Athletes finish 4th in Youth Development League

Biggleswade AC hosted the final match of this year’s Youth Development League for young athletes aged under 17 and under 20. The match was held at the athletics track in Luton in, what can only be described as, monsoon weather conditions.
Despite having to endure hours of constant rain, the team finished the day in 2nd place (4th place over all in the league).
The were some notable performances from a number of individuals; Hannah Ridley finishing in 1st place in the under 20 women’s 400m, whereas Morgan Webster and Bradley Strong both managed new personal best times in the under 17 men’s 400m.
Again, more PBs from Jamie Williams and David Lee in the under 20 men’s 800m and 1500m respectively. Callum Dickson-Earle enjoyed a comfortable win in the under 17 men’s 100m hurdles, and Cybil Laobena achieved further success in the under 17 men’s 400m hurdles by finishing in 2nd place and narrowly missed out on a new PB in the pole vault. Rebecca Lee recorded two new season’s best results in the shot put and discus with a new personal best in the javelin.
Recovering from injury, hurdler, Euan Dickson-Earle added shot put, discus and hammer to his list of athletic achievements. However, younger brother, Callum, had to settle for 2nd place in the discus and the hammer yet still succeeded in gaining a new personal best score in the hammer.
A huge thank you to all those who officiated and helped out.

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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.

A good “day at the office” for Dan and the Biggleswade AC young-stars

Dan Steel was in action again, last week, this time competing for Bedford & County in the British Athletics League match at Swansea on Saturday 9th May. Dan had a very good “day at the office”, finishing 2nd in the long jump and then two 3rd place finishes in the pole vault and the triple jump. Continue reading

Young athletes perform well

It was a busy weekend for Biggleswade Athletic Club’s younger athletes, with the Youth Development League and Eastern Young Athletes Leagues kicking off the track and field season in tandem.

Competition was tough for the under 17 and under 20 squad who had travelled to Horspath, near Oxford, for the Youth Development League match on Saturday 18th April – although they were competing under the ‘Team Bedfordshire’ banner the majority of the athletes were from Biggleswade AC. The distance, however, did not stifle their unstinting enthusiasm as they all produced outstanding performances culminating in a scoresheet of new personal or season’s best results.

For the younger members it was a cold and windy Sunday for their first match of the Eastern Young Athletics League 2015 held at Bedford International Athletic Stadium on 19th April.

A strong squad of youngsters from Biggleswade Athletic Club were ready to do battle against six other clubs. Within the team there were a number of athletes new to competition – Tia Adams, Valerie Snowball, Janice Amber, Katie Leenderts, Rachel Gibb, Abby Keagan, Callum Stokes, Nathan Hardy, Elliot Swinburne, Ethan Ovenden, Irene Kricks, Imogen Sawyer, Caitlin Allen, Jessica Pennington, Ethan Ovenden and Sam Whinney – and they all delivered amazing, gutsy performances producing many personal best results.

The remainder of the squad was made up of regular contributors – Georgia Smith, Jessica Cooke, Emily Day, Jordan Bircumshaw, Pamina Kricks, Morgan Webster, Callum Dickson Earle, Cybil Leobana, Bradley Strong, Cameron and Tristan Rayner, Daniel Hemming, Tom Whinney, Nathan Dodds and Owen Wathen.

Jessica Cooke had a great 100m sprint finish in her 800m, as did Tom Whinney in his 800m. Katie Leenderts cleared every hurdle in her first ever hurdle competition and Callum Dickson Earle achieved the qualifying time for All English Schools in the 100m hurdles. Imogen Sawyer and Rachel Gibb were joined by Leonie Brumming in the high jump competition with the three girls each producing excellent performances.

Team Manager, Mandie Trudgill, was absolutely thrilled with the team’s efforts and would like to thank many of the parents and supporters who helped with officiating duties that day.

Dan Steel was back in action again, this time gaining more competition experience at the Watford Open Graded Meeting on Wednesday 22nd April. And it was another new personal best performance (and 1st place), this time in the 400m. Dan also succeeded in claiming 2nd place in the high jump but missed out on a new PB.