Round The Lakes 10k - 26 December 2011
Isn't this supposed to be a bit of a fun run to work off the Christmas Day excesses? Well, it may have started like that, but it's hotly contested now! After running with the leaders for much of the race, Ian Habgood finished fourth, almost 30 seconds behind the third placed, with mud on his legs - so what happened? A fall, maybe? Still an excellent run. Not far behind it seemed that a Belgrave Harrier athlete had strayed far and wide to compete, but it turned out to be Rob McTaggart in seventh position. Just as well BAC wasn't up for a team award here! Congratulations to Janie Chapman, on yet another win - Janie was first F35.
4. Ian Habgood 32.09; 7. Rob McTaggart 33.58; 24. Graeme Miller 37.52; 37. Janie Chapman 39.54; 43. Jud Kirk 40.56; 63. Joe Price 42.56; 68. Simon Hearn 43.12; 74. Brendan Kirkton 43.53; 115. Dave Parsons 46.55; 298. Will Price 1.00.46.
A Merry Christmas and a Happy and Successful New Year!
Boscombe Pier 5K - 16 December 2011
A Brace of U20 athletes from various clubs leading the field at the finish of the third of the Boscombe Pier Winter Series on Friday evening 16 December (the first four were all U20) meant that Declan Toth, although finishing sixth overall, was nevertheless 5th in his age category! This may have been Declan's final race in BAC colours - we are very sorry to see him go, and thank him for his considerable contribution to BAC, and wish him well with his new club. All the other BAC competitors in this race also achieved respectable 'age category' positions.
6. Declan Toth 17.42 (5th U20); 8. Richard Felton 17.48 (2nd 20-39); 10. Duncan Wells 17.58 (3rd 20-39); 17. Paul Hindle 18.37 (4th 20-39); 28. Jud Kirk 18.59 (4th 50-54); 46. Joe Price (8th U20); 92. Janet Dickinson (2nd F40-44); 159. Will Price 29.34 (7th 55-59).
Jacek's 10th win!
Congratulations to Jacek Cieluszecki who won his tenth Poole Parkrun 5k on Saturday 17 December 2011. Jacek has competed in ten Parkruns, winning, as you'll quickly realise, every time he has competed! Furthermore, in winning his tenth race, Jacek ran a PB (15.45), and finished 1 minute, 18 seconds before second-placed Martin Yelling, well known to us as a talented and competent athlete. Jud Kirk and Duncan Wells also competed on 17 December - for full results and details see www.parkrun.org.uk/poole.
BAC County Champions (Road)
As the year draws to a close, it's perhaps worth reminding ourselves of the BAC athletes who have won County Championship medals - and congratulating them - in the road races throughout the year:-
Marathon (North Dorset Village Marathon):
Ian Habgood - Gold
Helen Ambrosen - 2 x Silver (Ladies and Lady Masters)
Half Marathon (Swanage Half):
Rob McTaggart - Gold
Simon Munro - Silver
Graeme Miller - Gold Masters
Janie Chapman - Gold Lady Masters, Silver Ladies
Ten Miles (Weymouth 10) NB Not yet confirmed, but BAC medals appear to be:
Ian Habgood - Silver
Steph Slade - Silver Ladies
Janie Chapman - Gold Lady Masters
Ten Kilometre (Purbeck 10k):
Ian Habgood - Silver
Stu Fox - Bronze>
Janie Chapman - Gold Lady Masters, Silver Ladies.
Christmas 10k, Burton - 11 December 2011
No fewer than 18 BAC athletes competed in the annual 'Christmas Pud' race on Sunday 11 December 2011, more formally known as the Christmas 10k. In conditions which had at last turned seasonal, with a strong headwind over the last mile or so, but without the forecast heavy rain which held off till later, BAC came away with two of the team prizes, and numerous category prizes. Despite running a time with which he declared himself not satisfied, Ian Habgood nevertheless was the overall winner of a race which has acquired a reputation of being one of the fastest 10k courses around, and therefore attracts a quality field from a substantial catchment area. Followers of Steve Way's website (www.steveway.co.uk) will know that on Sunday, Steve was not on top form, so he did well to hang on to Ian to finish second. Steve is contractually bound by his sponsors, Xempo (www.xempo.co.uk) to wear a Xempo vest in races other then League etc. races, so, although he was awarded the prize for second overall, Steve didn't count towards the BAC team, so the first team award went to Ian, and our next three finishers, Rob McTaggart (4th), Jacek Cieluszecki (6th) and Simon Munro (10th). The other team award went to the veterans' team, as the first male veterans' team of the race, which consisted of Simon Way, who was also first V45, Roy Long (2nd V45), Graeme Miller (1st V40) and Jud Kirk. Other prizewinners were David Long who, although actually U17 for which there was no category prize, won the U20 race, Janie Chapman, 2nd FV40 (just losing first place to Kath Bailey, once a record holder for this course!), Ian Graham (2nd V60) and Helen Ambrosen who was the winner of the FV55 race. A good day for BAC, not only as a result of the prizes won, but for the number of BAC athletes taking part, as it is good to see the club supporting a local race in such strength.
1. Ian Habgood 32.14; 2. Steve Way 32.22; 4. Rob McTaggart 32.36; 6. Jacek Cieluszecki 32.28; 10. Simon Munro 35.30; 11. Simon Way 36.21; 13. Roy Long 36.45; 16. Graeme Miller 36.51; 23. David Long 37.20; 37. Jud Kirk 39.34; 42. Richard Nelson 39.43; 44. Janie Chapman 40.16; 57. Ian Graham 40.56; 75. Joe Price 42.26; 88. Simon Hearn 43.07; 157. Helen Ambrosen 47.06; 186. Chris Chatfield 48.10; 355. Will Price 56.25. There were 513 finishers.
Boscombe Pier Winter Series (Poole Runners) - 25 November 2011
We have in BAC a group of U17 Men who work together to produce some very good U17M team results for the club. Two of them, Josh King and Declan Toth (joined by Corrie Norton whose excellent runs in U15 Boys' races often feature), ran in the Poole Runners 5k 'Time Trial' at Boscombe Pier on the evening of Friday 25 November, packing closely together amongst the leading finishers (although there is no team competition in this event). Two days later, Josh and Declan were to be part of the 2nd U17M team (along with Brendan Kirkton), and Corrie was to be second U15 Boy, at the Wessex League Cross Country race at Salisbury (see separate report). Our youngsters were joined at Boscombe by six more BAC athletes.
12. Josh King 17.10; 13. Declan Toth 17.11; 17. Corrie Norton 17.41; 43. Jud Kirk 18.50; 52. Steve Cohen 19.18; 58. Simon Hunt 19.25; 60. Joe Price 19.37; 123. Tim Wilson 21.32; 146. Janet Dickinson 22.14. There were 267 finishers.
McCain UK Cross Country Challenge - Liverpool - 26 November 2011
Bridget Dence is a BAC name which features amongst reports of winners and leaders in races, and, once again, at the UK Cross Country Challenge in Liverpool on Saturday 26 November, Bridget delivered a performance of which we can be justly proud. In the 3K U13 Girls race, of 75 finishers, Bridget was an outstanding 7th, in a time of 11.35. Many congratulations to Bridget - a long way to travel for this race, but that demonstrates Bridget's commitment, and the support she receives, and assuredly the journey was well worthwhile. This result followed Bridget's 6th placing at the previous McCain Challenge race in Bristol. Another pleasing result from the Liverpool event came in the Senior Womens' race, in which Steph Twell, competing for only the second time since her horrific injury in a cross country race in Belgium (the first was at the Aldershot Relays), was 5th, in a time of 27.37, even holding off her talented team-mate Emma Pallant (also of Aldershot, District & Farnham), who was 9th in 28.04. Steph honoured us by attending our Presentation Evening in 2011, and it is gratifying to see the progress she is making in her recovery.
