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Lytchett 10, Bramley 20, Wokingham Half and Parkruns

Toby Chapman and Jacek Cieluszecki start the Lytchett 10 with Paul Hill following
Toby Chapman and Jacek Cieluszecki start the Lytchett 10 with Paul Hill following

A race clash and injury led to a weakened mens’ team competing at the third Dorset Road Race League event, the Lytchett 10 mile race on Sunday 15 February, but, despite this, the Open Mens’ Team prize went to BAC, thanks to very strong runs by Jacek Cieluszecki, Toby Chapman (who were 2nd and third overall respectively) and Paul Hill, who simply goes from strength to strength. It was very pleasing to see Jacek (who had run five miles from home to the race beforehand, and ran the five miles home afterwards!) in such good form after injury, and thanks are due to Toby, who travelled a considerable distance to compete. Excellent runs by Paul Dixon-Box and Ben Walliman (both recent and very welcome signings) ensured that BAC is still in the hunt in the League, though, subject to confirmation, our mens’ League team is likely to have been third at Lytchett.  Unfortunately, Heidi Tregenza felt a calf injury coming on in the early stages of the race and, very sensibly, retired, leaving Nikki Sandell and Caroline Rowley as the only two BAC ladies in the race, but Nikki did leave with the prize for the 2nd lady (and was the 1st FV).  So not too bad a day for BAC.

Results (BAC): 2. Jacek Cieluszecki 54.54;  3. Toby Chapman 55.15; 6. Paul Hill 57.57;  25. Paul Dixon-Box 1.01.58;  47. Ben Walliman 1.04.36;  51. Nikki Sandell 1.05.36;  57. Paul Consani 1.05.55;  66. Richard Nelson 1.07.17;  76. Jud Kirk 1.08.22;  90. Steve Cox 1.09.24;  107. Tony Hunt 1.11.19;  141. Caroline Rowley 1.14.51;  143. Ian Graham 1.15.02;  161. Andy Gillespie 1.16.56;  164. Dave Parsons 1.17.12.  There were 423 finishers.

Jez Bragg, Graeme Miller and Anthony Clark, 2nd team at Bramley 20
Jez Bragg, Graeme Miller and Anthony Clark, 2nd team at Bramley 20

Meanwhile, another BAC team was collecting honours at the Bramley 20 mile race, where Jez Bragg, Graeme Miller and Anthony Clark won the prize for the second team.  At the time of writing, the full results for the race haven’t been published, but the team believe their total time is a “smidgen under 6 hours”.

The previous week, 8 February, BAC was represented in the Wokingham Half Marathon by Peter Thompson, who ran in 1.12.15, Graeme Miller (1.15.38), Manol Dimitrov (1.15.58) and Sanjai Sharma (1.26.13).

The Club Championship Tables have now been brought up to date with the Lytchett and Wokingham races.

Of course, the Parkruns continue apace.  Paul Hill was again 2nd at the Bournemouth Parkrun on 7 February, and was joined amongst the 309 who competed the course by Jud Kirk, Steve Cox, Josephine Baldry (age category JW11-14) and Will Price.  The following week, Paul was yet again 2nd, this time to an ‘unknown’ who was, in fact, Josh Cole, whose intention in visiting Kings Park had been to undertake a track session, but decided it would be a good idea to compete when he realised the Parkrun was about to get under way.  319 completed the course that day, 14 February, amongst whom were Sebastian Hearn, Tony Hunt, Billy McGreevy (running 8 minutes over his PB!) and Josephine Baldry.  Meanwhile, at Poole on 7 February, Billy McGreevy was the only BAC representative amongst the 569 participants, and on 14 February, it was good to see Helen Ambrosen competing again, the only BAC athlete in a total of 566.

Rumour has it that Jon Sharkey ran an off-road marathon on 14 February – any details, anyone?

Blackmore Vale Half Marathon + parkruns + thanks to Sam Munro for her work for DRRL

Sam Munro with a bouquet presented as thanks for her hard work for the DRRL, with husband Simon, who no doubt assisted from time to time
Sam Munro with a bouquet presented as thanks for her hard work for the DRRL, with husband Simon, who no doubt assisted from time to time
BAC Attack!
BAC Attack!
Nice socks, Steve....
Nice socks, Steve….

(Paul Hill reports…….)

