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Parkruns and Southbourne ‘Flat and Fast’

Rob McTaggart ran a PB for the course to win the Bournemouth Parkrun in Kings Park on Saturday 26 April, followed in 5th place by Billy McGreevy, no doubt holding back for his 10k the following day. Also amongst the 200 finishers were Steve Cox, 14th, Joe Price, 27th and Tim Dence, 45th. Meanwhile, in Poole Park, Jacek Cieluszecki was the winner of the Poole Parkrun and in second place (of a total of 546) was Steve Way, some way behind, but pacing himself in preparation for the 100k race rapidly approaching. We wish Steve, and Jon Sharkey, the very best of luck in the forthcoming 100k Anglo-Celtic plate, in which they comprise 40% of the England team in this international competition.
The next day Billy McGreevy was again in action, finishing 5th of a total of about 320 in the Southbourne 10k ‘Flat & Fast’ in 37.47. BAC was also represented by Duncan Wells, 20th in 39.41, and Jud Kirk, 34th in 41.19.

Guernsey Easter Races, Easter Quarter Marathon and Parkruns

Dave Parsons completing the Guernsey Half Marathon with Ian Graham 'hiding' behind the sea wall a short distance behind
Dave Parsons completing the Guernsey Half Marathon with Ian Graham ‘hiding’ behind the sea wall a short distance behind

Congratulations to Jon Sharkey on his win in the annual Easter Quarter Marathon on Saturday 19 April, starting and finishing at Boscombe Pier. Jon was first of the 290 competitors in a time of 36.55, and in 40th position was Mike Cowham, completing the course in 44.57. In the ladies’ competition both Cherry Sheffrin and Helen Ambrosen ran well to achieve ‘podium’ positions, with Cherry as 3rd lady overall, 59th in 46.28, and Helen 2nd FV50, 84th in 48.32. In 10th position (40.19) was John Broom, an old friend of BAC, now a member of Barnsley AC.
Earlier the same day record numbers ran the local Parkruns, 643 in Poole and 250 in Bournemouth. In Poole Park Karl Welch was 3rd and it was pleasing to see Billy Nixon, a welcome returnee to BAC, representing the club. Also running at Poole was Adam Eason, who ran 7 minutes slower than his PB – maybe we should be seeing more of him at training! In Kings Park, Graeme Miller was 6th and Bridget Dence was once again the first lady. Joining Graeme and Bridget were Richard Felton, Paul Consani, Steve Cox and Bridget‘s brother Jim. Proudly displayed against Steve‘s name in the results is the ‘100’ logo, Steve having run his 100th Parkrun (24 in Bournemouth) the week before, when he was selected as ‘Parkrunner of the Week’ and was featured in the News section of the Parkrun website. Steve was asked which celebrity he would like to run with, and his answer was Steve Way, and who could argue with that?!

Guernsey Easter Races 2014 (Dave Parsons reports)

BAC were again represented at the Easter Races in Guernsey with Ian Graham and Dave Parsons (O60 vets) tackling the challenge of four races in four days.  This was Dave‘s 16th successive year at the event with Ian a mere ‘novice’ as this was only his 8th year in a row!  Accompanying then was Geoff Scott from Poole Runners with his 21st appearance at the Festival although, as Dave was quick to point out, he had missed a few years on the way!

The first race was the 10k road race on Good Friday and, for once, the weather was kind with plenty of sunshine and, although there was a strong breeze, it was less than on some previous occasions.  On arrival at the HQ for the race there was the usual ritual of looking around to see which other O60s were there and the main challengers were identified.  After his serious illness last summer, Ian was mainly aiming to complete all four races without any mishaps.  Dave felt that his training had gone better this year and was hoping for better performances than 2013.   He set off with some purpose and, after the initial rush, settled into a good pace and was very pleased to come home in 88th place (out of 220 finishers) in 44.49, his fastest 10k for four years.  He was delighted (really? – Ed) to see Ian finishing strongly just three places behind him in 45.19.  They then watched their expected O60 rivals coming in over the next few minutes and for some time felt that they had probably finished 1st and 2nd in their age category.  It was only several hours later that they discovered that old rival, Terry Bates, now of Isle of Man Veterans, had not only run but had finished 72nd in 42.24!  Unless Terry was not going to compete in all of the races or got injured, it was clear that winning the overall O60 category wasn’t going to be a realistic option for our two runners.

