Lytchett 10 - 17th February 2013

The Lytchett 10 mile road race, run in perfect conditions, sunny with just a slight breeze, and a warmth we have almost forgotten, proved to be another good race for BAC but, for the Men, it was a close shave! Our first three athletes across the line, namely Steve Way, Jacek Cieluszecki and Simon Munro, would, on their own, have won the open team competition, but had it not been for the fact that Jon Sharkey, who had come along intending to mix running part of the course with cycling as general triathlon training, was persuaded to enter the race at the last minute, BAC would not have won the Road Race League at Lytchett. In the end, however, with Paul Chapman completing the League team, it was another win for BAC.

Particular mention has to made of Steve who, in winning the race outright, smashed the course record which had stood for eight years. Steve's excellent run, combined with very strong runs from Jacek and Simon, meant that, in the open team race, BAC were well ahead of the competition. But it took additional strong runs from Jon and Paul to ease Poole AC into the second League position behind BAC.

The BAC Ladies, too, had an excellent day, with Janie Chapman, Caroline Rowley and Helen Ambrosen ensuring that the Ladies' team position at the top of Division 2 of the League is consolidated. Janie was the fourth lady overall, and collected the prize for the 1st FV45.

The race incorporated the BMAF National 10 Mile Championship, and also the South West Vets Athletic Club (SWVAC) 10 Mile Championship, and Helen won, in the National competition, the British Masters FV55 Gold Medal, as well as the category Gold in the SWVAC Championship. So, not for the first time, Helen is a National Champion!

The Lytchett 10 also incorporated a Dorset/Wiltshire Challenge, with each County fielding a team of six, all of whom had to finish, with the result depending on the finishing places of the first four. BAC's contribution to the Challenge was significant, with Steve, Jacek and Simon representing their County (as well as Club) in the Mens' competition, and Janie representing her County (and Club) in the Ladies' competition. The scoring was based on the first four Inter-County competition places in each County team, and, on this basis, Dorset won both the Mens' (with 16 points against Wiltshire's 20) and the Ladies' (with 15 points against Wiltshire's 21) Challenge. Steve and Jacek were Dorset's first and second scorers, and although Simon's position didn't count to the result (the third and fourth were George Miller and Martin Yelling), Simon needed to run with the Dorset vest and complete the course for the team to count. In the Ladies' competition, Janie was Dorset's second scorer, second only to a much younger Nicki Sandell. Wiltshire has challenged Dorset to a re-match on their turf, possibly the Longleat 10k, or a 10 mile race in Wiltshire early next year.

Results (BAC):
1. Steve Way 51.46; 4. Jacek Cieluszecki 53.54; 12. Simon Munro 59.26; 20. Jon Sharkey 1.01.00; 48. Paul Chapman 1.04.59; 67. Janie Chapman 1.07.11; 117. Simon Hearn 1.10.50; 118. Ian Graham 1.10.54; 140. Caroline Rowley 1.13.36; 146. Steve Cox 1.14.09; 163. Joe Price 1.15.20; 167. Mike Farrell 1.15.30; 189. Helen Ambrosen 1.16.56; 206. Dave Parsons 1.18.39; 246. Chris Chatfield 1.21.46; 347. Will Price 1.31.36. There were 443 finishers.

Photos by Rex Bale, Click for larger versions

Dave Parsons

Helen Ambrosen on her way to becoming a National Champion

Ian Graham

Jacek Cieluszecki represents his County and his Club

Janie Chapman receives her 4th lady and 1st FV45 awards

Jon Sharkey

Mike Farrell

Steve Way collects his awards including for breaking the course record