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Results 2009

January to June 2009


Eastern Young Athletes League
Greensand Ridge Relay
Marston Forest 5K
Colworth Marathon Challenge
Biggleswade AC Jumps Fest
Chingford 6.7M & Trent Park 5K Series
Humber Half Marathon
Ramsey Abbey 10k
Bedford Sprint Triathlon
St Albans Half Marathon
Barton 10K
Whipsnade 10K
Southern Men's Track and Field - Sandy
Welwyn Garden City 10K
Eastern Veterans Athletics Meeting
Trent Park 5K Series
Cape Wrath Challenge
Bedford 6
Southern Men's Track and Field - Newham
Track & Field County Championship
Halstead Marathon
Eye 10K
Sprint Triathlon
Silverstone 10K
Flitton Flit 5K
Suffolk Heritage Coast Run
Bedford Sprint Triathlon (1)
School's Track Relays
London Marathon
National Junior Athletics League - Basildon
Southern Women's Track and Field - Sandy
Biggleswade AC Annual Pentathlon
Bungay Marathon
Flitwick 10K
Cambourne 10K
Oakley 20
Bedfordshire Open Track & Field Meeting
Sandy 10
Sandy 10 3K Fun Run
Vicky Park 5
Schools' Cross Country Relays
Milton Keynes Half Marathon
Inter County Cross Country
Three Counties Cross Country - East Haddon
Goring 10K
Bury 20
National Cross Country Championships
Chiltern Cross Country League - Luton
Watford Half Marathon
Annual Club Dinner & Presentation Evening
Folksworth 15
Fred Hughes 10
SEAA Indoor Championships
County Cross Country - Shuttleworth  

July to December 2009


Annual Fairy's Run
Bedford Harriers Half Marathon
Stevenage 5K Races
RAF Henlow 10
Great Eastern Run
New Ware 10
Standalone 10K
Abington 10K
New Forest Marathon & Half Marathon
Biggleswade AC Track & Field Open
Swineshead 10
Round Norfolk Relay
Bedford 10K
Annual Round Grafham Relay
Biggleswade AC Throws Fest
Eastern Veterans Athletic League
Ironman Triathlon
Werrington 5K
National Junior Athletic League
Doug Anderson 5K
Biggleswade AC Track Fest
Luton 5K
St Ives 10K
Asics London 10K
English Schools Championships
Cranfield 5

Annual Fairy's Run - 19th December 2009
Total of 34 fairies completed this year's new snow route handicap run with Jonathan Bray being the first fairy home. Vince Plosky was the faster fairy around the new snow route and Steve Rochell winning the best dressed fairy.

Angela King (51:39), Rachel Kenyon (51:12), Rob Morgan (49:37), John Kenyon (39:01), Karlin (36:59), Natalie Morgan (35:14), Mark Stead (33:25), Sally (32:16), Julia Mackay (32:02), Joanne Ellary (31:52), Peter Howell (30:42), Colin Harries (30:07), Tim Huxtable (29:54), Chris Addams (29:04), Jonathan Bray (26:56), Craig Brown (26:03), John Haines (25:54), James (25:52), Robin Wynde (25:52), Rob Rumble (25:38), Lins Morgan (25:20), Debbie Bryant (25:16), Julie Sutton (25:02), Steve Rochell (24:54), Fiona Hunter (24:52), Damien Pitts (24:29), Nathalie Auger (24:14), Nigel Bush (23:55), Neil Gregory (23:44), Gavin Elliott (23:20), John Ballam (22:57), Ed Clark (21:46), Vince Plosky (20:45)

Bedford Harriers Half Marathon - 13th December 2009
In cold but near perfect conditions, over 1500 runners set off from Wootton last Sunday to explore the delights, and hills, of the Bedfordshire countryside in the Beds Harriers Half Marathon. The testing race includes the picturesque villages of Astwood, Bourne End, Cranfield and Upper Shelton, but most of the runners find the rolling countryside a stern challenge over 13.1 miles.

Biggleswade AC use the race for their club championship half marathon trophies, and as the award winners are based on age-graded times, the club's veteran aged runners were looking for success. The race also counts as the Beds County championship, and 21 eager Biggleswade runners toed the start line.

