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Steve Way success at Commonwealth Games Marathon

 

Steve Way in the lead, Commonwealth Games Marathon, Glasgow
Steve Way in the lead, Commonwealth Games Marathon, Glasgow

It has already been extensively reported all over the media, but Steve Way‘s phenomenal achievement in the Commonwealth Games Marathon in Glasgow on Sunday 27 July is well worth repeating. Steve finished in 2.15.16, thus accomplishing his three targets – a top ten finish (Steve was tenth), a PB, and a new British Veteran Marathon record, a record held until Sunday by none other than Ron Hill for decades. To throw in the mix is the fact that Steve was the first Englishman to cross the line, absolutely justifying his selection for the team. Steve had, before Sunday, clearly caught the eye of the media, and it wasn’t therefore surprising that during the marathon coverage there was considerable focus on him, starting with Paula Radcliffe mentioning Steve within moments the commencement of transmission. Steve was then interviewed by Jonathan Edwards at the finish line, and it was a great pleasure to see Steve appear on BBC 1 later in the evening, alongside Ian Thorpe and Sir Chris Hoy, in discussion with Gary Lineker, reputedly the BBC’s highest paid presenter. Then, an hour or so later, there he was again, this time with Clare Balding, and that programme included a very nice touch when Sarah, Steve‘s wife, was interviewed by Clare (with Steve looking on wide-eyed!), and Sarah‘s unstinting support for Steve was acknowledged and applauded by the live audience. Sarah mentioned that they have been together for 17 years, so she knew Steve as a 16+ stone smoker and drinker, and has seen the change over the last seven years to the dedicated athlete we all see now. It wasn’t just BBC TV – Steve‘s exploits were featured on radio and in the national and local press, including one spot on Radio 4’s ‘Today’, their prestigious early morning news and comment programme, when Professor Somebody-or-Other, talking about sport and ‘older’ people (this wasn’t the specific ‘sports’ item) said “As Steven Way has said……………………” !! So not only has Steve proved to be a consummate interviewee, he has caught the eye of academia! What Steve has done is just amazing, and we are so proud and privileged to count him amongst our number. Of course, it isn’t all over yet, by any means, and we wish Steve every success in his next endeavours, the 100k World Championships in Qatar later this year, and the Comrades’ Marathon in South Africa next year.

Gary Lineker, Ian Thorpe and Sir Chris Hoy with august company on BBC TV
Gary Lineker, Ian Thorpe and Sir Chris Hoy with august company on BBC TV

There is some other news to report, but stay with us for some more photos of Steve later on. BAC had a winner in the form of Paul Hill in the Bournemouth Parkrun on Saturday 26 July, and in 10th place, with a PB, was Brandon Meredith, followed in 10th by Jud Kirk. Duncan Wells was also a welcome sight in the race, working his way back to fitness, and also running were Ian Graham and Will Price. Meanwhile, in Poole Park, Joe Arundel was second in the Poole Parkrun, followed in third place by Simon Munro. 205 competed at Bournemouth and 441 at Poole. The next day Paul was 6th in 37.54 (of 252) at the Durberville Dash, a 10k multi-terrain race, which was won by Karl Welch in 36.10.
And so back to Steve………………………………

Steve Way leads the England team in the Commonwealth Games Marathon
Steve Way leads the England team in the Commonwealth Games Marathon
Steve Way at 40k
Steve Way at 40k
Steve Way with Sir Chris Hoy
Steve Way with Sir Chris Hoy

Good Luck to Steve Way plus English Schools Gold and Bronze, NF 10 and Parkrun wins and news from abroad

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

Steve Way will be competing for his Country in the Commonwealth Games Marathon, starting at 9 am Sunday 27 July and, although Steve‘s training and form stand him in good stead, we all know there’s always an element of luck in any race, and we wish him all the luck there is. More of Steve in a moment, but first congratulations to our medal winners at the English Schools Championships on 11 July. BAC‘s young athletes came home with no fewer than three gold medals and one bronze. Gold medals were won by Hannah Molyneux in the Shot, Danielle Broom in the Discus (with a throw almost 1 metre ahead of second) and Patrick Sylla in the Long Jump. In the Shot, Tom Peters won Bronze. Three Golds and one Bronze for BAC – can any other club claim this? It seems that Patrick‘s performance may have earned him a Schools International vest for England in the Four Nations – anyone have more detail?
Speaking of International vests brings us back to Steve. An excellent article in The Times (24 July), headed “Games find Way to run rings round any Olympic comparison”, describes the spirit of the Commonwealth Games. The article may have been overtaken by events, in that rumour has it that Usain Bolt will not be running in Glasgow at all, but it’s still worth quoting from the article which commences; “Take two runners. One is the fastest man in the world and a gilt-edged demigod. The other is a former binge-drinking chain smoker with a T-shirt that reads ‘Don’t be s***t’. Usain Bolt v Steve Way. One is an icon. The other might be the totem for the Commonwealth Games”. The article goes on to suggest (which we merely repeat here without expressing any view) that if Usain Bolt were lining up for the 100 metres at the Rio Olympics we might not be hearing the official line that he has been injured. It goes on to say; “He (Bolt) is mere icing on a cake baked by Way. Where the Olympics dulls people with evangelical talk of legacies and inspiration, it is far easier to see a link between Glasgow and real people. The way of Steve, as his T-shirt says, is something not beyond the ambitions of the more average man”. Steve‘s progress from his 40-inch waist and more than 16 stone weight is then described by Steve himself, who goes on to say; “They (ie the locals in Poole Park) see me as an everyday bloke, rather than Mo Farah. He’s a different species, a professional athlete, but I’m just an everyday Joe”. The article finishes; “Regard the Commonwealth as an anachronism if you want, but its Games may well be more representative of the modern world than the Olympic behemoth. They will surely subscribe to the mantra on Way‘s T-shirt”. Well, Steve is right in a way, but no-one can fail to be inspired by Steve‘s story, which demonstrates a determination and degree of commitment to which most of us can only aspire, but at the same time he is the ‘everyday Joe’ he describes, even if a rather exceptional one. Those of us who aren’t actually in Glasgow will no doubt be glued to the TV on Sunday morning, and we all wish Steve all the luck he undoubtedly deserves.

