Result Archive : Other Road Results 2012

Received 30th December

Dorset Road Race League 2012

The main focus for BAC in the Dorset Road Race League for 2012 has been the Senior Mens' Team aim to defend their title as League Champions, a campaign which was successful as wins in the Milborne 10 (a race sadly not being repeated in 2013), Blackmore Vale Half, March Hare 20, Poole 10k, Swanage Half, Sturminster Half and Hoburne 5 secured the Team's position at the top of Division 1. There are not as many individual awards as in recent previous years, but congratulations to Steve Way and Simon Munro on achieving first and second positions overall. Both Steve and Simon won their age categories (M35-39 and M21-24 respectively), as did Ian Graham (M65-69). The campaign for 2013 starts on New Year's Day, at the Broadstone Quarter, and, although the aim of the Senior Men's Team must be another win, there is some strong competition around, and certainly no room for complacency. We have seen a welcome increase in the number of Ladies training with us recently, which gives rise to the prospect of a BAC Ladies' Team competing in the League in 2013, perhaps with promotion from Division 2 to Division 1. Best wishes to the club, both teams and individuals, for a successful, healthy and injury-free 2013!

DRRL BAC 1st Team

DRRL Ian Graham 1st M65

DRRL Simon Munro 2nd

DRRL Steve Way 1st

Round the Lakes - 26 December 2012

What may have started as a way of running off Christmas eating excesses has become a fiercely contested athletic event, as indicated by the fact that, in the annual Boxing Day 10k race round the Poole Lakes, BAC's first athlete to finish, namely Corrie Norton, who was an impressive 16th, of 312 finishers, was only the second local athlete to cross the line. Although fourth in his category, Corrie was actually the first local Junior Man, the first three all being from Wells City Harriers! Following Corrie by a few minutes was Graeme Miller, also fourth in his category, but also the first local M40, the first three being from Wells City Harriers, Oxford AC and Orion AC (wherever that is!). At least there were no F55 finishers in front of Helen Ambrosen, who did win first overall in her category!

Results (BAC):

16. Corrie Norton 37.05; 20. Graeme Miller 37.14; 42. Richard Nelson 39.49; 54. Simon Hearn 41.17; 64. Brendan Kirkton 42.05; 79. Joe Price 43.09; 122. Helen Ambrosen 46.27; 173. Dave Parsons 49.29; 255. Will Price 55.24.

Received 18th December

Boscombe Pier Winter Series - 14 December 2012

It was a 1, 2 for BAC in the third of the 5k Winter Series from Boscombe Pier, organised by Poole Runners, on the evening of Friday 14 December! Congratulations to Joe Arundel, who was the outright winner of the race in a time of 17.44, run in far from ideal conditions, with a strong headwind on the return leg. The youngest age category 'recognised' for the purposes of the Time Trials is U20, which is how Joe appears in the results, but the fact that he is actually U17 makes his win all the more remarkable. In second place was Stuart Summerell, in a time of 18.05. Stuart has run faster in earlier Time Trials, but he is in the process of recovering from injury, and taking this into account, together with the conditions, this was a creditable performance. Further down the field, the tit-for-tat between Joe Price and Ian Graham continued - Joe having taken Ian on the line in the Boscombe 10k, the honours belonged to Ian in the Christmas 10k, but in the Boscombe Pier 5k Joe took his revenge, again taking Ian on the line, finishing 25th in 21.04. Joe also took two other competitors, leaving Ian in 28th position in 21.10. Joe's Dad, Will, completed the BAC contingent, finishing 85th in 26.49. There were 105 competitors in all.

Tenerife Mountain Race - Manol Dimitrov

We have just welcomed Manol to membership of BAC, and it is clear he is one of those athletes who will take on any challenge! On Saturday 8 December, Manol flew to Tenerife to take part in a Mountain race, marathon distance, the next day, and, having run the race, flew back from Tenerife that same day! Manol says of the experience: "I had an amazing time in Tenerife, the race was incredible! Finished in 5h 22min, placed 32nd out of about 400 so not bad going. It was super tough, hardest one I'd done so far, 2700m of ascent, 2000m of descent and it was 27.7 miles according to my watch!" It is hoped shortly to post some of the spectacular photos of Manol in the race on the website shortly. Well done, Manol!

Received 11th December

Christmas 10k (Christchurch) - 9 December 2012 (Photos)

A strong BAC squad swept up the Senior and Veteran Men Team prizes, together with numerous age category awards, at the Christmas 10k, starting and finishing at Burton on Sunday 9 December, not to mention the many individual PBs. Following the winning first and second places, secured by Poole Runners athletes, a BAC pack took the third, fourth and fifth positions, in the form of Peter Thompson, Jacek Cieluszecki and Rob McTaggart, with Jon Sharkey and Simon Munro finishing seventh and eighth. Peter ran an immaculate race, improving his position from seventh to third in the second half, and achieving a substantial PB. Jacek has just turned 35, and so won the award for first veteran man, and Jon's run secured him a win in the Running Tree series, of which this race was the last for 2012, taking the title from team-mate Roy Long, who has held it for the last two years, and scoring the best ever points total. Roy was the next BAC athlete to cross the line after Simon, and won his age category (1st vet 45, with a run which propels him to the top of the Championship Table), as did the next two BAC, namely Graeme Miller (1st vet 40), and Corrie Norton (1st junior man). Roy, Graeme and Corrie all ran PBs. Two more category winners were Janie Chapman (lady vet 45), and Ian Graham (vet 65), and PBs were also run by Richard Nelson and Simon Hearn. We extend a warm welcome to Caroline Martin, running her first race as a BAC athlete, and welcome back, after a long period of injury, Tony Chutter, whose excellent run helped him decide that it's worth, after all, renewing his membership for 2013! Well done to everyone who competed and showed everyone that BAC is firmly on the map, and let's hope we can produce squads as strong in the League races next year, and the final two Hampshire Cross Country fixtures of the season!

Results (BAC):
3. Peter Thompson 32.27; 4. Jacek Cieluszecki 33.00; 5. Rob McTaggart 33.10; 7. Jon Sharkey 33.38; 8. Simon Munro 34.32; 10. Roy Long 35.17; 16. Graeme Miller 36.21; 18. Corrie Norton 36.57; 29. Tony Chutter 37.31; 40. Jud Kirk 39.13; 43. Richard Nelson 39.34; 51. Simon Hearn 39.59; 56. Janie Chapman 40.28; 74. Ian Graham 41.40; 117. Caroline Martin 43.36; 125. Joe Price 44.02; 377. Will Price 56.50. (There were 530 finishers)

Dorset County Championships 2012

Congratulations to all our medal winners in the County Championship races in 2012! The 10k County Champion is Club Captain Simon Munro, who won Gold as a result of his win in the Boscombe 10k. Graeme Miller is the County Silver medallist, and Graeme also won Gold as the Veteran County 10k Champion. Simon is also a County 10 mile medallist, winning the Bronze medal in the Lytchett 10, in which Steph Slade won the Silver medal in the Ladies' Championship. Double Gold medallist, following the Stur Half, is County Half Marathon Champion Steve Way, also winning the Veteran Half Marathon Gold, and County Silver medallist is Ian Habgood. Helen Ambrosen is the County Marathon Lady Bronze medallist after her run in the North Dorset Village Marathon, which also earned her the Veteran Ladies' Silver medal. Well done to all our medallists, and it's worth repeating our congratulations to Steve, no less than World Champion over 50k!