First home for the club in a superb 30th place overall, and 2nd Beds County senior male, was Vince Plosky in his first serious half marathon race, proving that he is now over his recent injury setbacks. Next home in a new PB of 1h 27m was the fast improving Ed Jones, and he was followed one minute later by a remarkable run from John Haines. John is 55 years old, but he rolled back the years to post a time that not only placed him 2nd MV55 in the race, but also won him the club championship trophy and 2nd MV55 in the county. Rob Hemming, Chris Watson, Paul Davies and Jon Balaam all had excellent runs and all posted new PBs for the distance. Sandwiched in between them were superb runs from Isobel Everest and Julie Sutton. Isobel not only improved her PB but also won the club championship and was 2nd LV35 in the county. Not far behind was Julie who also set a PB and was 1st senior lady in the country, proving yet again the strength of the Biggleswade AC ladies running squad.

Ray Dowse started conservatively, but once the major hills were negotiated, he stormed through the last 5 miles, overtaking his three club mates Steve West, Nathalie Auger and Nigel Bush on his way to a 1h 39m clocking. Steve Atkins, fresh from his 5k race three days earlier, ran a solid 1h 49m, and he was followed by excellent runs from new club member Darren Sharpe, Sarah Geeson-Orsgood, Jon Bray and Jan Blake. Completing the field for Biggleswade were Becka Cornell, Sharyn Bray and Richard Warriner who all completed the grueling 13.1 miles in style.

Vincent Plosky (01:18:49), Edward Jones (01:27:03), John Haines (01:28:20), Robert Hemming (01:30:16),
Isobel Everest (01:32:21), Christopher Watson (01:33:40), Paul Davies (01:33:50), Julie Sutton (01:36:00),
Jon Balaam (01:36:37), Ray Dowse (01:39:27), Steven West (01:40:33), Nathalie Auger (01:40:54), Nigel Bush (01:41:39),
Stephen Atkins (01:49:53), Darren Sharpe (01:50:28), Sarah Geeson-Orsgood (01:54:07), Jonathan Bray (01:59:38),
Jan Blake (02:02:16), Becka Cornell (02:05:32), Sharyn Bray (02:06:04), Richard Warriner (02:06:22)

Beds Harriers Half Marathon Results Available Here

Stevenage 5K Races - 10th December 2009
The third and last 5k race in the 3-race series round the undulating Fairlands Way cycle paths in Stevenage attracted six Biggleswade AC runners, who were out to test their fitness prior to the Christmas excesses. Steve Atkins and Colin Harries completed all three races, and both managed to improve their times with each race - a great achievement for these 50+ and 60+ year old runners.

Running their first race in the series, Rich Bevan finished 32nd in just over 18 minutes and Fi Hunter smashed her PB to finish 6th lady overall. Two excellent performances. Craig Brown, running his first race for several months did well to finish in 24 minutes, and club newcomer Clare Foster ran a superb 24m 54s in her first event for the club.

The race winners were Owain Matthews from Beds & Cty in 15:02 and Martha Hall from Garden City Runners in 18:09.

31st Richard Bevan (18:05), 78th Fiona Hunter (LV35) (20:07) PB, 128th Stephen Atkins (MV50) (22:58),
147th Craig Brown (24:08), 156th Clare Foster (24:54), 170th Colin Harries (MV60) (26:54)

Stevenage 5K Races - 26th November 2009
The second 5k race in the 3-race series round the undulating Fairlands Way course in Stevenage proved to be much better weather conditions than the gales and rain that lashed the runners a fortnight earlier. The four Biggleswade AC runners were therefore hoping for improved times, and nobody disappointed. But this 2nd race was also designated as the Herts Vets 5k championship and so the four "old boys" from Biggleswade knew that they would be up against some stiff competition.
When the starting gun sounded, 240 runners charged off into the cold night air, trying to get a good position on the narrow cycle ways, but at least the organisers had put out the kilometer distance markers this time, which made pace judgment less of a gamble.

