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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.

Parkrun and Chichester 10k

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 18 February, 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.

Blackmore Vale Half Marathon – and Parkruns

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 Paul Consani, whose contribution was invaluable in ensuring BAC fielded a complete Dorset Road Race League team. Having achieved promotion to Division 1 of the Ladies’ Road Race 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 Parkrun Emma 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.

Bournemouth and Poole Parkruns 25 January

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), Dave Parsons (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!).