Multi-event mayhem: stunning new Sandy Track christened in fine style

Biggleswade Athletic Club celebrated the reopening of Sandy Track with a club pentathlon event last Saturday. Consisting of the 100m, long jump, javelin, shot put and 800m, the event served as a fantastic occasion for members and their families to try and beat their personal bests or to try out unfamiliar events, helped by invaluable advice from the club’s coaches.

With the club’s photo-finish equipment unfortunately out of action after club treasurer Mark Stead was injured breaking its fall from his officiating seat at a recent, treacherously windy event, accuracy of results gave way to a fun and brilliantly relaxed atmosphere, where first-timers to track and field found their throwing feet, measured their run-ups and tried out starting blocks for the first time.

The event, held in glorious sunshine, also served as a perfect opportunity for the massed club ranks to assemble for a new club photograph, and the club’s president, re-elected North-East Bedfordshire MP Alistair Burt, was on hand to help reveal this year’s charitable contribution from the club’s Sandy 10 road race – £1,000 to Sue Ryder St John’s.

New club photo, June 2017. Photo by Phil Dickson-Earle
Photo by Phil Dickson-Earle

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