Sun, sea and the small matter of 26.2 miles

Among the 11,000 participants in this year’s Brighton Marathon, were three Biggleswade AC athletes – Charlie Arnold, Paul Cooke and Paul Davies.

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Paul D and Paul C at the Brighton Marathon

Paul Cooke posted a new personal best marathon time of 2hr 57mins 59secs, this being the culmination of many long and gruelling training runs during the winter months.

Going the extra mile, and accompanying him for most of the 26.2 miles, was club coach, Paul Davies, who provided invaluable marathon training advice leading up to, and during, the event, achieving an impressive time of 2hr 57mins 58secs himself.

 

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Gary, Neil and Colin at the Flitwick 10K

It was also near-perfect weather conditions for the nine Biggleswade AC members taking part in last Sunday’s, popular Flitwick 10K road race.  It was a cool start, but the sun soon warmed the air creating a great opportunity for some fast race times.  However, the Flitwick course is quite undulating with several energy sapping hills in the second half of the race.  Adding to this there was a strong field of almost 700 runners that assembled at the start line.

 

The first two Biggleswade AC runners home were Rob Morgan and Richard Southan with times just over 40 minutes and placed a very strong 46th and 75th respectively.  Biggleswade’s next five runners all finished around the 50 minute mark, followed by two of the club’s stalwarts.

The race was being used by Neil Harvey to round off his London Marathon training, so good luck to Neil and the club’s other participants on Sunday.

It was also the start of the track and field season last weekend, as a team of Biggleswade AC athletes travelled to Lee Valley for the first match of the Southern Athletics League.

Callum Stokes and Morgan Webster gained new personal best performances in the triple jump, and Sarah Ridley has obviously been training hard over winter as she notched up new personal best performances in the javelin and discus.

On the track Callum gained further new personal best results in the 100m and 200m, as did Frankie Riley in the women’s 400m.

The next match is on Saturday 21st May at St Albans.

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