Treading the boards … BAC athletes earn Eastern Indoors medals

Hannah Ridley writes …

It was a fantastic weekend full of outstanding performances from Biggleswade athletes at the Eastern Indoor Athletics Championships, which were held at Lee Valley Athletics Centre on the 2nd and 3rd of February.

Kicking things off for Biggleswade was Sarah Ridley in the Senior Women’s shot put. Her second-round effort of 9.93m was good enough to see her through to the final three rounds. After the further three attempts, her second round throw proved enough for a spot on the podium, with Sarah winning the bronze medal.

First to go on the track was Iona Newbegin in the U17 Women’s 60m. Iona sailed through both her heat and her semi-final, running a PB of 7.99secs along the way. Despite not getting the best start in her final, she came back at her opponents in the last few metres, and after some debate over a photo finish, Iona was awarded the bronze medal in a time of 8.03.

Sarah was back in action later on Saturday, this time in the 60m. Due to the number of athletes entered, her race became a straight final and she powered out of the blocks, running her way to a brilliant fourth place finish in 8.32. This ended the action for the Saturday, with both athletes plus many more from Biggleswade returning to Lee Valley the following day.

Jessica Cooke toed the start line in the first race of the day, the U17 women’s 300m. Despite not progressing from her heat, Jessica ran a fantastic race and finished in fifth place in 47.6secs. Sophie Forbes-Laird ran in the U15 race, finishing second in her heat, meaning she progressed to the final later on in the day. Sophie’s final was a nail-biting affair, with her going out hard and just managing to hold off the competitor who beat her previously to come home with the silver medal in a personal best performance of 42.69.

Next up were the 200m runners. The U17s were split into three heats, and the second of those saw two Biggleswade athletes walk onto the track, Abi Smith and Molly May. In her first race ever, Abi put in a stellar performance and finished fourth in 28.84, but unfortunately she missed out on a spot in the final by 0.1 seconds. Abi was closely followed by Molly, who finished fifth in her first indoor race with a superb PB of 29.63.

It was Iona’s turn in the third heat and her second place finish saw her automatically qualify for the semi-finals. She repeated that result in the semi and progressed to the final. Six races in two days plus illness seemed to have taken its toll, but Iona still finished in a strong fourth place in 26.92.

The senior women’s 800m was another straight final with Hannah Ridley wearing the yellow vest. She ran on her own for three of the four laps, but unfortunately got pipped on the line for second place, to finish third. However, she still finished with a smile and collected a bronze medal for her performance, taking the total medal tally for the weekend to four. These athletes now look forward to starting the outdoor season at the Bedfordshire Open on the 6th April in Luton, and the first league match in St Ives on the 13th April.

Full results from Lee Valley can be found here

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Cross Country round-up … Chattering teeth at Chiltern XC

Mandie Trudgill and David Brown report …

The conclusion of the Chiltern Cross Country season arrives early next month, and BAC athletes have been doing the vest proud at recent fixtures.

On 1 December, five juniors and a senior trekked over to Stopsley Common on the outskirts of Luton to be given the full cross-country treatment. On a course exposed to the elements, the wind and rain blew across the landscape, but the juniors – Jessica Hardy, George Hardy, Orlagh Brunning, Nicholas Batterbee and Elliot Swinburne – along with Elliot’s father Paul were not to be deterred.

All athletes acquitted themselves admirably over their courses which ranged from 2.5km-10km in distance. In their respective events, Nicholas Batterbee was 21st, George Hardy 25th, Orlagh Brunning 28th, Elliot Swinburne 41st, Jessica Hardy 42nd and Paul Swinburne 56th.


The next leg of the league took place at Keysoe Equestrian Centre on 12th January, on a course that featured two water crossings, Orlagh Brunning and Jessica Hardy were 32nd and 51st respectively in their under-11 girls’ race. Debutant Alfie Lawrence finished a fine 69th in the boys’ equivalent.

In the U13 boys standings, Nicholas Batterbee finished 76th, while Elliot Swinburne was 14th in his U17 race. Finally, Paul Swinburne – running 10km, twice the distance his son had to cover – came in 68th in his Division 2 standings, and 227th in the “mob” race overall.

Next up for athletes: the season finale at Milton Keynes’ Campbell Park.


