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BAC BAL Team Battle it out in Bedford

On Saturday 6th June, the BAL team travelled to Bedford for their second match. The team arrived to find very windy conditions which were to play havoc with individual results. The BAC turn-out was strong but was missing a few key athletes due to injury.

Notable performances in the field came from the High Jump duo of Alex Cox and Jamie Williamson who each battled it out to 2nd places in A and B strings. Cox jumped a season’s opener of 1.95m as well as scoring decent points in the Discus throw.

James Lelliott gave great commitment to a range of field events scoring many valuable points for the team. He teamed up with Patrick Sylla with whom he scored an A and B string victory in the Long Jump. Lelliot’s 7.34m jump won the event by more than 70cm. He and Andy Brown then went on to score good points in the Javelin.

On the track the wind was very apparent. Sprinters Kevin Hodgson and Scott Rutter both ran sub 11s times to score valuable points in the 100m. Muiris Egan ran a particularly strong 400m A race to gain a worthy 3rd place, once again showing the strength he has this season. Rob McTaggart and David Long worked hard in the 5000m gaining 5th and 3rd places in the A and B string races. Roy Long (David’s dad) showed no fear by stepping in to the 3000m Steeple Chase to fill a space in the team and ended up reaping 6 valuable points.

BAC once again performed strong in both of the relays. The 4x100m quartet of Scott Rutter, Kev Hodgson, Ben Arnold and James Lelliott bought the baton home in 3rd place in the 4x100m race. In the 4x400m, Muiris Egan, Kev Hodgson, Scott Rutter and Karl Welch also took 3rd place.

At the end of the day BAC finished in 6th place (of 8) with only 12 points separating 4th, 5th and 6th places. This leaves BAC standing 6th (of 8) in the BAL Div 3 League Table on equal league points with the two teams immediately above. Had the team accumulated just 8 more match points over their first two matches then they would have retained their 4th place in the Division.

Team Manager Tim Hughes was very pleased with the performance of his athletes and with those who did more than just their normal events on the day.

“This match was particularly hard for us but we were able to battle through well because of that sheer commitment to succeed that this team has. We had some particular bad luck this round with a number of injuries which ruled out some key athletes from competing. We also had some athletes on the day who pushed through the pain barrier to get those extra points. I have to thank these guys especially and also those who helped fill in some gaps”.

Hughes goes on to talk about the next match. “We have to have a strong team for our next match at Derby on July 11th. I will be calling up a number of athletes who have not yet competed in the BAL this season and I look forward to an enthusiastic team travelling North for that match. I am sure we can pull out a great performance and rise back up the league table”.

YDL (Lower Age Group), Guildford and SAL, Portsmouth, 30/31 May 2015


Lewis Sainval with the leaders in the 1500m at SAL fixture, Portsmouth
Lewis Sainval with the leaders in the 1500m at SAL fixture, Portsmouth

The 2nd round of the Youth Development League (Lower Age Group) took place on Saturday, 30 May, with the composite team of which BAC is a part, in SW Division 1, competing in Guildford.  The other elements of the team are New Forest and Poole Runners. Unfortunately, not the strongest team was able to be present on the day, and the composite team finished 8th of 8 teams, but there were some strong performances from BAC‘s young athletes, with some useful wins and second places.  Amelia Dobson won her Long Jump competition with a jump of 4.77, and, in the same competition, Gemma Kennard was 2nd in the ‘A’ string with a jump of 4.80. Along with Amelia the U13G 4 x 100 relay team also included Rebecca Hannibal and Tola Chilwny, and finished 2nd. Yasmin Bridet won two of her three events, namely 70mH and Shot Putt, with a throw of 6m, although it is fair to point out that Louise Galloway was also competing in the U13G, and threw 6.68 to finish 4th in the ‘A’ competition.   All of our young athletes competed in at least two, and in most cases more, events, and they are to be commended for showing such a competitive spirit – well done, one and all!  The BAC element of the boys’ team consisted of Harry Grubb (300m, 200m), Jim Dence (80mH, HJ, 4 x 400), Fraser Spall (DT,HT, JT), Tom Farwell (1500m, SP,HJ) and Rhys Allen (JT, HJ).  The BAC athletes in the composite girls’ team were Rebecca Hannibal (100m, 200m, JT, 4 x 100 – 2nd), Amelia Dobson (75mH, SP, LJ – 1st B, 4 x 100 – 2nd), Yasmin Bridet (75m, 70mH – 1st A, SP – 1st B), Poly Yule (JT, HJ, 4 x 100), Louise Galloway (JT, SP, LJ), Tola Chilwny (100m, 200m, 4 x 100) and Gemma Kennard (LJ – 2nd A, HJ).  The full results can be found at

