk
Chris O’Brien, Simon Hearn and Jud Kirk

It was part of Steve Way‘s preparation for the Commonwealth Games, for which Steve has been selected to run for England in the Marathon, to run the Poole 10k on Sunday June 1 “flat out”, and so it proved to be, with Steve leading BAC‘s Mens’ Team to Open and Road Race League wins. Our Ladies also did exceptionally well, the Team finishing second in both the Open and League competitions.
But more of that later. To start with, a warm welcome to Damian Boyle and Chris O’Brien, who were wearing the BAC vest in competition, not quite for the first time, but almost so, with Damian running a PB for the distance. BAC was also represented in the Minithons and 5k which took place before the 10k race. Sebastian Hearn ran incredibly well in his age category race (Sebastian is U17) and he was observed finishing well up in the field (5th?). The results haven’t yet been published so no further detail is available, but well done to Sebastian on an amazing effort. In the 5k, also finishing near the front, was Brandon Meredith, who was 12th of 206 finishers in a time of 19.50, so Brandon also deserves our congratulations.
So to the main event of the day, the 10k. This was won by last year’s winner, Boniface Kongin (of Run-Fast!) but in 2nd place was Steve Way followed by Jacek Cieluszecki in 3rd. Jacek and Steve often train together and surely having Jacek on his heels has helped Steve to his recent phenomenal achievements. The third BAC athlete was County Marathon Champion Toby Chapman, and, not far behind, completing the winning Open race team, was Manol Dimitrov. Simon Munro is clearly managing to keep some training going, as he finished a matter of seconds behind Manol, to complete the winning Road Race League team. Despite declaring some disappointment with her run, nevertheless Nikki Sandell was BAC’s leading lady, with Gemma Bragg and Cherry Sheffrin making up the League team (which, subject to confirmation, is second after Poole Runners). The Open race required four team members, and Helen Ambrosen ensured that our ladies were second Open award winners. It is such a pleasure to see the BAC ladies running and competing so well these days.
All the races which form part of the Poole Festival of Running were run on a very hot day, and the result can be seen on the expressions on some of the faces accompanying this report. Many found the second lap of the 10k very hard work. The whole event is huge and complex, and Poole Runners are to be congratulated on their superb organisation. A lot of people obviously worked very hard to make it a success.
Many thanks to Graeme Miller, Jez Bragg and Sam Munro for the photographs.
Results (BAC):
2. Steve Way 31.33; 3. Jacek Cieluszecki 32.21; 10. Toby Chapman 34.49; 13. Manol Dimitrov 35.15; 17. Simon Munro 35.42; 34. Billy McGreevy 37.33; 39. Damian Boyle 38.08; 51. Sanjai Sharman 39.23; 71. Jud Kirk 40.30; 80. Simon Hearn 41.04; 98. Chris O’Brien 41.47; 107. Nikki Sandell 42.04; 108. Mike Cowham 42.04; 130. Gemma Bragg 43.01; 134. Steve Cox 43.14; 143. Alastair Carter 43.24; 144. Cherry Sheffrin 43.27; 219. Ian Graham 46.50; 226. Helen Ambrosen 46.56; 234. Andy Gillespie 47.14; 311. Caroline Rowley 49.47; 618. Will Price 1.00.41. There were 833 finishers.

Steve Way
Steve Way
Jacek Cieluszecki
Jacek Cieluszecki
Toby Chapman
Toby Chapman
Manol Dimitrov
Manol Dimitrov
Simon Munro
Simon Munro
Billy McGreevy
Billy McGreevy
Sanjai Sharman
Sanjai Sharman
Jud Kirk
Jud Kirk
Nikki Sandell
Nikki Sandell
Gemma Bragg and Mike Cowham
Gemma Bragg and Mike Cowham
Steve Cox
Steve Cox
Cherry Sheffrin
Cherry Sheffrin
Ian Graham and Andy Gillespie
Ian Graham and Andy Gillespie
Helen Ambrosen
Helen Ambrosen
Caroline Rowley
Caroline Rowley
Steve Way
Steve Way
Jacek Cieluszecki
Jacek Cieluszecki
Toby Chapman
Toby Chapman
Manol Dimitrov
Manol Dimitrov
Simon Munro
Simon Munro
Billy McGreevy
Billy McGreevy
Jud Kirk
Jud Kirk
Simon Hearn
Simon Hearn
Nikki Sandell
Nikki Sandell
Mike Cowham and Nikki Sandell
Mike Cowham and Nikki Sandell
Gemma Bragg
Gemma Bragg
Ian Graham
Ian Graham
Helen Ambrosen
Helen Ambrosen
Andy Gillespie
Andy Gillespie