Boscombe 10k - 27 November 2011
Jon Sharkey was denied a win in this race, starting and finishing at Kings Park on Sunday 27 November, by a visiting language student whom we have not seen locally before, who, regrettably, will not be in the area for very long. Nevertheless, Jon, who was second by a substantial margin, had a fine run over a course which no-one has ever claimed to be fast. Simon Way, clearly recovered from his marathon, claimed the prize for the first veteran, and the BAC team of Jon, Simon and Jud Kirk would have won the team prize if it had been based on cumulative times, but the organisers (as is quite usual) determined the team contest on finishing places, which meant BAC were a close second to Poole AC. Even so, not a bad result!!
2. Jon Sharkey 33.58; 9. Simon Way 37.21; 20. Jud Kirk 39.38; 28. Paul Consani 40.39; 51. Joe Price 43.27; 119. Chris Chatfield 49.39; 236. Will Price 57.25. There were 314 finishers.
Downton Half Marathon - 27 November 2011
Following a last minute decision to compete, Janie Chapman ran in the Downton Half Marathon on Sunday 27 November, an event postponed from the cold and ice of last year. This is a rural event, some of it off road, so Janie's time of 90.04 was very creditable, particularly considering Janie was 20th out of 280 runners, and second FV40!
Santa Barbara Half Marathon - 12 November 2011
Wimborne 10 - 20 November 2011
A little nearer to home, on Sunday 20 November at Wimborne, in the annual 10 mile race, BAC's Jacek Cieluszecki, Simon Munro and Jez Bragg packed together to finish 2nd, 3rd and 4th, and Jud Kirk's fine run over what is not a particularly easy course secured a third position for the BAC team. Janie Chapman continued her in-form racing, finishing as 2nd lady veteran overall, and first O35 lady.
2. Jacek Cieluszecki 55.08; 2. Simon Munro 56.56; 4. Jez Bragg 57.23; 41. Jud Kirk 1.05.40; 42. Janie Chapman 1.05.46.
Gosport Half Marathon - 20 November 2011
Yet another half marathon PB for BAC, this time achieved by Rob McTaggart in the Gosport Half Marathon. Rob completed this race in a remarkable 7th position overall in a time of 1.11.49.
Pembrokeshire Coastal Challenge – 2/3/4 November 2011
There is no stopping Andy Gillespie's search for challenges, and the Pembrokeshire Coastal Challenge is about as crazy as they get, with three races over three days, each marathon-ish distance. This is what Andy had to say about it: “All three runs were over 27 miles according to everyone's Garmins. I beat my last year's times on all three marathons. 5 hrs 30 mins on the first, up 11 mins, 5 hrs 45 mins on the second, up 44 mins and then 6 hrs 20 mins on the third, up 55 mins on last year. Overall I was 26th with a time of 17.36.36. Last year I came in in 19 hrs 25 mins. I am really pleased with this. Saturday night saw me sleeping with my legs covered in balm and wearing running tights. It still took a good dose of pain killers to help me sleep. Maybe I need some tips from Jez! A great weekend all the same”.
Congratulations to Mark Hargreaves on winning the 10k and Half Marathon Championship trophies, and Chris Birch on winning the 10 mile trophy for the year 2010/11. The Championships closed on the date of the Presentation Evening, 19 November 2011, but, of course, the competition for 2011/12 is already under way following the Wimborne 10, the Gosport Half, and, on 27 November, the Boscombe 10k. The new tables will be available on the website shortly. Don't forget, these are based on age-graded times, so everyone has a chance.
BUPA Great South Run (Portsmouth) - 30 October 2011
Jacek Cieluszecki led home a contingent of four BAC runners in the Great South Run in Portsmouth on Sunday, 30 October, finishing 58th in a field of thousands, in a time of 56.27. Rob Hardyman followed, 120th, knocking 4 seconds off his PB in 1.01.53. Andy Gillespie completed the race in 1.14.22 (1028th), and Chris Chatfield in 1.26.02 (4068th). It is worth quoting what Andy has to say about the event: "The GSR was a strange affair today, I was in the second wave to start with. How did that happen? I might be slow, but I am not that b****y slow.
I was told I was not allowed to step up to the orange so I took my place on the white start. P**d off to see other white numbers up ahead in the orange. Still, we must not cheat so I stayed where I was told to. I went off like a madman, led all the way down the sea front, that is new. It was OK until I caught the orange wave, then it became a dodging, weaving slog. I just overtook 100s and 100s.
I finished thinking that I had loads left in the tank today as the route was easier and I felt fitter than last week. I always think if you finish with something left in the tank you have cheated yourself. So I am not happy with 74.22, it was c**p. The only good thing I hear is that the BAC shirt was there for all to see on the TV as I sprinted majestically along the sea front at the start!!"
Milford & Keyhaven 5 Mile - 23 October 2011
Nine BAC athletes having competed in the Weymouth 10 the previous day (see separate report), a further six took part in the Milford 5 mile race on Sunday 23 October. This race is one of the 'Runningtree' series of five 5 mile or 10k races, and Roy Long, finishing 4th (and 1st Vet) at Milford, is just hanging on to his position as leader of the series, despite finishing a few seconds behind his son, David, with one race (the Christmas 10k) to go.
3. David Long 29.06; 4. Roy Long 29.26; 14. Corrie Norton 31.18; 21. Jud Kirk 31.59; 40. Joe Price 34.50; 178. Will Price 49.31.
A busy weekend for BAC, with several PBs and a win to report.
Boscombe Pier 5k Time Trial - 14 October 2011
No fewer than thirteen BAC athletes competed in the first of the winter series of Time Trials, organised by Poole Runners, on Friday evening, 14 October. Particularly encouraging was the level of participation by our youngsters, with Declan Toth finishing 3rd U20, Oliver Teenan, Corrie Norton and Joe Price 5th, 6th and 7th U20 respectively, and Phoebe Dowson 2nd FU20. At the other end of the scale, Simon Hunt was 2nd 55-59, and Janet Dickinson 3rd F40-44. In 5th place was Jez Bragg, who was also to perform well in the Studland Stampede two days later.
5. Jez Bragg 16.44; 6. Karl Welch 16.47; 13. Declan Toth 17.41; 22. Paul Chapman 18.16; 23. Oliver Teenan 18.16; 29. Corrie Norton 18.27; 42. Jud Kirk 19.03; 50. Michael Halpenny 19.24; 51. Joe Price 19.27; 68. Simon Hunt 20.08; 134. Janet Dickinson 22.55; 206. Phoebe Dowson 26.29; 212. Will Price 27.20.
Poole Parkrun - 15 October 2011
A look at the results of the weekly Poole Parkrun reveals that Jacek Cieluszecki continues to win this event - having won on 15 October, and recently also on 1 October and 10 September, it appears that when Jacek competes, he wins! On 15 October, Jud Kirk and Helen Ambrosen also competed. Don't forget, there is a Poole Parkrun in Poole Park every Saturday at 9 am, and it is free to compete, but you need to obtain a barcode at www.parkrun.org.uk/poole BEFORE attending.
Cabbage Patch 10 - 16 October 2011
This event lived up to its claim of being one of the fastest 10 mile races around on Sunday 15 October, when the four BAC athletes competing all achieved PBs, thus shaking up the upper reaches of the Club Championship (though Chris Birch has still to be removed from his perch at the top!). Perhaps the most spectacular improvement was from Graeme Miller, who knocked an amazing three minutes off his previous PB - is this a club record for an established athlete (ie as opposed to an up-and-coming athlete)? David Long, finishing a few seconds before his Dad, Roy, ran what would have been an excellent race for anyone, let alone an U17, and was first in his category (although possibly the only U17 in the field!). There were 1610 finishers of this race, which emphasizes the quality of Rob McTaggart's run, finishing, as he did, in 11th place.
