World Masters Athletics Federation have introduced Awards for the Best Masters athlete in each discipline in addition to their annual Best Masters Male and Female Athletes Award.
Nominees are selected following numerous hours spent trawling through results, records, PBs, analysing statistics and studying the WMA criteria.
BAC’s Janet Dickinson, a professor at Bournemouth University has been nominated by British Masters Athletics for the World Masters Athletic Federation Awards 2018 for her Multi Events performances and achievements.
Janet won the silver medal at the World Masters Heptathlon this year in Malaga, Spain, competing for Great Britain. Nationally she won six different British Athletics Championships including Heptathlon and Pentathlon.
Janet set new British Heptathlon Records at the British Championships and again at the World Masters Championships.
Janet is coached by Paul Rees and a is member of Bournemouth Athletic Club and Bournemouthbarbell.
Congratulations to Janet on her excellent performance and we wish her every success for 2019. WMA should announce the winners shortly.
The World Masters Championships were held on the Costa Del Sol in Malaga, Spain, between 4 and 16 September 2018. It was deemed as one of the largest World Masters Championships with the arrival of over 8,000 athletes from 101 different countries, ready to compete in the facilities of the province.
The streets of Malaga welcomed the community of Master athletes who represent a social movement throughout athletics; embracing the sport as a healthy lifestyle, understanding competition as a striving for continuous improvement, consistent effort and rewarding coexistence.
Athletes competed in men’s and women’s categories, according to age groups in 5 year intervals; in a diverse range of disciplines and athletic events including 100m 200m, 400m, 800m, 1,500m and 5,000m, Hurdles, 2,000m and 3,000m, Weight, Hammer, Discus, Javelin, Long Jump, Triple Jump, High Jump and Pole Vault.
Remarkably, the oldest woman aged 102 years, Man Kaur of India competed in 4 tests, 100m, 200m, Shotput, and Javelin in the 100-104 age group category. The oldest man with the same age, Giussepe Ottaviani, competed in 2 tests: Triple and Long Jump. In addition, the athlete enrolled in the largest number of tests was Rad Leovic, a 91-year-old Australian who entered 16 events.
BAC masters athlete, Janet Dickinson represented Great Britain and headed to the championships with the determination to bring home a medal, following hours of training and dedication, both on and off the track. Dickinson’s hard work paid off and she did not disappoint in winning the SILVER medal, Word Masters W50 Heptathlon. She is an inspiration to us all. Congratulations on an outstanding performance and achievement!
Dickinson is currently ranked No.1 in GB, Heptathlon W50, a title maintained since 2016 when in W45 category. Dickinson also holds current No.1 rankings in numerous other events including Pentathlon, 200m, 300m, 300mH, 400i, 400mH and Long Jump.
Dickinson’s Track and Field career began 5 years ago, with coach Paul Rees, from a background as an occasional marathon/road runner. Her T&F career started with the throwing events, namely Shotput, Discus, Javelin and Hammer which were her main focus during the first year. Dickinson is evidently well accomplished at three of them but is not a fan of the Shotput. Coach Paul Rees commented, “I qualified and coached all T&F events over time and she has given me such a great opportunity to coach her in every one of them”.
Dickinson has competed in every Track and Field event and won the one hour Decathlon at Woking last year, 2017. She also won the European W50 double Heptathlon Championships in 2016.
Dickinson’s latest triumph in winning the World Silver medal saw her break the British Record with a personal best. She is pictured below running down the eventual Bronze Medallist and closing in on the winner (a former Soviet Union International).
As one of the least enthusiastic 800m runners (to say the least), Dickinson comically stated “whoever put the 800m in at the end of a Heptathlon needs a good talking to”.
Dickinson is an extremely talented athlete with an outstanding work ethic and manages to inspire and encourage other athletes of all ages. Not content with seven events in the Heptathlon, Dickinson entered the 200m event which took place just one day after the Heptathlon. The event saw 74 entries, squeezed into 9 heats with only the first two guaranteed a place in the semis. Dickinson commented that four years ago she had decided to enter the 200m at the British Masters Championships. “I came last. Today I ran in a World Championship semi-final. I was faster and I didn’t come last.” In fact she won her heat with the 9th fastest time of the championships. Despite her disappointment in not making the final, she was pleased to have more time off before Long Jump event.