Following the 2nd round of the Southern Athletic League at Portsmouth on Sunday 31 May, BAC lie 12th of 20 teams of Division 3 SW, having finished 4th of the 5 teams competing at Portsmouth. There were some excellent performances from BAC athletes, with useful wins and second places, and congratulations to particularly to Jamie Williamson and Danielle Broom for achieving Man and Woman of the Match awards for their High Jump and Hammer respectively, Danielle‘s Hammer throw being a new club record.  Other noteable performances amongst the men were from Cameron Hale, for his Discus and Javelin throw wins, particularly impressive as Cameron was throwing with ‘adult’ weights for the first time, and second place in the High Jump, and Peter Briant for his Discus throw win and second places in Shot Putt and Javelin.  Amongst the women, congratulations to Iona Sheerin for her High Jump win, Olivia Galloway and Danielle Marshall for their second placings in the 200m and 400mH respectively, Madeleine Smith who won the Triple Jump and was second in the Long Jump, Janet Dickinson, who won three of her four events, Triple Jump, Discus and Hammer, and Danielle (Broom) who, in addition to the High Jump already mentioned, won the Hammer and was second in the Shot Putt.  Also, we mustn’t forget Dave (‘Points Machine’) Flicos, who competed in no fewer than 7 events!  The BAC team consisted of, for the men, Dave Flicos (100m,200m, PV, LJ, TJ, SP and HT), Brandon Meredith (200m, 800m), Lewis Sainval (800m, 1500m), Ian White (3000m, LJ), Jamie Williamson (HJ – 2nd A), Cameron Hale (HJ – 2ndB, DT – 1st A, JT – 1st B) and Peter Briant (SP – 2nd A, DT – 1st A, HT, JT – 2nd A).  The BAC womens’ team consisted of Iona Sheerin (200m, HJ – 1st A), Olivia Galloway (100m, 200m – 2nd B, LJ), Danielle Marshall (400m, 400mH – 2nd A), Jessica Greenhalgh (800m, 1500m), Sam Laws (1500m, 3000m), Madeleine Smith (LJ – 2nd B, TJ – 1st A, JT), Janet Dickinson (TJ – 1st A, DT – 1st B, HT – 1st B, JT) and Danielle Broom (SP 2nd A, DT 1st A, HT – 1st A).  Winners or not, every single athlete who took part earned valuable points, so well done to everyone.  Full results (with a bit of navigating through the website!) can be found at In addition, BAC provided more than its fair share of officials, with Wynne and Ray Munden, Brian Johnson, Hazel Bates, Paul Rees, Paula Broom and Ian Graham all helping to ensure the fixture went smoothly.

Brandon Meredith in the 800m
Brandon Meredith in the 800m
Peter Briant on his way to 2nd position in the Shot putt
Peter Briant on his way to 2nd position in the Shot putt
Olivia Galloway earns some long jump points
Olivia Galloway earns some long jump points
Danielle Marshall fights a strong head wind in the 400m
Danielle Marshall fights a strong head wind in the 400m

Still a chance of YDL promotion after 2nd place at Portsmouth

By William Kearsey

It was a great day for the BAC athletes, and those from Poole Runners and New Forest Junior AC, who competed in the thoughtfully named BNP composite team at Portsmouth on Saturday 16th May.

There were over FIFTEEN PBs set by BAC athletes in the match.  PR and NFJ athletes also achieved many PBs.

