Dickson-Earle narrowly misses out on place in final

Another busy week for the track and field athletes at Biggleswade AC has resulted in a string of victories, personal bests and season’s best marks, and saw one Biggleswade athlete represent his county in national competition.
Callum Dickson-Earle travelled to Gateshead to compete in the English Schools’ Athletic Association Schools Track & Field Championships. Representing Bedfordshire in the 100m hurdles, Callum was unfortunate to be drawn in a tricky heat and had a strong following wind to contend with – always difficult for the hurdlers. He came fifth in 14.16sec, but with only the first three from each heat and four fastest losers progressing to the next round, missed out on qualification.
Meanwhile, in the fourth round of the Southern Athletics League, Biggleswade – competing in Division 3 North East – travelled to London’s Parliament Hill to compete against Heathside, Dacorum & Tring, Ilford, Newham And Essex Beagles and Mornington Chasers.
On the track Ethan Metcalfe doubled up in the short sprints, taking second place in the men’s 100m A race in a season’s best time of 11.5sec, but going one better in the 200m to win in 22.2sec – another season’s best. Tom Boggon won the 400m A race in 52.2sec, while Morgan Webster took second place in the B string race to add to his fourth place in the 200m B race. Webster also bagged a personal best in coming second in the B string high jump.
Also among the Biggleswade winners on the day were Cybil Laobena, who raced to a PB in the men’s 110m hurdles A race. Cybil later added a PB in coming third in the 400m hurdles. Josh Watson – seemingly in competition with Dan Steele to see who could do the most events on the day – won both the 110m hurdles B race and the A string high jump, and gained a PB in the hammer. Laura Satahoo also enjoyed a busy meeting, winning the women’s B javelin competition, and added a PB in finishing runner-up in the 200m B race.
Elsewhere yet more PBs were tumbling, with best-ever marks from Frankie Riley (second in the 400m), Josh Watson (in both 800m and 3000m) on the track. In the field Steele capped his fruitful day with a PB in the discus, while Alex Ingham’s 12.72m took second in a high quality triple jump competition.
In addition, there were season’s bests for John Haines (100m and 400m), David Lee (800m, long jump and triple jump), Richard Bevan (1500m), Paul Davies (3000m), Bradley Strong (long jump), Andy Lee (shot put) and Sandra Ingham (discus, hammer and javelin). These good performances however were not quite enough to move the club up the table and they in fact dropped one place to 14th out of the 21 clubs.
Meanwhile, in the Eastern Veteran Athletics Club 10,000m Championships which took place at Sandy, Biggleswade AC’s Chris Addams took a brilliant first place in the V55M rankings with a strong run of 44:01.14sec.

Callum Dickson-Earle in Bedfordshire schools call up

Biggleswade AC’s, Callum Dickson-Earle has been selected to represent Bedfordshire in the 2015 English Schools Championships in Gateshead on the 10th and 11th July.  Callum will be competing in the 100m hurdles and the relay team.

Callum and Euan DE
Callum Dickson-Earle (left) pictured with his older brother, Euan. (Picture: Phil Dickson-Earle)