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.

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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.

Biggleswade AC SAL squad score well, despite low turnout

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Adam leaps to a 3rd place in the long jump

It was a slightly depleted Biggleswade AC team that competed at King’s Lynn on Saturday 25th April in the first match of 2015 of the Southern Athletics League.

Despite their reduced numbers the team still put in some excellent performances with Laura Satahoo, Francesca Riley, Tom Boggon, Dan Steel and sisters Sarah and Hannah Ridley, winning their events. There were also many notable new personal best and season’s best times demonstrating the amount of effort given by the team members.

The next match will be on Sunday 31st May at the athletics track in Sandy.

SAL April 2015