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BAC heroes Luke Sinnott and Mark Bowra impress at Invictus Games

Luke Sinnott was going for gold in the IT2 100m, 200m and 400m at the Invictus Games 2017 in Toronto

The Invictus Games 2017 took place in Toronto, Canada, between 23rd and 30th September and featured two Bournemouth AC members representing Great Britain. Luke Sinnott took part in the IT2 100m, 200m and 400m and Mark Bowra was in the IF2 Discus and Shotput finals.

The Invictus Games was the brainchild of Prince Harry, set up for members or former members of the armed forces from countries all around the world who have been disabled, either physically or mentally. The Games in Toronto was the third edition of the Invictus Games, following London in 2014 and Florida in 2016.

Luke lost both his legs whilst serving in the Army in Afghanistan in 2010 after becoming the victim of an Improvised Explosive Device. Luke demonstrated the extraordinary character to, not only come back from that, but also to forge a very successful athletics career.

Luke joined Bournemouth AC two years ago and was an inspirational special guest at the BAC presentation evening 2015. He mainly specialises in the Long Jump T42, competing for Great Britain in the World Champions in July. In fact, he finished 4th in the event with a PB jump of 6.15m and was only 10cm shy of a medal.

There was no Long Jump event though in the Invictus Games, so Luke competed in some of the track events instead. First he won his IT2 100m heat in a time of 14.05. Shortly after, he won his 200m heat  in a time of 28.50.

This put him into the finals of both events, where he took the silver medal in the 100m with a time of 14.32. An hour later he was competing in the 200m final, where he went one better, taking the gold medal in an incredible time of 27.99.

Then in the afternoon of that very same day, Luke lined of the 400m final as well. Incredibly, he managed to add to his medal haul, taking a second gold medal, with a time of 1.03.94.

Luke Sinnott races to the line to claim one of two gold medals he won, along with one silver

Needless to say, it was a tremendously successful Games for Luke. He had been determined to win a medal after pledging to bring one back for the family of Corporal David Barnsdale. Corporal Barnsdale was a friend and colleague of Luke’s who was also in the bomb squad. He was killed in Helmand Province in 2010 when a bomb exploded.

This gave Luke an added motivation to succeed and he did not just want to bring any medal back to Corporal Barnsdale’s family. He wanted it to be gold – and indeed it was.

Also travelling to Toronto in search of Invictus Games glory, Mark Bowra was another BAC member who is often seen perfecting his craft at Kings Park.

Mark Bowra packs his bags for Toronto ensuring he brings all his UK kit

Mark was a Lieutenant Colonel in the Royal Marines. He has always been very sporty and was a member of BaySUP (The Standup Paddleboard club) based in Bournemouth. His life changed dramatically in 2014 when he suffered a severe stroke, which affected his physical ability and speech.

Mark wasn’t going to let the disability get the better of him though and was determined to get back into sports. He’s since excelled in throwing events and was proud to represent Great Britain in both the IF2 Discus and the IF2 Shotput at the Invictus Games.

Mark represented Great Britain in the IF2 Discus and Shotput at the Invictus Games

With a distance of 15.02m, Mark took 5th place in the Discus and with a best throw of 5.97m he finished 6th in the Shotput. This marked a very successful couple of days of athletics for BAC athletes and for Great Britain.

Luke and Mark are not only war heroes, they are also sporting heroes. Their achievements at the Invictus Games are truly inspirational and demonstrate that with hard work and dedication, and with the right attitude, any obstacle can be overcome.

 

 

 

 

Joy and Janet Win Speed Heptathlon and Decathlon Championships

Joy and Janet Dickinson did BAC proud at the Speed Heptathlon and Decathlon Championships at Basingstoke on Saturday 23 September 2017.

Juliet Dobson, Janet Dickinson, Paul Rees, Hazel Bates, Joy Wright, Jemma Bates

The Speed Decathlon event was held at Down Grange, Basingstoke for the 4th consecutive year, following the success of previous years. The competition included a ONE HOUR Decathlon, speed Heptathlon for ladies and a team Decathlon.

