Young athletes perform well

It was a busy weekend for Biggleswade Athletic Club’s younger athletes, with the Youth Development League and Eastern Young Athletes Leagues kicking off the track and field season in tandem.

Competition was tough for the under 17 and under 20 squad who had travelled to Horspath, near Oxford, for the Youth Development League match on Saturday 18th April – although they were competing under the ‘Team Bedfordshire’ banner the majority of the athletes were from Biggleswade AC. The distance, however, did not stifle their unstinting enthusiasm as they all produced outstanding performances culminating in a scoresheet of new personal or season’s best results.

For the younger members it was a cold and windy Sunday for their first match of the Eastern Young Athletics League 2015 held at Bedford International Athletic Stadium on 19th April.

A strong squad of youngsters from Biggleswade Athletic Club were ready to do battle against six other clubs. Within the team there were a number of athletes new to competition – Tia Adams, Valerie Snowball, Janice Amber, Katie Leenderts, Rachel Gibb, Abby Keagan, Callum Stokes, Nathan Hardy, Elliot Swinburne, Ethan Ovenden, Irene Kricks, Imogen Sawyer, Caitlin Allen, Jessica Pennington, Ethan Ovenden and Sam Whinney – and they all delivered amazing, gutsy performances producing many personal best results.

The remainder of the squad was made up of regular contributors – Georgia Smith, Jessica Cooke, Emily Day, Jordan Bircumshaw, Pamina Kricks, Morgan Webster, Callum Dickson Earle, Cybil Leobana, Bradley Strong, Cameron and Tristan Rayner, Daniel Hemming, Tom Whinney, Nathan Dodds and Owen Wathen.

Jessica Cooke had a great 100m sprint finish in her 800m, as did Tom Whinney in his 800m. Katie Leenderts cleared every hurdle in her first ever hurdle competition and Callum Dickson Earle achieved the qualifying time for All English Schools in the 100m hurdles. Imogen Sawyer and Rachel Gibb were joined by Leonie Brumming in the high jump competition with the three girls each producing excellent performances.

Team Manager, Mandie Trudgill, was absolutely thrilled with the team’s efforts and would like to thank many of the parents and supporters who helped with officiating duties that day.

Dan Steel was back in action again, this time gaining more competition experience at the Watford Open Graded Meeting on Wednesday 22nd April. And it was another new personal best performance (and 1st place), this time in the 400m. Dan also succeeded in claiming 2nd place in the high jump but missed out on a new PB.

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