The Oakley 20 mile road race is a must for those training for the London Marathon and this year seven Biggleswade Athletic Club runners were among the 790 other runners to tackle this challenging course. Continue reading
Juliet was in action, again, last weekend in the Lode Half Marathon. This flat and fast course can sometimes get a bit muddy in places – conditions that Juliet thrives upon – and she didn’t disappoint, finishing in 6th place overall and being the first lady to cross the line in a club record breaking time of 1hr 25mins 31secs (a new personal best by over a minute).
A team of sixteen Biggleswade AC runners took part in the Great East Run on Sunday 11th October.
Three Biggleswade AC members were among the thousands of runners taking part in the Great North Run last weekend, and despite the undulating course and extremely warm weather conditions, all three completed the 13.1 miles.
Husband and wife team, Richard and Georgia Barker, took part in the Edinburgh half marathon last weekend. Undaunted by the weather forecasters prediction of strong winds and heavy rain they headed to the start on the Sunday morning; Georgia rather fetchingly dressed in a black bin bag to avoid getting soaked too soon into the race. They both crossed the finish line together in a time of 1 hour 57 mins 31secs , equalling Georgia’s personal best time for a half marathon.
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.