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 Gemma Bragg, 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.
Christmas Day Parkruns
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.