Dave Parsons approaching the finish at the 10k
Dave Parsons approaching the finish at the 10k
Ian Graham approaching the finish at the 10k - must do something about those shorts!
Ian Graham approaching the finish at the 10k – must do something about those shorts!

On the Saturday, the second race was the traditional ‘Long Course’ Cross Country event on L’Ancresse Common.  Following the storms earlier in the year, there was a small detour necessary at the far end of the course.  Dave set off hard but, this time, Ian kept him well within his sights and caught and passed him after about halfway.  They stayed fairly close together for the rest of the race with Ian finishing in a very satisfactory 58th place (118 finishers) in 36.12 and Dave just two places further back in 36.22.

Ian Graham - those shorts again! - at the finish of the Cross Country with Dave Parsons in the background
Ian Graham – those shorts again! – at the finish of the Cross Country with Dave Parsons in the background

Easter Sunday saw the Cross Country Relay being held on the ‘Stonecrusher’ course at L’Ancresse CommonDave and Ian were joined by Angela Brown and Geoff Scott (Poole Runners) and agreed that in honour of his great race at the London Marathon, their team name should be ‘The Steve Way Fan Club’.  Unlike the two previous days, the weather was truly awful, especially immediately leading up to the start.  Strong winds and heavy rain were very much the order of the day although, thankfully, it did improve for the later runners.  Dave led the team off but really didn’t enjoy the conditions with plenty of standing water around.  His time of 16.28 proved to be 117th out of 194 and 6th O60.  Angela ran the second leg and then Ian took over for the penultimate leg and put in a strong performance finishing in 15.55 (4th O60).  Geoff ran the glory leg and as he entered the home straight, the commentator gave him and the Team a fine mention which included a glowing tribute to Steve Way‘s performance in London!  The team finished 33rd out of 48 complete teams in an aggregate time of 67.32.

'The Steve Way Fan Club' team (Dave Parsons, Geoff Scott, Ian Graham) minus Angela Brown who had very sensibly headed back to the hotel to dry out!
‘The Steve Way Fan Club’ team (Dave Parsons, Geoff Scott, Ian Graham) minus Angela Brown who had very sensibly headed back to the hotel to dry out!

The final race of the weekend was the Half Marathon on Easter Monday which started and finished in St Peter PortDave always looks forward to this race as it is more his distance.  Again he set off strongly and was joined by Ian after a few miles.  The two leading O60 athletes were in a group a little way ahead, however, Dave and Ian knew there was no point in trying to keep up with them and ran together till some time after halfway when Dave began to open up a small gap which he managed to keep to the finish, coming home in 1.39.25 in 67th place (159 finishers).  This was again his fastest time for over four years so the increased training this year had paid off.  Hardly had he finished, than Ian came racing in just two places behind in 1.39.37.  He may not be back to his best of the last couple of years, but this completed a remarkable series in view of his illness in 2013!

In the overall classification for the four races, Ian finished 31st with a total of 320 points and Dave just one place down in 32nd and 332 points and they were 2nd and 3rd O60s respectively.  Remarkably their aggregate times were 3.17.03 and 3.17.04!

Once again it was a superb weekend of racing and was a great chance to meet up with old friends and make new ones.  It really is a wonderful event and one to be highly recommended to all.

