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YDL LOWER on Saturday 17th June

By Karen Wilkinson

Our amazing athletes have only gone and done it again with New Forest Junior….YDL Lower have again won their home match!!
So proud of each and everyone of our and New Forest Juniors athletes. They all performed to the best of their ability in some very inclement weather. The wind whipped down the track at times and then all of a sudden across the track and then came down the fine drizzle of rain, temperature dropped and it felt like winter but who cares about the weather when our athletes did what they do best!!
Our U13 girls were amazing. Mia Armstrong run a superb 75m and gaining a PB and Sofina Sommerseth also jumped a PB in long jump, well done girls. Our middle distance runners ran amazing races, Martha Preece ran the 1500m and a PB closely followed by Neve who also ran a PB, both first in their races!
Moving on to our U13 boys who are a joy to watch, their determination on their faces when they compete speaks volumes! Daniel Armstrong ran a terrific 200m and a PB, he also ran a 800m and 100m. Then we have Oscar Ewen Matthews, who controlled his 800m from the front and his competitors all tried but couldn’t keep up with his pace! Also, Oscar can hold his own in the long jump, jumping 4.17m! Samuel Brewer ran a fantastic 800m and a PB, he also ran a great 100m! Aayan Kar ran a fabulous 100m and 200m. Joe Wilkinson cleared all the hurdles in a very respectable time. In the field we had Henry Phipp who jumped a PB in long jump and matched his PB in high jump, sadly due to an injury from the high jump Henry didn’t throw the shot putt. So, this is where Louie Todd stepped up and threw the shot putt for us and came 2nd, well done Louie and thank you! Louie also threw the javelin and ran a PB in 1500m! Nathen Mearns ran super 1500 in the cold drizzle.
Our U15 girls were fantastic, Lana Blake ran a PB of 12.5 in 100m. Tamika Douch and Mia Wilkinson also ran superb times in 100m too! Mia Wilkinson also cleared the hurdles and ran a great race. Tamika and Leah Sullivan both won their long jump competitions with some tremendous jumping! Ruby Bowden ran a fabulous 800m! Anya Sandell ran a PB in the 800m and cleared a PB in high jump, amazing performance Anya! Abi Phillips ran an ace 200m and a PB and then went on to match her PB in the 300m! In the field Kira Collard was on form and threw the Shot and the Discus scoring us some valuable points!
Finally, our U15 boys first on track was our awesome athlete Keon, who run an amazing 20om and later in the day he ran a super 100m. Morgan Sommerseth matched his PB in long jump, ran an incredible 800m and a PB and also stepped in to run the 300m! Finally Jasper Todd ran the great 1500m and also ran the 4 X 300m relay with Morgan and two boys from NFJ.
Thank you to all our athletes and to their amazing parents who support their children, which in turns supports the club, we really do appreciate it! Apparently, we stand a chance of promotion next season!!

BAC Masters Shine at the SWVAC Track & Field Championships

The South West Vets Championships were held at Exeter Arena, home to Exeter Harriers Athletics Club on 17 June 2018. The annual championships present an opportunity to meet and compete with the Masters athletes in the South West region.

Several BAC athletes made the long journey to compete in various events, both track and field, running, jumping and throwing to an excellent standard, showing that age is no barrier.

Joy & Janet scooped up two Gold medals

The BAC ladies were represented by Janet Dickinson and Joy Wright who were happy to see former team mates Paola King and Jean Fail line up for their respective events. Paola was also dedicated to selling the SWVAC kit with a lovely smile – this season’s black is purple!

Janet won Long Jump with an outstanding 4.66m, 400m in 66.68sec after an incredible 300m Hurdles debut performance of 51.5sec. Janet’s great performance was a South West Championship and regional record W50, not a bad day in the office. It seems clear that Janet has plenty more to give, especially in the 300mH as she chopped her stride coming into the last hurdle which set her back. At that point Janet was behind the lead runner by several metres yet she refused to settle for 2nd and powered across the line, breaking the 52sec mark, an inspirational run!  Janet commented on her performance making reference to the last 100m where the lactic acid really kicked in and the need to work on that last hurdle.  In fact, it as it was the first time she had cleared all eight hurdles, even in training so kudos to Janet!

In the same race, Jean Fail, former BAC member and current World Masters Champion Hurdles W65 ran her speciality for the first time this year and showed fantastic form, many commented that she “looked terrific”. It certainly was a pleasure to watch and be a part of the action for those present. Paola King also ran well in the 300mH and had a busy day also competing in the 100m and shot putt and hammer.

Janet powers to victory 300mH
Janet at the final hurdle

Joy won the 200/400m gold double in age group and overall.  In the 200m, Joy powered around the bend in lane 5 and into the home straight.  Although she was expecting the opposition to be up on her shoulders, she lead the way and crossed the line in 28.25 PB, just 0.25 short of the match record but an improvement nonetheless.  Joy was disappointed with her performance as she was wanted to break 28 but felt very heavy in the legs and is still trying to manage long term injuries.

Next up was the 400m with a lane 8 draw which wasn’t great news for Joy.  She wasn’t fazed by it and decided to run her own race.  She had to lead the way and although still out in front, a slight panic motivated her to kick hard in the last 120m.  She accelerated away from the rest of the field and ran 63.39, somewhat disappointed to miss out on the match and club record of 62.9.  Considering the injury problems, Joy reflected on her performance and feels confident there will be significant improvements for the season ahead. Perhaps a better lane draw with more athletes on her heals will help her realise this goal.

The gentlemen’s line up included BAC’s Steve Dobson and Andrew Turner, a fabulous duo of throwing talent as well as track athlete, David Flicos.

