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 BE  SAFE – BE  SEEN   Wear a fluorescent vest for evening running 

News and events for October 2019:
  • Biggleswade Open – 28 Sep
  • Three Counties Cross Country
  • Some dates to note...
  • Sportshall restart – 6:00pm 14 Oct
  • Cross Country Championships - 4 Jan 2020
  • New Members
  • Training...




    The clocks don't change until the end of October, but the evenings are dark - dig out your reflective or high viz vests and jackets, or wear light clothing (but that doesn’t show up as much as you think).  When road running it is imperative to be safe and be seen even when you're in large groups, so wear clothing which can be easily seen.



    Biggleswade Open – 28 Sep

    Thanks go to all who helped at the Open to make it a success.

    We put on wheel chair races for the first time; competition opportunities are small for this group, as it is for athletics events in general.

    Athletes came from far and wide, including Jersey, Cardiff, and Manchester.

    There were club records, personal records, and stadium records.



    Three Counties Cross Country

    The Three Counties cross country races start next month, and Bev Strong is putting together a list of runners.  If you would like to compete this year, please comment on the "Three Counties" entry on the forum so that she can check you are on the list.  If you have not competed before Bev also needs your date of birth so please add it to your comment or e-mail her with the details (



    Some dates to note...

     Sun  Oct  6  10km Club Championship (Standalone)
     Sun  Oct  27  10 mile Club Championship (Fenland)
     Sun  Nov  17  Half Marathon Club Championship (St Neots)
     Sat  Jan  4  Cross Country Championships



    Sportshall restart – 6:00pm 14 Oct

    Sportshall athletics starts again on Monday 14th October, 6:00pm, at Stratton School Sportshall, £2.50 a session.



    Cross Country Championships - 4 Jan 2020

    It's Bedfordshire's turn to host again the three counties (Beds, Herts, and Bucks) in this Cross Country Championships, and the only suitable venue is Shuttleworth.  Shuttleworth has been booked for Saturday 4th January.

    Officials will be supplied by the 3 counties, and a team of stewards from local clubs is needed: possibly 8 max on the course, also parking stewards, a team of 6 but looking at possibly using a local youth group, AAF, AC, SC etc (or Shuttleworth will supply staff persons at an added cost).

    The timetable from past years is being reviewed, considering condensing the 10 races, or possibly 12 as there are discussions about adding U11s races for boys and girls)

    Catering help will be needed, Biggleswade AC hope to supply this, in which case and all proceeds will kept by us.

    If you can help please advise David Brown or Nigel Bush.



    New Members

    A warm welcome to the following members that joined us in September:

       Anthony Parillon 
       Joe Dashwood 
       Beth McNicol 
       Simon Turner 
       William Blunt 
       Rachel Fairhurst 
       Katy Gardiner 
       Oliver Bird 
       Josh Bird 
       Nedas Zeniauskas 
       Koye Sule 




    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
     Tue  1 Oct  Route 51 with torches led by Damien
     Thu  3 Oct  Biggleswade loop led by Juliet
     from Runners Need, A1 Retail Park, Biggleswade SG18 8NE
     Tue  8 Oct  Fartlek led by Juliet
     Thu  10 Oct  RSPB Loop with torches led by Juliet
     Tue  15 Oct  Sandy loop led by Juliet
     Thu  17 Oct  ??
     Tue  22 Oct  Fartlek led by Damien
     Thu  24 Oct  Sandy loop led by Damien
     Tue  29 Oct  Hillwork led by Damien
     Thu  31 Oct  Potton away day led by Julia
     from Market Square, Potton SG19 2NP
     Tue  5 Nov  Hillwork led by Damien
     Thu  7 Nov  Biggleswade loop led by Juliet
     from Runners Need, A1 Retail Park, Biggleswade SG18 8NE
     Tue  12 Nov  Fartlek led by Juliet
     Thu  14 Nov  Sandy loop led by Damien
     Tue  19 Nov  RSPB Loop with torches led by Damien
     Thu  21 Nov  Sandy loop led by Damien
     Tue  26 Nov  Starbursts led by Juliet
     Thu  28 Nov  Route 51 with torches led by Juliet


    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.

    Club Championships
     5km  Doug Anderson, Bedford  31 Jul   – results now available
     10km  Standalone  6 Oct   – entries closed
     10 mile  Fenland  27 Oct   – info now available
     Half Marathon  St Neots  17 Nov   – entries closed


    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
       LIG  London Indoor Games (at Lee Valley)
       SAL  Southern Athletics League
       SEAA  South of England Athletic Association
       YDL  Youth Development League
       3 Counties  Three Counties Cross Country League
    more info about 3 Counties fixtures on the forum

    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 2019

     Sat  28  Sep [tbc]  Biggleswade Open -->


      Road/Cross Country 2019

     Sun  6  Oct    Standalone (Club 10k Championship)
     Sun  27  Oct [tbc]  Fenland 10 (Club 10 mile Championship)
     Sat  2  Nov    ECCA Cross Country relays Mansfield
     Sun  17  Nov    St Neots Half Marathon (Club Championship)



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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.


    Other recent results:

    U17 Girls Leonie Bruning competed in the National Schools Combined Events Championships at Exeter 21/22 September.  Leonie had gone through 2 heats in May and June to qualify for this final.  She competed in the Heptathlon (2 days) and racked up a new points Club Record, and PBs and Club Records in Shot and Long Jump too.



    News    Races    Results    Contacts    OCTOBER 2019   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

    Web sites:     the club
      latest newsletter
      previous newsletters

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

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