MARCH 2018
Biggleswade Athletic Club

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News and events for March 2018:
  • Renewing your Membership
  • Sportshall Challenge - Sun 18 Mar
  • Become an Official – 25 Mar
  • Senior Club awards for 2017
  • Oakley 20 – 18 Mar
  • Sandy Ten - Sun 8 Apr
  • Getting juniors started
  • Forthcoming successes
  • Training...




    Renewing your Membership

    Membership subscriptions were due on 1st January 2018, so for those who haven’t yet paid, please can you do so as soon as possible.  An email reminder was sent out on 27th January - if you have not received a payment request and reminder, please email Georgia Barker at to check that we have the correct contact details for you.



    Sportshall Challenge - Sun 18 Mar

    The annual Sportshall Challenge is for children school year 3-to 8.

    In this competition between athletic clubs in Bedfordshire, Biggleswade AC have won the trophy over the last two years,.

    Come along to Stratton School, Biggleswade, 11am to 1pm on 18 March to cheer our youngsters and help in measuring, timekeeping, and judging results



    Become an Official – 25 Mar

    All clubs need officials and we are no different. The next round of education courses is on Sunday 25th March possibly at Sandy

    Be that one to hold a stopwatch, rake a sandpit, measure a javelin, decide on track positions, or be a photo finish operator.  All vital roles.  Fees paid for by Beds AAA.  Most competitions now reward clubs points total by supplying qualified officials on the day.   For more information contact David Brown, 



    Senior Club awards for 2017

    These awards were presented at the Senior Presentation Evening on 23 February.  There are photos on the Chat|BAC Club blog.

     5km  Men  Jamie Hall
       Women  Elaine Livera
     10km  Men  Jamie Hall
       Women  Juliet Nayler
     10 Mile  Men  Paul Davies
       Women  Isobel Everest
     Half Marathon  Men  Jamie Hall
       Women  Elaine Livera
     Complete Athlete Award  Charles Arnold
     Endurance Trophy    Nick Haworth
     Most Improved Senior Athlete  Men  John Stott
       Women  Natalie Morgan
     Club Person of the Year  Peter Howell
     Lonely Pines Trophy –
      Club Members Member of the Year
     Damien Pitts
     Senior Awards:
     Track Athlete of the Year  Men  Morgan Webster
       Women  Sarah Ridley
     Field Athlete of the Year  Men  Daniel Steel
       Women  Sandra Ingham
     Veteran Awards  Male (35-49)  Marcus Davey
       Male (50-59)  Robin Wynde
       Male (60+)  Charles Arnold
       Female (35-49)  Hannah Broom
       Female (50-59)  Sandra Ingham



    Oakley 20 – 18 Mar

    Bedford Harriers, the organisers of the Oakley, are requesting helpers for this years race.  There is a post on the Forum, please respond on the post if you are able to help, they are promising a free Oakley 20 jumper without having to run 20 miles!



    Sandy Ten - Sun 8 Apr

    The SANDY 10 event has been organised by the club since 1998; the race is in fact 35 years old having started in 1983 (see for more information).

    The event requires an enormous number of club volunteers on the day, and so we ask all our members NOT TO ENTER THE RACE unless they can provide a substitute adult person to help in their place.

    Helping with the event's organisation (course setup, marshalling, car park, registration, refreshments, etc) is not only a great help to the club and our reputation, but gives individuals the chance to see how much work is involved in staging a road race that attracts 600 entries.

    If you can help, please email Tim Huxtable



    Getting juniors started

    We have been approached by some Beaver Scout groups in Biggleswade to put on an introduction to athletics.  After an introductory session, some of the Beavers have come along to our sportshall sessions (aged 6-12).

    Katie and Jakub have done a session on fundamental movements with Biggleswade FC juniors and we had some come along to our track sessions last week. 

    Another Beaver group session is arranged for later in March and we hope for similar responses.



    Forthcoming successes




    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".


    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" on Tuesdays and Thursdays).
     Tue  Mar  6  Fartlek led by Damien
     Thu  Mar  8  RSPB loop with torches led by Gary
     Tue  Mar  13  Route 51 with torches led by Juliet
     Thu  Mar  15  Sandy Loop led by Juliet
     Tue  Mar  20  Potton Away Day lead by ?
     Thu  Mar  22  Hillwork led by Gary
     Tue  Mar  27  Starbursts led by Juliet
     Thu  Mar  29  Sandy Loop led by Damien

     Tue  Apr  3  Blunham loop led by Juliet
     Thu  Apr  5  Biggleswade Loop led by Julia
     from Runners Need Biggleswade, A1 Shopping Park, SG18 8NE
     Tue  Apr  10  Speedwork led by Gary
     Thu  Apr  12  RSPB loop led by Damien
     Thu  Apr  19  Black Barn led by Juliet
     Tue  Apr  24  Fartlek led by Gary
     Thu  Apr  26  Everton loop led by Damien


    Sunday Morning Coffee and Cake Runs
    See the schedule of runs on the
    club calendar; you should also check the message board 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
     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
    Beds AAA Open at Sandy – Sat 24 Mar

    The Beds AAA Open at Sandy has a full programme of athletics for all ages all abilities.  The "Track and Field" page of the Bedfordshire AAA web site ( has details of the events and a link for online entry.



    News    Races    Results    Contacts    MARCH 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

    Some older race results are at:
    -  for 2016 early results
    -  for 2015 results
    -  for 2014 results

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

  • Feb 11
  •   Love Welwyn Garden City 10k
  • Feb 10
  •   Chiltern Cross Country League, Milton Keynes
  • Feb 4
  •   Brunel Indoor Jumps and Throws Festival, Uxbridge
  • Feb 4
  •   RSPB Race For Wildlife 10k, Sandy
  • Feb 3/4
  •   Eastern AA Indoor Championships at Lee Valley
  • Feb 3
  •   BUCS Cross Country Championships, Hillingdon
  • Jan 21
  •   London U13-U17 Games at Lee Valley




    News    Races    Results    Contacts    MARCH 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

    MARCH 2018
    Biggleswade Athletic Club

    News    Races    Results    Contacts    MARCH 2018   Old News Club Website