Many congratulations to Steve Way and Jon Sharkey on their selection to represent England in the Anglo-Celtic Plate 100k competition in May (an event which is also the National 100k Championships). We are very proud of both on their achievement, and it is quite something for BAC to have not one, but two, of our athletes in this race. More about Steve and Jon later.
Both Bournemouth and Poole Parkruns saw BAC winners on Saturday 22 February. In Kings Park Emma Dews was the overall winner – how many ladies won Parkruns throughout the country? Emma is surely one of few. Also competing in Bournemouth were 165 other runners, amongst whom were Ian White, returning to form and recording a PB for the Bournemouth Parkrun (although not for Parkruns in general nor the 5k distance), and Steve Cox. In Poole Park Jacek Cieluszecki was again the overall winner of a total of 511 runners. The next day Steve Way was the winner (2.39.10) of the Heartbreaker Marathon, an off-road race (marathon distance, starting at Abbotts Well, near Godshill in the New Forest, and heading (three times in the case of the Marathon!) towards Fritham, but fortunately avoiding the notorious Fritham Plain. In third place, breaking three hours in 2.59.50, was Jon Sharkey. A total of 165 competitors completed the race. The event also included a Half Marathon and, of 184 finishers, in second place (and first M40) was LeePiercy in a time of 1.18.27, followed not far behind by Richard Nelson, 18th in 1.34.01.
Well done to the BAC Men and Ladies for one of the most successful days for BAC for some time at the Lytchett 10 mile race on Sunday 16 February, with the Mens’ team winning both the Open and Dorset Road Race League races, and the Ladies’ team only just being pipped into second place in both contests. Course record holder Steve Way was aware of a difficult battle ahead when it became clear that Winchester & District’s Chris Powner was competing, and, sure enough, Chris won the race in a new record time of 50.55. Undaunted, Steve ran a strong race to finish second, followed in an amazing 3rd, 4th and 5th place by Jacek Cieluszecki, Josh Cole and new (and valuable!) signing Lee Piercy respectively to seal an Open team win. Not far behind, Toby Chapman and Club Captain SimonMunro completed the winning Road Race League team. In fact, such was the strength of the BAC Mens’ team that, had there been a ‘B’ Road Race League team the next five BAC finishers, namely Jez Bragg, Peter Thompson, Paul Consani, Simon Hearn and SteveCox would have been second, or thereabouts, in the League! The Ladies had an equally successful day, with Gemma Bragg and Nikki Sandell finishing 2nd and 3rd ladies respectively, with the Ladies team, which was a close second to the strength of PooleRunners‘ ladies in both the Open and League events, completed by Caroline Rowley who was herself winner of the FV40 contest. The Lytchett 10 also doubled as the South West Veterans 10 mile Championship, and Championship medals were awarded to Lee (1st V40), Helen Ambrosen (2nd FV55) and Ian Graham (1st V65). So this was an enjoyable day for BAC, helped along by glorious sunny conditions, excellent organisation by Lytchett Manor Striders and a varied and extensive supply of delicious cakes to restore lost energy at the end!
Results (BAC): 2. Steve Way 53.56; 3. Jacek Cieluszecki 55.16; 4. Josh Cole 55.39; 5. Lee Piercy 56.20; 9. Toby Chapman 58.46; 11. Simon Munro 59.04; 14. Jez Bragg 1.00.08; 19. Peter Thompson 1.01.47; 55. Paul Consani 1.07.01; 62. Gemma Bragg 1.08.22; 68. Simon Hearn 1.09.06; 70. Nikki Sandell 1.09.27; 72. Steve Cox 1.09.37; 113. Caroline Rowley 1.14.56; 138. Helen Ambrosen 1.16.23; 151. Dave Parsons 1.17.10; 159. Ian Graham 1.17.40; 181. Cherry Sheffrin 1.19.23; 248. Chris Chatfield 1.26.31; 313. Will Price 1.33.42. There were 396 finishers.
