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BAC success at Portland 10 plus general update


BAC's winning DRRL Team Simon Munro, Peter Thompson, Jon Sharkey, Jacek Cieluszecki and Toby Chapman
BAC’s winning DRRL Team Simon Munro, Peter Thompson, Jon Sharkey, Jacek Cieluszecki and Toby Chapman

What a great moment for the BAC ‘tailenders’ in the Portland 10 (mile) race on Sunday 6 July, on the way down to Portland Bill, to see coming in the opposite direction the leaders of the race 1,2,3,4 and 5, all wearing the BAC vest, with a considerable gap before number 6. Then to spot our three BAC ladies all running well and working out (despite the brain going to complete mush at that stage of the race) that probably our Ladies’ team was going to win as well. The full results aren’t available at the time of writing, but we don’t need those to report that Jacek Cieluszecki was the overall winner, and by a considerable margin if the situation at 6 1/2 mile is anything to go by. The second, third, fourth and fifth positions were occupied by Peter Thompson, Jon Sharkey, Simon Munro and Toby Chapman respectively, which was how things were at 6 1/2 miles, except that, at that point, Toby was just in front of Simon (who ran his fastest Portland 10 ever), so it looks as if there was a ding-dong battle going on there. Jacek and Jon had both competed in the BAL fixture in Cornwall the day before, another successful day, of which more later. In the Ladies‘ competition, we don’t need the results to know that it was won by Nikki Sandell, with Gemma Bragg second, with Caroline Rowley‘s competent run ensuring that the Ladies’ team were the competition winners. BAC‘s sixth finisher was Paul Hill, who showed his class on his first race at this distance by his time of approximately 62 minutes on this hilly course and, of course, would have been a very useful back-up had anything gone wrong in front. Simon Way was the next BAC athlete to cross the line, with the BAC contingent completed by Andy Gillespie, who supported Caroline for much of the course, and Ian Graham (now showing his age!). So it was an excellent day for BAC with both the Mens‘ and the Ladies‘ teams winning the Open races, together with very useful Dorset Road Race League wins, and congratulations to everyone who took part for making this such a successful and enjoyable day. Here are some pictures, but please scroll through these and read on for more news of some of BAC‘s athletes activities.

BAC's winning Ladies' Team Caroline Rowley, Nikki Sandell and Gemma Bragg with their trophies
BAC’s winning Ladies’ Team Caroline Rowley, Nikki Sandell and Gemma Bragg with their trophies
BAC Men show their intention at the start of Portland 10
BAC Men show their intention at the start of Portland 10
Jacek Cieluszecki, Peter Thompson, Jon Sharkey and Simon Munro with 1st Team trophies
Jacek Cieluszecki, Peter Thompson, Jon Sharkey and Simon Munro with 1st Team trophies
4-5ths BAC Mens' Team Portland 10 Toby Chapman, Peter Thompson, Jon Sharkey and Simon Munro
4-5ths BAC Mens’ Team Portland 10 Toby Chapman, Peter Thompson, Jon Sharkey and Simon Munro
Jacek Cieluszecki wins the Portland 10
Jacek Cieluszecki wins the Portland 10
Peter Thompson finishes Portland 10 in 2nd place
Peter Thompson finishes Portland 10 in 2nd place
Jon Sharkey finishes Portland 10 in 3rd place
Jon Sharkey finishes Portland 10 in 3rd place
Simon Munro finishes Portland 10 in 4th position
Simon Munro finishes Portland 10 in 4th position

As the Portland 10 was under way, so was the Sway 5, in which Chris O’Brien showed he is a useful recent signing by finishing 16th (of 179) in 33.07. Not far behind was Simon Hearn, 20th in 33.58, and also competing were Joe Price, 41st in 36.43 and Joe’s Dad, Will, 112th in 48.31.

