Biggleswade AC vets battle to secure 4th and 5th positions

There were some excellent performances in the final match of the Eastern Veterans Track and Field League at Bedford International Stadium, with athletes digging deep in search of valuable points for the club.

On the men’s side, Biggleswade AC went into the fixture placed fifth in the league table, needing to overturn a 14-point deficit to overhaul Luton AC, situated one spot higher.

The evening got off to a great start as Robin Wynde took a brilliant first place in the 2km walk.  In difficult conditions for race walking, Wynde maintained great form throughout and took the win by a gap of almost seven seconds.

Biggleswade’s other big winner on the night was David Brown, who had a busy time combining officiating and competing duties.  Brown took the honours in a highly competitive V50 800m, where the five athletes competing were separated by less than five seconds in a frantic finish.  In addition to a valuable six points for the win, Brown also bagged his best time since May 2012. He later added a fourth place in the 200m.

Ian Skerratt ploughed on despite injuring himself in an early attempt in the V60 high jump, and his third place earned a vital four points.  Chris Addams and John Haines took two and three points respectively in the V50 and V60 2000m, with Haines also taking four points for his third spot in the discus.

Stuart Goodwin endured a punishing night, competing in six events in 90 minutes, including a frenzied spell where his simultaneous participation in the high jump and discus was punctuated by track outings in the 200m and 2000m.  For his trouble Goodwin earned a string of season’s best, while racking up more useful points for the club.

The evening was rounded off with the 4x200m relay, and Biggleswade AC’s men took an excellent third spot to cap off a successful night’s work which saw them not only reel Luton in, but take fourth place with an eight-point cushion to spare.

A depleted women’s team were unable to improve on last position in the six-team league, but those present put in some fine performances.

Lindsay Lister took second place in the V50 800m in a season’s best time, while Zoe Luscombe took fourth in the V35 equivalent.

Julia Mackay, having to contend with the worst of the evening’s rain, took fourth place in the V50 discus and fifth in the javelin, both with personal best performances.

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.

Double Gold for Ingham at Eastern Champs

A busy track and field period for Biggleswade AC in trying weather conditions has seen fine performances across all age groups, with athletes excelling in their own disciplines as well as going the extra mile in less familiar events to help the club’s cause.

On Saturday 27th June, seven athletes from the club took part in the Eastern Championships at Cambridge and helped themselves to considerable haul of medals. Alex Ingham led the way with two gold medals, winning both the under-20 men’s javelin and triple jump. Frankie Riley took silver in the under-20 women’s 200m, taking a whopping 0.5sec off her personal best, and just missed out on a medal in the 100m, finishing fourth but with another PB. Morgan Webster earned himself two bronze medals in the under-17 men’s 100m and 200m while Tom Boggon got a silver medal in the men’s under-20 400m.

Sandra Ingham just missed out on a medal, finishing fourth in the senior women’s javelin and shot put events. Laura Satahoo ran a PB in the under-20 women’s 200m and just missed out on a medal, finishing in fourth position. Bradley Strong ran close to his PBs in the men’s under-17 100m and 200m but failed to make the either of the finals.

The following day saw the club’s under-17 and under-20 athletes combine with Luton and Leighton Buzzard to form a Bedfordshire composite team, competing in the Youth Development League third round match at Aldershot. There were some superb performances on display with a number of personal bests and season bests. On the track Hannah Phillips ran a PB in both the under-17 women’s 300m and 300m hurdles, while Cybil Laobena ran a PB in the under-17 men’s 400m hurdles. Morgan Webster competed in both the 200m and 400m, running a PB in the latter. There were season’s best times for Ethan Metcalfe (U20 men’s 100m), Satahoo (U20 women’s 100m), Eleanor James (U20 women’s 100m) and David Lee (U20 men’s 800m).

The field events saw athletes competing in unfamiliar events – in some case for the first time – to help earn the team some valuable extra points. Phillips and Laobena jumped PBs in the pole vault, Ingham bagged a PB in the under-20 men’s triple jump while Christopher Forster threw a PB in the under-20 men’s discus. Connor Trudgill and Bradley Strong both took on the hammer for the first time in the U20 and U17 respective age groups.

It was a tremendous team effort that saw them finish in fourth position out of the seven teams and also move off the bottom of the league table.

On Wednesday 1 July, BAC hosted the third match in the Eastern Veteran Athletics Club Track & Field league at Sandy track. On a scorching evening, with temperatures around 30C, a depleted team put in some fine performances to earn valuable points.

On the track, Julia Mackay had the statisticians scrabbling for the club record lists with a superb performance in the women’s 1km walk A race. With athletes all around being warned for lifting in the home straight, she kept a calm head to help herself to a personal best. In the men’s A race, Arthur Thomson, 79, narrowly missed out on second place to an athlete 31 years his junior but held on to a very creditable third. Just behind Thomson on time, Robin Wynde went two better in the B string rankings to take first spot, and later added fifth spot in the V50-59 shot put.

