MARCH 2020
Biggleswade Athletic Club

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News and events for March 2020:
  • AGM – Mon 16 Mar (date changed)
  • Some dates to note...
  • Sandy 10 – Sun 5 Apr
  • Membership Renewal
  • Sportshall Challenge – Sat 14 Mar
  • New Members
  • CAU Intercounties Cross Country - 7 Mar
  • Training...



    AGM – Mon 16 Mar (date changed)

    The date of the AGM has changed and will now be on MARCH 16TH 2020 IN THE AUDITORIUM AT SANDY UPPER SCHOOL.




    Some dates to note...

     Sat  14  Mar    Sportshall Challenge at Stratton
     Mon  16  Mar    AGM
     Sun  5  Apr    Sandy 10 Sandy Fun Run
     Sun  3  May    EYAL Sandy
     Wed  17  Jun    Jumps fest Sandy (was 10 Jun)
     Thu  2  Jul [tbc]  Track Fest Sandy
     Thu  6  Aug [tbc]  Throws Fest Sandy
     Sat  26  Sep [tbc]  Biggleswade Open



    Sandy 10 – Sun 5 Apr

    Biggleswade AC organises the Sandy 10 road race, which this year will be held on Sunday 5th April 2020.

    The club could not hold this event without our members helping with various tasks, such as course marshalling, car parking and race HQ duties.  With this in mind, we ask that BAC members do not enter the race, but make themselves available to assist on the day, if at all possible.  Ideally, we'll need you between about 8.30am and 12.30pm.  If you've volunteered before, we'll assume that you're happy to do what you did last year, unless you'd like a different job.  If you are available to help and haven't already told him, please let Gary Baldwin, Chief Marshal, know, by email to

    A job we do need to fill this year is for one or two people to help put up the course signs.  This involves getting out there at about 6.30am (sorry!) on the Sunday morning.  The signs all need to be placed in their correct locations before the race starts and then collected up afterwards.  It would also be helpful if those same people could spare a couple of hours on the Saturday to load up the hire van ready for the following day.  If anyone feels able to help with this important job please let Gary know.



    Membership Renewal

    If you haven't yet done so, this is a reminder to please pay your membership subs (£41 for Seniors, £56 for Juniors inclusive of track pass and £10 for Little Bees) as soon as possible, as they were due on 1st January.  If you have paid by alternative means (such as bank transfer), please let Georgia Barker, Membership Secretary, know so that she can liaise with our treasurer and confirm that we have received your payment.

    Please do not attempt to give your subs to a coach - all payments should be through our membership portal, LoveAdmin.  Please contact Georgia if you have any problems with this.

    If you have decided not to renew this year, it would be appreciated if you can let Georgia know so that she can take you off the list - otherwise you may get further reminders.

    If you intend to re-join, but there is a reason why you've not paid yet, again, please get in touch.  Any communication will be treated with the utmost confidence.

    Georgia's Club email is
    The LoveAdmin web address is 


    Sportshall Challenge – Sat 14 Mar

    The annual Sportshall Challenge, a competition with the other clubs in the county, for U11s and U13s (school years 3 to 8), will be held at Stratton School, Biggleswade, 10am to 12 noon on Saturday 14th March.  All help will be greatly appreciated.



    New Members

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

       Corey Scanlan 
       Holly Smith 
       Katarzyna Czarnota 
       Hayley Swords 



    CAU Intercounties Cross Country - 7 Mar

    Runners from Biggleswade AC have been selected to represent Bedfordshire in the CAU Intercounties Cross Country at Loughborough on 7th March.  This is a televised event by Sky so look out for the white vest with Black Gold and Red vertical stripes of Bedfordshire.

    Sen Women: Hannah Broom, Natalie Garner, and Natalie Morgan

    U17 Men: Elliott Swinburn.

    Elliott has also been selected for Bedfordshire Schools in the Schools Championships in Liverpool on 14th March.




    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".


    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   Mar 3   Hillwork led by Juliet
      Thu   Mar 5   Biggleswade Loop led by Juliet
     from Runners Need, A1 Shopping Park, Biggleswade SG18 8NE
      Tue   Mar 10   Starbursts led by Juliet
      Thu   Mar 12   Sandy Loop led by Damien
      Tue   Mar 17   RSPB Loop with torches led by Damien
      Thu   Mar 19   ??
      Tue   Mar 24   Sandy Loop led by Damien
      Thu   Mar 26   Everton Loop led by Juliet
      Tue   Mar 31   Route 51 with Damien
      Thu   Apr 2   Biggleswade Loop led by Juliet
     from Runners Need, A1 Shopping Park, Biggleswade SG18 8NE
      Tue   Apr 7   RSPB Loop led by Damien
      Thu   Apr 9   Black Barn led by Juliet
      Tue   Apr 14   Wrestlingworth away day led by Damien
     from The Chequers, 43 High St, Wrestlingworth, SG19 2EP
      Thu   Apr 16   RSPB Loop led by Damien
      Tue   Apr 21   Blunham Loop led by Juliet
      Thu   Apr 23   Route 51 led by Damien
      Tue   Apr 28   Everton Loop led by Damien
      Thu   Apr 30   Hillwork 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.

    Bedfordshire AAA Open, Bedford, 12th April
    entries now open at Beds AAA website.

    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
       EA  England Athletics
       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

     Sat/Sun  14/15  Mar    EA Champs Combined Events Sheffield
     Sun  22  Mar    Minithon Yr3- 7 Lee Valley (Choose 3 events from programme)
     Sun  29  Mar    U13 & U15 Pentathlon and open
     Sun  12  Apr    Beds Open hosted by Bedford and County AC
        U11s to vets incl wheel chair
     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 Sandy
     Sun  17  May    SAL
     Wed  3  Jun    EMAC Bedford
     Sun  7  Jun    SAL
     Sun  14  Jun    EYAL PROV
     Wed  17  Jun    Jumps fest Sandy (was 10 Jun)
     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

     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.


    Other recent results:

    National Indoor Athletics Championship, Sheffield, 2019
    Biggleswade AC had 3 athletes compete in the UK National Indoor athletics champs in Sheffield.

    Freddie Steele U15 competed in the 60m and came 4th in the opening round and qualified for the semi-final with a new PB and CR that had stood since 2001.  In the semi-final Freddie was drawn in lane 2 and was well motivated to get into the final.  In a very tight race he ran a new PB and CR and was only 3/10ths from getting into the final.

    Sister Sophie Steel U17W Shot Putt was a credible 13th first year U17 and only 10 cm away from her PB she set in January.

    Finally Leonie Brunning U20W High Jump, Leonie set a new U20 indoor club record, just 1 cm off the overall club record.

    Well done to all.



    News    Races    Results    Contacts    MARCH 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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