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News from Amsterdam, Birmingham, Christchurch, Twickenham, Salisbury, Weymouth, Poole and Bournemouth

A lot has been happening this weekend!
In Amsterdam, on Sunday 19 October, Jacek Cieluszecki ran the Marathon in 2.29.55, to finish 28th (and 4th M35) of a total of 12197. This might be a performance many of us can only dream of, but Jacek was hoping to break his PB of 2.27.45. However, the race commentary describes “difficult weather conditions”, with continuous sun and temperatures of 18 degrees, and a strong wind on parts of the course, so Jacek really has no reason to be disappointed with an excellent run. Also in Amsterdam, Manol Dimitrov was competing in the Half Marathon, and finished 32nd of 14237 in a time of 1.17.02. The fact that Manol also did not break his PB (1.16.43) might be down to the conditions.
Meanwhile, in Birmingham, Steve Way continued his build up to the 100k World Championships next year by running in the city’s Half Marathon, one of a series of races Steve is running each week, including the Great South Run in Portsmouth next week. Steve was 11th of a total of about 1500 in 1.10.19, not bad especially considering Steve is racing every weekend on top of a weekly mileage exceeding 100 miles, displaying exactly the stamina which is needed for the challenge ahead.

Steve Way competes in the Birmingham Half Marathon
Steve Way competes in the Birmingham Half Marathon

Two other BAC athletes who, like Jacek, didn’t quite achieve their aims this weekend, but nevertheless can be pleased with their runs, were Graeme Miller and Chris O’Brien. Graeme ran the Cabbage Patch 10 mile race, on Sunday 19 October, in the Twickenham area, in 58.07, a PB by 22 seconds, but not the sub 58 Graeme had hoped for.  However, that can be explained by, as Graeme describes on Facebook, a heavy tumble on wet leaves at 6.5 miles, resulting in cuts and bruises to his elbow and hip.  There was a silver lining – Graeme ran a few miles with Mara Yamauchi, who finished a mere 30 seconds in front of him.  Graeme was 36th of 1501.  On the same day,  Chris ran in the inaugural ‘xch10k’, a 10k race organised for a charity starting and finishing at Two Riversmeet Leisure Centre in Christchurch, with an out-and-back course along the coast to Mudeford.  Chris had hoped for a sub 40 time, but finished 7th (of 230) in 40.43.  Chris says of the course that parts of it were quite fast but there was a short, but steep, hill and a set of steps about half way, and Chris is surely correct when he says that only these prevented him from going under 40 minutes.  Also running in this race were Joe Price, 21st in 45.18, Ella Nicholas, 61st in 51.03 (good to see one of our youngsters competing – Ella was first in her FJ category) and Will Price, 113th in 56.40.

Another BAC athlete perhaps not entirely satisfied with her race was Gemma Bragg, who ran the Salisbury Half Marathon, also on 19 October,  in 1.36.45, to finish 82nd.  We all know that Gemma is capable of a much faster HM than this, and Gemma herself says “it was not my day – left my mind and legs at home”!

On the other hand, Paul Hill must have been pleased with his run in the Weymouth 10 (mile), another race on 19 October.  Having examined the race entries, Paul felt that he could finish in the top 10, despite his very intensive racing activities in the two weeks since his inaugural marathon in the Bournemouth Marathon Festival only two weeks earlier.  In the event, Paul was 4th, in a time of 62.11 (of 183).  What Paul didn’t learn from the entry list was that Peter Thompson and Simon Munro, who entered on the day, were also planning to compete, and Peter was 2nd in 58.25 and Simon was 3rd in 59.48.  So, once again, BAC were the winners of the team trophy – well done!

The previous day, Saturday 18 October, the Parkruns went ahead as usual.  In Poole, Simon Way was 3rd of the 501 runners, and in Bournemouth, 2nd was Paul Hill (who else!), 6th was Ian White and 8th was Jud Kirk.  Also running, amongst the total of 208, were Steve Cox, Ian Graham, Louise Price and (no relation!) Will Price.

So, a busy weekend – pity there aren’t more photos!

Gold Hill 10k, Boscombe Pier 5k, Great Eastern Half, Langdale Horseshoe and Parkruns

 

Simon Munro has everything under control on Gold Hill
Simon Munro has everything under control on Gold Hill

The weekend 10/11/12 October was a busy one for BAC athletes, especially for Simon Munro, Paul Hill, Nikki Sandell and Jez and Gemma Bragg. Simon, having had an exceptional run to finish 28th in the first Hampshire Cross Country League at Farley Mount on the Saturday, proceeded to win the Gold Hill 10k the next day. Even more astonishing were the activities of Paul Hill who, one week after a running a marathon debut of 3.11, competed in the Boscombe Pier 5k on Friday, Bournemouth Parkrun and Hampshire League on Saturday, finishing with a 5th position in the Gold Hill 10k on Sunday. Nikki, Jez and Gemma both ran in the Cross Country and Gold Hill 10k, Nikki and Gemma ensuring a BAC senior ladies’ cross country team for the first time for many, many years, and a Road Race League and open win at Gold Hill, and Jez, with his 4th position at Gold Hill, ensuring similar wins for the BAC men. There were other notable performances by Jacek Cieluszecki, 9th at Farley Mount Steve Way, 7th in the Great Eastern Half Marathon, and Bridget Dence, 2nd in her age category at Farley Mount.  (See separate report for details of the Hampshire Cross Country League.)

