Sandy track resurfacing – days six to 13

Club chairman Damien Pitts writes …

Day six – 4 March 2017

The shot put circle has now been completely dug out and four sections of the tarmac path on the outside of the track have now been dug up. No further sections of the path are due to be dug up.

A big thank you to the few that came down this morning to help move the pole vault and high jump beds – who knew sponges could be so heavy!

 

Day eight – 8 March 2017

The steeplechase water jump passed its initial inspection last week for any leaks.

The grass on the inside of the track has started to be cleared away from the track, as well as the grass on the outside edge of the tarmac path that runs around the outside of the track. A pressure washer has started to be used on the tarmac path as well.

The long jump pit has now been empted of sand and is ready for inspection.
The shot putt throwing area has now been dug out and the boarding is started to be around the outside edge of the throwing area.

Day 10 – 10 March 2017

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All of the soil from the shot put throwing area has now been removed and the base layer has now been installed.

Work has also continued on the clearing of the concrete curbing on the inside of the track with a pressure washer and the grass on the outside edge of the tarmac path that runs around the outside of the track continues to be cleared away.

Day 13 – 15 March 2017

The base layer of the shot put throwing area has been added to and the edging for the throwing area has now been put in place.

The tarmac path areas that were dug out, have now been resurfaced.

The long jump pit has been inspected and some of the edging needs to be replaced, this will be dug out shortly.

Baton changes aplenty at Schools Cross-Country relays

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On 1 March BAC organised the 20th running of the Schools Cross-Country Relays in Chicksands. On a busy day at Rowney Warren, 196 children from eight schools took part, as teams of three across years 5-8 took turns to run 1km legs on heavy terrain.

Lincroft took the honours in three of the four categories – the boys’ race for years 5 & 6, and both boys’ and girls’ categories for years 7 & 8. In the latter race the school showed tremendous strength in depth, as a second Lincroft trio took third place. Max Reeves (boys’ years 5 & 6) and schoolmate Tristan Cook (years 7 & 8) recorded the fastest legs in their categories, with Cook’s storming leg of 3min 32sec the fastest of the day.

In the girls’ years 5 & 6 category, Etonbury Academy emerged victorious, with first leg runner Harriet Wall running the quickest leg. Etonbury added to this with second place in the boys’ years 5 & 6.

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Top three placings also went to Alameda Middle School (third, boys’ years 5 & 6; second, girls’ years 5 & 6), St Andrews (third, girls’ years 5 & 6), Rushmoor and Holywell (second and third respectively, boys’ years 7 & 8) and Robert Bloomfield Academy (second, girls’ years 7 & 8). Libby Holmes, taking the baton home for Robert Bloomfield in the latter race, stormed round in a category-leading time.

Congratulations also to runners from Alban Church of England Academy, who came fourth in the girls’ years 5 & 6 race and fifth in the equivalent for years’ 7 & 8. For the first time in the event’s history, the 2018 races look set to include categories for school years 3 & 4, with changes to the distances involved also under consideration.

David Brown’s Diamond League date

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Biggleswade Athletic Club stalwart David Brown has been appointed as an official for this year’s Anniversary Games at London’s Olympic Stadium.

A talented athlete in his own right, and latterly a massively respected official, David’s efforts are now rewarded on the grandest stage, which played host to London 2012. The Diamond League event on 7 July acts as a curtain-raiser for this year’s World Championships, which take place at the venue in August, and it always attracts many of the world’s best, with last year’s attractions including Usain Bolt, Jessica Ennis-Hill and Mo Farah.

Of David’s appointment, BAC chairman Damien Pitts said: “He has given up a lot of his free time over quite a few years to provide coaching to our athletes, to organise events on the club’s behalf and to help us to affiliate with other clubs. David deserves this and I really hope he enjoys the opportunity.”

At February’s AGM both David and the club’s officials coordinator Sonia Edwards emphasised the need for more members to start down the path to qualification, in order to ensure smooth running at track events and ensure records set at club-run meetings are ratified. For more information, contact Sonia on coaching@biggleswadeac.org.uk.

The wading game: MK Festival of Running race report

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Neil Harvey writes …

Woke up for the Milton Keynes Festival Of Running to rain, and temperatures of five degrees. I still wasn’t 100% after virus and injury. However, as runners do … I still went ahead.

We had a decent turnout with myself and John Stott hitting the 20 miler and the rest of the guys – Philip Housden, Malcolm Steward, Rachel Hallam Stott, Corinne Calligan, Helen Steward and Vikki Vowles – opting for the 10k (sensible people).

I was happy with my time (3 hrs 8mins 21secs) given my injuries – only four minutes outside last year and if not for a tight hamstring at 17.5 i would definitely have broke three hours. Never mind – there is always Oakley …

John running in his first 20 miler posted a terrific time so well done – I’d predicted 2.5 for him so was not far out as finished in 2:28.39.

In the 10k, Phil (47min 13sec) posted a great time, as did Malcolm (50:13) – well done to both. Rachel finished in 1:02.52, closely following by Corinne (1:04.21), Helen (1:06.10) and Vikki (1:14.36). Brilliant times ladies, and even better is knowing that all bar Phil came through the first Couch to 5k programme last year …WOW. It only seems like yesterday that I ran round the park with Helen on 5K passing out day in Bedford last year – great progress, keep it going!

The conditions were awful (rain/wind/temperature/hail) and very challenging, as anyone who has run MK regularly know it’s also far from flat.

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Oh, also forgot to mention the LAKE – yes, LAKE – under the underpass at about three miles. It left everyone soaking for the rest of the race.

The race was again well organised with water stations and marshals everywhere, plenty of parking. While not the easiest of races i will certainly be back next year. I would strongly recommend this race as part of London Marathon training –  it is challenging but because of this I would say the 20 miles is equivalent to a flat 22.5 miles.