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News and events for December 2019:
  • County Cross Country Championships - 4 Jan – help wanted
  • County Cross Country Championships - 4 Jan – runners wanted
  • Membership Renewal
  • New Member
  • Introducing Amanda
  • Junior Presentation Evening - 22 Nov
  • Track Maintenance – Help Needed
  • Club Kit
  • 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.



    County Cross Country Championships - 4 Jan – runners wanted

    Details of the Beds County Cross Country Championships are in the Beds AAA website

    Mandie Trudghill (our Club Secretary) is coordinating club entries, and at the time of writing has heard from only 7 seniors (if you have messaged her on the club forum please email her direct or via the Club Facebook page - the deadline for entry is 21st Dec and the race is a real local one at Shuttleworth on January 4th which is a great XC course.

    To qualify to run for the Club you must have been born in Bedfordshire, or lived in Bedfordshire for at least the last 9 months.  Mandie will need your full postal address, date of birth, and your English Athletics registration number.  If you don’t qualify to run for Bedfordshire, we suggest you check out the Beds AAA website and enter yourself.



    Membership Renewal

    Membership subs are due on January 1st.  England Athletics have put the individual affiliation fee up by £1 so we will have to increase our subs to reflect this.  Senior first claim membership will be £41, Lifetime competitive membership will be £16 and Junior first claim membership will be £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 on 1st January but if anyone has any concerns about paying their subs please don't hesitate to contact her in complete confidence at



    New Member

    A warm welcome to Simon Ashton who joined us in November



    Introducing Amanda

    from our new Club Secretary, Amanda (Mandie) Trudgill:

    Hello everyone, I am Amanda Trudgill aka Mandie and I have stepped up to the plate and volunteered to take over from Hannah Broom as Club Secretary.  Wanted to say to everyone and introduce myself to all those that I’ve not met or might never have heard of me (I’m sure there are loads!)

    I have been involved with Biggleswade AC for the past 11 years, since bringing my son to try out athletics and as I live in Sandy it made sense to pop along to the track and see what Biggleswade AC was all about.  I was an athlete for Stevenage and North Herts Athletic Club as a child for approx.  7yrs , in fact some might say the most important years - 10yrs old to 17yrs .I have such fond memories of running the streets with my friends 2 to 3 nights a week and competing at weekends either on track or cross country.  I think I can contribute many a personal trait I have to these years and wanted my son to experience similar as he grew up.

    During my time with Biggleswade AC I have taken on the role as Junior Coordinator, this means managing teams/squads on the track in the leagues we take part in and Cross Country, I organise the yearly fun run, If I’m at the track I’m usually the first person new juniors meet and organise the Junior presentation evening.  As well as the Junior Coordinator role I organise the club team for the Bedfordshire county xc champs and club kit.  All these roles mean you may have come across me but if not hello.

    I am sure you will appreciate that all roles within the club from coaches, refreshments, track maintenance and committee are all voluntary and everyone of us has a busy “day” life.  This means that at the moment Hannah and myself haven’t been able to have an official handover so please bear with me/us as I am still learning the rope and my responsibilities as club secretary.  All while still doing the other stuff I do for the club.

    My impression and what I love about the mighty blue and yellows is that we are very much an athlete lead club and by this I mean we are here to try and help you rather than some other clubs (in my personal experience) that are more about what the athlete can do for the club i.e.  higher the profile etc.  I have felt though over the years that this club can sometimes be us and them ….  Either track and field Vs road runners and seniors Vs juniors.  Obviously by the very nature of the differences between both disciplines and ages there will be separation but together we are the mighty blue and yellows and it would be good to have some cross over and coming together when we can……….

    Anyway, that’s enough about me other than I hope to get to meet you, if we haven’t met yet, soon.



    Junior Presentation Evening - 22 Nov

    Mandie Trudgill describes the Junior Presentation Evening:

    This was held at the local Conservative Club on 22nd November and was a great evening of celebration.  During the evening we had a buffet, played music and had the pleasure of a short presentation by an up and coming potential GB athlete.  This year it was a young High Jumper called William Grimsley who has represented GB through the English Schools process (a bit like our own Leonie Brunning) but is expected to represent GB at the European Champs in Paris as well as the Tokyo Olympic.  He was very relatable, and the audience listened with intense interest.

    As part of the celebrations we awarded the junior individual events champions, these are decided at the Biggleswade AC track open meet at the end of September.  The Little Bees compete in a series of Quad Kids competitions, amass points and get awarded grades, Bronze, Silver or Gold so these are awarded.  During the year athletes earn AAA grades from 1 to 4, 1 meaning you have achieved a result in either length/height/distance and time that puts you in the top 5% of the Country.  This year we had lots of achievers across the range with a couple of outstanding juniors achieving level 1.  Talking of outstanding juniors this year we celebrated what I affectionately called the fantastic 4 ….  in 2019 at the UK National u15 and U17 track and field championship we had 4 athletes: Sophie Steel, Hannah Burning and Leonie Brunning and also Teagan Blake and all for finished in the top 11 of their discipline.  I am sure you will agree that this is fantastic and well worth celebrating.  The evening culminated in awarding the overall age group club champions.

