MARCH 2017
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News and events for March 2017:
  • Annual General Meeting and Committee Meetings
  • Sandy Athletic Track Resurface Diary
  • Tickets for the World Para Championships, July
  • Sandy 10 - Helpers Needed
  • Sainsbury's Active Kids Vouchers
  • Membership Subscriptions 2017 – NOW DUE
  • Club Tour 2017 – 13 to 16 Oct
  • New Members
  • Training...




    Annual General Meeting and Committee Meetings

    The AGM was held on 22nd February with a record number of attendees, thank you to all those that came along or sent apologies.  The Minutes have been sent out by email, if you have any queries please email Hannah Broom, Club Secretary, at (

    The next Committee Meeting is being held on 20 March, please email Hannah Broom with any feedback/queries you would like to raise.

    Minutes of Committee Meetings are available upon request, please email Hannah to request a copy.



    Sandy Athletic Track Resurface Diary

    Damien Pitts, our Chairman, is keeping an eye on the ongoing work resurfacing the track, and posting his observations to the forum with photos on the facebook page.



    Tickets for the World Para Championships, July

    The Club has been offered tickets for various sessions at the World Para Athletics Championships at the Olympic Stadium in London in July.  For a minimum of 15 tickets per session, prices will be £5 for adults, £3 for a child (normal individual prices are £10 to £30 for an adult, £5 for a child).

    For more information, and to register an interest, go to the page on the forum.



    Sandy 10 - Helpers Needed

    The Sandy 10 road race, on Sunday 26th March, is organised by Biggleswade AC using only volunteers and if you have been a member of the club for more than a year, you will be familiar with this call for help with marshalling the race.  So, once again, we ask if you would be able to spare a few hours to help with this, please.

    The race is extremely popular and has a good reputation for having great marshals so your help in maintaining this reputation is very much appreciated.

    If you can help, please email Tim Huxtable (Chief Marshal) at  If you have helped before, Tim will usually put you at the same marshalling point you have been at before, but please let him know if you need or would like to change.



    Sainsbury's Active Kids Vouchers

    As in previous years, Biggleswade AC is collecting the Sainsbury's Active Kids Vouchers, so if you are shopping or buying fuel at Sainsbury's, please say "yes" when they ask you if you are collecting the vouchers.

    A voucher collection box will shortly be in the Liz Yelling building (by the track) for you to donate your vouchers, in the meantime please pass your vouchers to Damien Pitts or Sonia Edwards.



    Membership Subscriptions 2017 – NOW DUE

    Please note that all Membership Fees became due on 1st January.  The Club has to pay its members affiliation fees to England Athletics, so it is essential you pay your subs as quickly as possible.  Thank you.

    To pay using a credit or debit card, log into the membership system using the email that we have on file for you as your username.  You will find more information and a link to the payment system on the Membership page on the Club website.

    If you have paid by bank transfer, Paypal or given your subs to a coach, can you please let Georgia know by emailing her at so that she can ensure that your payment is reflected on our membership portal.



    Club Tour 2017 – 13 to 16 Oct

    This year’s Club Tour will be to Sherwood Forest, Nottinghamshire on 13th - 16th October, staying at Sherwood Pines Forest Park (near Edwinstowe).  The Tour will include the usual mix of running and socialising plus lots of other activities to do whilst there such as cycling, walking, clay pigeon shooting and archery (also spa treatments).

    The Tour is open to all Senior members of Biggleswade AC (and their partners), but it's likely to be extremely popular, however, so spaces will be allocated on a first come, first served basis.  Numbers for the tour are limited to 32 places.

    The cost of accommodation for the three nights is £137.75 per person, based on full occupancy of 32 people. Dogs are welcome too at a cost of £10 per dog, per night.

    To book your place, email with your reservation request (maximum 2 people per request please). You will then receive an email confirming either:

  • that you have been allocated a space and need to pay your deposit before 20th March
  • that you have been put on the waiting list.

    Allocated places which haven't had the deposit paid by 20th March will be offered to those on the waiting list.

    For more information see the forum page.



