BAC wins at Blackmore Vale HM plus Chichester 10k and QE Olympic Park 10k

BAC makes its intentions clear at the start of the BVHM
BAC makes its intentions clear at the start of the BVHM

The Blackmore Vale Half Marathon on Sunday 7 February was a successful race for BAC with individual and team wins, in both the Open competition, and the Dorset Road Race League. Toby Chapman was the overall winner of the race, with Jon Sharkey not that far behind in second place, and Paul Dixon-Box completing the winning mens’ Open team competition. Jez Bragg and Anthony Clark completed the League team, giving BAC a win in this, the second race of the 2016 League, a valuable contribution to the campaign to retain BAC‘s title in 2016. BAC ladies had an equally successful day, with Emma Dews, Heidi Tregenza and Nikki Sandell, as first, second and third ladies emphatically winning both the Open and the League competitions. BAC figured prominently in the prize list, with Toby winning 1st male and 1st male under 40, Jon 2nd male and 2nd male under 40, Emma 1st female and 1st female over 35, Heidi 2nd female and 1st female under 35 and Nikki 3rd female and 2nd female over 35. Results (BAC): 1. Toby Chapman 1.15.28; 2. Jon Sharkey 1.15.55; 7. Paul Dixon-Box 1.18.52; 13. Jez Bragg 1.21.44; 15. Anthony Clark 1.22.38; 34. Emma Dews 1.26.49; 36. Heidi Tregenza 1.26.59; 50. Jud Kirk 1.29.33; 52. Nikki Sandell 1.29.33; 56. Gemma Bragg 1.30.22; 80. Steve Cox 1.34.55; 133. Ian Graham 1.42.56; 134. Louise Price 1.42.59. There was a total of 373 finishers.
Meanwhile, Rob McTaggart was amongst the 1500 who ran in the Chichester 10k. Rob was a highly creditable 27th in 32.41.  The day before, Saturday 6 February, Simon Hearn was battling the wind in the Queen Elizabeth Olympic Park 10k, to finish 38th of a total of 632, 6th in his age category, in 40.31.