The final fixture of the 2012/2013 Hampshire Cross Country League season at a muddy Hudson's Field, Salisbury on Saturday 9 February, at which we welcomed recently recruited Josh Cole, resulted in security in Division 1 for the Senior Men for next season (despite our third finisher running without a shoe for half a lap!), a team 3rd place on the day, two bronze medals for 3rd Individual Aggregate positions, and two more Individual Aggregate positions in the top 10.
For the Senior Men, it was a repeat of the situation in all of the previous fixtures (except the last one in Kings Park), in that just one more BAC athlete finishing in the top 30/40 would have made all the difference, and the fact that at Kings Park BAC Senior Men were second to the all-conquering Aldershot, Farnham & District shows what might have been. Steve Way again inspired by showing us all how it's done, followed by an impressive Jacek Cieluszecki, and just two places and five seconds behind Jacek was Josh, showing his quality in his first race in a BAC vest, despite the fact that he was running in shoes purchased only that morning, one of which disappeared into the mud with half a lap to go - fortunately Josh was later able to locate and recover it. Club Captain Simon Munro again ran strongly, finishing in the top 30, and, once more, we relied on Simon Hunt to complete the BAC team, and, taken together, the individual positions were sufficient to gain 6th team on the day, and also 6th Aggregate position out of 8 complete teams and 10 teams in all for the season, meaning the Senior Men remain in Division 1 - well done! In addition, it was good to see former Club Captain, Mike Farrell, competing for the first time for over a year, after suffering a variety of injuries.
Although not competing at Salisbury, David Long has been a key part of the Senior Mens' Team, and is to be congratulated on achieving 3rd place for the season (and a bronze medal) of the U20 Men, and congratulations also to Jacek whose Senior Mens' Individual Aggregate place for the season was a remarkable 8th, quite an achievement in a League of this quality.
BAC's trio of U17 Men had their best race of 2012/13 at Salisbury. Jo Arundel had an excellent run, and, supported as he was by good solid runs from Josh King and Corrie Norton, the team finished a highly creditable 3rd of 6 teams on the day.
Equally impressive in the U13 Boys' race was Glen Balfour, whose finish well up the field resulted in a 9th Individual Aggregate position for the season for Glen, and we congratulate him on this splendid achievement.
BAC's second medal went to Bridget Dence, who has run strongly all season to win 3rd Individual Aggregate position of the U15 Girls, and with it a bronze medal. Bridget was third on the day at Salisbury, and her performance throughout the season has been all the more remarkable considering she has moved into the U15 age category only this year. Well done to Bridget, and all at BAC look forward to seeing her progress over the coming years.
4. Steve Way 31.34; 12. Jacek Cieluszecki 32.39; 14. Josh Cole 32.44; 29. Simon Munro 34.50; 109. Simon Hunt 42.48; 119. Ian Graham 44.16; 124 Mike Farrell 45.08 (142 finishers).
5. Jo Arundel 18.04; 14. Josh Cole 19.03; 19. Corrie Norton 19.31 (37 finishers).
17. Glen Balfour 11.53 (54 finishers).
3. Bridget Dence 11.44 (55 finishers).