Steve Dobson and Andy Turner were both on great form, winning their age group in Shot.  They dominated the competition and looked to be on great form for the upcoming championships.  It was a joy to see both throwing so well with Janet and Joy helping to officiate (as a warm up for the 400m).

Steve Dobson looking great in the shot
Andy Turner on form in the Shot

Andy won the discus outright with a great throw of 34.18m and Steve threw 25.85m for the silver medal.  Steve was the overall winner in shot with a beautiful, golden 10.27m and the only athlete over 10m, which just evaded Andy by an annoying 2cm with his fantastic 9.98m winning shot.

David Flicos showed his determination competing in the 100m in 18.59, High Jump 1.09m and 6.86m Triple Jump.  David finished the day with the 100m hurdles and it was evident he is not a quitter. The previous events had taken it out of his legs and he struggled to clear the hurdles, yet David battled on to finish the race and didn’t give up. He showed strength of character and shear willpower to succeed.

David Flicos looking good in the 100m

The atmosphere, excellent vibe and friendliness at these events are a thrill to witness.  The performances show what can be achieved with hard work and dedication.  These events bring like-minded people from all walks of life and all abilities together and unite us in the great sport we dearly love, Track & Field!

Thank you to the organisers and officials who made the day possible. with so many impressive master athletes competing. A great day!

The next event is the England Masters Inter Area T&F Challenge on 8 July 2018. If you’re over 35 years and inspired by the BAC masters or simply wish to have a go and challenge yourself, you can join any area club such as SWVAC as a 2nd claim athlete

Full results are available on Power of 10

BAC’s BAL Men start to dominate Division 2

The men’s BAL team travelled to Nuneaton for the second round of this year’s BAL campaign. Having won the first round four weeks earlier the team were seeking another successful result. A stronger team was being fielded this time due to better availability of athletes some of whom last time were involved in other competitions. The team battled hard all day and came out as convincing winners with an outstanding 63.5 point lead. With second and third placed teams differing from round 1, this now places BAC proudly at the top of Division 2 with a four league-point gap.

Once again, the success was down to sheer determination of the enthusiastic team which were by far the team with most presence in the stadium that day. There were a number of comments from other teams about how good our support for each other is and you certainly couldn’t fail to hear the half dozen or so cow bells that rang out during the majority of BAC performances alongside a number of increasingly popular team chants.

As is often, the match kicked off with the Long Jump. Alarm bells rang when during the warm up James Lelliott reported having an adductor strain which prevented him from sprinting properly. Discussions took place to decide which events he felt he could do and that did include continuing in the Long Jump. A brave effort saw him win the B string event with Bradley Pickup making a welcome 2018 team debut winning the A string in 7.32m. Later Lelliott jumped to a convincing win in the Triple Jump A string (13.98m), took 1st place in the B Discus, with 40.20m and threw 57.09m to place 3rd in the B string Javelin.

Bradley Pickup Long Jumps to Victory

James Lelliott launches the Javelin

Dan Brunsden completed the trio of heavy throws placing 3rd in both the A string Discus and Shot, and 6th in the A string Hammer. Andrew Sheerin completed the line up for the heavy throws placing 3rd in the B string of his main event, the Hammer, and 4th in the B string Shot.

Hammer Time for Dan Brunsden

High Jump new boy, Lewis Sainval, continued to enjoy his new hobby clearing 1.93m for a fine 2nd place in the A string event. Cameron Hale won the B in 1.73m. In the Pole Vault Hale and Andy Brown both finished in 5th place in each of A and B.

On the track, Ronnie Wells continued to improve with a superb PB of 10.43s in the 100m A race. New recruit Joel Harvey gained a valuable 2nd place in the B string running a PB of 11.04 in his debut race for BAC. Harvey later finished 4th in the A string 200m in 21.87s with Kev Hodgson making a return to the team to finish 3rd in the B string. Hodgson had shortly earlier competed in his main event, the 400m coming 4th in the A string in 49.21s with Muiris Egan 4th in the B race. The two 400m lads then combined with Joel Harvey and Piers Copeland to run an impressive 4x400m Relay in a time of 3:21.36, not too far short of the BAC club record.

Nobody is catching Ronnie Wells today

Joel Harvey and Kev Hodgson showing how a baton change should be done in the 4x400m Relay

Piers Copeland won the 800m A race in impressive style with what appeared to be an ‘easy’ 1:50.80. Lewis Sainval was 3rd in the B race with 1:59.17. Jamie Grose was 4th for A in the 1500m with 3:59.69 and Dan Mulryan 3rd for B. The 5000m lads, Rob McTaggart and David Long, took good points each finishing 3rd in the A and B races.

Piers Copeland in ‘cruise mode’ before winning the 800m

No danger from the sun with David Long’s 5000m hat on

Ayo Byron also appearing in his first BAL match for BAC had an impressive A string win in the 110m Hurdles in a time of 14.98s. Cameron Hale set a new PB of 17.05s to come 3rd in the B race. Ayo had also earlier helped the team in the 400m Hurdles along with Lewis Bartlett, both setting new PBs. Josh King ran a commendable 10:10.77 SB for 3rd place in the 3000m Steeplechase A string with Dan Mulryan a valuable 2nd place in the B.

Ayo Byron flies to victory in the 110m Hurdles

Tim Hughes was once again delighted with the performance of the team. “I never expected that we would travel to Nuneaton and win by around 65 points.” he said, “The guys have really upped their game and so want to do the best they can and win every match now. I’m now not only hopeful of promotion to Div 1 this year, but also of a grand slam set of wins in all four matches.” He goes on to say “Once again the team showed their excellent support towards each other. The BAC cheering and the cow bells were dominant at Nuneaton. I think people know who we are now! I’m looking forward to the Big Saturday at Bedford now and proving in front of the entire BAL league that we continue to be a really strong team – and one that it is fun to be part of.”