Chris O'Brien, Steve Way (course record holder), Steve Way and Jacek Cieluszecki celebrate their team win at New Forest 10
Chris O’Brien, Steve Way (course record holder), Steve Way and Jacek Cieluszecki celebrate their team win at New Forest 10

Turning to other events we don’t quite move away from Steve who, on 13 July, won the New Forest 10 in a course record time of 50.43, and led BAC to a team win. Completing the team were Jacek Cieluszecki, second in 53.41, Simon Way, 13th in 1.03.31 and Chris O’Brien, 39th in 1.07.42. There was also a BAC win in the Ladies’ race, the first lady home being Emma Dews, who was 16th overall in 1.03.45. The BAC squad was completed by Joe Price, 182nd (of a total of 802 finishers) in 1.17.42.

Joe Price and Chris O'Brien start the NF 10
Joe Price and Chris O’Brien start the NF 10

Jacek was also a winner (again!) in the Poole Parkrun on 19 July, followed soon after by Joe Arundel (3rd), Simon Way (15th) and Chris O’Brien (33rd). Peter Thompson also featured in this race, but clearly something was wrong, as he finished 7 minutes down on his PB, and it isn’t that long ago that Peter was part of BAC‘s superb team effort at the Portland 10. The week before in Poole Park, Simon Munro was second, with Steve Way‘s paced run bringing him in third. Meanwhile, in Kings Park, Paul Hill was second in the Bournemouth Parkrun on both 19 and 12 July. Paul was joined on 19 July by Emma Dews, 6th and 1st Lady, Ian White, 11th, Brandon Meredith, 13th and 2nd in his age category and a PB for the course, Nikki Sandell, 16th and 2nd Lady, Jud Kirk, 17th, Joe Price, Sam Laws and Will Price. The week before at Bournemouth, following Paul was Damian Boyle, 3rd, Ian White, 5th, and Jud Kirk completed the BAC contingent. 193 finished the Bournemouth Parkrun on 12 July and 200 on 19 July. In Poole the figures were 548 and 513 respectively.

Chris O'Brien finishes the NF 10
Chris O’Brien finishes the NF 10

And so we move to Canada, where Steve Cox was 5th (of 237) in the Moose was Loose 10k in Edmonton, a race which is run along scenic trails in Edmonton River valley. Steve‘s time of 44.45 would have made him the winner of his age category if the race hadn’t employed this new-fangled method of awarding categories 25+,35+, etc! The same applied to Steve’s Mum who, under the ‘old’ age categories, would have won the 70+ prize. Still a highly creditable performance!

NF 10 winning team Chris O'Brien, Steve Way (course record holder), Simon Way and Jacek Cieluszecki
NF 10 winning team Chris O’Brien, Steve Way (course record holder), Simon Way and Jacek Cieluszecki

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BAC success at Portland 10 plus general update

 

BAC's winning DRRL Team Simon Munro, Peter Thompson, Jon Sharkey, Jacek Cieluszecki and Toby Chapman
BAC’s winning DRRL Team Simon Munro, Peter Thompson, Jon Sharkey, Jacek Cieluszecki and Toby Chapman

