Christmas Day Parkruns
The success of the Parkrun concept was proved at 9 am on Christmas Day, when (probably to the unspoken amazement of the organisers!) as many as 82 competed in the Bournemouth Parkrun, and an astonishing 235 competed at Poole. Jon Sharkey was the winner of the Poole Parkrun in Poole Park (unsurprisingly!), where Jud Kirk and Tim Hughes also ran. Although BAC can’t claim a Christmas Day win at the Bournemouth event in Kings’ Park, Steve Cox, Ian White, Janie Chapman and Will Price all competed. Well done to all, and also to the the volunteers at Bournemouth and Poole, without whom the runs could not have taken place. Incidentally, on 28 December, Jacek Cieluszecki won the Poole Parkrun, with Steve Way second, and, at the Bournemouth Parkrun that day, it was good to see one of our youngsters, Jack Barwick, taking part.
Round The Lakes 10k
The annual Boxing Day Round The Lakes race, over a new three lap course, was won by a margin of over two minutes in 31.27, but the race for second place was not won until the finish line. Rob McTaggart was outsprinted in the last few yards to finish third, 3 seconds behind the second-placed athlete, and just ten seconds in front of the third finisher. It must have been very exciting to watch! Other notable BAC runs came from Graeme Miller, finishing 15th (of a total of 316), and Janie Chapman, who was 2nd F45. Fortunately, on this occasion, BAC didn’t forfeit a team prize on account of the fact that Rob wasn’t wearing his club vest.
3. Rob McTaggart 33.36; 15. Graeme Miller 36.09; 56. Janie Chapman 41.29; 70. Corrie Norton 43.22; 73. Steve Cox 43.40; 164. Chris Chatfield 50.22; 182. Ian Graham 51.26; 230. Will Price.