Youngsters mix it at SEAA indoor champs

At the SEAA indoor champs U13/15/17 held at Lee Valley earlier this month, up-and-coming BAC multi-eventer Teagan Blake competed in two events, the 60m hurdles and shot putt.

In hurdles action on the Saturday, Blake was fourth in her heat and produced a new personal best of 10.80 secs – an impressive 0.3secs outside the national qualifying standard.

On the Sunday, mixing it with the top youngsters in the south of England in the shot put, Blake was disappointed with 6.12m for 14th in the final.

Elsewhere on day two, under-15s athlete Sophie Forbes-Laird was in action in the 300m. Up in the first heat, she had a clean race and came second in a new indoor PB and club record of 43.38secs. She nervously waited on the outcome of the other two heats, with the first finishers and three fastest losers qualifying. Thankfully she was fifth quickest overall from the three heats and made it through.

In the final Sophie put in a brave effort and when the athletes approached the point where they break from their lane and all run in the inside lane, she was second, with approx 120m to go. Yet as they rounded the bend to the finishing straight, she was passed and two girls then fell over the finishing line which forced her to check her stride to avoid the melee. It still added up to creditable fifth place which will means she will experience in the national finals in February at Sheffield.

The big 10 … BAC decathletes summon up Dutch courage

Two Biggleswade Athletic Club multi-eventers lined up against formidable opponents in the shape of two Dutch internationals at the recent Surrey Combined Events Championships. Dan Steel was competing in his last decathlon in a BAC vest, while Darren Janssen was competing in his first.

Steel said: “This was my chance to have a crack at the outdoor club record from 2015, after breaking the indoor record in January. There was a buzz around the athletes with Trystan de Weerdt and Niels Mijnsbergen in our event – the standard was going to be high. They would be in every single one of my races!”

Day one consisted of the 100m, long jump, shot put, high jump and 400m. Immediately the class of the Dutch athletes told. Steel said: “The 100m went almost as expected – a solid start but I was left for dead by Trystan. Not my quickest time this year, but OK: 12.27sec.”

Janssen was glad of the company from his clubmate. “This was the most nervous I had been for an athletic competition. I started the first of two days cautiously as I battled the nerves, but after the first event was over I soon settled in and started to just enjoy the day.” He put in a solid time of 13.11, while De Weerdt and Mijnsbergen finished in 11.36 and 11.51 respectively.

Dan Steel long jump 2. By Gemma Dixon
Dan Steel in the long jump. Original video by Gemma Dixon

The long jump saw the BAC pair start to find their form. “I started to feed off the energy that the Dutch were giving out,” said Steel. “But 6.12m was still down on my PB from 2015.” Janssen, meanwhile, posted a personal best 5.21m in the event. Then came the shot, and “things started to unravel” for Steel, with 9.03m his worst effort of the season, a metre down on his PB. Janssen was just 4cm further back, with 8.99m.

Darren Janssen long jump. By Gemma Dixon
Darren Janssen in the long jump. Original video by Gemma Dixon

Steel was concerned with his knee during the high jump, an area that had troubled him earlier in the season. He found himself using valuable energy needing three attempts to clear heights that were within him, but rallied to finish with a clearance of 1.68m. Janssen managed 1.50m while the Dutch pair both cleared 1.86m.

The 400m rounded out day one, and any doubts of the class of the opposition were dispelled as Mijnsbergen crossed the line in 51.43, with De Weerdt finishing in 52.72. “After 150m I was chasing thin air and my time suffered as a result,” said Steel, who finished in 57.44, while Janssen lamented his “poorly executed” performance as his “low point” of the day, as he finished outside 63 seconds.

The pair regrouped for day two, with Steel 117 points back from where he hoped to be in order to take on the BAC record. “Not an impossible task, but difficult.” Janssen was managing a “minor niggling hip injury”, but felt well-rested for the competition ahead,

First up was the 110m hurdles. “I had a bad race,” said Steel. “But my time was my third-fastest ever – I’m really not sure how!” His 19.38 and Janssen’s 21.09 were once again thrown into sharp relief by the class around them, as both Dutchmen went well below 16 seconds.

