Turning to the road, BAC was represented this weekend in a number of races, including the Bath Half Marathon, which Steve Way completed in 1.10.01 to finish 13th, and 1st V40, of 11,318 competitors. More information about this, and about Steve‘s training, can be found on his blog at www.steveway.co.uk. Also running a half marathon on the same day, Sunday 13 March, was Andy Gillespie, who ran the distance at Silverstone in 1.39.16, 799th of a total of 6750. Two weeks earlier, Andy had competed in the Meon Valley Plod, which was at its muddiest, hilliest best, finishing 77th of 280.
Two off-road events saw BAC representation over the weekend. The Larmer Tree Marathon on Sunday 13 March was won by Jon Sharkey in 3.06.19, with Anthony Clark third in 3.08.52 (of a total of 302). Jon, Anthony, and the 2nd placed athlete, Ian Hammett from Bedford Harriers AC, ran together for 19 miles, at which point it turned into a race between Jon and Ian, which Jon won with 25 seconds to spare. Anthony, however, who is training for the Anglo-Celtic 100k Plate which takes place in less than two weeks time, 27 March, in Perth, stuck to his pre-race plan to maintain a steady effort, and rolled in looking very comfortable. The day before, 12 March, Damian Boyle ‘enjoyed’ the magnificent Purbecks scenery in the Brutal Duathlon 2016, the first time Damian has competed in a duathlon wearing the BAC vest. Damian says that Ross Smith “has nothing to fear” and that he “did well on the run, but apparently it isn’t enough just to own a bike!” Nevertheless, Damian was 5th, and 1st V45, in 1.37.12, against a winner’s time of 1.29.08. The penultimate competitor completed the course in 2.25.26, with the final duathlete obviously having a difficult time, finishing in 4.12.39. The organisers clearly had very patient timekeepers!