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Bournemouth Athletic Club hosted an Open Graded Sprints meeting on Sunday 23rd August at King’s Park Athletics Stadium. The meeting was an initiative to provide local athletes with an opportunity to compete without need to travel much. As such and to limit the number of competitors on site, the meeting was restricted to athlete members of Bournemouth AC, Poole AC, Poole Runners, Wimborne AC, Dorchester AC, Weymouth St Paul’s Harriers and AC, New Forest Juniors and Isle of Wight AC.
The events were seeded races and included the 100m, 200m, 300m and 400m and held under UKA Rules and EA Covid-19 Guidelines. As a result it was classed as an ‘official’ meeting with results compiled for Power of 10, the first in Bournemouth in 2020. There was also a wind gauge in operation.
As the first official outdoor sprints meeting in Bournemouth in 2020, it was clearly evident that athletes were delighted to be back on track! The athletes embraced the opportunity to put their hard training into practice and there was an undeniable buzz about the place.
The weather was kind as it stayed warm and dry but the wind was hitting the back straight in big surges. However, the longer sprint athletes did not appear to let this deter them and this is evident in some excellent performances being recorded.
The meeting kicked off with the most popular event of the day, the 100m sprints. The races were spread across 12 heats with over 60 athletes competing. The wind was in their favour with readings ranging from +1.3 to highs of +4.2.
The fastest time of the day was recorded by BAC’s International Long Jumper, James Lelliott who raced to victory in 11.0 (+1.6). He was followed by BAC’s Joseph Haywood and Muiris Egan in a time of 11.5 and 11.6 respectively.
They all looked on great form having put in the hard work and dedication during lock down. We are looking forward to seeing James in action again at the Müller British Athletics Championships on 4-5 September at the Manchester Regional Arena. The Championships will be broadcast live on Friday night on BBC2, 1800-2100 and Saturday afternoon on BBC1, 1315-1630.
The woman’s fastest time of the day was clocked by Amelia Verney (U17) in Heat 2 with an excellent time of 11.8 (+3.6) followed by Brooke Ironside’s (U20) impressive 12.0 (+2.4) in Heat 3.
Other notable performances by BAC athletes included a great show from our Junior athletes are as follows: Keon Dzuda (U17M), picture below in 11.8; Jolomi Nengite (U20M) 12.3; Adam Nicholass (SM) 12.4; Jazmin Cooke (U20W) in 12.8 (pictured above) Abi Phillips (U17W); Mia Wilkinson (U17W) 13.0; Amy Tonkyn (U15G) 13.6; (U15G) 13.9; William Launder (U13B) 14.0; Connor Bailey-Pearce (U13B) 14.6; Ewan Brown (U13B) 14.7; Bailey Guy (U15B) 15.0; and Ben Hutton (U13B) 15.0.
Over 40 athletes lined up on the top bend to compete in the 200m which extended to 10 Heats. The fastest time of the meeting was recorded by BAC’s Kevin Hodgson with an outstanding 22.4. Kevin is a sub-50 second 400m meter runner and has shown to be an excellent talent. We are looking forward to seeing more great performances from him in the future.
BAC dominated the field with a convincing lead in this event, taking the top four places. Muiris Egan stormed through the line in 23.1, followed closely by Joseph Haywood (U20M) in 23.2, and Toby Bailey-Pearce (U17M) in 23.3. Excellent performances considering this is the first competitive sprints meeting at Bournemouth in 2020.
Ashley Williams of NFJAC clocked the fastest time amongst the women competitors with a time of 24.0 in Heat 1. Having the men to chase down must have helped as she was close behind the man in front.
The next fastest was Amelia Verney doubling up in both the 100m and 200m metres with an impressive 24.5 in Heat 3. Brooke Ironside also doubled up and recorded a great time of 24.8 in Heat 2.
BAC had a good presence in the 200m and showed great form with some excellent performances throughout. Again this included a good number of our younger talented athletes which shows great prospects for the future of the club. Performances in order of times include: Keon Dzuda (U17M) 24.3; Abi Phillips BAC (U17W) 25.9; Joy Wright BAC (W45) 26.8; Trevor Elkins (M40) 28.2; William Launder (U13B) 28.2; Amy Tonkyn (U15G) 29.0; Amy Doble (U15G) 29.1; Connor Bailey-Pearce (U13B) 30.6; and Ben Hutton (U13B) 31.8.
The 300m was reserved for the U17s and took place across 4 Heats. There were some excellent performances from our three BAC athletes in Heat 1 as follows: Arief Mckenna (U15B) 40.9; 4 Abi Phillips (U17W) 42.7; Oscar Ewen-Matthews (U15B) 44.2. The fastest 300m time of the event was run by Charlie Brookes (U15B) of DAC in 38.1.
A great show of commitment and determination to continue training up to now.
The 400m took place across three Heats with Ciaran Dunnion (SM) of PAC clocking the top time of 50.2, followed closely by fellow team mate Josh Smith (U17M) of PAC in 50.5.
The women saw the fastest time of 58.3 run by local athlete Sarah Kearsey followed by Joy Wright’s (BAC) performance of 60.1. This places Joy in the top rankings in GB (V45) for both 200m and 400m.
Next through the line was Trevor Elkins (M40) in 64.0. Trevor is currently a BAC road runner but hopefully he’s developed a taste for the track so we can see more from him in the future.