The sunshine weekend of 14-15 July 2018 generated many success stories for BAC Athletes. Janet Dickinson broke the British Masters Heptathlon record to be crowned champion. Mel Bird placed fourth in Welsh Shot Putt Championships, near her best performance.
Daniel Broom finished her fantastic English Schools career with 6th place in the Discus. She has been involved for five years, winning gold and silver over the past years. She came 5th in the Hammer. Whilst being Captain of Dorset team, Broom won the British Schools International to add a cherry to the top.
The SAL was hosted by Woking Athletic Club on a hot and sunny Saturday 14 July 2018. BAC loaded a coach with the men and women’s athletics team, officials, helpers and supporters for the penultimate match of the season. BAC went into the Runnings in 3rd place in Division 2 but it was uncertain whether this status could be maintained with so many athletes away. However, BAC pulled through to secure a remarkable 2nd place with 202.5 points against the home nation and division leaders, Woking AC. Basingstoke and Kingston were behind with 199.5 and 113 points respectively to show what a close match it was.
It was the usual challenge of rallying the dedicated troops to fill gaps in events. However, this match was a particular challenge with so many spaces to fill and the sun beating down so hard, it could a grown man weep. In true BAC spirit, athletes stepped up to the mark, sprinters filling longer distances such as 4×4 relay spots, runners throwing giant metal balls for the first time (later to discover it’s called a hammer!) and throwers, running and jumping. The support and incredible atmosphere helped fuel them along the way to achieve some remarkable performances.
Dan Brunsden won A string Shot with 14.96m and Andrew Sheerin 2nd with a 10.88m throw and Stephen Dobson threw 8.53m (ns).
Isabella Shepherd came 2nd A string with 8.22m and Rebecca Hannibal 3rd (B) with 5.69m.
Sheerin threw the Hammer 37.84m for 3rd A string spot and Brunsden threw 26.92m for 3rd.
Shepherd won the women’s hammer with a convincing 39.34m. This came after a brief and interesting coaching session to ensure Joy Wright didn’t wrap the hammer around her neck. Wright exceeded her own expectations by reaching beyond the grass to claim 2nd place B string with 16.96m PB.
Brunsden secured another win in Discus with a 45.59m and Sheerin threw 25.99m for 4th place.
In the women’s discus, Shepherd and Wright were back in action both sealing 3rd place points with 20.71m and 16.25m respectively.
Andrew Brown was 3rd in Javelin, A string throwing 51.23m and Brunsden threw 45.85m for 2nd B string.
Amelia Dobson threw well to secure 2nd A string with 23.91m and Wright was 2nd B string after throwing 21.14m.
Kevin Hodgson secured a convincing win in the men’s 100m with an 11.1 SB, making his mark on the track 0.6 seconds ahead of 2nd place Kingston. Joe Hayward ran B string in 12.2, close behind the Woking athlete. Muiris Egan ran 11.7 and Ryan Markham 12.1 to put their speed to the test (ns).
The women’s saw Chloe Burrows come home in 2nd place (A string) with an impressive 12.9 and Rebecca Hannibal grabbing another 2nd place (B String) in 13.7.
Jazmin Cooke and Victoria Coombs performed well, running 100m in 13.5 and 15.2
Patrick Sylla won the 200m by a large margin with an SB of 22.4 and another win for Hodgson, 22.9. Egan ran ns in a time of 23.4. These athletes are U23 and continue to show great potential as they develop at BAC.
More of BAC’s talented U23s include Chloe Burrows who won the 200m by almost 2 seconds in 26.0 and Rebecca Hannibal (U17) ran a great 28.6 to secure 2nd place points for the team.
Muiris Egan stepped on track again to run the 400m in 52.1 for 2nd place (A string) and Lewis Sainval was 3rd with 53.3.
The women’s 400m duo sealed 2nd place in both A and B string with Joy Wright and Abigail Richardson running 67.1 and 65.2. Unfortunately Wright coasted in with an Achilles injury and had to withdraw from the 100mH.
Joshua King won the men’s 800m in a SB time of 2:02.7 and Laszlo Toth ran a great 2:08.1 PB at his second appearance for BAC.