London Marathon success for Steve Way and BAC results

Steve Way on his way to a PB in the London Marathon 2014
Steve Way on his way to a PB in the London Marathon 2014

Are there sufficient superlatives to describe Steve Way’s achievement in the London Marathon on Sunday 13 April 2014?  His PB of 2.16.27 resulted in a finish in 15th position overall (1st of the ‘non-elite’ runners), 3rd Briton (after Mo Farah and Chris Thompson) and a qualifying time for the Commonwealth Games in Glasgow later this year.  Steve will be running for England in an International 100k in three weeks time and has his eye on the 100k World Championships, and was originally planning to run a paced 2.30 London Marathon.  But he felt he was in the form of his life and posed an ‘Ask the Audience’ question on Facebook – in these circumstances, should he ‘go for it?’  The overwhelming majority of the more than 100 responses was that he should – which really confirmed what Steve was going to do anyway!  The outcome showed that this was exactly the right decision, particularly as, as Steve said, he has never felt stronger after a marathon than he did following Sunday’s race.  Steve was picked up by the BBC as he approached the finish with the commentators quickly looking up his statistics and reporting on his previous PB and also mentioning his clubThe Times, in one of their reports on Monday 14 April, talked, of course, about Mo Farah, and then said “it was a good day for the other Britons in the elite mens’ field”.  They then mentioned Chris Thompson (2.11.19), and Ben Livesey and Scott Overall, to both of whom Steve had shown a clean pair of heels, their times being 2.17.44 and 2.19.55 respectively.  So Steve is now officially the third fastest marathon runner in the country, and is ranked No 1 V35 at the marathon distance.  There is no doubt we have a National Treasure in our midst and we are very, very proud. 

Of course, Steve was joined in the marathon by numerous club-mates, and there were particularly solid runs by Jacek Cieluszecki (24th 2.27.45) and Peter Thompson (76th 2.34.16).  For some reason it takes ages for the club positions to be announced, but a look at the results seems to indicate that Kent AC may have won, but, thanks to Steve, Jacek and Peter, BAC is vying with Serpentine for silver and bronze.  Next to finish was Graeme Miller, with a massive PB and achieving his objective of sub 2.45 comfortably with 2.43.44.  Sanjai Sharman was wearing his BAC vest for the first time, and it clearly suits him and his running, with a very respectable 2.56.20.  Sanjai is a welcome addition to the club.  We don’t see much of Paul Chapman in training, but training he obviously is, with a time of 3.04.03.  Simon Way was unfortunate enough to sustain an injury in the first few miles, which meant some walking and 30 minutes for the first 5k!  Simon kept going however and there are many who would have been very pleased with his time of 3.09.43.  Duncan Wells’ time of 3.11.54 was a PB but Duncan wasn’t too happy with that and probably it won’t remain his PB for too long.  Richard Nelson felt before the race that he wasn’t really in top form and had decided that he was going to run well within himself from the start, and was content with finishing in 3.15.04.  We all know Paul Consani is capable of better than his time of 3.24.24, this wasn’t really Paul’s day.  Similarly, Caroline Rowley declared herself not entirely content with 3.42.33, but nevertheless Caroline looked very relaxed at the Red Lion pub, where everyone met after the race!  Andy Gillespie was very disappointed with 4.11.54 after much hard work and good training, but well done to Andy for finishing at all, considering he pulled a calf muscle at 5k, making the rest of the course painful and uncomfortable.  Don’t forget Andy was raising money for the National Autistic Society and donations can still be made to www.virginmoneygiving.com/AndrewGillespieTim Dence, having watched his daughter’s successful run earlier (see below) went on to run his first marathon in 4.32.15 – will there be another?   Peter Gaze, at 70+, continues to astonish.  He ran London in 4.46.18, and this certainly won’t have been his first marathon of the year!

Earlier in the day, Bridget Dence ran in the U15W 3 mile race of the Virgin London Mini-Marathon.  These races are by selection, so you have to be talented just to be selected.  Not only was Bridget selected, but she was 33rd of 282 in her race which she ran in 18 minutes exactly.  Well done, Bridget!