In U20 men, Kevin Hodgson won the U20 100 and 200 meters A string races, with Ben Arnold winning the two B string races. They both set PBs in both races; Kevin with 10.8 secs and 21.6 secs and Ben with 11.1 secs and 22.2 secs.

Muiris Egan won 400m U20 in 50 secs dead, maintaining his strong form this year.

Ben Dickinson, still and U17 athlete, competed in the higher age group, coming third in U20 discus.

James Glynn made a very welcome return to competition after nearly a year out of athletics due to various injuries. He finished first in HJ B string and third in LJ A string, despite being U17. Jamie Williamson came first in HJ A string and second in LJ B string.

In U17 men, the versatile Cameron Hale set 3 PBs, coming fourth in 100m and 100m hurdles, and third in LJ.

Brandon Meredith came first in the gruelling 3000m and second in 800m.

Jack Howlett was probably the outstanding BAC athlete of the day. He won all 3 of his events and set PBs in all of them. His winning distances were 44.13m in the discus, 45.16m in the hammer and 14.68m in the shot.

Ben Dickinson won U17 Javelin with 54.59m.

Alex Paul made a welcome debut and gained valuable points coming third in triple jump and fourth in HJ.

In U20 women, U17 athlete Verity Cowell competed in the higher age group and won HJ A string and came third in A string shot. Verity also came 6th in U17 A string 200m

Angel Kerin came 3rd in LJ A string with 5.28m and won the triple jump with 11.35m. Both were impressive PBs achieved after recent illness.

Olivia Galloway won U20 LJ B string and came second in the U17 javelin.

U17 women saw Iona Sheerin come second in A string 100m, second in 80m hurdles and first in HJ with 1.65m.

Danielle Broom couldn’t quite match her fantastic achievements of the 1st match, but still put in strong performances, winning the discus and the shot.

BAC’s athletes participated in the victorious U17 women’s and U20 men’s 4x100m races. They also contributed towards the 4×100 U17 men’s team finishing 3rd.

The efforts of our fellow composite team members also deserve to be mentioned. Poole Runners contributed 4 athletes to the team and New Forest Junior AC, 6. Broadly speaking, but not solely, they filled the many places in distances of 300m and upwards. New Forest Junior provided 2 young ladies who gained near maximum points in U17 1500m steeple chase, hardly a cushy event.

To summarise, B/N/P amassed 575 match points on the day behind Winchester who had 593. If it were not for last minute injuries to two BAC athletes, B/N/P could have possibly won the match.

After 2 of the 4 matches Winchester lead with 15 points, Hillingdon are 2nd with 14, B/N/P are 3rd with 13 and Ealing are 4th with 10. The other 4 teams are unlikely to be able to gain promotion. We need to win 1 and come no lower than 2nd in the remaining 2 match to ensure 1 of the 2 promotion places.

As YDL Upper Manager can I appeal to all U17 and U20 athletes to try and be available for the two matches on Sunday 28th June at Winchester and Sunday 26th July at Ealing. The 28th June fixture clashes with Wessex League which is at King’s Park. There is no promotion or relegation irrespective of BAC finishing 1st or 20th in Wessex League (BAC normally finish about 15th). Nikki Hannibal the Wessex League Manager agrees it is beneficial to represent B/N/P (BAC) in YDL and gain promotion rather than compete in the Wessex match. In addition a few BAC multi eventers are understandably opting to compete at regional schools heptathlon events, their absence making it all the more important BAC athletes be available if possible for YDL.

Well done to all athletes, coaches, officials and helpers at Portsmouth.

BAC British Athletics League Team have a great start to the Track and Field season

BAC Men’s British Athletics League team who were promoted to Division 3 for this season got off to a great start in their first match at Swansea on 9th May.   The team who had a few setbacks with injury going into the match battled their way to a superb 4th place (out of 8 teams) to show that they really aim to to business in this division.

The day opened with James Lelliott winning the A-string Long Jump in blustery conditions.  This led the way in a feast of great BAC field event performances proving that Bournemouth are a team to be recognised in their new division.  Lelliott followed up with a win in the B-string Discus with Andy Brown taking the B-string Javelin, behind Lelliott’s A-string 3rd place.  Matt Ridge scored valuable points in all three heavy throws with a superb second place in the A-string Shot.