    New Members

    Welcome to the following members that joined us in January:

    Nev Hanks  
    Darren Janssen  
    Emily Stokes  
    Ricky Byrne  
    Frankie Byrne  
    Bethan Kapur  
    Barnie Briant  





    Sports Hall and Circuit Training
    From Monday 17 Oct 2016 our weekly winter conditioning, circuits, and sportshall sessions will run at Biggleswade Recreation Centre, Stratton School, 6-7pm, £2.50 a session.  These sessions will continue until 10 April 2017.  From Oct we intend to travel to Lee valley and use the indoor facility to do coaching sessions once a month, dates to be advised.  For more information contact David Brown.


    Senior Track Training
    For those middle and long distance athletes interested in track training, our coach Zoe Luscombe will be pleased to meet you.  Training on the track starts at 6.00pm every Tuesday.


    Senior Road Training
    You will find the Seniors Training Programme and other training events in the
    Club calendar
     Thu  Mar  2   Biggleswade Loop led by Juliet Grimwood
      from Saxon Pool & Leisure Centre, Saxon Dr, Biggleswade SG18 8SU
     Tue  Mar  7   RSPB Loop with torches led by Gary Baldwin
     Thu  Mar  9   Sandy Loop led by Juliet Grimwood
     Tue  Mar  14   Fartlek led by Damien Pitts
     Thu  Mar  16   Route 51 led by Juliet Grimwood
     Tue  Mar  21   Bedford away day led by Gary Baldwin
     Thu  Mar  23   Hillwork led by Julia Mackay
     Tue  Mar  28   Starbursts led by Gary Baldwin
     Thu  Mar  30   Pace Judgement led by Juliet Grimwood
     Tue  Apr  4   Fartlek led by Juliet Grimwood
     Thu  Apr  6   Biggleswade Loop led by Juliet Grimwood
      from Saxon Pool & Leisure Centre, Saxon Dr, Biggleswade SG18 8SU
     Tue  Apr  11   Blunham Loop led by Juliet Grimwood
     Thu  Apr  13   RSPB Loop led by Damien Pitts
     Tue  Apr  18   Potton (street orienteering) away day led by Mark Stead
     Thu  Apr  20   General Running
      dictated by the race calendar, tailored on the night to participants needs
      runners are usually split into ability groups to ensure everyone has a good run
     Tue  Apr  25   Hillwork led by Gary Baldwin
     Thu  Apr  27   Lonely Pine Loop led by Juliet Grimwood

     You may need a track pass or to pay for a day pass when doing Speed or Track work



    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.


    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

    Track, Field, and Indoor events
     TBA     AAA (England Champs) Indoors Birmingham
     8 Apr 2017     Lee valley Spring open warm up meet
     8 Apr 2017     Beds Open Bedford
     15 Apr 2017     SAL Braintree
     29 Apr -1 May     British Universities and Colleges Sport T&F Champs Bedford
     14 May 2017     Beds AAA Champs Bedford
     20 May 2017     SAL St Albans
     21 May 2017     Loughborough International
     27-28 May 2017     CE Champs Sen & U20 Bedford
     17 Jun 2017     SAL Braintree
     17-18 Jun 2017     National U23/20 Champs Bedford
     24-25 Jun 2017     Masters Outdoors Champs Birmingham
     30 Jun – 2 Jul 2017     World Trials Birmingham
     7-8 Jul 2017     English Schools Birmingham
     8 Jul 2017     SAL Mile End
     29-30 Jul 2017     CAU Bedford
     12-13 Aug 2017     National Champs U15/U17 Bedford
     19 Aug 2017     SAL Peterborough
     2-3 Sep 2017     Youth Development League Finals, Birmingham
     2-3 Sep 2017     Masters Combined Events Sheffield
     16-17 Sep 2017     ESAA Combined Events and Walks Boston

    Cross Country events:

     11 Mar 2017     CAU Intercounties Loughborough (Prestwold Hall)
     18 Mar 2017     ESAA Champs Norwich
     8 Apr 2017     ERRA 12/6 Stage Relays, Sutton Coldfield
     23 Apr 2017     London Marathon (mini Marathon)
     7 Oct 2017     ERRA 6/4 Stage Relays
     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




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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



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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

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

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