Received 20th November

Gosport Half Marathon - 18 November 2012

Congratulations to Rob McTaggart, who ran a PB of 1.11.03 at the Gosport Half Marathon on Sunday 18 November, to finish 7th from 1567 finishers. In the same race, Peter Thompson also had a fine run, finishing 21st in 1.14.28.

Received 5th November

Races Sunday 28th October

In the Great South Run, conditions were reasonable for the world's flattest 10 mile race course, and taking full advantage were five Bournemouth AC runners. Breaking into the top 30, courtesy of an elite start was Ian Habgood, who edged a PB of 52:38 beating his time set in the 2010 event. The surprise run of the day came from Robert Hardyman in 65th, looking better since missed summer competitions due to injury. He smashed his PB by 3 minutes from the previous year to comfortably break the hour mark, finishing in 58:46. Simon Way made use of strong recent form to break the hour barrier in 59:29, fighting through a late niggle to break his overdue target. He was also second veteran over 40 and 78th overall. This trio under the hour gave Bournemouth AC bronze medal honours in the national 10 mile championships.

Also competing in the race was Paul Consani in 369th with 1:07:29 and Andy Gillespie, who set his best time in the race in 1:12:18 just a minute shy of his PB.

Jon Sharkey of Bournemouth A.C. won the third race out of four in the 2012 Runningtree Series in a time of 26.51 at the Milborne 5. With only one race to go in the series, the Xmas 10k, Jon is on course to win the overall title. Jud Kirk was the second veteran male over 50 in 31.19 in 9th place. A close finish between Simon Hearn and Simon Hunt for 14th place gave the pair 32:01 and 32:05 respectively. Simon finished as 3rd veteran over 50. Joe Price recorded a time of 33:52 for 36th and his father Will Price made it home in 45:43.

In the tough ten-miler the Sticker 'three peaks challenge' Janie Chapman won the women's race with 1:18:31. Rich Nelson was 23rd overall just ahead of Janie with 1:17:19.

Friday 2nd November

BAC took the top three places in Friday's Boscombe winter series 5k time trial in chilly conditions. A second half surge from Peter Thompson earned him 16 :23, to leave behind Joe Arundel 16:48, who set the early pace. Simon Munro ensured the lock out of the podium just behind in 16:55. Stu Summerell in 9th made an increment on his previous 5km despite suffering knee troubles. Paul Chapman put in a steady performance for 18:27. Joe Price ducked under 20 minutes with 19:59, Simon Hunt not too far off him in 20:16. Janet Dickinson represented herself well 23:29 and Will Price came back in 26:21.

Sunday 4th November

Mark Hargreaves battled a Lordshill Ten course riddled with surface water to finish as first M50. His time 57:30, a great effort, takes him to the top of the Club Championships with an 89% age graded result.

Helen Ambrosen was fourth lady and first W55 in today's Gilly Hilly 7.5 finishing in the top 30 in 1:00:04.

Received 22nd October

Races from Sunday 14th October

Jacek Cieluszecki added to his series of high placed marathon finishes with 4th place in the picturesque Lake Garda Marathon in Italy. Jacek, although disappointed with his time of 2:40:21, did well to finish just a minute away from 3rd despite suffering stomach issues. He now looks ahead to the Virgin London Marathon 2013, having gained a championship entry with a new aim in mind.

Peter Thompson produced a solid race to win this year's Studland Stampede in a time of 47:13 after a strong finish on the sand over the final few miles. Joe Price also ran that morning over the tough multi-terrain course, finishing just outside the hour in 1:01:04.

Andy Jennings made a short trip from his Basingstoke home to run in the Tadley 10 mile race set around the nearby country roads. Andy admitted finishing with the unwanted achievement of running every mile slower than the last but still placed in a respectable 12th position clocking 1:05:24.

Races from Saturday 20th October

Simon Munro took on the historic Weymouth 10 race as the sole BAC representative and took 3rd place for the second time in the same event. Encouraged by the support of his family, Simon put himself in contention in the first few miles only to lose ground up the tough hill to Bowleaze Cove. Despite being left adrift of the leaders, he worked hard to secure a new PB of 56:48, giving hope of further improvement at the Wimborne 10.

Races from Sunday 21st October

Graeme Miller set a well deserved personal best at the Abingdon Marathon, finally earning himself a sub three hour marathon time of 2:53:35. Graeme has suffered a few near misses in the quest for this elusive time including having to pull out of this year's VLM through injury just weeks away. He took up where he left off in training earlier in the year and his consistent miles on the day earned him a negative split.

Rob McTaggart made the journey to the Cabbage Patch 10, a renowned race for a quick 10 mile time. He left a little disappointed with a time of 53:51, after better efforts in previous years but still took home £50 and a cabbage for being 9th overall!

Saturday 20th October - Steve Way becomes 50Km World Champion!

Steve Way collected his second England vest and flew off to Italy on Friday morning hopeful and confident ahead of the IAU 50Km World Trophy Final on the next morning, although not much could have prepared him for the result that would unfold that day...

To give a bit of history, the journey began when Steve in planning for the VLM 2012, wanted to incorporate a 50Km race as part of his preparations and entered the Gloucester 50km. This race doubled as a selection race for the 50km World Trophy and a distance that Steve has considered moving to after running marathons. On his debut at the distance, Steve finished in 2nd in 3:01:43, although only running at a controlled pace necessary for marathon training. The result ensured that Steve was selected for the autumn event and after another successful spring marathon campaign, Steve "ticked over" during Summer and remained injury-free looking ahead to the 50Km.

Meticulous in his planning, Steve had executed a nine week plan to ready himself for the rigours of the ultra distance. The intensity and volume of his training really brings home the phenomenal abilities he has, shown by his remarkable splits in "sandwich" sessions. For example, 10km, 5 x 5 minutes, 10km, a session in which he achieved both 10km splits below 33:20 and over a mile covered in every 5 minute repetition! Through his dedicated training, incorporating several confidence boosting races including a Hampshire Cross Country League win, Steve was ready for the race.

This was the 9th year of the 50Km World Trophy Final and it was held on an eight lap flat course running between the two coastline towns of Vallecrosia and Bordighera in Italy. In sunny and warm conditions, with temperatures exceeding 20 degrees, the race started a little later than 10am. Of the small group of elite runners from athletics federations around the World, the best runner on paper, Colleen Makaza of Zimbabwe set the early pace. Steve ran in a small group that included his Twitter friend Paul Martelletti, who was representing New Zealand and had qualified with the best time for the event. In the next few laps, Makaza continued to press ahead recording a half way split of 1:24:05 and leaving both Way and Martelletti trailing 84 seconds behind. With the heat increasing and a strong coastal breeze the lead of Makaza was cut to 54 seconds on the 5th lap as the pair of Way and Martelletti worked hard together. Martelletti made his break during the following lap moving clear of Way and reducing his deficit to the leader down to 30 seconds, whilst Way, 20 seconds back, continued with his own pace. However, at the start of the final 8.5km lap, Steve's strength and composure were beginning to shine through. He had reeled back in Martelletti, although the leader was still a distant 45 seconds ahead and increasing the gap as he fought to close out a win. Makaza looked sure to seal the win but in the final 5km of the race, a sudden drop in Makaza's performance coincided with an incredible final surge by Way, providing a dramatic twist to the race. Steve Way had gone from 2 minutes behind, to 4 minutes in front of the Zimbabwean, giving himself chance to enjoy the final kilometres and jubilantly cross the line as IAU 50km World Trophy Champion 2012! A medal ceremony and a few well earned beverages ensued later that day.