We came. We saw. We conquered. We got the t-shirt. Blackmore Vale Half Marathon, done. Lead by our fearless Alexander The Great (Steve Way), the BAC Army left a trail of yellow and blue everywhere. Blackmoor Vale well and truly received the all famous ‘BAC Attack!’. On what was a very enjoyable course Steve Way came home with 1st male and Heidi Tregenza claimed 1st lady (quite a collection she is getting now. Hope she knows how to put a good shelf or two up…).

Mens: After Steve Way’s number 1 finish, Jon Sharkey brought home the bacon in 3rd, followed very swifty by Josh Cole in 4th and new boy Anthony Clark in a PB 5th position. The DRRL team was wrapped up by Paul Hill who was followed very closely in by Simon Munro (clearly resting for this weekends XC!), Pat Robbins (sporting a very fashionable string vest), Paul Chapman (9 seconds of a PB), Billy McGreevy (wrapping up 9 BAC in top 20). Steve Cox claimed a PB coming in a little over 95 minutes. Ian Graham ran in the 5 mile race and finished a very respectable 5th. Someone likes the number 5….

The three musketeers...
The three musketeers…
Steve Way. 1st male and Adidas fan.
Steve Way. 1st male and Adidas fan.
Jon Sharkey. 3rd male.
Jon Sharkey. 3rd male.

Women: Can anyone stop Heidi Tregenza at the moment? Another weekend. Another 1st. Where do all the trophies go? Nikki Sandell surprised everyone by attempting to move a bed that didn’t need moving and putting her back out. But then she surprised us even more by finished 3rd with the same bad back. Maybe I should try putting my back out more often? Caroline Rowley ran a very solid and calculated race to wrap up BAC’s 3rd female runner and claim the DRRL win. We also had Louise Price make the trip and run a PB. Normally Louise likes the muddy Cross Country action, but this PB might see her branch more to road races. Watch this space…

Heidi, Nikki and Caroline claiming the women's team win.
Heidi, Nikki and Caroline claiming the women’s team win.
Heidi. First lady.
Heidi. 1st lady.
Nikki Sandell collecting 3rd lady
Nikki Sandell collecting 3rd lady

For full results:

http://bvlhm.yolasite.com/resources/2015/BVHMResults2015.pdf

The opportunity was taken at this 2nd League race of the year to present a bouquet of flowers to Samantha Munro (assisted from time to time, no doubt, by husband Simon) for all her hard work over the last few years in organising the Dorset Road Race League.  Unfortunately, Sam is unable to continue due to re-location of Simon’s work and, although Jerry Shield of Wimborne AC has taken over, Sam will be sorely missed.

 

Poole parkrun:

Jez Bragg at another parkrun? Can’t be? Surely… 3.1 miles. I don’t believe it! But yes, he was there. Claiming 2nd runner (there is no places at parkruns. Only tokens!). The father-son team of Simon Way and George Way followed Jez in. Simon claiming 8th and George getting the 19th token.

I hope Gemma washes that Purbeck 10K top....
I hope Gemma washes that Purbeck 10K top….

Bournemouth parkrun:

Paul hill seems to have a taste for the 1st token at Bournemouth parkrun. Claiming it for the 2nd week in a row. Can he make it 3 weeks this weekend? The world waits with baited breath…. Jud Kirk claimed a top 10 finish with 8th. Billy McGreevy jogged round to get ready for Blackvale Moor Half the following day. And  youngster Josephine Baldry and Will Price followed in afterwards.

Billy McGreevy keeping the legs ticking over.
Billy McGreevy keeping the legs ticking over.

 

Parkruns, a trip to Swanage and a Duathlon

Saturday 24th January saw BAC athletes officially exit winter hibernation and make their break for freedom in the early autumn (bit early?) sunshine. Bournemouth AC runners were popping up on parkrun results lists everywhere. It was a bit like a ‘pic n mix’ free all for the reporter this week!

Blandford: Our spies at Blandford parkrun informed us that not only did Steve Way and Jez Bragg finish 1st and 2nd runner respectively but that they used the parkrun course as the sandwich filling between their two slices of bread (a run there from Stur Marshall, then run back).

http://www.parkrun.org.uk/blandford/results/latestresults/

5K clearly wasn't enough for this ultra pair...
5K clearly wasn’t enough for this ultra pair…

Brockenhurst: Philip Mosley doesn’t take prisoners in The New Forest. By claiming 1st runner at Brockenhurst parkrun he now has two in a row. Running a PB for the Brockenhurst course, which I’m sure is quite a way off from his actual 5K PB.