Holly Collier ran an impressive 800m in 2:26.8, winning by a significant margin and Abigail Richardson won B string with another well executed run of 2:28.8.
Joshua King won A string again in the 1500m in 4:11.6, another SB and Rob McTaggart ran 4:14.6 in a close battle to the line in 2nd place, just missing out on top spot. Laszlo Toth improved on his best performance with a 4:28.3 PB.
Holly Collier ran 1500m in a great time of 4:52.7 to win A string and Abigail Richardson came 2nd B string with a well run 5:07.2.
The men’s 3,000m was dominated by Rob McTaggart as he secured a convincing win in 9:07.3, well ahead of a 2nd placed Woking athlete. Tom Paskins made his second appearance for BAC to run a great PB of 10:16.6 to bring home more points for 3rd B String.
Next up, the women’s 5,000m saw Nikki Sandell and Julia Austin battle the heat in a fantastic race in extreme temperatures. Both sealed 2nd place A and B string in 20:42.5 and 21:09.9 respectively.
BAC took a hit in the hurdles due to lower numbers and injuries so only one athlete took on the men’s 110mH, namely Rob Woolgar’s with a sterling effort for a 16.6 PB, 3rd A string.
Steeplechase duo Holly Collier and Nikki Sandell secured 2nd place A and B string with Collier’s 5:54.9 PB and Sandell’s 6:34.5, an outstanding effort despite on-going injury niggles.
Patrick Sylla showed his talent with a convincing win in the Long Jump, 7.05m and Rob Woolgar jumped well to win B string with 6.48m SB.
Amelia Dobson took to the runway to win A string, 4.96m and Victoria Coombs scored more points with 3.61m.
Patrick Sylla and Lewis Sainval won the Triple Jump A and B string 13.22m and 12.73m respectively.
Amelia Dobson jumped 10.49m to come 2nd A string against some tough competition.
Isabella Shepherd worked her magic again to ensure she got a triple jump score for the team, 5.26m.
Lewis Sainval won the High Jump A string, clearing an impressive 1.90m, close to his PB.
Jasmin Cooke performed well for 2nd place in the women’s HJ with a height of 1.48m. Victoria Coombes claimed 3rd place by clearing 1.13m. During which time, Claire Cooke helped marshal the javelin in the style of the most elegant fetcher ever, wearing a lovely, flattering dress.
Andrew Brown cleared 2.35m in the men’s Pole Vault to finish 4th, A string. The women’s event witnessed Nikki Sandell’s 2.15m PB for 2nd A string and a PB for Jazmin Cooke with a 1.15m clearance and more valuable points.
The day’s events were wrapped up with some excellent relay performances. The men’s 4x100m won in 43.8 and the women ran well to come 2nd in 51.7.
The men’s 4x400m team ran well to come 2nd in 3:42.4 and the women scrapped together a team and excelled themselves by coming 2nd in 4:28.0.
BAC surpassed expectation to maintain 3rd place in Division 2 West, especially considering they are newly promoted to a higher division against much tougher competition.
Not only have BAC managed to stay in Division 2 but they have maintained a high league position throughout and it is a credit to each and every BAC athlete, coach official, helper and supporter. Thank you all for your invaluable efforts and contribution – long way the success continue. As they say, “Sky’s the limit”!
The next and final match is a home fixture on Saturday 14 August 2018 and a strong team and match win would be a great end to another amazing T&F season.
The British Masters Heptathlon Championships were held in Sheffield last weekend, 14-15 July 2018. These championships take place on an annual basis where Great Britain’s finest Masters Heptathletes compete for the honour of being crowned the British Champion. That esteemed honour was awarded to Janet Dickinson BAC, British Champion.
Dickinson set a new British Record for the w50 Heptathlon in the British Multi Events Championships at the two day event in Sheffield. The previous record stood for over 19 years. Dickinson’s total points exceeded Jean Fails excellent 19 year old record by an astounding 218 points. The new British Record now stands at 5163 points.
Dickinson recorded new PB’s in 80m hurdles in a time of 13.78sec, 200m in 28.31 sec. These results rank Dickinson as GB’s current number 1 w50 in 80mH and number 2 over the 200m.
