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SAL kicks off the 2019 Season at Eton on 13 April

A new season and the first SAL was upon us and this year we are in the top league, Division 1.

Saturday was bright & cold with a full bus headed off to Eton. The prospect of taking on some of the best teams in the country might dampened spirits but not in the slightest. The team arrived in true BAC fashion – loud and laughing.

Saturday was at the first time out for many of BAC’s younger athletes. How would they manage this new and competitive environment?  Well brilliantly. They sprinted and jumped ahead on many of their older and more experienced competitors. It certainly shows that BAC’s athlete development is doing something very right.

However, it was not just a day for the young, some of our older members, notably Steve Dobson took 2nd place in the shot with 9.18m– an amazing result. Andy Sherrin was 3rd in A string with 10.97m, although he was unhappy with his performance, the points were great against a tough field.

Due to many athletes being unavailable, several athletes took on multiple events during the day. So many athletes put in huge performances with so many PB’s to mark the day.

Holly Collier broke 3 PB’s and won so many events or close a 2nd, including an incredible 1500m, 800m, 3000m, 2000m SC and a 4x400m relay to top it all off. We call her the smiling assassin.

A busy day for Olivia Galloway who won the Javelin, 100h and her 200m race. As well as competing in shot and long jump. As her dad says… “not bad!”
Brooke Ironside, has had a great winter. To see one of our youngest athletes dominating in the 100m and 200m against far older athletes was wonderful. She won the 100m in 12.6 and ran 26.2 in the 200m.  Jazmin Cooke ran B string 100m in 13.6 and had a great high jump result, coming 2nd with 1.50m.


We also had impressive performances from slightly older athletes, Janet Dickinson (sorry Janet).  Janet’s performance in the 400mh hurdles against a class field was HUGE. She came 3rd.  As well as high jump and 400m.

Chloe had a very strong 400m in 61.2, coming 3rd against some tough competition.Our SAL woman throwers are one of our solid strengths in the team. Today was no exception. Danielle, Issy, Amelia and Olivia were all excellent.

It was an impressive win for Olivia Galloway with a 10.39m shot putt and a Javelin throw of 37.40m. Amelia Dobson claimed 2nd place in javelin with 22.11m.

Danielle is going to have a great year; winning the hammer, 52.23m and 2nd in discus against one of the best throwers in the country; simply outstanding. Issy had an fantastic performance with a 2nd place score in the hammer, 38.87m and threw the discus 24.08m.

It was a mother and daughter affair in the woman pole vault; Nikki and Anya Sandell. Anya had a great performance with a 2nd B string jump of 1.80m. It’s only a matter of time before Anya leaps head and shoulders above her mum, obviously Nikki is a great role model and inspiration, having jumped 2.30m before going on to run the 1500 and 3000m. Anya also did high jump and ran a great 800m.

It was a good day for the jumpers with a top scores in triple jump with Madeleine Smith and Amelia winning by a convincing margin, 11.45m and 9.94m respectively and Amelia’s long jump was 4.41m. Lana Blake jumped an impressive 5.19m for 3rd place points in A string.

Harriet Slade was very convincing in the steeple and left delighted with a new PB of 7:42.8 and impressive 2nd place, a well-earned and massive PB of over 20 seconds.

 

The relays were equally impressive. The woman 100m relay was outstanding, leaving the other teams for dust. The winning time for the woman’s 4x100m team close to the senior club record which has stood for nearly 30 years.  Well done Brooke, Isabelle, Lana and Chloe. It was great to watch.

The woman’s 4x400m team was a sterling effort by a mix of middle distance runners and sprinters; all willing to go that extra mile for the team, (well extra ¼ mile).
Well done Harriet, Holly, Olivia and Chloe!

The men were missing a few of their regulars.
So up stepped Adam Nicholas, Fraser Spall, Andy Brown and Steve Cox.
Steve actually earned the name superman from the commentator as he ran from event to event – what an inspiration Steve. We need to get you a cape for the next match (perhaps leave the red pants at home).