I hope Phil is in this photo....
I hope Phil is in this photo….

Bournemouth: Paul Hill and Billy McGreevy claimed 1st and 2nd tokens at Kings Park. Followed closely by Jud Kirk, Heidi Tregenza (clearly resting for Sunday’s Swanage 10K), Steve Cox, Ian Graham and Will Price.

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Paul and Billy leading the Bournemouth masses.

Poole: George Way was our solo runner at Poole finishing in 17th with a solid 18:47 for the youngster.

Must have scared the other Bournemouth AC runners off.....
Must have scared the other Bournemouth AC runners off…..

Swanage 10K: Sunday saw the annual Swanage Sea Rowing Club’s 10K race. It was a lovely picturesque  run around rural Swanage that attracted 166 runners. Heidi Tregenza came 1st woman. Paul Hill came 2nd male, Ben Walliman came 9th and ousted Hamish Murray from Purbeck runners. No mean feat! Nick Kenchington rounded out a good day for BAC with 15th.

Duathlon: Ross Smith recently competed in The Dirty Devil Duathlon and claimed 1st place! He has been doing a lot of duathlon’s recently and this recent 1st place along with his excellent XC showing at Reading highlight the progress he is making.

Ross Smith's 1st place
Ross Smith’s 1st place

 

One Winter Series and Three Parkruns

5K Winter Series – 16th January

Friday night saw the fourth 5K in Poole Runners annual six part Winter Series take place down on Boscombe Pier. It’s always a popular event and among the 151 runners braving the winter’s night air (some only had shorts and a vest on!) were 7 adventurous Bournemouth AC souls.  Dancing under the moonlight to take home 1st position on a run he dedicated to a packet of chocolate Hobnobs was Rob McTaggart. Maybe I should eat more chocolate covered biscuits… Recent signing Heidi Tregenza showed her value by taking home 2nd Lady with a PB of 18:50. Nikki Sandell and Gemma Bragg must be at home right now lacing up their trainers as all three of them share very similar times for the 5K distance. Interesting viewing for the neutral! January transfer window new boy Ben Walliman wasn’t affected by his run down from Westbourne as he picked up a PB of 18:56. He is looking like a very promising addition to the club. Paul Hill came in 5th with a solid 17:51 and Brandon Meredith not far behind in 19:14. Jud Kirk (20.00) and Simon Hunt (20.49) both came in under 21 minutes to round of a solid BAC showing down on the Prom. The next race in the series is 20th February. Better get some chocolate Hobnobs in….

BAC positions – 1st – Rob McTaggart (17:25). 5th – Paul Hill (17:51). 20th (2nd lady) – Heidi Tregenza (18:50). 23rd – Ben Walliman (18:56). 25th – Brandon Meredith (19:14). 39th – Jud Kirk (20.00). 54th – Simon Hunt (20:49).

Parkruns

Poole – Unfortunately Poole parkrun had to be cancelled due to very slippery dangerous conditions down in the park. But someone ran down to Poole from Boscombe Pier….

Let the floods flow, Billy.
Let the floods flow, Billy.

Blandford – He’s at it again! After Jez Bragg’s maiden appearance at a parkrun last month. Guess what? He’s made it two. Running 6.5 miles down to Blandford, coming 1st runner at parkrun and then running 5.5 miles home? Jez made it a morning to savour. Only hope he had lots of his beloved but “costly” Almond Paste on toast.

Hoping Gemma has left him some Almond paste for when he gets home!
Hoping Gemma has left him some Almond paste for when he gets home!

Brockenhurst – Bournemouth AC were everywhere this weekend, Philip Mosley finishing as the first runner across the line at Brockenhurst’s parkrun.

Bournemouth – Bournemouth parkrun set an attendance record of 376 at their Pacing Event on Saturday. Among those runners enjoying the morning sunshine were Paul Consani, Paul Hill, Jud Kirk, Steve Cox, Heidi Tregenza, Ian Graham, Dave Parsons and Louise Price.