Bramley 20 & 10 – 16 February 2014
Of 739 finishers in the Bramley 20 mile race on Sunday 16 February Manol Dimitrov was 37th in 2.04.37 and Graeme Miller was 40th in 2.06.05. Graeme‘s pacing seems to have gone exactly according to plan and, as he says, “race went well, felt comfortable”. JonSharkey‘s preparation for his 100k challenge also appears to be going well, as he ran the 10mile Bramley race to finish 3rd of 604 in 54.44.
Parkruns – 15 February 2014
There were BAC firsts and seconds at both Bournemouth and Poole Parkruns on Saturday 15 February, with Rob McTaggart first (again!) and Emma Dews second (again!) in Kings Park, and Karl Welch and Simon Way first and second respectively in PoolePark. Also competing in Bournemouth were Billy McGreevy, Jud Kirk, Richard Nelson, Joe Price, Paula Kirk, Steve Cox and Will Price.
Meon Valley Plod – 9 February 2014
Andy Gillespie was the sole BAC representative at the Meon Valley Plod on Sunday 9 February, a 21 mile cross country race correctly described as “tough” and “hilly”. Andy, running the race as part of his training for the London Marathon, was 116th of 266 finishers, completing the course in 3.46.57 in very wet and windy conditions. Andy says “performance OK, nothing to shout about. A really good workout though”.
Boscombe Pier 5k Time Trial – 17 January 2014
A little bit late in doing so, but worth reporting that the 5k Boscombe Pier race, part of a series organised by Poole Runners, on Friday evening 17 January, was won by Lee Piercy in 17.03. Also competing were Steve Cox, 37th in 20.14, Jud Kirk, 38th in 20.16, CarolineRowley, 63rd in 21.59 and Will Price, 123rd in 26.01. There were 151 finishers.
This was a busy weekend which may explain why no BAC athlete was amongst the 445 who ran the Poole Parkrun, but there plenty at the Bournemouth Parkrun in Kings Park on Saturday 18February, which was won (again!) by Billy McGreevy, with Roy Long in second place. Also competing were Ian White (7), Jud Kirk (8), Steve Cox (17), Caroline Rowley (20), Joe Price (22), Ian Graham (31 – 1st V65), Paula Kirk (33) and Will Price (89). Altogether 149 finished. The next day saw Peter Thompson crossing the line at the Chichester Priory 10k in 32.59, 21st of a total of 1637, closely followed by Rob McTaggart, 23rd in 33.08.
With an overall 1,2 and 3 and League wins for both men and women and the overall team prize, BAC can certainly count the Blackmore Vale Half Marathon, run on 2 February 2014, as a success! For the second year in succession course record holder Steve Way was the overall winner, followed closely in second place by Jacek Cieluszecki. The pattern then altered slightly as this year it was Jon Sharkey, in third place, ensuring a clean sweep for the team prize. Jez Bragg also had an excellent run to finish 7th, and well done to PaulConsani, whose contribution was invaluable in ensuring BAC fielded a complete DorsetRoad Race League team. Having achieved promotion to Division 1 of the Ladies’ RoadRace League this year particular congratulations are due to Gemma Bragg, Nikki Sandell and Caroline Rowley for winning the League race – had it not been for the fact that Nikki’s ‘change of club’ has not yet been cleared by EA BAC would also have won the ‘open’ team race – well done! Gemma is also to be congratulated on her trophy as second lady U35. Results (BAC): 1. Steve Way 1.11.17; 2. Jacek Cieluszecki 1.15.03; 3. Jon Sharkey 1.17.06; 7. Jez Bragg 1.18.38; 57. Gemma Bragg 1.31.08; 68. Nikki Sandell 1.32.33; 81. Paul Consani 1.34.15; 138. Caroline Rowley 1.40.14. There were 428 finishers.
BAC were also winners at the Parkruns the day before. Rob McTaggart was the outright winner of the Poole Parkrun (with Simon Munro third) and at the Bournemouth ParkrunEmma Dews again won the ladies’ race (2nd overall). The Bournemouth race was something of a family affair for the Kirks, with Jud and Pauline Kirk joined by their offspring Katie and Matt, and also running in Bournemouth were Roy Long, Ian White, Steve Cox, Joe Price (returning from injury) and Joe’s Dad Will Price.
