Wimborne 10, Brighton 10k, Gosport Half Marathon, Gordano Trail Marathon and Parkruns

Wimborne 10 - Adrian Townsend, Gary Woolnough and Chris O'Brien
Wimborne 10 – Adrian Townsend, Gary Woolnough and Chris O’Brien

Graeme Miller was the leader of a BAC team which was placed 2nd in the Wimborne 10 mile race, organised by Wimborne AC, on Sunday 15 November, with Graeme finishing 2nd overall in a time of 59.48. The team was completed by Adrian Townsend, 11th (of a total of 445), in 1.04.13 and Gary Woolnough, 13th in 1.04.38. Not far behind, and also running well, was Chris O’Brien, who finished 19th in 1.05.29. Tony Hunt completed the BAC squad in the race, 93rd in 1.14.24. BAC featured a number of times in the prize-giving, with Graeme having won the 2nd man and 1st MV40 prizes, and Gary being the 1st MV45.

Graeme Miller (372)  - 2nd in the Wimborne 10
Graeme Miller (372) – 2nd in the Wimborne 10
Tony Hunt with almost ten miles to go in the Wimborne 10
Tony Hunt with almost ten miles to go in the Wimborne 10

More photos from the Wimborne 10 below………………………………….

Meanwhile, down the coast, Rob McTaggart ran superbly to finish 7th of approximately 2700 finishers in the Brighton 10k, in a time of 33.08.  Hopefully, Rob was wearing his club vest!  At the same time, also down the coast, but not so far away, Sanjai Sharma was an excellent 82nd, and 2nd M50-54, of a total of 1576 finishers in the Gosport Half Marathon, in a time of 1.24.49.  Sanjai was spotted in the race, and it can be confirmed he was wearing his club vest!

The day before, Saturday 14 November was an active one for BAC athletes.

Toby Chapman heads for a win in the Gordano Round Trail Marathon
Toby Chapman heads for a win in the Gordano Round Trail Marathon

Toby Chapman is developing a habit of entering races and winning them, and this was the case with the Gordano Round Trail Marathon, which Toby won in 3.44.10, over two minutes ahead of the next finisher.  This is an off-road marathon, with the course described as trail, grass, coastal path and bare rock.  The race information warns that it is “likely to be wet and muddy”, which must have been the case after all the rain we’ve been having.  Toby‘s prize must have been very welcome, and was certainly earned!

A well earned prize for Toby Chapman!
A well earned prize for Toby Chapman!

Meanwhile, on 14 November, of the 241 completing the Bournemouth Parkrun, BAC were represented by Paul Hill, Steve Cox, Rob McTaggart, warming up for his race the next day, Jud KirkIan Graham,  Damian Boyle (for some reason running 9 minutes over his PB?) and Will Price, running for the first time since July having sustained an injury.  At the same time, Dave Parsons was celebrating his 66th birthday by running in the Lee-on-the-Solent Parkrun.  The week before, 7 November, Chris O’Brien ran in the inaugural Moors Valley Parkrun, which attracted a field of 404, of which Chris was 12th.  In the Bournemouth Parkrun the same day, Emma Dews finished 5th overall, and 1st lady.  Emma was joined by Paul Consani, Joseph Henwood, Jud Kirk and Joe Price.

Back to the Wimborne 10…………………………………

Graeme Miller won 2nd man and 1st MV40 prizes in the Wimborne 10
Graeme Miller won 2nd man and 1st MV40 prizes in the Wimborne 10
Wimborne 10 - Graeme Miller approaches the finish
Wimborne 10 – Graeme Miller approaches the finish
Wimborne 10 - not far to go for Adrian Townsend
Wimborne 10 – not far to go for Adrian Townsend
Wimborne 10 - Gary Woolnough tops the final climb before the sprint to the finish
Wimborne 10 – Gary Woolnough tops the final climb before the sprint to the finish
Graeme Miller (372) - 2nd in the Wimborne 10
Graeme Miller (372) – 2nd in the Wimborne 10