Some of the team with a cheeky celebratory refreshment following the superb win.

Photos: Thanks to Lisa Shepherd

MATCH WINNERS! What a day at the SAL!

On Sunday 20 May 2018, Bournemouth AC played host to the first of two SAL home matches at Kings Park.

Bournemouth topped the winner’s podium by a significant margin
BAC 237
Newbury 182
Hillingdon 180
Plymouth 173

Team captain, Andrew Sherrin said he was staggered by the level of competition and how well the Bournemouth athletes performed. So many PBs! Lots of new faces who ran, jumped and threw with the same SAL commitment. It is staggering to win by such a large margin in the face of such strong opposition. Well done to everyone, the support was outstanding. A huge thanks officials, coaches for the never ending support.

BAC are now placed third in Division 2, West with a total 439 points, a short margin under Basingstoke’s 457 and Woking 495. They are still within our reach and if BAC continue to perform to such high standard, another promotion could be realised. Regardless, it’s fantastic we’re so high up the table with 16 clubs in our division.

The SAL goes from strength to strength!

As it this was a home match, the day started off a little different as athletes made their own way to the track for their respective events. However, it soon unfolded into yet another fantastic day which was buzzing with enthusiasm, excitement and determination. Much of our success comes from the atmosphere created by the team and the way we support each other throughout the day. Many came early to provide some much needed support and camaraderie in the form of vocal, emotional and spiritual support.

The weather was conducive for some great performances as it was warm with only a light breeze along the back straight. The match kicked off at 12.00 with the usual 400mH, throwing and jumping.

Danielle Broom seeks solace under the shade of her brolly

The first track event of the day is the 400mH. Lewis Bartlett (A string) and Steve Cox (B) performed well claiming 2nd place A string and 3rd place B in 66.9 and 85.3, PB respectively.

The women struggled to get a B string runner yet Janet Dickinson did not fail to disappoint by running an outstanding PB of 76.1s for 2nd place.

Steve Cox 400mH

Pole Vault:
A great performance in PV as Stewart Cotterill came 2nd (A string) with 2.35m and a win by Steve Cox with another Pole PB of 2.35m.
Rachel Matton made a great debut impression by clearing 2.15m for 2nd place and Nikki scaled 2.05m to win B string.

Long Jump:
More success in LJ with a wins in both A and B string for men and women! Rob Woolgar won with 6.31m and Joe Hayward in 5.45m.
Amelia Dobson won in 5.04m and Olivia Galloway matched it 5.04m for more 1st place points. Victoria Coombs was non scoring and jumped 3.53m.

100m: Jack Davies ran an SB 11.4 to secure 3rd place (A) and Ryan Markham ran 12.1 bagging more point with another 3rd place (B).
Adam Nicholass and Steve Cox ran non-scoring 12.8 and 14.5 PB respectively.

The women performed well with two great wins in A & B string. Chloe Burrows ran a great SB of 12.5 and Jazmin Cooke stormed home with a PB in 12.9. Non scorers Brooke Ironside and Lydia Rogers both ran a great 12.9s!

Muiris Egan ran a speedy 200m SB of 23.1 for 3rd A string in a tight race, just 0.1 behind 2nd place and Ryan Markham came 2nd (B) with 24.4s, just 0.4 behind the winner.
Steve Cox stretched his legs for another non scoring sprint with a great performance of 29.4s.

Brooke Ironside stepped up again with an outstanding 26.1 PB for 2nd place, A String and Rebecca Hannibal also came 2nd (B) with an SB 27.7s.

Muiris Egan stepped up again with a convincing win in 400m in A string with 51.6s SB and the versatile and dedicated Adam Nicholass scored valuable points with 4th in 63.5s.
It was 3rd place for Joy Wright with 62.9 and a well-executed 1st place for Abigail Richardson in 64.2.

Lewis Bartlett ran 2:25.5 but the only yellow vest due to an injured runner pulling out at the last minute runner.
It was a real treat to watch the women’s 800m with a highly competitive race as Abigail Richardson ran 2:24.9 for 2nd place and Holly Collier a great 2:26.8 for 1st B string. Laura Reeves stepped in for a great non-scoring PB 2:41.1.

Rob McTaggart aka Tag, seized valuable points for 3rd place in 4:21.6. Tag is another valuable asset to the club, with his versatility in running various events from shorter to the marathon. He also competes for the Road Running section alongside many others such as Steve Way, Steve Cox, Harriet Slade, Joy Wright …………. It’s great to see this kind of dedication and realisation of the need for both speed and endurance to enhance your chosen discipline or event. We welcome more Road Runners to the track and hope more follow in future.

Lewis Bartlett narrowly missed out on sub 5min with 4th place points 5:01.7 adding to the points tally.

Next up, the women’s 1500m saw Holly Collier back in action with a great 2nd place (A) in a time of 5:08.2, a determined race to the line less than a second ahead of the athlete behind and Lauren East clinched another 2nd in 5:48.9. The points kept rolling in!

The Men’s 3,000m welcomed Steven Way to the track where he nailed a 9:07.1 SB for 3rd place despite a hefty week of ultra-marathon training. He even ran a 20 miler that morning as a warm up! Another display of determination and dedication amongst the BAC athletes. Jacob London ran a great PB, 9:45.7 in the same race for 3rd place (B) well ahead of the last runner. Another welcome to Paul Drake, making a big come back with his first race on the track in over 20 years. Just a blink of an eye to many. He ran a well-paced 10:40 and is keen to compete again for BAC. Paul will be another Masters athlete to watch for inspiration as he gets fitter and faster.