In summary, it would be fair to say this was a superb day of Sprints at King’s Park! Organiser, Tim Hughes did a great job in coordinating the events in adherence to Covid guidance which required additional work and planning.
Tim and BAC would like to extend a huge thank you to every official and helper that made this event possible. This includes a proficient BAC Officials team alongside our friends from nearby clubs who worked efficiently in accordance with the standards and guidance.
A huge congratulations to all who took part in what was a fantastic and enthusiastic day.
Here are the official results: Bournemouth Sprints 23-Aug-20
Today, 30 August 2020, BAC are hosting a Throws Invitational Trial which has attracted an excellent field of talent. We look forward to receiving the full results.
On Tuesday 8 September BAC are hosting a Shot Invitational Meeting This will take place on Tuesday 8th September at 6pm (during the club training session) for BAC members with a focus on juniors. For more information click here.
This will take place on Tuesday 8th September at 6pm (during the club training session) for BAC members with a focus on juniors.
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What an Super SAL Saturday.
Such a great bunch of people.
I was rather nervous about today. Southampton at home
Chelmsford top 3. Thames Valley who are 6th.
To secure our league position next year we needed at least 2nd and a healthy bunch of match points.
Team orders were given on the bus.
Have fun or stay on the bus. It would be safe to same fun was had.
By the half way point of the match and to my horror we were joint 1st with Southampton.
Towards the end of the match Southampton pulled ahead. We finished with a magnificent 2nd place and 216 match points. A great great result…. no a huge result.
We will have to wait to hear the other results. But it looks good for BAC.
Thanks to you all for making this year such a wonderful experience. Jemma and I were chatting after the match and agree that you are a very unusual but lovely bunch of people.
I never thought of athletics as a team event until I experienced the SAL. What a team.
By Andrew Sheerin, Team Manager.
Congratulations To BAC Athletes Selected To Represent Their County At The 2019 English Schools’ Athletic Association Track And Field Finals.
Nine BAC athletes have been selected to represent Dorset or Hampshire Schools at Birmingham on Friday 12th July and Saturday 13th July at The ESAA Track and Field Finals.
The following eight athletes have been selected to represent Dorset Schools:-
Yasmin Bridet- 80 m Hurdles & Relay, Inter Girls.
Isabelle Franklin- Long Jump & Relay, Inter Girls.
Brooke Irionside- Long Jump & Relay, Inter Girls.
Abigail Phillips- 300m & Relay, Junior Girls.
Adam Phillips- Discus, Senior Boys.
Isabella Shepherd- Hammer, Senior Girls.
Leah Sullivan- Long Jump & Relay, Junior Girls.
Mia Wilkinson- 75m Hurdles & Relay, Junior Girls.
Lana Blake has been selected to represent Hampshire Schools at Long Jump & Relay, Inter Girls.
The English Schools Athletics Track & Field Competition and Finals first took place in 1925 and has continued every year since except during the Second World War. It is the fourth biggest sports completion in the world and the biggest held over two days.
There are three categories of counties in the competition. The biggest counties, including Hampshire, (Category A) with a secondary school population of over 100,000 are allowed to select up to sixty athletes. Those with a population of between 60,000 and 100,000 (Category B) are allocated a lower number. Dorset, with a population below 60,000 (Category C) are now allowed to select up to 32 athletes. To be selected an athlete normally has to reach at least a specific “English Standard” time or distance based on their age group, gender and event.
The Junior Age Group is for under 15, Inter Age Group is for under 17 & Senior Age Group is for under 19.
BAC hope the athletes, parents, relatives and coaches enjoy the trip to Birmingham. Hopefully the athletes can stay injury free and rise to the challenge of the size and intensity of the event. Judging is of the highest order. Any minor error, normally going un-noticed, is sure to be picked up at this event, so please check all the rules and regulations for whatever event you are participating in.
By William Kearsey
Phoebe Dowson came second in Women’s Discus at the BIGish Jumps & Throws Fest at Bedford On Monday 27th of May, with a throw of 54.79 meters.
At the same meeting, James Lelliott was 4th in the Long Jump with a jump of 7.39 meters. James was unfortunate in that 2nd, 3rd & 4th places jumps were within less than 2 inches of each other. A slightly longer jump would have been rewarded by second place. James is currently ranked 7th in Men’s Long Jump in the UK.
Rob Woolgar was also at Bedford participating in the Long Jump. Rob came 7th with a leap of 6.94 meters in a strong field.
The title “BIGish” derives it’s name from a Bedford International Games held some years ago, it is now mostly a national competition, attracting the best throwers and jumpers from around the UK.
Phoebe Dowson was also competing in the Women’s Discus at the Loughborough International meeting the previous weekend. She finished second with a throw of 55.20 meters. At the moment Phoebe is content with her throwing and is ranked nationally SECOND IN THE WHOLE OF THE UK.
Most of the top ten ranked Women Discus throwers in the UK achieved their best throws of 2019 in exotic venues in the USA & Southern Europe. Phoebe’s best throw of 56.05 meters was achieved in the luxurious surroundings of King’s Park outside throwing area at BAC’s Open Meeting at the end of March.
By William Kearsey
Jazmin Cooke came 3rd in the U20’s W high jump at the south of England championships in Bedford on the 1st June 2019