Welcome to Basingstoke
& Mid Hants Athletic Club
Congratulations to our club representatives at the Hampshire Sports Awards.
The following were all award winners in their categories:
Bradley Sutton Young Sportsman of the year
Steve Snodden Official of the year and
Ian Byett Services to Sport Award in his 50th Year involved with athletics.
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With three big races in the Area, the Road Runners had plenty of opportunity to compete over the weekend, with something like 60 of the Clubs runners in action there was some great results from both the Men and Women of the Club.
Best result came from Alex Hamilton who finished 7th in the Fleet Half Marathon and in the process claimed the 1st Veteran 40 award in a time of 1 Hour 12 mins 47 secs, just 19 secs outside the Club record. Karl Westhead was next Basingstoke athlete home finishing 49th in 1.18.36 while Rebecca Sleap was the Clubs 1st Lady to finish recording 1.29.58 in 278th while 17 year old Ollie Thomas recorded 1.39.46. with 2444 finishing.
At Eastleigh Dave Ragan placed 8th in the B&Q 10K, recording a fast 31m 26s for a great result, while over at Reading, Dave Meacock led the Clubs runners home placing 62nd in a time of 1.10.21, Chris Burghs was next to finish for BMHAC in 377th in a time of 1.22.45 while Krissy Lloyd was our 1st Lady home placing 675th of the many thousand running, finishing in 1.29.36.
Report by Ian Byett
Basingstoke Red Nose Runners raise over £300 for Comic Relief
Despite the cold conditions, everyone entered into the spirit of the event and had a great afternoon.
Basingstoke & Mid Hants Athletics Club organised a fun afternoon at Down Grange on Saturday (14th) March in aid of Red Nose Day. 52 athletes of all ages arrived at the Down Grange track in fancy dress to compete in a 4x400m relay race, over obstacles. With friends and family looking on, the athletes made their way around the 400m track ducking under hurdles, skipping over barriers, weaving around cones and throwing bean bags, raising over £300 in the process.
The Hair Bear Bunch: William Parkinson, Bradley White, William Jones and Reece Newell completed the course in the fastest time. Daniella Nash and Libby French won the ‘Best Dressed’ award and Kelly French, dressed as Snoopy, won the award for the ‘Funniest Moment’; completing the course with the relay wig balanced on Snoopy’s nose.
Lisa Hill, who organised the event, expressed her delight at the number of people who turnout out in support “I was hoping for a few to turn out as it was just an 'off the cuff' idea for a good cause but more than just a few turned up!!! I’m grateful to all those who took part, to the parents and officials who helped on the day and to the Party Workshop for their sponsorship”.
National ISA (Independent Schools) XC Championships 2015
On Friday 6th Feb two of our u11 boys: William Parkinson and Alexander Campbell, qualified for the Independent Schools National Cross Country Championships held at Princethorpe College, Rugby. The boys came in 1st and 3rd respectively at the regional trials, William 12 seconds in front of the 2nd place athlete.
The National Event, with its challenging hill start took its toll, however both William and Alex worked hard, coming home in 5th and 7th in very quick times which would have earned them 2nd and 3rd place in last year race. Well done to them both for contributing to London West region taking 1st in the U12 boys category.
National Cross Country Championships
Ian Byett crowned his year as ECCA President as ‘master of ceremonies’ of the National Cross Country Championships at Parliament Hill Fields on 21st February 2015. The venue has become the traditional home of cross country in England though it was the (then separate) women’s championships that were first held there in 1950. Accordingly, Ian invited past female winners of the National to be presented with a commemorative paperweight.
Nine past winners attended:
- Diane Leather (1953-56; first women to run a five minute mile)
- Pamela Davies (1965-68)
- Joyce Smith (1973; first female winner of the London Marathon)
- Glynis Penny (1977)
- Ruth Smeeth (1980; Ruth’s daughter is this year’s winner – the first time mother and daughter have won the National)
- Paula Fudge (1982)
- Alison Wyeth (1996)
- Angela Newport (1999; BMHAC’s only winner, so far!)
- Birhan Dagne (2004).
After his Presidential year finishes in May, it’s back to the ‘day job’ as ECCA Hon Secretary!
Basingstoke Results 2015
BMHAC runners ran very well this year in difficult, slippery, conditions:
- Brendan O’Connor 34th
- Luca Chiossone 141st
- Dave Ragan 94th
- Andrew Cackett 227th
- Ashley Cox 671st
- Martin Broderick 785th
- Mark Bevan 1175th
- Mark Slaney 1406th
- Tim Fowler 1500th
- Martin Goodwin 1561st
- Ian Smith 1912
BMHAC finished 52nd team
Under 13 Boys
Under 15 Boys
Under 15 Girls
- Rebecca Poole 54th
- Charlotte Hobbs 333rd
Under 17 Men
- James Beeks 111th
- Dylan Bardell 189th
- Oliver Thomas 258th
Ken Littlejohns was Chief Timekeeper for the first time, ably assisted by Wendy.
Come and have some fun at the track on Rednose day
Saturday 14 March at 2pm
Get a few friends together and enter a team or you can just sponsor the event.
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The Club welcomes all participants both
young and old and is always on the lookout for the new
talent of the future. So if you would like to get involved
in an active sport or think you have what it
takes to be a
future champion come and join us.
The main club training sessions are every Tuesday and
Thursday evening from 6.30pm to 7.30pm
at the Down Grange
track. Click here for more
The competetion last year was tough but the senior men's
team find themselves back in Division 1
of the British Athletics League (BAL)
The club has a well established coaching
team and boasts some international athletes competing
their country. It also has a number of nationally
recognized officials who you will see at a number
local and national meetings making sure all goes smoothly.