The Women’s 5,000m increased the BAC points tally with Nikki Sandell’s 20:05.9 SB for 2nd A string and Julia Austin’s win in 21:01.2 PB. Welcome to Julia as this was her debut match for BAC and no better way to start than with a win!

Nikki Sandell in action

The Women’s 100mH was a great race as Olivier Galloway and Joy Wright won both A and B string in 15.1s and 18.5, PB respectively. It was a tough race and the runner next to Joy hit a hurdle and fell. It didn’t hinder Joy from giving it everything as she was well away with the hurdle fairies to realise.

The men stepped up next to match these wins in an exciting 110mH against strong competition. Cameron Hale ran a PB of 17.1 and Rob Woolgar’s another PB of 17.8.

1500m Steeple
Despite some concerned faces, Holly Collier stepped on the track to compete in yet another event, an event that she had never tried before. Holly had an incredible race and wasn’t fazed by the barriers nor the effects of the previous 800m and 1500m on her legs. In fact, Holly smiled the entire time and even gave out a good squeal as she hit the cold water jump. Needless to say it was a PB but also a great 2nd place in 6:12.6. Nikki Sandell also competed in the same race with the remnants of the 5,000m in her legs. Nikki is extremely dedicated and committed to the club. She continues to improve her distance running and also the Pole Vault. This was no exception with a fantastic win in a PB time of 6:23.1.

Holly flying over the steeple
Nikki making it look easy!

The strength and enthusiasm of the athletes continued. Steve Cox and Adam Nicholass ran the 3000 SC ensuring the team scored as many points as possible and both finished 4th. Steve ran a PB, 14:56.8 and Adam and SB 15:47.9.

Adam & Steve at the water jump for a cool off!

High Jump:
BAC had a strong field out for the HJ with Lewis Sainvall’s winning jump of 1.95m, a great PB! Cameron Hale won B string with a 1.78m Jump.
Jazmin Cooke won A string with an outstanding 1.62m PB after running back and forth from the 4x100m. Not a bad day, nipping across to break a club record, then popping back over to smash your High Jump PB. Great performance Jazmin! Victoria Coombs jumped 1.23m to bring in even more points.

Jazmin Cooke HJ

Triple Jump:
Cameron Hale took to the runway again with another great performance for 2nd with 11.76m. Again Amelia Dobson excelled to win TJ with 10.43m and Janet Dickinson came 2nd after jumping 7.83m.

Top performances and top points from Dan Brunsden and Andrew Sherrin, both winning the shot with 15.19m SB and 10.41m respectively. Stephen Dobson threw 9.95m (ns). It is still undecided who won the roaring competition but the betting shops have set good odds on Dan.

The women scored top points for A string with Danielle Broom’s outstanding PB of 11.40m. Isabella Shepherd threw 7.58m to bring in great points for 3rd.

Isobella Shepherd also delivered in the Discus. Although she was unwell, in true BAC spirit she stuck to the task and did all three heavy throws to the best of her ability. She threw 40m+ twice in the Hammer and placed 2nd in the B string against a talented field. Well done Issy! Danielle came 2nd in A string with a great throw of 39.69m.

Issy gets down to business in dicuss

Dan won the discus with a convincing 43.76m, well ahead of other competitors. Andrew Sherrin won B string 29.04m and Steven Dobson threw 18.59m (ns).

Yet again there were more top performances and maximum points in the Hammer throws as Dan and Andrew won A and B string 46.26m and 36.82m SB respectively.
A great win by Danielle in A string with 56.96m and Issy 2nd as mentioned above.

Cameron Hale won the men’s A string with a PB throw of 53.35m and Andrew Broom won B with a 51.50m SB.
Olivier Galloway threw 34.81m for 2nd A string and Amelia Dobson came 3rd with 24.45m.

A great day for BAC throwers and a huge boost to the points table!

Outstanding performances by the relay teams with wins in the men’s 4x100m in 45.1 and women’s 50.9.
The 4x400m men and women’s teams were 2nd against a highly competitive field with the men’s in a close race in 3:41.3 and the women getting faster in 4:26.1 SB.

Due to a few last minute injuries BAC were in need of male runners to take on the 3000m steeple chase and female runners to fill the 5,000m and steeple. Needless to say, BAC athletes stepped up to the mark and pulled through to score top points. Thanks to all those volunteering for events at the last minute, particularly in events they never train for, e.g., hammer throwers taking on the 4x400m relays and sprinters scaling the steeple chase.

Thanks to the younger athletes for giving up your valuable exam revision time and even adding it to the day.

Thank you again for all the BAC officials, helpers and supporters, including family and friends. Well done all!

Remember we can still catch Basingstoke!

Anya has a go at breaking the Hurdle Carrying World Record

BAC Masters Athletes Win at Vets League

BAC Masters Athletes represented Southampton to secure a triumphant Win in Match 2 of the Hampshire Veterans League at Winchester.

On the evening of 21 May 2018, several BAC masters athletes travelled to Winchester to compete as part of the Southampton AC Veteran’s squad.  Despite the stronghold, BAC  do not have a Veterans team, thus many compete as second claim for Southampton.

The vets league provides such great competition, a brilliant atmosphere and it certainly was an amazing evening alongside our fellow team mates from Southampton.  Thanks to everyone for such an incredible effort and well deserved win!

Despite the promise of light showers, the thunder storm took a few by surprise. Fortunately it passed before proceedings commenced and the grass was greener as a result – not that BAC are fazed by the weather.

