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Steve Way and Jon Sharkey – BAC’s International Athletes

 

Steve Way and Jon Sharkey - BAC's International Athletes
Steve Way and Jon Sharkey – BAC’s International Athletes

It’s well worth having a look at Steve Way‘s website www.steveway.co.uk to see his account of a remarkable run in the 100k World Championships at Doha, Qatar on 21 November 2014. Steve‘s preparations for the race hadn’t been quite as he’d wished, with injury and Man Flu in the preceding weeks, but, on the start line all seemed to be well. Things continued well for the first part of the race with Steve maintaining exactly the planned pace, ignoring those athletes who chose to set off at something like a sprint. However, approaching 24k, stomach problems led to a portaloo visit, meaning slowing down and losing time. Hopefully, this wouldn’t be repeated, but it wasn’t to be, with the next 50k or so, no less, turning into a portaloo to portaloo race, some of them reached just in time. Things improved at about 75k, but Steve describes that middle 50k as his “darkest running hours”, at times with thoughts such as “I can’t do this”. With all this, it really is a tribute to Steve that he kept going, when many would have withdrawn, and he was rewarded, not only with a 13th position in 6.57.23, but a team bronze medal, Steve finishing second of the GB team.  This was a multi-lap race, which meant that Steve‘s wife, Sarah, whose tremendous support Steve acknowledges in his blog, was able to encourage him continuously throughout the race (despite the fact this was at night!), which must have been the support he needed to keep going.  The winning time was 6.27.43, and it’s worth remembering that Steve has run a 6.19.20 100k, and, so far as we know, remains the fastest man on the planet at this moment over the distance.  Although this wasn’t quite the result Steve had hoped for, it’s great to read that he is in no way discouraged, planning to run next year’s London Marathon (with all the training benefits that will bring to local athletes in their winter training) and, of course, the Comrades’ Marathon in South Africa later in the year.  The 100k World Championships may not have been everything Steve had hoped for, but the rest of us can only admire the strength of character which most of us can only imagine.  Amazing!

Steve Way is welcomed by his wife, Sarah, after the "hardest 7 hours" of his life
Steve Way is welcomed by his wife, Sarah, after the “hardest 7 hours” of his life

It’s also worth remembering that we have another current international athlete in our midst, namely Jon Sharkey, who was part of the winning England team (which also included Steve) in the Anglo-Celtic International Plate (also a 100k race) at Gravesend on 3 May.  Looking for a challenge after resting following his debut Ironman, and inspired by Steve, Jon decided to seek qualification for the Plate by running, without any proper preparation, in a 50k race in Newcastle.  He succeeded by running the most disciplined race imaginable, finishing, as planned, in 3.19, 3 minutes short of the qualifying time.  Having, as a result, been selected to represent England in the Plate, Jon ran an incredible inaugural 100k to finish a remarkable 6th, with the result that England were the winners.

Jon Sharkey competes for his country
Jon Sharkey competes for his country

How many clubs, apart from the top, almost ‘professional’, clubs can claim not one, but two, international athletes?  We should be, and are, very proud of Steve and Jon.

Wimborne 10, Boscombe 10k, Gosport HM, Parkruns, BAC DRRL awards and off-road duathlons

Jon Sharkey, Gemma Bragg, Caroline Rowley, Nikki Sandell and Simon Munro are justifiably happy after the Wimborne 10
Jon Sharkey, Gemma Bragg, Caroline Rowley, Nikki Sandell and Simon Munro are justifiably happy after the Wimborne 10

