MAY 2020
Biggleswade Athletic Club

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News and events for May 2020:
  • Sandy 10 provisional date Sun 13 Sep
  • Round Norfolk Relay (RNR) 19-20 Sep
  • The 2.6 Challenge 26 Apr
  • Training...




    Due to the current situation with the Coronavirus, England Athletics have advised that all organised athletics activity in the UK should be suspended until at least the end of May.

    This suspension includes all organised athletics activity in the UK, including all competitions, formal club activities, running groups, and all Education activity (coach, official, teacher).

    All physical coaching should cease, and coaching should only be conducted via virtual means during this period.

    England Athletics' latest statement extends the suspension of licensed races to the end of June.

    Accordingly, the Biggleswade AC Committee have suspended all activities and events involving The Club, and the track, until the end of May at the earliest.

    For more information from England Athletics, see their Coronavirus statement

    The Club has received news of some cancellations and postponements:

    • EMAC have cancelled matches for this year's EMAC league.
    • British Masters Athletics have cancelled all events up to the end of August. They do have some track and field and road events in September, but these, and any other plans to arrange additional events, will be subject to how this current situation pans out.
    • England Athletics have postponed the U20/U23 Track & Field Championships originally scheduled for 6-7 June 2020 in Bedford.



    Sandy 10 provisional date Sun 13 Sep

    As with all other races, the Sandy 10 will not be run on the original date of 5 April, the current plan is to postpone the race till 13 September.  In a statement on the forum, Stu G, Sandy 10 Race Director says:

    "Given the crush of races now trying to slot into what was already a rammed September and October race calendar, it came down to identifying a least-worst date, that enables us to re-secure all our essential suppliers and doesn't tread on the toes of other local races.

    "The big minus to this date is that it clashes with the Great North Run, which some of our members already have in their diaries.  Huge apologies to those affected who will be elsewhere on our race day, but I hope you understand that these are extraordinary circumstances!

    "Enormous thanks to all the race committee for their outstanding work on both of 2020's race dates.  Quite the year to make my entrance as race director!"

    Entrants will be emailed and asked to choose one of the following options:

  • Deferment to the new race date (date TBC)
  • Withdrawal from the field and donation of entry fee to our charity, Sue Ryder StJohn's
  • FULL refund for those unable to make the new date



    Round Norfolk Relay (RNR) 19-20 Sep

    The Club has a team in RNR this year, which is taking place on the Saturday 19th and Sunday 20th September.  We will be competing against 59 other teams, including Bedford Harriers and Riverside Runners.

    RNR starts in King Lynn on the Saturday morning, goes along the coastline to Great Yarmouth and follows the Norfolk boarder back to Kings Lynn to finish on the Sunday morning, 198 miles later.  A total of 17 stages make up RNR, which range in distance (5 miles to 20 miles), terrain (sand, gravel, mud, wooden sleepers and tarmac) and time of day, yes, we do run through the night.  We normally start around 6:30am on the Saturday and finish about 10am on the Sunday.

    This is our 16th year taking part in RNR and is always a fun weekend.  Each year we need at least 17 runners (we always like a number of reserves, as we do use at least one reserve each year) and a support team, to provide cycle and night car support for the runners. 

    If you would like to be part of the team this year, whether as a runner, cycle or night car support, please complete and return the BAC RNR questionnaire to me by Tuesday 9th June.  The questionnaire is available on the RNR event page on the BAC website. 

    The team is selected from the returned questionnaires, and a points system against a number of criteria is used to select the team, so that the selection is fair.  Only one part is on ability, so you don't need to be fastest in the club to take part, all members are welcome to be part of the team.

    After the deadline date, the BAC RNR Team committee (Damo, Debs, Mark and Rob) will review the questionnaires and confirm the whole team (runners, cycle and night car support) by the end of June. 

    For more information, please see the RNR website (, which has detailed information on each of the 17 stages (including maps, pictures and directions).  Each stage has limited course markings, so it is the responsibility of the runner to know their stage, which is why we recommend that you check out your stage before the event.

    If you have any questions at any point before the event, please add your question onto the "Round Norfolk Relay (RNR) Questionnaire" topic on the forum, or contact Damo directly.



    The 2.6 Challenge 26 Apr

    60 members of Biggleswade AC raised over 1,600 for the Sue Ryder St John's Hospice at Moggerhanger, by taking part in the 2.6 Challenge to raise money for the charities who would have benefited from the many fundraising events that have since been postponed or cancelled due to the coronavirus pandemic.  St John's Hospice would would have received the proceeds of the Sandy 10 - the race, usually held early April, is now rescheduled for Sunday 13th September. 

    The London Marathon is a major event in many runners' diaries, and was scheduled for 26 April.  A number of Biggleswade AC members would have either be running the 26.2 miles or cheering on their club mates and so members donned their club vests and took to the roads, streets and trails close to their homes (even their own back gardens), to take part in the 2.6 Challenge to run, walk, cycle (even hobble) for 2.6 miles, 26.2 furlongs, 26 mins, a combination of 2.6 miles, or a 26 rep workout.

    The Club Blog, at, has a report and 60 thumbnail photos of Club 26ers.




    All training activities, at the track or elsewhere, are currently suspended.

    David Brown has offered to assist in setting individual training schedules.


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