Two of the stand out races for the men were the 400m and the 5000m events.  Kevin and Muris in the 400m were on form and both crossed the line ahead of the rest of the field. TOP POINTS.

The 5000m saw Josh King and Rob McTaggart take to the field. These two have trained so hard over the winter. They wanted a hard race and that’s what they gave everyone else. Our BAC men led from the start. They took a group with them and slowly dropped them off. It was a great race to watch. Well done Josh winning the A and Tag winning the B. Tag went on to run in the London marathon, a talented distance runner in our midst.

A few special mentions. Firstly to Andy Brown for beating Andy Sherrin in the discus – NOT FUNNY (says Andy).
To Ryan… who woke up feeling like death yet turned up and did the job.
Also Fraser Spall… who did everything asked of him; Javelin, Long Jump, 1500m, High Jump and Steeple Chase where he showed off his diving skills at the water jump. Thanks Fraser you are a team manager’s dream.

Others may have been missed but their effort has not been forgotten. Thank you to everyone competing, supporting and being involved to make it another great day!

We have a tough year ahead of us. We need every athlete in the club to get stuck in.
The spirit of the SAL is what our team managers, Andy Sherrin and Jemma Bates love about athletics.

Well done to you all. If we carry on as we did on Saturday it’s going to be a very enjoyable year.
Andy Sherrin

I echo Andrew’s comments on the team atmosphere & enthusiasm (Jemma Bates)

Full RESULTS here

THE NEXT MATCH IS ON THE 19TH OF MAY AT CRAWLEY.
GET IT IN THE DIARY.

Andy Sherrin & Joy Wright

Report on YDL Upper Match @ Walton 5/5/2019

We left Kings Park on a very busy mini bus filling almost every seat! Which for me was a much welcome change from previous years! We picked up along the way at both Picket Post and Cadnam. We arrived at Walton all ready to welcome athletes, officials and parents from Salisbury into our newly formed composite team. I was overjoyed when completing my team declaration that I had a pool of 20 plus athletes all keen and ready to compete !!!I must say unheard of!

My first thank you must go out to the officials. Tim and Tina Wilding from New Forest, Juliet Dobson from Bournemouth and new to us Andy Webb, Alan Munro and Andy Angell from Salisbury. It was fantastic to have such a great team of helpers behind us not to mention the additional points the team received from having an almost full quota of officials! Thank you so much.

I also cannot thank the parents who sat in the freezing cold enough! Also thank you to all the coaches that prepared athletes ready for the event and helped me with the team. Thank you to Tim and Dennis for helping the girls on the day particularly with the relay teams.

I now must move on to some of the day’s highlights. What can I say 2nd place overall above teams like Southampton and Team Dorset! Amazing, Amazing, Amazing! Well done everyone what a fantastic start!

Now over to the real stars of the day.

The girls put in some strong performances across the board in both age categories on both the track and the field. The biggest highlight was U17 100 m relay team breaking the club record with a time of 49.2. Well done Brooke Ironside, Amelia Verney, Lana Blake and Yasmin Bridet. Yasmin had said to me that the team would do well and you definitely did!!

We scored double points in Long Jump Lana Blake and Issy Franklin U17 both first and first with 2nd place going to Amelia Dobson in U20.Again in the High Jump Jaz Cooke jumped a season best gaining 2nd position in U20 and Amelia Lewis who jumped in u17 also came 2nd place. Lana Blake secured first place in Triple Jump. In shot our 3 athletes were Alice Miell and Issy Shepherd at U20 both gaining first place and Georgia Clarke scored well in U17 age group. In Javelin Alice Miell and Amelia Dobson both first in U20 scored double points along with Lucy Wilkinson came first in U17.Issy Shepherd threw a season best in hammer and took first place, Lucy Wilkinson stepped in and threw the hammer in U17. Georgia Clarke stepped into Discus thank you for doing so alongside Issy and Lucy.
Over to the track. Brooke Ironside ran up in U20 in 100m gaining first place position. Rebecca Hannibal also ran a great race. Amelia Verney, Issy Franklin and Sarah Brett ran great races in 100m and 200m. Alice Miell ran a really impressive 100m hurdles all on her own with me cheering for Sarah! I did say I was sorry!! Thank you for getting us top points. Yasmin Bridet gained first place position in 80M Hurdles. Melody Creber ran her first ever 3000M it’s a long way but you did it! well done! The other 100m relay team included Issy Franklin, Jaz Cooke, Sarah Brett and Rebecca Hannibal you had never ran as a team before but came second with a time of 52.4 well done girls. As the day went on the team spirit grew and amazingly a group of girls actually wanted to run the 400m relay. Thank you to Brooke, Jaz, Sarah and Becks.
Be proud of yourselves!