 

 

London 10k and Parkruns and Update

Damian Boyle competes in the Yorkshire Three Peaks fell race
Damian Boyle competes in the Yorkshire Three Peaks fell race

After the amazing weekend of Steve Way‘s new 100k British Record (and subsequent selection for the England Marathon Team in the Commonwealth Games) and Steve‘s and Jon Sharkey‘s part in the England win in the 100k Anglo-Celtic Plate, followed the next day by BAC medals and team wins in the North Dorset Village Marathon, led by Toby Chapman and Jez Bragg as gold and silver medallists respectively, the next two weekends have been relatively quiet, but Club Captain Billy McGreevy ran well on Sunday 25 May in the BUPA London 10,000 (10k), finishing 250th (of literally thousands) in 36.23.  Although this is 2 seconds slower than Billy‘s Christchurch 10k time, because he is now one year older, his age-grading for the Championship Table is actually increased .05% to 73.98%! The previous week saw a battle between outgoing and incoming club captains in the Poole Parkrun on Saturday 17 May, with Simon Munro finishing 3rd in 17.13 and Billy 4th in 17.17! Only slightly further down the field (which totalled 625) there was another BAC battle, with Sanjai Sharman and Billy Nixon finishing 12th and 13th respectively, separated by 2 seconds! On the same day in the Bournemouth Parkrun, three BAC athletes achieved PBs for the course, with Paul Consani 4th (of 208) in 18.46, Jud Kirk 7th in 19.50 and Steve Cox 11th in 20.17. Jud was one of 120 brave souls who turned out to run the Bournemouth Parkrun the following week, Saturday 24 May, in torrential rain, and was joined by Damian Boyle, who was 3rd in 18.41, and also by Parkrun regular Joe Price.

UPDATE

It turns out that Billy McGreevy wasn’t the only BAC athlete competing in the BUPA London 10,000 (10k).  Also running, and running well, was Rob McTaggart who finished 53rd in 32.24, 2 seconds outside his PB and his best time since 2012, and not far behind was Karl Welch, 217th in 36.46.  That was 25 May.  One week earlier, on Sunday 18 May, Mark Hargreaves and Roy Long were running in the Netley 10k, Southampton, with Mark finishing (in a field 500) 16th, and 1st M50, in 36.24, followed in 20th position by Roy, 36.49.  Going further back, 17 years in fact, in 1997 three BAC vests were on display in the Yorkshire Three Peaks race, worn by Ian Graham, Nick Kenchington and Neil Schofield, on the occasion of Ian‘s 50th birthday, which fell on the day of the race.  In 2014, the BAC vest could again be seen in this race, occupied by Damian Boyle, who completed the course in 4.22.59 and was 305th of 704.  This is a fell race taking in the three Yorkshire peaks of Pen-y-Ghent, Whernside and Ingleborough and is marathon distance.  Damian‘s time was ranked ‘second class’ of the classifications ‘elite’ (there were very few ‘elite’ runners), ‘first class’, ‘second class’ and ‘standard’ so Damian‘s run was highly creditable on a tough course very different from our normal competitions.  As it happens, the Yorkshire Three Peaks race was during the same weekend and in the same area as the 100k Fell Race, in which Jez and Gemma Bragg competed (see earlier report), so BAC vets could be seen all over that part of Yorkshire!  There is also another race involving BAC athletes, which Peter Thompson won and in which Billy McGreevy came 5th (despite getting lost!) and Billy will be sending in details………………………..

 

Steve Way selected for England at Commonwealth Games

Steve Way - an inspiration to all
Steve Way – an inspiration to all

Many congratulations to Steve Way who has been selected to run for England in the Marathon at the Commonwealth Games 2014 in Glasgow. Steve has worked extremely hard to achieve this and it is nothing less than he deserves. Steve is an inspiration to so many people and we are very, very lucky to have him in our midst. We wish you luck, Steve, with the training and on the day when we will be amongst the army of your followers tracking your progress!