BAC's DRRL team at Gold Hill - Steve Cox, Simon Munro, Jez Bragg and Paul Hill (Mike Cowham, BAC's 4th man, not in photo)
BAC’s DRRL team at Gold Hill – Steve Cox, Simon Munro, Jez Bragg and Paul Hill (Mike Cowham, BAC’s 4th man, not in photo)

The Gold Hill 10k on Sunday 12 October, organised by Gillingham Trotters, has been extended in the last year or so, so the distance is a full 10k, which has added another steep hill towards the end, making this course, including the ascent of Gold Hill itself, challenging to say the least.  It is remarkable, therefore, that so many BAC athletes, men and ladies, ran so well having competed in an equally challenging cross country race the day before.  Simon Munro, Jez Bragg and Paul Hill had all so competed, so congratulations to Simon on his win in 37.03, Jez on his 4th place in 39.45 and Paul, 5th in 40.25.  Of a total field of 212, Mike Cowham, 52nd in 47.16, completed the winning open team, and Steve Cox, 57th in 48.32, ensured a second place in the Dorset Road Race League, helping secure BAC‘s Mens’ Team’s win for 2014.  Ian Graham, trailing some way behind (and very happy not to be scoring in any team!), was the final BAC man to cross the line, 56th in 55.27.  Turning to the ladies, Nikki Sandell and Gemma Bragg both ran very well, even putting aside that they too had run in the cross country race the previous day, with Nikki finishing as the 2nd lady (1st FV), 29th overall in 44.39, and Gemma 4th lady in 45.03.  Nikki and Gemma received strong support from Caroline Rowley, 63rd in 49.34 (completing the winning Road Race League team), and, ensuring a 1st Ladies’ Team victory for BAC, and Cherry Sheffrin, 65th in 50 minutes exactly, the fourth member of the winning ladies’ team in the open competition.  A successful day for BAC, especially considering everything else happening during the weekend!

BAC's victorious Gold Hill Ladies' Team - Cherry Sheffrin, Caroline Rowley, Nikki Sandell and Gemma Bragg
BAC’s victorious Gold Hill Ladies’ Team – Cherry Sheffrin, Caroline Rowley, Nikki Sandell and Gemma Bragg

See below for more photos of Gold Hill 10k

The same day, Steve Way was running in the Great Eastern Half Marathon, in Peterborough, one of a series of half marathons in which Steve is competing in preparation for the 100k World Championships next month.  Of 1500 finishers, Steve was 7th in a time of 68.27, and was 1st Vet.

Steve Way competes in the Great Eastern Half Marathon, Peterborough
Steve Way competes in the Great Eastern Half Marathon, Peterborough

Friday evening, 10 October, saw the first of the Boscombe Pier 5k winter series, organised by Poole Runners.  Of 168 runners, Joe Arundel was 5th, and 1st U20 in 17.37.  Not far behind was Paul Hill, running the first of his post-marathon ‘weekend recovery’ of four races, 5th in 17.59.  Other BAC results were a rapidly improving Ross Smith, 20th, 19.09; 35th Jud Kirk 19.59; 40th Joe Price 20.27; 106 Tom Cochrane 24.43 (1st V75) and 159th Will Price 30.16.

The following morning, Paul Hill was again running in the Bournemouth Parkrun, which was won by Billy McGreevy, with Paul 6th of a total of 228.  Also competing were Jud Kirk, 12th, and Will Price, 143rd.  At the rear of the field Nikki Sandell was on duty as the tail runner.  Meanwhile, Simon Way was 2nd (of 519) in the Poole Parkrun.

Damian Boyle on the Lake District Fells
Damian Boyle on the Lake District Fells

Also on Saturday 12 October, Bournemouth AC could be spotted in the list of entries in the Langdale Horseshoe Fell Race in the Lake District, alongside the name of Damian Boyle.  The race has a distance of 21.1k with 1450m ascent.  At the time of writing, the results aren’t available, but Damian reports that there were many injuries, with two people having to be helicoptered off the mountains, but that he himself did OK “through training on the zigzags” and survived to finish in 3.11, about half-way down the field.  Sounds like quite an achievement!