Paul Hill and Steve Cox thoroughly enjoying the morning action
Paul Hill and Steve Cox thoroughly enjoying the morning action

Jon Sharkey wins two marathons in two days!

 

Jon Sharkey - winner of two marathons on consecutive days
Jon Sharkey – winner of two marathons on consecutive days

The Martello Marathon, Folkestone, Kent, must be unique in that it consists of two marathons on two consecutive days over exactly the same course. Other events comprise consecutive marathons, but along different courses, often each day’s course a continuation of the previous day. Jon Sharkey was amongst a small group who took on the challenge of competing in both the Martello Marathon‘s races, on Saturday 10 January and Sunday 11 January. Jon was the winner on both days, and was clearly holding himself back on the Saturday, finishing in 3.03.59, because, the next day, he crossed the line in 2.51.24, a clear winner, the second athlete (who hadn’t competed the day before) finishing in 3.08.23.  111 finished the race on the Saturday and 89 on the Saturday.  To put Jon‘s achievement into perspective, amongst the leaders, only one other athlete, Martin Devine, competed on both days.  Martin himself had creditable runs, finishing 3rd on Saturday in 3.25.26 and 4th on Sunday in 3.12.45, but everyone else who finished at the front of each marathon had only run once (and who can blame them for that!).  Jon is planning on running once again in the Celtic Plate 100k, in which last year he was selected to compete for England, so surely Jon‘s two wins over the 10/11 January weekend will help convince the selectors that Jon should be there for his country again!

Broadstone Quarter Marathon, Parkruns and Somerley 10k

Caroline Rowley, Gemma Bragg and Nikki Sandell with the 1st Ladies' Team DRRL 2014 prizes
Caroline Rowley, Gemma Bragg and Nikki Sandell with the 1st Ladies’ Team DRRL 2014 prizes

2015 could hardly have got off to a better start with BAC Mens‘ and Ladies’ Team wins at the Broadstone Quarter Marathon on New Year’s Day, the first Dorset Road Race League fixture of the year. The race, organised by Poole Runners (with a record entry in its 30th year), was run in near-perfect conditions, finished with Jon Sharkey in 2nd position, followed by Simon Munro, 5th, and Jez Bragg, 6th, to complete the Open competition winning team, with Graeme Miller and Paul Hill (who arrived at the start with muddy legs having competed in the Bournemouth Parkrun earlier in the day!) completing the winning Mens’ DRRL team.  BAC‘s Ladies‘ team, consisting of Nikki Sandell, Gemma Bragg and Caroline Rowley, was victorious in both the Open and DRRL ladies’ races.  Both Nikki and Gemma were amongst a group of the first six ladies, all of whom finished within 90 seconds.  The awards took place in the Junction Leisure Centre, and it was a pleasure to see so many team and individual prizes going to BAC athletes, not only for the race itself, but also for the 2014 DRRL, the presentations of which followed the race awards (see report 29 November 2014 – Wimborne 10, etc. – for details).  The DRRL was managed during 2014, and for some previous years, by Sam Munro, assisted by her husband Simon, and the excellent job done by Sam and Simon was illustrated by the very slick and professional awards presentation.  Unfortunately, due to re-location of Simon‘s work, Sam is no longer able to continue with the DRRL, and we will certainly miss them both, though, happily, Wimborne AC‘s Gerry Shield has agreed to take over.

BAC's Jez Bragg, Jon Sharkey and Simon Munro - winning team at Broadstone
BAC’s Jez Bragg, Jon Sharkey and Simon Munro – winning team at Broadstone
Caroline Rowley, Gemma Bragg and Nikki Sandell - Broadstone Quarter 1st Ladies' Team
Caroline Rowley, Gemma Bragg and Nikki Sandell – Broadstone Quarter 1st Ladies’ Team
Jon Sharkey, Paul Hill (partly hidden) and Graeme Miller listen to the pre-race instructions at Broadstone
Jon Sharkey, Paul Hill (partly hidden) and Graeme Miller listen to the pre-race instructions at Broadstone
Simon Munro, Jez Bragg and Jon Sharkey can't wait to get started!
Simon Munro, Jez Bragg and Jon Sharkey can’t wait to get started!
Jez Bragg and Simon Munro heading for 5th (Simon) and 6th (Jez) positions at Broadstone
Jez Bragg and Simon Munro heading for 5th (Simon) and 6th (Jez) positions at Broadstone

Broadstone Quarter Results (BAC):  2. Jon Sharkey 35.59;  5. Simon Munro 37.46;  6. Jez Bragg 37.54;  7. Graeme Miller 38.45 (1st V40);  18. Paul Hill 40.13;  43. Nikki Sandell 42.39;  46. Gemma Bragg 43.01;  56. Steve Cox 44.25;  98. Caroline Rowley 48.16;  122. Ian Graham 49.49;  169. Dave Parsons 53.29.  There were 303 finishers.

