APRIL 2017
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wear a fluorescent vest when running at night 


News and events for April 2017:
  • Quiz Night – Fri 5 May
  • Couch 2 5K Programme
  • Sandy Athletic Track Resurface Diary
  • ...and while the Sandy track is being resurfaced...
  • Sandy 10
  • Sainsbury's Active Kids Vouchers
  • Membership Renewals
  • Club Tour 2017 – 13 to 16 Oct
  • New Members
  • News of Members...
  • Training...





    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 still gets dark before 8pm, and you still need to make sure you can be seen in twilight or dark.



    Quiz Night – Fri 5 May

    Sandy Sports Centre 7 for 7.30 pm £10 including a chip supper.
    Please advise food choice by 1 May



    Couch 2 5K Programme

    The next Couch 2 5K programme will start on Wednesday April 26, 2017, run by Coaches Giles and Paul.  This will be a 12 week programme with the graduation park run being held on Saturday July 15th at Bedford Parkrun.

    Full details are on the website (click "Training") with information on how to sign up.

    We will be again looking for volunteers to act as mentors.



    Sandy Athletic Track Resurface Diary

    Damien Pitts, our Chairman, continues to keep an eye on the ongoing work resurfacing the track, and has posted further observations to the forum with photos on the facebook page.



    ...and while the Sandy track is being resurfaced...

  • Arrangements have been agreed with the management at Bedfords track to train there on Mondays and Wednesdays.  The club are subsidising this but each member is to pay £2 on each occasion.
  • Sportshall and circuit sessions at Stratton have had to be cancelled because the coaches will be coaching at Bedford, so can't be in both places.  Stratton school has given the club a credit note for the sessions cancelled.



    Sandy 10

    Our news blog (CHAT|BAC) has a Sandy10 report including photos, and links to full results and more photos.

    The organisers have posted on the forum to thank those who helped.



    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.

    Please pass your vouchers to Damien Pitts or Sonia Edwards.  Vouchers have to be redeemed before 28 July, so please give your vouchers to Damien or Sonia well before that date.



    Membership Renewals

    Club membership subscriptions were due on 1st January 2017; part of this membership (for all junior and senior members) includes a £14 affiliation fee to England Athletics which is due on 1st April 2017 - it is therefore imperative that I receive your subs ASAP if you have not already paid.  If you intend to re-join, but there is a reason why you've not yet done so, please get in touch with Georgia by email -  your communication will be kept in the strictest confidence. Unfortunately if we do not receive payment and/or communication from you then your membership with Biggleswade Athletics Club and England Athletics will not be renewed.

    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).

    All places on the tour have now been taken, and there is a waiting list for any vacancies that come up.

    For more information see the forum page.



    New Members

    Welcome to the following members that joined us in March:

    Harry Martin 
    Rhys Williamson-Blake 
    Rubi Adams 
    Joanne Gittens 
    Jacob Gittens-McNamara 
    Penelope Ridler 
    Hannah Elms 


    News of Members... 

    Euan Dickson Earle will be on warm weather training in Portugal for a week 6-14 April.  David Brown comments "... we would like to possibly arrange such an event in 2018.  In 2011 I experienced such an occasion - and those that attended had a fantastic season".

    Two coaches Chris Watson and Zoe Luscombe have posted requests in the forum for London Marathon sponseorship, they are both spporting cancer charities.





    Sports Hall and Circuit Training
    Please see the
    note above about temporary arrangements while the track is being resurfaced
    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
    Please see the
    note above about temporary arrangements while the track is being resurfaced
    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
     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
     Tue  May  2   Blunham Loop led by Gary Baldwin
     Thu  May  4   Biggleswade Loop led by Juliet Grimwood
      from Saxon Pool & Leisure Centre, Saxon Dr, Biggleswade SG18 8SU
     Tue  May  9   Black Barn led by Juliet Grimwood
     Thu  May  11   Magical Mystery Run led by Julia Mackay
     Tue  May  16   Hillwork led by Juliet Grimwood
     Thu  May  18   Everton Loop led by Damien Pitts
     Tue  May  23   Abington Pigotts away day hosted by Vicky Berry
     Thu  May  25   Route 51 led by Juliet Grimwood
     Tue  May  30   Fartlek led by Gary Baldwin

     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.