11. Rob McTaggart 52.57; 43. David Long 57.34; 46. Roy Long 57.49; 56. Graeme Miller 58.29.
Abingdon Marathon - 16 October 2011
Congratulations to Simon Way on achieving a PB of 2.48.53 in the Abingdon Marathon on Sunday, 15 October.
Studland Stampede - 16 October 2011
The Studland Stampede is an off-road race of aproximately 7 miles starting and finishing on Studland beach. On 15 October, BAC were represented by Jez Bragg, finishing in 3rd place in 47.59, and, 32nd, Joe Price, 57.16. Both Jez and Joe had competed in the Time Trial two days earlier.
New Forest Marathon - 25 September 2011
BAC was represented by one athlete in the New Forest Marathon, run alongside the Half Marathon (see earlier report), namely the indefatiguable Peter Gaze, still running marathons at over 70 years of age. Peter was 699th in the race, a long,long way from last, in a time of 5.10.25. An inspiration to us all!
Hoburne 5 - 2 October 2011
"Rockin' Robin's a Scorcher" trills the headline to the RunningTree website's account of the Hoburne 5 on Sunday 2 October! This was a reference to the fact that, on a very hot day (for any time of year - not just October), this race was won by our own Robin Copestick, in a time of 27.49. And Robin wasn't the only winner. In fourth place (29.25), Roy Long was 1st V40, and in 14th place (31.48), Jud Kirk was 1st V50. Not far behind, Simon Hearn, finishing 42nd in 35.36, demonstrated a return to form after a period of injury, and in 52nd place (out of 181) Club Chairman Dave Parsons, in 36.41, knocked a considerable chunk off his recent 5 mile time for the Littledown 5, and was 3rd V60 in the race.
Berlin Marathon - Stuart Fox
Many congratulations to Stuart Fox on his marathon PB at Berlin on Sunday 25 September. Stuart was 60th overall in a time of 2.26.13, knocking nearly a minute off his PB, and finishing less than 2 1/2 minutes after Paula Radcliffe! Of the 'Brits' competing in the marathon, Stuart was 8th Senior Man, a remarkable achievement, and well deserved after much focussed training. Well done!
Aldershot Relays - 25 September 2011
Two senior mens' teams competed in the 6 stage relays at Aldershot, and our first team came near to qualifying for the National 12 stage relay, finishing 30th out of a total of 68 complete teams. The second team finished - well - 68th!! The event comprises a two loop lap of nearly 4 miles, and BAC's fastest runner was Ian Habgood, completing his stage in 19 mins 21 secs, a quality run, and is a good indication of the level of this event, considering that the winning team, Newham & Essex Beagles, all ran under 19 mins, and the fastest leg of the day was 17.37. The day before, Steph Twell, whom we were honoured to receive at the Presentation Evening last Year, ran competitively for the first time since her dreadful injury in Belgium, and it appears that her ankle has recovered, and all she has to do now is regain her fitness, which is very good news. News of any BAC Junior team which may have competed the day before will follow.
1st Team - Simon Munro 20.52; Jacek Cieluszecki 20.02; Ian Habgood 19.21; Karl Welch 21.25; Rob McTaggart 20.22; Robin Copestick 20.24 2nd Team - Joe Price 24.42; Dave Parsons 27.52; Andy Gillespie 26.50; Simon Munro (again!) 21.17; Michael Halpenny 24.30; Ian Graham 24.38.
New Forest Half Marathon - 25 September 2011
Well done to Graeme Miller, who ran a PB in the New Forest Half Marathon on Sunday 25 September. Janie Chapman also ran well, finishing 2nd lady O40.
9. Graeme Miller 1.21.42; 30. Richard Nelson 1.26.44; 73. Janie Chapman 1.32.12; 552. Janet Dickinson 1.51.15. 2,054 finished the race.
The Beast - 4 September 2011
The 18th running of The Beast took place on the 4th September, a fact reflected on the 'Coming of Age' message which was emblazoned on the T Shirt handed to all who completed the race. The Beast is a tough, but not ridiculously so, 12.2 mile race, nearly all off road, through the beautiful Purbecks, although the magnificence of the countryside probably is not to the forefront of competitors' minds as they struggle up Hounstout at about 9 miles! The early heavy rain fortunately had stopped by the time the race started leaving favourable conditions, although a strong headwind along the clifftops made for some hard work. BAC's contribution to the race was more quality than quantity, both male and female. The Mens' Team of Jon Sharkey, Graeme Miller and Richard Nelson was just pipped into second place by Purbeck Runners (who took both the mens' and the womens' team prizes), and Janie Chapman won two trophies, as third lady overall, and first in her category.
3. Jon Sharkey 1.24.47; 8. Graeme Miller 1.30.54; 25. Richard Nelson 1.36.07; 53. Janie Chapman 1.42.29; 125. Ian Graham 1.53.54.
Everton 10k - 21 August 2011
Janie Chapman continued her series of category wins in the Everton 10k, held on 21 August 2011.
BAC results - 8. Roy Long 36.30 (3rd VM40); 25. Jud Kirk 39.28 (3rd VM50); 37. Janie Chapman 40.40 (1st VF40 - 3rd lady overall); 81. David Long 46.38. There were 286 finishers.
BAL Division 4 (Track & Field) Derby - 27 August 2011
Congratulations to the BAC BAL team who will be in the National League yet again next season! Full results will be available elsewhere on this website, but here are the contributions made by those who are essentially road runners:
Rob McTaggart: 800m 2.08.70 (6th B String); 1500m 4.18.40 (5B); 5000m 15.48.67 (4A)
Ian Habgood (returning from injury): 5000m 16.26.62 (4B)
Rob Hardyman: 3000m s/c 10.03.85 (PB) (3A)
Simon Munro: 3000m s/c 10.40.59 (3B).
3 x 5k Relay Tarbes France - 26 August 2011
Cherry Sheffrin (or Sheffim, as the French would have it!) and Mike Cowham (or Mickaël Couham!), having completed their mega-walk along the Pyrenees from the Mediterranean to the Atlantic (well done!), are now spending some time with John and Kath Boyes, and Cherry, Mike and John took advantage of the opportunity to enter a BAC team in a 3 x 5k Trail Relay race in the Tarbes area, not far from J & K's Pyrenean Retreat. The team completed the course in 1.07.42, and out of a total of 35 teams, were 8th overall, and were the 3rd mixed team. A good result, and we look forward to Cherry and Mike's return in the near future.
Vale of Pewsey Half Marathon - 28 August 2011
BAC were represented in the Pewsey Half Marathon by Stu Fox and Helen Ambrosen. On a bad day for him, Stu was third in 74.00 - Stu himself says that he wasn't feeling in top form from about 2 miles, but better to have an off day now, rather than in the Berlin Marathon in a few weeks time. Helen's time of 1.42.39 brought her in as the winner in her category, 1st VF55, and 101st overall, from almost 300 finishers.
Shillingstone 5 Mile Hill Race - 29 August 2011
Another win here for Janie Chapman! Janie completed this very hilly (the clue's in the name!) 5 mile+ off road race in 38.14, winner of her category, and 2nd lady overall. Some way behind, Ian Graham finished in 44.20 - the London Marathon seems a very long time ago! This race has become very popular, with well over 100 runners, helped by the fact it was one of Poole Runners championship races! The full results haven't yet been published.
Boscombe Pier Winter Time Trials 2011/12
Poole Runners have announced the dates for these - 14 October, 25 November, 16 December, 20 January 2012, 3 February and 2 March.
Dorset Doddle - 21 August (and more on Salisbury 54321)
Apologies to Andy Gillespie, who wasn't mentioned in the report on the 42k race which was part of the Salisbury 54321. The reason was that, in the official results, Andy was shown as DNF. Andy DEFINITELY did finish this race, thus continuing his outstanding record of NEVER having DNF'd in over 400 events. Can anyone else match that? Andy completed the 42k cross-country course in 4.18.52, and was 7th M50, and 59th overall of a total of 179 finishers. Not content with that, the following week, 21st August, Andy completed the 32 miles of the Dorset Doddle, along the tortuous Dorset coast from Weymouth to Dorset, in 7hrs 18 mins, not bad considering the marathon the week before, and "a few errors in mapreading and clambering over some herric fencing"! Apologies if there were any other BAC competitors in the Doddle, but the results have not yet been published.
