Girls on top … BAC’s women take top honours at Swineshead 10

Biggleswade Athletic Club’s women’s team took the team prize at the Swineshead 10 Mile race, taking bragging rights from the club’s men, who won the male equivalent award last year.

Club athletes completed 315.5 miles between them on Sunday competing in the Great North Run and across 10 and 5 mile races in Swineshead. Many were running the longer distances for the first time having moved up from the successful Couch to 5k programmes, and turnout was high in Swineshead as the longer race is BAC’s nominated club championship event over the distance. Congratulations to Paul Davies and Isobel Everest, who are the BAC 10 mile club champions for 2017. Full age-graded results can be found here.

In the GNR half marathon, where the elite race was run by Mo Farah, Neil Harvey was the first BAC runner across the line in 1hr 56mins 50secs followed by Kathryn Juty in 1:59:49 to just break the 2hr mark. Ricky Byrne, Corinne Calligan and Claire Smyth were the other BAC finishers to come in for their well earned medals.

In the Swineshead events, Rob Morgan was the first BAC athlete to finish the 10 mile race coming in 14th overall in 62:28. First BAC lady to finish was Isobel Everest 56th overall in 72:29, and with tremendous support from Natalie Morgan (75.00) and Hannah Broom (75.04) Biggleswade took the ladies team prize. Deb Bryant broke the club’s W45 age group record for 10 miles – which has stood since 2001 – by over a minute with a time of 77.32.

Natalie Morgan said: “I last ran Swineshead 10 in 2012 and had a pretty dreadful experience so I was determined to overcome past demons and maybe go for a PB.”Hannah had very kindly offered to run with me and kept me in check all the way. I’m so glad she did as the last couple of miles were absolute killers and I definitely needed to hold something back for them! Crossing the finish line was the best feeling – those demons had been well and truly obliterated and my PB from 2009 bettered by 5 minutes so absolutely overjoyed. It was a blast!”

Hannah added: “I had not pre-entered as I was not sure if I was going to run as I’ve been suffering with a shoulder injury. Coach Paul Davies had told me to put the reins on Nat at the start and not let her set off too quick.

“It was a pretty windy morning with a strong headwind and we did quite a bit of hiding behind other runners as we weaved our way uphill. Damo [chairman Damien Pitts] helped as a windbreak up the big hill at mile 4 where many runners around us just simply disappeared behind us and we had a lovely stretch round mile 5, 6 and 7.

“Mile 9 came – 1 to go, we can do this! Ny shoulder was sore by now and I relaxed to a walk but Nat’s husband Rob shouted at me to get going as we were in for a chance of the girls’ team prize. Nat was striding out in front for the finish looking really strong. As a team player there was only one thing to do – gather myself, put the pain behind and run it out as a if it were a 400m, once round the track. So I set off again and sprinted in as fast as I could. We did it, we won the ladies team – and Nat got her PB!”

In the 5 mile race Malcolm Steward was the first BAC runner home, finishing in 15th overall with a time of 40:45, and Maria Merridan was first lady in 34th place overall (47:19). Over the day, many personal bests were set in what were changeable and sometime difficult conditions. A good turnout again from Biggleswade AC to support local and national events and some excellent results and honours for the club.

Swineshead 10 mile results

14 Rob Morgan 62.28

17 Nick Haworth 63.26

18 Marcus Davey 63.32

20 Paul Davies 64.08

28 Paul Cooke 65.55

41 Jon Stott 69.35

42 Giles Hawthorne 69.39

56 Isobel Everest 72.29

62 Charles Arnold 73.33

64 Damien Pitts 73.56

73 Natalie Morgan 75.00

74 Hannah Broom 75.04

79 Julie Balaam 76.25

82 Deb Bryant 77.32

102 Sarah Geeson-Orsgood 82.13

139 Ian Grimwood 91.43

148 Simon Strong 94.11

168 Juliet Grimwood 105.35

169 Rachel Stott 105.35

Swineshead 5 mile results
15 Malcolm Steward 40.45

34 Maria Merridan 47.19

45 Thomas Goodfellow 50.39

55 Helen Steward 52.19

56 Julia Mackay 52.22

57 Louise Pike 53.05

58 Joanna Hornby 53.17

63 Shani Giddings 54.58

69 Joanne Ellary 57.58

71 Bev Strong 59.35

78 Julie Cooke 66.37

79 Carol Garratt 76.11

Simplyhealth Great North Run 2017 results

10375 Neil Harvey 1:56.50

12383 Kathryn Juty 1:59.49

25053 Ricky Byne 2:21.40

26511 Corinne Calligan 2:24.25

41435 Claire Smyth 2:43.17