Game on … BAC’s ladies’ team in the hunt to retain Three Counties Cross-Country crown

Biggleswade Athletic Club once again made a splash in the Three Counties Cross-Country season, with the ladies team – defending champions in the league – hauling themselves into contention with an outstanding showing at the notorious Croyland Park event in Wellingborough.

With two key members of last season’s victorious ladies’ squad – Elaine Livera and Juliet Nayler – having moved on to pastures outside BAC, taking a fourth successive Three Counties title always looked a tall order, but after a solid fifth-placed team finish in Dunstable, thanks to scorers Hannah Broom (first female finisher in the race), Emma Bailey, Natalie Morgan and Kathryn Juty, Natalie Garner put in a fine showing in Wellingborough to help BAC to a share of first place alongside the host club.

Though Broom was fourth female this time around, she was soon followed by Morgan in ninth, Bailey 10th and Garner 13th which proved an impossible set of results to beat. However, Wellingborough & District AC’s quartet matched the points tally with finishers in third, fifth, eighth and 20th places. The combined performance, helped ably by those further down the field bump other teams’ scorers down the standings, means BAC’s ladies now sit in third place. They are one point off North Herts Road Runners in second, but four behind Wellingborough who have now taken first two races in succession.

The Croyland Park route has undergone various alterations in recent years but it can always be relied upon for the most challenging water crossings of the season. True to form, many of the runners present found previously smooth progress decimated by a dunking in the icy brook, and even those at the front of the field weren’t immune.

Broom in particular took a wonky stride or two she immediately regretted as she nosedived into the murky depths, before recovering her composure to get her race back on track.

Former club chairman Nigel Bush was another of the unlucky ones, his rival-assisted stumble, fall and borderline bog-snorkel gleefully captured by the safely-layered-up hordes waiting by the bank for muddy action shots. Still, despite now being in his 70s, Bush didn’t beat about, and he was up, out, gritting teeth and back in business almost immediately. In the end he was just three overall positions away from making one of the point-scoring slots himself. He allayed fears about his plight post-race, saying: “I’m OK – it was a very nice early cold bath! All part of the fun of cross-country but I think the Ampthill & Flitwick Flyers runner who ‘took me out’ owes me a beer!”

On the men’s side eight runners score points, and the club’s veterans stoically filled the slots – BAC were one of two clubs to have scorers all aged 35 and over, and the only club to have two over-60s competitors in their top eight. Nick Haworth (48th) was first home, with Rob Morgan (69th), Marcus Davey (76th), Charlie Arnold (120th), Malcolm Steward (144th), club chairman Damien Pitts (155th), Neil Harvey (184th) and Ian Grimwood (210th) taking the squad to 11th place out of 13 clubs – the position they now sit in the league after two races. The combined team – factoring in men’s and women’s results – was eighth on the day, and now lie in sixth place overall.

Letchworth’s Standalone Farm is the next venue for runners to contend with on 16 December, always a reliable source of mud and mayhem for all attendees. As veterans and newcomers attest, cross-country is seriously good fun, tremendous winter training and almost incomprehensively addictive. Keep an eye on the BAC forum and members’ Facebook group for more information, and feel free to ask any questions.

Wellingborough XC results (combined overall standings)

Final position | Name

50 Nick Haworth
71 Robert Morgan
74 Hannah Broom
80 Marcus Davey
114 Natalie Morgan
127 Emma Bailey
130 Charlie Arnold
141 Natalie Garner
163 Malcolm Steward
177 Damien Pitts
217 Kathryn Juty
220 Neil Harvey
272 Ian Grimwood
275 Nigel Bush
297 Simon Strong
317 Jennie Day
335 Juliet Grimwood
363 Gareth Saynor
364 Julie Spavins
(404 runners finished)

Gareth Saynor re-enacts Day of the Dead. Photo by Nick Spavins
Part two of season nine of the Walking Dead will air from 11 February. On-set photo thanks to Nick Spavins (with apologies to Gareth Saynor)

Four to the floor … BAC hit roads in pursuit of club championship honours

Biggleswade Athletic Club athletes lined up to take one another on at two recent races, with the Fen 10 in Wisbech and St Neots Half Marathon doubling up as club championship events and yielding four different names for the trophy engraver.