Thanks must go to Roy Long who provided updates of race through both Facebook and Twitter. He coincidently had a trip to the same part of Italy on that weekend, giving many grateful people the chance to follow the story. Since news of Steve's win have emerged, he has been inundated with congratulations. In his own words on the morning after Steve said "Wow, my FB timeline appears to have gone a bit bonkers! Up early this morning with a bit of a hangover reading everyone's ace comments and congrats.... thanks all :-)"

Massive congratulations go to Steve from everyone at Bournemouth Athletic Club for a really astonishing achievement. We are really graced to have his presence for assisting club training and the inspiration that he provides to the rest of us through his running story.

Received 7th October 2012

Boscombe Pier Winter Series - 5 October 2012

The first of the 5k winter series from Boscombe Pier, organised by Poole Runners, took place on the evening of Friday 5 October, in conditions which, after a day of heavy rain, in the event were almost perfect for running, cool, damp, with only a slight easterly breeze. BAC were represented by eight athletes, headed by new signing Stuart Summerell (who was third in the Wessex League Cross Country last weekend), who finished an impressive fifth of 162 finishers, followed closely in 14th by Corrie Norton, the 3rd U20 of the race. In between, 12th, was David Jevons, at present unattached, who trains with us, and is a potential future member. Other 'category' placings were Ian Graham, 2nd V65, and Janet Dickinson, 2nd FV45.

Results (BAC):
5. Stuart Summerell 17.35; 14. Corrie Norton 18.29; 21. Paul Consani 18.54; 44. Ian Graham 20.09; 49. Joe Price 20.30; 70. Simon Hunt 21.23; 101. Janet Dickinson 23.18; 151. Will Price 30.03.

Italian Mountain Race - 7 October 2012

Janie Chapman has provided some evidence of a return to form after injury by posting on the Garmin Website details of an Italian Mountain Race in which she competed on Sunday 7 October. The race was 8.04 miles and Janie, who was third lady, completed the course in 1.03.13. The profile shows long climbs from 2 to 2 3/4 miles, and again from 4 to 6 1/2 miles, and clearly this was a testing course, finishing at a higher altitude than the start. We look forward to welcoming Janie back to training soon - well done!

Received 1st October 2012

Bristol Half Marathon - 30 September 2012

Steve Way, just missing out on a PB, led a strong BAC challenge in the Bristol Half Marathon on Sunday 30 September. Of 2000 finishers in all, Steve was a very impressive 7th Brit to cross the line. Rob McTaggart did achieve a PB in the race, and Peter Thompson came very near to his. Completing the BAC squad in fine style were Simon Munro and Simon Way. It's difficult computing the team positions, but, whether a team consisted of 3, 4 or 5 members, BAC must have been amongst the top teams. Read more about Steve's experience at Bristol on his website

Results (BAC):

12. Steve Way 66.50; 29. Rob McTaggart 71.18; 45. Peter Thompson 74.04; 61. Simon Munro 76.29; 101. Simon Way 79.35.

Cerne Burn 10k Trail Run - 30 September 2012

Rumour has it that, of BAC, at least Jud Kirk competed in this (inaugural?) multi-terrain race at Cerne Abbas on Sunday 30 September. Unfortunately, the results on their website are totally illegible! Any information?

SEAA Road Relays (Aldershot) - 23 September 2012

Received 26th September 2012

SEAA Road Relays (Aldershot) - 23 September 2012

Congratulations to each and every one of BAC's Senior Mens' Team on achieving 14th position, from 66 complete competing teams, and also to Mark Hargreaves, who, in the Vets race, ran the first leg to hand over in third position in the fastest V50 individual leg of the day, all in the SEAA Road Relays held at Rushmoor Arena, Aldershot, on Sunday 23 September. The Senior Men, having run BAC's fastest time in this event for some years, have comfortably qualified for the National 6 Stage Relays. Rob McTaggart took the first leg, and after his strong run, and further strong runs by Ian Habgood, Jon Sharkey, Jacek Cieluszecki and Peter Thompson, by the time Steve Way took over for the last leg, the team was already in a comfortable qualifying position, but, nevertheless, a remarkable performance from Steve pulled back something like ten places. Steve was the second fastest of the last leg athletes, and his time was a mere 2 seconds out of the fastest 20. Without doubt, this is a prestigious event, featuring, over the years, such names as Mo Farrah and Steph Twell, and it is impossible to over-emphasize just how impressive was the achievement of our Senior Mens' Team. Equally impressive was the run of Mark Hargreaves. Earlier in the day, all the Veterans' Races (ie V40, V50 and V60) were run together, in atrocious conditions, pouring rain and a wind too strong for gazebos to withstand. Although all the BAC vets were over 50, the team was actually entered in the V40 competition, as, at the time of entry, the composition of the team wasn't known. Mark ran the first leg, at the end of which a rather embarrassed Ian Graham took over for the second leg in third position! As already noted, Mark was the fastest V50 of the day, and was also the fifth fastest of all the Vets of all ages, but, unfortunately, didn't receive the V50 winner's medal because he was competing in the V40 competition. Everything went downhill for the BAC Vets after that! Ian, Andy Gillespie and Dave Parsons completed the team, which finished in 23rd position of the 27 complete V40 teams. Nevertheless, they were all very pleased to have supported Mark in his achievement, and to have been part of what was an incredible day.

Rob McTaggart 19.39; Ian Habgood 19.30; Jon Sharkey 20.09; Jacek Cieluszucki 19.38; Peter Thompson 19.57; Steve Way 18.32.

Mark Hargreaves 20.18; Ian Graham 25.12; Andy Gillespie 27.32; Dave Parsons 29.38.

New Forest Marathon/Half Marathon – 23 September 2012

BAC were represented in both the New Forest Marathon and the Half Marathon on Sunday 23 September. Bearing in mind the dreadful weather, and the fact that these races are now substantially off-road, Tom Paskins' time of 3.22.09 in the Marathon, although by no means a PB, was highly creditable. Tom was 51st of 577 finishers. But, despite the weather, and the undulating course, Simon Hearn achieved a PB in the Half Marathon, and is to be congratulated on this. Simon was 74th of no fewer than 1599 finishers, in 1.30.47 - that sub 1.30 half isn't far away! The marathon was won by Lee Piercy, who often trains with us, in 1.13.00, and in fourth place was Martin Yelling recording a time of 1.16.30.

