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News and events for August 2019:
  • Throws Fest – 8 Aug
  • Some dates to note...
  • Biggleswade Open – 27 Sep
  • Club Secretary Role
  • Cross Country Championships - 4 Jan 2020
  • Round Norfolk Relay - 14 & 15 Sep
  • New Members
  • News of Members...David Brown
  • Training...



    Throws Fest – 8 Aug

    This year's Club Throws Fest is in the evening of Thursday 8 August at Sandy:
        5:45pm   Registration starts
        6:30pm   Javelin and discus
        7:45pm   Hammer and Shot
    Entries will close 15 mins before the event start time.
    For club members entry is £1.00 per event, for non club members £5.00 per event.

    We need volunteers for spiking, collecting, measuring etc.
    Also our catering team would welcome some help, and certainly the officials would welcome some refreshments whilst on duty!



    Some dates to note...

     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)
     Sat  Jan  4  Cross Country Championships



    Biggleswade Open – 27 Sep

    A reminder that the Biggleswade Open Meeting is on Friday 27 September.
    There are plans to have an end of season BBQ and rounders after the competition finishes.



    Club Secretary Role

    From our current Club Secretary, Hannah:

    As you will be aware I gave notice to stand down at the next AGM but due to circumstances beyond my control (aka work) I need to do this as soon as possible so I am seeking my replacement.  I will of course remain around to help out and will provide support to the new incoming Secretary.

    I have found the role of Club Secretary to be extremely rewarding as it enables you to be part of the Committee and bring to life ideas.  An example of this was when I arrange for Jenny Meadows to come to the Club for a training session.  I attended a conference where she was speaking and I really liked what she was saying, the idea hatched in my head and I approached her.  I took my idea to the Committee and received their full backing the rest I think is history, we all enjoyed her visit. 

    Having a relatively new Committee brings fresh ideas and a new outlook on Club life, it is a great opportunity for someone to get involved at this time and move the Club forward for the future.

    The role is not as time consuming as you may think.  The committee has been reorganised over the last few years and with the restructure it has shared out many of the duties/tasks.  To put simply the main tasks are:

    So if this all sounds of interest, please get in touch with either myself or Trevor and we can let you have any further info/answer questions.

    Club Secretary



    Cross Country Championships - 4 Jan 2020

    It's Bedfordshire's turn to host again the three counties (Beds, Herts, and Bucks) in this Cross Country Championships, and the only suitable venue is Shuttleworth.  Shuttleworth has been booked for Saturday 4th January.

    Officials will be supplied by the 3 counties, and a team of stewards from local clubs is needed: possibly 8 max on the course, also parking stewards, a team of 6 but looking at possibly using a local youth group, AAF, AC, SC etc (or Shuttleworth will supply staff persons at an added cost).

    The timetable from past years is being reviewed, considering condensing the 10 races, or possibly 12 as there are discussions about adding U11s races for boys and girls)

    Catering help will be needed, Biggleswade AC hope to supply this, in which case and all proceeds will kept by us.

    If you can help please advise David Brown or Nigel Bush.



    Round Norfolk Relay - 14 & 15 Sep

    Yet again, Damo is organising the Club's team entry to the Round Norfolk Relay (RNR).  For the last thirteen years we have been competing in this race, which happens each year in September and is made of 17 stages.  The relay begins and finishes at Lynnsport, Kings Lynn, where we normally start around 7am on the Saturday and finish around 9am on the Sunday.  The 17 stages range in distances, are on/off road, happen in daylight and through the night.

    Our team is always made up of a mixture of abilities.  You don't have to run to be part of the team - we need support for the team in the form of cyclists and night car drivers.

    If you missed the deadline for the questionnaire, you can still be part of the RNR team this year either as a reserve runner, support cyclist, night car support or all of these.  On average we do normally call up 2 reserve runners to the team, due to injury or other reasons that a member of the team can no longer take part, and we could do with some reserve runners for this year.

    If you haven’t returned a questionnaire and would like to be part of the team, please complete the RNR questionnaire on the RNR page of the BAC website ( and send it to

    If you have any questions, please contact Damo or another member of the BAC RNR Committee (Deb Bryant, Mark Stead and Robert Morgan).  Check the forum for updates.