Basingstoke and Mid-Hants AC have themselves been a successful multi-events club in recent years, boasting many internationals across various age groups. This event was to celebrate this and offer a rare opportunity to compete in a one hour speed decathlon and speed heptathlon in 42 minutes.

The driving force behind the resurrection of this event was Geoff Butler based on the concept that a group of athletes could together complete all 10 Decathlon events in the correct order, aiming to start the 1500m before 60 minutes elapsed from the 100m gun start.

Janet jumped (literally) at the rare chance to compete in a Decathlon, a combined event consisting of ten track and field events, usually contested by men.  Janet’s experience as a multi-event athlete and current British Heptathlon Champion (age graded) shone threw amongst a strong field of competitive athletes.  Joy, as a novice, opted for the Heptathlon (only 7 events), perhaps constrained by the daunting thought of the pole vault, triple jump, and back to back hurdle events (80m & 100m).  Perhaps her debut success will fuel her desire for more combined-events in the future.

As the day unfolded, it was soon became apparent that the event was organised by extremely passionate individuals, devoted to making it one to remember.  The day ran extremely smoothly with young assistants taking athlete’s bags around and providing support where needed whilst cheering competitors on.  The timers keepers and officials were highly competent and efficient with the bonus of good humoured fun.   It certainly was an event to mark the end of a fabulous BAC track and field season.  Trophies were awarded to the winners, celebrated in style on the podium, plus many prizes for individual best event scores and a goody bags to take home.

Apart from the slight windy gusts, the weather was fabulous, with beautiful sunshine providing both warmth and glorious blue skies.
Athletes from Italy, Holland, Germany and Sweden were competing and the incredible atmosphere amongst the athletes, officials and organisers was exceptional.

BAC were well represented by Juliet Dobson, Jemma and Hazel Bates (pictured top), our wonderful lady officials, who joined a high class team of officials, ensuring a smooth running competition.

Podium Joy

The day started well with Joy’s unexpected win in the 80m hurdles.  In Joy’s pod group was a her main rival, a pleasant master’s athlete who travelled from Sweden especially for the event.

Once the hurdles were out of the way, Joy soon got into the swing of things and achieved some respectable performances.  These included High Jump 1.35m, Shot 7.90m, 200m 29.25, Long Jump 4.13m, at least 60cm shy of the board (pictured photo), Javelin 22.59 and finally a lactic 2:52, 800m.

High Jump Joy
200m Joy
Long Jump taking off well behind the board

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

Javelin Joy

Joy dominated the ladies Heptathlon winning with a clear 600 points from the nearest competitor.

Joy being congratulated by one of the event organisers

 

Joy was somewhat baffled by the score calculations but was exceptionally surprised and pleased with her performance.  Even more so when she achieved the award for best overall 200m and 800m scores.

 

Prize Joy

Janet Dickinson scored a remarkable 5593 points to win the mixed Decathlon, beating a large field of 30 athletes, (mainly men) and impressively the three Decathlon team.  Janet convincingly beat all competitors by over 500 points in this challenging age graded event.

Janet at the top of the Podium amongst and impressive array of athletic talent

In great style Janet’s performances included a season’s best Long Jump of 4.75m, (a significant achievement in a speed event especially using a different take-off leg), 80mH 15.53, shot put 8.17m, High Jump 1.38m, 400m 80.95, Discus 24.32, Pole Vault 1.80m, Javelin 26.70 and a gruelling 1500m in 7.16.
Janet achieved best overall scores for both her Long Jump and High Jump performances.

Janet flying over the 80m hurdles
Janet’s Shot Put

Janet sprinting the home straight
Janet Pole Vault
Janet collecting Prize for best overall event score, High Jump & Long Jump

At the end of the day’s proceedings and after the presentations, the traditional Chunder (beer) mile was undertaken by a competitive set of brave (or slightly nutty) runners.

It was undoubtedly a fun and entertaining end to an amazing day (especially for the spectators).

 

 

Congratulations to the Geoff Butler, the Chunder Champion 5 years running.