Upton Time Trial - 12 August 2011
In the final race of the series this summer, Graeme Miller achieved a PB for this event, finishing 7th in 20.26. Not far behind, in 17th position, was Brendan Kirkton, who has 'graduated' to the Senior race from the Juniors this year, and has competed in all the races. His time of 21.29 was his second best for the year, only 7 seconds adrift of his PB, achieved in the previous race. In 101st place was Simon Hunt, making his way back to fitness after injury caused a temporary enforced rest from running, in a time of 29.20. Joe Arundel won the Junior race in 4.29, and 6th was Glenn Balfour in 5.06.
Congratulations to Simon Hunt, who, overall for the series, was 2nd in the 55-59 category, and congratulations also to Glenn Balfour, 1st overall in his age category, and to Brendan Kirkton and Joe Arundel, each 2nd overall in his respective category.
Salisbury 5-4-3-2-1 - 14 August 2011
Winning is becoming a habit for Stu Fox these days! The Salisbury 5-4-3-2-1 is an event comprising a number of distances, from 10k to 50k, mostly off road, organised by the Salisbury Fire Service. It is so named because the 50k course passes or includes 5 rivers, 4 hills, 3 large country estates, 2 castles and 1 cathedral. In addition to Stu, BAC were represented in the 30k race by Helen Ambrosen. Stu was a clear winner, in 2.03.11, some seven minutes ahead of the second finisher, and, in 34th position in a time of 2.54.45, Helen was 2nd F55. Well done to both Stu and Helen!
Durberville Dash 10k - 30 July 2011
After a considerable time not running through injury, it was good to see Chris Chatfield competing in the inaugural Durberville Dash on 30 July. Organising this race, which is described as "a trail race on forest tracks, heathland paths, and some quiet road", seems to have been a last minute decision, with the UKA licence being applied for, and issued, some 2/3 weeks beforehand! Chris was 57th in the race in 46.00.
Swanage Regatta 4 mile run - 4 August 2011
Congratulations to Brendan Kirkton on winning the U18 race in a time of 25.12.
Sturminster Half Marathon - 7 August 2011
This race was won comfortably by Stu Fox, in 1.11.42, some 5 minutes before the second finisher. Not far behind was Graeme Miller, in 7th place, in a PB time of 1.21.43. Completing the 3rd placed BAC team (for which there were prizes!) was Ian Graham, 104th in 1.36.59. Dave Parsons crossed the line in 169th position, in 1.44.14. After a bout of flu, it was good to see Helen Ambrosen back to racing - Helen finished in 1.46.58, 184th overall.
Sturminster 5k - 7 August 2011
Brendan Kirkton had a fine run in this race, finishing 4th of 36 in a time of 20.25.
Track & Field – 13 August 2011
Road runners again contributed to the club's performances at the two track & field fixtures on 13 August, BAL Division 4 at Abingdon, and Southern Mens Division 2W at Oxford. In the former, BAC were a creditable 3rd (out of 6), and, with one match to go, lie 3rd in the League table, with 10 league points. However, the teams in 4th, 5th and 6th position all have 8 points, so a solid performance will be required at the final fixture on 27 August to be sure of avoiding relegation. The match at Abingdon was the last of the Southern Mens season, and a stretched BAC team couldn't avoid coming last, with 48 points (the lowest of the season), against strong competition leaving us 15th out 15 in the final league table, but everyone has enjoyed competing in this league, which is the main objective, and, in particular, in the last two fixtures, it has been a pleasure to welcome a number of U17s to the competition, who hopefully will be encouraged to participate in this and other events in the future. In addition to the road runners, who's details are listed below, the SM team consisted of Harvey Darby, Patrick White, Josh King, and Peter Briant.
BAC road runners results (BAL):
Rob McTaggart -1500m 4.12.9 (4th B String); 3000m 8.54.5 (3A)
Rob Hardyman - 3000m 9.47.6 (5B); 3000m s/c 10.12.0 (2A)
Simon Munro – 400H 18.02.88 PB (6B); 3000m s/c 10.39.7 (1B)
BAC road runners results (SML):
Ian Graham -100m 21.36 (4B); 200m 41.22 (4B); 400m 89.05 (3B); 800m 2.58.6 (3B); 1500m 5.56.6 (3B) + Hammer Throw
Ian White -5000m 18.49.4 (2A) + Long Jump, Triple Jump, Hammer Throw
Michael Halpenny -5000m 20.12.0 (2B) + Discus.
The results of the Upton Time Trial on 12 August and Salisbury 5-4-3-2-1 on 14 August haven't yet been posted, and reports on these events will follow.
Southern Mens' League Div 2W - Yeovil - 30 July 2011
The BAC team of eight who attended this fixture included two road runners, namely Ian White and Ian Graham. Despite having the largest team present so far, the competition was strong with the result that BAC's score of 48 was the lowest we have achieved this season. However, that put us in third place, two points agead of last-placed Bracknell. Also, we have moved up one position in the League table, to 13th out of 15. The reaminder of the team consisted of four U17s, namely Patrick White, Harvey Darby, Kevin Hodgson and Jay Collins, plus Dave Flicos and Team Manager Peter Briant.
BAC part results:
Ian White - 1500m 5.17.4 (3rd A string); 5000m 19.36.1 (3A) plus High Jump and Hammer Throw
Ian Graham - 800m 2.59.4 (4B); 1500m 6.16.9 (4B); 5000m 20.46.9 (2B).
Upton Time Trial - 22 July 2011
Congratulations to Simon Munro on winning this race in a PB time of 18.49. Other BAC results - 14. Graeme Miller 21.02; 19. Brendan Kirkton 21.22; 27. Simon Hunt 22.28. In the Junior race, Glenn Balfour was 6th in 4.59.
Upton Time Trial - 8 July 2011
Just three BAC representatives - in the Senior race Brendan Kirkton was 10th in 21.59, and Simon Hunt 16th in 23.16 (1st 55-59). In the Junior race Joe Arundel was 2nd in 4.14.
Southern Mens League (Andover) - 9 July 2011
With the response to the appeal for help with this fixture, we were able to field a team sufficient to fill the required slots to count, most of the points being scored by road runners! Although BAC was 3rd out 3, with 72 points (2nd team scored 100), at least we counted! We now lie 14th out of 15 with two matches to go - 30 July (Yeovil) and 13 August (Oxford). The road runners who competed were:
Simon Munro 800 m (2.21.6 2nd B String), 1500 m (4.47.4 2A - sprint to the line with Karl Welsh who was given the same time!), 5000m (17.10.3 1A), 3000 m s/c (11.25.1 2A), plus high jump, shot put and discus; Ian White 100 m (13.7 3A), 200 m (30.6 3A), 400 m (74.2 2B), plus long jump and triple jump, and Ian Graham 100 m (21.3 3B), 200 m (46.4 3B), 5000 m (20.53.6 2B), plus hammer. Also, a very warm welcome to Ian White's son, Patrick, competing in a BAC vest for the first time, who scored useful points for the team in the long jump, triple jump and javelin.
New Forest 10 - 10 July 2011
BAC results from this race - 12. Simon Way 1.00.40 (2nd M45); 25. Andy Jennings 1.14.14; 75. Joe Price 1.09.43 (PB); 570. Will Price 1.32.50. 904 finished the race.
Yet again some catching up to do, but yet again some wins to report!
Upton Time Trial - 24 June 2011
In the third of the Summer Time Trials, organised by Poole Runners, Graeme Miller, in 7th position, finished in a PB time of 20.39. He was followed in 14th position by Brendan Kirkton (21.31), in 31st by Simon Hunt (23.50) and in 64th by Ian Graham (26.37). 109 finished the Senior race. In the Junior race, Joe Arundel was 2nd in 4.13.
