The winning streak ends … BAC’s ladies XC team pipped at Comet Sports Awards

Biggleswade Athletic Club’s ladies’ cross-country team experienced rare disappointment when they were beaten to Team of the Year at The Comet Sports Awards on Thursday night. In a shortlist of extremely strong nominees, Letchworth Sports & Tennis Club Ladies 1st Team took the top prize, thanks to a superb 10-year winning streak as Hertfordshire champions. All at BAC pass on their congratulations to LSTC on a wonderful achievement. Also on the shortlist were Pixmore Junior School Boys & Girls Indoor Activities and Hitchin Ladies’ Rugby.

This takes nothing away from another brilliant season for the BAC team, with Elaine Livera, Isobel Everest, Hannah Broom, Natalie Morgan and Juliet Nayler sharing point-scoring duties during a third successive Three Counties title-winning campaign, while Elaine, Isobel, Hannah and Natalie also took team honours at the Bedfordshire County Cross Country championships. Individual honours stacked up throughout the season too, while outside the points the morale in the team was outstanding, with first-timers taking the muddy plunge, and support crews lending valuable encouragement and taking photos while biting cold numbed their trigger-fingers.

Thursday’s ceremony at the Icknield Centre in Letchworth saw proud club coach Paul Davies join Elaine, Isobel and Hannah accept their prize for making the final. We hope that all in attendance enjoyed their night. Enormous thanks to the awards organisers for recognising the ladies’ achievements.

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More records tumble for Biggleswade AC junior girls

It was a busy weekend for Biggleswade Athletic Club, with members competing in an assortment of venues and locations.

Junior members, Georgia Smith, Sophie Forbes-Laird and Emily Day competed in the Lee Valley Minithon on Saturday 28th February.  Georgia broke the club records in the 60m and 200m (under 13 girls) and Sophie broke the under 11 girls club records for the 60m and long jump.  Spurred on by her clubmates, Emily recorded a new personal best time in the under 13 girls 200m.

The club was also very privileged to have three of its junior members representing Bedfordshire in the British Athletics Inter Counties Cross Country Championships at Cofton Park in Birmingham on Saturday.  Hannah Ridley ran a storming race to finish in 78th position in the extremely tough, under 20 women’s event, with Jessica Cooke and Ferdinand Kricks both competing in their individual age group races.

Last weekend finally heralded the arrival of spring, with a number of long distance events scheduled to coincide with training for the London Marathon.

Paul Davies and Giles Hawthorne headed to Kent for the first ever staging of the Lydd 20; a 20 mile race around the country lanes to the north of Lydd, in the picturesque area of Romney Marsh.  Paul finished in 11th place in a time of 2 hours 7 minutes 4 seconds, narrowly missing the club record by 21 seconds, and Giles, having struggled at 16 miles, managed to keep going finishing in just under 2½ hours.

There were also Biggleswade AC members competing in the Milton Keynes Festival of Running 20 mile and half marathon races at the weekend.  Elaine Stead, who is training for the Brighton Marathon, tackled the 20 mile race, with Juliet Grimwood and Marc Deans giving the half marathon course a go.

Success at Chiltern League for U13 boys

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U13 boys XC team at the Chiltern League Cross Country match at Milton Keynes on Saturday

It was a busy weekend for Biggleswade Athletic club’s older and younger members. On Saturday the under 13 boys cross-country team, consisting of Daniel Hemming, Ferdinand Kricks and Elliot Swinburn, finished in a very respectable 3rd place in Division 2 of the CHILTERN CROSS COUNTRY LEAGUE. In addition to this great result the under 17 ladies finished 4th and Hannah Ridley won the under 20 ladies title. There was further success for Biggleswade AC at the EASTERN COUNTIES INDOOR CHAMPIONSHIPS at Lee Valley on Saturday 7th. Georgia Smith managed a superb 2nd place in her heat of the under 13 girl’s 60m – finishing in 6th place in the semi-final in a new club record time of 9.04secs. Callum Dickson Earle won silver in the under 17 men’s 60m hurdles final and older brother, Euan, after a disappointing run in the 60m hurdles, managed a pleasantly surprising win in the 60m sprint. Laura Satahoo, returning from injury and illness, managed a first-rate result in the under 20 ladies 60m sprint. It was then the turn of veteran athlete and coach, John Haines, as he travelled to north Essex for the GREAT BENTLEY HALF MARATHON on Sunday 8th February. Indulging in just one relaxing beer the night before, he had high hopes of another sub 1.30 half-marathon performance, as a 60 year old. He began well but was hampered by strong winds which put paid to any race goal times. However, he battled on to complete the 13.1miles in a very respectable 1 hour 32 mins 38 secs, and had the satisfaction of being the first vet60 to cross the finish line.