Received 19th September 2012

Littledown 5 - 16 September 2012

With prizes and PBs to report, it can be said that the Littledown 5 mile road race, on Sunday 16 September, was a success for BAC. Of the ten BAC competitors, four counted in the top ten (Simon Munro, Mark Hargreaves, Jo Arundel and Simon Way), with Corrie Norton not far behind in 12th position. Club Captain Simon Munro again led by example, finishing 3rd, achieving yet another PB, and was joined by Mark Hargreaves and Jo Arundel as prizewinners of the first team of the race. Mark's time propelled him to second in the National rankings for his age group (50 - 54) over five miles, and Jo, with his first recorded time over this distance, comes in ranked ninth in his category of U17. Simon Way and Corrie Norton also ran PBs for 5 miles, and, in addition to the team prize, Mark won the prize for first 45 - 54, and Ian Graham the prize for first 65+. There were 174 finishers. The event, always excellently organised by Littledown Harriers, manages to produce a new feature every year, and this year every finisher who elected to receive a mug, as opposed to a medal, found himself or herself with a mug personalised with his or her name, with the warning 'Mind the Bollards!' - a reference to the number of bollards, always fully marshalled, encountered on the course in Littledown Park and Kings Park. Finishers who elected to receive a medal had available the facility, there and then, of having the medal engraved with finishing times free of charge. So it's congratulations to the BAC team, and also to Littledown Harriers!

Results (BAC):

3. Simon Munro 27.14; 4. Mark Hargreaves 27.15; 6. Jo Arundel 27.37; 8. Simon Way 28.52; 12. Corrie Norton 30.19; 25. Jud Kirk 32.27; 27. Simon Hearn 32.48; 32. Ian Graham 33.18; 35. Joe Price 34.02; 129. Will Price 46.26.

Purbeck Marathon - 16 September 2012

Judging by the feedback, the inaugural Purbeck Marathon, run almost entirely off-road with some substantial climbing involved on Sunday 16 September, was a great success, both in terms of the organisation, and the quality of the course. It was also a success for BAC. Steve Way, despite running the marathon as a 'training' run for his forthcoming 50k International race in Italy, won the race in 2.56.52, a time many good athletes dream of for a flat road marathon! Although some distance behind Steve, Jacek Cieluszecki also ran an excellent race finishing second in 3.14.58, and surely Richard Nelson is pleased with his run, 3.34.52, sixth position. Completing the BAC squad was Andy Gillespie, who was 59th in 4.46.04. It turned out that the team competition was for teams of 4, rather than 3, and in true Club spirit, Andy has emailed: "Can you apologise to Steve and the others I let down so badly - I was useless on the day and they had all run so well". Andy goes on to say: "I was actually not doing too badly until after Corfe, I did not expect that long long drag uphill and it wore me out completely". Andy has nothing to apologise for! No-one has been let down! This was a very tough race, which Andy was running in amongst other demanding races (see below), and, considering that Andy finished almost in the top third (there were 166 finishers, and, no doubt, a number of DNFs), his time really isn't that bad at all!

And to catch up.......

Andy Gillespie ran the Great Wishford 10k on Sunday 9 September 2012, a race of more like 6.5 miles near to Andy's home. Andy made it a good training day by running the 4.5 miles to the start and the 4.5 miles back home after the finish. The course is predominantly woodland trails, and Andy describes his time of 50.14 (25th of 99) as “not as bad as it seems”. The winning time was 40.35, and the website states: “The heat may have pampered personal bests for some runners”. Andy has also commented on his run in the Dorset Doddle on 19 August 2012. He says: “It was as close as I have come to a DNF. The hottest day of the year by far and as fast as I was drinking it was coming out again in sweat. It was that bad I took a shower at Kimmeridge, and when I reached Swanage I stopped and bought an ice-cream and ate it as I ran the last mile. It was the toughest day's running I have ever done bar none”. This was one week after running 42k in the Salisbury 54321 and three weeks later Andy was running the Purbeck Marathon!

Received 3rd September 2012

First of all, many congratulations to Richard Whitehead on his Paralympic Gold Medal - and new world record of 24.38 - in the T42 200m at the Olympic Stadium last Saturday, 1 September. Richard, who is partly coached by Liz Yelling, joined us for a while at our Tuesday training sessions, and it was a privilege to meet him and run with him. The '4' in T42 shows that the classification of the race is for athletes who have a loss of limb or limb deficiency, and the '2' indicates that the athlete's impairment has a great impact on his or her ability to compete (the 'T' means 'Track'). Both of Richard's legs are missing below the knee, and he runs on 'blades'. Look out for Richard in the T42 100m, the first round of which is at 10.12 am, and the final 9 pm, both on Friday 7 September.

The Beast - 2 September 2012

Ian Graham flew the BAC flag in slippery conditions at The Beast on Sunday 2 September, and finished 100th of 448 finishers in 1.48.39. Although Ian was sixth O60, at least the time was about 6 minutes quicker than last year!

Received 29th August 2012

Salisbury 54321 - 12 August 2012

Andy Gillespie completed the 42k race, part of the 'Salisbury 54321' event which consists of races from 10k to 42k, in 4.09.17, 31st of 188 finishers, on Sunday 12 August. 42k is, of course, marathon distance, and, as the course is almost entirely off-road, a time of just over 4 hours and a finish so high up the field is certainly a very creditable run.

Everton 10k - 19 August 2012

Jon Sharkey, who, as already noted, won the Everton 10k on Sunday 19 August in a time of 34.12, was joined in the race by Simon Hearn, who was 36th in 42.30. There were 278 finishers.

Shillingstone 5 Mile Hill Race - 27 August 2012

BAC had at least one representative in this off-road and (as the name suggests) hilly 5 mile race on Bank Holiday Monday 27 August, namely Ian Graham, who completed the course in approximately 42 minutes. More details as and when the full results become available.

Received 19th August 2012

Primera Bucklers Sprint Triathlon - 12 August 2012

Jon Sharkey's preparation for his Ironman Triathlon in Austria next year appears to be going well, if his performance in the Primera Bucklers Sprint Triathlon in the New Forest on Sunday 12 August is anything to go by. The event consisted of a 750m swim in the Beaulieu River (competitors are warned "there will be a current so only strong or experienced swimmers should enter"), a 25k cycle over a loop course on tarmac roads, finishing with a 5.5k out-and-back run along the footpath by the river. Jon, competing for Southampton Triathlon Club, completed the swim in 14:39.4, the cycle in 36:28.30 and the run in 20:31.05, a total of 1:11:38.15, good enough to finish an excellent 4th, out of a total of 122 finishers.

Poole Runners Summer Series - 17 August 2012

In the last of this year's Summer Series, at Upton House, on the evening of Friday 17 August, the Senior Race was again won by Peter Thompson, in 18.48, followed in 7th position by Graeme Miller, 20.19 (1st 40-44), 27th Corrie Norton, 22.54 (4th U20), and 33rd Ian Graham, 23.13 (1st 65-69, and actually in front of the 1st 50-54 and 1st 60-64). In the Junior Race, Glenn Balfour was second, 4.44 (1st in his age category), with Josh Harding 39th in 6.47 (4th in his age category). There were 120 finishers in the Senior Race, and 65 in the Junior. The Series winners' prizes were presented after the race - Peter won the 20-39 award (there was no specific prize for the series winner overall, which Peter clearly was), and Graeme won the award for 1st 40-44. For the Junior Race series Glenn won his age category (boys 11), and, in his category of boys 9, Josh was awarded the prize for second. It was necessary for competitors to complete four of the six races to qualify for a series award. Thanks to Poole Runners for organising this enjoyable series, and congratulations to all the BAC winners!

