Yet again, the noteworthy outcomes of the third Hampshire Cross Country League fixture, at Popham Airfield on Saturday 1 December, were individual rather than team performances. The outstanding runs of the day were from two of our youngsters. In the U13 Girls' race, Bridget Dence stormed round the course to finish 4th out of 60 finishers, which places Bridget in the 5th Individual Aggregate position of the U13 Girls for the season so far. This is a remarkable performance, especially considering that Bridget has only just moved up into this age category. Equally impressive was Glen Balfour in the U13 Boys' race. Glen's excellent run brought him to the line in 7th position out of 61 finishers. Glen, after three fixtures, lies in the top ten of the Individual Aggregate positions for the U13 Boys. Both Bridget and Glen are to be congratulated, and we wish them well for the rest of the season including, of course, the next fixture at Kings park on 12 January. Remaining with our youngsters, Lewis Golden had a very solid run in the U15 Boys' race, finishing 26th of 54 finishers, as did, in the U17 Mens' race, Corrie Norton and Brendan Kirkton, 25th and 39th respectively of 48 finishers. Congratulations also to Lewis, Corrie and Brendan, all of whom are consistent and regular competitors in this League.
In the Senior Mens' race, it was the same old story - if we could have had just one more in the top 50 the result would have been so different! This is to take nothing away from our top four. Jacek Cieluszecki, David Long and Simon Munro all had excellent runs, finishing within six places of each other, as did Rob Hardyman, who, very fortunately, now living in Basingstoke, was able to compete for his club, and his contribution saved us a massive 119 points and moved us up one place in the team result! The ever-reliable Simon Hunt completed the BAC team. BAC finished 7th, of 9 complete teams, very close behind City of Portsmouth Athletic Club in sixth. Overall, BAC is 7th of 10 teams in Division 1. Whereas relegation to Division 2 is now unlikely, we do need two good results in the final two fixtures to be sure of this, and, apart from the question of relegation, a final position further up the table would reflect BAC's ability and strength more accurately. Next fixture 12 January at Kings Park - a home fixture!
29. Jacek Cieluszecki 34.28; 32. David Long 34.43; 35. Simon Munro 34.52; 50. Rob Hardyman 35.40; 156. Simon Hunt 43.24; 169. Ian Graham 44.48. (220 finishers)
25. Corrie Norton 18.28; 39. Brendan Kirkton 19.50. (48 finishers)
26. Lewis Golden 14.44. (54 finishers)
Bridget Dence 15.01. (60 finishers)
Glen Balfour 11.19. (61 finishers)