110m hurdles. By Gemma Dixon
Steel and Janssen take on the Dutch pair in the 110m hurdles. Original video by Gemma Dixon

Steel’s run at the club record was almost derailed entirely after two fouls in the discus. “This was very nearly a disaster – two throws outside the sector, one very safe final attempt of 23.04m.” Janssen took the opportunity to get one over on his clubmate, and did so in fine style: “I was able to set a new personal best, finally breaking the 30m mark!” His best effort went out to 30.94m, just 1cm down on Mijnbergen’s mark.

Darren Janssen pole vault. By Gemma Dixon
Janssen in the pole vault. Original video by Gemma Dixon

Janssen continued his resurgence in the pole vault, equalling his PB in the pole vault with a fine effort of 2.60m. Steel was struggling with his knee but rallied to clear 3.10m and suddenly found himself ahead of schedule in his record chase.

Dan Steel pole vault. By Gemma Dixon
Steel in the pole vault. Original video by Gemma Dixon

The penultimate event was the javelin, and Steel “was desperate to create a gap knowing my final event wasn’t going to be quick – so I was hitting the Jav with everything I had”. He sent his best effort out to a fine 37.10m, with Janssen managing 32.19m.

Now all eyes were on Steel’s own club record of 4610 points. “My javelin meant anything under 5:24.5 in the 1500m would do it. I tried staying in touch with the leaders early on but again got isolated. Luckily one of my rivals passed me with 250m to go and it kicked me back into gear. 5:18.53. It was also quick enough to stay ahead of my rival overall Mark Andrews of Holland Sports by five points, he’s beaten me for the last two years so I was delighted to get one back!”

Janssen said he was “let down by my overall fitness and stamina coming into the final event”.  “As a result, I was only able to muster a poor performance in the 1500m as a dragged myself round.” His time of 6:32.52 gave him plenty to build on, and he remarked: “It was a disappointing way to end, and I felt deflated. However, I am determined to use this negative as motivation to improve my overall fitness across the winter months.”

Steel’s final tally was 4641 points. “After 3 years of disappointment trying to break the club record again, it was good to prove to myself that I could get back to the results of 2015.”

Decathletes. By Gemma Dixon

Janssen said of his first experience of decathlon: “The overall event was really challenging, but really fun, and I’m looking forward to competing in another one. I’d like to thank Daniel for mentoring and motivating me, the club coaches – especially Alison Ridley – for helping train me, and BAC for making me feel welcome when I first joined the club. If anyone wants to give athletics a try, it does not matter about age or ability, it’s all about having fun and I encourage anyone to come to Biggleswade AC and give it a go.”

England international high jumper Leonie Brunning was another in multi-event action, competing at the English Schools’ Combined Events Championships in Bedford. In the intermediate girls’ heptathlon, she managed 13.41sec in the 80m hurdles, 1.65m in the high jump, 8.94m in the shot, 29.88sec in the 200m, 4.71m in the long jump, 25.69m in the javelin and 2:49.78 in the 800m. This gave her a score of 3,790 points for a creditable 26th place overall.

Brunning joined Steel at the Eastern Combined Events in Peterborough last weekend. Dan was disappointed to have to withdraw early on due to injury, but Brunning came second in the under-17s womens competition, which took in five events. She managed 13.24sec in the 80m hurdles, 9.35m in the shot, 1.59m in the high jump, 5.08m in the long jump and 2:51.82 in the 800m.

Teagan Blake and Leonie Brunning. NO CREDIT PLEASE
Teagan Blake and Leonie Brunning.

Teagan Blake, competing in her first multi-events competition, lined up in the under-15s field and came an fine 10th with a points total of 1,870. Her performances consisted of 3.55m in the long jump, 14.30sec in the 75m hurdles, 7.24m in the shot, 1.33m in the high jump and 2:54.63.

Silver salvo … Leonie Brunning makes medalling debut in England vest

Biggleswade Athletic Club’s Leonie Brunning kept up her stunning run of form in the high jump with the silver medal at the SIAB Schools’ International at Grangemouth, Scotland.

Making her debut in an England vest, Leonie soared to a brilliant 1.70m to consolidate her recent performances that have propelled her to third in the UK under-17 rankings. Leonie, of St Thomas More School in Bedford, had qualified thanks to a brilliant personal best and club record leap of 1.75m at the English Schools Championships earlier in July.
Competing as one of two athletes representing England in a field of eight against jumpers from Scotland, Wales and Ireland, Leonie entered the competition at 1.51m and cleared at the first time of asking. However, jitters were affecting her performance.