Some catching up to do……………………
The final Dorset Road Race League event of the year, the Wimborne 10 (mile), organised by Wimborne Athletic Club, took place on 16 November, and resulted in a number of BAC wins and PBs. Jon Sharkey and Simon Munro have been contesting individual places in the League, and this was finally settled with a second place in this race by Jon, followed by Simon in third. Paul Hill continues to demonstrate his unusual ability to continue training and racing with no post-marathon recovery by finishing eighth with a PB. Nikki Sandell led home BAC‘s ladies’ team, followed by Gemma Bragg, also running a PB, with Caroline Rowley completing the team. Yet another PB for this distance was run by Simon Hearn.
Wimborne 10 results (BAC):
2. Jon Sharkey 55.29; 3. Simon Munro 56.31; 8. Paul Hill 58.59; 43. Nikki Sandell 1.05.34; 67. Gemma Bragg 1.07.11; 74. Jud Kirk 1.07.32; 75. Simon Hearn 1.07.39; 99. Steve Cox 1.10.32; 149. Caroline Rowley 1.14.17; 178. Andy Gillespie 1.17.23; 371. Will Price 1.35.09. There were 465 finishers.

This might be the appropriate time to round up the BAC positions in the Dorset Road Race League for 2014.  This has been an incredibly successful year for the club, with team and individual awards due to be presented at The Junction Leisure Centre after the Broadstone Quarter on 1 January 2015 – make sure you’re there!!  We all expected the men to do well, and would have been disappointed otherwise, but what has been remarkable this year has been the renascence of our ladies’ team, who, from seemingly nowhere, in 2013 appeared in strength to top Division 2 and earn promotion to Division 1.  Then, not only do they consolidate their position in the top division, they go on to win it!  The foundation of the team, racing regularly, has been Nikki Sandell, Gemma Bragg and Caroline Rowley, backed up by (as they say on ‘Strictly’ – in no particular order) Emma Dews, Helen Ambrosen, Janie Chapman and Cherry Sheffrin, with recently joined Heidi Tregenza showing her ability in cross-country, but yet to race on the road in a BAC vest.  In addition, Caroline is the only BAC athlete to win the Fidelity Award for competing in all 12 League races, which is quite an achievement considering the commitment involved.  For the men, Jon Sharkey and Simon Munro having been competing for the first individual spot, just taken by Jon with Simon close behind in second. Another award worthy of note is Paul Hill‘s win in the 21/24 age category, considering nearly all Paul‘s League races have been just after Parkruns or just before or after a marathon, etc.!  So, in addition to Division 1 wins for both BAC Mens‘ and Ladies‘ teams, the individual DRRL awards are as follows:

1st overall – Jon Sharkey;  1st M25/29 – Simon Munro (2nd overall); 1st M21/24 – Paul Hill (8th overall);   1st F overall – Nikki Sandell;  1st F30/34 – Gemma Bragg (2nd F overall);  1st F40/44 – Caroline Rowley (6th F overall) + Fidelity Award.

The Boscombe 10k, organised by Bournemouth Joggers, took place on 23 November.  Amongst the 11 BAC athletes who competed were Paul Hill and Nikki Sandell, who both ran 2 seconds outside their PBs (Nikki was the 2nd lady), and Chris O’Brien, who also ran a PB.                                                                                                                           Boscombe 10k results (BAC):                                                                                       4. Paul Hill 36.11;  10. Simon Way 36.57;  12. Billy McGreevy 37.00;  32. Nikki Sandell 39.23;  39. George Way 39.55;  41. Chris O’Brien 39.57;  53. Ian White 40.37;  55. Jud Kirk 40.51;  84. Steve Cox 43.04;  211. Joe Price 48.48;  375. Will Price 55.13.  There were 531 finishers.

The Gosport Half Marathon, organised by Gosport Road Runners, took place on 16 November.  Of the 1574 finishers, in 32nd place was Manol Dimitrov, 1.15.24 (2 seconds over Manol‘s PB), and 49th was Graeme Miller, 1.18.03.

The recent Parkruns have produced some BAC winners and PBs.  On 15 November, at BournemouthPaul Hill won (for the second time!) with a PB, but then reverted to his customary (!) 2nd position on 29 November, having been 3rd on 22 November.  Also running PBs on 15 November were Brandon Meredith, Sebastian Hearn and Alison Humphrey (Alison‘s PB was, of course, for this event; in earlier years, as Alison Barnes, Alison ran quicker than most people over this and other distances!).  At Poole on 29 November, Jez Bragg ran his first Parkrun to finish 3rd, closely followed in 4th by Simon Way, and the week before, 22 November, the Poole Parkrun was won by Jon Sharkey.

