Lincroft and Holywell battle it out at cross-country relays

Beds Schools XC Relays 2015
The calm before the storm

Last Wednesday (18th March) Biggleswade AC hosted the annual Bedfordshire Schools Cross Country Relays at Rowney Warren, near Chicksands.

A total of 6 schools from the local area participated in the event with just over 100 school children competing in the relays, and a huge welcome to Etonbury Academy and Rushmoor School who were competing for the first time at the event. Continue reading

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New Club Records for Steel, Everest and Nayler

More Biggleswade Athletic Club records fell last weekend as Dan Steel broke the indoor club record in both the long jump and the shot put at the Brunel University Jump and Throws Festival and Isobel Everest claimed a new ladies 20 mile club record at the Wymondham 20.

Competing on Saturday, it was Dan’s first time over 6 metres in the long jump, so a new indoor personal best distance as well as a new indoor club record.  His record breaking score in the shot put, as well as a good solid performance in the high jump, made for an excellent end to the indoor season.

Meanwhile, in windy conditions and on an undulating course, Isobel ran a controlled race at Wymondham to finish ahead of coach and fellow runner, Paul Davies, in a new ladies 20 mile club record time of 2 hrs 23 mins 24 secs, as well as being the 1st in the FV40 age category and 3rd lady overall.

And yet more success for Biggleswade AC in the Leighton 10K as Juliet Nayler crossed the finish line in a time of 39 mins 50 secs (2 mins ahead of her nearest rival), to win the prize for being 1st lady.

Euan captain’s England team at indoor international

It was another first for Biggleswade Athletic Club as Euan DiEuan Welsh Athletics Indoor International 8-3-2015ckson-Earle was given the honour of captaining the England Athletics junior team at the Welsh Athletics Indoor International in Cardiff on Sunday 8th March.

Not only did he lead the England team to victory over Wales, but he also comfortably won the gold medal in the 60m hurdles.  It is also the captain’s privilege to run a leg of the men’s 4 x 200m relay, which he duly did, aiding the team to yet another win.

More records tumble for Biggleswade AC junior girls

It was a busy weekend for Biggleswade Athletic Club, with members competing in an assortment of venues and locations.

Junior members, Georgia Smith, Sophie Forbes-Laird and Emily Day competed in the Lee Valley Minithon on Saturday 28th February.  Georgia broke the club records in the 60m and 200m (under 13 girls) and Sophie broke the under 11 girls club records for the 60m and long jump.  Spurred on by her clubmates, Emily recorded a new personal best time in the under 13 girls 200m.

The club was also very privileged to have three of its junior members representing Bedfordshire in the British Athletics Inter Counties Cross Country Championships at Cofton Park in Birmingham on Saturday.  Hannah Ridley ran a storming race to finish in 78th position in the extremely tough, under 20 women’s event, with Jessica Cooke and Ferdinand Kricks both competing in their individual age group races.

Last weekend finally heralded the arrival of spring, with a number of long distance events scheduled to coincide with training for the London Marathon.

Paul Davies and Giles Hawthorne headed to Kent for the first ever staging of the Lydd 20; a 20 mile race around the country lanes to the north of Lydd, in the picturesque area of Romney Marsh.  Paul finished in 11th place in a time of 2 hours 7 minutes 4 seconds, narrowly missing the club record by 21 seconds, and Giles, having struggled at 16 miles, managed to keep going finishing in just under 2½ hours.

There were also Biggleswade AC members competing in the Milton Keynes Festival of Running 20 mile and half marathon races at the weekend.  Elaine Stead, who is training for the Brighton Marathon, tackled the 20 mile race, with Juliet Grimwood and Marc Deans giving the half marathon course a go.

EUAN IS ENGLISH NATIONAL CHAMPION

Euan Dickson-Earle, became the U20 national champion in the 60m hurdles, last weekend.  Competing in the England Athletics Indoor Championships in Sheffield, Euan breezed through his heat, and was favourite to win going into the final later that afternoon.  And he didn’t disappoint, finishing first with a new season’s best time of 7.82 seconds.  Euan now represents England at the Welsh Athletics International in Cardiff next week: At the same event, two years ago, he finished 3rd, last year he finished 2nd, so the whole club are hoping he brings home the gold this year.

Younger brother, Callum, also did well in Sheffield, making it into the final of the U17 60m hurdles.  Sadly it wasn’t to be a Dickson-Earle double but he did manage a new personal best time of 8.42 seconds.

Euan and Callum English National Champion 2015
Euan (right) with younger brother Callum

Race report for w/e Sunday 1st March 2015

John Haines and Isobel Everest
Trophy winners John Haines and Isobel Everest

There was an abundance of personal best times, as well as a couple of trophies, from four senior Biggleswade AC athletes who travelled down to Battersea Park in the early hours of Saturday morning to take part in the Self-Transcendence 10 Mile race.  Despite the strong winds, and a temperamental car, Isobel Everest, Paul Cooke and Paul Davies all managed new PBs with John Haines also breaking the club record for his age category.  John and Isobel also received trophies for being 2nd Veteran Male and 1st Senior Lady athletes, respectively.

Results:
Paul Davies 58.47 PB
Paul Cooke 64.50 PB
Isobel Everest 67.24 PB 1st Senior Lady
John Haines 68.20 CR 2nd Vet Male

It was also a good outing for junior member, Daniel Hemming, as he finished in 4th place at the Cambridge Junior parkrun on Sunday and senior athlete, Lindsay Lister, competed in the 400m at the England Athletic Masters Inter-Area Track & Field Challenge held at the Lee Valley Athletics Centre.  In a very competitive field, Lindsay finished in an amazing 4th place in the W35 category race, in a time of 69.49.