Simon Munro with the winner's trophy
Simon Munro with the winner’s trophy
Nikki Sandell with 2nd lady trophy (Nikki was also 1st vet lady)
Nikki Sandell with 2nd lady trophy (Nikki was also 1st vet lady)

BAC athletes on Gold Hill…….

Jez Bragg
Jez Bragg
Paul Hill
Paul Hill
Gemma Bragg
Gemma Bragg
Mike Cowham
Mike Cowham
Steve Cox
Steve Cox
Caroline Rowley
Caroline Rowley
Cherry Sheffrin
Cherry Sheffrin
Ian Graham
Ian Graham

and at the finish………………

Simon Munro - winner!
Simon Munro – winner!
Jez Bragg
Jez Bragg
Paul Hill
Paul Hill
Nikki Sandell - 2nd lady (1st lady vet)
Nikki Sandell – 2nd lady (1st lady vet)
Gemma Bragg
Gemma Bragg
Mike Cowham
Mike Cowham
Steve Cox
Steve Cox
Caroline Rowley
Caroline Rowley
Cherry Sheffrin
Cherry Sheffrin
Ian Graham
Ian Graham

Bournemouth Marathon Festival, Atlantic Coast Challenge, Loch Ness Marathon, Windsr HM and Bournemouth Parkrun

 

Tom Paskins on his way to a PB in the Loch Ness Marathon
Tom Paskins on his way to a PB in the Loch Ness Marathon

There are many remarkable performances to report from the weekend 4/5 October and earlier, including, in the Bournemouth Marathon Festival, a PB and a win by Jacek Cieluszecki (Half Marathon), a win and a 2nd place by Rob McTaggart (10k and 5k respectively) and a 12th place by Jez Bragg in the Marathon itself, in which Paul Hill ran 3.02.51 in his very first attempt over the distance.  In the 5k there were some very impressive performances by our youngsters.  In other events, Tom Paskins also achieved a PB in the Loch Ness Marathon and Graeme Miller and Paul Hill (the day before his debut marathon!) were first and second in the Bournemouth Parkrun.

But few would argue that the most outstanding achievement of the weekend was Jon Sharkey‘s participation in the Atlantic Coast Challenge, a three day gruelling event (in which Andy Gillespie also competed), from Padstow to Lands End, a distance of 78.6 miles – in other words three marathons!  The race is broken into three stages, the first (3 October) from Padstow to Perranporth, the second on to St Ives, and the final day to Lands End.  Jon was the winner on days 1 and 2, in times of 3.58.43 and 3.52.53 respectively (this is not a road race!) and was second on day 3 in 5.02.37.  The winner on day 3 was Duncan Oakes (of Mud Crew Ultra Team!), who was a mere five minutes ahead of Jon, and as Duncan, although second, was almost 12 minutes behind Jon on day 1, and finished 6th on day 2, the undisputed winner of the entire event was our very own Jon Sharkey – how proud we are!  This takes nothing away from Andy‘s performance; of 150 or so finishers (and no doubt there were many DNFs) Andy was 65th on days 1 and 2, and 74th on day 3.  Most of us wouldn’t even contemplate a challenge of this magnitude, so to win is quite outstanding, but just completing doesn’t come far behind!

Jacek Cieluszecki (right) 1st and Steve Way 2nd in the Half Marathon
Jacek Cieluszecki (right) 1st and Steve Way 2nd in the Half Marathon

Returning to the Bournemouth Marathon Festival, this was again a huge success, blessed as it was by good weather.  The race of the weekend was undoubtedly the Half Marathon, and a race it was between Jacek Cieluszecki and Steve Way, with, as already noted, Jacek winning in 69.29, with Steve a very close second in 69.43.  Jacek and Steve train regularly together, with Jacek pushing Steve, and Steve helping Jacek by providing him with the ‘competition’ in training which has led to his continual improvement.  Steve was leading the Half Marathon until Bournemouth Pier, with 200/300 metres to go, where Jacek, who had been gradually creeping up on Steve, caught up with him, and in the final sprint, just had the edge, incidentally costing Steve £100 in prize money!  Steve, however, as one would expect of him, was entirely magnanimous in defeat by his ‘protégé ‘ (if defeat this was), even telling the thousands waiting to start the Marathon in Kings Park, which Steve started, that he’d been beaten in the Half by his club-mate, Jacek!  Of 2774 competitors who finished the Half Marathon, Caroline Rowley was 260th in 1.37.44.  In the Marathon itself, Jez Bragg ran impressively (particularly considering Jez hasn’t been training specifically for this) to finish 12th (of 1968 finishers) in 2.51.13, over what cannot be described as a PB course.  Paul Hill, in his debut marathon, was 42nd in 3.02.51, also an impressive run  without specific training, and following a period off running through injury.  Richard Nelson was BAC’s third Marathon runner and, in what must be Richard‘s Nth marathon of the year, was 70th in 3.11.35.  Rob McTaggart was the first of 1322 in the 10k on Saturday 4 October in 34.07 (other BAC results in the 10k – 12. Damian Boyle 38.21; 15. Ross Smith 38.51; 26. Chris O’Brien 40.16; 32. George Way 41.03; 38. Simon Hearn 41.24; 105. Cherry Sheffrin 44.52).  A short while later, Rob, whose BAC vest must have been in the wash, was second in the 5k in 16.31, in which Karl Welch was third in 17.06.  Also running in the 5k were a number of our youngsters, led by Lewis Sainval, an astonishing 7th in his first ever 5k, Jeremy Clay, 10th in 18.24,  Bridget Dence (who was the first lady overall), 18th in 18.49, an ever improving Sebastian Hearn, 19th in a PB time of 19.40, and Tom Farwell (just 11 years of age), 51st (of a total number of finishers of 833) in 21.08.  (Apologies if anyone has been missed from the results of the Bournemouth Marathon Festival) 