The Parkrun movement locally goes from strength to strength, with the regular numbers competing in Kings Park, Bournemouth creeping towards 200 with 196 finishing the course on 25 January, whereas in Poole Park, Poole there were 609 finishers, a record so far. There were BAC winners in both events, with Billy McGreevy winning at Bournemouth, with Emma Dews again finishing second overall and first lady. Also running in Kings Park were Ian White, Jud Kirk, Steve Cox, Caroline Rowley, Ian Graham (1st O65), DaveParsons (1st O60) and Will Price. In Poole Park Jacek Cieluszecki was again the winner with Simon Munro finishing 8th, showing an encouraging recovery from injury. Also competing were Mike Cowham (yet to transfer back from Elmridge!) and Cherry Sheffrin (who has made the transfer!).
Let’s hope, weather-wise, 2014 didn’t start as it means to go on! In appalling conditions 246 athletes completed the annual New Year’s Day Broadstone Quarter Marathon, organised by Poole Runners, in doing so battling against driving rain and a strong wind on a course which can’t be described as easy. The race was the first of the Dorset Road Race League for 2014, and the noteable feature for BAC was the strength of the Ladies’ Team consisting of GemmaBragg, Janie Chapman and Cherry Sheffrin. Poole AC were the clear winners of the Ladies’ League race but, subject to confirmation, it may well be that the BAC Ladies were the second League team – and of course we are now talking about Division 1. What a start – well done! Turning to the men, congratulations to Jon Sharkey on winning the race outright, and also to Jez Bragg who ran strongly to finish fifth. Graeme Miller in 14th position and Simon Munro (who is contending with a knee injury) in 18th gave the Mens’ Team a solid foundation and although we could have done with a fifth scorer in the top 20, Steve Cox ensured that we finished with a League position from which we can progress.
1. Jon Sharkey 37.28; 5. Jez Bragg 38.14; 14. Graeme Miller 40.23; 18. Simon Munro 41.37; 54. Gemma Bragg 45.37; 58. Janie Chapman 45.56; 63. Cherry Sheffrin 46.44; 67. Steve Cox 47.19; 87. Caroline Rowley 48.45; 115. Helen Ambrosen 50.55; 150. Ian Graham 55.25.
The success of the Parkrun concept was proved at 9 am on Christmas Day, when (probably to the unspoken amazement of the organisers!) as many as 82 competed in the Bournemouth Parkrun, and an astonishing 235 competed at Poole. Jon Sharkey was the winner of the Poole Parkrun in Poole Park (unsurprisingly!), where Jud Kirk and Tim Hughes also ran. Although BAC can’t claim a Christmas Day win at the Bournemouth event in Kings’ Park, Steve Cox, Ian White, Janie Chapman and Will Price all competed. Well done to all, and also to the the volunteers at Bournemouth and Poole, without whom the runs could not have taken place. Incidentally, on 28 December, Jacek Cieluszecki won the Poole Parkrun, with Steve Way second, and, at the Bournemouth Parkrun that day, it was good to see one of our youngsters, Jack Barwick, taking part.
Round The Lakes 10k
The annual Boxing Day Round The Lakes race, over a new three lap course, was won by a margin of over two minutes in 31.27, but the race for second place was not won until the finish line. Rob McTaggart was outsprinted in the last few yards to finish third, 3 seconds behind the second-placed athlete, and just ten seconds in front of the third finisher. It must have been very exciting to watch! Other notable BAC runs came from Graeme Miller, finishing 15th (of a total of 316), and Janie Chapman, who was 2nd F45. Fortunately, on this occasion, BAC didn’t forfeit a team prize on account of the fact that Rob wasn’t wearing his club vest.
3. Rob McTaggart 33.36; 15. Graeme Miller 36.09; 56. Janie Chapman 41.29; 70. Corrie Norton 43.22; 73. Steve Cox 43.40; 164. Chris Chatfield 50.22; 182. Ian Graham 51.26; 230. Will Price.