Parkruns, 1st Upton TT, Lymington 10k and Southbourne F & F

The first of the summer time trials at Upton House,organised by Poole Runners, took place on Friday evening and was won by Peter Thompson who covered the off-road course of 5k plus in 18.32, and was followed in 5th place by Captain-Designate Billy McGreevy whose time was 20.18.  Subsequent time trials will take place on 6 June, 4 July, 18 July, 1 August and 22 August.
Some up-dating needed on the Parkruns! Jo Arundel, having won the Bournemouth Parkrun on 3 May, on his first run in the Kings Park event, went on to finish 2nd on 10 May at the Poole Parkrun, to be followed in 13th position by Steve Way, steadily recovering after his remarkable marathon and 100k runs. On 3rd May Jo was joined at Bournemouth by Jud Kirk, Steve Cox and Ian Graham, who ran a PB for the course and finished 1st V65 (although there isn’t that much competition!). Jud and Steve (Cox) also ran at Bournemouth on 10 May, as did Paula Kirk. At Poole on 3 May, the first BAC athlete was new-signing Damian Boyle, whose 6th position and time of 17.53 show that he will be a valuable addition to the club. About 30 seconds after Damian was Paul Consani, with Michael Cowham and Cherry Sheffrin completing the BAC contingent. Going further back to 26 April there were BAC winners at both Bournemouth and Poole. In Bournemouth Rob McTaggart was first in 16.30, taking the course record away from David Long – but for how long? Billy McGreevy was 5th in the same race. Meanwhile, in Poole Park, Jacek Cieluszecki was once again the winner, followed in 2nd place by Steve Way. Steve Cox and Joe Price also ran in Bournemouth that day. The Parkrun movement continues to prosper, with 200, 225 and 167 finishers at Bournemouth, and 546, 629 and 518 at Poole on 26 April, 3 and 10 May respectively.
Congratulations to Janie Chapman, who must be pleased with her last-minute decision to compete in the Lymington Lifeboat 10k on 11 May, as Janie finished first in her age category on this multi-terrain course.
Last, but by no means least, apologies to Michael Halpenny for missing his run at the Southbourne Flat & Fast 10k on 27 April. The published results don’t specify clubs which means this can happen. Michael finished in a time of 45.38.

Steve Way and Jon Sharkey success in 100k International

Steve Way breaks the British Record for 100k
Steve Way breaks the British Record for 100k

Steve Way (1st) and Jon Sharkey (6th) made up 40% of the England winning team at the Anglo-Celtic Plate 100k International at Gravesend on Saturday 3 May, but there is, of course, much more to say about both Steve and Jon.
Concerning Steve, just to report that his winning time of 6.19.20 is nothing less than a NEW ALL-TIME BRITISH RECORD for the 100k distance on the road. Furthermore, it places Steve amongst the top ten 100k roadrunners in the world EVER! We asked after Steve‘s tremendous run in the London Marathon, where he was the third Briton to cross the line, “are there sufficient superlatives to describe Steve‘s achievement?” – well the answer increasingly seems to be “no”! Steve‘s finishing time was over 45 minutes ahead of the second -placed athlete (also running for England), who must have been lapped several times on the 1.5k loop course, and firmly put aside any lingering doubt that the 2.16 marathon, only three weeks earlier, would affect his performance. The race incorporated the British Athletics National 100k Championships with the result that Steve is a Gold Medal winner, and a British National Champion. No doubt it will be recalled that Steve was the fastest 100k runner in the world last year after his race in Sweden (unfortunately the 100k World Championships were cancelled) and that in 2012 he was the World Champion over 50k. We’ve said it before, and we say it again, we are very,very lucky to have such a talented and affable athlete in our midst.
Jon finished 6th in the race, a very impressive result considering this was his first attempt at this distance. Jon‘s rise to the top echelons of Ultra Running has been astonishingly rapid. It was only last year, after resting following his Ironman Triathlon, that Jon was persuaded by Steve to take up the challenge of 100k running. So to try to qualify for selection for the England team in Saturday’s race, Jon competed in a 50k race in Newcastle in December, with virtually no specific preparatory training, and ran a highly disciplined, evenly-paced and intelligent race to finish, as planned, within a few minutes of the qualifying time. And so Jon was selected, and as a result helped his country to victory on Saturday. His 6th position demonstrates that describing Jon as in the “top echelons” of Ultra Running is no exaggeration.
Many congratulations to both Steve and Jon, with our best wishes for a rapid recovery and a return to competition.

Jon Sharkey on his way to 6th position in his debut 100k race
Jon Sharkey on his way to 6th position in his debut 100k race
Steve Way with winner's trophy having led the England team to victory in a record-breaking time
Steve Way with winner’s trophy having led the England team to victory in a record-breaking time

North Dorset Village Marathon – wins particularly Toby Chapman and medals!