    Club Championships
     Wed   26 Jul   Doug Anderson 5k, Bedford
     Sun   10 Sep   Swineshead 10 mile
     Sun    1 Oct   Standalone 10k, Letchworth Garden City
     Sun   19 Nov   St Neots Half Marathon

    Entry-taking for the St Neots Half Marathon has been postponed from 3 Apr due to web server problems, expected to resume soon


    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
     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:

     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

    Road Running:
    Stu has compiled a list of upcoming events that are either (vaguely) local or which feature club members on the entry list.  He hopes to keep it updated throughout the year as members declare entry to races, and as other events confirm their dates.

    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    9 Apr *   Flitwick 10k
     Mon   17 Apr     Beaconsfield 5 Mile Trail Run
     Mon   17 Apr     Boston Marathon (includes half), Lincolnshire
     Mon   17 Apr     Stanwick 10k, Northants
     Sat   22 Apr *   WAR (Warrior Adrenaline Race), 5k/10k/20k, Hertford
     Sun   23 Apr *   Great Edinburgh Run, 10 miles
     Sun   23 Apr     Run The Claydons, Botolph Claydon, Bucks (approx 7 miles)
     Mon    1 May     The Kelly's Watford 10k
     Tue    2 May     Silverstone Grand Prix 10k, Towcester
     Sun    7 May     Titchmarsh 10km, Northants
     Fri   12 May     Grand Prix Blisworth 5 mile, Northamptonshire
     Wed   17 May     Salcey Forest 5k, Northants
     Sat-Sun   20-21 May *   Midlands Tough Mudder, Belvoir Castle
     Sun   28 May *   Dorchester Half Marathon
     Mon   29 May     Hatfield Broad Oak 10k, Bishops Stortford
     Sat    3 Jun *   Colour Obstacle Rush, Milton Keynes
     Sun   11 Jun     Sutton Beast 10k, Ely
     Sun   11 Jun     St Albans Half Marathon
     Fri   16 Jun     Marston Forest 5k
     Sun   18 Jun     Huntingdon 10k
     Sun   18 Jun     Kings Langley Puffaten 10k
     Sun   18 Jun *   Run Bedford 10k
     Sat   24 Jun *   Giants Head Marathon (approx marathon)
            Sydling Hill Race (approx 10k), nr Dorchester
     Sun   25 Jun     Hitchin Hard Half Marathon
     Sun   25 Jun     John O'Calloghan Memorial 5 Mile, Luton
     Sun    2 Jul     March 5 Spud Run
     Sun    2 Jul     Marcus Gynn Newmarket 10k
     Sun    2 Jul     Wardown Park 5k/10k, Luton
     Sun   16 Jul     Luton 10k
     Wed   26 Jul *   Doug Anderson 5k, Bedford (Club Championship)
     Fri-Sun   4-6 Aug *   Filthy Girl Mud Run, 5k/10k, Walton upon Trent
     Sun   20 Aug     Kimbolton Half Marathon
     Sat    2 Sep *   Bedford Half Marathon
     Sun   10 Sep *   Swineshead 10 mile (Club Championship)
     Sun   10 Sep *   Great North Run half marathon, Newcastle upon Tyne
     Sun   17 Sep *   The Famous Canadian Beer Run, Toronto, Canada
     Sun    1 Oct *   Standalone 10k, Letchworth Garden City (Club Championship)
     Sun    1 Oct     Willow 10k, Hatfield
     Sun   22 Oct     Stevenage Half Marathon
     Sun   19 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

    Some older race results are at:
    -  for 2016 early results
    -  for 2015 results
    -  for 2014 results

    See the Chat|BAC Club blog for a report on the Sandy 10, and links to results and photos.



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    click here for Club Management
    and how to reach them

    Club Secretary:     Hannah Broom

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