The boys also performed like real troopers. Showing fantastic results across both track and field. We had some new boys who had never competed before and they bravely rose to the challenge. I do really hope you enjoyed it!In 100m Joshua Dyer and Daniel Owen both ran fantastic races both in a time of 12.1 and Sam Cook ran his first ever 100m putting in a strong performance. Aidan Dure -Smith showed us how to compete at distance running and then showed his versatility by running the 100m relay. His team consisted of Joshua, Daniel and Morgan sorry boys for all the faffing about with the vests !!!Danny Sinclair did amazingly well in High Jump coming second. I hope that you survived the hurdles and that your knee is ok now? Morgan competed in Long jump coming 2nd place well done a great result.

Looking at the U20 Boys. Fraser Spall competed in a maximum number of events including being the only athlete in the steeple chase, I think we might have some more takers next time!!!Sam Cook threw the hammer for the first time ever in a competition. He wasn’t even put off by another competitor saying he could throw 60M plus! Adam Petty only agreed to come on Saturday evening he is primarily a runner but he entered into the spirit and tried a whole host of events. Thank you and well done! Jacob Northcliffe did some great running including the relay.

I really hope I have not left anyone out! You really were all amazing. Thank you for enduring the cold, meeting and making new friends. Together we will build on this success please come again and invite your friends to take part.

Please contact me ASAP to let me know your availability for the next events.

Thank you so much and a huge well done!!!

Suzi Shepherd

Quality Shines Through With BAC QuadKids in Wessex League Match 1 at Winchester

Nick Marshall’s marvellously marshalled Quadkids performed wonders on Sunday, 7th April at Winchester in the first Wessex Quadkids League match of the 2019 season.

Overall BAC finished 2nd with 1,650 points behind Winchester’s winning total of 1,736. New Forest Juniors were an extremely close 3rd with 1,649! Camberley came 4th with 1,234, Newbury 5th with 1,207 and Isle of Wight 6th with 1,150 points.

 

 

The Boys team, with a full team of 10 athletes, came a close 2nd with 935 points just behind Winchester who had 948 points.

The Girls team were 3rd with 715 points, behind 2nd placed New Forest Junior’s 759 and winners Winchester with 788. Due to Easter holidays, injury and illness the Girls team unfortunately were reduced to 6 out of the maximum 10 allowed.

From the Boys Team, individually William Launder finished 1st out of all 44 Boys competing. Leo Thomasson finished 4th’, Ollie Thomson 10th, Charley Peters and Harley Vincent joint 12th, Thomas Butler 15th, James Davie 21st, Jake Selwood 22nd, Noel Slade 33rd and Connor Bailey-Pearce 35th.

William Launder’s 1st place followed on from his 1st place in last week’s Bournemouth Open Quadkids.

From the Girls Team, individually Esme Hurst-Atkins finished 4th, Elizabeth Davie 7th, Clodagh O’Brien 10th, Alba O’Brien 19th, Chrissie Thomson 17th and Laurel Gent 34th.

Thanks also to Alison Davie, Ian Thomson, Leon Atkins, Darren Launder, Mark Peters, Robin James and Danielle Marshall for helping on the day or helping to coach the athletes.

The photos of Nick Marshall and the team seem to confirm a good day out by all.

Report written by William Kearsey.