On the track, conditions were harsh for the sprinters with a strong headwind gusting to -5m/s.  Nonetheless, Kevin Hodgson, Ben Arnold and Scott Rutter scored superb points in the 100m and 200m.  One of the outstanding performances of the day by a BAC athlete was Muris Egan’s 400m A-race finishing 3rd in a superb PB of 49.99s.  Ben Arnold, making a BAL debut at the same event scored well with 3rd in the B race.  Jamie Grose and Josh King gained A and B string 3rd places in a tough 1500m race before Rob Mctaggart and David Long finished 5th (A) and 2nd (B) respectively in a quality 3000m race containing containing some good national standard athletes.

Great performances in the relays saw the 4x100m squad (Rutter, Hodgson, Arnold and Lelliott) finish 3rd while the 4x400m squad battled out 5th place in a very tough race.

Team Manager Tim Hughes was delighted with his team’s performance… “The enthusiasm of this team is second to none.  This is a great bunch of lads to work with since they want success so much.  This result really sets us up to think about promotion once again and if I can pull in some of those athletes unable to compete this time round into the remaining matches then that certainly could be on the cards.”

T & F catch-up; SAL Braunton, WYAL Bournemouth and YDL(L) Hillingdon

Brief details of BAC performances at the following fixtures…..

Southern Athletics League, Braunton, 25 April 2015
BAC are in Div 3 SW, and at the end of the 1st League fixture lie 12th of 20 competing clubs, having come third in their own fixture at Braunton. These are the BAC athletes who took part:
Muiris Egan: 100m SM A(string) 2nd 11.5 (PB); 200m SM A 1st 23.1.  Danielle Marshall: 100m SW A 4th 14.9; 200m SW A 4th 30.9; 400m SW A 4 71.9; 400mH SW A 3rd 76.9; DT 1k SW B 3rd 14.04.  Robin Copestick: 5000m SM A 1st 17.32.  Rosie Wootten: HJ SW A 2nd 1.55; LJ SW A 2nd 4.49; SP 4k SW B 1st 7.92.  Jemma Bates: 100m SW B 3rd 14.8 (PB); 200m SW B 3rd 30.4; HT 4k 3rd 7.62 (PB); JT 800 3rd 8.64.  Peter Briant: HJ SM A 3rd 1.30; LJ SM A 4th 4.43; TJ SM A 2nd 8.83; SP 7.26k SM A 1st 11.45; DT 2k SM A 1st 35.81; HT 7.26k SM A 2nd 21.86; JT 800 SM A 2nd 32.85. Anya Kay: SP 4k SW A 1st 9.62; DT 1k SW A 2nd 15.03; HT 4k SW A 4th 20.89; JT 600 SW A 4th 8.09.   Congratulations to such a small team on achieving such a result.  Full results available at