As already mentioned, on 5 July there was a BAL fixture at Par, Cornwall, in which BAC finished 2nd and, with one match to go (at Kings Park), we are definitely in a promotion position. Our road runners made their usual significant contribution to this success, including Jacek Cieluszecki and Jon Sharkey, who went on to be such an important part of the following great day at Portland, and must be commended for this after such a long day competing in Cornwall.   Jacek was 4th in the 5000 A string race in 15.23.12 (which Power of 10 says is a PB) and Jon was 2nd in the 3000 s/c B in 10.29.46. Rob McTaggart scored some useful points by winning the 5000 B in 16.21.15 and also winning the 1500 B in 4.11.77. In the 1500 A David Long was 3rd in 4.08.59, and mention should also be made of Karl Welch and Josh King, who occasionally compete on the road/cross country, who won the 800 A and B races respectively.

Steve Way continues his preparation for the Commonwealth GamesMarathon by competing, this time in the Torbay HalfMarathon on 29 June, in which he was 3rd (of 1730) in 1.07.49. A week later, Steve celebrated his 40th birthday, and his official donning of the Veteran mantel, by running 35 miles over the Purbecks!

Just some more races of which there are only sketchy details – on 29June,  Nick Kenchington was 3rd of the runners (the event is also open to walkers) in the 25 mile Purbeck Plod. The day before JonSharkey won the 10k element of the Giant’s Head Marathon (apparently the course is nearer 11k), and the day before that ManolDimitrov seems to have had a stunning run in the Skyrunning WorldChampionships in Chamonix, France, which he completed in 4 hr 8 min (distance unknown but obviously substantial), 106th, 4th Brit and 1st Bulgarian, a race of 2500 metres ascent/descent, with snow and zero visibility above 2000m. Perhaps the Portland 10 wasn’t so difficult after all!

Turning to the Parkruns of 5 July, in Kings Park, Paul Hill was 2nd in the Bournemouth Parkrun (Paul competed in the Portland 10 the next day), and joining him were Ian White, now regularly running under 20 minutes, Jud Kirk, Alison Humphrey (Ali Barnes as was!), Simon Hunt, slowly returning to fitness and Will Price, who went on to run in the Sway 5 the following day.  There were 220 finishers.  In Poole Park, the only BAC representative of the 498 running the Poole Parkrun was Simon Way, 9th, perfect preparation for the Portland 10!

Well Done to BAC Athletes Selected for English Schools

Top (l-r): Samantha Cash, Angel Kerin, Patrick Sylla, Kevin Hodgson, Rosie Wootten, Ben Dickinson, Matthew Ridge, Tom Peters. Bottom (l-r): Izzy Wedderburn, Bridget Dence, Hannah Molyneaux, Danielle Broom, Iona Sheerin.
Top (l-r): Samantha Cash, Angel Kerin, Patrick Sylla, Kevin Hodgson, Rosie Wootten, Ben Dickinson, Matthew Ridge, Tom Peters. Bottom (l-r): Izzy Wedderburn, Bridget Dence, Hannah Molyneaux, Danielle Broom, Iona Sheerin.

The club would like to offer its congratulations to 11 of its athletes selected to compete for their counties at the English Schools Athletics Championships to be held on 11th and 12th July 2014 in Birmingham.

Although thirteen athletes from BAC attained the qualification standard for their discipline, the number of athletes Dorset Schools can take is capped at 25. Therefore only ten were selected from BAC, along with one for Hampshire Schools.

The ten BAC athletes selected for Dorset are:

Junior Girls: Hannah Molyneaux – Shot, Danielle Broom – Discus

Inter Girls: Bridget Dence – 1500m, Rosie Wootten – High Jump, Angel Kerin – Triple Jump

Inter Boys: Ben Dickinson – Javelin, Patrick Sylla – Long Jump, Tom Peters – Discus

Senior Boys: Kevin Hodgson – 200m, Matthew Ridge – Shot

Iona Sheerin has also been selected to represent Hampshire Schools for the junior girls 75m hurdles.

Two other BAC athletes gained the qualification standard, and although not in the Dorset team, deserve recognition for their achievements. They are Izzy Wedderburn (Junior Girls – Long Jump) and Samantha Cash (Inter Girls – Triple Jump).

The English Schools competition has been running since the 1920s, and for BAC to have had so many of its athletes selected to compete is considered by many to be a record in living memory. For those unfamiliar with it, the two-day competition is the largest of its kind, with many athletes from all over the country representing their county.