Geoff Butler, Chunder Champion

The whole event was excellently run from start to finish and one to look out for next year.  Those experienced or new to the event will undoubtedly enjoy a fabulous day, so don’t miss out and join the BAC Team next September!

Thank you to Basingstoke for putting on such a great competition and well done BAC ladies and team Officials, a suitable end to a great season at BAC!

Bournemouth Open Meeting Autumn 2017

Bournemouth played host to the autumn open meeting to mark the end of the track season on a wet and windy September’s day. Over 300 athletes competed across a wide range ages from U13 through to Veteran (35+). Despite very wet and windy weather conditions, numerous athlete’s ended the season on a high achieving Personal or Season’s Bests.

BAC athletes showed promising talent across numerous events in achieving an impressive number of PBs. In the sprints, 100m by Jack Davies (U20) 11.0s, Joe Haywood (U17) 11.4s, Dylan Cooper (U17) 11.6s, Dan Kirby (U17) 11.7s, and Tom Betts (U17) 11.7s. In the 200m, Dan Kirby (U17) performed well clocking 24.7s PB.

Jack Davies (red) storming home in the 100m with Keelan Abley pictured right

100m Boys
100m Boys
100m Girls

In the Jumps, Joe Haywood equalled his Long Jump PB of 5.89m. Janet Dickinson and Madeline Smith took on the Long Jump to win age group categories with Madeline 2nd overall and Janet 4th.
Iona Sheerin won the High Jump with a new all-time high PB of 1.61m. Louise Galloway was close in 3rd place with 1.56m.

Janet hitting the long jump board

In the Throws, Izzy and Amy set a new Hammer PB in an excellent competition. Danielle Broom (U20) threw the Discus 39.27m to take home the Gold, Isabella Shepherd threw 22.1m to place third U17. Janet took silver in the Javelin with 24.29m in a close competition where everyone worked hard to deal with the conditions.

Dan Brunsden Throwing the Discus

Dan Brunsden showed great form with a clean sweep across all throw events to win Discus (42.55m), Shot (14.21M), Javelin (42.48), Hammer (44.55m) and finally the heavy weight throw at the end with 14.82m. Pheobe Dowson won the weight throw with 13.25m. An enjoyable and fun event for all.
Other great performances in the men’s throws were delivered by our very own Andrew Sheerin, Stephen Dobson and Andy Turner.

Andy Turner throwing
Steve Dobson throwing the discus
Andy Sheerin throwing the discus
Andy Sheerin prepping to throw the discus

Dan in Action

It will be one to remember as we draw a close and reflect on a long and successful track & field season. BAC athletes can now celebrate an SAL league win and promotion and the success of the men holding their own in the BAL.

Congratulations to all involved whether competing, officiating, organising and/or supporting athletes.  Bring on 2018!

Full results can be found here

Janet Dickinson Wins British Masters V50 Heptathlon in Sheffield

Janet Dickinson (left), British Heptathlon Champion with some of the other 50+ competitors at Sheffield

 

The Heptathlon is the championship-level combined events for women consisting in total of seven track and field events.  This year the British Masters Heptathlon championships were hosted at Sheffield Hallam University City Athletics Stadium on 2-3 September 2017.

Persistent issues with Janet’s dominant take-off leg in the jump events impeded her training in the lead up to the championships.  As a result Janet modified her technique less than 4 weeks ago to take-off from her left leg.  Although it has been a challenge, she believed it was necessary to play safe.  This demanded focus, commitment and determination. Well the hard work certainly paid off!

Janet achieved an amazing PB score of 4832 points despite being well shy of her best 200m and high jump performances.  She knows there’s plenty to play for next year.

Janet showing great strength over the hurdles

Half way through the championships, Janet was on good form and headed to one of her favourite pubs in Sheffield, obviously after a much needed rest and refuel.  A lot of hard work first before enjoying a ‘proper northern bitter again at last’.  Perhaps that’s the secret to her success?  If only it were that easy!

Janet is delighted to come away with a win, despite things not going to plan, especially in the high jump and 200m. This shows great promise for next season’s championships and we wish Janet every success.