Wessex Young Athletes League, Bournemouth, 26 April 2015     This was a composite team consisting of BAC, Poole Runners and New Forest Juniors.  Here are the results of the composite team (some of these are NFJ, not BAC): U15 LJ G(Girls); A(string) 1. Izzy Wedderburn 4.53, B 1. Gemma Kennard 4.43U15 HJ G; A 1. Gemma Kennard 1.45, B 1. Abi Richardson 1.40. U15 SP G A 6. Laurin Sheerin 5.86, B 4. Rebecca Hannibal  5.34. U17 W 100m A 1. Charlie Sidaway 29.00, B 1. Megan Lucas 29.10. U17 W 800m A 1. Bridget Dence  2.24.50. U17 W 1500m 1. Bridget Dence 4.58.10. U17 W 80m 2. Charlie Sidaway 13.00. U17 W 4x400m relay 1. (Composite Team) Danielle Broom, Megan Lucas, Charlie Sidaway, Bridget Dence. U17 W LJ A 1. Sam Cash 4.77, B 1. Megan Lucas 4.76. U17 W Shot A 1. Danielle Broom  11.83. U17 W DT  A 1. Danielle Broom 37.52.  U13 B 100m A 5. Oliver Hassan 16.30, B 2. Louis Baron 15.20. U13 B 200m  A 5. Gil Rees 34.50, B 2. Louis Baron  31.60. U13 B 1500m  A 1. Tom Farwell  5.24.30, B 1. Conor Charlwood 5.48.20. U13 B 75mH  A 2. Oliver Hassan 16.70. U13 B 4x100m relay 3. (Composite Team) Oliver Hassan, Gil Rees, Louis Baron, Conor Charlwood. U13 B LJ A 4. Oliver Hassan 3.62, B 2. Gil Rees 3.34. U13 B SP  A 3. Conor Charlwood 5.27.  U13 B JT A 5. Conor Charlwood  11.11. U15 B 200m A 4. Jim Dence 31.20. U15 B 800m  A 3. Charlie Castro 2.38.70, B Jim Dence 2.43.50. U15 B LJ A 3. Charlie Castro 4.49, B 1. Joe Haywood 4.18. U15 B HJ A 5. Jim Dence  1.35. U15 B SP A 2. Fraser Spall 6.38. U15 B JT A 4. Fraser Spall 21.14, B 1. Charlie Castro 18.39. U17 M 100m A 4. Glen Balfour  14.60. U17 M 200m A 2. Keelan Abley 26.60. U17 M 800m A 1. Lewis Sainval 2.11.60, B 1. Glen Balfour 2.27.90. U17 M 1500m A 1. Lewis Sainval 4.30.90, B 1. Brandon Meredith 4.55.20. U17 M LJ A 1. Patrick Sylla 6.94, B 1. Glen Balfour  4.81. U17 M Shot A 1. Jack Howlett 15.16. U17 M DT A 1. Jack Howlett 42.30.  From six competing teams, the Composite Team’s position in each of the age categories is U13G – 4th; U13B – 3rd; U15G – 2nd; U15B – 3rd; U17W – 1st (well done!); U17M – 2nd, and the team lies 3rd overall.    Full results are available at  These include the results of the Quad Kids competition which took place on the same day, but these are unfortunately incomprehensible to your scribe.

Youth Development League (Lower Age), Hillingdon, 2 May 2015    This is also a composite team consisting of BAC, Poole Runners and New Forest Juniors, competing in Division South West 1.  At this fixture, the following BAC athletes competed: Poly YuleU13G HJ A(string) 2nd 1.35; U13JT A 4th 16.28; U13G 70mH B 2nd 12.8. Louise GallowayU13G LJ B 3.61; U13G Shot 2nd 6.55: U13G 70mH A 1st 11.9; Gemma KenardU15G HJ B 4th= 1.40; U15G LJ A 2nd 4.63; U15G 100m B 4th 13.4. Rebecca HannibalU15G LJ B 5th 3.88; U15G 200m A 7th 29.8: U15G 100m B 6th 14.4. Amelia DobsonU15G Shot A 6th 7.22; U15G JT A 5th 25.84; U15G 75m A 7th 13.2. Laurin SheerinU15G Shot B 7th 5.49; U15G 300m A 7th 50.0. Also Amelia Dobson, Laurin Sheerin, Rebecca Hannibal, Gemma Kennard 4th in 4×11 relay in 4.54.7. Tom FarwellU13B HJ B 7th 1.10; U13B Shot B 3rd 4.60; U13 B 1500m A 4th 5.16.2. Jim DenceU15B HT A 7th 1.30; U15B JT B 7th 8.66; U15B 800m A 7th 2.43.5. Fraser SpallU15B Shot A 8th 5.66; U15B JT A 7th 21.68; U15B HT A 5th 13.85.  The Composite Team are placed 3rd in their Division of eight teams, so this was a very creditable performance by all our young athletes.  Full results available at


Match Report One 2015- Youth Development League Upper Age Group from Hillingdon

By William Kearsey

The first match of the season for the composite team of BAC, New Forest Junior AC and Poole Runners took place on Saturday 18th April. The team wasn’t as large as hoped for but what we lacked in numbers, we made up for in team spirit. Several competed in the maximum number of events allowed. The composite team finished 3rd out of 8 teams. IF enough BAC members are prepared to compete in the remaining 3 matches, we could finish first or second in each match. This would give us the chance of gaining promotion from the lowest league, as the top two teams will be promote.