Everton 10k - 19 August 2012

Jon Sharkey won this race on Sunday 19 August in 34.12 – over one minute before the second placed athlete (35.35). More details to follow after the results become available.

Received 13th August 2012

With all attention having been focussed on the London Olympics (wasn't it fantastic!), there's now some catching up to do.

Poole Runners Summer Series - 20 July 2012

BAC had two winners (again!) at the fifth of the six summer series at Upton House on the evening of Friday 20 July. Both Peter Thompson and Glenn Balfour continued their winning streaks, Peter winning the Senior race in 18.43, and Glenn the Junior race in 4.36. In the Senior race Graeme Miller was 9th (of 57 finishers), and in the Junior race, from 67 finishers, Jordan Harding was 12th in 5.29, and Josh Harding (one of the youngest competitors in the race) was 31st in 6.31.

XX11 Bleg Powstania Warszawskiego 2012 - 28 July 2012

If the title above of this race isn't correct, no doubt Jacek Cieluszecki will be able to advise! Jacek doesn't relax when on holiday, as his participation in this race in Warsaw on Saturday 28 July shows. The event consists of two races, one 5k and the other 10k, and is an annual fixture to mark the Warsaw Uprising of 1944. It is massive, with 1707 finishers in the 5k alone this year. In hot (29 degrees) and stuffy conditions, Jacek competed in the 5k race and ran incredibly well to finish as high as tenth overall, and first in his M30 age category, in a time of 18.16. It is a privilege to see Jacek's name, and 'Bournemouth A C' appear in the results of such a prestigious event. For full 5k results see

Yeovil Town Road Running Club Summer 5k Series - 8 August 2012

David Long ran a very creditable 16.15 to finish 4th in the penultimate run of this series during the evening of Wednesday 8 August, followed shortly by his Dad, Roy, 14th in 17.32. There were 123 finishers in all. Incidentally, Ian Habgood won the first race of this year's series in April, in a time of 15.15.

Poole Parkrun - 11 August 2012

A 'one-off' report on this event, which is a 5k run available every Saturday at 9 am in Poole Park, free of charge (although you need to register before attending – see The run on Saturday 11 August attracted no fewer than 300 runners, including some from BAC, amongst them Club Captain Simon Munro, who continues his practice of running PBs! The race was won by Steve Way (15.14), 4th was Jacek Cieluszecki (15.48), Simon was 7th in 16.39, first-timer Ian Graham 41st (20.06 - 1st V60) and 113th, and 1st FV55, was Helen Ambrosen in a time of 23.37. Welcome visitors were ex-BAC runners Mike Cowham and Cherry Sheffrin, now members of Elmbridge Running Club, whose training clearly suits them, as both ran PBs at Poole! Mike was 22nd in 19.06, and Cherry was 53rd in 20.46.

Salisbury 54321 - 12 August 2012

Andy Gillespie competed in this cross-country marathon on Sunday 12 August, which, together with the Dorset Doddle, in which Andy will run next week, is part of his preparation for the 'Pembrokeshire Thing' later in the year. Oh well, each to his own!

Edit:Andy Gillespie ran the 42k distance of the Salisbury 54321, organised by the Salisbury Fire Service, on Sunday 12 August, in 4.09.17, finishing 31st out of 187. Andy declared himself "happy with that", and said of the race, "It is not the easiest of marathons on a hot day, and with the Dorset Doddle next Sunday (!) it was nice to finish feeling I was well within myself". Andy is tremendous at accepting challenges, and we wish him well for the Doddle.

Received 24th July 2012

Charles Bennett Memorial Miles - Shapwick - 22nd July 2012

On the day that Bradley Wiggins was creating Sporting History by becoming the first Briton to win the Tour De France, a group of BAC athletes were amongst a number of local athletes competing at Shapwick in a series of mile races to commemorate Charles Bennett, the first GB athlete to win a gold medal in the modern Olympics when he triumphed in the 1500 metres in 1900.

It was BAC ‘legend’ Brian James who discovered this fact and in 2000, along with some of the villagers of Shapwick, where Charles Bennett was born, organised a series of races to commemorate the event. In 2012, to celebrate the Olympics coming to London, the villagers enlisted the help of both BAC and Wimborne AC members to assist with another series of mile races to bring Charles Bennett back into the spotlight.

The festivities began with a procession of torch bearers displaying four of the 2012 torches along with BAC Club Chairman, Dave Parsons, who was carrying an original 1948 torch which has been permanently loaned to BAC by the family of Charlie Paulding, a member of BAC at the time and who carried the torch during the 1948 Relay. The procession, which included Lance Bombardier Ben Parkinson who lost both legs in Afghanistan and who had carried the torch through the streets of Doncaster, made its way to the Village Green where the torch bearers were welcomed by Chris Bennett, the grandson of Charles. Chris gave a short speech, and with the words ‘Let the Festivities begin’, declared the Games open.

There were 8 races in all; a Village Race; U17 Girls; U17 Boys; Junior/Senior/Veteran Women; Junior/Senior/Veteran Men; Paralympic race; Elite Men; and Public race. The Presentation Party was supervised by BAC’s Ian Graham and medals were presented by a number of sponsors and dignitaries which included BAC Life Member Roger Matthews who had represented England in the 1970 Commonwealth Games 10000 metres in Edinburgh finishing 4th in 28 mins 21 secs.

BAC results were as follows:-

Junior/Senior/Veteran Men: 7 Graeme Miller 5.20; 8 Tom Paskins 5.21; 12 Simon Hearn 5.38; 21 Paul Whitty 6.08; Dave Parsons 6.33.

Elite: 2 Ian Habgood 4.29; 4 Steve Way 4.33; 7 David Long 4.45;Jamie Grose 4.48; Roy Long 5.19

The event was a great success, with a good family atmosphere, and it was good to see a number of ex BAC athletes there amongst the crowd, cheering the runners home.

There are photographs of the event here.

Received 23rd July 2012

Upton House Summer Series - 20 July 2012

Congratulations to the two BAC winners in the fifth of the six races of the summer series, organised by Poole Runners, on the evening of 20 July. In the Senior Race, Peter Thompson was again the outright winner, in a time of 18.43, and the Junior Race was again won by Glenn Balfour, in 4.36. The Senior Race was also contested by Graeme Miller, 9th (of a total of 137 finishers) in 20.36, and, in the Junior Race, Jordan Harding finished 12th (a very good result in a field of 67) in 5.29, and Josh Harding 31st in 6.31. At 9 years of age, Josh ran very well to finish in the top half.

Received 3rd July 2012

Upton House Summer Series - 29 June 2012

In the fourth of the Summer Series at Upton House, on the evening of Friday 29 June, Peter Thompson completed a hat-trick of wins, having already won the second and third Senior races of the series (Peter didn't compete in the first!), in a time of 18.36. Also competing were Simon Hunt, 30th in 22.39, and Ian Graham (1st V65) in 24.04. BAC also had a winner in the Junior race, namely Glenn Balfour, second overall in a time of 4.42, but first in his age category, and, in 32nd place, Josh Harding ran a time of 6.26. 138 runners finished the Sunior race, and 64 the Junior race.