    New Members

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

       Alex Geeson-Orsgood 
       Tristan Hazell 
       Isla Anderson 
       Jasmine Darnell 
       Dan Sinclair 
       Natalie Chan 
       Stanley Newbold 
       Heather Law 



    News of Members...David Brown

    Recently David Brown was selected as an official for the televised Anniversary Grand Prix, a 2 day international meeting at the Olympic Stadium at Stratford in London.  This is not the first time David has been selected for this meeting, having been an auxiliary official 2 years ago.  This was David's first time as a track judge (umpire).  Duties involved leg 1 relay change over, lane infringements, hurdle monitoring, ringing the bell in the men's mile, and lap scoring in the 5000m for men and women, with other additional duties.

    For televised meetings judges are to appear invisible and not be seen on TV, so until the events are about to be run they are hidden behind scoreboards in the tunnels, sitting on stools.  Unfortunately David was seen by some in the crowd to fall over his stool as the men's 400m was to be raced (a new European record for the Norwegian), but David didn't miss the race in his position along the home straight.

    Reports are made on the work of officials, and David's report said he completed his duties on both days with diligence and professionalism, and was on hand to report the moving of a hurdle just before the ladies' 400m hurdles by the high jumper - keeping his eye on the job at all times.  On the evidence of this weekend David is operating very comfortably at this level in all departments.

    So, while Biggleswade may be a small club in the spectrum of athletic clubs, but those of our members who have qualified as international officials show that we can fulfill positions at this level.  The work is open to all, it takes patience and determination.




    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).

    Please check the calendar for updates
     Thu  1 Aug  Biggleswade loop led by Juliet
     from Runners Need Biggleswade, A1 Retail Park, Biggleswade SG18 8NE
     Tue  6 Aug  Everton loop led by Damien
     Thu  8 Aug  RSPB Loop led by Vicky
     Tue  13 Aug  Arlesey away day led by Charlie Arnold
     from The White Horse, Arlesey
     Thu  15 Aug  Beeston loop led by Gary
     Tue  20 Aug  Hillwork led by Damien
     Thu  22 Aug  ??
     Tue  27 Aug  ??
     Thu  29 Aug  Blackbarn led by Damien
     Tue  3 Sep  Route 51 led by Damien
     Thu  5 Sep  Biggleswade loop led by Juliet
     from Runners Need Biggleswade, A1 Retail Park, Biggleswade SG18 8NE
     Tue  10 Sep  Old Warden away day led by Andrew Done.
     from The Hare & Hounds, Old Warden SG18 9HQ
     Thu  12 Sep  RSPB loop led by Damien
     Tue  17 Sep  ??
     Thu  19 Sep  ??
     Tue  24 Sep  ??
     Thu  26 Sep  Sandy loop led by Damien


    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    AUGUST 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 not yet available
     10km  Standalone  6 Oct
     10 mile  Fenland  27 Oct – info now available
     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
       YDL  Youth Development League
       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

     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

     Sat-Sun  14-15  Sep    Round Norfolk Relay
     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)



    News    Races    Results    Contacts    AUGUST 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.


    Other recent results:
  • At the recent Eastern masters championships in Southend Sandra Ingham (Vet 60) came away with three gold medals in the Javelin , Shot and Discus event.
  • On Saturday 27th July at the SEAA Intercounties (U13) we had the following representing Bedfordshire:
         Leyla Akay    100m, 200m, Long Jump, and 4 x 100m Relay
         Charlie Phillips    100m, 200m (30.53 PB), Long Jump, and 4 x 100m Relay
         Donncha Blake    Sprint Hurdles, High Jump, Javelin, and 4 x 100m Relay
         Arlo Treece    Javelin, Shot, Discus (16.86 PB), and 4 x 100m Relay.
    Others were selected but due to holidays couldn't accept the selection invitation.  The above all made a very good contribution.
  • We had 3 athletes selected for the recent English Schools Championships, held at Alexander Stadium Birmingham, known as the mini Olympics!!
  • At the recent Eastern championships at Cambridge, Hannah Brunning came 5th in the junior girls Discus, having set a new PB and club record with 30.68m.  Hannah also won bronze in the Shot with a new PB, and bronze in the Javelin.  At the Bedfordshire Schools held at Bedford in June Hannah set a new PB and CR in the Javelin with 32.09m.
  • Sophie Steele set a new PB and CR in the Shot at the English Schools with 10.88m for 8th in the competition.  Sophie also set a new CR and PB in the Hammer (28.00m) at Kettering in May.
  • At the recent Southern Athletics League at Battersea, David Brown found a small competition window and threw the 800 gm Javelin for a new Vet 60 CR 12.45m.&nbsb; David also ran in the 200m for a 5th place in the B string (30.7 secs, 1 second more than the V60 CR).


    News    Races    Results    Contacts    AUGUST 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:     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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    Biggleswade Athletic Club

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