Finishing times for club championships are recalibrated based on age-gradings, which serve to level the playing field across the various age groups, and in some cases seeing some enormous leaps up the standings for those in the veterans’ categories. As a result, despite Rob Morgan being first BAC finisher at the Fen 10 in a superb 1:03:36 (22nd overall), he is young enough to be Charlie Arnold’s son, and so the evergreen Arnold (59th overall) saw his finish time of 1:10:02 heaved down to an age-graded mark of 55:29, meaning he took the title by over two minutes. In fact Marcus Davey (24th overall), who finished 10 seconds behind Rob, was also promoted ahead of him due to his comparative lack of youth.

Chris Clarke and Charlie Arnold in St Neots. Photo by Rachel Stott
Charlie Arnold, pictured right alongside Chris Clarke in St Neots, took the 10-mile club title in Wisbech. Photo by Rachel Stott

The Morgan household had plenty of cause to cheer in the women’s standings however as Natalie was first BAC female home, finishing in 89th position overall and taking a new personal best of 1:14:02. She said: “This race was a new one for me. I had heard from other club members who had experience of the race previously the course was a fast, flat one but quite open and could be quite blustery. The first few miles I took steady, working on maintaining my pace and conscious to keep a bit in reserve for the last potentially windy section.

“I made good progress throughout and for the most part felt reasonably comfortable. Before I knew it I was at mile nine and began to up the pace for the finish. Although not still, the weather on the whole was rather kind, with the strong winds never really materialising in the end. As such, a good race with a new PB of 1:13:45 and a finishing position of ninth woman overall.”

Attendance at the 10-mile race was slightly scuppered as it had been a late substitute for the club’s traditional championship race, the Swineshead 10, which announced it would no longer be taking place from 2018. Happily, the club’s 13.1 challenge in St Neots went ahead as planned, though runners would perhaps have preferred a degree or two more on the thermometer and markedly fewer icy crosswinds on the various sections of open landscape.

Hannah Broom. Photo by Rachel Stott
Hannah Broom in the St Neots half. Photo by Rachel Stott

Despite feeling under the weather, Hannah Broom backed up her stunning recent form from the Great Eastern Half-Marathon, where she took 13 minutes off her personal best to break the much-desired 1:30 barrier by nearly three-and-a-half minutes. In St Neots, she was just 17 seconds outside her new PB, and took the title of club champion.

Though unable to overhaul Hannah, Natalie was thrilled with her showing, as 1:35:30 marked her own milestone: “The St Neots Half Marathon is most definitely my favourite half, in fact I’d say it’s my favourite race of all the differing distances I’ve taken part in over the years. The course is undulating in parts and I like the challenge it brings, but most of all I like the last three miles – it’s downhill so helps those tired legs! My approach was to simply enjoy it, no pressure and no expectations. Added to this, the weather conditions were perfect and the BAC support crew were on top form, with cheers aplenty.

“All-in-all things really did come together on the day for me, I made sure to keep focused and be strong to the end and, yes, I did come away rather enjoying it. The icing on the cake – bettering my PB from 10 years ago by over two minutes with a finish time of 1:35:30!”

Marcus Davey. Photo by Rachel Stott
Marcus Davey on his way to the club champs’ crown in St Neots. Photo by Rachel Stott

Davey took the men’s crown, his 1:23:02 leapfrogging first BAC finisher Steven Baldwin’s 1:18:56 once age was factored in, while Arnold was unlucky not to double up on 10-mile and half-marathon titles as his grading took him just 16 seconds outside Marcus’s.

Green Thumb Fen 10 results

Position | Name | Time (Age-graded result)
22 | Robert Morgan | 01:03:36 (00:59:45)
24 | Marcus Davey | 01:03:46 (00:57:34)
45 | John Stott | 01:08:21 (01:02:42)
59 | Charles Arnold | 01:10:02 (00:55:29) Male Club Champion
89 | Natalie Morgan | 01:14:02 (01:10:43) Lady Club Champion
173 | Clark Skerratt | 01:21:53 (01:01:15)
197 | Ian Grimwood | 01:24:14 (01:04:15)
287 | Maria Merridan | 01:35:19 (01:26:10)
303 | Juliet Grimwood | 01:38:44 (01:22:51)
(359 finishers in total)

