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News and events for February 2019:
  • Annual General Meeting – Mon 25 Feb
  • Membership Renewal
  • Some dates to note...
  • Schools Cross-Country Relays - Wed 6 Mar
  • Senior Presentation Night - Fri 1 Feb
  • Club Road Championship Races
  • New Members
  • Lions in EYAL
  • What we did in our (Christmas) Holidays
  • Training...



    Annual General Meeting – Mon 25 Feb

    We will be holding our Annual General Meeting on Monday 25th February at the Sandy Sports Centre at 7.30pm, we encourage all members to attend.

    An email with full details was sent out to all members on 22nd January including details on how to vote for the committee.  A form for appointing a proxy was included.

    Voting closes at 12 noon on 3rd February 2019.  Votes or proxy votes received after then will not be counted.  If you have any queries, please contact Club Secretary, Hannah Broom.

    There are a number of Committee roles that you are not able to vote on, as either the roles are vacant (we welcome anyone that would like to put themselves forward for these roles) or they have been filled within the last month.

    If you will not be renewing your membership with the Club we ask you to not vote on this resolution.



    Membership Renewal

    This is a reminder to those who have not yet paid their membership subs (£40 for Seniors, £55 for Juniors inclusive of track pass and £10 for Little Bees) to please do so 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 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 (previously known as PaySubsOnline).  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



    Some dates to note...

     Fri  Feb   1   Senior Presentation Night
     Mon  Feb   25   Annual General Meeting
     Sun  Mar   17   Sportshall Challenge, Stratton School



    Schools Cross-Country Relays - Wed 6 Mar

    Chairman Damo has appealed for help in running the Schools Cross-Country Relays on 6 March. This is the 21st year of Biggleswade AC organising the relays, a free event for the local schools to compete in, with the fastest team and the fastest runner in each race getting medals.  Boys and girls from school years 4 to 8 compete at the event.

    Biggleswade AC organise this event for the local school children to get into running and also take part in a fun event.  Last year, the event was cancelled due to bad weather, but the year before 204 children took part in the event and I am expecting similar number, if not more this year.  Entries have been open for two weeks and already 27 teams are entered, which equates to 81 children.

    This years’ event is being held on Wednesday 6th March at Rowney Warren, Chicksands as normal.

    We need some help on the day in order for the event to be as successful as it has been in the past.  In total we will need at least 11 people on the day.  The jobs that need help are setting up the course / start / finish areas, marshalling and position recorders.

    Set up will start at 11:30am, which will need 4 people, people will be neede for the other jobs from 1pm.  The event will have been finished and packed up by 4pm.

    This is on a week day and most people will be at work, but if you can help out, please add your name to the forum thread.



    Senior Presentation Night - Fri 1 Feb

    The Senior Presentation Night is on Friday 1st February at Garden Court, Sandy (formerly the Holiday Inn).  If you are going you should already have got it organised, but if not then check with Bev Strong ( to see if there are any drop-outs whose places you can take.



    Club Road Championship Races

    The Club has chosen these events which we will use this year for our road championships.  With the exception of the St Neots Half Marathon, the web sites for these races have not yet been updated with 2019 information.
     5km  Doug Anderson, Bedford  31 Jul
     10km  Standalone  6 Oct
     10 mile  Fenland  27 Oct (Date TBC)
     Half Marathon  St Neots  17 Nov



    New Members

    A warm welcome to the following members that joined us recently:

       Helena Wynn 
       Grace Laird 
       Süreyya Akay 
       Leyla Akay 
       Sarah Gallichan 
       Danae Karavaggelis 
       Beth Price Williams 
       Abigail Smith 
       Paula Frost 
       Harry Williams 
       Jack Williams 
       Bradley Cant 
       Autumn Handscombe 
       Natalie Stokes 



    Lions in EYAL

    For the Eastern Young Athletes' League this summer we have agreed to combine with Leighton Buzzard and Luton, to be known as the LIONS.  A gathering of minds with Amanda Trudghill and David Brown representing Biggleswade took place in Silsoe on a Friday evening.

    To get to know the youngsters and parents and coaches we have agreed 3 dates to have come and meet and training sessions:
     Sat  Feb   23  Rowney Warren 10:30am
     Sat  Mar   9  venue to be arranged
     Sat  Mar   30  Sandy



    What we did in our (Christmas) Holidays

    David Brown has sent this account of activities at the turn of the year

    Over the festive period 10 people took the opportunity to have a training session at the High Performance Centre (HPC) at Lee Valley Enfield on Thursday 27 Dec.  Also at the HPC at the time were athletes training for various national and international events coming up in the coming weeks, as were ours that took part in the session.  Being indoors we could concentrate on areas we find difficult in the cold and dark nights on our track.

    On Saturday at the hills session it was a hard but rewarding session using the hills of Rowney Warren, Chicksands.  The paths were firm dry and a good session for those that attended.  Where possible a hills session would benefit any training plan on a regular basis on the low part of the plan.




    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".


    Sportshall sessions at Biggleswade Recreation Centre, Stratton School, will start again on Monday 15 October, at 6pm, for kids of 6 years upwards (school year 2).

    Our Sportshall Challenge this year is on Sunday 17th March 11am to 1pm at Stratton School Sportshall.


    EYAL Lions
    Please note these "come and meet and training" sessions:
     Sat  Feb   23  Rowney Warren 10:30am
     Sat  Mar   9  venue to be arranged
     Sat  Mar   30  Sandy


    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).