Portland 10 - 1 July 2012

On a very windy day, Simon Munro did well to complete the Portland 10 mile race on Sunday 1 July in 1.01.18. Simon was second to a very strong Sam Blanchard, visiting from Hillingdon AC, who won the race in 57.56, but Simon was over two minutes clear of the third athlete to cross the line. Also competing was Ian Graham who, with a time of 1.18.13, was 6th V60! (There was no V65 category.) Probably a reasonable time, Ian having competed at Upton House as above, and in the 800m, 5000m and 1500m at the Southern Mens League fixture the day before! The race was run on the same course as previous years, but in an anti-clockwise direction, and remaining on the main road at the 'top' of Portland, which seemed to solve the problem of the traffic congestion caused there. Although this took away the very steep finish which we all know and love, the course seemed just as challenging, but on a sunny day, although with strong winds, with magnificent views, and excellent organisation, who could fail to enjoy themselves?!

Received 29th June 2012

Summer Solstice 10k - 15 June 2012

Three BAC athletes competed in the Summer Solstice 10k on the evening of Friday 15 June. Out of 263 finishers, in third place was Graeme Miller, in a time of 36.50 , with Jud Kirk 12th in 40.12. Both of these are excellent times, particularly considering the race is over an off-road course in Moors Valley Country Park. Equally impressive was Janie Chapman's run - Janie finished 15th with a time of 40.32 and, more significantly, not only was Janie the first lady veteran, but also the winner of the ladies' race overall. This isn't the first time Janie has shown a clean pair of heels to her younger competitors!

Sway 5 - 24 June 2012

BAC had another winner (or did we?!) in the Sway 5 on Sunday 24 June. Jon Sharkey was first over the line in 28.07, but was himself slightly bemused to have won, as only half a mile earlier there had definitely been someone in front whom he had not overtaken. All was explained when Chayl Lewis, of Stubbington Green Runners, suddenly appeared from the other direction, apparently having gone off course towards the end. Following a short discussion, it was agreed that Jon would receive the winners' prize, and appear in the results as the winner, but Chayl's name would be first in the results list, marked 'no time recorded'. Jon then promptly handed over to Chayl the winner's prize he had received! Also competing in this race were Jud Kirk (8th in 33.18), Simon Hearn (14th in 34.36) and Joe Price (18th in 34.59).

Received 27th June 2012

Some catching up to do, including reporting on a PB, and a new National Champion!

South Downs Marathon - 9 June 2012

Andy Gillespie yet again represented BAC in a tough, off-road event, this time the South Downs Marathon on Saturday 9 June, in which he finished 315th (out of 565) in 4.38.39. Andy says of his race, "I didn't have a great run even though it is a tough course. I still don't feel very fit from the virus that messed up VLM and I have not done much more than 10 miles in training. My time does sound worse than it is. If you are not familiar with this one it is nearly all cross country and very hilly on rough tracks. That said I should still have been looking at 4.15-ish." Even so, Andy has entered the Dorset Doddle in August, and the "Pembrokeshire thing" in November. Why break the habit of a lifetime?!

Wales Marathon - 10 June 2012

Many congratulations to Helen Ambrosen, who is now a National Champion! The Wales Marathon, held in Tenby on Sunday 10 June, incorporates the BMAF Marathon Championship, and Helen won her FV55 category (Helen has, in the past won the FV50 Marathon title). Helen's time of 3.54.30 was certainly far removed from her best (in fact, her time in May in the North Dorset Village Marathon, which Helen 'jogged' as a training run, was much quicker), but this was clearly a tough course run on a windy day. Helen's overall position was 122nd out of 459, and she was the 18th lady to cross the line. Of her run, Helen says, "I didn't have a very good run. It was just the thought of winning the medal that kept me going! It was the main focus of the year and I really wanted to win it! I had done the diet at the beginning of the week, but it had weakened me and by 15 miles I was feeling rough. I wouldn't normally feel like that so something wasn't right. Also my right hip hurt which was something I had not felt at all before. As the race went on I couldn't put my right foot down properly. So it wasn't a good run and I found it so tough. The only thing to do was to make sure I finished it. This was reflected in the time. I set off at my North Dorset pace to make sure I could cope with the hills so wasn't going too fast. So to win the medal was fabulous. Bit of a list of excuses but I've survived to have a better race next time and choose a flatter course and achieve a good fast time." Walter Hill, BMAF RR secretary, said that all the veterans who competed "should be congratulated as it was a challenging course with physically demanding ascents and quad sapping descents. The finishing times reflect this challenge." Walter also said of the event that it "is a unique race and all aspiring Marathon Runners should travel to Tenby to experience the Welsh hospitatlity, the beautiful Pembrokeshire countryside and compete in a very well organised race". Well done, Helen!

St Albans Half Marathon - 10 June 2012

Whilst Helen was winning a Championship title in Wales, on the same day Simon Hearn achieved a victory of his own, running a PB in the St Albans Half Marathon. Simon's time of 1.36.34 knocked nearly five minutes off his previous PB. Simon finished 194th in a race in which there were no fewer than 2241 finishers. A good day's work!

D Day 10k - 10 June 2012

On Sunday 10 June, BAC was represented, not only in Tenby and St Albans, but also in Portsmouth, where Steve Way and Mark Hargreaves competed in the annual D Day 10k race. Steve finished an impressive second, in 32.52, and Mark, equally impressively, was 8th in 35.24. Mark was not only the first veteran of his age category (M50), but was the first veteran overall. There were 223 finishers.

Lordshill 10k - 24 June 2012

Steve Way and Mark Hargreaves again flew the BAC flag at the Lordshill 10k on Sunday 24 June. Out of 312 finishers, Steve was third in 32.53, and Mark was 10th in 35.09. Once again, Mark was the first veteran overall. It is pleasing to see Steve's times creeping back down as he recovers from his excellent run in the London Marathon, and also to see Mark back competing in such superb style.

Received 4th June 2012

Upton House Time Trial - 1 June 2012

Congratulations to Peter Thompson, who, again, won the third in the summer series of Time Trials at Upton House, organised by Poole Runners, on the evening of Friday 1 June in a time, on a very hot, close evening, only 4 seconds adrift of his winning time in the second race. Well done also to Glenn Balfour, who was second in the Junior Race to Poole Runners' Regan Cooper, who, at 14 years of age (and clearly running very well), is 3 years older than Glenn.

Results (BAC) - Senior Race

1. Peter Thompson; 9. Graeme Miller 20.28; 31. Ian Graham 22.46 (1st V65); 33. Simon Hunt 22.59. There were 127 finishers.

Results (BAC) - Junior Race

2. Glenn Balfour 4.48; 33. Josh Harding 6.29 (2nd in age category - Boys aged 9 - well done!). There were 66 finishers.

Kingston Lacy 10k Cross Country - 2 June 2012

Another BAC winner this weekend was Janie Chapman, the outright winner of the Kingston Lacy 10k on Saturday 2 June. This was a joint venture by the National Trust, Votwo Events and USN, and the course is described as "meandering through the (Kingston Lacy) estate grounds and roads". This is the first time this race has been organised, and Janie was the first of 83 finishers in all, in a time of 40.44, an excellent time for a cross-country race.