The club wishes its athletes the very best of luck, and with such a strong team going, we are hopeful of some great results!




SAL Report – 21st June 2014

On Saturday 21st June BAC made the trip to Portsmouth for the third SAL match of the season. The team was very much depleted in terms of both athletes and officials due to the match coinciding with the regional schools competitions and the England U20 and U23 Championships. The four female and eight male athletes, along with Ian Graham and Hazel Bates as time keeper and track judge respectively, pulled out all the stops to gain as many points as possible.

As usual, the first track event was the 400m hurdles, with Sarah Kearsey and Danielle Marshall comfortably winning the A and B-string races. Dave Flicos came fourth in the men’s A-string race.

The 800m followed, the A-string race possibly being the most competitive race of the day as far as BAC were concerned. Karl Welch led the race until the final 150m, where he was pipped to the post with a time of 1 min 57.9 secs. Jamie Grose won the B-string race, while Brandon Meredith, and under 17 athlete making his debut in the SAL gained a PB of 2 mins 22.7 secs as a non-scorer.

In the men’s 100m, U17 athlete, Moinul Uddin raced to 4th place with a new PB of 12.0 secs, and looks strong to run a sub-12 second 100m this season. Flicos gained a new SB, coming 5th in the B-string race.

In the 400m, both Danielle Marshall and Brandon Meredith placed 4th in the women’s and men’s races, respectively, with the latter gaining another PB.

Samantha Laws came 4th in the women’s 3000m race, while Ian White came 3rd with a SB in the men’s 5000m race.

Kearsey raced again, winning the 100m hurdles, with a new PB and later came 2nd in the women’s 200m.

The final race concerning BAC athletes took the form of the men’s 2000m steeplechase, with Jamie Grose winning by a huge margin, with a new PB of 6 mins 30.2 secs. This is all the more impressive considering he ran most of the race alone. Ian White also ran a PB, crossing the line in 3rd place in the B-string race.

In the field, Angie Spall placed a decent 2nd in the long jump, while Adam Nash comfortably won the men’s A-string long jump, with Flicos placing 3rd. This was a position Flicos matched in the triple jump, while in the women’s event, Danielle Marshall came 4th.

In the high jump, Angie Spall came 3rd, while in the men’s event, Andrew Brown came 2nd in the A-string, with a SB of 1.65m, with Flicos placing 4th in the B.

Brown and Flicos also won the A and B-string pole vault, respectively. Brown vaulted far higher than any of the other competitors in an event which was barely represented by the other teams.

In the women’s shot, Kearsey and Spall came 2nd and 1st in the A-string and B-string, respectively, with Spall gaining a PB of 7.33m. In the men’s event, Flicos came 5thand was later BAC’s only competitor in the hammer, coming 4th and picking up valuable points for the club.

Flicos came 4th in the A-string discus, with a new PB of 20.94m, while Adam Nash came 4th in the B-string. Kearsey also gained a new PB in the women’s event, gaining 2nd place in the A-string, while Spall won the B-string, with a SB.

Andrew Brown won the men’s javelin by a large margin, with 52.07m, and Flicos came 4th in the B-string. In the women’s event, Spall and Laws placed 4th and 3rd in the A and B-string, respectively.

During the fixture, the few BAC athletes attempted to fill as many events as possible. Even though winning the match was clearly unlikely, the team endeavoured to gain points, for the dignity of the club. BAC finished 4th overall, out of 5 teams, so the team must be congratulated for its efforts. Although this depletion was understandably due to other competitions on the same day, we hope to put out a stronger team next time round.

Thank you also to BAC’s supporters, Rob McTaggart and Peter Briant (also the men’s team manager) for cheering the team on, and to Ian White for driving the minibus.

If you find any errors of mistake with the report, please let me know so I can correct them.

Golden Day for Phoebe

Phoebe Dowson, U23 Champs, Bedford 2014
Phoebe Dowson, U23 Champs, Bedford 2014

Phoebe Dowson took discus gold at the U23 UK championships in Bedford last Saturday.
Phoebe opened her account with a safe 44.34m, but then proceeded to record 5 throws better than her previous PB and finished with a life-time best of 51.12m. This raised her own BAC all time record by 3m.
It was a close encounter with her friend and rival Shadine Duquemin, Shaftesbury BH. Phoebe posted her best throw in round 4 to take the lead, but then amazingly Shadine matched it exactly in round 5.  However another big throw of 50.61m from Phoebe in round 5 proved to be the decisive 2nd best throw, winning the gold on count back.
What a competition and certainly one of the performances of the week end from BAC’s discus diva!