Next event is the Bournemouth open meeting on 10 September followed by the Speed Heptathlon in 43 mins later in the month along with Joy.

Janet Wins Four Golds!

Janet Dickinson Masters Champion 2017

 

Janet Dickinson wins four golds at SCVAC and VAC Champs in Kingston on 27 August 2017.

Our talented Masters athlete, Janet triumphed in both track and field events to bring home four golden nuggets.

High jump – 1.41m, Long Jump – 4.60m, 200m – 29.15 sec & 400m – 67.8 sec.

Next up is the North of England Masters Championships, Heptathlon, & Throws on 2-3 September (British Masters Athletics/BMAF).

Southern Athletics League – Match & League WINNERS!

Team Winners after a successful day at Portsmouth, SAL

 

Portsmouth, 19 August 2017, was another SAL classic.
Three great teams battling it out against BAC were Winchester, Chichester and Havant.

BAC dug in as usual and scored our highest ever win.  Giving us promotion next year and a league division win to add a cherry to the top.

A huge thanks to every athlete, official, coach, Mum and Dad who gave their support to the club.

There were strong wins across track and field. The breadth and depth has been our best asset this year.

When people were tired they ran
When people were hurt they threw
When they had done 5 events they did another

Thanks to every single person this year who competed. There are a lot of you.

If you did not get a chance this year join in next.  If you’re not a member, then join the fun.  What a blast it has been.

WE ARE WINNERS

Andrew Sheerin

Solid Start to Season for BAC’s Men’s BAL Team

On Saturday 6th May, the BAC BAL team travelled to Kingsmeadow, London for their first match of the year. The team was promoted to Div 2 at the end of the last season which now ranks them inside the top 24 teams in the UK. The team, which saw some new athletes battling alongside most of last year’s usual faces, encountered some tough opposition which included a number of GB&NI International Athletes.

Notable performances in the field came from thrower Dan Brunsden who scored solid points in the Shot, Discus and Hammer. Returning to the team this year was his brother Steve, who after some years out of competition, returned to set a new PB with a 49.01m Hammer throw.

Long Jumper Bradley Pickup rejoined the team this year teaming up with James Lelliott to take 1st place in the A and B strings. They both also scored valuable points together in the Triple Jump. Lelliott once again demonstrated his versatility over a range of other events winning the B Discus and coming 3rd in the A Javelin (55.03m). The B string Javelin was won by Andy Brown.

Alex Cox made a solid start to his season coming 3rd in the A High Jump (1.90m) with Cameron Hale 4th in the B. Hale then went on to just miss out on a PB in the Pole Vault, clearing 3.20m

Harry Dalton, a new multi-event athlete for the team gained valuable points in the Pole Vault, Shot, 110m Hurdles and the 4x400m Relay. Like Lelliott, he is destined to score many points for the team during this year’s campaign.

On the track the wind was quite blustery at times. The sprinters were mixing it with some tough international competition such as Conrad Williams. Lelliott doubled up for 100m and 200m with support in the B strings from Pickup and Ben Arnold. Scott Rutter joined with Lelliott, Pickup and Arnold to finish a commendable 4th place in the 4x100m Relay.

In the 400m, Kev Hodgson and Muiris Egan returned to gain valuable points, before joining with Dalton and fellow new team member Yiu Man Wong in the 4x400m Relay where they finished 5th in a tough race.

Rob Green, a former English Schools 400m Hurdles 4th placer, made his debut for the team with a solid A race, 57.33 a time unseen from a BAC athlete for many years. Wong was 4th in the B race.

Jamie Grose and Lewis Sainval, who had both been out for some weeks over the past few months made a return to the track to contest the 800m. Grose was 6th in the A string, but a determined race by Sainval allowed him to clinch 2nd place in the B race.

Josh King set a new lifetime best in the 3000m Steeple Chase, finishing 3rd with a time of 9:52.9. Ever present Roy Long gained those valuable points in the B race, finishing 5th.