Ross Smith approaches transit in the Ashvale Ranges off-road duathlon
Ross Smith approaches transit in the Ashvale Ranges off-road duathlon

Maybe not actually road running, but it’s worth mentioning Ross Smith‘s exploits in off-road duathlons.  On 16 November Ross was 8th of 152 finishers in an extremely muddy Cirencester Duathlon, which consisted of a 2 mile run, 10 mile bike and 2 mile run.  Even more impressive was Ross‘ 4th position of 233 at Ashvale Ranges the following Saturday, 22 November, consisting of a 10k run, 18k bike and 5k run which Ross completed in 2.05.38.  Ross describes the event as extremely hilly and tough but he says it was a great race and he felt good (BAC training?!), and Ross‘ excellent position is more remarkable considering he had a tumble at 3 miles into the first run, tearing a small muscle, which resulted in slight swelling to his leg by the finish.  So most of the race must have been undertaken with some pain – well done!

Club Road Championship – winner announced!

Steve Way, winner of 10k, 10 Mile and Half Marathon Club Championships
Steve Way, winner of 10k, 10 Mile and Half Marathon Club Championships

The Club Championship was inaugurated some years ago by Jon Sharkey, and the competition relates to age-graded performances in races of 10k, 10 miles and half marathon, with the intention that everyone has a chance of winning.
The competition runs from 1 November to 31 October each year, so that the awards can be presented at the Club’s Awards evening in November.
There has been a problem with keeping the 10 mile and half marathon tables up to date, but, with the help of Manol Dimitrov, this has now been resolved, and all the tables are now up to date to 31 October. The tables will be retained on the website for a short period, after which they will be replaced by the new tables, of which the half marathon will commence with Chris O’Brien‘s run at Lancaster, the 10 mile with the Wimborne 10 and the 10k with the Boscombe 10k (unless anyone knows of any other races?).
It will probably be no surprise that the winner of all three Road Championships is Steve Way, resulting from Steve‘s runs in the Poole 10k (31.11; 89.38%), New Forest 10 mile (50.43; 91.71%) and the Hackney Half Marathon (67.14; 90.94%). Many congratulations! In second place in all of the distances was Jacek Cieluszecki. Steve‘s awards will be presented at the Presentation Evening at AFC Bournemouth on Saturday 15 November, when Steve will be the guest speaker – why not purchase a ticket and come along (details on separate posting)?

Gilly Hilly, Lancaster HM and Parkruns

BAC's winning mens' team at Gilly Hilly - Simon Munro, Graeme Miller, Jon Sharkey, Simon Way and Paul Hill
BAC’s winning mens’ team at Gilly Hilly – Simon Munro, Graeme Miller, Jon Sharkey, Simon Way and Paul Hill

Success at the penultimate Dorset Road Race League event, a solid performance in the North of England, and two unexpected BAC Parkrunners feature this week.

BAC's winning DRRL ladies' team at Gilly Hilly - Nikki Sandell, Gemma Bragg and Caroline Rowley
BAC’s winning DRRL ladies’ team at Gilly Hilly – Nikki Sandell, Gemma Bragg and Caroline Rowley

The Gillingham Trotters ‘Gilly Hilly’ 7.5 mile road race, which stepped in as a DRRL race following the cancellation due to weather conditions of the March Hare 20 earlier in the year, took place in Gillingham on Sunday 2 November, and it was good to see strong BAC Mens’ and Ladies’ teams in action, despite the fact that both have already won year’s League. For the men, Jon Sharkey, Simon Munro and Graeme Miller secured the Open team prize, with finishing positions of second, third and fourth respectively. Paul Hill, in seventh place and Simon Way, tenth, sealed the League win for BACNikki Sandell was BAC‘s first lady across the line, with Gemma Bragg and Caroline Rowley completing both the Open and League team.  The Open team competition places were calculated by an aggregate time, which resulted in BAC‘s ladies just being pipped in to second place by Poole A C with a margin of 1 minute, 40 seconds, very close considering the winning aggregate time was 2 hours, 40 minutes, 7 seconds!  However, the League positions are calculated by finishing positions, and by this measure BAC came just in front of Poole A C’s ladies, so, once again, BAC‘s ladies team, promoted only this year from Division 2 of the League, have won an individual League race, cementing their position at the top of Division 1.  The final League race is the Wimborne 10 on 16 November (entries now closed), and the entry list shows a strong BAC contingent (which may have something to do with the battle for individual League positions!), so it could be a dramatic finish to a successful League year.

