Many congratulations to Steve Way and Jon Sharkey on their selection to represent England in the Anglo-Celtic Plate 100k competition in May (an event which is also the National 100k Championships). We are very proud of both on their achievement, and it is quite something for BAC to have not one, but two, of our athletes in this race. More about Steve and Jon later.
Both Bournemouth and Poole Parkruns saw BAC winners on Saturday 22 February. In Kings Park Emma Dews was the overall winner – how many ladies won Parkruns throughout the country? Emma is surely one of few. Also competing in Bournemouth were 165 other runners, amongst whom were Ian White, returning to form and recording a PB for the Bournemouth Parkrun (although not for Parkruns in general nor the 5k distance), and Steve Cox. In Poole Park Jacek Cieluszecki was again the overall winner of a total of 511 runners. The next day Steve Way was the winner (2.39.10) of the Heartbreaker Marathon, an off-road race (marathon distance, starting at Abbotts Well, near Godshill in the New Forest, and heading (three times in the case of the Marathon!) towards Fritham, but fortunately avoiding the notorious Fritham Plain. In third place, breaking three hours in 2.59.50, was Jon Sharkey. A total of 165 competitors completed the race. The event also included a Half Marathon and, of 184 finishers, in second place (and first M40) was Lee Piercy in a time of 1.18.27, followed not far behind by Richard Nelson, 18th in 1.34.01.