***CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) UPDATE*** 25/03/2020

A message from our Chairman:

Following the further restrictions on movement put in place by the UK Government last nightUKA and the Home Country Athletics Federations have made the following updates to the previous statement issued on 17 March:

  1. Extending the suspension of all athletics activity in England to the 31 May. . This suspension includes all organised athletics activity in the UK, including all competitions, formal club activities, running groups, and all Education activity (coach, official, teacher).
  2. Strengthening our position on coaching activity – We are now mandating that all physical coaching ceases, and only be conducted via virtual means during this period. Bringing groups of people together to train, however small, can no longer be permitted under the strict ‘Stay at home’ measures implemented by the UK Government.

The full statement can be found on the below link and we will advise of any further statement.

https://www.englandathletics.org/athletics-and-running/news/coronavirus-statement/

Regards and take care of yourselves

Trevor

***CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) UPDATE*** 17/03/2020

A message from our Chairman Trevor,

Due to the current situation with the Corona Virus England Athletics (please see below link) have advised that all face-to-face activity such as club training sessions, events, competitions, club committee and face-to-face meetings, athlete camps, running groups and social events should be suspended until at least the end of April. As a result the committee have had to suspend all activities/events involving Biggleswade AC and the track from today until the end of April at the earliest.

This is a highly unusual step but it is clear that in the current circumstances we have a responsibility to ensure that we do all we can to reduce the risk to all of our athletes, volunteers, members and parents. We will of course keep everyone updated in relation to both training and competition through the website and Facebook page. Any questions though please do not hesitate to get in touch with the committee.

Many thanks for your understanding and support.

https://www.englandathletics.org/athletics-and-running/news/coronavirus-statement/

***CORONAVIRUS (COVID-19) UPDATE***

Biggleswade AC are following guidelines set out by EA and UKA. Our priority is to ensure the health and safety of all of our members.Whilst there are currently no planned changes to any training sessions, we are aware of the announcements made today by the UK Government and continue to monitor the situation.

For more information, please follow the links below:

https://www.englandathletics.org/athletics-and-running/news/coronavirus-statement/

https://www.uka.org.uk/media/news/2020-news-page/march-2020/10-03-2020-uka-statement-on-coronavirus/

**IMPORTANT SANDY 10 ANNOUNCEMENT**

Dear runners,

We regret to announce that the Sandy 10 and 3km fun run, scheduled for 5 April, have been postponed.

With the coronavirus pandemic causing widespread concern among the general public, and measures set to be tightened where gatherings of people in the UK are concerned, the last thing any of us want to do is feel we are putting our runners and volunteers at risk, or adding to anyone’s sense of unease.

One of the following options will be available to all entrants:
• Deferment to the new race date (date TBC)
• Withdrawal from the field and donation of entry fee to our charity, Sue Ryder St John’s
OR
• FULL refund for those unable to make the new date

We will be in touch very soon to begin these processes and you will have plenty of time to decide which option you’d prefer.

Our races pride themselves on being among the sporting highlights of the local calendar, and we don’t want our community to feel that a 600-strong field running in their streets is anything to be frightened of.
Instead this course of action and the options above are our way of showing those around us that we put them first – we are certainly mindful of the financial pressures some families will face in the coming weeks and months.

The race committee is now exploring dates later in the year, using the rescheduled London Marathon on 4 October as a pointer.
Each year many of our runners use the Sandy 10 as a key part of their training for London, and we would love to be a part of that once more.

Moving our events to later in the year does however raise many logistical headaches, not least slotting into an already packed athletics calendar.
We will move quickly to re-book our suppliers, many of whom rely on races such as ours for their income – it is not lost on us that it is an extremely stressful time to be in the events business.

We will also liaise with our neighbouring clubs to try our utmost to ensure we do not clash with events of their own.
It is not a straightforward task – please bear with us and we will update you once progress has been made.

This is an extraordinary situation for race organisers everywhere, but the health of our runners and volunteers, and by extension that of the wider public, comes way before the importance of our events.
Still, we at the Sandy 10 are extremely sorry for any stress and inconvenience that these race postponements add during these difficult times.

Once we are able to, we fully intend to make it up to you.

Many thanks for your understanding.

Stuart Goodwin
Race director, Sandy 10

Biggleswade AC Sportshall Athletics Challenge – Report and Results

14th March 2020 – Stratton Upper School, Biggleswade

Sportshall athletics is an introduction to athletics in a familiar indoor sportshall environment with a fun and lively atmosphere. Emphasis is put on team spirit and the running races are in teams of two or four. Often this event provides young athletes with their first competitive experience.

Many of today’s top GB international athletes started in sportshall athletics, such as Katarina Johnson-Thompson who has gone on to become a multi events athlete and world champion heptathlete. The young athletes at Biggleswade AC’s 20th Annual Sportshall Athletics Challenge could be on their way to international fame!

Biggleswade AC’s athletes (U9s, U11s and U13s) were up against local rival teams Bedford and County and Leighton Buzzard. With a mixture of running races – 4 x 1 laps, 4 x 2 laps, obstacle 4 x 1 lap (forward roll, speed bounce, high stepper, hurdles), Grand Prix; and field events – standing long jump, shot, vertical jump and a 20 second speed bounce; Biggleswade triumphed amassing a fantastic 84 points! Bedford and County came second with 51 points and Leighton Buzzard came in with a respectable 41 points.

The event finished off with a mass pursuit relay (similar to a cycle pursuit), with each team member running a lap of the sportshall. The teams start on opposite sides of the sportshall and have to catch the opposition. As you can imagine, this is a very noisy and exciting event with the teams all supporting and encouraging each of their athletes. Thankfully this ended in another victory for the Biggleswade team.

Congratulations to all those who took part and helped to make the event a success.