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The clocks changed at the end of October, and the evenings are now dark
- dig out your reflective or high viz vests and jackets, or wear light clothing

News and events for November 2017:
  • Your club needs you! - Current Vacancies
  • Vikki Vowles
  • How is your training?
  • County AAA Championships Cross Country, Sat 6 Jan 2018
  • New Members
  • Training...




    Your club needs you! - Current Vacancies

    Biggleswade Athletic Club relies on the passion and commitment of members to support it, enabling us to thrive, grow and compete. It is volunteers who regularly give their time as coaches or in club management who ensure we have the membership offer you all value.

    Whatever your skills and interests are, we have roles where you can give time regularly.

    We are looking for members who are interested in helping the club in formal roles as committee members. Current vacancies are:

    Aside from the committee, we also need support with club catering from either one person or a group:
    • Catering role
    Please think about how you can help; see the
    Forum item on the Biggleswade AC website for more details on the roles, contact the club chairman (Damien Pitts) to discuss these roles.



    Vikki Vowles

    The Club blog has an item describing Vikki's adventures with the Club, with many photos, and news of how members have celebrated Vikki:



    How is your training?

    Are you supporting your running with circuits, conditioning or weight power sessions? Running to optimum is not moving those legs as quick as possible, but supported with arm exercises, having a strong core and support for those rehab periods.

    If possible four sessions a week of only 20 mins would get improvements and should have less injuries. Whilst watching that favourite TV programme you can do some curls, sits ups, plank, etc, 20 sits ups x 3 should take less than 5 mins.

    Do you know the difference between a circuit and a conditioning session?

    As a club your coaches cover all of these events for you to help improvements in performance, core and support in rehab.



    County AAA Championships Cross Country, Sat 6 Jan 2018

    This event is being held at Shuttleworth:
      first event 11:30 U13 girls 3000m
      final event  2:45 U17 mens 6000m

    The County AAA has asked if we can provide some help in marshalling and car park duties, all volunteers get a free lunch. It is expected car parking assistance will be from 9:30 until approx 12:30 pm (car parking and entry is in the Shuttleworth's Aerodrome Collections main gate). Marshalling will be from 11:30 until 3:15. The course requires 6 marshalls so if we get many volunteers we can do shifts of 2 races. For more information contact David, Nigel or Damo.



    New Members

    Welcome to the following members that joined us recently:

       Marley Rogers 
       Louise O'Donnell 
       Charlotte Day 
       Ronnie Byrne 
       John Luff 
       William Deards 
       Annabel Deards 
       Kristina Chambers 
       Kevin Goody 
       Paul Swinburne 
       Max Collins 
       Oran Blake 
       Tom Steele 




    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
       19:00  Senior Running
       20:30  Core Conditioning
     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 Session
       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


    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).
     Thu  Nov  2  Biggleswade loop by Juliet
      from Runners Need, Biggleswade, A1 Shopping Park, SG18 8NE
     Tue  Nov  7  Speedwork lead by Gary
     Thu  Nov  9  Sandy Loop lead by Juliet
     Tue  Nov  14  Letchworth Away Day lead by Vicky Berry
     Thu  Nov  16  RSPB Loop with torches lead by Gary
     Tue  Nov  21  Starbursts lead by Gary
     Thu  Nov  23  Sandy Loop lead by Damien Pitts
     Tue  Nov  28  Hilllwork lead by Gary
     Thu  Nov  30  Route 51 with torches lead by Juliet
     Tue  Dec  5  Speedwork led by Gary
     Thu  Dec  7  Biggleswade Loop led by Juliet
     Tue  Dec  12  Pace Judgement led by Gary
     Thu  Dec  14  Sandy Loop led by Damien Pitts
     Tue  Dec  19  Fartlek led by Gary
     Thu  Dec  21  RSPB Loop with torches led by Juliet


    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".


    Core Conditioning

    Core Conditioning Sessions will run on Monday nights at 8.30pm on the grass at the track.  The cost will be £2.50 per session, and you won't need a track pass.  The sessions are being run by Simon Desborough who runs Triumph Wellbeing in Potton with a view to continue all year round.  These sessions are for over 18s.

    Core Conditioning is about strengthening the multiple muscle groups in the centre (core) of the body, including the abdominal and low back muscles, diaphragm, pelvic floor muscles, latissimus dorsi, hip flexors and the gluteal muscles.  All these muscles work in concert to stabilize the spine while moving your limbs.



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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
     Sun   19 Nov   St Neots Half Marathon - entries now full


    Fixtures for 2017

    David Brown has provided a list of events (since updated)
    SAL   Southern Athletics League, Division 3 North
    ESAA   English Schools Athletic Association
    ERRA   English Road Running Association
    CAU   UK Counties Athletic Union

    Cross Country events:
     4 Nov 2017     English Cross Country Association Cross Country Relays Mansfield
     25 Nov 2017     ESAA Cross Country Cup Sevenoaks
     2 Dec 2017     ESAA CE International Glasgow

    Road Running:
    Stu has considerably updated his list of upcoming events that are either (vaguely) local or which feature club members on the entry list.

    If you are entering a race not on the list, either close to home or further afield, you can let us know on the forum.

    Races entered by members are marked "*"

     Sun   5 Nov    Lode Half Marathon
     Sun   5 Nov    Marlow Half Marathon and Marlow 7 mile race
     Sun   5 Nov    Richmond Riverside Half Marathon, London
     Sat   11 Nov    Chiltern Hills Challenge, Tring (36 miles)
     Wed   15 Nov    Run In The Dark 5k & 10k, Battersea, London
     Sun   19 Nov    Croxley Park 10k, Watford
     Sun   19 Nov    Richmond 10k, London
     Sun   19 Nov *  St Neots Half Marathon (Club Championship)
     Sat   25 Nov    Discover Run The Wild, Tring (approx 13 miles)
     Sun   26 Nov    Bass Belle 10 mile, Bassingbourn
     Sun   26 Nov    Breckland Forest 10k, nr Thetford
     Sun   26 Nov    Hatfield 5 (5 mile)
     Sun   26 Nov    Kingston Riverside 10k, London
     Sun   26 Nov    Watford Autumn 10k
     Sat   2 Dec    Olympic Park 10k winter series opener, London
     Sun   3 Dec    Bedford Harriers Half Marathon
     Sun   3 Dec    Putney Riverside 10k, London
     Sun   3 Dec    Winter Wonderland 5k Santa Run, Thetford
     Sun   3 Dec    Watford Santa Dash 5k
     Sat   9 Dec    Richmond Park 5k & 10k, London
     Sat   16 Dec    Valentines Park Santa Dash 5k, Ilford




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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

    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:

  • Three Counties XC, Wellingborough, 22 Oct
  • Town and Gown 10k, Cambridge, 22 Oct
  • Perkins Great Eastern Run, Peterborough, 8 Oct
  • Wimpole Hoohaah races, 8 Oct
  • MBNA Chester Marathon, 7 Oct
  • Standalone 10k, Letchworth, 1 Oct


    Other recent results:

    Lee Valley Minithon,  21 Oct
    At this event for U11 and U13 athletes we had a couple of youngsters compete. For this age group you can select 3 events from the general list and then these are added to the final score.
     U13 boys:    Maxime Corbett   60m  10.0 secs  CR
         High Jump  1.15m  CR
         Long Jump  3.32m  
           Total    143 points  CR
       Peter Murphy   High Jump  1.15m  CR
         60m Hurdles  11.6 secs  CR
         Long Jump  3.76m  CR
           Total    155 pts  CR



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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

    NOVEMBER 2017
    Biggleswade Athletic Club

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