Please compare our position to Team Dorset, who last year were in the bottom league. They were promoted whilst we were relegated. They are thus in the league above us and have won their first match. If they continue in this way they could be 2 leagues above us next year…

Starting with newcomers to BAC, Keelan Abley came 4th in 100m U17A and 5th in 200m U17A with a PB. Cameron Hale came 4th in 200m U17B, 4th in HJ and 5th in LJ, all being PBs. They show great promise for the future.

Jack Howlett, having switched to BAC this year, is already showing to be a great asset to the club. He started in fine form with two PBs and two first places in the U17 shot (13.79m) and discus (43.33). He also came 2nd in hammer.

Glenn Balfour was as accommodating as ever, in U17B he came 4th in 100B, in U20B 200m, he finished 3rd and in U20A LJ came 3rd. He later ran in a relay. If it were not for the rules, Glenn would do just about every event if asked, except pole vault and steeple chase.

Danielle Broom must surely be the BAC athlete of the moment. Having performed so well last week at the Open Meeting, the U17 athlete gained the top spot in all 3 events. She won shot with a PB of 12.26m, discus with a PB of 41.80m and hammer with 50.63m. Danielle is now ranked in UK U17W as 2nd in hammer and discus and 12th in shot.

Olivia Galloway excelled in U17W 80mH and HJ U20 B coming 2nd in both. Verity Cowell was 2nd in LJ U17 and 1st in HJ U17.

Ben Arnold (U20) was 4th in 100m and 3rd in 200m

Rachel Welch (U20) was 3rd in 100m & 1st in LJ. Rosie Wootten (U20) won HJ and was 3rd in shot.

Matthew Ridge (U20) was 1st in javelin and 1st in discus, in which he gained a PB with 42.80m, and 3rd in hammer (all A events). Ben Dickinson won U17 javelin and U20B discus.

It would be wrong to focus solely on BAC performances when the team was a composite one. New Forest Junior AC fielded 6 athletes. They all performed well, competing in some of the longer and tougher track events. Harry Feltham was 2nd with a PB in 400m, 2nd in 800m & 4th in 1500m. Matthew Gerrish was 4th in 100m with a PB, 6th in 400m, and 2nd in 800m. Louise Ridgley was 3rd in 300m and 3rd in 800m, with PBs in both. Hannah Ingram was 1st in 300m with a PB and 1st in 800m. Jessica Warwick was 1stin 300m with a PB, 1st in 800m and 3rd in 1500m. Louise Cole was 2nd in 300mH.

With such limited resources we could only assemble 3 relays teams out of a possible maximum of 8, coming 1st in 4×300 U17W, 2nd in U20 W 4×100 and 4th in U17 M 4×100.

The next match is at Portsmouth on Saturday 16th May. Please let me (William Kearsey) know your availability, and what events you would like to do.

Your Club Needs You.

Patrick Sylla wins 2014 Sainsbury’s School Games

BAC’s talented U17 athlete , Patrick Sylla, won the long jump at the Sainsbury’s School Games in Manchester, with a distance of 6.72.

Despite hurting his back in the first jump, Patrick managed to clinch the title in the final round. He later gave an interview, explaining that despite not jumping a great distance by his high standards, he was still please with the victory. He also spoke of his strong season in 2014, and also praised the work of his coach, Zac Kerin, which has brought him on in leaps and bounds this year (please excuse the pun). Patrick was the Inter Boys long jump champion at the 2014 English Schools and also tops the national rankings for his age group, with a best of 7.31m.

I was unable to actually insert the video itself into the post, so please use the link below:

Click here to watch the interview with Patrick.

For those of you unfamiliar with the Games, it is an annual event for the best young athletes in the UK. Twelve different sports are included, such as Badminton, Athletics, Gymnastics, Cycling, Judo and Swimming, to name a few. Disability events are included in six of these sports, of which athletics is one.