Steve Way - is that a smile?
Steve Way – is that a smile?
Jacek Cieluszecki
Jacek Cieluszecki
Peter Thompson
Peter Thompson
Graeme Miller - running too fast for the camera!
Graeme Miller – running too fast for the camera!
Paul Chapman
Paul Chapman
Sanjai Sharma
Sanjai Sharma
Simon Way
Simon Way
Richard Nelson
Richard Nelson
Duncan Wells
Duncan Wells
Paul Consani
Paul Consani

Parkruns and Manchester Marathon – PBs and a win

Jez and Gemma Bragg celebrate solid runs in the Greater Manchester Marathon
Jez and Gemma Bragg celebrate solid runs in the Greater Manchester Marathon

Jacek Cieluszecki was (again!) the winner (and first of a record field of 627) of the Poole Parkrun on Saturday 5 April, with Peter Thompson second and Rob McTaggart third.  Both Jacek and Peter ran PBs for this course.  Also running in Poole Park were Steve Way, 9th (not a PB for Steve, whose running at the moment is planned and controlled in preparation for his rapidly approaching 100k), and Joe Arundel, 11th.  Meanwhile, in Kings Park, of the 177 competitors, Duncan Wells was 4th, Ian White 5th and Jud Kirk 7th.  Congratulations to Bridget Dence, the first lady to finish, and it was good to see Ryan Birchell, category JM 11-14, competing in the Bournemouth Parkrun for the first time.

The next day, 6 April, saw Gemma and Jez Bragg take on the Greater Manchester Marathon.  The forecast for the day was consistent rain and strong winds…………….but thankfully the rain held off and although there was an annoying wind it didn’t stop the 8030 runners to the start line, hoping to get that PB!  The course itself was fairly flat with a few small climbs and ran around the ouskirts of Manchester city, not particularly scenic but the crowds and support were fantastic.  Both Jez and Gemma had solid runs, with Jez finishing in a time of 2.43.09, placing 33rd overall, missing out on his PB by just 6 seconds.  Gemma finished in a time of 3.18.26, placing 35th female and 676th overall, making it a PB by nearly 9 minutes, and both Jez and Gemma ran negative splits!  It was a long drive home from Manchester after the marathon, especially on tired legs, and they were both happy to get home and shower before celebrating with a glass of vino!

Gemma Bragg in action in the Greater Manchester Marathon
Gemma Bragg in action in the Greater Manchester Marathon

Bournemouth Bay Run Paddock Wood HM and Parkruns (100!) with some BAC winners!

Jacek Cieluszecki, winner of Bournemouth Bay HM 2014
Jacek Cieluszecki, winner of Bournemouth Bay HM 2014

Along with Jacek Cieluszecki, who won the Bournemouth Bay Half Marathon on Sunday 30 March 2014, BAC winners were Emma Dews, who won the Bournemouth Bay 10k ladies’ race, and Nikki Sandell, who was first lady at the Bournemouth Parkrun the day before.

At the Bournemouth Parkrun, on Saturday 29 March, Duncan Wells was 3rd overall with, as mentioned, Nikki finishing third lady.  Also competing at Kings Park were Jud Kirk, Paula Kirk and Steve Cox.  Particular congratulations to Steve, as this was his 100th Parkrun, thus qualifying him for the special ‘100 Parkruns’ Jacket – a close-run affair as presentation of these jackets is discontinued as from 1 April!  Paula and Jud are also members of the ‘100 Parkruns’ club.  Meanwhile, in Poole Park, Simon Way, the sole BAC competitor in the Poole Parkrun, was 2nd of a total of 461, 183 having finished at Bournemouth.

