JULY 2018
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News and events for July 2018:
  • The Chairman's Role
  • Help wanted - Photofinish
  • Help Wanted - Beds AAA 10k - 20 July
  • Help wanted - Party On Potton – 27 Aug
  • Club 10 mile Championship
  • New Members
  • David Brown "Highly Commended"
  • Training...




    The Chairman's Role

    Damien Pitts, our chairman, announced at the AGM in February that this will be his last year as Club Chairman.  Damien has sent an email to all members outlining the role of the chairman, and suggests that somebody starts shadowing him for the rest of the year, to see what he does and to meet people outside the Club that Damien deals with.  If you would like to know more about the Chairman role or to discuss taking on this role, please get in contact with Damien at chairman(at)



    Help wanted - Photofinish

    You have probably seen photofinish images of major athletics events on TV, where the athletes are stretched out and you can more easily see who crossed the line first.  The Club has some photofinish equipment, and we are offering an opportunity to learn to use it.

    To run the equipment takes at least two people, currently there is just Mark Stead, so he's looking for volunteers to help.  Initially it would be on-the-job, training, but ultimately for those interested it would involve attending an England athletics officials course to be qualified and registered photofinish official.

    The Club has a some dates coming up soon that would give volunteers introduction to the discipline:

  • Thursday 5th July - Track Fest
  • Saturday 29th September - Biggleswade Open meeting.

    If anybody is interested in this officials discipline, and would like to give it a go, please let Mark know via the forum, the "biggleswadeac" page on Facebook, or email photofinish(at)



    Help Wanted - Beds AAA 10k - 20 July

    The Beds AAA 10K takes place on Friday 20th July starting at 7.30pm.  This event is also the Beds County 10K championship race and so we hope that many of you will compete for county honours (5 years age groups and teams) - see for details (click on road racing).  The race starts and finishes at Bedford Priory Marina and follows the cycle way around the Willington Loop.

    But for those who are not running and would like to help on the night, there is still in need of a few helpers (3 x marshals, 2 x water station and a lead bike).  If you are willing to volunteer please add your name to the forum or email nigelbush(at) for more information.



    Help wanted - Party On Potton – 27 Aug

    The Party On Potton programme includes a 5k fun run, and the organisers are looking for marshals.  The run is setting off at 10am from Henry Smith playing fields (near the fire station) and marshals are required from 9.20am for the briefing and to get to their marshal point, continuing till around 11.30am.  There is a free drink from the bar for everyone who gives up their time to help put on this event for the community.  If you can help, let Jo Ellary know via the forum



    Club 10 mile Championship

    Our 10 mile Championship race this year will be the Fenland 10, at West Walton, near Wisbech, with a date (to be confirmed) of 28 October.  The Fenland 10 web page currently only describes the 2017 race.



    New Members

    A warm welcome to the following member that joined us in June:

       Tracy Moncrieff 


    David Brown "Highly Commended"

    Club stalwart competitor, coach and official David Brown was recognised at Central Bedfordshire Council’s Cheering Volunteering Awards on 5 June at an award evening in Dunstable.  David, who has coached athletes to county, national and international standard, as well as officiating at a host of levels across the region right up to the prestigious Diamond League meeting at the London Stadium last season, was nominated in the Sports Volunteer of the Year category, where he placed third overall and was Highly Commended.




    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".


    Sports Hall and Circuit Training
    Sportshall sessions at Biggleswade Recreation Centre, Stratton School, have finished for now; we expected them to resume in October. -->


    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).
     Tue  Jul  3  Speedwork with Gary
     Thu  Jul  5  Biggleswade Loop led by Vicky
     from Runners Need Biggleswade, A1 Shopping Park, Biggleswade, SG18 8NE
     Tue  Jul  10  Team selfie stop run led by Gary
     Thu  Jul  12  RSPB loop led by Damien
     Tue  Jul  17  Broom away day led by Nick Haworth
     from The Cock, 23 High Street, Broom, SG18 9NA
     Thu  Jul  19  Black Barn led by Damien
     Tue  Jul  24  Hillwork led by Juliet
     Thu  Jul  26  Route 51 led by Vicky
     Tue  Jul  31  Fartlek led by Gary
     Thu  Aug  2  Biggleswade loop led by Juliet
     from Runners Need Biggleswade, A1 Shopping Park, Biggleswade, SG18 8NE
     Tue  Aug  7  Starbursts led by Juliet
     Thu  Aug  9  RSPB loop led by Vicky
     Tue  Aug  14  Northill away day led by Ian Grimwood
     from The Crown, 2 Ickwell Rd, Northill, SG18 9AA
     Thu  Aug  16  Hillwork led by Gary
     Tue  Aug  21  Everton loop led by Damien
     Thu  Aug  23  Black Barn led by Juliet
     Tue  Aug  28  Route 51 pace judgement led by Gary
     Thu  Aug  30  Lonely Pine loop led by Juliet


    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
     Wed   25 Jul   Doug Anderson 5k, Bedford
     Sun    7 Oct   Standalone 10k, Letchworth Garden City
     ?? Sun   28 Oct (tbc)   Fenland 10
     Sun   18 Nov   St Neots Half Marathon

    Members in events
    To see what events our members are intending to take part in, or to tell us what events you are interested in, check the forum:

  • For road races, distance running events and similar: What races are you doing this year?
  • For track and field events: What track and field meetings are you targeting this year?



  • News    Races    Results    Contacts    JULY 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

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

    • Southern Athletics League - BAC results from first two matches
    • Marston Forest 5k, 7 Jun
    • British Universities and Colleges Sport Championships, Bedford, 5-7 May




    News    Races    Results    Contacts    JULY 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

    JULY 2018
    Biggleswade Athletic Club

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