Deb Bryant and Craig Brown crowned club 5K champions

Craig B DA5K 2nd Male
Craig Brown with his 2nd place trophy

It was an outstanding evening for Biggleswade AC at the Doug Anderson 5K, at a very busy Bedford park, on Wednesday 22nd July – this particular event being the club’s 5K championship race so is very popular among our senior members.
Dark clouds were gathering in the early evening sky, as the 300 runners assembled at the start. At the front of this group were Biggleswade athletes, Craig Brown, Paul Davies and Paul Cooke, hoping for an advantageous start.
Just over half way into the race and Craig was making progress, moving from 3rd position up into 2nd, and just about a minute behind him were the two Pauls.
Two and a half laps of Bedford park and it was all over: Craig succeeded in remaining in 2nd place, and with Paul Davies finishing 21st and Paul Cooke in 22nd place the boys were awarded the trophy for being 3rd men’s team. Craig also received the prestigious accolade of being named the men’s club champion for 5K, and Paul Davies was the 2nd male in the V45 age category.
The first lady to cross the finish line, was Deb Bryant; Deb was also crowned the ladies 5K champion as well as being the 2nd lady in the FV45 age category.
Chris Addams also finished 3rd in his age category.
There were also new personal best times for Delphine Hawthorne, Ian Grimwood, Juliet Grimwood and Claire Smyth.

Dickson-Earle narrowly misses out on place in final

Another busy week for the track and field athletes at Biggleswade AC has resulted in a string of victories, personal bests and season’s best marks, and saw one Biggleswade athlete represent his county in national competition.
Callum Dickson-Earle travelled to Gateshead to compete in the English Schools’ Athletic Association Schools Track & Field Championships. Representing Bedfordshire in the 100m hurdles, Callum was unfortunate to be drawn in a tricky heat and had a strong following wind to contend with – always difficult for the hurdlers. He came fifth in 14.16sec, but with only the first three from each heat and four fastest losers progressing to the next round, missed out on qualification.
Meanwhile, in the fourth round of the Southern Athletics League, Biggleswade – competing in Division 3 North East – travelled to London’s Parliament Hill to compete against Heathside, Dacorum & Tring, Ilford, Newham And Essex Beagles and Mornington Chasers.
On the track Ethan Metcalfe doubled up in the short sprints, taking second place in the men’s 100m A race in a season’s best time of 11.5sec, but going one better in the 200m to win in 22.2sec – another season’s best. Tom Boggon won the 400m A race in 52.2sec, while Morgan Webster took second place in the B string race to add to his fourth place in the 200m B race. Webster also bagged a personal best in coming second in the B string high jump.
Also among the Biggleswade winners on the day were Cybil Laobena, who raced to a PB in the men’s 110m hurdles A race. Cybil later added a PB in coming third in the 400m hurdles. Josh Watson – seemingly in competition with Dan Steele to see who could do the most events on the day – won both the 110m hurdles B race and the A string high jump, and gained a PB in the hammer. Laura Satahoo also enjoyed a busy meeting, winning the women’s B javelin competition, and added a PB in finishing runner-up in the 200m B race.
Elsewhere yet more PBs were tumbling, with best-ever marks from Frankie Riley (second in the 400m), Josh Watson (in both 800m and 3000m) on the track. In the field Steele capped his fruitful day with a PB in the discus, while Alex Ingham’s 12.72m took second in a high quality triple jump competition.
In addition, there were season’s bests for John Haines (100m and 400m), David Lee (800m, long jump and triple jump), Richard Bevan (1500m), Paul Davies (3000m), Bradley Strong (long jump), Andy Lee (shot put) and Sandra Ingham (discus, hammer and javelin). These good performances however were not quite enough to move the club up the table and they in fact dropped one place to 14th out of the 21 clubs.
Meanwhile, in the Eastern Veteran Athletics Club 10,000m Championships which took place at Sandy, Biggleswade AC’s Chris Addams took a brilliant first place in the V55M rankings with a strong run of 44:01.14sec.

Double Gold for Ingham at Eastern Champs

A busy track and field period for Biggleswade AC in trying weather conditions has seen fine performances across all age groups, with athletes excelling in their own disciplines as well as going the extra mile in less familiar events to help the club’s cause.

On Saturday 27th June, seven athletes from the club took part in the Eastern Championships at Cambridge and helped themselves to considerable haul of medals. Alex Ingham led the way with two gold medals, winning both the under-20 men’s javelin and triple jump. Frankie Riley took silver in the under-20 women’s 200m, taking a whopping 0.5sec off her personal best, and just missed out on a medal in the 100m, finishing fourth but with another PB. Morgan Webster earned himself two bronze medals in the under-17 men’s 100m and 200m while Tom Boggon got a silver medal in the men’s under-20 400m.