St Neots Half Marathon results

Position | Name | Time (Age-graded result)
23 | Steven Baldwin | 01:18:56 (01:18:56)
53 | Marcus Davey | 01:23:02 (01:15:19) Male Club Champion
71 | Paul Cooke | 01:24:16 (01:19:37)
82 | Nick Haworth | 01:25:42 (01:20:58)
92 | Hannah Broom | 01:26:50 (01:23:59) Lady Club Champion
120 | John Stott | 01:28:52 (01:19:16)
186 | Chris Watson | 01:33:14 (01:21:03)
217 | Charles Arnold | 01:35:12 (01:15:35)
227 | Natalie Morgan | 01:35:30 (01:31:13)
228 | Robert Morgan | 01:35:31 (01:30:15)
420 | Malcolm Steward | 01:42:34 (01:36:54)
455 | Damien Pitts | 01:43:42 (01:42:55)
529 | Robin Lewis | 01:46:50 (01:34:29)
547 | Kevin Goody | 01:48:12 (01:27:32)
577 | Neil Harvey | 01:48:37 (01:29:31)
613 | Andrew Bruce | 01:49:52 (01:33:51)
641 | Sarah Geeson-Orsgood | 01:50:56 (01:45:57)
645 | Clark Skerratt | 01:51:45 (01:23:39)
839 | Ian Grimwood | 01:57:15 (01:29:33)
842 | Frank Mcloughlin | 01:57:20 (01:38:28)
850 | Stephen Atkins | 01:57:28 (01:31:29)
898 | Andrew Hedley | 01:59:18 (01:40:07)
986 | Ian Clayton | 02:03:56 (01:47:44)
1013 | Sally Jones | 02:05:08 (01:58:37)
1016 | Juliet Grimwood | 02:05:14 (01:45:06)
1017 | Vicky Berry | 02:05:15 (01:45:07)
1049 | Maria Merridan | 02:07:25 (01:55:11)
1210 | Simon Strong | 02:16:31 (02:02:48)
1246 | Matthew Lewis | 02:19:25 (02:19:21)
1307 | Ros Bodi | 02:26:59 (02:03:21)
(1384 finishers total)

Parkrun pandemonium: BAC members band together at Bedford Park

Last Saturday a small army of BAC members helped out with a club takeover of volunteering duties at Bedford Parkrun. Accompanied by assorted friends and family members, duties from pacing to timekeeping and barcode scanning were entrusted to experienced Parkrunners and newbies alike.

Julie Spavins said: “This was the first time I have volunteered to help at the Parkrun, and I thoroughly enjoyed it. I convinced my other half and two granddaughters to come along as well, and we had a marvellous time cheering on the runners.

“We were up at the cafe, trying not to get run down on the last corner, and this gave us an opportunity to chat to some of the regular marshals who really do a fantastic job. As a note, one of the marshals did say how great it was to have so many willing volunteers, there have been a few occasions where they’ve had to consider cancelling due to the lack of marshals.”

Last Saturday’s run – the 384th in Bedford – saw 368 runners and walkers take part, despite at times adverse weather, testament to how integral the events are to Saturday mornings in the region.

Parkrun takes place at hundreds of venues in the UK and overseas every Saturday morning at 9am. BAC members can regularly be found at local runs in Bedford, St Neots, Great DenhamWimpole, Letchworth and Stevenage.

See here for more information about Parkrun, and huge thanks to the team behind Bedford Parkrun for hosting us.

Breaking 1:30 … Broom bursts through barrier at Great Eastern Run

Nine BAC runners took to Peterborough in mid-October to compete in the Perkins Great Eastern Run, a day which turned out to be particularly fruitful for the club secretary.

Hannah Broom writes:

It was absolutely chucking it down with rain on a Sunday morning – yep it was race day! I was going to try to beak 1hr30mins for a half marathon. I have been training really hard for a few months, being careful what I have been eating, weight training in the gym to recover from my shoulder injury and sticking like glue to a personalised training plan written specifically for me by Coach Paul Davies at Biggleswade Athletic Club and this was a good test as to where I was and if my ambitious time was possible. What the hell, I would still have to run a long run today even if I did not take part and I had already paid for this privilege, and you get a nice T-shirt so I was going to Peterborough no matter the weather.

Paul Cooke made me start near the front, sliding in behind the elites and fast guys, I did not want to, I was too far forward, we almost had a fall out, I was nervous, I should not be this far in the pack, but Paul insisted I should be there due to my recent performances … We were off.

