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News and events for January 2020:
  • County Cross Country Championships - 4 Jan – help wanted
  • Membership Renewal
  • AGM – 24 Feb
  • New Member
  • Senior Presentation Evening – 7 Feb
  • End Of Year Club Video
  • Training...



    County Cross Country Championships - 4 Jan – help wanted

    Biggleswade AC are organising the Beds County XC championships at Shuttleworth Park on Sat 4th January.  Beds AAA will be supplying many of the officials for the day, but we do need some help with:
      a) setting up the course from 8 am for a couple of hours
      b) marshalling the course from 11.30 am (the first race) until 3.15 pm (the final race finish)

    If you are able to help with either, or both, of the above, please contact Nigel Bush ( or post a reply on the website Forum.  Your help will be very much appreciated.  If you have any queries please contact Nigel.



    Membership Renewal

    Membership subs are due on January 1st.  England Athletics have put the individual affiliation fee up by £1 so we have had to increase our subs to reflect this.  Senior first claim membership is £41, Lifetime competitive membership is £16 and Junior first claim membership is £56 (including track pass).  Second claim membership and Little Bees prices will remain unchanged.

    Membership Secretary Georgia Barker will send out an email with a link to pay around 1st January but if anyone has any concerns about paying their subs please don't hesitate to contact her in complete confidence at



    AGM – 24 Feb

    The forthcoming AGM will be 24th February 2020 at 7:00pm. Club Secretary Amanda will announce the location when it has been confirmed.



    New Member

    A warm welcome to Alexander Rogers who joined us in December



    Senior Presentation Evening – 7 Feb

    The Senior Presentation night is being organised for 7th Feb at the Roundabout Club in Sandy, tickets will shortly be available, please keep an eye on the Forum and Members Facebook page for more details.

    Part of the night includes handing out a number of senior member trophies for 2019.  Members of Biggleswade AC can nominate an individual(s) to receive the Lonely Pines Trophy for Club Members Member of the Year.  Previous winners of this award can be found on the Biggleswade AC website under The Club and Club Achievements.  Please send your nomination for this trophy, and the reason why, to Chairman Trevor Ball at, by Jan 6th.



    End Of Year Club Video

    There's a video on the Club Facebook page ( showing some of the Club's activities and achievements in 2019.  The video can also be directly accessed.




    The weekly training schedule is outlined below, see the Training page of the website to see what the sessions involve, and the Club calendar for the latest information

     Monday  18:00  Senior Road Running
     Tuesday  18:00  Sprint Session
       18:00  Track Session - 800 to 1500m
       18:00  Track Session - over 800m
       18:30  Field Event Session
       18:30  Junior Sessions
       18:30  Road Running Session
       19:00  Senior Distance Running Session
       19:00  Senior Road Running Session
     Wednesday  19:00  Senior Structured Training
     Thursday  18:00  Sprint Session
       18:00  Track Session - 800 to 1500m
       18:30  Field Event Session
       18:30  Junior Sessions
       19:00  Senior Distance Running
       19:00  Senior Road Running
     Sunday  Coffee & Cake Run
    If you post anything on Facebook relating to training sessions/races etc please remember to mirror your post on the Forum and vice versa so all members are aware.  You can reach the Forum from the home page ( of the Club and clicking "Forum".


    Sportshall sessions at Biggleswade Recreation Centre, Stratton School, will start again on Monday 14 October, at 6pm, for kids of 6 years upwards (school year 2).


    Sprint Group
    From 1st April the Sprint Group (run by Coach Zoe) will meet at 6pm on Tuesdays and Thursdays at the trackside.


    Senior Road Training
    The group mainly meet at the front of Sandy Sports Centre on Tuesdays and Thursdays at 7pm, but also take part in occasional away days.  The away days and specific session themes as currently known are listed here, check the calendar for updates (deselect everything except "Training" on the drop-down Agenda list and look for "Senior Road Running" or "Senior Road Running Session" on Tuesdays and Thursdays).

