Having secured a win for 2010 in the Men's League already, with 7 wins out of 7, BAC showed at the Stur Half on 1 August that the club is not content to rest on its laurels, with another team win, and several individual awards.
The race was won by Steve Way, in 1.11.16. Steve expressed himself not entirely satisfied with his time, but bear in mind that, for Steve, the race was simply part of a longer run, with some miles put in before and after, as part of his overall training for the Toronto Marathon, when Steve will be sporting an International vest. In second place was Ian Habgood, in 1.13.16, not quite a PB, but Ian had run a PB for 5000m the day before (see below). Third was Ian White, who again put in a solid performance, to finish in 1.16.32, and in doing so achieved the award for the first Vet 40. I suppose the time will come when we stop reporting a PB for Simon Munro practically every time he runs, but not yet! Simon was fourth in 1.17.01 - another PB! It is perhaps ironic that the person who prevented a BAC 1 - 5 clean sweep was Adam Bardsley (1.18.21), who is clearly benefitting from regular training with BAC; perhaps one day he'll be persuaded to join! Sixth place was taken by Robin Copestick, in 1.19.33, indicating that Robin's progress back to his best form is continuing well.
Naturally, BAC's team of Steve Way, Ian Habgood, Ian White and Simon Munro carried off the First Team prize.
Chris Birch, yet again, collected the first V60 award, having finished in 1.24.42, which places Chris in the top 10 in the national rankings for his category.
The day before, Saturday 31 July, Ian Habgood was contributing valuable points to secure third place for BAC's BAL team competing in Winchester, and in doing so ran yet another PB of 15.24.44 in the 5000m. Also competing at Winchester was Rob Hardyman, who also achieved a PB in the 3000m SC, which he ran in 10.16.81 (Rob also stepped in to run the B string 400m hurdles in a time of 69.90). The importance of Ian's and Rob's contributions cannot be over-emphasised, as the competition was very close, and BAC's third place might just be the deciding factor if, as we hope, we retain our third division status in the BAL next season. See Track Results for full details.
Elsewhere, on 1 August, Jon Sharkey ran the Sale Ten, Manchester, in a time of 54.25.
Results (Stur Half): 1. Steve Way 1.11.16; 2. Ian Habgood 1.13.16; 3. Ian White 1.16.32 (1st V40); 4. Simon Munro 1.17.01 (PB); 6. Robin Copestick 1.19.33; 14. Simon Way 1.23.00; 24. Chris Birch 1.24.42 (1st V60); 28. Steve Cohen 1.25.18; 34. Graeme Miller 1.27.04; 62. Steph Slade 1.31.50; 90. Janie Chapman 1.34.51; 96. Ian Graham 1.35.01; 129. Michael Halpenny 1.38.39 (PB). There were 453 finishers.