8th and 9th place for Biggleswade AC relay teams

It was a busy weekend for Biggleswade AC’s road runners, especially for Giles Hawthorne who competed in the Marston Forest 5K on the Friday as well as running the stage 3 of the Greensand Ridge Relay on Saturday.

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Biggleswade AC girls get down and dirty, all for a good cause

A small group of Biggleswade AC ladies were completely outside of their comfort zone as they participated in the Race for Life Pretty Muddy at Bedford – a 5K, obstacle-scattered, off road course with, you guessed it, lots of mud!

The BAGs (Biggleswade Athletic Girls), wearing dressing gowns and shower caps, clambered enthusiastically over the inflatable hurdles, charged through muddy puddles, crawled through large tubes and under cargo nets, finishing with a carefully choreographed, team descent down a slide and into a bath of thick mud.

The team embraced the mud and thoroughly enjoyed the challenge, and have vowed to do this again next year. A huge thank you to all those who sponsored us … over £300 was raised for Cancer Research.

The BAGs are (left to right) Rachel Kenyon, Julia Mackay, Deb Bryant, Millie Bryant, Joanne Ellary and Georgia Barker.

The BAGs, before …
… and after!

Biggleswade AC Athletes are winners

Fi Wynde and Julie Balaam at Barton 10K 2015
Fi Wynde and Julie Balaam with their awards

It’s been a while but Biggleswade AC’s two senior lady trail/fell runners were back in action at the weekend in the Barton 10K trail race.  Fi Hunter-Wynde and Julie Balaam (pictured left) finished in 3rd and 4th place respectively, with Fi also receiving a trophy for being the first Lady Vet 35.

There were also some other notable achievements by Biggleswade AC members last weekend:

  • Daniel Hemming won the Cambridge Junior parkrun;
  • Paul Davies, Lainey Stead and Pete Howell all achieved new personal best times at the Peterborough and Wimpole parkruns; and,
  • though not competing for Biggleswade AC on this occasion, Ryan Smith won the St Neots Sprint Triathlon for his ‘other’ club, the Army Triathlon Association.

Reports from recent Southern Athletics League, Eastern Veterans Athletic League and British Athletics League matches

Not even blustery showers could dampen Biggleswade Athletic Club spirits as they hosted the second match in the 2015 Southern Athletic League on Sunday 31st May.

The team were full to brimming with enthusiastic, talented competitors both young and old.  And it showed in the results.  Nearly every member of the team achieved a new personal or season’s best result and the ladies did exceptionally well notching up 18 wins which, added to the men’s 10 wins, made for a very successful day for the team.

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Louis Dunderdale in the triple jump

New member Louis Dunderdale (pictured left) scored some valuable points for the team coming first in the hammer and javelin, as well as good positions in the long jump, shot put and discus.  Dan Steel managed a podium finish in the pole vault and triple jump competitions along with team mate, Cybil Laobena, who also gained a new personal best result in the pole vault (B string).  Tom Boggon was delighted with his win, and new personal best time, in the 400m (A string) with Connor Trudgill winning the B string race in the 400m.  Adam Murphy and John Frost had finished 1st and 2nd in the 1500m with Nick Haworth also winning the 3000m.

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John Frost, Marcus Davey, Adam Murphy and Paul Davies do battle in the 1500m

But the stars of the day surely must be the ladies team, with further wins on the track in the 100m, 200m, 400m, 800m, 3000m and the 100m hurdles, for Sarah Ridley, Laura Satahoo, Francesca Riley, Katie Miles, Lucy Masdin, Isobel Everest and Hannah Ridley.  Then in the field events Hannah, Laura, Francesca, Sarah along with team mates Rebecca Lee and Sandra Ingham, notched up yet more wins in the high jump, long jump, shot put, discus, hammer and javelin.

The final events of the day were the track relays (4 x 100m and 4 x 400m).  The competition in the men’s 4 x 100m race was very tough indeed and Biggleswade AC fought hard and held on to finish in 3rd place (the difference in time between the first and last team was less than a second so a very close fought race indeed).  The ladies, however, won their 4 x 100m race with ease, crossing the finish line more than 10 secs ahead of the rest of the field.  More valuable points for the team.

SAL 31 May - Tom Boggon 400m

At the end of the day Biggleswade AC has scored an amazing 273pts moving them up to 11th place in the league.

The next match is at Battersea on Saturday 20th June so let’s hope we have the same turn out that we did for our home match.

Biggleswade AC’s veteran athletes (those over the age of 35) competed at the prestigious Bedford International Athletic Stadium on the evening of Wednesday 3rd June, in the Eastern Veterans Athletic League.

It was a smaller than usual team of just five ladies and seven men who took on a variety of track and field events.  John Haines won his 400m race and came 2nd in the 1500m, with sprint coach, David Brown, finishing 4th and 3rd, respectively, in the 100m and 400m.  Racewalker, Robin Wynde, narrowly missed out on getting under 10 minutes in the 1 mile walk.

For the ladies, Lindsay Lister had superb runs in her 400m and 1500m races resulting in 2nd place positions in both.  Her coach, Zoe Luscombe, managed a very respectable 3rd place in her 400m race.  Sandra Ingham finished 1st in her javelin competition and 2nd in the discus. Whilst newcomers, Joanne Ellary and Julia Mackay, having only been throwing the discus and javelin for just a couple of weeks prior to this event, attained new personal best throws.

It was a busy week for Biggleswade AC athletes at the Bedford International Athletic Stadium.  Dan Steel, competing this time at the British Athletic League match on Saturday 6th June, managed new season’s best times in the 100m hurdles and the triple jump.

Report from a wet and windy Edinburgh

Husband and wife team, Richard and Georgia Barker, took part in the Edinburgh half marathon last weekend.  Undaunted by the weather forecasters prediction of strong winds and heavy rain they headed to the start on the Sunday morning; Georgia rather fetchingly dressed in a black bin bag to avoid getting soaked too soon into the race.  They both crossed the finish line together in a time of 1 hour 57 mins 31secs , equalling Georgia’s personal best time for a half marathon.
Georgia Barker EHM2015 Georgia and Richard Barker EHM2015