The next day was a good one for BAC with winners in both the Mens’ and Ladies’ race in the Bournemouth Bay Half Marathon, as mentioned, Jacek winning the race overall and Emma the first lady by a considerable margin – nine minutes before the 2nd lady.  There were three BAC athletes in the top 10, and five in the top 15 as the results set out below show.  30 minutes before the Half Marathon the Bay 10k set off, and, at the end, as already noted, Gemma was third lady, and 2nd overall was Karl Welch.  On the same day Simon Hearn was flying the BAC flag in Kent completing the Paddock Wood Half Marathon in 1.33.20, 273rd of a total of 2073.

Bay Run Half Marathon results (BAC):

1. Jacek Cieluszecki 1.10.59;  5. Peter Thompson 1.15.40;  8. Toby Chapman 1.17.14;  12. Jez Bragg 1.20.06;  13. Manol Dimotrov 1.21.00;  29. Emma Dews 1.24.26;  30. Billy McGreevy 1.24.31. There were 1328 finishers.

Bay Run 10k results (BAC):

2. Karl Welch 35.15;  37. Gemma Bragg 41.15;  65. Steve Cox 43.04;  40. Simon Hunt 41.23. There were 1225 finishers.

Apologies if anyone has been missed – it would be appreciated if any omissions could be notified to Ian Graham.

Jacek Cieluszecki about to win the Half Marathon
Jacek Cieluszecki about to win the Half Marathon
Gemma Bragg displays her third lady trophy
Gemma Bragg displays her third lady trophy
Simon Hunt, Steve Cox and Gemma Bragg celebrate finishing the 10k
Simon Hunt, Steve Cox and Gemma Bragg celebrate finishing the 10k
Peter Thompson finishes the Half Marathon
Peter Thompson finishes the Half Marathon
Manol Dimitrov finishes the Half Marathon
Manol Dimitrov finishes the Half Marathon
Billy McGreevy finishes the Half Marathon
Billy McGreevy finishes the Half Marathon

50k, 20 mile, 3 x 10k and Parkruns including some winners!

Antonio Ruiz (661) finishes Ciudad Real 10k
Antonio Ruiz (661) finishes Ciudad Real 10k

And the winners are – Steve Way (50k), Caroline Rowley (10k), Jacek Cieluszecki and Rob McTaggart (Parkruns)! And one 2nd (Peter Thompson – 20 miles).

16 March 2014 saw BAC athletes in action around the country and abroad.  At Dunsfold Aerodrome Peter Thompson and Manol Dimitrov competed in the Surrey Spitfire, with Peter finishing 2nd in 2.00.42 and Manol 19th (of a total of 765) in 2.11.53.  Nearer home, Caroline Rowley was the first of 94 ladies to complete the (off-road)Ringwood Rabbit 10k run in a time of 48.39, and in the mens’ race Will Price was 88th of 118 men in 57.56.  On the same day, in Spain, Antonio Ruiz completed the Ciudad Real 10k, 61st of 1800 finishers, with a time of 36.34.

The following Saturday, 22 March, Steve Way continued his build-up to his 100k international in May by winning the New Forest 50k (off-road) in 3.20.47, over 32 minutes before the second athlete to finish.  Steve then went on a 9 mile warm-down!  The fact that 74 completed this race shows that ultra running can’t be considered a minority sport.  Earlier that day Jacek Cieluszecki and Rob McTaggart won the Poole and Bournemouth Parkruns respectively, with Billy McGreevy 3rd at Bournemouth in which Jud Kirk, Simon Hunt, Paula Kirk and Steve Cox also ran.  511 finished at Poole and 191 at Bournemouth.

The next day, 23 March, BAC was represented at the Eastleigh 10k by David Long and Robin Copestick, both of whom had excellent runs.  Of a complete field of 2335, David was a magnificient 26th in 32.28, with Robin not far behind, 62nd in 34.10.

Inter-Counties XC, Parkruns, Winter Series, Weymouth Bay 10k – and Two Woman Bobsleigh!

