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.
Less than 90 seconds separated the Biggeswade AC ‘A’ team ‘Where do we go?’ from the Biggleswade AC over 60’s team, the ‘Old Gits’ at the end of the 35 mile Greensand Ridge Relay. The ‘A’ team, made up from the club’s top male and female runners, picked up 2nd place in the ‘mixed’ category with an overall time of 3h 57m 57s and were the 8th team to finish on handicap.
The event, which sets the ‘older’ runners off first using a handicap system, meant that Biggleswade AC ‘Old Gits’ team had a 50 minute start on the ‘A’ squad, and after particularly fine runs by oldies John Haynes, Phil Housden and Ian Skerratt, the team were only overhauled in the last mile, with the ‘Old Gits’ finishing in 9th place out of the 43 teams that started the race.
Biggleswade AC also had a third team competing (team name ‘Are we there yet?’) and they did well to finish in just under 5 hours. Paul Davies had a particularly busy day running stage 3 for the ‘A’ squad and the final leg for the ‘Are we there yet?’ team.
The event, organised by the South Midlands Orienteering Club, starts in Linslade, south of Leighton Buzzard, and follows the Greensand Ridge Way to the finish in Northill. Six runners make up a team and the stages range from 4.5 miles to 9 miles.
Another busy athlete, last weekend, was Andy Hedley who participated in the Colworth Marathon Challenge: A series of three races (5 miles on the Friday evening, 8.1 miles on the Saturday morning and a half marathon on the Sunday morning) totalling 26.2 miles. Supported by other members of Biggleswade AC, Andy completed his ‘challenge’ in 4 hours 3 mins 16 secs.