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 ManolDimitrov 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 Forest50k (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 RobMcTaggart 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.
A bit of catching up to do – going back to Saturday 8 March Dorset was well represented at the Inter-Counties Cross CountryChampionships 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 RobMcTaggart 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 BrendanKirkton 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 madethe 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 KingsPark, with Billy McGreevy second and Emma Dews fourth (first lady). Also running were Jud Kirk, Nikki Sandell, Steve Cox, JoePrice, 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 EmmaDews 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 JacekCieluszecki, 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 WillPrice in a time of 25.43.
The Weymouth Bay 10k took place on 16th March, with BillyMcGreevy 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-WomanBobsleigh Championships held at Igls, Austria on 8thMarch. Anya will be competing at the BAC Open Meeting at KingsPark on 29 March so it will be possible to offer personal congratulations then!
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, BillyMcGreevy was running one of three Parkruns in Copenhagen, finishing 3rd in 17.59 – an appropriate way to celebrate his 50thParkrun! 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 ChampionshipTable. 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”.
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.