She said: “I was a lot more nervous for this competition than I had been the previous week at English Schools because it was a higher level competition – I was representing England.

“When the competition began it was uneasy wait for my first jump as other athletes started at lower heights. Thankfully I cleared 1.51m on my first go. However, 1.56m was not so easy.” Having seen her fail twice, and despite the height being 19cm down on her personal best, her family feared this would be the height at which she would exit the competition. But Leonie dug in.

“Taking three attempts to clear … it was with relief rather than excitement with which I stepped off the bed as I knew I would have been extremely disappointed with myself to go out so soon.”

A first-time clearance at 1.61m followed, but more drama was to follow at the next height. “The pattern repeated itself on 1.61m and 1.64m – finding 1.61 easy and clearing it first time and then having to take three attempts at 1.64.”

The next height, 1.67m, would be the point that the field of eight thinned down, and with only three of her rival athletes clearing, medals were suddenly in reach. Thankfully, after failing her first attempt, Leonie went clear with her second. She said: “After clearing 1.67m at the second time of asking I found new determination as I had finally put myself in a medalling position. This was the height most struggled with.”

Leonie Brunning in high jump action. Photo by Brunnings
Leonie cleared 1.70m to take the silver medal. Photo by Brunnings

Only two athletes would clear the next mark, and thanks to the determination she had shown at the previous height, Leonie was one of them. “I think it was because of this that I cleared 1.70, also on my second attempt.”

The gold medal height proved to be 1.73m, and although she had bettered this in Birmingham the previous weekend, Leonie exited with three failures while Scotland’s Carmen Neat produced a lifetime best with her first attempt to take the top honours. Leonie’s England teammate Emma Sherwood took the bronze.

“It was a tough competition and I wasn’t entirely satisfied with my performance,” Leonie added. “However, I was delighted to come away with a silver medal!” Her performance helped England sweep the board in the team standings, with the female team comfortably beating Scotland into second place, which the combined male and female squad finished well clear of Ireland. She has been selected to represent the Midlands in the School Games which take place at Loughborough University from 30 August to 2 September.

Leonie Brunning with silver medal [2]. Photo by Brunnings
Leonie with her silver medal. Photo by Brunnings
Ian Roberts, England’s team manager, was full of praise for the whole squad: “I can genuinely say that it was not only one of the strongest teams we have ever been represented by at a SIAB event, but in my experience it was one of the best behaved. In our team meetings at the championships in Birmingham last week, I said that the privilege of competing for your country carries great responsibility, and my point was obviously taken seriously. The conduct of all team members was particularly good at the stadium, and we have received praise from other nations and spectators for the manner in which we supported each other, and how professional, humble and courteous everybody was.”

Searing hot at SAL … match three at Parliament Hill

BAC athletes put in great effort at the third match of this season’s Southern Athletics League. As always many competitors took part in multiple events to earn valuable points for the club, but in spite of the extra strain in the heat at Parliament Hill, the quality of performances remained high.

Among the top placings on the day were Josh Watson in the high jump, his best leap of 1.90m taking top spot by a huge 15cm. He also placed third as the B-string competitor in the pole vault and the 400m hurdles.

SAL - Daniel Steel in the 110m hurdles. Photo by Gemma Dixon
Daniel Steel in the 110m hurdles. Photo by Gemma Dixon

Sarah Ridley went two better, taking first place in three events. Her top spot in the triple jump came with an effort of 10.07m, 80cm clear of her nearest competition, while she also took the spoils in the shot put with a throw of 10.10m. Finishing up an excellent trio of victories was her best discus throw of 27.68m, while she added second place in the 100m (13.1sec) and third in the hammer (21.40m). Both Sarah and Josh earned man of the match awards for their efforts.

Sandra Ingham topped the standings in the B-string hammer with a throw of 13.04m, and she added to this with a fine third in the javelin, thanks to a throw of 21.96m.
Elsewhere, top three placings were rife, with Morgan Webster second in both the 100m (11.6sec) and 200m (23.1sec), ably followed up in the B-string equivalents by Callum Stokes, who took third and second respectively (12.2sec and 24.5sec), and was also runner-up in the B-string long jump (5.19m). Webster also took second place in the triple jump with 11.52m, while Tristan Rayner was hot on his heels in the B-string thanks to a leap of 11.29m to earn another second place.