Good Luck to all competing in Regional Schools Championships

BAC would like to wish the very best of luck to all those athletes competing in their regional schools championships, whether it be in the South West champs at Yeovil, or the South East champs at Crawley.

The club is very lucky to have such a talented bunch of athletes representing both their county and their school.

I (Sarah) will be competing at the SAL match (good luck to everyone there too), so will write a report on proceedings there. But I know that in the past, athletes and their parents have been keen to see write-ups of the schools events. If anyone is a willing volunteer to write anything for either schools competition, then please let me know. If not, I can write up a summary, but it will obviously be lacking in the detail of tension, suspense and action that the SAL report will involve, due to my actual being at said SAL match and thus witnessing said tension, suspense, and action.

Also, if anyone takes any pictures, which they would like to be used in reports, or posted on the website, again let me know, and I could sort something out.

Again, good luck to one and all, I hope it all goes well!


Parkruns, including BAC legend John Boyes, Kingston Lacey Festival and BAL

John Boyes with Steve Way Ian Habgood Ian White and Jon Sharkey at Pyrenean Retreat Training Week
John Boyes with Steve Way Ian Habgood Ian White and Jon Sharkey at Pyrenean Retreat Training Week

There have been numerous BAC wins and PBs in the Bournemouth and Poole Parkruns recently, together with a visit to one of the Kings Park races by BAC legend, John Boyes, visiting briefly from his home in France – more about John and the Parkruns later on.

The Kingston Lacey Running Festival took place on Sunday 8 June, consisting of 5k and 10k races and a Half Marathon.  Gemma Bragg flew the BAC flag at the event, finishing 10th of 224 finishers in the Half Marathon.  Gemma‘s excellent time of 1.32.23, on an off-road course, gained her a podium place as second lady.

Although not road-running, mention has to be made of the contribution BAC road runners to the club’s win in the BAL National League 4 at Mile End (wherever that is) on  7 June.  As a result, BAC, after two matches, are 3rd (of 6) in the League and, bearing in mind just how comprehensive was the win at Mile End, if this level of performance can continue throughout the season there is no reason why the talk of promotion in the Bournemouth Evening Echo report should not be realised.  Steve Way and Jacek Cieluszecki were 1st and 2nd overall in the 5000m, in times of 14.54.85 and 15.26.90 respectively, thus winning maximum points as winners of both the ‘A’ and ‘B’ string races.  Jon Sharkey was 2nd in the 3000m s/c ‘B’ and in the 1500m Rob McTaggart was 4th ‘A’ and David Long 2nd ‘B’.  Many congratulations to the entire BAC team on this highly creditable win which, unfortunately, is apparently not being reported on in full elsewhere on this website.

So to the Parkruns.  It was a pleasure to welcome BAC Life Member John Boyes back to Bournemouth on Saturday 7 June when he ran the Parkrun in Kings Park.  There is no space here to detail all John‘s achievements, but one of the most memorable of these must be his win in the Glasgow Marathon in 1984 in a time of 2.14.  Following a 2.17 run in London earlier, John had been picked to represent England in the Glasgow race, which doubled as an International competition, and was part of the winning England team.  The next year John went on to run his marathon PB of 2.13.20 in Holland.  The photograph shows John with BAC athletes at a training week organised by John at his home in France one of whom is, of course, Steve Way, BAC‘s ‘legend in the making’ and surely Steve must have benefitted greatly from his contact with John, who, along with his wife Kath, continues to provide training/activity holidays (or just holidays!) in a beautiful part of France details of which are available at  At the Bournemouth Parkrun, John, now M55-59 category, was 13th of a total of 156 in 20.37 (assisted by his dog, Robbie),  and 2nd in his category (to BAC‘s Jud Kirk!)

