APRIL 2019
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 BE  SAFE – BE  SEEN   Wear a fluorescent vest for evening running 

News and events for April 2019:

  • Membership Renewal
  • Some dates to note...
  • EMAC - 1 May – Help Needed
  • A plea from the catering section
  • Greensand Ridge Relay – 22 June
  • Southern Athletic League (SAL)
  • Magpas Air Ambulance event - Wed 24 April
  • New Members
  • Track Maintenance




    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.



    Membership Renewal

    Membership subs were due on 1st January and a number of reminder emails have been sent out.  As a result, anyone who hasn't renewed their subs by 31st March 2019 is assumed to have resigned and will not be able to join in with any club activities.  These people will also be removed from the membership portal, forum and Biggleswade AC members Facebook page.  Their EA affiliation fee will also not be paid for the 2019/2020 year that commences on 1st April 2019.

    If any member wishes to rejoin the club but has issues with paying their subs, please get in contact with our Membership Secretary, Georgia Barker, in complete confidence.  Her email address is



    Some dates to note...

     Sun  Apr   7  Sandy 10
     Sat  Apr   27  Workshop 3 Building confidence
     Wed  May  1  EMAC, Sandy
     Sat  May  18  SAL (Sandy)
     Sat  Jun   1  Workshop 4 Effective interpersonal skills
     Thu  Jun  13  Jumps Fest Sandy
     Thu  Jul  4  Track Fest Sandy
     Wed  Jul  31  5km Club Championship (Doug Anderson)
     Thu  Aug  8  Throws Fest Sandy
     Sat  Sep  28  Biggleswade Open
     Sun  Oct  6  10km Club Championship (Standalone)
     Sun  Oct  27  10 mile Club Championship (Fenland)
     Sun  Nov  17  Half Marathon Club Championship (St Neots)



    EMAC - 1 May – Help Needed

    Biggleswade is hosting the Eastern Masters Athletics Club fixture on 1 May. Charlie A is asking for help from those in the club with the experience to organise the match.  We have a starter (Roy Campbell) and will also need Track referee, Field referee and Chief timekeeper.  General help on the evening, especially in the field events and jumps, will also be of assistance to the smooth running of the events.  For further information, please contact email



    A plea from the catering section

    The clubs catering section wish to expand their equipment and are looking for a fridge with a freezer department.  They hope to sell ice creams during the summer after training and during competition days, along with other products.  If you have an unwanted fridge etc then please contact Niamh Blake track side on a club night.



    Greensand Ridge Relay – 22 June

    This 2019 Greensand Ridge Relay is on Saturday 22nd June.  We will enter a team/teams based upon interest shown on the forum but we need to be quick as the spaces are already filling quickly.

    The event is organised by South Midlands Orienteering Club and starts in Leighton Buzzard, with 6 stages, finishing at Northill Church / The Crown pub.  More detail is on the forum and on the Greensand Ridge Relay website at

    Entrants need to recce the route before the event as it is not marshalled and there are generally no route markers.  Teams will be confirmed by mid-May at the latest, so you have time to go out and recce your stage.

    Please add your name to the forum if you are interested in taking part.  £5 entry fee confirms your place in one of the teams.



    Southern Athletic League (SAL)

    The Club enters the SAL to give our senior track & field athletes the opportunity to compete with other clubs.  It is also a perfect platform for anybody who has never entered a track & field competition before and wondered what they were like.  All club members from u17 age group upwards, of any ability, can participate at SAL fixtures, the more of us there are the more fun it will be. We also have to provide officials for each event.

    All matches are on Saturdays:
     Apr  13  St Ives  PE27 6SJ
     May  18  Sandy  SG19 1BL
     Jun  15  Peterborough  PE1 5BW
     Jul  13  Battersea  SW11 4NJ
     Aug  17  Perivale  UB6 8TJ

    For more information see the forum and contact Coach Blunty at the track or at



    Magpas Air Ambulance event - Wed 24 April

    The new MAGPAS Air Ambulance helicopter will be landing at Priory Park in Bedford, at about 1:10pm on 24 April, as part of their Community Thank You & Media Tour.  As a previous user of Priory Country Park (Three Counties XC hosted by us) the Club has been invited to the event.  For more information see the forum.