SAL - Jessica Cooke and Francesca Riley. Photo by Gemma Dixon
Jessica Cooke and Francesca Riley in the 400m. Photo by Gemma Dixon

Bradley Strong took third in the B-string 400m with a time of 61.0sec, and Charlie Arnold’s best placing on a busy day was third in the B-string 800m (2:44.4). Stephen Day just missed the top three in the A-string 800m but was third in the A-string 1500m, just outside the 5min mark with an excellent time of 5:00.4. His B-string back-up in the latter event, Nick Haworth, took second spot with 5:21.5, and added third place as the B competitor in the 5,000m (18:48.5). Hannah Ridley was second in the 100m hurdles with 24.4 sec, to add to her third place in the 800m (2:31.1), while Jessica Cooke was second in the B-string women’s 400m with 67.7sec.

More third places came from Molly May in the B-string 100m (14.9sec) and 200m (30.7sec) and Stephen Baldwin in the A-string 5,000m (16:51.9). Daniel Steel took third spot in the 110m hurdles (19.8sec), and as B-string in all of the high jump (1.60m), shot put (9.39m), hammer (14.20m) and discus (24.45m), and another to place in multiple events was Kathryn Juty, with third in the long jump (3.81m), pole vault (1.70m) and B-string javelin (10.62m). Paul Davies was another third place in the B-string 2,000m steeplechase (9:28.3), Alex Ingham took A-string third in the javelin with 49.57m, while Nathan Dodds took third in the A-string discus (31.75m), as did Francesca Riley in the 400m (63.4sec).

In the relays, the women’s quartets took second places with 54.3sec in the 4x100m and 4:30.4 in the 4x400m, one better than the men – third in both of their races with times of 47.7sec and 3:58.1 respectively. The combined team finished fourth out of six teams in the fixture, showing once again that despite excellent performances, gaps in the squad are holding BAC back. No matter what your level, there are valuable points to be had at SAL fixtures – get in touch with the track and field coaches for more information.

Full results from Parliament Hill can be found here

Rundown of the SAL season so far

Eastern promise … BAC rack up medals in counties championships

Biggleswade Athletic Club athletes struck gold, silver and bronze at the Eastern Counties AA Championships in Peterborough late last month, amid some fantastic results and outstanding personal best efforts.

Eastern Champs - Molly May, Morgan Webster and Francesca Riley. Photo by James Webster
Molly May, Morgan Webster and Francesca Riley. Photo by James Webster

A quartet of BAC competitors were in attendance competing in the Bedfordshire vest, with Morgan Webster leading the way despite having struggled with a hamstring strain that had kept him out of training in the run-up to the event. Yet on the day itself, competing as an under-20 athlete, he took the blocks for the 400m in a combined field of under-20 and senior athletes, and flew round the lap in a new personal best of 50.2 seconds, winning the race against older competitors and taking the gold medal.

Eastern Champs - Morgan Webster. Photo by James Webster (2)
Morgan Webster. Photo by James Webster

Leonie Brunning’s fine form in the high jump continued, and despite her best effort of 1.55m being down on her best, it earned her an under-17s silver medal. She showed her versatility in the jump disciplines by also competing in the long jump, and her leap of 4.89m was good enough for bronze.

Also earning bronze was Francesca Riley, competing in the senior 400m, and her new training schedule paid dividends as she took the third spot on the podium.

Molly May was taking part in her first ever championships, and she didn’t shrink in stepping up to the higher level, indeed she took a huge half a second off her 100m personal best in the under-17 final – a fine time of 14.4sec.

The story so far … Biggleswade’s SAL campaign 2018

As Biggleswade AC competitors prepare for match 3 of this season’s Southern Athletics League campaign, which takes place later today, 23 June, at Parliament Hill, here’s a summary of the season so far, taking in results at Perivale and Peterborough.

A quick reminder to all taking part – do let us know how you get on, and please do flag up any PBs or performances you’re particularly proud of via the forum or the BAC members’ Facebook page. As all the team will attest, there’s still plenty of room in the squad for those willing and able to do their bit – the more gaps that get filled, the higher up the league table BAC will climb. No contribution is too small – every point is massively valuable, and with opposition teams also unable to field full teams, coming “last” is relative – it can still mean huge points.