Graeme Miller on his way to 7th position at Broadstone
Graeme Miller on his way to 7th position at Broadstone
Steve Cox still smiling at the end of the first lap at Broadstone
Steve Cox still smiling at the end of the first lap at Broadstone
Caroline Rowley completes the first lap at Broadstone
Caroline Rowley completes the first lap at Broadstone

As already noted, Paul Hill ran in the Bournemouth Parkrun earlier on New Year’s Day, finishing third, and, of the 179 finishers, was joined by Jud Kirk, Joe Price and Louise Price (no relation!).  Paul was again third (what’s gone wrong?!) at Bournemouth on Saturday 3 January.  Jud Kirk also ran on 3 January, but what is the explanation for his lowly finishing position (104th – Jud is normally well within the top 20)?  Hopefully it is nothing to worry about.  Again 179 finished the run.  At the Poole Parkrun on 3 January, the only BAC representative of the 527 finishers was Tim Hughes, no doubt limbering up for the forthcoming track & field season!

Paul Hill (all in black apart from yellow hat) and others await the start of the Bournemouth Parkrun on New Year's Day
Paul Hill (all in black apart from yellow hat) and others await the start of the Bournemouth Parkrun on New Year’s Day
Paul Hill finishes third at the New Year's Day Bournemouth Parkrun
Paul Hill finishes third at the New Year’s Day Bournemouth Parkrun

Several BAC athletes competed in the Somerley 10k on Sunday 4 January.  No results are as yet available, but a superb photo on the Bournemouth Echo website www.bournemouthecho.co.uk reveals that, at least, Heidi Tregenza, Caroline Rowley, Jud Kirk, Paul Hill, Simon and Sebastian Hearn and Joe Price took part, all proudly wearing BAC vests.  Rumour has it that Heidi won the race, if confirmed, an excellent achievement, and if the results do become available this report will be updated.  NB RESULTS NOW IN  showing that Heidi was 1st lady, rather than 1st overall, but still a fantastic run, considering Heidi was 17th overall, out of an astonishing 592 finishers, and that Paul Hill had another great run.   BAC results are as follows (with apologies if anyone has been missed – the results don’t specify clubs):  5. Paul Hill 36.40;  17. Heidi Tregenza 39.49;  30. Jud Kirk 41.00; 36. Simon Hearn 41.24;  73. Sebastian Hearn 44.35;  76. Caroline Rowley 44.49;  90. Joe Price 45.22.

Round The Lakes, Parkruns and Clevedon 4 Miles

Paul Hill (in the Christmas jersey) on his way to winning the Poole Parkrun on Christmas Day
Paul Hill (in the Christmas jersey) on his way to winning the Poole Parkrun on Christmas Day

Boxing Day Round the Lakes Poole 10k (Dave Parsons reports)

Boxing Day turned out to be a cold, frosty morning but with virtually no wind, conditions were near perfect for the annual 10k race around the lakes in Poole Park, organised by Poole AC.

There were 330 finishers this year with no less than 17 of these from BAC.  Clearly, there had not been too much indulgence of food and drink on Christmas Day as some 9 of the BAC athletes achieved PBs which augurs well for the coming year.  There was also a string of category podium places from the team.

First BAC man home was Rob Mctaggart in 3rd place in 33.42, followed closely by Josh Cole who was 5th in 33.54 (PB).  Completing the team was Jez Bragg, 10th in 34.23 (PB) ensuring that BAC won the Mens Team Competition with 18 points.

First BAC lady home was Gemma Bragg finishing in a time of 39.16 (PB) and she was 3rd lady overall (1st Senior).