One of the biggest challenges arose on day two as Dickinson strived to overcome a painful knee. However, she managed to score well and keep the record challenge alive. Dickinson’s High jump was an SB of 1.37m, Long Jump 4.37m, Shot 9.06m and Javelin 26.20m. The gruelling last event, the 800m was again a different experience yet she came home in 2min 51sec and managed to remain standing afterwards.
The atmosphere was superb with a great spirit amongst the women competitors. It was a very efficiently and pleasantly run competition at an excellent facility. One competitor stated it was an honour to have competed with such great and welcoming group of athletes in the women’s heptathlon. It was especially great to have witnessed a new British record!
Dickinson has been preparing well for this event and expressed how pleased she was to have broken the British Master v50 Heptathlon record which has stood for 19 years. During an exclusive interview with BAC, she commented on the brilliant support provided by her coach, Paul Rees, as well as the athletes and officials who helped her through the two days including some dodgy moments. The next big championship for Dickinson is the World Masters championships in Malaga in September and BAC wish her every success!
The long journey to Braunton, Devon was well worth making for the BAC men and women’s team as they triumphed against Radley AC, North Devon and Aldershot. Although it was a convincing win, BAC were pushed hard by Radley who at times were just 3 points behind. A consistent and courageous battle determined a strong finish, putting BAC over 25 points ahead with 214 points and Radley AC on 187.
On the day, the SAL team had an early start, the coach left the Kings Park tarmac at 7am sharp. Considering the long journey they left with smiles, plenty of noise and lots of laughs.
The weather was amazing with the sun a blazing – so was the performance. In fact BAC were on fire with some sporting some very interesting sunburn marks.
It was great to see many new faces making their debut for BAC on the Track & Field scene including Tom Paskins and Laslo Toth.
Some notable performances by the throwers included Danielle Broom and Issobella Shepherd (coach Paul Rees) who fought hard to keep it going in the heat and scoring well for the club. Danielle performed well, with wins in the Shot 10.74m, Discus 41.60m and Hammer, 51.37m as well as a brilliant final leg on an amazing 4 x100m relay team. Issobella threw the Hammer 20.27 and Shot 7.70m in addition to a debut Triple Jump effort to gain extra valuable points and add to her growing list of events contested.
Other Bournemouth throwers included the superb Phoebe Dowson, exceeding 53m again in Discus! Dan Brunsden had a great day with a PB in Hammer 47.14m, wins in Javelin 39.37m, Shot 14.20m and Discus 45.49m. A clean sheet of wins in the throwing events for Dan and he also did high jump to maximise points for the team. Dan’s high jump was the talk of the town or more accurately the track. He managed to scale 1.25m for 3rd (same height as 2nd) and with one attempt he remarkably used his well-built, muscular frame to obliterate the entire high jump facility. Impressed witnesses talked in awe of his exceptional efforts and performance, putting many to shame.
Andrew Sheerin was also on great form throwing a PB in Hammer 37.79m for 1st place and a great shot result, 1st place with 10.96m. Another win in the javelin 29.90m SB. Andrew also scaled the pole vault using an incredibly unique technique, rolling in mind air, up and over the bar like an acrobat. It’s difficult to do it justice in words but he was awesome, clearing 2.20m for 2nd place.
Steve Cox was also on top form in the pole vault and came 2nd (A string) with a PB, 2.60m. It was an exciting performance to watch as the bar went higher and higher. In true BAC form, Steve also pulled in numerous points by covering a multitude of events with zest and enthusiasm, always supporting the action. He ran a PB in the 400mH 85.0 for 3rd, 1st in 200m 30.6, 800m PB 2.52.2 and 4th Steeple which was unfortunately an unofficial time due to the error of the officials. Nevertheless the standings remained, the points were added and the passion to win continued.
More top throwing performances came from Janet Dickinson and Joy Wright (both masters athletes) who placed 2nd A string and 1st B String in the Javelin 26.60m and 26.21m PB respectively. Janet also made her mark on the track with a great 200m PB, 28.5, ranking her no.1 in GB age group, 400mH in 76.8, High Jump 1.30m before finishing with a fast starting 4x100m leg. Joy competed in the High jump and came 2nd (A string) with a PB of 1.38m, a 3rd place 400m (A string) in 63.3 against U20 and is ranked 3rd GB age group. The javelin was delayed and Joy ran the 100m start between throws to gain points in 100mH in 19.4. Joy ran the third leg of the 4x100m taking the bend well to put BAC out in front and the 4x400m.