Huge thanks to Darren Janssen for his photos from the fixtures so far, and good luck to those making the journey today!


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BAC results from first two matches

(Seniors and veterans unless otherwise stated)

100m
Match 1
Men
A string 3 Tristan Rayner (U20) 11.7sec
B string 3 Bradley Strong (U20) 12.9
Women
A 1 Sarah Ridley 13.1
B 3 Molly May (U17) 14.9
Non-scorer Janice Amber (U20) 13.9

Match 2
Men
A 4 Tristan Rayner (U20) 12.1
B 3 Cameron Rayner (U17) 12.3
Women
A 1 Sarah Ridley 13.1
B 3 Molly May (U17) 15.0


200m
Match 1
Men
A 2 Morgan Webster (U20) 22.92
B 2 Callum Stokes (U20) 23.61
Women
A 4 Leonie Brunning (U17) 29.1
B 4 Janice Amber (U20) 29.56
Non-scorer Molly May (U17) 31.14

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Photo by Darren Janssen

Match 2
Men
A 2 Morgan Webster (U20) 22.9
B 3 Cameron Rayner (U17) 24.5
Women
A 4 Francesca Riley 28.8
B 2 Janice Amber (U20) 29.1


400m
Match 1
Men
A 1 Morgan Webster (U20) 51.5
B 1 Callum Stokes (U20) 52.6
Women
A 4 Kathryn Juty 69.9

Match 2
Men
A 2 Morgan Webster (U20) 51.2
B 1 Callum Stokes (U20) 54.1
Women
A 1 Francesca Riley 63.1
B 2 Jessica Cooke (U17) 68.2


800m
Match 1
Men
A 4 Aaron Ball 2:15:22
B 3 Steven Baldwin 2:34:85

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Steven Baldwin. Photo by Darren Janssen

Women
A 2 Elaine Livera 2:28:1
B 1 Hannah Ridley (U23) 2:28:6

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Elaine Livera (right) and Hannah Ridley. Photo by Darren Janssen

Match 2
Men
A 3 Stephen Day (U17) 2:16:7
Women
A 2 Hannah Ridley 2:26:4


1500m
Match 1
Men
A 4 Aaron Ball 5:18:15
B 4 John Frost 5:53:36

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John Frost. Photo by Darren Janssen

Women
A 3 Elaine Livera 5:09:3
B 1 Hannah Ridley (U23) 5:39:0

Match 2
Men
A 3 John Frost 5:03.8
B 2 Elliot Swinburne 5:10.0


3000m
Match 1
Women
A 2 Elaine Livera 10:54:8

Match 2
Men
A 3 Steven Baldwin 9:44:2
B 2 Paul Davies 10:55:1


5000m (men)
Men
Match 1
A 3 Steven Baldwin 17:19:84
B 4 Paul Davies 18:59:03


110m hurdles (men only)
Match 1
A 2 Josh Watson 18.8
B 1 Daniel Steel 21.9

Match 2
A 2 Josh Watson 17.9
B 1 Daniel Steel 19.3

NB: BAC have had no athletes competing in women’s 100m hurdles so far this season


400m hurdles
Match 1
Men
A 1 Darren Janssen 75.3
B 1 Josh Watson 105.9

Match 2
Men
A 3 Darren Janssen 71.0
B 3 Josh Watson 100.5

NB: BAC have had no athletes competing in women’s 400m hurdles so far this season


2000m steeplechase (match 1 only)
Men
A 3 Giles Hawthorne 9:29:5
B 2 Paul Davies 10:37.8

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Giles Hawthorne. Photo by Darren Janssen

3000m steeplechase (match 2 only)
Men
A 5 Charles Arnold 13:43.7
B 3 Paul Davies 14:29:1


High jump
Match 1
Men
A 1 Josh Watson 1.90m
B 2 Daniel Steel 1.75m
Women
A 2 Leonie Brunning (U17) 1.45m
B 3 Hannah Ridley (U23) 1.15m