Steve Way leads the Half Marathon - for the moment!
Steve Way leads the Half Marathon – for the moment!
Steve Way with Jacek Cieluszecki approaching
Steve Way with Jacek Cieluszecki approaching

See below for more photographs of the Marathon Festival

A week or so previously, Tom Paskins and Andy Jennings were displaying the BAC vest in other parts of the nation.  Tom returned to his home country to run an impressive PB of 3.05.58 in the Loch Ness Marathon, which Tom describes as a “beautiful but challenging course with an absolute monster of a hill at the 19 mile mark”.  Presumably no other monsters were seen.  Tom was 58th of a total of 2478.  Meanwhile Andy ran the Windsor Half, which Andy described as “hot and hilly”, in 1.32.22, finishing 72nd of 4096, on a course which Andy recommends, “but the afternoon start is a bit challenging”!

Returning to Bournemouth, in the Parkrun in Kings Park on 4 October, Graeme Miller was the winner, in a PB for this course, and second was Paul Hill, who, as noted, ran the Bournemouth Marathon the next day!  Also running were Jud Kirk, Joe Price, Peter Thompson and Billy McGreevy (running together and some way down the field – clearly resting after their Berlin Marathon PBs), Will Price and Janet Dickinson.

Jez Bragg (Marathon)
Jez Bragg (Marathon)
Jez Bragg finishes the Marathon
Jez Bragg finishes the Marathon

 

Paul Hill hydrates in his debut marathon
Paul Hill hydrates in his debut marathon
Richard Nelson (Marathon)
Richard Nelson (Marathon)
Damian Boyle (BAC vest) (10k)
Damian Boyle (BAC vest) (10k)
Ross Smith (10k)
Ross Smith (10k)
Ross Smith finishes the 10k
Ross Smith finishes the 10k
Chris O'Brien (10k)
Chris O’Brien (10k)
Simon Hearn (10k)
Simon Hearn (10k)

Berlin Marathon, Parkruns and Hoburne 5

Billy McGreevy and Peter Thompson celebrate achieving their targets in the Berlin Marathon
Billy McGreevy and Peter Thompson celebrate achieving their targets in the Berlin Marathon

On the day when the Marathon record was broken in the Berlin Marathon (Dennis Kimetto, 2.02.57) two BAC athletes ran very impressively in the same race on Sunday 28 September to achieve their own personal targets. Peter Thompson was aiming to run under 2.30, and clearly ran an intelligent, paced run to finish in 2.29.33, an astonishing 60th of 22,209 finishers. Billy McGreevy‘s training had been with a view to a sub 3 hour marathon, achieved comfortably in 650th place with a time of 2.53.56.  A look at Peter‘s and Billy‘s previous marathon PBs shows how much progress has been made in a short time – Peter: 2010 3.29.30; 2011 2.49.05; 2012 2.44.31; 2013 2.31.47 and 2014 2.29.33 – Billy: 2011 3.50.11; 2012 3.28.51; 2013 3.08.52 and 2014 2.53.56.  Well done to both!  It’s also worth mentioning another PB, achieved by Nigel Rogerson, who, although a member of Poole AC, has benefitted from BAC training, and finished in 2.43.49, a PB by 8 minutes!

Graeme Miller receives his awards won in the Hoburne 5
Graeme Miller receives his awards won in the Hoburne 5

On the same day, over a shorter distance and more low-key, but just as important to its participants, was the Hoburne 5 (mile).  The results aren’t yet available on their website, nor on Power of 10 (no criticism – early days!), but we know that, following a fine run,  Graeme Miller was 2nd overall, and winning veteran, and the photo shows Graeme receiving his awards from Peter Wallis, of Christchurch Runners, who took over the organisation of the race this year.  When the results are available, this posting will be updated if there were any other BAC competitors.

