MAY 2018
Biggleswade Athletic Club

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

News and events for May 2018:
  • If you haven't renewed your Membership...
  • Jenny Meadows – 21 Apr
  • St Neots Half-Marathon – entries open 2 May
  • Communications Coordinator
  • Sandy Ten - Sun 8 Apr
  • 70km at 70 celebration bike ride - Sat 12 May
  • New Members





    The clocks have changed for Summer, and the evenings aren’t quite as dark, but you may have noticed the BE SAFE, BE SEEN flash at the top of the news is still there.  It now gets dark about 8:30pm, and you still need to make sure you can be seen in twilight or dark.



    If you haven't renewed your Membership...

    If you have not yet renewed your subscription for 2018 then you are no longer affiliated to England Athletics (the EA affiliation year commences on 1st April) and you can't take part in any training sessions or club events until you have paid for their membership.  Our Membership Secretary, Georgia, can be contacted by email at



    Jenny Meadows – 21 Apr

    Multi-medal-winning Team GB athlete Jenny Meadows visited the club on 21 April, when she headed up a fascinating training session.  On a glorious morning at Sandy Track, Jenny was joined by her coach and husband Trevor Painter, who is also GB’s Under-20 Team Leader for athletics, and between them they gave valuable tuition in running mechanics to members from the Little Bees, aged 8-10, through to juniors, seniors and veteran performers.  Through a series of drills, athletes were shown how to improve their running form, and how the wrong technique meant that every stride was potentially holding runners back.  In time the techniques demonstrated can help runners perform faster for longer.  Initially pencilled in as a two-hour session, Jenny and Trevor were delighted to stick around for much longer, fielding questions and posing for selfies with athletes young and old.  Afterwards Jenny praised a “superb club and exemplary members” and said she hopes to visit again.

    There's a fuller account, with photos, on the Club blog, at



    St Neots Half-Marathon – entries open 2 May

    The St Neots Half-Marathon, on 18 Nov, is the Club Half-Marathon Championship race.  Entries for the race open at 8am on Wed 2 May, and have been known to be filled within hours -



    Communications Coordinator

    From Stu G:
    At the AGM I confirmed my plans to step down as Communications Coordinator on 1 June.

    I’ll still be around to write about events that I attend, but because of coming changes in my work situation, plus the fact that we Goodwins are plotting a move to the darkest western recesses of Bedfordshire, I won’t be able to take anywhere as much on as I was doing this time last year. Work pressures are already meaning that I’m well behind with press reports for recent events (marathon training hasn’t helped either!).

    So, if the Comms role is something that you’d be interested in, do please stick your head above the parapet. It’s extremely rewarding, but similarly does maybe need more of a back-up team to help stay on top of things. Even if you don’t want to commit to the comms role, you can still help - it would be great to get regular contributors so we have comprehensive coverage of all areas of the club’s activities.

    As some of you have seen and experienced in recent times, the papers do give due credit for any photos taken (occasionally for the wrong person, unfortunately!), and the Chronicle generally give me a writing credit for my reports - I’m sure they’ll also do this for others. It’s extremely good stuff for younger members in particular to have on their CV.

    If you’re in any way interested, or if you’d like to know more, drop me a mail on - I promise this won’t tie you into anything!



    Sandy Ten - Sun 8 Apr

    There's extensive reporting of the race on the Club's blog at, and detailed results at



    70km at 70 celebration bike ride - Sat 12 May

    Nigel is planning a celebration:
    I'm organising an "easy" 70km bike ride on Saturday 12th May (10.30am) to celebrate a big birthday.  The ride starts in Potton Market Square at 10.30am.  The route will include a halfway pit stop for "refreshments" and the ride will be easy paced at the speed of the slowest cyclist. (Very inclusive!).  I'll publish the route nearer the time when I know the likely wind direction.
    Check the
    forum for updates.

    Nigel also hopes you will celebrate his birthday with drinks after the away-day run at Shefford, on the evening of 8 May, at the Brewery Tap, Shefford.



    New Members

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

       Jack Papworth 
       John Frost 




    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  17:30  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  17:30  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".


    Sports Hall and Circuit Training
    Sportshall sessions at Biggleswade Recreation Centre, Stratton School, have finished for now; we expected them to resume in October.


    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).
     Tue  May  1  Route 51 led by Juliet
     Thu  May  3  Biggleswade loop led by Juliet
     from Runners Need, A1 Shopping Park, Biggleswade SG18 8NE
     Tue  May  8  Navigators way away day led by Nigel Bush
     from The Brewery Tap, 14 Northbridge St, Shefford SG17 5DH
             (more details on the forum)
     Thu  May  10  Hillwork led by Gary
     Tue  May  15  Fartlek led by Juliet
     Thu  May  17  Everton loop led by Juliet
     Tue  May  22  RSPB loop led by Damien
     Thu  May  24  Pace led by Juliet
     Tue  May  29  Blunham loop led by Gary
     Thu  May  31  Black Barn led by Damien
     Tue  Jun  5  Starbursts led by Gary
     Thu  Jun  7  Biggleswade loop
     from Runners Need, A1 Shopping Park, Biggleswade SG18 8NE
     Tue  Jun  12  Everton loop led by Juliet
     Thu  Jun  14  Route 51 led by Damien
     Tue  Jun  19  Steeple Morden away day led by Vicky Berry
     from Waggon and Horses, 19 Church St, Steeple Morden, Royston SG8 0NJ
     Thu  Jun  21  RSPB loop led by Gary
     Tue  Jun  26  Hillwork led by Damien
     Thu  Jun  28  Black Barn led by Juliet


    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".



    News    Races    Results    Contacts    MAY 2018   Old News Club Website




    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
     Wed   25 Jul   Doug Anderson 5k, Bedford
     ???   ??????   The Swineshead 10 mile race is no more, the Club is looking for an alternative
     Sun    7 Oct   Standalone 10k, Letchworth Garden City
     Sun   18 Nov   St Neots Half Marathon

    Members in events
    To see what events our members are intending to take part in, or to tell us what events you are interested in, check the forum:

  • For road races, distance running events and similar: What races are you doing this year?
  • For track and field events: What track and field meetings are you targeting this year?



  • News    Races    Results    Contacts    MAY 2018   Old News Club Website




    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

    The Chat|BAC Club blog has extensive reports (with many photos) about the London Marathon, and the Sandy 10.




    News    Races    Results    Contacts    MAY 2018   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:     Hannah Broom

    Web sites:     the club
      latest newsletter
      previous newsletters

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

    MAY 2018
    Biggleswade Athletic Club

    News    Races    Results    Contacts    MAY 2018   Old News Club Website