In addition to the above, a further 6 BAC athletes achieved PBs as follows:-    Graeme Miller 14th in 35.35 (1st V40 – 2nd O40 prizewinner);  Paul Hill 15th in 35.36;  Ross Smith 28th in 37.14;  Brandon Meredith 60th in 39.50 (2nd U17);  Steve Cox 87th in 41.56;  Seb Hearn 110th in 43.52 (3rd U17).

The remaining BAC finishers were:-   Simon Way 23rd in 36.40 (3rd V45);  Simon Hearn 63rd in 39.58 (this made a total of 11 of our runners breaking the 40 minute barrier);  Jud Kirk 72nd in 40.40 (1st V55);  George Way 79th in 41.17;  Dave Parsons 178th in 48.42 (2nd V65);  Will Price 276th in 57.54;  Mark Annis 330th in 1.42.24.

There must be special mention of Mark‘s performance as this was the 41st consecutive year that he has competed at the Boxing Day races.  For many years, Mark was a very talented runner for BAC until he was diagnosed with a serious illness which prevented him from competing at the level he previously achieved.  He has continued to make this race his annual ‘challenge’ and all of us who have known him for so many years commend him.  We are rightly proud of him.

Jez and Gemma Bragg amongst competitors trying to keep warm at the Round the Lakes 10k, Boxing Day
Jez and Gemma Bragg amongst competitors trying to keep warm at the Round the Lakes 10k, Boxing Day
Gemma Bragg on her way to a PB in the Round the Lakes 10k, Boxing Day
Gemma Bragg on her way to a PB in the Round the Lakes 10k, Boxing Day

Meanwhile, Toby Chapman was competing in a 4 mile Boxing Day race in his home town, organised by Clevedon AC.  This is a very popular annual race, attracting 1,000 or so entries, and, of the 879 who finished this year, Toby was 9th in 20.47.

An amazing total of 419 finished the Poole Parkrun in Poole Park on Christmas Day, and the first of these was our very own Paul Hill, running in this event for the first time.  Also competing were Sanjai Sharman, finishing 10th, and Ross Smith.  Ross‘ 170th position in 25.06 belies his true ability, considering his PB at Poole is 17.30 and his recent superb Duathlon performances.  Ross was clearly saving himself for the next day when, as noted above, he achieved a 10k PB. The Parkruns (as with most races) could not take place without the volunteers who turn out week after week, and particular thanks are due to the large number who turned out on Christmas Day to enable the Poole Parkrun to go ahead.  Having also achieved a 10k PB (and his ambition to go under 40 minutes) on Boxing Day, Paul went on to win (yes, win, not 2nd place this time!) the Bournemouth Parkrun on 27 December, in which, of a total of 201, Paul was joined by Jud Kirk, Steve Cox, Helen Ambrosen, and one of our youngsters, Amelie Scott.  At the same time, of the 415 running in Poole Park, Graeme Miller was 8th, and George Way 25th in the Poole Parkrun.

 

Boscombe Pier 5k, Portsmouth Coastal Marathon, Parkruns, Wellington Monument Race and Christmas Meal

Gemma Bragg - first lady Portsmouth Coastal Marathon
Gemma Bragg – first lady Portsmouth Coastal Marathon

Apologies to all those – especially to Josh King – who ran in the Boscombe Pier 5k, part of a series organised by Poole Runners, on Friday 12 December, which was overlooked in the last report. Fresh from his fantastic run at Popham in the Hampshire Cross Country League the week before, Josh ran an amzing 16.36 to win the 5k race outright. Also running well were Jez and Gemma Bragg, with Jez finishing 5th in 17.18, and Gemma 24th (3rd lady) in 19.18. Jud Kirk wasn’t that far behind, 37th in19.52, and 1st 75-79 was Tom Cochrane in 24.38. Yes, Tom really is over 75 years of age, hard to believe! Finishing 101st of the total of 117 was Will Price in 26.50.

Just over a week later, Gemma was running a marathon PB! On 21st December, Gemma competed in the Portsmouth Coastal Waterside Marathon and was 1st lady in a time of 3.09.42. This course probably isn’t particularly fast, although flat, but much of it along footpaths with variable surfaces, so well done to Gemma on this achievement!

Did I say 'variable surfaces'?
Did I say ‘variable surfaces’?