Previous Time Trial Results (BAC) as follows:
6 May 2011: 5. Simon Way 20.32; 23. Brendan Kirkton 22.14. Junior race - 8. Glenn Balfour 5.10 (1st in age category)
27 May 2011: 11. Brendan Kirkton 21.51. Junior race - 2. Joe Arundel 4.18; 9. Glenn Balfour 4.59 (1st in age category).
Lordshill 10k - 26 June 2011
Hopefully, Stu Fox's win in this race shows that his training for the Berlin Marathon is on target - Stu's time was 33.38. In 39th position was Steve Cohen, in 42.22. There were 278 finishers.
(Track & Field) BAL Div 4 Barnet Copthall - 2 July 2011
After a good start to the day, with BAC at one point towards the end in 2nd position, injuries to some of our sprinters meant that points were lost in the latter stages, despite the fact that those able to compete did so in a number of events, with the final result leaving BAC in last place. With two fixtures left, we lie 4th in the Division, so, although promotion might seem a little optimistic now, with some good performances we could still consolidate our position in this Division.
As ever, the road runners contributed to the team points. In the 1500 Rob McTaggart was 4th B String (4B) in 4.06.79; in the 3000 Rob was 4A in 8.49.07 and Ian Habgood 2B in 8.49.44, and in the 3000 s/c Rob Hardyman was 2A in 10.04.24 and Simon Munro 3B in 10.44.62.
Sway 5 Mile - 3 July 2011
Roy Long and son David have both made a welcome return to the ranks of BAC, and showed in this race what a valuable asset they both will be. It looks as if there was a sprint for the line for 13th place! Results (BAC): 5. Roy Long 30.57; 13. David Long 32.02; 14. Corrie Norton 32.04; 15. Jud Kirk 32.05; 31. Joe Price 35.22.
Portland 10 - 3 July 2011
When did BAC last not have a team (not necessarily winning) in this race? Having said that, as can be seen, this was a busy weekend for BAC! However, we did have a winner, in the form of Jon Sharkey, who finished in 58.08, on a very hot day, with a lead of over 2 1/2 minutes. Ian Graham, still struggling from too many marathons, finished in 47th position (5th O60!) in 1.18.30.
London Marathon Update Update Update!
You've guessed it - previous reports of earlier BAC silver medals in the London Marathon are still not correct! It appears that, in 1994, a team consisted of 4, rather than 3 for the other years, and BAC's silver medallists were Mark Hargreaves, Duncan Hurdwell, John Boyes and Graham Moxham. So here is the definitive list of BAC silver medallists in the London Marathon - unless you know better!
1989: John Boyes, Brent Jones, Larry Austin
1990: John Boyes, Larry Austin, Graham Moxham
1994: Mark Hargreaves, Duncan Hurdwell, John Boyes, Graham Moxham
2011: Steve Way, Ian Habgood, Jon Sharkey.
Some catching up to do, and some good wins to report!
A win here for Janie Chapman (25th overall), who was first lady in 40.07 - also competing were Graeme Miller, 6th in 37.48, and Richard Nelson, 21st in 39.52, who now enters the 10k Club Championship table. 208 runners completed this race.
Summer Solstice 8k - 17 June 2011
Yet another win for Janie Chapman, who, in pouring rain, was first lady home in this evening off-road race. Janie completed the course in 34.05, and was 11th overall out of a total of 186. In 6th place was Jud Kirk, whose time was 32.18, and a little further down the field was Will Price, 109th in 45.58. This is three wins (overall ladies, not just age category) in a row for Janie, including the Puddletown Plod - see separate report, well done!
Humph's Hilly Half Marathon - 18 June 2011
The BAC flag was flown in this race, starting and finishing in Bourton-on-the-Water, by Stuart Fox, who was a clear winner, of a total of 210, in a time of 1.14.35, on a course which is constantly up and down - the clue to this is in the title of the race! There are some good photos of Stu on the organising club's website www.bourtonrunners.co.uk. This race is unusual, as it is an evening half marathon (6 pm start), but by all accounts is a well organised, friendly race, with good numbers remaining afterwards for the presentations and BBQ.
Mauritius Marathon - 19 June 2011
Another good win for BAC - this time by Jacek Cieluszecki, who won this testing marathon course in a time of 3.02.24, almost 15 minutes before the next finisher, who crossed the line in 3.26.53 - then almost 20 minutes elapsed before the third man home! In all, 29 runners completed the race, the last in 5.38.37, so gaps between finishers was inevitable. However, this is in no way to detract from a fine win by Jacek, a very welcome recent addition to the BAC squad.
These races are mentioned together as BAC were represented in both by Stu Fox, whose return to racing is causing something of an impact! Stu won the Ropley 10k in 33.34, and was 2nd in the D Day 10k in 33.03. All of this after winning County Championship 10k Bronze in the Purbeck 10k on 18 May. Welcome back!! (A report on the Ropley 10k, including a fine photo of Stu, can be seen at www.ropley10k.co.uk.)
Poole 10k - 5 June 2011
On a wet and windy Sunday afternoon (in summer!) BAC's team of Rob McTaggart, Jacek Cieluszecki, and Simon Munro clinched 2nd team, and in so doing Simon achieved yet another PB! Robin Copestick's return to full form appears to be continuing, and Joe Price also ran a PB. Our two ladies, Helen Ambrosen and Cherry Sheffrin, vied with each other during the race, with Helen just edging the lead at the line. 845 have finished the race so far, but, according to the results, there are some who have started but not yet finished!
9. Rob McTaggart 32.34; 10. Jacek Cieluszecki 32.53; 15. Simon Munro 33.57; 20. Robin Copestick 34.54; 96. Joe Price 40.41; 226. Helen Ambrosen 44.45; 236 Cherry Sheffrin 45.13.
Track & Field
Some notable contributions were made in the two Track & Field this weekend by BAC road runners.
In the BAL Division 4 fixture at Kings Park on 4 June, BAC's highly creditable performance resulted in 2nd place. Valuable points were earned in the 1500 by Rob McTaggart (2nd B String 4.13.01), in the 5000 by Ian Habgood (2nd A 15.53.75) and Jon Sharkey (1st B 16.11.50), in the 400 hurdles by Rob Hardyman, a last minute replacement, (6th B 65.34) and in the 3000 s/c by Rob Hardyman (2nd A 10.09.27) and Simon (PB) Munro (3rd B 10.47.80). Yes, this was yet another PB from Simon!
But probably more points than anyone were scored at the Southern Mens Division 2W fixture at Yeovil on 4 June by Michael Halpenny, who ran in the 100, 200, 400, 800,1500, 5000 and 4 x 100!! Michael was one of four BAC athletes who attended this fixture (all of whom competed in numerous events), but despite the size of the team, BAC were not last, holding off Guildford and Godalming by one point. Congratulations to Michael and his team-mates - hopefully we can provide stronger support for this team at the next fixture at Andover on 9 July, when there is no clash with a BAL fixture (the Maiden Castle Loop is the same evening).
There's a bit of a backlog here, due to absence on holiday, but quite a lot to report on, including BAC wins (two for the ladies), a PB and course best, and County Championship medals.
Poole Runners Upton House Time Trial - 6 May 2011
So summer's here, and this series is with us again. In the first race on 6 May, Simon Way ran his fastest time ever over this course, finishing 5th in 20.32. Simon was joined by club-mate Brendan Kirkton, who was 23rd in 22.14. The next Time Trial is Friday 27 May.