    I hope you found the above interesting, maybe you didn’t know that our juniors are achieving such great things.  As I previously said a cross over between the disciplines and ages would be great.  If you have any achievements, you want to let me know please feel free to email them.  As of January, I’m going to try and put together a newsletter for the Juniors and I would like to share your news and achievements with them.



    Track Maintenance – Help Needed

    Our Track Manager, Paul Swinburne, is looking for a few extra people to join our track maintenance rota to help keep the track and field equipment in safe and good order for our athletes to use each week.

    Full training will be provided, although tasks are very straightforward and no special knowledge is required.  Duties include checking condition of track and field equipment and generally ensuring everything is fit to use for the week ahead.

    If you can you spare an hour or so just once a month on a Monday evening, or on a Sunday if that's easier, please let paul know by email ( or on the Forum.



    Club Kit

    If you haven’t got your Biggleswade AC Hoody yet email Mandie Trudgill, orders go in regularly and usually take one to two weeks.

    Rain Jackets are unavailable at the moment due to needing to find a new supplier …. Watch this space for updates.

    Mandie was going to put in another order for T-shirts, but feed back about design of the neck, and sizing problems, prompts her to ask - who would like a T-shirt ? do you have comments on design as to keep or change ? and is it worth sourcing a new T-shirt ?  Email Mandie at



    End Of Year Club Video

    For the past couple of years Jules has pulled together a little ‘end of year’ video to highlight some of the Club's activities throughout the year, and he plans to do the same this year but he needs your help.

    Jules is looking for more video and high-res images, and asks, if you have some footage or photos from any events, races or social events (this includes juniors), that you please email them to him - leave a message on the Forum and he’ll contact you with his email address.

    Also, have there been any notable achievements this year?  Coaches, is there an individual or team that you would like to acknowledge?




    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   3 Dec   Fartlek led by Damien
      Thu   5 Dec   Biggleswade loop led by Juliet
     from Runners Need, A1 Retail Park, Biggleswade SG18 8NE
      Tue   10 Dec   Hillwork led by Juliet
      Thu   12 Dec   Sandy loop led by Damien
      Tue   17 Dec   Route 51 with torches led by Damien
      Thu   19 Dec   Starbursts led by Juliet
      Thu   2 Jan   Biggleswade loop led by Juliet
     from Runners Need, The A1 Retail 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


    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".



    News    Races    Results    Contacts    DECEMBER 2019   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
     5km  Doug Anderson, Bedford  31 Jul   – results now available
     10km  Standalone  6 Oct   – results now available
     10 mile  Fenland  27 Oct   – results now available
     Half Marathon  St Neots  17 Nov   – results now available


    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 2019/2020

     Sun  1  Dec    Lee Valley Open (U13/15/17/20 SEN) 60 m Hurdles (2 rds) 60 (2 rds) /300/600
     Sat  7  Dec    SPORTSHALL LEAGUE Bedford 12.30-14.30
     Wed  4  Dec    MDX Open Student Indoor Champs Lee Valley (replaces SESSA)
     Sat  21  Dec    Minithon Yr3- 7 Lee Valley (Choose 3 events from programme)
     Sat  14  Dec    SEAA Combined Events u15b/u17w PENT other age Male groups Hept
     Sun  15  Dec    SEAA Combined Events u15g/u17w/U20W PENT other age groups Hept
     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


      We are waiting for date and other information about the following fixtures

             Lee Valley Spring open warm up meet
             Beds Open Bedford
             Beds AAA Champs Bedford
             QUAD KIDS Bedford
             Loughborough International
             National CE Sen/U20 Bedford
             BIG (Field events)
             SEAA U20/Sen Champs Bedford or Crystal Palace
             National U23/20 Champs Bedford
             National champs and European Trials Birmingham
             Eastern Champs Cambridge
             SEAA Combined events Champs
             UK CAU Manchester
             U13 Intercounties
             U15/17 SEAA Champs
             AAA U15/17 Champs Bedford
             U15/20 SEAA Intercounties
             EYAL Finals
             U15/20 Champs
             ESAA CE Champs


      Road/Cross Country 2019/2020

     Sat  7  Dec    Chiltern League Luton
     Sat  7  Dec    SEAA Intercounties Inc British Masters Horspath
     Sun  8  Dec    Three Counties Wootton
     Sat  14  Dec    ESAA Ce International
     Sun  15  Dec    Three Counties NHRR
     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)



    News    Races    Results    Contacts    DECEMBER 2019   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

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




    News    Races    Results    Contacts    DECEMBER 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
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    Newsletter Editor:     David Hindle 6 Mallard Walk, Biggleswade, BEDS SG18 8DY

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