Received 22nd May 2012

Poole Runners' Upton Time Trial - 18 May 2012

Peter Thompson is clearly recovering from his excellent run in the London Marathon, as he won the second in the Upton Time Trial series on Friday evening, 18 May 2012, in a time of 19.02. Also competing in the Senior race were Graeme Miller (5th in 20.28 and 1st 40-44) and Simon Hunt (17th in 22.27), and, in the Junior race, Josh Hardy (33rd in 6.40).

Senior Mens' League Division 2W, Yeovil - 19 May 2012

Not strictly road running, but the contributions of Robin Copestick and Ian White to BAC's second position (out of 6) at the Southern Mens' Track & Field fixture at Yeovil on Saturday 19 May deserve mentioning. In the 5000m, Robin was pushing, and being pushed by, the Yeovil & Wells (who were the home club) athlete, George Harris, all the way, until the final lap, when Robin made the decisive break which gave him a clear win in 17.02.9. In the 'B' string 5000m race (run together with the 'A' string), Ian White ran a masterful tactical race, shadowing the first 'B' sting athlete (also Yeovil & Wells), until the last two laps, when Ian eased past to establish a clear lead, and win the 'B' string race in 18.46.8. Ian also competed in the 1500m, long jump, and discus. Congratulations also to Ian's son, Patrick, who achieved a PB in the 200m (27.3), and also competed in the high jump and triple jump. Full results available on this website.

Received 7th May 2012

Poole Runners Summer Series - 4 May 2012

Two BAC athletes competed in the first of the 2012 Poole Runners Summer Series at Upton House on Friday evening 4 May. Graeme Miller thankfully is making a good recovery from the injury which prevented him from running in the London Marathon, and completed the 5k+ run in a time of 21.01, 7th of 127 finishers, and 2nd 40-44. Helen Ambrosen, in 60th position, run in 26.37, was first FV55-59, and two days later was to go and win an award in the North Dorset Village Marathon!

Received 3rd May 2012

Virgin London Marathon - 22 April 2012

One of BAC's busiest competitors was missing from the report (see elsewhere) on the London Marathon, run on Sunday 22 April. Andy Gillespie has a theory (which he can prove with statistics!) that a ballot entry is more likely to be successful if no club is mentioned, which explains why his name didn't appear in the 'club' search for BAC's results. Andy did run in the marathon, finishing in 3.42.36. Andy explains that despite not having completely shaken off an illness, he set off to try to beat his 3.27 of last year, and very nearly pulled it off, but "at about 35k the wheels came off. In true marathon style they came off big style" as he completely ran out of energy. Nevertheless, Andy felt he ran his best possible run on the day, as he "never at any point felt comfortable and worked hard non-stop", and put the problems late in the race solely to missing the last three weeks training. As Andy says "here's hoping for another entry next year?"! A change from the usual "never again, and this time I mean it"!

Angmering Bluebell 10 mile Trail Run - 22 April 2012

BAC was represented in this run (for the first time?) by Simon Hunt, who was 15th of 201 finishers in a time 1.13.41. Simon is a V55, for which there was no category in the race, but he was third V50.

Round The Rock 10k - 28 April 2012

This race has been won in recent years by Club Captain Simon Munro, but on Saturday 28 April Simon was otherwise engaged (nothing less than his marriage to Samantha!), so it is particularly pleasing to report that his place at the head of the race was taken by Tony Chutter, who won in a time of 38.47. Tony, who is V50 category, has been unable to run through injury for some time, but his come-back is looking spectacular, with an excellent run in the Rotary Quarter on Easter Saturday, and now this win in Portland. Well done, too, to Chris Chatfield, who was 36th of 93 finishers, in a time of 50.07.

Received 23rd April 2012

London Marathon 2012

(See separate report and photographs)

Received 20th April 2012

Yeovil Summer Series, Tavistock Half Marathon, Brighton Marathon

Some wins and PBs to report.

Well done to Ian Habgood, who ran a 5k road PB to win the Yeovil 5k Summer Series race on 11 April 2012 in 15.15. Ian will be an integral part of the BAC team in the Virgin London Marathon on 22 April, so a confidence-boosting win could not have come at a better time.

Congratulations also to Janie Chapman who was 23rd finisher overall and, more importantly, the first lady (of all ladies, not just vets) in the Tavistock Half Marathon on 15 April, in which there was a total of 289 finishers.

On the same day, Richard Nelson improved his marathon PB by six minutes or so in the Brighton Marathon, finishing in 3.09.31. The course is apparently hilly, and the day very windy, so this augurs well for Richard's run in the North Dorset Village Marathon on 6 May.

Received 12th April 2012

Guernsey Easter Runs 2012

(See separate report and photographs)

Rotary Quarter Marathon - 7 April 2012

Well done to Club Captain Simon Munro, who clearly demonstrated that he has put his injury behind him by finishing second in the annual Easter Saturday Rotary Quarter. Two other BAC athletes who appear to have overcome injury problems were Mark Hargreaves and Tony Chutter, both of whom were very welcome sights running very well to finish third and seventh respectively. Mark has been showing some good form in training recently, and it is very pleasing that, at long last, he has been persuaded to return to competing! Tony has been unable to compete for a considerable time now, due to his injury, and is to be congratulated on his spectacular return! Congratulations, too, to Janie Chapman, who continued her run of wins as the first lady veteran to cross the line - Janie has, indeed, been a very valuable and valued recruit to BAC. Our second lady in this race, Janet Dickinson, also deserves a mention for her contribution to the club, having attended an officials course, and then spent the entire day officiating at the BAC Spring Open meeting at Kings Park, and the same can be said of Simon, and also Simon's fiance, Sam Lednor.

Results (BAC):
2. Simon Munro 37.52; 3. Mark Hargreaves 38.06 (1st V); 7. Tony Chutter 39.31; 22. Janie Chapman 42.14 (1st FV); 24. Jud Kirk 42.40; 52. Joe Price 46.22; 108. Janet Dickinson 51.48; 155. Will Price 57.16. There were 228 finishers.

Received 3rd April 2012

Bournemouth Bay Run - 1st April 2012

Congratulations to two BAC winners in the Bournemouth Bay event on Sunday 1 April - Steve Way, who was the overall winner of the Half Marathon, and Steph Slade, who was first lady in the 10k. Jacek Cieluszecki also had an excellent run, finishing second in the Half Marathon, but, as he was supporting Steve by wearing a Xempo vest (which Steve was required to do as a term of his sponsorship), BAC was denied the team prize, as the rules require team members to wear their club vests. Making a welcome visit to the area for the weekend were Mike Cowham (who was 91st in the Half Marathon in 91.18) and Cherry Sheffrin (402nd in the 10k in 52.29), both of whom are now members of Elmbridge AC.

Half Marathon results (BAC):
1. Steve Way 1.11.22; 2. Jacek Cieluszecki 1.13.23; 10. Duncan Wells 1.19.20; 57. Peter Thompson 1.27.59; 254. Helen Ambrosen 1.39.27; 575. Chris Chatfield 1.49.51. There were 1526 finishers.

10k results (BAC):
2. Rob McTaggart 35.13; 32. Steph Slade 40.26; 46. Simon Hearn 41.53; 65. Andy Gillespie; 43.17; 70. Joe Price 43.40; 636. Will Price 55.01; 1113. Tanya Justice 65.28. There were 1319 finishers.

