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.