Wessex Report 7 April 2019 – Girls

Wessex Track & Field League Match – Girls

Written by B Wells


The first Wessex track & field league match took place on Sunday 7th April in Winchester.

BAC had a very good turnout for the girl’s team and spirits were high and enthusiasm flowed throughout the day. Everyone put in their very best and the support they gave each other was tremendous!  A very big thank you to the BAC officials who were there on the day and to all the parents for their support.

 

OVERALL

CLUB POINTS POSITION
Winchester 595.5 1
New Forest Juniors 459 2
Camberley 415 3
Isle of Wight 271 4
Bournemouth 244 5
Newbury 192.5 6

 

The overall results didn’t really reflect the amazing individual achievements of the day. Of the 27 scoring events the girl’s team entered, we achieved a top three finish in 25 of them!

The U17 girls got 1st place in all 6 scoring events. The U13G did very well indeed, coming 3rd overall out of six teams. There were also 16 PBs!

Unfortunately we had a few gaps in events which makes a huge difference to the overall match score. So, we will try to have a full team sheet in all of the events for future matches and we’ll stand a very good chance.

 

 

Under 13 Girls

Sofina Sommerseth and Holly Stonier had great 100m runs with a PB for Holly, 13.70. Gaby Fisher-Wyatt and Amy Tonkyn ran in the 100m NS and both achieved PBs. Holly and Amy also both got PBs in the 200m; 29.9 and 29.10 respectively. Well done girls.

Darcy Hawkins and Ida Waring both came third in their 800m races; both ran very well. Erin Wells ran her first 1200m – she ran a very good race with a time of 4:25.30. Mariah Marshall also ran her first 1200m and despite a bad stitch pushed all the way to the end, not giving up.

Well done to Alice Phipp who ran her first 70m hurdles in 16.20.

Big congratulations to the U13G 4x100m relay team who came 1st – well done Holly, Amy, Gaby and Sofina.

Great results in the field as well with Sofina coming 1st in the long jump (4.01) and Gaby 2nd place (3.93). Brilliant jumping! Mariah and Alice came 2nd and 3rd respectively in Shot (5.75 and 4.07).Congratulations to Mariah who came 1st in javelin (13.75).

Under 15 Girls

Leah Sullivan ran a great 100m, 13.60, and so did Mia Armstrong – both girls getting third place in their races. Mia Armstrong and Freya Bradfield both got PBs in their 100m, 14.4 and 14.9; well done girls!

In the 200m Abigail Phillips ran a fantastic race and got a PB, 26.90. Abigail carried this on in the 300m where she flew in, achieving 1st place again with another PB of 42.7! Amy Doble also got a PB for the 200m, 29.50 – great run Amy! It was super to see Martha Preece running her first 800m of the season with a new PB of 2:34.90.

The U15G 4x100m relay team ran a very good race and came in 3rd place, well done to Abigail, Freya, Mia and Amy.

Over on the long jump, terrific jumping brought Leah Sullivan in first place with 4.91!

Under 17 Girls

It was a pleasure to watch, Amelia Verney and Brooke Ironside both achieve 1st place in their 100m races with Brooke getting a new PB of 12.10! After a rest, the same for the 200m, Brooke and Amelia ran superb races, both getting 1st place in their respective races. Fantastic girls!

The U17G 4x100m relay came flying in at 50.50 and 1st place! Well done Amelia, Leah, Brooke and Isabelle.

Lana Blake, 5.22, and Isabelle Franklin, 4.45, both won their long jump competitions with some tremendous jumping!

Non-scoring athletes 

There were fantastic performances from the non-scoring athletes – well done to you all.

Performances include:

Alice Phipp LJ 3.22, Ida Waring 200m 31.4, Mia Armstrong 200m 29.9 PB, Freya Bradfield 200m 30.0 PB, Imogen Gent 800m 2:57.1, Lana Blake 100m 12.9, Isabelle Franklin 100m 13.4, Amy Tonkyn 100m 14.3 PB, Gaby Fisher-Wyatt 100m 15.5 PB, Freya Bradfield 100m 14.9 PB

It was a really good day, everyone should be very proud of themselves. Hopeful that more athletes, with the support of their parents or guardians, will participate in the future Wessex league competitions and we can up our overall match score.

