Sturminster Half Marathon - 4th August 2013

BAC fielded both a Mens' and a Ladies' team in the Stur Half on Sunday 4 August, and from a quick look at the results, and subject to confirmation, our Ladies' team, consisting of Janie Chapman, Caroline Rowley and Helen Ambrosen are the top Division 2 team in the Dorset Road Race League. Congratulations to all the team, and particularly to Janie, who was second lady overall, and first FV45. A computer hitch meant that the result of the Open ladies' team competition couldn't be established on the day, but it appeared that our BAC ladies could have been the third Open team. A combination of injury, work and other commitments (such as an International 100k race!) meant that our Mens' team was not up to full strength, but the BAC star of the race was definitely Club Captain Simon Munro who was fourth overall, in a time of 1.17.54, and this was after competing for the club at the BAL fixture at Bedford the day before in the 800m, 1500m, 3000m (flat) AND the Steeplechase. Well done Simon! Robin Copestick, still running well, was second BAC, and third was new signing Antonio Ruiz (although he has been training with us for some time), who was close on the heels of Robin in 7th position. Simon, Robin and Antonio were the winners of a bottle of wine each as the winning team in the Open. The League team was completed by Andy Gillespie and Ian Graham. From a quick look at the results, and subject to confirmation, it may be that the BAC men were the third League team, after Purbeck Runners (who are continually becoming stronger) and Wimborne Athletic Club. Also running was Antonio's brother, Carlos, visiting from Spain just for the weekend, and competing in a half marathon for the first time, who, after saying before the start that he hoped to break two hours, proceeded to complete the course in 1.34.15! Jon Sharkey, although competing, was accompanying a colleague around the course, which explains his unusually 'lowly' position in the results.

Results (BAC):
4. Simon Munro 1.17.54; 6. Robin Copestick 1.19.16; 7. Antonio Ruiz 1.20.01; 41. Janie Chapman 1.30.02; 89. Andy Gillespie 1.39.31; 95. Ian Graham 1.40.15; 99. Caroline Rowley 1.41.05; 131. Helen Ambrosen 1.45.24; 194. Jon Sharkey 1.53.18. There were 345 finishers.