Poole Parkrun - 7/14 May 2011
On Saturday 7 May, Jaceb Cieluszecki, a welcome addition to the BAC team, won the Poole Parkrun for the third time in a row, in a time of 15.56. Second was Jon Sharkey in 16.05, and 10th was Jud Kirk in 19.00. The following week, 14 May, Jaceb made it an astonishing four wins in a row, finishing in 15.47, and led a BAC 1, 2, 3, 4, with Phil Mosley, making a welcome return, possibly temporary, 2nd (16.26), Steve Way 3rd (16.42) and Robin Copestick 4th (17.43). Not far behind was Simon Way, 6th in 17.43. Congratulations to Helen Ambrosen, as the winning lady overall, in 37th place with a time of 21.59. These events have quickly become established, with 116 finishing the course on 14 May.
There will be no further reports on the Poole Parkrun on this website, but don't forget there is a race every Saturday morning, at 9.00 am, in Poole Park. The Parkruns are completely free, but you have to obtain a barcode before you attend for the first time. Details of the event, including how to obtain your barcode, and, of course, the results, which generally appear the same day, are available at www.parkrun.org/Poole/home.
Run for the Lifeboats Lymington 10k - 8 May 2011
BAC were represented in the Lymington 10k on 8 May by two of our athletes. From a total of 869, Janie Chapman was 36th in a time of 40.17, and Joe Price was 59th 42.06. Janie was 3rd veteran lady, but by virtue of the way the prizes were presented, is to be congratulated on receiving the prize for the first veteran lady.
Track & Field
Not strictly road running, but it's worth noting the efforts some of our road runners have been making on the track. At the Southern Mens' League, Division 4, fixture at Portsmouth on 7 May, valuable points were being earned by Captain Simon Munro and Robin Copestick. Simon ran in the 400m (61.9 4th B string), 5000m (17.00 2nd A string) and 3000m s/c (11.25 3rd A string). Robin also ran in the 5000 (17.32 1st B string). BAC finished 4th out of 4 at this fixture, but only 3 points behind 3rd placed Royal Navy, so the points earned by Simon and Robin could eventually prove to be very valuable.
One week later, at the County Championships at Kings Park on 14/15 May, Simon was again in action, winning County gold medals in the 5000m, which he ran in 16.42, and the 3000m s/c, in 11.02. A few days later, Simon went on to run a PB in the Purbeck 10k (see separate report). Rob McTaggart also won County honours at the County Championships, winning gold on the 800m in a time of 2.10. These County medals supplement the gold and silver medals won by Ian Habgood in the marathon (North Dorset) and 10k (Purbeck) respectively, and the two silver medals (one overall, and one veteran) won by Helen Ambrosen in the marathon.
Bustinskin Osprey Sprint - 15 May 2011
Again not strictly road running, but it's worth recording that, in this Triathlon, Jon Sharkey finished 2nd overall (out of 105) in a time for all three disciplines of 1.10.10 (the winning time was 1.06.31). At the end of the swim, Jon was placed 36th, but then a spectacular cycle ride (4th fastest), and the fastest run of all the competitors, brought Jon to his podium position.
London Marathon Update Update!
Further correction to BAC's silver medal achievements in the London Marathon. In addition to second placings in 1989 (John Boyes, Brent Jones and Larry Austin) and 1990 (John Boyes, Larry Austin and Graham Moxham) and, of course, this year (Steve Way, Ian Habgood and Jon Sharkey), the BAC team of Larry Austin, John Boyes and Mark Hargreaves won silver in 1994. This time, however, BAC did not lose to tipton Harriers! The gold medallists in 1994 were Eamonn Martins's Basildon club.
Just to correct one point in the earlier report on this year's London Marathon, BAC have been silver medallists on two previous occasions in the London Marathon (it is believed both times behind Tipton Harriers!). In 1989, the BAC team to win silver consisted of John Boyes, Brent Jones and Larry Austin, and the following year's silver medallists were John Boyes, Larry Austin and Graham Moxham. It is a measure of our club's strength at that time that, in 1989, our present Chairman, Dave Parsons, ran 2.25.06, and was one of a number of BAC athletes who broke 2.30, but didn't make the BAC team! This is, of course, in no way to detract from the magnificient achievement of this year's silver medallists, Steve Way, Ian Habgood and Jon Sharkey.
Balma 10k (France) - 1 May 2011
Many BAC athletes have now benefitted from holidays/training at the French home of BAC legend John Boyes (see www.pyreneanretreat.co.uk), who proved on 1 May 2011 that he is maintaining his fitness by completing the Balma 10k, in the suburbs of Toulouse, in a time of 38.58. John was 3rd V2, and 78th overall from a field of 736, in a race which was a qualifying event for the French National Championships. Photos of John competing can be seen via www.runningtrail.fr.
Jon Sharkey, still recovering from the London Marathon less than one week earlier, finished the Poole Parkrun on 23 April in 43rd position in 25.01. A week later, on 30 April, Corrie Norton competed, finishing in 7th position (1st JM14), in a PB time for this event of 18.38. This event continues to grow, with 85 and 90 competitors respectively.
Round The Rock 10k - 1 May 2011
In addition to the North Dorset Village Marathon (see separate report) on 1 May BAC athletes were competing in other races the same day, including, at Portland, the Round The Rock 10k. Stu Fox made a welcome return to racing in this event, and, although he hasn't been a regular attendee at BAC training recently, proved that he is keeping fit by winning this race in a time of 34.10. Club Captain Simon Munro, last year's winner, had to content himself with second place this time round, in a time of 35.55. Not bad, though, a BAC 1,2!
Fordingbridge Fire Station 10k - 1 May 2011
On what was a busy day the BAC flag was flying, as elsewhere, at the Fordingbridge Fire Station 10k on 1 May. Not for the first time, Jud Kirk was 1st vet, completing this race in 8th position overall, in a time of 38.54. Not far behind Jud was Joe Price, 19th in 41.32.
Undoubtedly the big news this week, and what a day for BAC, with two top 5 national placings, a second team position, and 6 finishing in under three hours! And all this in one of the major marathons, indeed sporting events, of the world - the Virgin London Marathon!
Steve Way is now established as one of the fastest marathon runners in the country, a status confirmed by his run in London. Although 1 second outside his PB, Steve declared himself satisfied with his time of 2.19.39, considering that his training was interrupted for a while by injury. And he's entitled to be satisfied! Steve's time brought him to the finish in an amazing 22nd position overall, and equally noteworthy as 5th Briton.
Ian Habgood continued to display his improving form, achieving the sub 2.30 target which eludes so many. And comfortably, too, as Ian's time of 2.28.41 was also a PB by a very considerable margin.
Jon Sharkey began the race with the thought in mind that he wasn't at peak fitness, so was happy with his finish in 2.32.41. It is a reflection of Jon's standard that most people - good club athletes included - would be absolutely delighted with such a time!
Steve, Ian and Jon combined to form BAC's team in the marathon, a team which was second overall, behind only Tipton Harriers. That's a fact worth repeating - BAC were the SECOND team in the London Marathon!! Although the club have won team awards in this event before (4th last year), it is believed that this is the first time the club has ranked so high. Many congratulations to Steve, Ian and Jon, of whom all at BAC are very, very proud.
Three more BAC athletes achieved the magic sub 3 hour time. Tony Chutter, now V50 (and with a PB of 2.31.57), proved that he is ageing gracefully with his time of 2.56.13, highly competent marathon running. Simon Way, whose commitments meant that most of his training was on his own, had hoped for a faster race than 2.56.24, but this was still a PB. Paul Chapman, running his first marathon in a BAC vest, had two targets, as so many do, firstly to run 2.50, but if that didn't happen, to break three hours. Paul managed the second target, with 2.59.50 - considering how often in marathons the first, second and, in the end, all targets are missed, Paul is entitled to be satisfied!
Spare a thought for Graeme Miller. Graeme's commitment to his training, and his PBs over other distances, all point clearly to a sub 3 hour marathon, but once again this just eluded him, finishing, as Graeme did, in 3.07.49. But, for sure, that sub 3 hour marathon will come.
Ian Graham did what he set out to do - to run consistently at 7.15 min/miles, and finish in 3.10/3.15. Ian's time of 3.10.00 meant he was 6th V60 (5th V60 Briton, the 5th V60 being French).