    Please check the calendar for updates
      Thu   2 Jan   Biggleswade Loop led by Juliet
     from Runners Need, A1 Shopping Park, Biggleswade SG18 8NE
      Tue   7 Jan   Hillwork led by Damien
      Thu   9 Jan   Sandy Loop led by Damien
      Tue   14 Jan   Baldock Away Day led by Ian Grimwood
     from The Orange Tree, Norton Rd, Baldock SG7 5AW
      Thu   16 Jan   Starbursts led by Juliet
      Tue   21 Jan   RSPB Loop led by Juliet
      Thu   23 Jan   Sandy Loop led by Damien
      Tue   28 Jan   Fartlek led by Damien
      Thu   30 Jan   Route 51 with torches led by Juliet
      Tue   4 Feb   Hillwork led by Juliet
      Thu   6 Feb   Biggleswade Loop led by Juliet
     from Runners Need, A1 Shopping Park, Biggleswade SG18 8NE
      Tue   11 Feb   Henlow away day led by Gary Baldwin
     from The Engineers Arms, 68 High St, Henlow SG16 6AA
      Thu   13 Feb   Sandy Loop led by Juliet
      Tue   18 Feb   Starbursts led by Damien
      Thu   20 Feb   Route 51 with torches led by Damien
      Tue   25 Feb   Fartlek led by Juliet
      Thu   27 Feb   Sandy Loop led by Damien


    Wednesday 7pm Senior Training
    Sessions are intended for senior athletes who want to improve, are prepared to commit to structured training (reps, intervals, tempos and easy running) and who can currently run a 5K in about 27 mins or slower.  There are a few athletes faster than this and a few coming back from injury etc.  who are running / walking.  The training laid on is solely geared to the club's championship races. The Wednesday sessions were initially a follow on from the club's very successful C25K programmes, taking into account the huge improvement of all of the athletes.


    Sunday Morning Coffee and Cake Runs
    See the schedule of runs on the
    club calendar; you should also check the Forum for more details in the week leading up to each run.  Route maps are on the web site here or go to "Events" then "Coffee and Cake".



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    This section of the newsletter usually only has some highlighted races and leagues, and club events.  For a complete schedule of races, look at the Club calendar  - if you want to see a list, click "Agenda" at the top right, and use the drop-down menu to pick out the type of event you want; click on the event to see if there's any more details.


    David Brown initially compiled this list of fixtures, since updated; he is likely to have later information about other events

       BUCS  British Universities & Colleges Sport
       CAU  UK Counties Athletic Union
       Chiltern  Chiltern Cross Country League
       ECCA  English Cross Country Association
       EMAC  Eastern Masters Athletics Club   for 35+
       ESAA  English Schools' Athletic Association
       EYAL  Eastern Young Athletes' League
       LICC  London Inter Club Challenge
       LIG  London Indoor Games (at Lee Valley)
       MDX  Middlesex University Athletics (replaces SESSA)
       SAL  Southern Athletics League
       SEAA  South of England Athletic Association
       YDL  Youth Development League
       3 Counties  Three Counties Cross Country League

    CAUTION:  The dates for some of these events may be out by a day or two – please check for any event you are interested in.