Finishing just outside the medals on 21 December was Toby Chapman, 4th (medals to the first three, of course!) in the Wellington Monument race, organised by Taunton Athletic Club, near to Toby‘s present home.  The race is 6.27 miles long, and, like the Portsmouth Coastal Marathon, appears to run over ‘variable surfaces’ with over 1000 metres along bridle paths.

Another BAC ‘multi-achiever’ is Ross Smith who, having finished 2nd in an off-road duathlon a week earlier, ran a time of 17.30 in the Poole Parkrun on Saturday 20 December, to finish 13th of a total of 509. Meanwhile, in the Bournemouth Parkrun, Sebastian Hearn was 10th of the 225 finishers, in 20.09, Jud Kirk was 11th in 20.15, Steve Cox 16th in 20.45, Paul Consani (rapidly returning to form) 34th in 22.53 and Louise Price 83rd in 24.53.  Missing from his traditional 2nd position was Paul Hill, taking a short rest after all his races!

Further congratulations are due to Gemma Bragg, for organising a very enjoyable Christmas meal attended at Prezzo, Bournemouth, by more than 20 of BAC‘s road/xc runners and friends.  To say that the evening was a success is an understatement, and it will surely go a long way to cementing the club spirit which is needed to ensure that 2015 will be as successful for BAC as 2014.

Nikki Sandell and Gemma Bragg with their County Medals, with Caroline Rowley, an essential part of BAC's successful Ladies' Team at BAC's road/xc Christmas meal
Nikki Sandell and Gemma Bragg with their County Medals, with Caroline Rowley, an essential part of BAC’s successful Ladies’ Team at BAC’s road/xc Christmas meal
Jon Sharkey with his County Medals enjoys the Christmas meal with Lauretta.  Steve Way, BAC's other International athlete, behind.
Jon Sharkey with his County Medals enjoys the Christmas meal with Lauretta. Steve Way, BAC’s other International athlete, behind.

Finally – MERRY CHRISTMAS AND GOOD RUNNING IN 2015!

Parkruns and Daimiel 10k, Spain

Antonio Ruiz is happy with his run in the Daimiel 10k
Antonio Ruiz is happy with his run in the Daimiel 10k

Some of the top spots in the Parkruns were taken by BAC athletes on Saturday 13 December. In Poole Park, Jon Sharkey was the outright winner of the Poole Parkrun, with Simon Way 5th of the 430 finishers. Simon is going to have to watch his heels, as not far behind was his Son, George, 14th overall, and first in his age category JM 15-17. In Kings Park, Billy McGreevy was third of a field of 208 in the Bournemouth Parkrun, and also running were Jud Kirk, Steve Cox, Dave Parsons, Paul Consani (good to see Paul returning from a long-term injury) and Will Price.

In Spain, Antonio Ruiz, who spent some time recently competing for BAC, and helping with coaching, before returning to his native country, continues to show BAC colours.  Recently, Antonio was 57th (of about 1500), in 37 minutes, in the Daimiel 10k, part of his training for the Seville Marathon next year.

Spectators applaud the BAC vest in Spain
Spectators applaud the BAC vest in Spain
The watch shows 37 minutes
The watch shows 37 minutes

Downton Half Marathon and Parkruns

BAC was represented at the Downton Half Marathon on 30 November by Sanjai Sharma and Janie Chapman, in a race which Sanjai described as an “eye-opener”, over a course which an organiser would say is “undulating”, but nevertheless scenic and very well organised.  Sanjai was 21st, of 363 finishers, and Janie was 43rd, and 3rd FV.

Paul Hill reverted to his traditional 2nd place of the 188 finishers in the Bournemouth Parkrun on 5 December, and was joined in the race by BAC legend, John Boyes, visiting from his home in France.  John, who is a life member of BAC, has a marathon PB of 2.13, and still holds the Kings Park 10000m track record.  Also running was Cherry Sheffrin, and congratulations to Cherry as she was the 1st lady to cross the line.  Other BAC runners were Jud Kirk, a Bournemouth Parkrun regular, Will Price, and a welcome sight was BAC youngster Louis Baldry, competing for the first time.  Meanwhile, all three BAC athletes who took part in the Poole Parkrun ran PBs for that course.  An ever-improving George Way was 17th (and 2nd in his JM 15-17 category) of the 501 finishers, and not far behind were Nikki Sandell (1st FV), Chris O’Brien and Alison Humphrey (known to many as Ali Barnes).