Lytchett 10 – 16 February 2014
Well done to the BAC Men and Ladies for one of the most successful days for BAC for some time at the Lytchett 10 mile race on Sunday 16 February, with the Mens’ team winning both the Open and Dorset Road Race League races, and the Ladies’ team only just being pipped into second place in both contests. Course record holder Steve Way was aware of a difficult battle ahead when it became clear that Winchester & District’s Chris Powner was competing, and, sure enough, Chris won the race in a new record time of 50.55. Undaunted, Steve ran a strong race to finish second, followed in an amazing 3rd, 4th and 5th place by Jacek Cieluszecki, Josh Cole and new (and valuable!) signing Lee Piercy respectively to seal an Open team win. Not far behind, Toby Chapman and Club Captain Simon Munro completed the winning Road Race League team. In fact, such was the strength of the BAC Mens’ team that, had there been a ‘B’ Road Race League team the next five BAC finishers, namely Jez Bragg, Peter Thompson, Paul Consani, Simon Hearn and Steve Cox would have been second, or thereabouts, in the League! The Ladies had an equally successful day, with Gemma Bragg and Nikki Sandell finishing 2nd and 3rd ladies respectively, with the Ladies team, which was a close second to the strength of Poole Runners‘ ladies in both the Open and League events, completed by Caroline Rowley who was herself winner of the FV40 contest. The Lytchett 10 also doubled as the South West Veterans 10 mile Championship, and Championship medals were awarded to Lee (1st V40), Helen Ambrosen (2nd FV55) and Ian Graham (1st V65). So this was an enjoyable day for BAC, helped along by glorious sunny conditions, excellent organisation by Lytchett Manor Striders and a varied and extensive supply of delicious cakes to restore lost energy at the end!
Results (BAC): 2. Steve Way 53.56; 3. Jacek Cieluszecki 55.16; 4. Josh Cole 55.39; 5. Lee Piercy 56.20; 9. Toby Chapman 58.46; 11. Simon Munro 59.04; 14. Jez Bragg 1.00.08; 19. Peter Thompson 1.01.47; 55. Paul Consani 1.07.01; 62. Gemma Bragg 1.08.22; 68. Simon Hearn 1.09.06; 70. Nikki Sandell 1.09.27; 72. Steve Cox 1.09.37; 113. Caroline Rowley 1.14.56; 138. Helen Ambrosen 1.16.23; 151. Dave Parsons 1.17.10; 159. Ian Graham 1.17.40; 181. Cherry Sheffrin 1.19.23; 248. Chris Chatfield 1.26.31; 313. Will Price 1.33.42. There were 396 finishers.
Bramley 20 & 10 – 16 February 2014
Of 739 finishers in the Bramley 20 mile race on Sunday 16 February Manol Dimitrov was 37th in 2.04.37 and Graeme Miller was 40th in 2.06.05. Graeme‘s pacing seems to have gone exactly according to plan and, as he says, “race went well, felt comfortable”. Jon Sharkey‘s preparation for his 100k challenge also appears to be going well, as he ran the 10 mile Bramley race to finish 3rd of 604 in 54.44.
Parkruns – 15 February 2014
There were BAC firsts and seconds at both Bournemouth and Poole Parkruns on Saturday 15 February, with Rob McTaggart first (again!) and Emma Dews second (again!) in Kings Park, and Karl Welch and Simon Way first and second respectively in Poole Park. Also competing in Bournemouth were Billy McGreevy, Jud Kirk, Richard Nelson, Joe Price, Paula Kirk, Steve Cox and Will Price.
Meon Valley Plod – 9 February 2014
Andy Gillespie was the sole BAC representative at the Meon Valley Plod on Sunday 9 February, a 21 mile cross country race correctly described as “tough” and “hilly”. Andy, running the race as part of his training for the London Marathon, was 116th of 266 finishers, completing the course in 3.46.57 in very wet and windy conditions. Andy says “performance OK, nothing to shout about. A really good workout though”.
Boscombe Pier 5k Time Trial – 17 January 2014
A little bit late in doing so, but worth reporting that the 5k Boscombe Pier race, part of a series organised by Poole Runners, on Friday evening 17 January, was won by Lee Piercy in 17.03. Also competing were Steve Cox, 37th in 20.14, Jud Kirk, 38th in 20.16, Caroline Rowley, 63rd in 21.59 and Will Price, 123rd in 26.01. There were 151 finishers.