Match 2
Men
A 1= Josh Watson 1.88m
B 1= Daniel Steel 1.67m


Women
A 2 Leonie Brunning (U17) 1.53m


Pole vault
Match 1
Men
A 3 Daniel Steel 3.20m
B 2 Darren Janssen 2.40m


Women
A 2 Kathryn Juty 1.60m

Match 2
Men
A 2 Daniel Steel 3.21m
B 2 Darren Janssen 2.60m


Long jump
Match 1
Men
A 2 Daniel Steel 6.20m
B 2 Darren Janssen 4.98m

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Daniel Steel. Photo by Darren Janssen

Women
A 3 Leonie Brunning (U17) 4.74m
B 3 Kathryn Juty 3.83m

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Kathryn Juty. Photo by Darren Janssen

Match 2
Men
A 4 Daniel Steel 5.97m
B 3 Darren Janssen 4.97m

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Daniel Steel. Photo by Darren Janssen

Women
A 3 Leonie Brunning (U17) 4.75m


Triple jump
Match 1
Men
A 2 Morgan Webster (U20) 11.42m
B 2 Callum Stokes (U20) 10.29m
Women
A 2 Sarah Ridley (U23) 9.35m

Match 2
Men
A 3 Morgan Webster (U20) 10.77m
B 2 Tristan Rayner (U20) 10.60m
Women
A 2 Leonie Brunning (U17) 9.76m


Shot put
Match 1
Men
A 1 Nathan Dodds (U20) 11.07m
B 1 Daniel Steel 10.14m

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Photo by Darren Janssen

Women
A 2 Sarah Ridley (U23) 9.50m
B 4 Sandra Ingham 6.55m

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Sarah Ridley. Photo by Darren Janssen

Match 2
Men
A 5 Daniel Steel 9.43m
B 5 Darren Janssen 8.74m
Women
A 2 Sarah Ridley 9.87m
B 4 Sandra Ingham 6.08m


Discus
Match 1
Men
A 1 Nathan Dodds (U20) 32.24m
B 1 Darren Janssen 28.84m

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Darren Janssen. Photo by Nathan Dodds

Women
A 2 Sarah Ridley (U23) 29.97m
B 3 Sandra Ingham 13.81m

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Sarah Ridley. Photo by Darren Janssen

Match 2
Men
A 5 Nathan Dodds (U17) 30.64m
B 3 Daniel Steel 27.55m
Non-scoring Josh Watson 29.10m
Women
A 2 Sarah Ridley 30.67m
B 4 Sandra Ingham 12.43m


Hammer
Match 1
Men
A 3 Darren Janssen 18.50m
B 1 Daniel Steel 17.11
Women
A 4 Sandra Ingham 10.51m

Match 2
Men
A 6 Darren Janssen 17.23m
B 4 Daniel Steel 17.04m


Javelin
Match 1
Men
A 2 Nathan Dodds (U20) 45.58m
B 1 Daniel Steel 38.10m
Women
A 4 Sandra Ingham 19.87m

Match 2
Men
A 1 Nathan Dodds (U17) 42.23m
B 1 Daniel Steel 39.31m
Non-scoring Darren Janssen 31.79

SAL Peterborough Photo 8
Nathan Dodds. Photo by Darren Janssen

Women
A 4 Sandra Ingham 19.39m


4x100m relay
Match 1
Men 3rd 47.0

SAL Perivale 20
BAC’s men’s sprint relay team in action. Photo by Darren Janssen

Women 3rd 56.07

Match 2
Men 2nd 47.3
Women 3rd 55.0


4x400m relay
Match 1
Men 3rd 4:12:8

Match 2
Men 3rd 3:49:2
Women 4rd 4:31.0


Overall match results

Match 1 (Perivale, 14 April)
1 Ealing, Southall & Middlesex 344
2 Biggleswade 279
3 Basildon 271.5
4 Highgate Harriers and Mornington Chasers 191.5
5 Barnet & District 131

Match 2 (Peterborough, 19 May)
1 Peterborough 333.5
2 Luton 289
3 Harlow 250.5
4 Biggleswade 231
5 West Norfolk 93
6 West Suffolk 75

League position after 2 matches: 11th of 23 with 8 league points
Positions 8-10 all have 9 league points, and clubs ranked 5-7 have 10, so it’s still all to play for.
In terms of match points, BAC have 510 for the season – league leaders Dacorum & Tring (12 league points) have racked up 681.