What a great moment for the BAC ‘tailenders’ in the Portland 10 (mile) race on Sunday 6 July, on the way down to Portland Bill, to see coming in the opposite direction the leaders of the race 1,2,3,4 and 5, all wearing the BAC vest, with a considerable gap before number 6. Then to spot our three BAC ladies all running well and working out (despite the brain going to complete mush at that stage of the race) that probably our Ladies’ team was going to win as well. The full results aren’t available at the time of writing, but we don’t need those to report that Jacek Cieluszecki was the overall winner, and by a considerable margin if the situation at 6 1/2 mile is anything to go by. The second, third, fourth and fifth positions were occupied by Peter Thompson, Jon Sharkey, Simon Munro and Toby Chapman respectively, which was how things were at 6 1/2 miles, except that, at that point, Toby was just in front of Simon (who ran his fastest Portland 10 ever), so it looks as if there was a ding-dong battle going on there. Jacek and Jon had both competed in the BAL fixture in Cornwall the day before, another successful day, of which more later. In the Ladies‘ competition, we don’t need the results to know that it was won by Nikki Sandell, with Gemma Bragg second, with Caroline Rowley‘s competent run ensuring that the Ladies’ team were the competition winners. BAC‘s sixth finisher was Paul Hill, who showed his class on his first race at this distance by his time of approximately 62 minutes on this hilly course and, of course, would have been a very useful back-up had anything gone wrong in front. Simon Way was the next BAC athlete to cross the line, with the BAC contingent completed by Andy Gillespie, who supported Caroline for much of the course, and Ian Graham (now showing his age!). So it was an excellent day for BAC with both the Mens‘ and the Ladies‘ teams winning the Open races, together with very useful Dorset Road Race League wins, and congratulations to everyone who took part for making this such a successful and enjoyable day. Here are some pictures, but please scroll through these and read on for more news of some of BAC‘s athletes activities.

BAC's winning Ladies' Team Caroline Rowley, Nikki Sandell and Gemma Bragg with their trophies
BAC’s winning Ladies’ Team Caroline Rowley, Nikki Sandell and Gemma Bragg with their trophies
BAC Men show their intention at the start of Portland 10
BAC Men show their intention at the start of Portland 10
Jacek Cieluszecki, Peter Thompson, Jon Sharkey and Simon Munro with 1st Team trophies
Jacek Cieluszecki, Peter Thompson, Jon Sharkey and Simon Munro with 1st Team trophies
4-5ths BAC Mens' Team Portland 10 Toby Chapman, Peter Thompson, Jon Sharkey and Simon Munro
4-5ths BAC Mens’ Team Portland 10 Toby Chapman, Peter Thompson, Jon Sharkey and Simon Munro
Jacek Cieluszecki wins the Portland 10
Jacek Cieluszecki wins the Portland 10
Peter Thompson finishes Portland 10 in 2nd place
Peter Thompson finishes Portland 10 in 2nd place
Jon Sharkey finishes Portland 10 in 3rd place
Jon Sharkey finishes Portland 10 in 3rd place
Simon Munro finishes Portland 10 in 4th position
Simon Munro finishes Portland 10 in 4th position

As the Portland 10 was under way, so was the Sway 5, in which Chris O’Brien showed he is a useful recent signing by finishing 16th (of 179) in 33.07. Not far behind was Simon Hearn, 20th in 33.58, and also competing were Joe Price, 41st in 36.43 and Joe’s Dad, Will, 112th in 48.31.

As already mentioned, on 5 July there was a BAL fixture at Par, Cornwall, in which BAC finished 2nd and, with one match to go (at Kings Park), we are definitely in a promotion position. Our road runners made their usual significant contribution to this success, including Jacek Cieluszecki and Jon Sharkey, who went on to be such an important part of the following great day at Portland, and must be commended for this after such a long day competing in Cornwall.   Jacek was 4th in the 5000 A string race in 15.23.12 (which Power of 10 says is a PB) and Jon was 2nd in the 3000 s/c B in 10.29.46. Rob McTaggart scored some useful points by winning the 5000 B in 16.21.15 and also winning the 1500 B in 4.11.77. In the 1500 A David Long was 3rd in 4.08.59, and mention should also be made of Karl Welch and Josh King, who occasionally compete on the road/cross country, who won the 800 A and B races respectively.

Steve Way continues his preparation for the Commonwealth GamesMarathon by competing, this time in the Torbay HalfMarathon on 29 June, in which he was 3rd (of 1730) in 1.07.49. A week later, Steve celebrated his 40th birthday, and his official donning of the Veteran mantel, by running 35 miles over the Purbecks!

Just some more races of which there are only sketchy details – on 29June,  Nick Kenchington was 3rd of the runners (the event is also open to walkers) in the 25 mile Purbeck Plod. The day before JonSharkey won the 10k element of the Giant’s Head Marathon (apparently the course is nearer 11k), and the day before that ManolDimitrov seems to have had a stunning run in the Skyrunning WorldChampionships in Chamonix, France, which he completed in 4 hr 8 min (distance unknown but obviously substantial), 106th, 4th Brit and 1st Bulgarian, a race of 2500 metres ascent/descent, with snow and zero visibility above 2000m. Perhaps the Portland 10 wasn’t so difficult after all!

Turning to the Parkruns of 5 July, in Kings Park, Paul Hill was 2nd in the Bournemouth Parkrun (Paul competed in the Portland 10 the next day), and joining him were Ian White, now regularly running under 20 minutes, Jud Kirk, Alison Humphrey (Ali Barnes as was!), Simon Hunt, slowly returning to fitness and Will Price, who went on to run in the Sway 5 the following day.  There were 220 finishers.  In Poole Park, the only BAC representative of the 498 running the Poole Parkrun was Simon Way, 9th, perfect preparation for the Portland 10!

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………………………..