    Plese check the calendar for updates
     Thu  Feb   7  Biggleswade Loop led by Juliet
     from Runners Need, A1 Retail Park, Biggleswade SG18 8NE
     Tue  Feb   12  Baldock away day led by Ian Grimwood
     from The Orange Tree, Norton Rd, Baldock SG7 5AW
     Thu  Feb   14  Sandy Loop led by Damien
     Tue  Feb   19  Route 51 with torches led by Gary
     Thu  Feb   21  Fartlek led by Juliet
     Tue  Feb   26  Hillwork led by Damien
     Thu  Feb   28  Sandy loop led by Vicky Berry
     Tue  Mar   5  RSPB loop with torches led by Gary
     Thu  Mar   7  Biggleswade away day led by Juliet
     from Runners Need, A1 Retail Park, Biggleswade SG18 8NE
     Tue  Mar   12  Hitchin away day led by Nick Haworth
     Thu  Mar   14  Sandy loop led by Damien
     Tue  Mar   19  Fartlek led by Gary
     Thu  Mar   21  Sandy loop led by Juliet
     Tue  Mar   26  Starbursts led by Damien
     Thu  Mar   28  Sandy loop led by Vicky Berry


    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
     10km  Standalone  6 Oct
     10 mile  Fenland  27 Oct (Date TBC)
     Half Marathon  St Neots  17 Nov


    David Brown has compiled this list of fixtures, he is likely to have later information about others

       BUCS  British universities & Colleges Sport
       CAU  UK Counties Athletic Union
       Chiltern  Chiltern Cross Country League
       ECCA  English Cross Country Association
       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
       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
     Fri  1  Feb    Varsity Match
     Sat-Sun  2-3  Feb    Eastern Indoor Champs (Lee Valley)
     Sat-Sun  16-17  Feb    AAA (England Champs) Indoors Birmingham
     Sat-Sun  16-17  Feb    BUCS Indoor Champs Sheffield
     Fri-Sun  23-24  Feb    National Indoors U15/17/20 Sheffield
     Sun  17  Mar    Sportshall Challenge Stratton (11am to 1pm)
     Sun  24  Mar    Sportshall Regional Final Norwich
     Sat  6  Apr    Beds Open Luton
             Lee valley Spring open warm up meet
     Sat  13  Apr    SAL (St Ives)
     Sun  14  Apr    EYAL Bedford
     Sat  20  Apr [tbc]  LICC Lee Valley Poposal
     Sat-Mon  4-6  May    BUCS T&F Champs Bedford
     Sat  4  May    EYAL St Albans
     Sun  12  May [tbc]  Beds AAA Champs Luton
     Sun  12  May [tbc]  QUAD KIDS Luton
     Sat  18  May    SAL (Sandy)
     Sun  19  May    Loughborough International
     Sat-Sun  25-26  May    National CE Sen/U20 Bedford
     Sun  2  Jun    EYAL Hemel Hempstead
     Sat-Sun  8-9  Jun    SEAA U20/Sen Champs Bedford
     Thu  13  Jun [tbc]  Jumps fest Sandy
     Sat  15  Jun    SAL Peterborough
     Sun  16  Jun [tbc]  LICC Allianze Proposal
     Sun-Mon  16-17  Jun    National U23/20 Champs Bedford
     Sun  23  Jun    SAL (Parliament Hill)
     Sun-Mon  30/1  Jun/Jul    National champs and European Trials Birmingham
     Thu  4  Jul [tbc]  Track Fest Sandy
     Sat-Sun  6-7  Jul    SEAA Combined events Champs Horspath
     Sun  7  Jul    EYAL Stevenage
     Fri-Sat  12-13  Jul    ESAA Schools
     Sat  13  Jul    SAL Battersea
     Sat  27  Jul [tbc]  LICC Allianze Proposal
     Sat-Sun  27-28  Jul    UK CAU Manchester
     Sat  27  Jul    U13 Intercounties
     Thu  8  Aug [tbc]  Throws Fest Sandy
     Sat-Mon  10-12  Aug    U15/17 SEAA Champs Lee Valley
     Sun  11  Aug    EYAL Allianze
     Sat  17  Aug    SAL (Perrivale)
     Sat-Sun  24-25  Aug    AAA U15/17 Champs Bedford
     Sat  31  Aug    U15/20 SEAA Intercounties
     Sat  31  Aug [tbc]  LICC Allianze Proposal
     Sat  7  Sep    EYAL Finals
     Sat  7  Sep    Hibbard
     Sat-Sun  14-15  Sep    ESAA CE Champs
     Sat  28  Sep [tbc]  Biggleswade Open

    Road/Cross Country 2019
     Sun  3  Feb    BUCS Cross Country Exeter
     Sun  10  Feb    Chiltern League Capbell Park Milton Keynes
     Sat  23  Feb    National Cross Country Leeds
     Wed  6  Mar    Schools Cross Country Relays (Rowney Warren)
     Sat  9  Mar    CAU Intercounties Loughborough (Prestwold Hall)
     Fri  15  Mar    ESAA Champs
     Sun  24  Mar    SEAA 12/6 Stage Relays, Milton Keynes
     Sun  7  Apr    Sandy 10 Sandy Fun Run
     Sun  28  Apr    London Marathon (mini Marathon)
     Sat  31  Jul    Doug Anderson, Bedford (Club 5k Championship)
     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

    The Chat|BAC Club blog has extensive reports (with many photos) on recent events:

  • the Three Counties Cross Country season finale arrives
  • Chiltern Cross Country
  • SEAA Indoor Championships
  • County Cross Country Championships
  • the Fairy Run



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    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

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