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.