    New Members

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

       Eli Johns 
       Nic Pillinger 
       Ben Pike 
       Zachary Czech 



    Track Maintenance

    A number of budding volunteers got together at the track on Saturday 23rd March to carry out the annual track maintenance.  The weather was kind to us as we toiled hard greasing and oiling the 100+ hurdles, while others set to work on a multitude of other tasks to ensure the track is ready for the busy season ahead.  A big thank you to everyone who gave up their Saturday morning to help.  You really did get a lot done.

    Paul Swinburne, our Track Manager, is still desperately looking for a few more volunteers to help on a regular basis with track maintenance.  If anyone is able to give up an hour or two in the evening once every 3-4 weeks to carry out simple tasks and checks, please email:




    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".


    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).

    Plese check the calendar for updates
     Tue  Apr   2  Hillwork led by Gary
     Thu  Apr   4  Biggleswade loop led by Juliet
     from Runners Need, A1 Retail Park, Biggleswade SG18 8NE
     Tue  Apr   9  RSPB loop led by Damien
     Thu  Apr   11    ??
     Tue  Apr   16  Black Barn led by Juliet
     Thu  Apr   18  Route 51 led by Vicky
     Tue  Apr   23   Northill away day led by Ian Grimwood
     from The Crown, 2 Ickwell Rd, Northill SG18 9AA
     Thu  Apr   25  Blunham loop led by Damien
     Tue  Apr   30  RSPB loop led by Vicky Berry
     Thu  May   2   Biggleswade loop led by Juliet
     from Runners Need, A1 Retail Park, Biggleswade SG18 8NE
     Tue  May   7  Navigators way away day led by Nigel Bush
     from The Brewery Tap, 14 Northbridge St, Shefford SG17 5DH
     Thu  May   9  Blunham loop led by Vicky Berry
     Tue  May   14    ??
     Thu  May   16    ??
     Tue  May   21    ??
     Thu  May   23  Route 51 led by Damien
     Tue  May   28    ??
     Thu  May   30    ??


    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.

    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 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
       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
     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
     Wed  1  May    EMAC, Sandy
     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
     Wed  5  Jun    EMAC, Cambridge
     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
     Wed  3  Jul    EMAC, Bedford
     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
     Wed  31  Jul    EMAC, Milton Keynes
     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  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

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


    Other recent results:

    QuadKids (U11s), Sandy, 30 Mar
    The track and field outdoor season has started with this event at Sandy, which coincided with the get together for the EYAL composite team (Biggleswade, Leighton Buzzard and Luton):
     Oran Blake  75m  12.0
       600m  2 mins19.1
       Howler  12 m
       Long Jump  3.16 m
     Sureyya Akay  75m  12.1
       600m  2 mins 26.8
       Howler  6.50 m
       Long Jump  2.74 m
     Fenya Treece  75m  13.2
       600m  2 mins 27.6
       Howler  9.50 m
       Long Jump  2.69 m
     Grace Laird  75m  13.4
       600m  2 mins 28.7
       Howler  8.50 m
       Long Jump  2.67 m
     Esa Blake  75m  13.4
       600m  2 mins 36.4
       Howler  10 m
       Long Jump  2.54 m

    Indoor Pentathlon, Lee Valley, 24 Mar
    Tegan Blake (U15 girls) was 19th of the 48 competitors with PBs in the 60m hurdles and 800m, accumulating 2187 points.

    Annual Sports Hall Challenge, 17 Mar
    Clubs invited were Bedford and County, Leighton Buzzard, and Luton.  21 Biggleswade youngsters (U11 and U13) came away with a victory accruing 66 points with Bedford 2nd and Leighton buzzard 3rd.



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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
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      previous newsletters

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

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