Running legends Ron Hill and Steve Way with some of their fans (the Brogan family) at the Heaton Parkrun
Running legends Ron Hill and Steve Way with some of their fans (the Brogan family) at the Heaton Parkrun

The day before, Saturday 27 September, there were winners in the Poole and Bournemouth Parkruns, and also further afield in Heaton Park, Manchester Jacek Cieluszecki was the outright winner of 518 winners in Poole Park, with Simon Way 10th.  In Kings Park, Bournemouth, the first BAC athlete to finish was Ross Smith, 6th, followed very shortly afterwards by Nikki Sandell, who was the 1st lady.  Also running were Joe Price, Duncan Wells (and dog – thought to be Duncan‘s dog’s PB!), Sebastian Hearn (5th in his age group), Paul Hill (for some reason a long way down the field for a winner of this event!), Janet Dickinson, Paula and Jud Kirk.  The Bournemouth Parkrun now routinely attracts over 200 competitors, but nearly 300 (to be exact 291) ran on 27 September.  Meanwhile, in Heaton ParkManchester, none other than Steve Way was the winner of the Heaton Parkrun, the first of 424 runners, amongst whom were ex-BAC members John Broom (4th – first Parkrun) and Dawn Broom (3rd lady).  Also spotted in the results was one Ron Hill Steve achieved yet another landmark, in that this was his 50th Parkrun – congratulations!

Parkruns, Beauty and the Beast and news from Switzerland and Spain

 

Manol Dimitrov races  in spectacular scenery in Switzerland
Manol Dimitrov races in spectacular scenery in Switzerland

There were two BAC wins in the local Parkruns on 20 September, namely Paul Hill, making a welcome return from injury, at the Bournemouth run, and Peter Thompson at PoolePeter was followed in third place by Steve Way, in fourth by Billy McGreevy and Tim Hughes a little way further down the field.  Rumour has it that the Poole Parkrun also doubled somehow as a wedding for a competing couple!  Following Paul at Bournemouth were Jud Kirk, 11th, Steve Cox, 20th and Joe Price, 22nd.  245 finished at Bournemouth and 557 at Poole.

The next day, Richard Nelson did well to finish 13th in the Helly Hansen Beauty and the Beast Marathon, described as a 6 lap ‘Chiltern Classic’ with 1500m ascent, in 3.48.  Eighty-nine competitors completed the race, and just how tough the course was is illustrated by the fact that there numerous DNFs!

Although not so much news now as history, it’s worth mentioning Manol Dimitrov’s recent success in the Matterhorn Ultratraks Trail in Switzerland, a 46k race which is part of the Skyrunning Series, and involves 3600m of ascent and descent.  Manol was 13th of a total of 59 in his age category, in a time of 6.23.11, the winners time being 5.08.50.  To put this into perspective, the last of Manol‘s age category finished in 11.08.59, and although there may have been just 59 in this category, the total number of competitors went into the hundreds.  It’s great to see the BAC vest in these magnificent surroundings!

Antonio Ruiz completes the Ciudad Real Half marathon
Antonio Ruiz completes the Ciudad Real Half marathon

Also doing the BAC vest proud abroad is Antonio Ruiz, who continues to compete in Spain in BAC colours.  Recently Antonio ran in the Ciudad Real Half Marathon, and was 45th of a total of 550, in a time of 1.21.  Antonio keeps in touch with his news, and it is remarkable that he still runs so well (off BAC training of course!) considering that most of his training is on his own, although Antonio does have contact with a running group, and can no doubt show them a thing or two about ‘proper’ training!  Well done, Antonio!

On a more sombre note, for the first time in, perhaps, living memory, it appears that no BAC team competed at the Southern Road Race Relays at Aldershot on 20/21 September.

Purbeck Marathon and Bournemouth Parkrun

Steve Way (No 1, of course!) at the start of the Purbeck Marathon
Steve Way (No 1, of course!) at the start of the Purbeck Marathon

Two BAC athletes competed in the off-road (and described probably correctly as the most scenic in the country) Purbeck Marathon on Sunday 14 September, namely Steve Way, who was 2nd in 3.01.40, and Jon Sharkey, 5th in 3.16.24. Steve has won this race twice in previous years, in times faster than the winning time this year (3.00.49 by Matthew Bennett of Southampton AC), and, no doubt, was running this year’s Purbeck Marathon at a pre-determined pace as part of his training for the 100k World Championships later this year. “Scenic” very often also means “hilly”, which is certainly true in the case of the Purbeck Marathon, so Steve and Jon can be congratulated on two excellent performances.
On the previous day, of the three local Parkruns, BAC was represented only at Bournemouth. The Bournemouth Parkrun, every Saturday in Kings Park, now regularly attracts over 200 participants, and, of the 270 who ran on 13 September, Simon Way, competing in this event for the first time, was 3rd. In 11th place was Jud Kirk and in 18th was Steve Cox, followed further down the field by Mike Farrell, Ian Graham, Duncan Wells (and dog!), Dave Parsons and Will Price Paul Hill, a regular competitor and from time to time winner, was seen to be one of the helpers, scanning the finishing tokens.  Without volunteers such as Paul to carry out the various tasks each week there would be no Parkruns.