In the women’s V50-59 400m, Lindsay Lister battled hard for the lead with a strong first half of the race but despite being caught kept her form to take an excellent second place. In the male equivalent, David Brown – officiating at the meeting on the night – quickly changed into a club vest and blasted out of the blocks to lead the runners out. He led into 200m and kept his composure to take third spot.

Ian Skerratt competed in five events on the night, taking third place in the men’s V60+ long jump, and showed his range to take fourth places in both the 100m and the mile. Chris Addams joined him in the latter, and took fifth place in the men’s V50-59 rankings.

In the field, Joanne Ellary took third in the women’s V35-49 hammer and fourth in the shot, while Ingham – just four days after her exertions in Cambridge – took fourth and third respectively in the V50-59 equivalents.
Stuart Goodwin, competing the night after his first 10k road race of the season in Milton Keynes, earned points in the men’s V35-49 shot, 100m and 400m, and went close to his long jump personal best, set 22 years ago, in taking second place.

John Haines couldn’t be kept away despite injury and took third place in the men’s V60-69 shot before helping the over-50s 4x100m relay team to wrap things up when he joined Skerratt, Brown and Addams to an outstanding second place.

Biggleswade’s men’s and women’s teams both finished in sixth place on the night, but both remain in fifth place in the league rankings. Both now go into the final fixture of the season with opposite aims – the men, lying 14 points behind Luton AC, will hope a stronger team can overhaul their rivals, while the women, 11 points ahead of Bedford Harriers, face a battle to avoid the wooden spoon.

Reports from recent Southern Athletics League, Eastern Veterans Athletic League and British Athletics League matches

Not even blustery showers could dampen Biggleswade Athletic Club spirits as they hosted the second match in the 2015 Southern Athletic League on Sunday 31st May.

The team were full to brimming with enthusiastic, talented competitors both young and old.  And it showed in the results.  Nearly every member of the team achieved a new personal or season’s best result and the ladies did exceptionally well notching up 18 wins which, added to the men’s 10 wins, made for a very successful day for the team.

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Louis Dunderdale in the triple jump

New member Louis Dunderdale (pictured left) scored some valuable points for the team coming first in the hammer and javelin, as well as good positions in the long jump, shot put and discus.  Dan Steel managed a podium finish in the pole vault and triple jump competitions along with team mate, Cybil Laobena, who also gained a new personal best result in the pole vault (B string).  Tom Boggon was delighted with his win, and new personal best time, in the 400m (A string) with Connor Trudgill winning the B string race in the 400m.  Adam Murphy and John Frost had finished 1st and 2nd in the 1500m with Nick Haworth also winning the 3000m.

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John Frost, Marcus Davey, Adam Murphy and Paul Davies do battle in the 1500m

But the stars of the day surely must be the ladies team, with further wins on the track in the 100m, 200m, 400m, 800m, 3000m and the 100m hurdles, for Sarah Ridley, Laura Satahoo, Francesca Riley, Katie Miles, Lucy Masdin, Isobel Everest and Hannah Ridley.  Then in the field events Hannah, Laura, Francesca, Sarah along with team mates Rebecca Lee and Sandra Ingham, notched up yet more wins in the high jump, long jump, shot put, discus, hammer and javelin.

The final events of the day were the track relays (4 x 100m and 4 x 400m).  The competition in the men’s 4 x 100m race was very tough indeed and Biggleswade AC fought hard and held on to finish in 3rd place (the difference in time between the first and last team was less than a second so a very close fought race indeed).  The ladies, however, won their 4 x 100m race with ease, crossing the finish line more than 10 secs ahead of the rest of the field.  More valuable points for the team.

SAL 31 May - Tom Boggon 400m

At the end of the day Biggleswade AC has scored an amazing 273pts moving them up to 11th place in the league.

The next match is at Battersea on Saturday 20th June so let’s hope we have the same turn out that we did for our home match.

Biggleswade AC’s veteran athletes (those over the age of 35) competed at the prestigious Bedford International Athletic Stadium on the evening of Wednesday 3rd June, in the Eastern Veterans Athletic League.

It was a smaller than usual team of just five ladies and seven men who took on a variety of track and field events.  John Haines won his 400m race and came 2nd in the 1500m, with sprint coach, David Brown, finishing 4th and 3rd, respectively, in the 100m and 400m.  Racewalker, Robin Wynde, narrowly missed out on getting under 10 minutes in the 1 mile walk.

For the ladies, Lindsay Lister had superb runs in her 400m and 1500m races resulting in 2nd place positions in both.  Her coach, Zoe Luscombe, managed a very respectable 3rd place in her 400m race.  Sandra Ingham finished 1st in her javelin competition and 2nd in the discus. Whilst newcomers, Joanne Ellary and Julia Mackay, having only been throwing the discus and javelin for just a couple of weeks prior to this event, attained new personal best throws.

It was a busy week for Biggleswade AC athletes at the Bedford International Athletic Stadium.  Dan Steel, competing this time at the British Athletic League match on Saturday 6th June, managed new season’s best times in the 100m hurdles and the triple jump.