David Long and Rob McTaggart both had strong races in the 3000m. Long was 4th in the A race (8:51.27) and McTaggart 3rd in the B (9:05.58) having just completed the London Marathon less than a fortnight earlier. Long and Grose both also competed in the 1500m finishing 4th (A) and 3rd (B) respectively.

At the end of the day BAC finished in 4th place (of 8) with only 24 points separating 1th to 4th places. This sets yet another highest ever position for a BAC team.

Team Manager Tim Hughes was delighted with the performance of his athletes and the solid start to life in Div 2. “This match was never going to be easy, but the determination of our athletes never fails to impress. They are not phased by the higher standards found in Div 2 and they genuinely would love to go out there and try and win the Division. I targeted recruitment over the winter towards what have become traditionally weak events for us, and the new guys Rob, Harry and Yiu Man along with returning athletes Steve and Bradley did not fail to impress”.

Hughes goes on to talk about the next match. “We have made a solid start so far finishing 4th in a match where the top three teams were all effectively very local to the event. Next time they have to travel too. I don’t doubt that we can go and put in another solid performance at the June match and maybe start to creep up the league table”.

Match Result: http://www1.bal.org.uk/media/1599/2017-div-2-match-1-results-v1.pdf

England Athletics Marathon Championship Bronze, The Stickler, Wessex Cross Country League, Nigel Hayman at the World Masters Championships and celebrations in Christchurch!

 

England Athletics Marathon Championship (London Marathon) Bronze Medal won for BAC by Steve Way, Jacek Cieluszecki and Toby Chapman
England Athletics Marathon Championship (London Marathon) Bronze Medal won for BAC by Steve Way, Jacek Cieluszecki and Toby Chapman

BAC has finally received from England Athletics the Bronze Medal won for the club by Steve Way, Jacek Cieluszecki and Toby Chapman (who have their individual medals) in the National Marathon Championships held in conjunction with the London Marathon in April. Almost every club in the country will have had a team competing in London, so many congratulations to BAC‘s team on achieving third place. Steve‘s time at London was 2.20.50, Jacek‘s 2.28.17 and Toby‘s 2.31.38.  It is hoped that the medal will be on display at the club’s Presentation Evening on Saturday 12 November at the Queens Hotel, Bournemouth at 7 pm (tickets, £7.50 to include a buffet, still available Tuesday and Thursday evenings at the club office!).

Damian Boyle tackles Hod Hill on The Stickler...................
Damian Boyle tackles Hod Hill on The Stickler……………….

Just over a week ago, three BAC athletes took part in The Stickler, organised by Dorset Doddlers, a tough off-road races of just over 10 miles, starting and finishing in Shillingstone, and taking in Dorset’s 3 Peaks, The Stickler itself, Hod Hill and Hambledon Hill (although there does seem to be another one stuck in the middle!).  Of the 505 finishers, Damian Boyle was 12th in 1.11.46, a PB of some 7 minutes for this course, Nick Kenchington was 39th in 1.16.35 and Ian Graham was 252nd in 1.36.32.

..........pursued by Nick Kenchington............
……….pursued by Nick Kenchington………..
.................and Ian Graham
……………..and Ian Graham

There have been two fixtures for this season of the Wessex Cross Country League, on 9 October at Canford Heath, and on 6 November at Ashley Heath Country ParkBAC‘s competitors on 9 October were: U11B 34. Isaac Sandell 9.20; U11G 45. Holly Stonier 9.46; U13G 14. Anya Sandell 13.03, 15. Ruby Bowden 13.14, 23. Emily Stonier 13.41; U15B 9. Tom Farwell 14.46; U15G 17. Ella Barlow 18.04; U17W 11. Kate Stanger 23.03; FV 21 Paola King 42.05.  There was considerable BAC representation at the fixture on 6 November, and results will be reported when they become available.

Congratulations to Nigel Hayman, competing at the World Masters Championships in Perth, Australia.  Nigel was just 0.15 seconds from a bronze medal when he finished 5th in the final of the M40 110mH in a time of 15.90.