Littledown 5, Great North Run and Parkruns

Jacek Cieluszecki and Josh Cole 1st and 2nd Littledown 5
Jacek Cieluszecki and Josh Cole 1st and 2nd Littledown 5

A convincing win in the Littledown 5 (mile) race on Sunday 7 September means that BAC’s mens’ team have now won 5 of the 9 Dorset Road Race League fixtures for 2014 which have so far taken place, and with three left, a League win for the year is BAC‘s to lose. The final result is calculated by taking each team’s 7 best results, so another 2 wins would ensure the championship for this year and, although it would be possible to achieve this without securing the forthcoming races, it would be safer not to rest on our laurels! BAC‘s ladies’ team also continues to perform well, having won 4 League races so far, and finished 2nd in all the others before Sunday, which means that, at the moment, they are top of Division1.  Subject to confirmation, BAC ladies were the third ladies team at Littledown, so the pressure will have to be maintained, but, considering the team earned promotion to Division 1 just this year, our ladies are to be congratulated on their phenomenal performance so far.  Altogether, 19 BAC athletes competed in the Littledown 5, with some excellent runs, including PBs, PBs being equalled, and PBs being missed by as little as 5 seconds.  The outright winner of the race was Jacek Cieluszecki, followed in second place by Josh Cole.  Both Jacek and Josh ran PBs, running measured, intelligent races, considering that half way round the course they were some way behind Ian Hardy, of Morpeth Harriers, who eventually finished third.  Fourth and fifth positions were occupied by Jon Sharkey and Simon Munro, running 5 seconds over his PB, and the Road Race League team was completed by Graeme Miller, 13th (of a total of 274), only 6 seconds over his PB.  Of the BAC men, PBs were run by Damian Boyle and Chris O’Brien, with Paul Consani equalling his PB.  Also equalling a previous PB was Emma Dews, who led the BAC Ladies as the winner of the ladies’ race (and, of course, first lady veteran), with Nikki Sandell, also with a PB, second BAC lady, with the team completed by Caroline Rowley.  So, a successful day for BAC, which hopefully can be repeated at the remaining League races, and the dates for your diaries are – 12 October, Gold Hill 10k; 2 November, Gilly Hilly 7.5 (websites for both www.gillinghamtrotters.talktalk.net); 16 November, Wimborne 10 (www.wimborne10.co.uk).

Jon Sharkey approaches the finish (4th)
Jon Sharkey approaches the finish (4th)
Emma Dews approaches the finish (1st lady)
Emma Dews approaches the finish (1st lady)

Results (BAC): 1. Jacek Cieluszecki 26.01;  2. Josh Cole 26.04;  4. Jon Sharkey 26.44;  5. Simon Munro 27.19;  13. Graeme Miller 29.08;  25. Damian Boyle 30.19;  30. Andy Jennings 30.31;  31. Emma Dews 30.37;  38. Paul Hill 31.16;  42. Paul Consani 31.38;  48. Chris O’Brien  31.57;  54. Nikki Sandell 32.17;  61. Simon Hearn 33.01;  86. Joe Price 35.23;  100. Andy Gillespie 36.12;  104. Caroline Rowley 36.43;  118. Helen Ambrosen 37.28;  124. Dave Parsons 37.44;  181. Will Price 42.29.

Simon Munro - mile 2
Simon Munro – mile 2
Graeme Miller - mile 1
Graeme Miller – mile 1
Andy Jennings
Andy Jennings

Meanwhile, joining Mo Farrah in the Great North Run, alongside the River Tyne from Newcastle, were BAC supervets (both 70+ category) Tom Cochrane and Peter GazePeter finished 18262nd position in 2.11.04, and Tom 18379th in 2.11.14.  And yet, as far as we know, neither knew the other was competing!

Nikki Sandell approaches the finish
Nikki Sandell approaches the finish
Paul Consani
Paul Consani

Back home, fewer BAC athletes competed in the local Parkruns on Saturday 6 September than usual – not surprising in view of the Littledown 5 the next day.  Jud Kirk, Steve Cox and Will Price ran in Kings Park, Bournemouth, as did Damian Boyle and Paul Hill, although Damian and Paul were clearly ‘jogging’ the course in preparation for their races the following day.  211 finished at Bournemouth, and of the 543 who finished in Poole Park, the only BAC athlete was Simon Way, who was 6th in the Poole Parkrun.   Returning to the North of England, Ian White was 18th of 292 finishers in the Leeds Parkrun, 1st V40.