BAC mens' team with their Gilly Hilly winnings
BAC mens’ team with their Gilly Hilly winnings

Gilly Hilly results (BAC):  2. Jon Sharkey 42.52;  3. Simon Munro 44.06;  4. Graeme Miller (1st Vet) 44.21;  7. Paul Hill 44.55;  10. Simon Way 46.57;  42. Nikki Sandell (3rd lady, 2nd FV) 51.43;  45. Gemma Bragg 52.03;  69. Steve Cox 55.08;  84. Caroline Rowley 58.02;  104. Ian Graham 59.54.  There were 206 finishers.

See below for more photos…………..

Meanwhile, in Lancaster, Chris O’Brien ran the Lancaster Half Marathon in 89.27, finishing 39th of a total of 604.  This appears to be a HM PB for Chris, who hopefully is satisfied, particularly with just managing to break the 90 minute barrier.

The day before saw two BAC athletes unexpectedly competing in the Parkruns.  In Kings Park, Bournemouth on Saturday 1 November, Alison Humphrey (known to many as Ali Barnes) appeared on the start line.  It was good to see Alison again after so long, and clearly Alison is keeping herself in shape, alongside looking after her family, as her time was 21.19.  Paul Hill was yet again second in the race – this seems to be Paul‘s fate!  Other BAC competitors (amongst a total of 273, so the Bournemouth Parkrun continues to grow) were Ian White, Jud Kirk, Jim Dence (running a PB and first in his age category JM11-14), Joe Price, Ian Graham (first in his age category VM65-69, but definitely not a PB!) and Will Price.  The other BAC athlete unexpectedly turning up was Tony Chutter, who was tenth (of 157) at the Weymouth Parkrun in 20.18, so Tony clearly isn’t in bad shape after injury and a lengthy trip abroad.  Let’s hope we see Tony competing in a BAC vest soon!  Meanwhile, in Poole Park, Simon Munro was preparing for his splendid Gilly Hilly the next day by finishing 4th of a total of 576 in the Poole Parkrun.

BAC athletes receive their Gilly Hilly prizes from the Mayor…………

Jon Sharkey (also in photo in Ines Braun, Gillingham Trotters, who contributes so much to local athletics)
Jon Sharkey (also in photo in Ines Braun, Gillingham Trotters, who contributes so much to local athletics)
Simon Munro
Simon Munro
Graeme Miller
Graeme Miller

 

Nikki Sandell
Nikki Sandell

The Stickler, Great South Run, Lucerne Marathon and Parkruns (and a little more from Amsterdam!)

Caroline Rowley (just visible), Nick Kenchington, Gemma Bragg and Nikki Sandell start The Stickler
Caroline Rowley (just visible), Nick Kenchington, Gemma Bragg and Nikki Sandell start The Stickler

BAC‘s ladies were once again winners, this time at The Stickler on Sunday 26 October, a race, now in its twentieth year, starting and finishing at Shillingstone, with a challenging course of just over 10 miles taking in the surrounding hills. The full results are not yet available, but Nikki Sandell, 2nd lady overall, led the BAC team to victory, followed by Gemma Bragg, 3rd lady overall, with the team completed by Cherry Sheffrin. The renaissance of our ladies’ team in the last year or two has been quite remarkable, kickstarted to a large extent by Caroline Rowley, who also competed in The Stickler, and took the photo of the winning team. So thanks are due to Caroline, and all the ladies involved, for this development of which we are very proud! But let’s not forget the men! Also running in this race was Paul Hill, completing yet another weekend of races following his debut marathon only three weeks ago.  Paul was celebrating the anniversary of his introduction to racing, as The Stickler last year was his first ever race, which he ran then in 1.17.54.  This year, Paul was 5th, having knocked over 10 minutes off last year’s time, with a run which, last year, would have won the race!  Also competing in the race for BAC were Nick Kenchington, Mike Cowham and Ian Graham.   See below for more photographs of this race.