Around 1600 young sportsmen and women took part in the Games. In the athletics discipline, there were seven regional teams; South West, South East, Midlands, North West, North East, Northern Ireland and Scotland.

BAC win BAL promotion

BAC's Men's British League Team celebrate promotion to BAL Div 3
BAC’s Men’s British League Team celebrate promotion to BAL Div 3

(Tim Hughes reports)
Bournemouth AC‘s Men’s British League Team finished their best ever season at King’s Park, Bournemouth on Saturday 9 August narrowly missing out on victory, but securing promotion to BAL Div 3 for next season. Team Manager Tim Hughes praised his men for their determination and commitment which led to the superb results this season.
The day kicked off with James Lelliott and Adam Nash secured double victories in the Long Jump. Lelliott‘s 7.54m was a PB and one of the best jumps recorded in the division. A return to King’s Park for long standing athletes Matt Frampton, Simon Fricker and Simon Armstrong secured good points in the heavy throws. Lelliott took another PB in the Javelin 59.83m, to just miss out on victory with Andy Brown winning the B string event.
Tawanda Murape and Patrick Sylla scored well in the Triple Jump whilst over in the High Jump Alex Cox and Jamie Williamson scored a double victory. Cox‘s 2.05m was a season’s best.
On the track, Kevin Hodgson and Ben Arnold gathered some great points in the 100m and 200m, before joining with Adam Nash and James Lelliott to secure victory in the 4 x 100m Relay in a photo finish with Yeovil.  Arnold, who has continued to improve all season, set a new PB of 22.37 in the 200m.
Josh King and Karl Welch once again brought home good points in the 800m with Stephen Goreham and Muiris Egan doing likewise and setting fast times in the 400m. England International Steve Way teamed up with Rob McTaggart in the 3000m in what proved to be a tough race. McTaggart was victorious in the B string.  Further useful points were gained in the 3000m s/c by Jamie Grose and Jon Sharkey with Sharkey winning the B string race.
In the final event of the day, the 4 x 400m Relay BAC were narrowly beaten into third place. Yeovil won that event which led to BAC losing the match by only half of a point. The final league table placing means that BAC now will join Yeovil in promotion to Div 3 for next season.
Match Result
Yeovil                           259
Bournemouth         258.5
Newquay & Par      211
Havering                    202.5
VP & TH                     175
Channel Islands    144

Tim Hughes, team manager, takes an involuntary dip
Tim Hughes, team manager, takes an involuntary dip

Good Luck to Steve Way plus English Schools Gold and Bronze, NF 10 and Parkrun wins and news from abroad

Steve Way breaks the British Record for 100k
Steve Way breaks the British Record for 100k

Steve Way will be competing for his Country in the Commonwealth Games Marathon, starting at 9 am Sunday 27 July and, although Steve‘s training and form stand him in good stead, we all know there’s always an element of luck in any race, and we wish him all the luck there is. More of Steve in a moment, but first congratulations to our medal winners at the English Schools Championships on 11 July. BAC‘s young athletes came home with no fewer than three gold medals and one bronze. Gold medals were won by Hannah Molyneux in the Shot, Danielle Broom in the Discus (with a throw almost 1 metre ahead of second) and Patrick Sylla in the Long Jump. In the Shot, Tom Peters won Bronze. Three Golds and one Bronze for BAC – can any other club claim this? It seems that Patrick‘s performance may have earned him a Schools International vest for England in the Four Nations – anyone have more detail?
Speaking of International vests brings us back to Steve. An excellent article in The Times (24 July), headed “Games find Way to run rings round any Olympic comparison”, describes the spirit of the Commonwealth Games. The article may have been overtaken by events, in that rumour has it that Usain Bolt will not be running in Glasgow at all, but it’s still worth quoting from the article which commences; “Take two runners. One is the fastest man in the world and a gilt-edged demigod. The other is a former binge-drinking chain smoker with a T-shirt that reads ‘Don’t be s***t’. Usain Bolt v Steve Way. One is an icon. The other might be the totem for the Commonwealth Games”. The article goes on to suggest (which we merely repeat here without expressing any view) that if Usain Bolt were lining up for the 100 metres at the Rio Olympics we might not be hearing the official line that he has been injured. It goes on to say; “He (Bolt) is mere icing on a cake baked by Way. Where the Olympics dulls people with evangelical talk of legacies and inspiration, it is far easier to see a link between Glasgow and real people. The way of Steve, as his T-shirt says, is something not beyond the ambitions of the more average man”. Steve‘s progress from his 40-inch waist and more than 16 stone weight is then described by Steve himself, who goes on to say; “They (ie the locals in Poole Park) see me as an everyday bloke, rather than Mo Farah. He’s a different species, a professional athlete, but I’m just an everyday Joe”. The article finishes; “Regard the Commonwealth as an anachronism if you want, but its Games may well be more representative of the modern world than the Olympic behemoth. They will surely subscribe to the mantra on Way‘s T-shirt”. Well, Steve is right in a way, but no-one can fail to be inspired by Steve‘s story, which demonstrates a determination and degree of commitment to which most of us can only aspire, but at the same time he is the ‘everyday Joe’ he describes, even if a rather exceptional one. Those of us who aren’t actually in Glasgow will no doubt be glued to the TV on Sunday morning, and we all wish Steve all the luck he undoubtedly deserves.