Finally, over 20 of BAC‘s road and cross country athletes celebrated, primarily the success of both the mens’ and the ladies’ teams in the 2016 Dorset Road Race League campaign, at Mela Restaurant in Christchurch (with some going on elsewhere till the early hours!).  Many thanks to Club Captain Richard Nelson for organising a very successful evening.  Unfortunately, no-one thought to take any photos……………………

England Athletics Marathon Championship (London Marathon) Bronze Medal won for BAC by Steve Way, Jacek Cieluszecki and Toby Chapman
England Athletics Marathon Championship (London Marathon) Bronze Medal won for BAC by Steve Way, Jacek Cieluszecki and Toby Chapman

 

PBs at Great South Run, European 24 hr Championships, USA additional, BAC World Records, Selection for UKA Advanced Apprenticeship and ParkRun progress

David Long competes in the USA
David Long competes in the USA

Three BAC athletes competed in the Great South Run in Portsmouth on Sunday 23 October – and all achieved PBs, such is the quality of BAC training! Congratulations to Tom Paskins, 120th in 1.00.50, Richard Brawn, 398th in 1.07.14 and Tony Hunt, 468th in 1.08.16.  A total field of 17666 completed this race.  Richard‘s BAC vest was seen on the TV coverage of the race on at least a couple of occasions.

Richard Brawn on the ramparts of Southsea Castle prior to the Great South Run
Richard Brawn on the ramparts of Southsea Castle prior to the Great South Run

On the continent, Pat Robbins was competing in the 24 Hour European Championships in Albi, France.  This event consists of a loop of 1,100 metres, each loop consisting of a lap of an athletics track followed by a circuit round the outside of the track, then back on to the track, etc.  The race commenced at 10 am on Saturday 22 October, and finished at 10 am on Sunday 23 October, with the competitors then placed in the order of the distance they had covered.  Last year, Pat was part of a GB team which won World and European Gold Medals at the World 24 Hour Championships, so may have been disappointed with his result at Albi,  where he finished 46th of 94 athletes, having completed 185 circuits of the loop, a distance of 204.915 km.  To put this into context, the event was won by fellow Brit Dan Lawson, whose distance was 261.843 km, a new record, consisting of 236 circuits.  The GB team consisting of Dan, Marco Consani and James Elson were the mens’ team Silver Medal winners.

Pat Robbins with the GB Squad at the European 24 Championships, together with Paul Consani, there to support Marco Consani and the rest of the squad
Pat Robbins with the GB Squad at the European 24 Championships, together with Paul Consani, there to support Marco Consani and the rest of the squad

In addition to the David Long‘s Philadelphia Half Marathon, reported on previously, David also competed in two further races, proudly wearing his BAC vest, whilst in the USA.  On 8 October, he ran in the Fast Cats Classic in Owensboro, Kentucky, an 8k race in which David finished 7th in 26.28.  David admits that he went off to fast and paid for this in the later stages, a mistake he did not repeat the following week when , on 15 October, he won the UE Invitational, in Evansville, Indiana, another 8k race which David completed in 25.23.  David says he is pleased with the way he ran, “keeping even pace throughout and burning them off at the end”.

David Long (front row, fourth from left) relaxes with other competitors after the Fast Cats Classic, USA
David Long (front row, fourth from left) relaxes with other competitors after the Fast Cats Classic, USA

Whilst on the international stage, although not strictly speaking athletics, it’s worth mentioning that Anya Kay has once again been selected to represent Great Britain in Bobsleigh, this time at a World Cup circuit competition in Canada – on Christmas Day!

Two of our athletes who constantly come to attention, and rightly so,  are Janet Dickinson and Danielle Broom.  Janet, you will recall, competed in a tetradecathlon, 14 disciplines over two days, in Cambridge in August.  It has now been confirmed that, in two of the disciplines, the 100m and Long Jump, Janet achieved no less than World Records in her W45 category.  To achieve this in isolation would be fantastic, but to do so in the middle of 12 other disciplines is just amazing!  Danielle‘s incredible season has been acknowledged by a nomination to take part in a UKA Advanced Apprenticeship in Sporting Excellence.  This is a programme designed to meet the needs of young athletes aged 16 – 18 who have a realistic potential to achieve excellence and to perform at the highest level as their main career.  It is no accident that Danielle has been ‘spotted’ at top level as one of future athletic stars.  It is a result of hard work and dedication, coupled, of course, with a great deal of natural talent.  Well done to Janet and Danielle – we are extremely proud of you!