The start is a little bumpy, it is narrow and twisty, you just have to go with it, through the town and out the other side. I got in with a group of guys and hung on to them, let them take the bumps and set the pace. A quick look down at the watch, no good, I did not believe it, the buildings in the town were messing with the GPS so I decided to run to feel and stay with the small pack I was in. Out the town, away from the buildings, a quick check, oops too fast, so I drop back a little and settle down and settle in to what felt like a good steady pace that was manageable. I had forgotten about the rain.

I was having a great run, I felt comfortable, I was chatting to other runners, I high-fived the kids and had a little boogie with the Heart FM stand, we were half way and I felt great. I was ignoring my watch, it said I was going too fast, I thought the rain was messing with it.

At 10 miles, the pack I was with started to make a surge, I decided to go too, we all moved on, it was quit twisty, up and down curbs trying to maintain the racing line and then I spot her, a girl, the competitor in me is out, I realise I am gaining, I got nearer and realise there are three girls. This is no longer a training race for me, it is now a race. The competitor is out, that is three female places I can move up so I overtake all three in quick succession, I am moving way too quick and way too early but what the hell, lets see what happens, I felt good and it is good to test the boundaries sometimes.

The course comes off the road and twists and turns through what feels like the longest footpath in the world. 400m to go reads the sign, one lap of the track, I can do this, I keep pushing and then I can see it and it is a sprint finish for the line, I overtake another three men on my charge for the finish. I absolutely cannot believe that I have broken my goal not by a few seconds but by 4 minutes, giving me a finishing time of 1hr 26 mins! Turns out watches are right after all!

I had beaten my previous personal best by 13 minutes, I was 20th female finisher (including the elites) and yes I am still smiling to myself!


180 Paul Cooke 1:25:10
204 Hannah Broom 1:26:33
438 Charles Arnold 1:34:36
1027 Kathryn Juty 1:46:59
1494 Andrew Bruce 1:56:00
1742 Stephen Atkins 1:56:41
2116 Sally Jones 2:03:59
2614 Vicky Berry 2:19:26
3059 Rosalyn Bodi 2:26:34

Ups on the Downs … Hannah hoovers up at opening Three Counties cross country

Biggleswade Athletic Club kicked off another Three Counties Cross-Country season in fine style, with Hannah Broom – a key member of the club’s award-winning women’s team of recent years – coming away rewarded as first female finisher.

Dunstable was the setting for race one of five for the 2018-19 campaign. With two other members of last season’s squad – Elaine Livera and Juliet Nayler – having moved on to pastures outside BAC, it was a new-look scoring quartet in the points for their club. Hannah took the reins in superb style, showcasing the results of her recent hard work and intensive training under the gaze of coach Paul Davies. Her first place in the women’s standings was followed in the team-scoring stakes by Emma Bailey (11th female), Natalie Morgan (14th) and Kathryn Juty (53rd) as the team finished fifth.

Hannah Broom digs in. Photo by Nick Spavins

On the men’s side, where the first eight runners over the line score for their teams, Steven Baldwin was first home for BAC in 22nd place, followed by Marcus Davey (66th male finisher), Rob Morgan (72nd), Nick Haworth (75th), Paul Cooke (86th), John Stott (124th), Charlie Arnold (129th) and Neil Harvey (214th). The team came 10th of 13 clubs.

Steven Baldwin, first BAC finisher. Photo by Nick Spavins

Hannah said: “Last year we did the course the other way round. I actually really liked it – I was just in a lot of pain with my arm so did not have a great run … so this course owed me! So this year, we were off down ‘Heartbreak Hill’ to start. My recent performances have given me some confidence so I put myself quite far forward. It is a narrow start so a good position is key.

“The field opened up a bit and I could see a lady from another club a little way in front. She is a good runner, better than me, so I decided if I keep her in sight then I am doing well – so I pressed on.

“A steep uphill … round some more twists and turns, some steep sharp up and downs and then I realise I am gaining on her … Another steep hill, somehow I am now right behind her, step for step …. how did this happen?

Team BAC have their game faces on. Photo by Nick Spavins

“I have forgotten the hill we are climbing, I just concentrate on her. Another turn and into a field, another hill, somehow I am passing her and I realise there is not one but two girls and somehow I am passing them both … how? These are very good runners. I panic a little I think I am moving too fast, we cross a field and round a burnt out car, it feels surreal, there is one guy in front a little way off otherwise I would not be sure where I was going! I know I need to keep pressing, those ladies will be trying to maintain their position, they know I shouldn’t really be this far forward and I will most probably start to lose pace soon as the lactic acid builds in my tired legs.