Received 29th March 2012

Fleet Half Marathon - 25 March 2012

Congratulations to Janie Chapman, who was first F45 in the Fleet Half Marathon on Sunday 25 March. Janie's time of 1.31.08 brought her over the line in 230th position overall, out of 2251 finishers.

Eastleigh 10k - 25 March 2012

Some more good times from BAC athletes at the Eastleigh 10k, also on Sunday 25th March, with Jon Sharkey shaving some seconds off his season's best, Rob McTaggart hopefully putting behind him the disappointing run at the Bath Half Marathon, and David Long establishing a new PB for 10k.

Results (BAC):
21. Jon Sharkey 32.37; 24. Rob McTaggart 33.04; 75. David Long 35.53. There were 2029 finishers.

Other events

In the Rabbit Run 10k in the New Forest on 25th March, Joe Price was 16th, from 86 finishers, in a time of 44.46, and rumour has it that Jud Kirk won a race somewhere this same weekend - any details??!

Jud Kirk

We can now bring you up to date with Jud Kirk's recent wins - Jud did indeed win the Parley 10k Bun Run on Sunday 25 March 2012 in a time of 40.15, and, furthermore, Jud was the winner of the Hope Rising 5k on Saturday 11 February 2012 in 22.49 - these are commendable times considering the cross-country courses. The Parley run is organised by the Wessex Autistic Society, and Hope Rising is a charity raising funds for outreach in Africa and the Indian Ocean region, so competing in these races makes a valuable contribution to very worthwhile charitable causes.

Received 12th March 2012

Mad March Hare 10 - 11 March 2012

Running alongside the Mad March Hare 20 (a League race - see separate report) was the 10 mile March Hare race from Burton on Sunday 11 March. Our chairman, Dave Parsons, ran in the 10 mile race, finishing 18th (out of over 100 finishers) in 1.14.08, Dave's best 10 mile time for a year or two, and won him the prize for the first 060. Well done!

Southbourne Flat & Fast 10k - 11 March 2012

Despite numerous events this weekend, six BAC athletes competed in the Southbourne 10k race on Sunday 11 March, an event in which there were 293 finishers, a creditable number considering the competing races the same day. Particular congratulations to Duncan Wells on finishing third.

Results (BAC):
3. Duncan Wells 36.33; 12. Jud Kirk 39.00; 39. Simon Hearn 42.49; 70. Joe Price 46.17; 129. Chris Chatfield 51.12; 212. Will Price 56.46.

Bath Half Marathon - 11 March 2012

Rob McTaggart, BAC's sole representative in the Bath Half Marathon on Sunday 11 March, cannot have been too happy with his 380th position and time of 1.28.38. We all know that Rob is capable of better than this!

Dambuster Duathlon - 11 March 2012

One BAC athlete who must have been very happy with his performance this weekend is Phil Mosley, who is no less than a National Champion. Phil won the Dambuster Duathlon, at Rutland Water, Leicestershire, on Sunday 11 March 2012. The event consisted of a 10k run, 42k bike and 5k run, and incorporates the BTF National Duathlon Championship, and the ITU World Duathlon Championships qualifier. Phil's time of 1.54.13 brought him home first of no fewer than 600 finishers, to be crowned National Duathlon Champion for 2012. Many congratulations!

Received 5th March 2012

Boscombe Pier 5k Winter Series - 2 March 2012

In the final race of the Winter Series, from Boscombe Pier on the evening of Friday, 2 March, Karl Welch led the contingent of 6 BAC athletes taking part.

Results (BAC):
9. Karl Welch 17.11; 17. Corrie Norton 17.53; 31. Oliver Teenan 18.58; 46. Simon Hunt 19.31; 83. Joe Price 21.41; 102. Janet Dickinson 22.46. There were 158 finishers.

Congratulations to Janet Dickinson, who, over the entire series, won the prize for the F40 - 44 runner up, and to Simon Hunt, M55 - 59 runner up.

Received 14th February 2012

Bramley 20 mile (and 10 mile) - 12 February 2012

For the second year running, BAC's team were winners at the Bramley 20 mile race on Sunday 12th February. Congratulations to Ian Habgood, 2nd out of 740 finishers, in a superb time of 1.50.07, Steve Way, 4th in 1.53.33, Jacek Cieluszecki (who had competed in the Hampshire Cross Country League at Salisbury the previous day), 24th in 2.03.45 and Graeme Miller, 55th in 2.10.39. Congratulations also to Janie Chapman who, having achieved a half marathon PB a week ago, again ran a PB in the 10 mile race, finishing 31st (2nd lady) from 466 finishers in 1.05.02.

Meon Valley Plod - 12 February 2012

Having run the previous day at Salisbury in the Hampshire Cross Country League, Andy Gillespie took on the challenge of the Meon Valley Plod, a 21 mile mostly off-road race in Hampshire, on Sunday 12 February. What better than to quote what Andy has to say about the race: "Mostly for the first two hours it was bitterly cold, like most places I suppose, but really hard and icy under foot. They had a bit more snow down that way than we had in Salisbury and it was still present where ever the sun hadn't reached. It did warm up after a while and then became very sticky and slippery. Butser Hill was a nightmare and I had to grip the fence most of the way up. Still, a great run, 21 miles in all in 3.35.05, 102nd out of 255 that finished. I believe there was a fair few that did not. I go on my overall pace to determine if I have done better or worse than previous years, I was 16 seconds per mile quicker than last year, in tougher conditions, so the BAC training is still working!"

Received 7th February 2012

Chichester Priory 10k - 5 February 2012

Those who follow BAC on Twitter will know that, last year, the winning team's aggregate time in the Chichester Priory 10k was 97.18; that the BAC team's aggregate time this year, on Sunday 5 February was 96.32; and that, despite what would have been a winning time last year, this year the BAC team was fifth. This is still an excellent result in a quality (and popular, there were 1435 finishers) race which attracts elite athletes from a very wide area. Ian Habgood led the BAC trio home, in 17th place in a PB time of 31.32, in 25th place was Rob McTaggart (32.14), and a few seconds later, 31st, was Jon Sharkey in 32.42.

Boscombe Pier 5k Winter Series

Just to catch up on the BAC results in the preceding two races of this series, organised by Poole Runners:

Friday 20 January 2012 - 38. Simon Hunt 19.51; 44. Joe Price 20.26; 111. Janet Dickinson 23.38; 115. Tim Hughes 23.57; 153. Will Price 27.22.
Friday 3 February 2012 - 29. Simon Hunt 19.34; 36. Joe Price 20.05; 81. Janet Dickinson 22.30; 117. Will Price 26.31.

It's encouraging to see those times coming down!

Received 26th January 2012

Dorney Lake 10k - 22 January 2012

As Steve Way was flying the BAC flag in Gloucester on Sunday 22 January, at the same time the flag was being flown by Janie Chapman in the 'Maxifuel' 10k at Dorney Lake, Windsor. Like Steve, Janie also had an excellent run, finishing 5th in a field of 143, and 1st lady overall, in a time of 41.59.

Received 25th January 2012

Gloucester 50k - 22 January 2012

Steve Way continued his training for the London Marathon by competing in the Gloucester 50k on Sunday 22 January 2012, in which Steve was second in a time of 3.01.43. To put this into perspective, 50k is 31.0685 miles!