 

Chris O'Brien
Chris O’Brien

 

Simon Hearn
Simon Hearn

 

Joe Price - mile 1
Joe Price – mile 1
Helen Ambrosen with Dave Parsons not far behind
Helen Ambrosen with Dave Parsons not far behind

 

News from USA, France, Fulham & Putney and Parkruns

Simon and Sebastian Hearn display their medals won in the Rocky Mountain Half Marathon
Simon and Sebastian Hearn display their medals won in the Rocky Mountain Half Marathon

BAC vests were proudly worn at the beginning of August in Colorado, USA, by Simon and Sebastian Hearn, who were competing in the Rocky Mountain Half Marathon.  Whereas this might conjure up an image of a race across mountains, it is, in face, a road race, albeit at altitudes above 7,500 ft in the Rocky Mountain National Park.  It is not the easiest half marathon , though, with a climb from 5 to 9 miles which is described in the course information as “gradual and consistent” and by Simon as “hard going at altitude”.  This was Sebastian‘s first half marathon, which he ran non-stop, quite an  achievement at such an altitude, and did very well to finish 372nd of 644, and, more significantly, was 2nd in his age category, winning himself a silver medal Simon also had an excellent run, finishing 39th in 1.44.29, and he also won a medal, a bronze for 4th in his age category (bronze medals were awarded for 3rd, 4th and 5th).  Simon comments “it was such a beautiful race.   The weather was perfect, apart from a 6 am start!  We were like celebs, we were interviewed for local radio.  It was such an experience”.  Well done to both!

Jez Bragg celebrates finishing the Ultra-Trail du Mont-Blanc
Jez Bragg celebrates finishing the Ultra-Trail du Mont-Blanc

Another BAC family was also competing abroad recently, this time Jez and Gemma Bragg, running in the Ultra-Trail du Mont-Blanc, which is a race across mountains.  Last year Jez was 10th in a time of 23.50.01, and had hoped to repeat this achievement this year, but he says he suffered from unusually painful quads, possibly due to dehydration as the conditions were deceptively warm and humid throughout.  Despite the fact that he lost his “flow”, Jez still finished in the top 20, which is remarkable.  Gemma also had a remarkable run, considering this was her first 100 miler.  Gemma finished as 24th female in 40.46.30.  Just think about that!  Just to compete in a race of this nature, night and day over the toughest of terrain, let alone to finish so far up amongst the competitors, really does require someone special, which both Jez and Gemma surely are!

Gemma Bragg(371) prepares for the Ultra-Trail du Mont-Blanc
Gemma Bragg(371) prepares for the Ultra-Trail du Mont-Blanc

So we move nearer to home and the Fulham & Putney Half Marathon.  Congratulations to Peter Thompson, 2nd having broken 71 minutes for the first time, and to Billy McGreevy, 3rd in 79.25, also a PB.  Not much information is available about this race, but the course is believed to be along the Thames Path, and there is also a ‘there and back’ marathon, but the results don’t appear on Power of 10.  Well done all the same to Peter and Billy.

 

Peter Thompson (2nd) and Billy McGreevy (3rd) on the Fulham & Putney Half Marathon podium
Peter Thompson (2nd) and Billy McGreevy (3rd) on the Fulham & Putney Half Marathon podium

Coming even nearer to home, Paul Hill was again 2nd in the Bournemouth Parkrun on 30 August.  He was joined by Parkrun regulars Ian White, Jud Kirk, Steve Cox and Will PriceHelen Ambrosen was a welcome addition to the BAC squad, although Helen has run the Bournemouth Parkrun on previous occasions.  227 competitors finished.  Meanwhile, over in Poole Park, of the 561 finishers in the Poole Parkrun, BAC were 2nd, 3rd and 4th in the form of Jacek CieluszeckiJo Arundel (with a PB for the course) and Simon Munro.

Ultravasan 90k, Dorset Doddle and Parkruns

Steve Way appreciates and responds to the welcome on finishing the Ultravasan 90k
Steve Way appreciates and responds to the welcome on finishing the Ultravasan 90k

Some updating to do – apologies, computer problems and holiday to blame!
Some real BAC successes to report at home and abroad. Steve Way again features following another amazing Ultrarun, and wins and PBs in the Dorset Doddle and Bournemouth and Poole Parkruns.
Having previously accepted an invitation to compete as one of the elite runners in the inaugural Ultravasan 90k in Sweden on 23 August, Steve Way decided he had no alternative other than to show up, despite having, in recent months,  won an International 100k, and led the England team home in a PB at the Commonwealth Games Marathon and, if he was going to show up, he would have to continue training to give the race his best shot. This was a 90k trail race, the first race of this type Steve had attempted, and, as he himself admitted, not the best preparation for the 100k World Championships later this year, when ideally he would be resting after his recent exploits.  So, would this latest venture prove a setback?  Not a bit of it!  Steve‘s main competitor was one Jonas Buud, a local to the race, and whereas at 13k Steve was “comfortable”, by 35k he was not feeling as fresh as he should and was wondering if this was “a race too far”.  Nevertheless Steve won himself a bonus by leading at halfway, earning a sprint prize, but then things started to go slightly wrong, with delays for a pitstop in the woods, and for a repair to his number which was falling off, which meant Steve slipped from the lead to third.  Nevertheless, Steve pulled back to second, finishing in 6.12.28, behind Jonas‘ winning time of 6.23.38, a remarkable achievement in view of everything Steve has already accomplished this year.  And who knows what the result would have been had it not been for the unfortunate enforced stops?