A bit of catching up to do – going back to Saturday 8 March Dorset was well represented at the Inter-Counties Cross Country Championships held at Crofton Park, Birmingham, with BAC athletes contributing to team results in three age categories. In the Senior Mens’ competition Steve Way, Richard Horton and Rob McTaggart were part of the six man team which finished 20th of 32 complete teams – not bad for tiny Dorset competing against, for example, Yorkshire, Scotland West and Scotland East. The Dorset U20 Mens’ team achieved an excellent result, scoring 4th of 27 teams, helped by David Long and Jo Arundel, with Brendan Kirkton also running in this race. The U15 Boys Dorset Team was 24th of 40 complete teams, and running in this race was Seb Hearn.  The U15 Girls Dorset team received a substantial boost from Bridget Dence, finishing 39th of a total of 277, well before any other Dorset runner, whose efforts are nevertheless to be commended, ensuring there was a complete Dorset team, finishing 21st of 40. Well done to everyone who made the long journey to Birmingham to represent their County!
The Bournemouth Parkruns continue to be well supported by BAC athletes, with Robin Copestick winning on 8 March at Kings Park, with Billy McGreevy second and Emma Dews fourth (first lady). Also running were Jud Kirk, Nikki Sandell, Steve Cox, Joe Price, Caroline Rowley and Will Price. The Bournemouth Parkrun is approaching a regular field of 200, with 192 competing on 8 March, and 219 the following week, 15th March, when Emma Dews was again fourth and first lady, closely followed by David Long, with Ian White (very pleased with a Parkrun PB!), Jud and Paula Kirk, Steve Cox and Will Price also running. Meanwhile in Poole Park, BAC had a winner on 8th March, namely Jacek Cieluszecki, with Karl Welch fourth, followed by Simon Munro (14th) and Gemma Bragg (47th). There were 550 finishers, the same number who finished on 15th March, when Simon Way was second with a “massive PB”!                                    The last of the Poole Runners’ Boscombe Pier 5k Series took place on the evening of Friday 14 March and, of a total of 153, 21st was Lawrence Down (18.25), 32nd Jud Kirk (19.07), 48th Steve Cox (20.05), both Jud and Steve running their fastest 5Ks for some time, 64th Joe Price (21.06), rapidly improving after return from injury, and 132nd Will Price in a time of 25.43.
The Weymouth Bay 10k took place on 16th March, with Billy McGreevy reported to be fourth, despite stopping to help another competitor who’d fallen which probably prevented a PB, as Billy’s time was 30 seconds outside his PB. This race appears to be one of a series of 10Ks organised by a promotions company, and may not qualify for inclusion in the Championship Table, but once the results are published this can be clarified, and we’ll know if there were any other BAC athletes taking part.
Finally, not athletics as such but worth a mention – congratulations to Anya Kay who won a Bronze Medal at the British Two-Woman Bobsleigh Championships held at Igls, Austria on 8th March. Anya will be competing at the BAC Open Meeting at Kings Park on 29 March so it will be possible to offer personal congratulations then!

Parkruns home and abroad, Reading and Bath HMs and Marathon abroad (Seville)

Antonio Ruiz wears his BAC vest, with team-mates before running Seville Marathon
Antonio Ruiz wears his BAC vest, with team-mates before running Seville Marathon