As usual, the BAC contingent were out in force with Andy Sheerin, Andrew Turner, Steve Dobson, Joy Wright and Janet Dickinson in action.

The men performed well in Discus with Andrew Turner gaining high points for 2nd place 32.75m.

Janet and newcomer, Joy added the points for Southampton.

Janet Long Jump. Photo by Noel O’Dowd

Janet Dickinson had a great evening with a convincing win in the Long Jump 4.21m before heading to the 200m start line via the Shot Putt where she threw an outstanding 9.04m. A quick dash to the 200m saw her dominate the lead and win in 29.0sec and Discus 25.14m. Janet still had fuel in the tank for the first leg of the 4x400m relay. Again Janet dominated the race and created an enormous lead.

Joy looked strong, closing the gap with a final leg chase for 2nd place. and the fastest split overall 63.9.  Joy started the evening at the 200m start with a few aches and pains but ran well for 2nd place against strong competition, 28.5. About 10 minutes later Joy was back on the start line for the 800m which was well executed near the front and well placed for a win had she not blown up in the last 50m. An incredible effort to finish hard with nothing left and feeling so unwell. After staggering around bewildered, Joy was offered a magic cake which revived her in time for a quick non scoring discuss throw over 20m and the 4x400m at the end of the day.

Photo by Noel O’Dowd

Fantastic result for the Southampton team, both men and women won the match.  The men usually make the final.  However, the women have a realistic chance of reaching the final for the first time ever, come on girls you can do it!

YDL Lower League Winchester – WINNERS!!!!

Saturday 19th May 2018

Our second of four competitions took place on Saturday at Winchester. The sun was shining and everyone was in good spirits. First on the track was Joe Wilkinson, his first ever hurdle race, feeling nervous he executed the race safely and managed to finish 3rd. Next up was his big sister Mia who showed him exactly how to hurdle, almost effortlessly she cleared the hurdles in 12.5 a terrific PB for Mia. Oscar Ewen Matthews and Henry Phipp were busy competing in the long jump, both jumping exceptionally well with Henry gaining a PB!

With little rest for Oscar he was ready to run his 200m along with Aayan Kar. Great races to watch with Aayan gaining a PB. The next race was an athlete we all enjoy watching, Amelia Verney was on the 200m start line. Amelia never fails to deliver on the track running a magnificent 200m 25.3 putting her 1st in the country for 200m!!! Following Amelia was another amazing athlete and one to watch, Keon Dzuda who ran 200m in 25.6 PB!!

Over on the long jump was Lana Blake who jumped an incredible 5.25m PB and Tamika Douch jumped 4.76m, terrific jumping girls! Back on track was Oscar and Daniel Armstrong running their 800m, Oscar ran a superb race followed by Daniel in the B string who executed a perfect race sitting comfortably behind the leader waiting to pounce. 75m to go and Daniel dropped down a gear and power past to finish in 1st place and PB! Following the boys 800m was Abigail Phillips who ran a super 800m 2:44.1 PB! Finally Morgan Sommerseth ran a great 800m coming 2nd 2:26.0 PB!

Anya Sandell again stepped in for the high jump and cleared 1.15m. This was Henry Phipp’s first competition and after his great long jump he followed with jumping 1.15m in the high jump followed by throwing 5.66m in the shot putt. Super effort Henry and welcome aboard!

After lunch it’s the sprints, first up 75m and Mia Armstrong running a PB 11.3! Daniel Armstrong ran a great 100m so did Aayan Kar. Next on the track was Amelia and she flew down the 100m straight 12.5! Then it was Lana’s turn and she kept her nerve after three failed gun starts! Eventually Lana also flew down the track 12.9! Next up was Tamika 13.7 and Isabelle 13.3. Great result all round. Keon followed the girls down running a breath taking 12.2 PB! Keon has had an awesome competition!

After all this excitement we watched Abigail run her 300m and another PB for Abi 45.4! Followed by Jasper who has come back from injury and ran a respectable 47.3. The final track races are under way with Isaac Sandell starting off the 1500m and ran a great race in hot and sticky conditions. Martha Preece and Neve East ran a super 1200m. Martha smashed her PB 4:11.8 and Neve who is new to competition ran an amazing 4:13.9. Finally Jasper ran an excellent 1500m race after coming back from injury!

So our U15 girls relay were an all Bournemouth team and the smashed the BAC record which is truly tremendous. Well done Amelia, Lana, Isabelle and Tamika, great team work!! And we won overall with 580 points !! What a good day 😊

By Karen Wilkinson

Photos by Mike Gorden, thanks!

YDL Lower at Walton AC

By Karen Wilkinson

On Saturday 21st April we board a sparkling new coach heading to Walton Athletics Club. The sun was shining and the athletes were feeling good. On arrival at Walton – our first of four competitions – we were all very surprised to see the fantastic new facilities. All the athletes were keen to try out the new track!

Our under 13 boys started the competition first with Oscar Ewen Matthews jumping an incredible PB of 4.32m, followed by Aayan Kar jumping a fabulous PB 3.63!

First on the track was Mia Wilkinson U15 girls running the 75m hurdle race. She executed this race brilliantly, resulting in a PB 13.0. Aayan didn’t have long to recover from his long jump as he was running the 200m. This was a great race for Aayan who achieved his 2nd PB of the day 30.7, closely followed by Joe Wilkinson who was running in the B string and he also ran a respectable 32.2 PB.

Next up for the 200m was Amelia Verney. Rumour had it, the girl from Walton was ranking in the top 5 in UK! Finally, Amelia had some competition and she ran an incredible race. Jeslyn from Walton came 1st 25.8 and Amelia came 2nd 25.9. This was a PB and has placed Amelia 6th in the UK! This was such a great race to watch! In the B string Abigail Philips stepped in at the last minute, also ran amazing 200m 28.1 PB.