“I have no idea how far back the other ladies are but I just keep pushing, a guy from another club lets me pass, encouraging me, what a champ. I can hear the finish, where the devil are you? We break through the trees, I can see it, I am now praying that they do not overtake me now, keep pushing, my god there is nothing in these legs, I cross the line! I have won my first race and I am delighted! Giles, Bev, Rachel and Stephen are there to congratulate me! People are pointing at me and saying that was the First Lady as I walk past, I feel like a celebrity. I am now off to cheer in my other teammates!”

Maria Merridan wasn’t just a debutant in the Three Counties league: “This was my 1st cross-country! I placed myself at the back of the pack thinking I might disappear down a ditch never to return. I’ve run quite a lot off-road, but racing this terrain was a much tougher proposition. I was mighty pleased to see the finish line with legs beginning to give up rather than my heart. Looking forward to going through the ordeal again soon!”

Gareth Saynor ‘enjoys’ the Dunstable scenery. Photo by Nick Spavins

Gareth Saynor, who hit the big 5-0 this month, was philosophical about his chances beforehand: “I was press-ganged into running this and to be honest, mud and me don’t really get on! At the start I felt a bit of a fraud surrounded by the elite runners of the club and slightly overdressed.

“It started off really well and I felt strong, even after the first few hills and the dreaded mud and water didn’t materialise. However about halfway the big hill swept into view and I had to walk. I managed to struggle to the top and enjoyed the downhill stretch, only to be met by another hill, then another, by now I was mostly walking.

“Then I saw the finish line with the rest of BAC shouting encouragement and managed a sprint finish.” He was rewarded with 442nd place overall. “Now, for some reason I am looking forward to the next one!”

Julie Spavins poses for her photographer husband. Photo by Nick Spavins

Just four places back was Julie Spavins, having her second taste of XC action in Dunstable. “My aim was to finish further up the field since I’ll never make it to the front!” she said. “Even in reverse this was a tough course with what felt like more ups than downs. The hills just kept appearing around corners and everyone around me joined in a united ‘groan’ …And even though I was last BAC in, I did manage to be considerably further up the field, and on my own timings I was over five minutes quicker than last year. So a real sense of achievement for me!

BAC next take to the infamous Croyland Park in Wellingborough this Sunday, 25 November, for race two of the season, scene of many flying leaps over water hazards, and muddied heads, shoulders, knees and toes over recent seasons.

Dunstable XC results

22 Steven Baldwin
51 Hannah Broom (1st female)
70 Marcus Davey
76 Rob Morgan
79 Nick Haworth
91 Paul Cooke
133 John Stott
138 Charlie Arnold
143 Emma Bailey
155 Natalie Morgan
267 Kathryn Juty
269 Neil Harvey
302 Nigel Bush
339 Ian Grimwood
354 Simon Strong
356 Robin Wynde
389 Juliet Grimwood
395 Jennie Day
407 Maria Merridan
442 Gareth Saynor
446 Julie Spavins
(483 finishers)

Race rewind: Magnificent Seven tear up trails in Ampthill

Nick Haworth writes:

Blue skies and a somewhat unseasonably warm October morning was the setting for the annual Ampthill Trophy cross country race at Ampthill Park.

The Ampthill Trophy is the third and final event organised by Ampthill Flyers – the other two being the Flitwick 10k held back in April and Marston Forest 5k held back in early June.

Having previously managed to secure the ladies team prize for both races, the ladies team were determined to make it a hat-trick.

Killer and Hannah at start
Hannah and Charlie at the start.

Dating back in one form or another since 1974, the venue has seen a number of distinguished athletes compete including former Biggleswade runner Rodger Wadeley (winner in 1986 and 1987) and Sir Mo Farah (winner of U15 in 1997). Dave Brown and Ken Prior were also known to be regular competitors in the race in their earlier years.

Representing the club this year were seven brave athletes aiming to emulate their forebears along with almost 300 other athletes from all across the home counties.

The course itself is made up of two and half circuits of open grassland and meadow with some thickly wooded sections and steep inclines – a total of 10k but unusually for a cross country had a water station – just as well as it did seem rather warm.