Andy Gillespie is something of a 'born again' runner since joining BAC. His previous marathon PB of approximately 3.33 was long ago in his earlier 'serious runner' period, but his last marathon was run in over 4 hours. So Andy's time in London of 3.27.36 was not only a PB, but a very dramatic improvement in a short time. Such is the value of BAC training - not just for the 'elite', but for everyone!
Michael Halpenny and Richard Nelson probably don't want to dwell on this year's London Marathon too much! Every athlete experiences those days when nothing goes to plan or expectation, for no apparent reason, and this seems to have been one of those days for Michael and Richard. Both have marathon PBs much, much faster than the 3.49.38 and 3.49.39 they scored respectively in London, so what better than to run the last miles together, relax, and share and enjoy the amazing atmosphere which is the Virgin London Marathon!
Poole parkrun - 16 April 2011
Helen Ambrosen continued the training for her own marathon, the North Dorset Village Marathon on 1May, by competing in the third Poole parkrun on 16 April. Helen completed the course in 21.41, 16th overall, 2nd lady, and 1st FV50. The Poole parkrun continues to thrive, with 62 competitors this time.
Having said last week that the mens' course record set by Laurence Cox in the inaugural Poole Parkrun might take some beating, not only was a new course record set the very next week, but by our very own Steve Way! The Poole Parkrun is clearly getting off to a strong start, with 75 competitors on 9 April, 10 more than the first fixture. Steve was the winner in 15.13, and in 28th position was Helen Ambrosen, whose time of 22.08 meant that Helen was the 1st WV 50 - 54.
The Poole Parkrun takes place every Saturday in Poole Park at 9.00 am. It is FREE to compete, but you must register and obtain a barcode BEFORE attending, which can be done at www.parkrun.org.uk/Poole.
In an event in which the number of participants this year was the biggest ever, there were BAC winners in both the Half Marathon and 10k races which, together with a number of fun and childrens' races, make up the Bournemouth Bay Run.
Despite the fact that he was treating the Half Marathon as a 'tempo' run, in preparation for the London Marathon two weeks away, Steve Way won the race by almost 1 1/2 minutes, along with a very useful prize of a year's gym membership. In the ladies' race, Janie Chapman crossed the line as 3rd lady overall, and 1st FV35.
In the 10k race, not only did Jon Sharkey win, he also set a new course record, and furthermore led team-mates Rob McTaggart and Simon Munro to a team victory.
Congratulations to all our winners, and also to all the BAC athletes who competed, and flew the BAC flag in this local event, not to mention the marshalls provided by BAC at one point of the course. There were 1416 finishers in the Half Marathon, and 1322 in the 10k. Fields of this size can potentially be very strong, which puts in to context the performances of all our competitors, and especially the winners.
BAC results (Half Marathon)
1. Steve Way 1.12.55; 17. Paul Chapman 1.21.35; 53. Janie Chapman 1.28.55 (3rd Lady, 1st FV35); 136. Paul Consani 1.34.55.
BAC results (10k)
1. Jon Sharkey 33.06 (course record); 4. Rob McTaggart 34.34; 6. Simon Munro 36.11; 20. Jud Kirk 38.49 (2nd V50); 42. Michael Halpenny 41.03; 44. Simon Hearn 41.10; 56. Andy Gillespie 42.14; 62. Joe Price 42.59; 464. Chris Chatfield 52.46; 729. Will Price 56.19.
Combe Gibbett to Overton 16 - 3 April 2011
On the same afternoon as the Bay Run, 4 intrepid BAC athletes departed from Combe Gibbett (the gibbett from which at one time people were hanged is still there, on the horizon deep in the Hampshire countryside, visible from miles around) for the 16 mile cross country race to Overton. Although the overall profile of the course is downhill, much of it is along the tops of ridges, affording magnificient, extensive views (if you can remember not to keep looking at your feet!). There is, just after halfway, a long and reasonably testing climb up from the A34 (which has to be crossed - fortunately, there's a tunnel!), but those of us familiar with Nine Barrow Down were well prepared for this. Apart from that, most of the race is flat or downhill, so it is possible to enjoy the surroundings, particularly knowing that tea and cakes will be available at the end!
57. Mike Cowham 2.05.07; 58. Ian Graham 2.05.14; 81. Helen Ambrosen 2.13.19; 86. Cherry Sheffrin 2.14.46.
Poole Parkrun - 2 April 2011
The first 'official' Poole Parkrun clearly got off to a good start on 2 April, with 65 competitors, all of whom were "First Time!" to Parkrun. BAC were represented by three athletes, Simon Way, Corrie Norton and Jon Sharkey (who was clearly holding himself back for the Bay Run two days later). Liz Yelling competed, and set the ladies' course record of 15.47, which might take some beating (as might the mens' course record, 16.33, set by Laurence Cox of AFD).
6. Simon Way 17.44; 7. Corrie Norton 19.03; 41. Jon Sharkey 25.23.
Michael Halpenny is one of a number of BAC athletes who joined the club with virtually no running background, and have rapidly improved with consistent, organised training. On 27 March, Michael ran in the Chester 20 mile road race, organised by BourneVille Harriers, as part of his preparation for the Virgin London Marathon on 17 April, and finished 6th, out of 41 runners, in a time of 2.25.40. In fact, as three of the quicker finishers were vets, Michael was the 3rd Senior Man. Michael's run was faster than he had expected, so the aim of improving on the 3.24.00 time in his debut marathon (Dublin), looks distinctly achievable!
Despite Steve Way's comment that his run in the Worthing 20 on 27 March “didn't go to plan”, and that when he arrived in Worthing the state of his stomach was such that he “considered not bothering”, Steve still went on to win this race in a time of 1.52.22. As part of a specific schedule in preparation for the Virgin London Marathon, now less than three weeks away, Steve's intention at Worthing was to run to a pre-determined pace at each stage of the course, and the fact that this wasn't exactly maintained led to his comment about the “plan”. Steve is working very hard at the moment, and is inspiring other club members to do the same, and certainly deserves to achieve his target of sub 2.18 at London. We all wish him the very best of luck in this.
Eastleigh 10k - 27 March 2011
Many congratulations also to Rob McTaggart, whose current good form produced a remarkable 14th place in the Eastleigh 10k on 27 March, this was from 1780 finishers. Rob's time of 32.46 was very near his best 10k time this winter, which itself was a PB.
Silverstone Half Marathon - 6 March 2011
Just come to notice that Andy Gillespie competed in this race, and achieved his best time since 2006 - more evidence of the effect of this winter's training schedule! Andy's time was 1.34.39, bringing him across the line in 354th position (out of 6342), and an extremely creditable 9th in his age category (50 - 54). Well done!
The previous report on the Bath Half Marathon regrettably omitted to feature our lady competitor in the race, namely Janie Chapman, an omission rendered more serious by the fact that Janie's time of 1.27.44 was a PB. Janie was 4th of 528 WV40s - congratulations and apologies for the earlier omission! A remarkable fact arising from the revised results of this event is that the BAC men's team is confirmed as second, with an aggregate time of 4.47.23, but the third team, Bristol & West AC, are only three seconds behind with an aggregate time of 4.47.26.
Seissan - Auch Half Marathon (France) - 20 March 2011
Another PB to report, and a win as well! Helen Ambrosen is clearly benefitting from BAC training, together with a training week with BAC legend John Boyes in the south of France (see www.pyreneanretreat.co.uk), as her time of 1.35.50 in the Seissan to Auch Half Marathon was a PB by over a minute. Furthermore, Helen's time earned her a place on the podium, as the first FV50. Well done! John also competed in this event, accompanying Helen in the first stages of the race, so declares himself satisfied with his time 1.25.30.