Then we headed back to the long jump pit to cheer on Lana Blake and Leah Sullivan. Both girls jumped PB’s, Lana was a superb 5.20m and Leah was a superb 4.77m. Over on the high jump Anya very kindly filled a gap and cleared an amazing 1.20m PB! All these PB’s before lunch. As you can imagine the atmosphere within the team was buzzing.

After lunch we watched Daniel Armstrong, Oscar Ewen Matthews and Louie Todd run their 800m. Following the athletes before lunch both Daniel and Oscar acheived fantastic PB’s. Morgan Somerseth finished off the 800m races in style! Our sprinters were busy warming up and preparing to run their 75m and 100m. Our U13 girls went first running 75m and again both Mia Armstrong and Sofina Sommerseth ran the same PB’s 11.4!

The U13 boys were next up and true to form Daniel Armstrong ran a brilliant race PB 13.8 closely followed by Oscar Ewen Matthew who also ran a PB 14.0!

Next to run 100m were the U15 girls and again Amelia Verney was up against Jeslyn from Walton who is now ranked UK’s number 1! Another spectacular race to watch and I am sure Jeslyn could sense Amelia was close by. Amelia comfortably took 2nd place running an outstanding time of 12.6 ranking Amelia overall 5th in UK! Lana Blake also ran an incredible 100m 12.9 another PB!

On to our non-scoring 100m runners, Isabelle Franklin ran a PB 13.8, Mia Wilkinson 14.1 PB and Leah Sullivan 14.5 PB. The sun had disappeared behind some clouds and a few drops of rain fell but this didn’t stop our athletes from performing. Abigail Philips went on and ran incredible 300m whilst Anya Sandell ran a fantastic PB. Our boys U15 Jasper Todd ran a great 300m running a PB of 44.6!

Back on the track with little rest was Anya running an amazing 1500m and another PB!

Amongst all our track events Kira Collard was achieving great things with her throws. In her shot put event she throw an amazing 8.12m a PB and discus she cam first throwing 23.76m, it’s great to have a to have a thrower on our team this year!

Also Morgan Sommerseth was jumping well in long jump achieving a PB at 4.60m. After a long day, all our athletes still managed to run fabulous relay races! Looking forward to Saturday 19th May at Winchester.

Thank you Robin for joining us for the day and officiating.


BAC Athletes Compete at Somerset Schools Combined Events

Congratulations to four BAC athletes who competed over the weekend of 28th & 29th April 2018 in Somerset Schools Combined Events.

This is a prestigious multi events attracting athletes from around the SW area and is held annually at Millfields School, Street, Somerset.  The track at Millfield is found in the rolling countryside of southern England.  The facilities were used as one of the official pre-games training sites in 2012 as teams were arriving for the London Summer Olympics.

Senior Boy Decathlon

Cameron Hale came 2nd for the silver medal in the U20 M Decathlon with 5,103 points. Ranked 2nd Nationally.

Intermediate Girls Heptathlon

Olivia Galloway was 3rd for the bronze medal in the U20 W Heptathlon with 4,544 points. Ranked 7th Nationally.

Senior Girls Heptathlon

Louise Galloway was 8th in U17 W Heptathlon with 3,519 points

Sian Meadows 14th with 3,203 points.

The SSAA Combined Events Championships take place during the last weekend in April or the first weekend in May for Minors, Juniors, Intermediates and Senior age groups. Entries come direct from schools and clubs.

Teams of four athletes (not Minors) are selected to represent the County at the South-West Regional Championships which usually take place on the fourth weekend of June.

The winning team, plus the top two individuals not in that winning team, from each age group qualify automatically for the ESAA Championships.

In addition, from the six Regional competitions, ESAA will extend invitations to the top 9 athletes in each age group who have not already qualified by right.

The ESAA Championships are held on the third weekend of September.

Further information Here

YDL Upper: Athlete’s showed true grit with solid Performance at the YDL, Kings Park

On Sunday 29 April 2018, Bournemouth Athletic Club, Kings Park hosted the first YDL Upper league match of the season.

The YDL Upper competition is for U17 & U20 male & female competitors.  The league covers the whole of Great Britain which is divided into three regions, Northern, Midland and Southern then a number of divisions.  BAC compete in a composite (joint) team with New Forest Juniors and can be seen under the results as Bn+NFJ.  This season, the team continue to compete in Southern League Division 2B alongside Brighton & Hove, Chichester, Southampton and Team Dorset (another composite team).  The top team after three matches will be promoted to division 1A which is a step below the Premier division and well within the team’s capabilities with a stronger presence. Fortunately for Bn+NFJ there is no relegation so the only way is up!

BAC have a proven track record of outstanding talent and achievement which continues to improve as the club develops and grows.  Many youngsters are moving up in age group or focus their efforts on various events beyond YDL, such as BAL, SAL and the Wessex leagues.  BAC continue to encourage athlete development by accommodating entry to these competitions.  Unfortunately, this means the team often suffer a loss in numbers at YDL matches as athletes understandably prioritise other competitions.  Sunday’s fixture was no exception with a clash with a prestigious multi events competition at Millfields Schools which deprived BAC of some talented athletes.  Irrespective of team numbers, these matches provide a great opportunity for healthy competition, enabling athletes to improve their skills, boost confidence and enhance competition experience.

Back to the YDL match at Kings Park. The extremely cold and blustery conditions were a test for the competitors, officials and spectators alike.  Many athletes donned woolly hats and took refuge under blankets.  As such an impromptu bobble hat competition ensued.  Jazmin Cooke’s grandfather was delighted to be declared the unofficial winner as the size and elegance of his bobble was unrivalled.  Evidently there are no rules banning athletes from competing in bobble hats which was a relief to many.