572 souls ran the Poole Parkrun on Saturday 1 March, of whom one, Karl Welch, who was fourth, was a BAC athlete. In Bournemouth, the total completing the Parkrun exceeded 200, and in second place the ‘unknown’ is thought to be Emma Dews – perhaps there was a scanning problem at the finish.  (Update about Emma – the results have been amended to show that Emma WAS the second finisher and first lady, running a Parkrun PB and breaking her own course record.  Furthermore Emma was Parkrunner of the Week and there is an article about Emma on the Parkrun website – see www.parkrun.org.uk/bournemouth and click on ‘News’.)  Also running in Kings Park were Duncan Wells, Roy Long, Ian White, Jud Kirk, Steve Cox, Joe Price, Ian Graham (1st V65 and Parkrun PB!), Paula Kirk and Will Price. Meanwhile, in Denmark, Billy McGreevy was running one of three Parkruns in Copenhagen, finishing 3rd in 17.59 – an appropriate way to celebrate his 50th Parkrun! A Facebook photo of Billy shows him (in his BAC vest) running totally alone, causing some sceptic to query whether there were only four competing! However it can be reported that a total of 67 completed the run.  A Parkrun result missed earlier was the Weymouth Parkrun on Saturday 22 February in which Club Captain Simon Munro was 2nd of 89 competitors.

Nearer to home, the next day, Steve Way continued his 100k training by running the Reading Half Marathon in a time of 1.08.35, consolidating his position at the top of the Championship Table. Steve was 27th of a total field of 14,261.  Also running at Reading were Rob McTaggart, 82nd in 1.13.20, Manol Dimitrov, 250th in 1.20.27 and Toby Chapman, 279th in 1.21.22.  On the same day, Sunday 2 March, three BAC athletes completed the Bath Half Marathon, namely Ian Habgood, 27th of a field of 11,176, in 1.13.23, Simon Way, 69th in 1.17.17 and Graeme Miller, 80th in 1.17.52. Simon‘s time was a PB by over a minute, and propels him to second in the Championship Table.
A week earlier, 23 February, Antonio Ruiz, who contributed so much to BAC last year, competing and coaching, during a stay in Bournemouth from his native Spain, ran an excellent debut marathon in Seville in 2.54.10, quite an achievement.  Antonio wore his BAC vest and says “when I wear this vest I feel full of beans and bring me really nice memories”.

BAC athletes selected for their country and Parkrun and Marathon winners!

Steve Way
Steve Way
Jon Sharkey
Jon Sharkey

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 Lee Piercy in a time of 1.18.27, followed not far behind by Richard Nelson, 18th in 1.34.01.

Lytchett 10, Bramley 20 & 10, Parkruns, Meon Valley Plod, Boscombe Pier 5k

BAC Mens' Team Lytchett 10 - Lee Piercy, Steve Way, Simon Munro (Club Captain), Josh Cole, Jacek Cieluszecki, Toby Chapman, Jez Bragg
BAC Mens’ Team Lytchett 10 – Lee Piercy, Steve Way, Simon Munro (Club Captain), Josh Cole, Jacek Cieluszecki, Toby Chapman, Jez Bragg
BAC Ladies with their Lytchett 10 prizes - Caroline Rowley (1st FV40), Gemma Bragg (2nd Lady), Nikki Sandell (3rd Lady)
BAC Ladies with their Lytchett 10 prizes – Caroline Rowley (1st FV40), Gemma Bragg (2nd Lady), Nikki Sandell (3rd Lady)
BAC Ladies' Team Lytchett 10 - Helen Ambrosen, Cherry Sheffrin, Nikki Sandell, Gemma Bragg, Caroline Rowley
BAC Ladies’ Team Lytchett 10 – Helen Ambrosen, Cherry Sheffrin, Nikki Sandell, Gemma Bragg, Caroline Rowley

Lytchett 10 – 16 February 2014

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 Simon Munro 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 Steve Cox 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 Poole Runners‘ 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.

BAC winning team Lytchett 10 - Lee Piercy, Steve Way, Jacek Cieluszecki, Josh Cole
BAC winning team Lytchett 10 – Lee Piercy, Steve Way, Jacek Cieluszecki, Josh Cole

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”.  Jon Sharkey‘s preparation for his 100k challenge also appears to be going well, as he ran the 10 mile 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 Poole Park.  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, Caroline Rowley, 63rd in 21.59 and Will Price, 123rd  in 26.01.  There were 151 finishers.