Staying with the Bournemouth Parkrun of 7 June, congratulations particularly to Emma Dews, 3rd overall and 1st lady, Brendon Meredith, 9th overall and 2nd JM15-17 and Elsa Charlwood, 16th overall and 1st JW11-14.  Also running, in addition to John Boyes, were Jud Kirk, 1st M55-59, Mike Cowham and Will Price.  The week before, 31 May, Emma was again 1st lady (6th overall).  Roy Long was 2nd in what was then a PB time for the course, and in 3rd place was Ross Smith, son of Barry Smith, in his day one of BAC’s star runners and now a coach.  Ross is clearly a ‘chip off the old block’ and has improved rapidly over the last few weeks as a result of regular participation in BAC training.  Ian White was 8th and very closely following Ian were two more BAC winning youngsters, namely Bridget Dence, who ran a PB for the course and was 1st in her age category (and 2nd lady after Emma), and Sebastian Hearn, also winner of his age category.  Two weeks later, 14 June, and again there was considerable BAC participation in the Bournemouth Parkrun.  Roy Long was again 2nd, and improved on his PB of two weeks earlier, and Emma, for the third week running, was 1st lady (5th overall).  Emma was followed in 6th place by Damian Boyle and 11th was Ian White.  Next BAC athletes were Jud Kirk, Steve Cox, Joe Price, Helen Ambrosen, Patrick White (Ian‘s son on break from university), Samantha Laws and Will Price.  It is interesting to note that on 14 June at Bournemouth 1st and 3rd were ‘unknown runners’.  Could either of these have been David Long, again running without his barcode??!  193 competed the Bournemouth course on 31 May, 156 on 7 June and 234 on 14 June. Meanwhile, in Poole Park, BAC were also achieving wins and PBs in the Poole Parkruns.  On 31 May Jon Sharkey was the winner, with Chris O’Brien 15th (of a total of 513). Chris went on to run the Poole 10k the next day.   The following week, 7 June, of the 489 finishers, Bridget Dence ran well to finish as 1st lady, 15th overall and a PB for the course.  The next week, 14 June, saw another BAC winner in the form of Jacek Cieluszecki, and in 5th place, of a total of 513, was Jamie Grose with a PB for the course.  

John Boyes and Robbie compete in the Bournemouth Parkrun followed by Mike Cowham
John Boyes and Robbie compete in the Bournemouth Parkrun followed by Mike Cowham

SAL Match Report (19th May 2014)

Saturday 19th May saw BAC make the trip to Salisbury for the second Southern Athletics League match. After having finished last overall in the previous fixture at Plymouth, the team was looking to improve, despite a few withdrawals due to injury and exams. The sun shone down on a beautiful day, and conditions were ideal for both track and field alike.

Events began on the track with the 400m hurdles, with Sarah Kearsey and Danielle Marshall racing in the A and B sting, respectively. Kearsey finished second in 65.4secs, while Marshall finished 3rd in with a highly impressive 74.0secs for a debut performance.

The 800m followed with both of BAC’s men gaining PBs; Jamie Grose came 3rd in the A race with 2min 00.5secs, while David Flicos ran in the B race.

Next was the women’s 100m, with Kearsey and Jemma Bates both finishing third in the A and B races. The men’s race followed. Moinul Uddin came 4th in a highly competitive race, with a PB of 12.1secs, all the more impressive given he is in his first year of the under 17 age group, and was racing against senior athletes. Jamie Williamson, also an U17 gained a PB in the B race with 12.0secs. Ex-BAC athlete Peter Mitchell also ran as a non-scorer, gaining a PB of 11.2secs.

The 400m was next up. Bates came 3rd in the women’s race, while in the men’s race, Muiris Egan gave a master class in 400m racing tactics. In a close race, he overtook the Bracknell athlete in the closing metres to secure maximum points for Bournemouth.

This was followed by the 3000m, with Samantha Laws running in the women’s race, and David Long finishing a strong 3rd in the men’s race.

Next was the women’s 200m. Kearsey and Marshall both finished 4th in the women’s A-string and B-string races, respectively, and Bates came 3rd in the non-scoring race. Meanwhile for the men, Egan ran to a SB of 23.1secs in 3rd place in the A race and Uddin came 4th in the B.