The day certainly got off to an eventful start with the BAC tent blowing into a nearby hedge and suffering probable terminal injury.  The diagnosis remains unclear as we await a closer inspection/autopsy results.  Unfortunately there were no challenges to the tent race as it hurtled into bushes at speeds of 0-60 in 3 seconds.

Fortunately Team Manager, Suzi Shepherd cheered everyone’s heart with her fabulous homemade flap jacks and smiles which were kindly dished out to helpers and officials.  The smiles continued despite her fear they had been blown away alongside the tent and her umbrella.  Fortunately they were found safe & sound in the club office, where a they were moved during the melee of the tent retrieval race.

BAC were represented by just three U17 men and no U20s which reflects a struggle in numbers for the club in these male age groups.

Samuel Adams continued to impress in High Jump with 1.50m for 3rd place, A string to equal his PB.  A promising performance and start to the season especially in such challenging conditions.

Joseph Haywood ran a speedy 100m in 12.2 seconds to 2nd place, A string.  Fraser Spall improved his Discus PB with a throw of 27.42m for 2nd in B string.  He went on to throw another PB in the Hammer with 17.45m and came 2nd, B string in Javelin, with a throw of 33.12m.

NFJ contributed Oliver Hawkins, Matthew Forster, Bertie Pettit and Harry Rosa in U17 Men and Robbie Bradford in U20 Men. Unfortunately a Men’s relay team couldn’t be mustered.

The U17 women turned out in reasonable numbers for some events although there was a deficit in track athletes from 300m and above. The welcome exception was newcomer Lauren East who ran valiantly in the 1500m to come 4th in A string.

Brooke Ironside came 2nd in A string in the 100m and 200m.  Jazmin Cooke jumped an inspiring 1.45m for a win in B string and came 2nd in 200m B string.  Both Brooke and Jazmin were close to their PBs showing great potential for the forthcoming season.  Excellent performances, considering the freezing and blustery conditions.

Yazmin Cooke High Jump Winner

Yasmin Bridet looked impressive in the 80m Hurdles despite the conditions, finishing 1st as A string, another close to PB performance.  Yasmin went on to come 3rd in the shot putt A string with 9.26m.  Yasmin also ran as non-scorer in 100m to boost her competitive race fitness.

Yasmin Bridet speeding to the line in the 100m

Relative newcomer Freya Cutler was 2nd in Discus and 3rd in A string Javelin obliterating her previous PBs in both events, 26.55m and 25m respectively.   A great day for Freya, after playing cricket in the morning, an interesting warm up for the throws which obviously worked well.

New comer Amy Channock was 3rd in A string Hammer with what appears to be a PB of 37.98m.

Polly Yule, a last minute and welcome addition to the team, competed as non-scorer in Shot (U17) with a best performance of 9.97m and ran 80m Hurdles in 13.3 seconds.

Thank you to the NFJ U17 W athletes Jess Gordon, Jasmin Griscti, Millie Harris and Juliet Smallridge for competing alongside BAC as part of the composite team.

In U20 Women, Danielle Broom won the A String Hammer and Discus with throws of 55.78m and 41.68m respectively.  The Discus was a battle for all. The wind stalling anything that showed a positive angle of incidence, a real challenge.  Credit to Danielle for getting a couple of throws out over 40m and a winning throw of 41.68m.  In Shot A string, Danielle came 2nd with 10.66m.  In all events she was close to her respective PBs.

Danielle Broom, Hammer

Isabella Shepherd had a fantastic day, winning all four B string events, Discus, Hammer (both close to her PB), Javelin and Shot.

Isabella Shepherd swinging the Hammer

Amelia Dobson U20 returned gain to the jumps with another great performance win in the triple jump A string 10.32m, another brilliant victory for the team.  Amelia also won A string Javelin and Long Jump.

Amelia Dobson in flight, Long Jump winner!

Rebecca Hannibal (U17) ran in U20 100m A string and performed extremely well to finish in 4th place against older athletes.

The Women’s 4 x 100 U17 Relay team had a great race, finishing in 2nd place in a time of 55.4 sec.  The team included of Millie Harris, Jess Gordon, Juliet Smallridge and Yasmin Bridet.

Relay Team 4x100m U17The 4 x 100m U20 Relay team had a fantastic win, 1st place with a time equal to Southampton.  Also a composite team of keen runners included Brook Ironside Danielle Broom Rebecca Hannibal and Isabella Shepherd.

Womens U20 4x100m Relay Neat Baton Change

This a great YDL league competition and exciting to see so much ability at this level.

The YDL rules are slightly complicated regarding the numbers allowed to participate in each age group/gender per event, especially the Field events.  In addition only 6 non scorers are allowed per gender.  This needs to be managed well in relation to the Women’s team and BAC thanks the organisers and helpers for doing this so well to ensure the day runs smoothly.

Surely better weather can be expected for the next two remaining matches, both on Sundays. The next is 27th May at Withdean, Brighton and 1st July at Southampton.  At the moment only a 17 seater coach has been booked for both matches. Last year 50 seater coaches were booked at great expense by the club and were less than a quarter full for each match.  Let’s see if we can fill the coach and maybe one day, fill a 50 seater.  It’s a great competition.  Coach travel is provided free by the Club to athletes and officials (as with Wessex, YDL Lower, SAL & BAL)

The day proved the determination of BAC athletes, team managers and Officials.  It was so cold with a strong relentless north easterly wind.  Difficult conditions for everyone but people stayed focussed on the job in hand, trying to perform regardless of the weather.