A week earlier, 17 August, a number of BAC athletes ran in the Dorset Doddle, a 32 mile distance event along the challenging Dorset coast.  The race was won comfortably by Jez Bragg and Jon Sharkey both in a time of 4.47.  In 12th position was Richard Nelson, 6.05, and 28th was Caroline Rowley, 6.49, with Andy Gillespie finishing 42nd in 7.22.  To put these runs into perspective, 187 finished this race, and a not inconsiderable number retiring!

The Parkruns continue to throw up some excellent performances.  At the Bournemouth Parkrun, 23 August was the ‘birthday’ run, it being exactly one year since the first.  Fancy dress was the order of the day, and Paul Hill entered in to the spirit of it all, finishing third in his outfit as a Zulu (or something) Warrior.  Emma Dews was the first lady, and with her PB time set a new course record for the ladies.  Incidentally, the mens’ course record, previously held by Dave Long and then Rob McTaggart, also fell.  Who is going to take up the challenge so that we have BAC man and lady record holders?  Also competing were Nikki Sandell, Jud Kirk, Joe Price, Elsa Charlwood (good to see our youngsters having a go), Dave Parsons (with a PB!) and Will Price.  The complete field of 324 was a record attendance by a long way.  The week before, 16 August, Paul was again third of a field of 265, and also running were Paul Consani, Ian White, Jud, Nikki (1st lady), Joe, Ian Graham, Will and Paula Kirk, running with daughter Katie.  Meanwhile, at Poole on 23 August, Billy McGreevy and Peter Thompson were 3rd and 4th respectively, of 551, and on 16 August the winner was Dave Long, with Sanjai Sharman 29th, of a total of 591.

As mentioned, the 23 August marked one year exactly since the first Bournemouth Parkrun, which meant that the first League table was closed.  Individuals earn points for the League table by turning up and running, and also for helping, which a number of BAC athletes have done over the year, so the table reflects commitment to the Parkrun, rather than fast performances.  Top of the table for the first year was Jud Kirk, with Paul Hill second and Steve Cox fourth.  Also fairly high up in the table were Billy McGreevy, 14th, Joe Price, 33rd, Damian Boyle, 41st and Will Price, 45th.  Congratulations to all of those for their contributions to making the Bournemouth Parkrun the success it has become.

BAC wins in Parkruns and Salisbury 54321

BAC athletes were the winners at both Bournemouth and Poole Parkruns on Saturday 9 August with Paul Hill (again!) leading the field of 216 to the finish in Kings Park and, at Poole, Simon Munro was the first of 547 competitors. In 8th place behind Simon was Steve Way, who was ‘pacing’ 18 minutes to guide anyone wishing to run the course in that time, and helped they were, as Steve‘s time was just 4 seconds adrift, 17.56! This was the start of a busy weekend for Steve, who later the same day ran a 3000m at Kings Park Athletic Track, helping BAC to earn promotion in the British League (see separate article), and the next day won the Salisbury 50k (see below), and all this after achieving a PB, breaking the long-standing marathon V40 record, and finishing 10th, and first Englishman, only two weeks ago in the Commonwealth Games Marathon! Also running at Poole was Graeme Miller, in a time, also, of 17.56 – teamwork?! Following Paul at Bournemouth were Ian White, 5th with a PB, Brandon Meredith, Jud Kirk, Mike Farrell, improving on his first Parkrun the week before, Joe Price, Ian Graham and Samantha Laws.
The next day was the Salisbury 5,4,3,2,1, a combination of off-road races over 50k, 40k, 30k, 20k and 10k, hence the name. The 50k race was won by Steve Way in 3.23.01, in a manner described by Andy Gillespie, also competing, as “at a canter”.  Andy, with one eye on the Dorset Doddle only a week away, was 67th (of 199 finishers) in 5.16.17. The 30k race was a BAC 1, 2, in the form of Peter Thompson as the winner, in 2.15.20, with Jon Sharkey who, like Steve, had helped BAC‘s promotion in the British League the day before (by winning the B string 3000m steeplechase) second in 2.16.00. There were 168 finishers.