The South West multi events championships took place the same day and this presented a challenge to fill gaps in events as several BAC athletes were unavailable, particularly the younger ages. This left gaps to fill in sprints and a complete change of 4x100m team which comprised of throwers and middle distance runners. They performed so well to secure 2nd place for the senior women.
The men’s sprinters included Jack Davies and Ryan Markham’s 100m, both in 11.6. Rebecca Hannibal ran 13.3 and Jemma Bates 15.8 to score points for the team. Ladies Team Captain, Jemma ran 400m in 87.4 to bring in the valuable points.
Muiris Egan and Adam Nicholass performed well over 200m against tough competition in a time of 23.3 and 26.3 respectively. Again Muiris did BAC proud with a great 400m win (A) in 53.8 and Adam ran 61.5 for more valuable points.
The women’s 200m saw Rebecca Hannibal return to run 27.5 and Janet Dickinson as mentioned above a class 28.5 PB.
Lewis Sainval had a great match with a clean sheet of class wins in 100mH 22.0, High Jump 1.90m (both A string) and Triple Jump 12.92m (B string). He ran, hopped and jumped higher, further and faster by a convincing margin in each event.
Patrick Sylla had another class win in the Triple Jump 13.48, over 2m more than 2nd place. He also jumped 6.75m in long jump, winning A string by over 1m. Congratulations to Patrick for being donned ‘Man of the Match’!
Sprinter, Adam Nicholass won B string with 3.97m for top points.
The woman’s triple jump saw Harriet Slade and Isabella Shepherd stepping in to earn valuable points for the club. Neither athlete had any experience in the triple jump yet put in great efforts with Isabella jumping 5.01m. Unfortunately a slight mishap prevented Harriet from scoring in her one attempt before rushing off to her next event.
The team spirit continued to thrive as BAC drew closer to that ultimate win.
Stepping up a distance, Joshua King won the A string 1500m in 4:14.6, SB. Not content with that, Joshua went on to won the 5,000 (A string) in a great time of 16:18.7. Rob McTaggart ran another brilliant race for 1st place (B string) in 16:35.2. Rob also won the B String 1500m in a time of 4:20.3.
Tom Paskins joined the 5,000m in his debut appearance on track for BAC and ran 18:08.7. Marathon man, Tom is well known amongst the road runners and competes in a wide range of distances from 800m to half marathons. He’s not afraid of new challenges and even ran a great Steeplechase 2k for the first time to bring in more points for the team as he was 4th place (A string).
Newcomer Laszlo Toth ran a well-executed 800m in 2:09.5 (ns) before hitting the track for a 1500m PB in 4:30.3 (ns). Laszlo enjoyed his debut match, especially being part of the winning team and the great atmosphere and buzz it brings. He’s looking forward to the next match and is warmly welcomed by BAC.
The women’s steeplechase was an exciting and close race with Harriet Slade well on course to break the 8 minute barrier. However, circumstances dictated the outcome as Harriet tripped and fell during the race. Harriet showed guts and determination as she immediately jumped up and got back into her stride whilst onlookers gasped in amazement. Harriet still ran a PB and came 2nd in 8:02.7. Step aside Mo Farrah. A busy day for Harriet also saw a PB in the 800m 2:26.7 and Pole Vault (PV) 1.20m. She also ran with Nikki Sandell in the 3000m where both came 2nd in 10.56.2 and 12:02.1 respectively. Nikki performed well in the PV scaling a new height of 2.10m for 2nd A string and the 1500m in 5:48.6 to come 2nd ahead of Radley. Holly Collier ran A string and came 2nd in 5:10 which was as great result after an excellent 800m SB of 2:26. Holly ended the day with the steeplechase, her newly embraced event with another PB of 8:21for 2nd (B).
The club team performed again with determination and much enthusiasm throughout all events. Good times at BAC winning again! Paul Rees
Thanks to the Team Captains Jemma Bates and Andrew Sheerin as well as all officials and supporters alike. Your contribution to the team success is invaluable.