Underfoot the conditions were dry causing runners some concern as to whether to risk running in trial shoes or opt for the lighter but less comfortable spikes. In the end nether choice really seem to matter as a combination of occasional damp ground favoured some whereas the spiky chestnut casings benefited those in harder trial shoes.

The start was a downhill charge.

While Emma Bailey and Natalie Morgan battled with each other over the entire course some of the Biggleswade runners seemed to positively enjoy the experience – despite the obvious discomfort of fellow athletes.

Hannah Broom said “the hills were brutal – all I could do was hold on and try for the best – the end could not come soon enough for me and I was pleased to cross the finish line in 4th female position and was delighted to see my team mates in close succession meaning we secured the ladies prize again – a hat-trick was secured.

Ever more competitive and following on from her super effort at the Great Eastern half marathon was Hannah Broom who managed to scoop the Female V35 award. This performance combined with efforts from Emma and Natalie managed to win them the Ladies Team award ahead of Flitwick Flyers and Bedford Harriers.

ladies medal time
Hannah, Natalie and Emma take their team awards.

Emma summed up her experience as “relentless hills and unseasonably warm for cross country – but wanted to give it my all for the girls team, which we all did! So proud to be in the running club and looking back I even enjoyed it a tiny bit.”

Rob Morgan 43.20
25th Hannah Broom 44:25 (V35 champion, 4th lady)
45th John Stott 47:17
48th Charlie Arnold 47:24
57th Emma Bailey 47:57
58th Natalie Morgan 48:00
184th Ian Clark Skerratt 61:58

Next generation: BAC juniors rewarded for great season at presentation evening

eyal pic
BAC’s juniors were recognised for hard work and dedication to competition throughout the year

Last week saw Biggleswade AC’s annual Junior Presentation Evening, organised by Mandie Trudgill. Another excellent season of competition and achievement was recognised, with the club’s youngsters racking up PBs galore.

Age group club champions for 2018 are:

Under 11 girls Orlagh Brunning
Under 11 boys Charlie Phillips
Under 13 girls Madison Ball
Under 13 boys Freddie Steele
Under 15 girls Hannah Brunning
Under 15 boys Kareem Davis
Under 17 girls Leonie Brunning
Under 17 boys Cameron Rayner

As host of other prizes were also handed out recognising exceptional performances and hard work throughout the year.

Leonie Brunning in high jump action. Photo by Brunnings
Leonie Brunning enjoyed a brilliant season in which she earned a national vest. Photo by Brunnings

Best performance – female junior Leonie Brunning
Best performance – male junior George Hardy

Great achievement – Adam Reed (shaving seven seconds off his 800m PB)

The Most improved award is generally given to one boy and one girl, however, and Mandie Trudgill says: “This year rather than presenting Most improved boy/girl awards I decided to present EVERY member of my EYAL squad with a medal as this track season at one meet or another EVERY squad member PB’d and I wanted to celebrate this.”

Those rewarded were:
Madison Ball, Sophie Forbes Laird, Meera Kofkin, Shannon Barker, Sophie Steele, Hannah Brunning, Jessica Cooke, Natasha Ryall, Leonie Brunning, Cameron Rayner, Toby Foster, Elliot Swinburne, Kareem Davis, Adam Reed, Henry Gibb, Freddie Steele, Jack Papworth, Donncha Blake, Arlo Treece, Casey T Woods, Nicholas Batterbee, Bailey Foster, Nathan Cant, Peter Murphy and Teagan Blake.

For the Biggleswade Spirit awards, Mandie says: “This year I presented five awards for showing team spirit and traveling to Ipswich to compete in the EYAL – that day I had only the five in my squad.”

Rewarded were Madison Ball, Hannah Brunning, Leonie Brunning, Arlo Treece and Cameron Rayner.

In honour of the late Sonia Brown, the much-missed club stalwart who died earlier this year, the Dedication Cup was inaugurated. “In honour of Sonia and everything she did for BAC this year we have introduced the SBDC. This is to be presented to a Little Bee, chosen by coaches for their dedication and commitment to the Little Bees and LBs and BAC.” The first winner of what’s sure to be a prized award is Ava Rawlins.

The Little Bee Endeavour award – given in recognition of improvement and perseverance – went to Annabelle Hipkin.