Chris O'Brien, Steve Way (course record holder), Steve Way and Jacek Cieluszecki celebrate their team win at New Forest 10
Chris O’Brien, Steve Way (course record holder), Steve Way and Jacek Cieluszecki celebrate their team win at New Forest 10

Turning to other events we don’t quite move away from Steve who, on 13 July, won the New Forest 10 in a course record time of 50.43, and led BAC to a team win. Completing the team were Jacek Cieluszecki, second in 53.41, Simon Way, 13th in 1.03.31 and Chris O’Brien, 39th in 1.07.42. There was also a BAC win in the Ladies’ race, the first lady home being Emma Dews, who was 16th overall in 1.03.45. The BAC squad was completed by Joe Price, 182nd (of a total of 802 finishers) in 1.17.42.

Joe Price and Chris O'Brien start the NF 10
Joe Price and Chris O’Brien start the NF 10

Jacek was also a winner (again!) in the Poole Parkrun on 19 July, followed soon after by Joe Arundel (3rd), Simon Way (15th) and Chris O’Brien (33rd). Peter Thompson also featured in this race, but clearly something was wrong, as he finished 7 minutes down on his PB, and it isn’t that long ago that Peter was part of BAC‘s superb team effort at the Portland 10. The week before in Poole Park, Simon Munro was second, with Steve Way‘s paced run bringing him in third. Meanwhile, in Kings Park, Paul Hill was second in the Bournemouth Parkrun on both 19 and 12 July. Paul was joined on 19 July by Emma Dews, 6th and 1st Lady, Ian White, 11th, Brandon Meredith, 13th and 2nd in his age category and a PB for the course, Nikki Sandell, 16th and 2nd Lady, Jud Kirk, 17th, Joe Price, Sam Laws and Will Price. The week before at Bournemouth, following Paul was Damian Boyle, 3rd, Ian White, 5th, and Jud Kirk completed the BAC contingent. 193 finished the Bournemouth Parkrun on 12 July and 200 on 19 July. In Poole the figures were 548 and 513 respectively.

Chris O'Brien finishes the NF 10
Chris O’Brien finishes the NF 10

And so we move to Canada, where Steve Cox was 5th (of 237) in the Moose was Loose 10k in Edmonton, a race which is run along scenic trails in Edmonton River valley. Steve‘s time of 44.45 would have made him the winner of his age category if the race hadn’t employed this new-fangled method of awarding categories 25+,35+, etc! The same applied to Steve’s Mum who, under the ‘old’ age categories, would have won the 70+ prize. Still a highly creditable performance!

NF 10 winning team Chris O'Brien, Steve Way (course record holder), Simon Way and Jacek Cieluszecki
NF 10 winning team Chris O’Brien, Steve Way (course record holder), Simon Way and Jacek Cieluszecki

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