BAC are currently in 3rd place in the division, less than 20 points shy of Basingstoke in 2nd. The top two teams will be promoted to Division 1 and BAC have already shown their potential to achieve this so get the champagne on ice.
Next match is this weekend in Woking on 14 July 2018, where BAC will no doubt give their best performance, resulting in another fantastic day.
The Müller British Athletics Championships took place over the weekend of 30 June – 1 July 2018 at Alexander Stadium, Birmingham.
The best of Britain gathered to compete for the esteemed honour of being British Champion as well as a place on the British Athletics Team for the European Championships in Berlin on 7-12 August and the Athletics World Cup on 14-15 July at the London Stadium.
The Alexander Stadium has played host to numerous memorable British Championships and this trend continued in 2018 including Dina Asher-Smith’s new 100m championship record of 10.92.
A highly competitive field of throwers were lined up for the discus with the top seven throwers capable of exceeding an outstanding 50m. Phoebe Dowson (Mark Chapman, BAC) started the championships with a joint 4th GB ranking and needed to rise to the occasion. She was aware of the level of competition and a top class performance was required to reach the podium. Phoebe did not allow her nerves to dictate the situation but instead channelled them to fuel an outstanding performance of 53.05 for the bronze medal and prestigious place on the podium.
Phoebe’s senior international debut in the discus was at the winter throws event organised by British Athletics in conjunction with Loughborough University. This is where she also rose to the occasion, throwing a PB of 52.37m to secure her first British vest.
Pheobe is an inspiration to BAC having realised her goal of obtaining her GB vest and being selected by British Athletics to represent the country at the European Throwing Cup. This was held in Leiria, Portugal on 10-11 March 2018 where she came 4th, an outstanding achievement.
Other notable performance include championship best performance 2018, at the Hampshire Athletics Track & Field Championships on 12-13 May 2018 at the Mountbatten Centre, Portsmouth. Phoebe Dowson threw 52.90m, improving on her previous 2017 record of 51.80m.
Phoebe also formed part of the England’s Team victory on 20 May 2018, at the Loughborough International. Phoebe saved her best until last with her final throw of 52.39m moving up into second position.
It’s exciting to see Phoebe improving her performances, competing for GB and heading towards the international stage.
A contingent of five BAC masters athletes headed to Basingstoke on Monday 25 June 2018 to compete in the Hampshire Vets League as 2nd claim for Southampton AC. BAC made a significant contribution to secure an amazing win for both the men and ladies teams.
The Veteran’s ladies team secured their second win of three matches with a score of 137 points, a good 14 points clear of Winchester. Winchester ladies have historically been dominant in this league and Southampton ladies have only ever secured one match win in the league prior to this season.
Stand out performances came from BAC’s Janet Dickinson with a convincing win in V50 100m in 14.0, 400m in 67.2, Javelin 26.61m and High Jump 1.30m. Also Joy Wright won the V35 400m in 62.3, high jump 1.25m and 2nd place in the 100m in 13.6, just dipping at the line to beat the main rivals, Winchester.
The night was rounded off with an impressive win in the medley relay consisting of 2 x 200m, 1 x 400m and a final 800m leg. Janet ran a fantastic 200m 1st leg and the baton was handed to Joy for the 400m with a close lead alongside Winchester. Joy managed to open up the gap and get the baton to the 800m runner who did a fantastic job to maintain the lead and win in style. Many described it as an exciting relay to be a part of as well as witness. It’s always a great event to bring the team together and the close the match, especially as the winners!
The men were on form yet again and won their match with 147 points, just 4 points ahead of Aldershot, Farnham & District. BAC’s Andrew Sheerin won the M45 Shot with a 9.89m throw and Stephen Dobson came 3rd in a very close competition with an outstanding throw of 10.35m.
Andrew Sheerin sealed another victory in the Hammer with an impressive 37.25m, only just behind the M40 winner (37.69m) and Andy Turner won the M50 Hammer with 34.06m.
The final match in the series is almost upon us on Monday 9 July 2018 in Aldershot. The men won the league and final last year and are looking to repeat this champion performance streak.
A win for Southampton ladies in the final match would secure them a season’s league win and a much desired place in the Southern Counties Finals in Ashford, Kent in September. Come on team, you can do it!
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!!
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.
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.
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).
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.
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
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.