Alex Gould is yet another example of the improvement which comes from BAC training.  Alex won the Bournemouth ParkRun on 15 October in a time of 17.27.  Alex joined BAC relatively recently, and his ParkRun times have come down rapidly from 28.57 in the course of less than one year!

David Long competes in the USA
David Long competes in the USA

Littledown 5, Purbeck Marathon, Philadelphia HM and Silver Medal at English Schools Combined Events

Patrick Sylla assists BAC's BAL team to victory and promotion at Yeovil earlier in the season
Patrick Sylla assists BAC’s BAL team to victory and promotion at Yeovil earlier in the season

Mark Hargreaves is back! And how! After seemingly many years, Mark returned to competition in the Littledown 5 (mile) on Sunday 18 September. This race, as ever excellently organised by Littledown Harriers, is over a course which isn’t exactly for PBs, yet Mark managed to run 29.10 and finish 6th, and 1st V55. Mark wasn’t the first BAC athlete over the line, however, as that honour went to an in-form Alex Goulding, 4th in 28.59, with Billy McGreevy and Tom Paskins packing in after Mark, 7th in 29.12 and 8th in 29.44 respectively. Completing the BAC contingent, all very close, were Ross Smith, 10th in 30.05, Tony Hunt, 19th in 32.14 and Jud Kirk, 20th in 32.24. Had this race been part of the Dorset Road Race League BAC would have had a win – let’s hope for a similar result at the Hoburne 5 mile race on Sunday 25 September!

Meanwhile, on the other side of Poole Harbour, Damian Boyle was running the Purbeck Marathon, off-road, up and down, over a distance which appears to be slightly longer than the ‘statutory’ marathon.  It seems there were some issues at the start which means that the results aren’t yet available, but Damian is very happy with his 3.50 time, and believes he is in the top 20.  Damian describes the race as a “fabulous” event, run this year in glorious weather, and he appreciated the free bottle of cider at the end, which “didn’t last very long”!

Further away, on the other side of the Atlantic, David Long was competing in the Philadelphia Half Marathon.  Of his run, David says: “I was disappointed with the time, but happy how I raced.  Got a little too excited at mile 8 and didn’t respect the distance which left an emotional last 5 miles to say the least”.  Disappointed or not, David still ran 1.12.14, to finish 18th of a total field of 12206 – not too bad!!

The final Track & Field fixture took place over the weekend 17/18 September – the English Schools Combined Events at Exeter, where three BAC athletes competed.  Many congratulations to Cameron Hale on his Silver Medal in the boys’ octathlon, helped by an amazing Javelin throw of 59.38.  Cameron was certainly in good form, with PBs in the U20M 400m (55.71), 1500m (5.22.65) and 100mH (14.99).  Cameron‘s octathlon competition was completed by the Long Jump (5.90), High Jump (1.82), Shot Put (13.55) and Discus throw (41.36).  Rumour has it that Cameron has been selected to represent English Schools – very well deserved!  Well done also to Olivia Galloway and Iona Sheerin who both completing Heptathlons at Exeter.  Olivia Galloway‘s events were U17W 200m (27.22), 800m (2.38.49), 80mH (12.28), High Jump (1.50), Long Jump (4.64), Shot Put (10.34) and Javelin throw (32.09), whilst Iona Sheerin‘s results were U17W 200m (27.83), 800m (3.04.16), 80mH (13.33), High Jump (1.59), Long Jump (4.51), Shot Put (10.68) and Javelin throw (20.75).

Patrick Sylla assists BAC's BAL team to victory and promotion at Yeovil earlier in the season
Patrick Sylla assists BAC’s BAL team to victory and promotion at Yeovil earlier in the season