Well done to everyone competing and thank you to all those involved in the organisation and smooth running of the day, including athletes, officials, helpers and supporters!

The Bold & the Brave! Organisers William Kearsey, Suzi Shepherd and athlete, Freya Cutler.

Results are on YDL website: Results

BAC’s BAL Men Start Their 2018 Season With An Impressive Win

The men’s BAL team convincingly won their first fixture of the season at Yeovil on Saturday 5th May.  The team travelled to Yeovil knowing they were missing a number of key athletes due to the BUCS Champs and also some injuries.  Those hours leading up to the match had seen some frantic reshuffling of the team in order to ensure that all spaces remained filled.  As has been the situation for a number of years now, the BAC spirit and enthusiasm for success carried the team through the day and was the fuel which led to the superb win.

BAC were up against seven other teams in Division 2 BAL, their second season in that division. This year saw four fresh teams to encounter including Glasgow, Basingstoke and Rugby.  The team were determined to get off to a flying start to the season in order to ensure promotion to Division 1 having tantalisingly missed that opportunity last season by only 5 points.  Saturday’s win really does set out the team’s stall.

An early start to the day saw James Lelliott compete in the first of his seven events, the Long Jump. Lelliott opened up his campaign with a convincing win, jumping 7.25m.  Cameron Hale, also looking forward to seven events, was second in the B event.  Soon after this was the Hammer event with Dan Brunsden and Andrew Sheerin both throwing respectable 4th places.  Sheerin slipped during one of his trials and hit his head hard on the concrete.  Thankfully he was quick to recover though – nothing keeps this enthusiastic Scotsman down.

James Lelliott’s Long Jump victory

Newcomer to the team, Lewis Bartlett, enthusiastically approached his debut 400mH race finishing in a respectable 6th place.  He had only been practising for the event for around a week and he battled hard to gain valuable points.  Bartlett later joined Josh King in the 3000m Steeplechase but unfortunately had to withdraw during the race due to hamstring tightness.  King, making his season debut, ran a respectable 10:17 for 4th place.

Lewis Bartlett’s debut at the 3000m Steeplechase

Lewis Sainval had earlier agreed to stand in for the High Jump, an event he had little experience of. The event immediately followed his 800m race, but he valiantly took it on as the supporting team watched the bar height keep increasing with Sainval’s successive clearances.  In the end he achieved 2nd place in the A string with a remarkable 1.90m.  Cameron Hale was 3rd in the B event.

Lewis Sainval’s impressive 1.90m in his High Jump debut

Lewis Sainval’s 800m saw him achieve a season’s best time of 1:59.90 for 5th place in the B race, whilst Jamie Grose has a hard fought 1:58.72 in the A race.  Grose then later went on to gain a valuable 4th place in the A string 1500m with Rob McTaggart doing coming 4th in the B race less than a fortnight after his superb London Marathon effort.

Newcomer Ronnie Wells back on his old ‘home’ track for the first time since joining BAC never failed to impress with some outstanding sprinting.  Wells won the 100m A race in 10.59s with James Lelliott in a rare dead heat for 1st in the B race with 11.01s.  The pair then also covered the 200m races with Wells narrowly missing a win in the A race with a time of 21.71s and Lelliott 3rd in the B race with 22.35s.

Ronnie Wells in winning form in the 100m

In the 400m, Muiris Egan ran a strong race to set a seasons best time of 51.79s, taking 6th place in the A race, whilst a now tired Lewis Sainval ran a new PB in the B event of 52.10s to take 5th place.  Dan Mulryan and David Long both ran impressively in the 3000m race. Mulryan was narrowly beaten in a home straight dash setting a new PB at 8:31.20, with Long winning the B race in 8:47.40.

David Long and Dan Mulryan gain big points in the 3000m

Back in the throws, Dan Brunsden took 4th place in a competitive Discus competition with newcomer Josh Kelly setting a new PB of 34.84m to take 3rd  place in the B event.  In the Shot, Brunsden was 4th in the A with Kelly a good 2nd place in the B event.  In the Javelin James Lelliott threw a lifetime best 61.45m to take 2nd place in the A event with Cameron Hale also setting a new PB to win the B event in 52.94m.

James Lelliott launches the Javelin to a 61.45m PB

A BAC debut for Josh Kelly in the Shot

In the Triple Jump, James Lelliott convincingly won the A event in 14.25m with Cameron Hale 2nd in the B, with a PB of 11.81m.  The same pair had earlier competed in the Pole Vault to gain valuable points.

The 4x100m squad of Wells, Lelliott, Hale and Egan narrowly missed a win in a time of 43.28s.  The 4x400m squad went into the final race of the day knowing that BAC had already won the match, but Grose, Long, Sainval and Egan pushed hard to achieve some decent spilt times and a 6th place finish.

One match now completed with three more to go, culminating in the final match at King’s Park on 5th August where the promotions and relegations will be decided.

Tim Hughes was delighted with his team’s determination on the day.  He said “It just goes to show that when we take a few hits on athlete availability the rest of the team come together to make things good.  I’ve said it before, but the success of our team is down to the enthusiasm of the athletes and the hunger to win.  A shining example in the match was Lewis Sainval in his superb 2nd place in his High Jump debut.”  He goes on to say “Everyone that travelled to Yeovil was a team player and put the needs of the team over and above their own personal goals.  That’s the type of team we are and that’s how we continue to grow and succeed.  I so look forward now to the next match at Nuneaton <for Rugby>  and bringing together an even stronger squad.  I just can’t thank the athletes enough!”.

<Photos: Thanks to Lisa Shepherd>