Stickler results (BAC): 5. Paul Hill 1.07.40;  41. Nick Kenchington 1.17.33;  46. Nikki Sandell 1.18.08;  60. Gemma Bragg 1.20.43;  111. Cherry Sheffrin 1.27.59;  131. Mike Cowham 1.28.57;  233. Caroline Rowley 1.38.44;  234. Ian Graham 1.38.48.  There were 388 finishers.

Steve Way competed in the Great South Run, Portsmouth
Steve Way competed in the Great South Run, Portsmouth

Meanwhile, in Portsmouth, Steve Way was competing in the Great South Run (10 miles) along with a total of 16031 finishers, including Simon Way, Chris O’Brien and Andy GillespieSteve is working hard towards the 100k World Championships in Doha, Qatar on 21 November, and this week has been something of, as he describes it, a ‘hiccup’.  The training during the week hasn’t gone entirely to plan following the half marathon in Birmingham last weekend.  Steve finished the Great South in 26th position in 51.48, not quite the sub 51 he had hoped for, but not far short, and, as Steve himself says “in the big scheme of things not a disaster”.  With a long, and very heavy (more so than most mere mortals could even contemplate), training schedule leading up to the Championships, there will for sure be the occasional ‘down’ patch, but there is till plenty enough time for recovery and revival.  Quite rightly, media interest in Steve continues, with TV interviews for Channel 5 before last weekend’s Birmingham race, and for the BBC before and after the Great South in Portsmouth.  In the same race, Simon Way was 112th in 1.00.57, about 90 seconds over his 10 mile PB.  Apparently there were strong headwinds on part of what is, in places, a very exposed course, so hopefully Simon is satisfied with his run.  A BAC athlete who is certainly so satisfied is Chris O’Brien, who was 263rd in a PB time of 1.05.22.  Chris also ran ‘unofficial’ PB times at 5k (19.55) and 10k (39.47), and says that he proposes to adopt the same tactics in the Lancaster Half Marathon next weekend, perhaps without easing off towards the end, which sounds eminently sensible!  BAC stalwart Andy Gillespie also took part in the race, finishing 1360th (of 16031, don’t forget!) in 1.15.01.

The day before, Saturday 25 October, Sanjai Sharma competed in Switzerland, in the Lucerne Marathon, finishing in 3.04, some 9 minutes over his PB.  Sanjai says that “a few hills and a lack of training” were his “undoing”, but nevertheless he was “satisfied” – and so Sanjai should be!

Also on 25 October, the Parkruns in Bournemouth and Poole went ahead as normal.  Paul Hill, continuing to run at least two races per weekend after his marathon, was second (of 262) in Kings Park, Bournemouth, and was joined in the race by Ian White, Jud Kirk, Seb Hearn, Tom Cochrane, Will Price, and one of our juniors, Amelie Scott, who was first in her age category, JW10.   In Poole Park, of 535 finishers, Peter Thompson was 7th, and, running a PB for the course, finishing 10th and 1st in his age category (JM15-17) was George Way.

BAC athletes conquer the Stickle Path……………….

Gemma Bragg
Gemma Bragg

 

Caroline Rowley
Caroline Rowley
Ian Graham - can that really be a smile?
Ian Graham – can that really be a smile?

and finish The Stickler…………………..

Paul Hill
Paul Hill
Nikki Sandell
Nikki Sandell

 

Gemma Bragg
Gemma Bragg

and a ‘historic’ photo which couldn’t be ignored!………………….

Jacek Cieluszecki in Amsterdam - where else?!
Jacek Cieluszecki in Amsterdam – where else?!

 

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.