    Track, Field, and Indoor Fixtures 2020

     Wed  1  Jan    Lee Valley Open
     Sat/Sun  4/5  Jan    National CE Sheffield
     Sat  11  Jan    SEAA U13/15/17 Champs
     Sun  12  Jan    SEAA U13/15/17 Champs
     Sat  18  Jan    LIG U20 Sen Champs
     Sun  19  Jan    LIG U20 Sen Champs
     Sat  25  Jan    LIG U15/U17
     Sun  26  Jan    LIG U13/15
     Tue  28  Jan    Dream Mile, 3K
     Wed  5  Feb    Varsity Match
     Sat  1  Feb    SEAA U20/Sen Champs (Lea Valley)
     Sun  2  Feb    SEAA U20/Sen Champs (Lea Valley)
     Wed  5  Feb    Varsity Match
     Sat/Sun  8/9  Feb    Eastern Indoor champs
     Sat  15  Feb    Muller Indoor Champs Glasgow
     Fri/Sat  14/15  Feb    BUCS Indoor Champs Sheffield
     Sat  22  Feb    Lee Valley Indoor Open U13/15
     Sat/Sun  22/23  Feb    SPAR British Champs U15/17/20 Sheffield
     Sat/Sun  22/23  Feb    National Indoors U15/17/20 Sheffield
     Sat/Sun  14/15  Mar    England Champs CE Sheffield
     Sat  14  Mar [tbc]  SPORTSHALL REGIONAL FINAL Hatfield
     Sun  22  Mar    Minithon Yr3- 7 Lee Valley (Choose 3 events from programme)
     Sun  29  Mar    U13 & U15 Pentathlon and open
     Sat  18  Apr    SAL
     Sat  25  Apr [tbc]  LICC Lee Valley Proposal
     Wed  6  May    EMAC
     Sun/Mon  3/4  May    BUCS T&F Champs Bedford
     Sun  3  May    EYAL PROV
     Sun  17  May    SAL
     Wed  3  Jun    EMAC Bedford
     Sun  7  Jun    SAL
     Wed  10  Jun [tbc]  Jumps fest Sandy
     Sun  14  Jun    EYAL PROV
     Sat  27  Jun [tbc]  LICC ALLIANZE Proposal
     Wed  1  Jul    EMAC
     Thu  2  Jul [tbc]  Track Fest Sandy
     Sun  5  Jul    EYAL PROV
     Fri/Sat  10/11  Jul    ESAA Schools
     Sun  12  Jul    SAL
     Sat  25  Jul [tbc]  LICC ALLIANZE Proposal
     Sun  26  Jul    EYAL PROV
     Wed  29  Jul    EMAC
     Thu  6  Aug [tbc]  Throws Fest Sandy
     Sun  9  Aug    EYAL PROV
     Sat  15  Aug    SAL
     Sat  22  Aug [tbc]  LICC ALLIANZE Proposal
     Sat  26  Sep [tbc]  Biggleswade Open
     Sun  27  Sep    Eastern CE Peterborough


      Road/Cross Country 2020

     Sat  4  Jan    County Cross Country (Beds ) Shuttleworth
     Sat  11  Jan    Chiltern League Keysoe
     Mon  13  Jan    Three Counties Dunstable
     Sat  25  Jan    SEAA Cross Country Champs Parliament Hill
     Sat  1  Feb    BUCS Cross Country
     Sat  8  Feb    Chiltern League Campbell Park Milton Keynes
     Mon  24  Feb    National Cross Country Nottingham
     Wed  4  Mar    Schools Cross Country Relays (Rowney Warren)
     Sat  7  Mar    CAU Intercounties Loughborough (Prestwold Hall)
     Sat  14  Mar    ESAA Champs
     Sat  21  Mar    SIAB Schools International
     Sun  22  Mar    SEAA 12/6 Stage Relays
     Sat  4  Apr    ERAA 12/6 Stage Relays Birmingham
     Sun  5  Apr    Sandy 10 Sandy Fun Run
     Sun  26  Apr    London Marathon (Mini Marathon)
     Sun  13  Sep    Great North Run (Gateshead)



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    The Club website has a "Results" page at with links to various places where you can find records of our activities. 

    Press reports of more recent activities are in the Chat|BAC Club blog (at

    Recent entries on the Club blog include the Club's salute to outgoing chairman Damo.


    David Brown has provided this report on recent events

    The year has ended with a bang.

    South of England (SEAA) indoor combined events championships at Lee Valley

    Teagan Blake (u17w) took part in this competition, a pentathlon for this age group: 60m hurdles, 800m, long jump, high jump, and shot.

    Teagan picked up some personal bests and club records in long jump, shot and 800m as well as the points score. Teagan came 16th from the 24 competitors as a first year u17. With more to come a top 5 is possible next year!!


    We as a club had a contingent compete in the 2nd Minithon of the season.

    Sureyya Akay, yr 5, was our best performer with a top ten place and a new club record of over 150 points. Esa Blake, yr 4, also had a good day with a club record also

    In the boys Evan Morgan, Alex Geeson Orsgood, Koye Sule, Oran Blake all returned home with personal bests, club records and medals.

    The future is bright.



    News    Races    Results    Contacts    JANUARY 2020   Old News Club Website

    Biggleswade Athletic Club contacts

    Most contacts can found on the Club website,
    together with a map of where the club meets:
    click here for Club Management
    and how to reach them

    Club Secretary:     Amanda Trudgill

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    Newsletter Editor:     David Hindle 6 Mallard Walk, Biggleswade, BEDS SG18 8DY

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