BAC’s men amassed maximum points in the 1500m, with top spots in the A and B string. Rob McTaggart gained a season’s best of 4mins 07.1secs, while Grose gained another PB of 4mins 14.2secs. In the women’s race, Laws finished 5th.

Ian White came 3rd in the men’s steeplechase, while is the women’s race, Laws dug deep to finish 4th, in what was her 3rd middle-long distance event of the day. This event was sparsely filled, and so the points gained by these athletes were to prove highly valuable.

The final track events were the relays. The ladies’ 4x100m team of Anya Kay, Madeleine Smith, Marshall and Kearsey claimed 2nd spot, while the men’s team of Uddin, Karl Welch, McTaggart and Egan came 4th. The ladies’ 4x400m team of Janet Dickinson, Bates, Marshall and Kearsey struggled to keep with the pace of some strong opposition, finishing in 4th place. The men’s team also finished 4th, with Grose, McTaggart, Welch and Egan bringing the baton home. The efforts of these athletes, may of whom had competed in several events throughout the day cannot be faulted.

In the field, U17 Madeleine Smith put in very impressive performances, winning the A-string for both long jump and triple jump, leaping to 4.45m and 9.98m, respectively. Meanwhile Angie Spall claimed second place in the B-string long jump. White and Flicos competed in the men’s long jump, and later on Peter Briant and Flicos took part in the triple jump. Although these events were not necessarily the usual events of these athletes, the team was enthusiastic to pick up crucial points for the club.

In the men’s high jump, Jamie Williamson placed second in the A-string, with 1.85m, and another up and coming young athlete James Glynn won the B-string with a PB of 1.70m. In the women’s high jump, Angie Spall cleared 1.45m well to come 2nd in the A-string, while Janet Dickinson came 3rd in the B-string with 1.30m. Meanwhile, Flicos placed 4th in the pole vault.

In the ladies’ throwing events, Janet Dickinson was the standout performer, with PBs in several events. She won the A-string hammer with 33.77m (PB), while Anya Kay won the B-string. In the men’s event, Briant came 4th in the A-string and White came 3rd in the B-string.

Kay came 2nd in the women’s A-string shot with a PB of 9.92m, while Dickinson won the B event. Briant also came 2nd in the men’s A-string shot, with 10.81m, and Flicos came 5th in the B-string.

Both Dickinson and Kay came 2nd in the discus for the A and B-sting, respectively. Both had very impressive throws; Dickinson threw a PB of 26.40m, and Kay gained an SB. Meanwhile, both Briant and Flicos competed in the men’s event.

In the womens’ javelin, both Dickinson and Spall threw well to come 3rd and 2nd, whilst Briant and Flicos came 4th and 2nd, respectively.

Thanks must of course go to the officials who accompanied the team; Wynne and Ray Munden, Robin James and Hazel Bates, all of whom helped with the running of the event.

All in all, the team put in a lot of effort, beating Bracknell to 3rd spot overall by a mere 5 points. This slim margin was gained by athletes competing in events which were not their natural choice to earn a few points for the team. Hopefully at the following competitions, the turnout will be even stronger, and BAC can perform to the level that it is truly capable of.

The above report was written using results from thepowerof10, which can be verified using the following link: Many apologies if I have missed anyone out, and if any of the information is incorrect, please do not hesitate to contact me so I can rectify it! (I can usually be found at the track, when not at university, or alternatively contact me on Facebook)

Phoebe breaks 30 year old discus record

Phoebe- Alabama Relays March 2014

Phoebe Dowson currently studying at the University of South Alabama, USA has opened up her track & field season in America by breaking the long-time BAC all time/senior discus record of 47.76m held by Lyn Smith since 1983.  Phoebe threw a life time best of 47.91m on 22 March in Tuscaloosa, Alabama.  Phoebe said afterwards, “This is a massive confidence boost after a difficult  12 months and a relief to improve my PB.  I had a good series of throws, but there is more to come.”

The week before Phoebe had also broken the BAC senior women’s hammer record in only her second year with this event.  A
PB of 43.85m on 15 March took care of the 42.12m record held by Emma Jones  since 1995.