BAC‘s Dorset Road Race League campaign was back on track after a win for the men, and a second place for the ladies, in the Purbeck 10k in the evening of Friday 19 June. Having won the Puddletown Plod almost a week earlier, Steve Way was again the winner on Friday, almost a minute ahead of second placed Peter Thompson. Simon Munro, in fourth place, completed the BAC Open winning team, and the DRRL team was completed by Paul Hill and Billy McGreevy. Heidi Tregenza was a welcome sight back in action, and led the BAC ladies’ team, finishing as the second lady overall, and the first senior lady. The ladies’ team, completed by Nikki Sandell and Gemma Bragg, was pushed into second place by a very strong Poole AC, but this was still a strong performance by a team which achieved promotion to the DRRL 1st division only last year. BAC’s results in the Purbeck 10k were: 1. Steve Way 32.37; 2. Peter Thompson 33.34; 4. Simon Munro 35.05; 8. Paul Hill 36.20; 9. Billy McGreevy 36.36; 30. Sanjai Sharma 39.08; 44. Heidi Tregenza 40.01; 65. Nikki Sandell 41.50; 77. Steve Cox 42.26; 88. Gemma Bragg 42.56; 99. Joe Price 37.30 (PB); 141. Caroline Rowley 45.48; 387. Will Price 63.08. There were 428 finishers.
As already mentioned, Steve Way was the winner of the 20k Puddletown Plod on 14 June, completing the course in 1.09.03. This race is run on an ‘undulating’ (in other words, hilly) course, and Steve appears not to have been under particular pressure, as he was the clear winner. Steve was first of 132 finishers.
There were some excellent BAC performances in the Parkruns on Saturday 20 June, the Bournemouth Parkrun being dominated by our youngsters. Of a total of 370 finishers, Brandon Meredith was 6th, and Seb Hearn was 9th, both running PBs. Abigail Richardson, JW11-14, ran the Parkrun for the first time, and Freya Waddington, JW10, ran a PB. Over at Poole, of 623 who finished the Poole Parkrun, Graeme Miller was 65th. Meanwhile, at Weymouth, Simon Munro, after his impressive run in the Purbeck 10k the previous evening, won the Weymouth Parkrun, leading 227 finishers across the line. The first ever Parkrun in Salisbury took place a week or two ago, and Andy Gillespie was there, running his first Parkrun. The Salisbury Parkrun has quickly become established, with 185 finishers on 20 June.