A few BAC athletes participated in this race (which is actually two races, a 10k and a 5k), which is run by Friends of St Katharine's CE Primary School to raise funds for the school. The event was reported as being well organised and enjoyable, and hopefully a substantial sum was raised. We had one prize-winner in Brendan Kirkton, who was third in the 5k race, and first Junior - well done! In the 10k race, Simon Hearn and Club Chairman Dave Parsons improved considerably on their last 10k races, and consequently both move up the Club Championship table.
BAC results (10k):
16. Jud Kirk 39.12 (2nd V50); 33. Simon Hearn 41.26; 46. Joe Price 43.12; 72. Dave Parsons 45.49; 240. Will Price 57.23. (316 finishers)
BAC results (5k):
3. Brendan Kirkton 19.21 (1st Junior). (93 finishers)
Cabilat Trail (France) - 13 March 2011
Over the last few years BAC are almost claiming this race as its own, as some of our athletes compete as part of the training week in the south of France they enjoy under the stewardship of BAC legend John Boyes (see www.pyreneanretreat.co.uk), and this year was no exception, with Jon Sharkey winning the 33k by almost a clear two minutes. Ian Habgood also completed this course, but rumour has it that his preparation for this particular race wasn't all it might have been, and he finished 15th - still an achievement of which most of us would be proud! We had another good result over the 18k distance, which Rob McTaggart completed in third position, and a little further behind was host John Boyes, demonstrating that, even as he approaches 'Senior' (as we now call it) status, he maintains a level of fitness which is an example to us all. This event is a number of off-road races, over different distances, mostly through woodlands, and with some demanding inclines, rounded off with much eating (paella) and drinking (water is available) as the many, many prizes are given out. Enjoyable, and to be recommended!
BAC results (33k):
1. Jon Sharkey 2.24.41; 15. Ian Habgood 2.44.14. (92 finishers)
BAC results (18k):
3. Rob McTaggart 1.12.08; 46. John Boyes 1.30.49. (149 finishers)
Mad March Hare 20 - 6 March 2011
Steve Way, having withdrawn from the Bath Half Marathon, as he is "not in PB form", went on to win this 20 mile race with a considerable margin to spare, evidence, hopefully, of a welcome return to full fitness. Amongst the BAC squad were Graeme Miller and Richard Nelson, both having completed another 20 mile race, at Bramley, only two weeks previously. Also, despite the fact there were no team prizes, it was very nice to see a ladies' team, consisting of Helen Ambrosen, Cherry Sheffrin and Janet Dickinson, crossing the finish line. There were at least 330 finishers in all.
1. Steve Way 1.50.51; 20. Graeme Miller 2.15.54; 43. Ian Graham 2.23.56; 65. Richard Nelson 2.29.17; 71. Helen Ambrosen 2.32.04 (2nd FV50); 110. JP Lopez-Cascante 2.41.20; 175. Cherry Sheffrin 2.53.27; 219 Janet Dickinson 3.02.35.
Bath Half Marathon - 6 March 2011
Despite some withdrawals through injury (and, of course, of Steve Way as referred to above), a strong BAC team is to be congratulated on achieving 2nd place (for the second year running), in what is now a popular and prestigious event with, this year, over 10,000 finishers.
20. Ian Habgood 1.09.51; 32. Jon Sharkey 1.11.51; 33. Rob McTaggart 1.12.10; 52. Simon Munro 1.13.31; 106. Simon Way 1.18.11; 123. Tony Chutter 1.19.03; 404 Michael Halpenny 1.27.20.
Blagnac 10k - 6 March 2011
John Boyes completed this race, in France, in a time of 38.56, a few seconds faster than his last 10k at nearby Pau, so his return to fitness after a calf injury continues. John has some busy days ahead, as the annual BAC training week at the Pyrenean Retreat has just started – see www.pyreneanretreat.co.uk.
Nigel Barge 10k - 5 March 2011
This race is described as one of Scotland's oldest, now having taken place for over 60 years. Paul Consani competed this year, and in 46th place (out of 171), ran a PB time 39.08. This is Paul's 4th PB in so many months, and he believes, as many do, that the long intervals which have featured in BAC training this winter are paying off. Other PBs achieved by Paul have been Boscombe 10k, 28 November (39.58); Boscombe Winter Series 5k, 21 January (18.45) and Lytchett 10, 20 February (68.22).
Boscombe Winter Series and Summer Time Trials
The results from the last two 5k races of the Winter Series, and the final placings, don't appear to be available. However, the dates of the Summer Time Trials at Upton House have been advertised – 6 & 27 May, 24 June, 8 & 22 July and 12 August.
BAC results: 3. Ian Habgood 1.52.17; 5. Steve Way 1.55.05; 18. Jon Sharkey 2.01.18; 37. Graeme Miller 2.05.49 (PB); 108. Richard Nelson 2.15.08.
Fresh from his highest position this season in the Hampshire Cross Country League the day before, Rob McTaggart finished 2nd in the Round the Lakes 10k, a race rescheduled from a dangerously icy Boxing Day, and re-christened 'Eve of Valentine's Day'. Hard training is clearly paying off! Two BAC winners in the race were Steph Slade, who, although 2nd lady overall, was 1st Senior Woman (the first lady being Poole Runners' Abigail Jones, a Junior Woman) , and Jud Kirk, 1st M50.
2. Rob McTaggart 35.39; 13. Steph Slade 39.08; 18. Jud Kirk 39.39; 25. Simon Hearn 42.26; 49. Dave Parsons 49.22; 105. Chris Chatfield 53.47.
Wokinghan Half Marathon
Three BAC athletes competed in this race (as did Liz Yelling), and, although not enough to make up a team, BAC was the only club to have more than one finisher in the top 15 (in fact all three!).
8. Ian Habgood 1.10.24; 9. Steve Way 1.10.28; 14. Jon Sharkey 1.13.02.
Chichester Priory 10k - Sunday 6 February 2011
Rob McTaggart and Mark Hargreaves competed in this popular race, Rob finishing 30th in 33.13, and Mark close behind in 35th in a time of 33.26 - this out of a total of 1612 who completed the race. Congratulations to both, but especially to Mark, who was the winner of the M50 category.
Blackmore Vale Half Marathon - Sunday 6 February 2011
Five BAC athletes contested this 'undulating' race in very windy conditions (no doubt the same conditions were experienced at Chichester), and we had two winners. Paul Chapman, who joined us only recently, again demonstrated what a useful addition to the squad he is, finishing 12th, a few seconds in front of Tony Chutter, the winner of the O50 category. Janie Chapman (no relation!) made a welcome return to winning ways, as the first O35 lady, and Michael Halpenny showed how well his marathon preparation is going, shaving a full three minutes off his last half marathon time, on a course and in conditions which could hardly be described as providing PB potential!
BAC results: 12. Paul Chapman 1:21:35; 13. Tony Chutter 1:21:51 (1st M50); 54. Janie Chapman 1:31:03 (1st F35); 87. Michael Halpenny 1:35:16; 109. Ian Graham 1:37:49.
Pau 10k (France) – Sunday 6 February 2011
In his first race since November 11th, John Boyes ran the Pau 10k (in “beautiful weather”!) in a time of 39 minutes. Having been suffering from a calf injury, which has now happily cleared up completely, John declared himself satisfied with his run at Pau.
Boscombe 5k - Friday 4 February 2011
As yet the full results for this race haven't been posted - a further report will follow in due course.
3. Rob McTaggart 16.37; 9. Declan Toth 17.47 (1st U20); 26. Jud Kirk 18.31 (2nd 50-54); 28. Paul Consani (18.45); 36. Joe Price 19.10 (2nd U20); 47. Simon Hearn 19.26; 52. Carley Rose 19.39; 63. Simon Hunt 20.15 (2nd 55-59); 139. Tim Hughes 22.55.
Results: 4. Ian Habgood 33.09; 8. Jon Sharkey 33.43; 11. Mark Hargreaves 34.13; 53. Andy Jennings 37.54. There was a total of 1328 finishers.