 

 

By B Wells

Photos by Nick Marshall, thank you.

Apologies for any omissions.

 

Janet Dickinson Nominated for World Masters Athletics Annual Awards

World Masters Heptathlon Gold for Janet Dickinson

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 Dickinson was all smiles after breaking the 19yr old British Heptathlon record 2018.

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 Dickinson near the end of the final event (800m) in the World Championship W50 Heptathlon in Malaga, Spain.

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.

Janet competing for BAC at the SAL in Devon June 2018.
Janet with Paul Rees

Congratulations to Janet on her excellent performance and we wish her every success for 2019. WMA should announce the winners shortly.

World Masters Athletics Annual Awards

Janet Dickinson Wins the Silver at the World Masters Champs in Malaga

Janet Dickinson World Championship W50 Heptathlon in Malaga, Spain.

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).

Janet Dickinson near the end of the final event (800m) in the World Championship W50 Heptathlon in Malaga, Spain.

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.

Results link, medal and competitors here.

WORLD Heptathlon W50 SILVER Medallist 2018 Malaga.  Janet Dickinson with Coach, Paul Rees, behind the University Stadium after completing the seven event challenge.

Two former BAC Athletes, Caroline and Jean, won GOLD in the relay at the World Masters Athletics Championships in Malaga.  Many congratulations on such a great achievement.

Janet Dickinson made a well-earned appearance in the popular Track and Field magazine, “Athletics Weekly”.

More information on competing at future masters competitions can be found here.

BAC Continue to Impress at the SAL in Woking

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.

Relay Teams 4x400m

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.

Throws
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.

Isabella Shepherd throwing the Hammer

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.

Dan Brunsden throwing the Javelin

Sprints
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.

Middle Distance
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.

Laszlo Toth 800m

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.

Holly Collier & Abigail Richardson 800m

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.

Josh King & Rob McTaggart 1500m

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.

Tom Paskins in the Final Straight 3,000m

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.

Hurdles
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.

Nikki Sandell powers away after the jump in Steeple

Jumps
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.

Relays
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.

Mens 4x100m change over for the Home straight
Chloe Burrows brings the baton home in 4x100m

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.

Womens 4x400m Team
Mens 4x400m Team

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.

Janet Dickinson BAC sets new British Record w50 Heptathlon & Crowned British Champion.

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.

Janet Dickinson, British Champion with Gold Medal

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.

Janet Dickinson was all smiles after breaking the 19yr old British record.

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.

Janet Dickinson collecting her Gold medal

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!

Janet Dickinson at Sheffield with Julie Wilson, winner of the British w55 Throws Pentathlon on Saturday before getting back in action on day 2 winning more Gold Medals.

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!

Janet Dickinson with coach, Paul Rees.

 

SAL Victory in North Braunton!

Team Victory Splash

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.

Issy Shepherd
Danielle Broom

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.

Phoebe Dowson

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.

Steve Cox 400mH

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.

Muiris Egan 200m
Adam Nicholass Steve Cox behind at the 200m finish

The women’s 200m saw Rebecca Hannibal return to run 27.5 and Janet Dickinson as mentioned above a class 28.5 PB.

Rebecca Hannibal, 200m top bend

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.

Lewis Sainval 110mH

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).

Holly & Harriet Steeple

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.

Anyone for a dip?

Phoebe Dowson, Discus Bronze Medallist at the British Champs!

The Müller British Athletics Championships took place over the weekend of 30 June – 1 July 2018 at Alexander Stadium, Birmingham.

Phoebe Dowson preparing to throw big!   Photo by Mark Atkins, Gettyimages

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 Dowson proudly displays her medal

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.

Congratulations Phoebe!

Phoebe Dowson preparing to throw big!   Photo by Mark Atkins, Gettyimages