Toby Chapman - winner and County Champion
Toby Chapman – winner and County Champion

Well done to BAC’s Mens‘ team for their race win and to our Ladies’ Team for their race and League win , but first of all many congratulations to Toby Chapman who, running only his second marathon, is the Dorset County Champion and Gold Medallist as a result of his win at the North Dorset Village Marathon in a time of 2.40.29, knocking about 15 minutes off his PB. Congratulations also to Jez Bragg, second in the race (2.46.29) and County Silver Medallist. Jez‘s run is all the more remarkable as it comes only a week after competing in the Fellsman 100k in the Yorkshire Dales – see separate article. The mens’ team was completed by Richard Nelson, 30th, who declared himself “moderately satisfied” with his time of 3.13.14, and Duncan Wells, 46th in 3.23.37. Earlier in the race Duncan was much further up the field, even as late as 15 miles, but he than found he was struggling with those twinges we all know about, and even injury, and it is testament to Duncan‘s determination that he continued to the finish when others would have pulled out.  Toby, Jez and Richard won the open team event, but, as there was no fifth BAC man, we were probably 4th Dorset Road Running League team, as three other League clubs fielded five or more athletes.
Many congratulations also to our Ladies’ Team of Gemma Bragg, Caroline Rowley and Nikki Sandell who continued their success in the Dorset Road Running League with another League win.    First home was Gemma 2nd lady and 60th overall in 3.28.51, an astonishing run considering that, like Jez, she had competed in the Fellsman 100k only a week earlier. Gemma started the race very steadily, and was the last of our ladies at 2 and 11 miles, but in the latter stages worked her way through the field, and still had sufficient left for an astonishing sprint to the finish line! Gemma, as 2nd lady, certainly qualifies for the Silver County Marathon medal, and may even be the County Champion depending on whether the first lady to finish meets the qualification criteria.  Caroline was 76th overall in 3.33.56, with Nikki 95th in 3.42.10.  Nikki, like Duncan, developed something of an injury during the race, which meant she dropped back in the letter stages and it is very much to her credit that Nikki continued to the finish.  Although Nikki won the award for 1st 030F, we are sure she would be the first to acknowledge that there were some veteran ladies, including Caroline, who finished before her.  We should spare a thought for Caroline, who left without anything although, as noted, she was entitled to a team award.

So, on the whole, a successful day for BAC!

BAC winning team
BAC winning team
BAC Ladies' winning team
BAC Ladies’ winning team
Toby Chapman winner
Toby Chapman winner
Gemma Bragg 2nd lady
Gemma Bragg 2nd lady
Nikki Sandell 1st 030F
Nikki Sandell 1st 030F
Toby Chapman pursues a relay runner at 2 miles
Toby Chapman pursues a relay runner at 2 miles
Toby Chapman with some competition at 11 miles
Toby Chapman with some competition at 11 miles
Toby Chapman 16 miles
Toby Chapman 16 miles
23 miles Toby Chapman about to overtake Manol Dimitrov - no mean runner himself - who was running the last relay leg for JPMorgan finishing one minute after Toby
23 miles Toby Chapman about to overtake Manol Dimitrov – no mean runner himself – who was running the last relay leg for JPMorgan finishing one minute after Toby
Jez Bragg 2 miles
Jez Bragg 2 miles
Jez Bragg 16 miles
Jez Bragg 16 miles
Jez Bragg finishing 2nd
Jez Bragg finishing 2nd
Nikki Sandell and Richard Nelson 2 miles
Nikki Sandell and Richard Nelson 2 miles
Richard Nelson 11 miles
Richard Nelson 11 miles
Richard Nelson approaches the finish
Richard Nelson approaches the finish
Duncan Wells 2 miles
Duncan Wells 2 miles
Duncan Wells 11 miles
Duncan Wells 11 miles
Gemma Bragg at 2 miles
Gemma Bragg at 2 miles
Gemma Bragg sprinting for the line too fast for the camera!
Gemma Bragg sprinting for the line too fast for the camera!
Caroline Rowley 2 miles
Caroline Rowley 2 miles
Caroline Rowley 11 miles
Caroline Rowley 11 miles
Caroline Rowley celebrates finishing
Caroline Rowley celebrates finishing
Nikki Sandell 11 miles
Nikki Sandell 11 miles