Sandra Ingham just missed out on a medal, finishing fourth in the senior women’s javelin and shot put events. Laura Satahoo ran a PB in the under-20 women’s 200m and just missed out on a medal, finishing in fourth position. Bradley Strong ran close to his PBs in the men’s under-17 100m and 200m but failed to make the either of the finals.

The following day saw the club’s under-17 and under-20 athletes combine with Luton and Leighton Buzzard to form a Bedfordshire composite team, competing in the Youth Development League third round match at Aldershot. There were some superb performances on display with a number of personal bests and season bests. On the track Hannah Phillips ran a PB in both the under-17 women’s 300m and 300m hurdles, while Cybil Laobena ran a PB in the under-17 men’s 400m hurdles. Morgan Webster competed in both the 200m and 400m, running a PB in the latter. There were season’s best times for Ethan Metcalfe (U20 men’s 100m), Satahoo (U20 women’s 100m), Eleanor James (U20 women’s 100m) and David Lee (U20 men’s 800m).

The field events saw athletes competing in unfamiliar events – in some case for the first time – to help earn the team some valuable extra points. Phillips and Laobena jumped PBs in the pole vault, Ingham bagged a PB in the under-20 men’s triple jump while Christopher Forster threw a PB in the under-20 men’s discus. Connor Trudgill and Bradley Strong both took on the hammer for the first time in the U20 and U17 respective age groups.

It was a tremendous team effort that saw them finish in fourth position out of the seven teams and also move off the bottom of the league table.

On Wednesday 1 July, BAC hosted the third match in the Eastern Veteran Athletics Club Track & Field league at Sandy track. On a scorching evening, with temperatures around 30C, a depleted team put in some fine performances to earn valuable points.

On the track, Julia Mackay had the statisticians scrabbling for the club record lists with a superb performance in the women’s 1km walk A race. With athletes all around being warned for lifting in the home straight, she kept a calm head to help herself to a personal best. In the men’s A race, Arthur Thomson, 79, narrowly missed out on second place to an athlete 31 years his junior but held on to a very creditable third. Just behind Thomson on time, Robin Wynde went two better in the B string rankings to take first spot, and later added fifth spot in the V50-59 shot put.

In the women’s V50-59 400m, Lindsay Lister battled hard for the lead with a strong first half of the race but despite being caught kept her form to take an excellent second place. In the male equivalent, David Brown – officiating at the meeting on the night – quickly changed into a club vest and blasted out of the blocks to lead the runners out. He led into 200m and kept his composure to take third spot.

Ian Skerratt competed in five events on the night, taking third place in the men’s V60+ long jump, and showed his range to take fourth places in both the 100m and the mile. Chris Addams joined him in the latter, and took fifth place in the men’s V50-59 rankings.

In the field, Joanne Ellary took third in the women’s V35-49 hammer and fourth in the shot, while Ingham – just four days after her exertions in Cambridge – took fourth and third respectively in the V50-59 equivalents.
Stuart Goodwin, competing the night after his first 10k road race of the season in Milton Keynes, earned points in the men’s V35-49 shot, 100m and 400m, and went close to his long jump personal best, set 22 years ago, in taking second place.

John Haines couldn’t be kept away despite injury and took third place in the men’s V60-69 shot before helping the over-50s 4x100m relay team to wrap things up when he joined Skerratt, Brown and Addams to an outstanding second place.

Biggleswade’s men’s and women’s teams both finished in sixth place on the night, but both remain in fifth place in the league rankings. Both now go into the final fixture of the season with opposite aims – the men, lying 14 points behind Luton AC, will hope a stronger team can overhaul their rivals, while the women, 11 points ahead of Bedford Harriers, face a battle to avoid the wooden spoon.

Pete completes Grand challenge for Macmillan

Pete Lawson Grand Union Challenge 100K 27-06-2015
Ready for the off

Club coach, Pete Lawson, braved the searing heat last weekend as he tackled the Grand Union Challenge – a gruelling 100K (that’s a fraction over 62 miles!) running challenge, through beautiful countryside, along the Grand Union Canal.

Pete completed the first 50K in 6 hours, the next 27K in 3½ hours but ended up walking for much of the last 24K.  Despite taking a little longer, than he would have liked, at the rest stops, the whole route took him 15 hours 17 mins to complete, and no injuries to report … though climbing the stairs has become a new challenge for him.

Pete took on this 100K run to raise money for Macmillan Cancer Support who, over the past few years, have worked quietly in the background supporting many of his family and friends.  Pete has currently raised nearly £850, but there is still time to donate to this worthy cause at