First home for the club was Nigel Bush who managed to slice 30 secs off his previous time, and he was followed by Rob Rumble who also ran half a minute faster. But the stars on the night were Steve Atkins who ran almost 45 seconds faster and Colin Harries who completed the course over a minute quicker, and Colin had the pleasure of being recorded in the results this time!

The race winners were Dave Mitchinson from Newnham & Essex Beagles AC in 15:27 and Astrid McKeown from local club North Herts Road Runners in 18:43.

119th Nigel Bush (V60) (22:19), 125th Rob Rumble (V40) (22:49), 145th Stephen Atkins (V50) (23:34),
191st Colin Harries (V60) (26:56)

Stevenage 5K Races - 19th November 2009
Twas a dark and stormy night for the first in the three race series of 5K races organised in Stevenage by Fairlands Valley Spartans on Thursday 12th November. The rain was lashing down but that did not stop 246 runners including 4 Biggleswade AC runners, from racing round the undulating Fairlands Way, Verity Way, Martins Way, Grace Way course.

New club member Rob Rumble set off fast but the lack of any distance markers made it difficult to judge race pace, and Nigel Bush used his experience to draw level and finish just in front of Rob. Next home for the club was Stephen Atkins who was using the race as a final sharpener for the St Neots Half Marathon 3 days later. Colin Harries completed the Biggleswade contingent in a time of around 26 minutes, although he seems to have been missed off the provisional results.

The race winner was Jon Pepper from Enfield and Haringey Athletic Club with a time of 15:09 and Rachel Gibbs from North Herts Road Runners was first woman in 18:04.

137th Nigel Bush (V60) (22:58), 143rd Rob Rumble (V40) (23:20), 154th Stephen Atkins (24:12),
TBA Colin Harries about 26mins

RAF Henlow 10 Mile Road Race - 21st October 2009
On a day which seemed ideal for road running, with a light drizzle and cool temperatures, the four Biggleswade AC runners who took part in this year's RAF Henlow 10 mile race found the event tougher than expected. The culprit appeared to be the nagging head wind on the point to point 10 mile course that winds it way from the start at Shuttleworth Aerodrome, via Old Warden, Ireland and Shefford, to the finish at RAF Henlow Camp.

Steve West set off fastest and was the leading Biggleswade AC runner until just before the halfway point, where Damien Pitts loped up onto his shoulder and slowly drew clear to finish in 69mins 59secs. Steve battled on to finish just over two minutes later in 72 mins 15 secs, and Mark Sylvester was another three minutes further back. Last to finish for Biggleswade AC was Vet 55 Chris Clarke, who was running in his 20th Henlow 10 race - quite an achievement in this historical race which was first run in 1951. Chris's finishing time was 79mins 55secs.

Great Eastern Run - 11th October 2009
Almost 5,000 runners descended on the City of Peterborough last Sunday 11th October for the Great Eastern Run. A terrific event which brought a wide range of people together for a whole host of reasons from serious runners looking for personal best times to fun runners in fancy dress raising money for charity. Personal best times were the order of the day for the Biggleswade Athletic Club runners as no less than three of the five members taking part recorded their best ever times over the Half Marathon distance.

Gavin Elliott was back from illness with a bang and flew round the course to be first man home for Biggleswade followed by a consistently improving John Kenyon whose hard work in training this season resulted in yet another PB. Kirsty Heath was first Biggleswade AC lady home and was very happy with her best ever time whilst a superb run by Gary Albon saw him cross the finish line just a few minutes ahead of Joanne Ellary. Jo took a massive twelve minutes off her personal best time to complete a very successful day for the runners and Biggleswade AC.

Gavin Elliott (1:27:42), John Kenyon (1:54:04), Kirsty Heath (1:55:44), Gary Albon (2:03:56), Joanne Ellary (2:12:23)

New Ware 10 - 11th October 2009
An outstanding run from Juliet Nayler saw her take the prize for first lady across the finish line in this challenging 10 mile race. Together, all five Biggleswade AC members made their presence felt with some terrific performances in this inaugural running of the New Ware 10. There were also strong runs from Jan Blake and Peter Howell whilst Julie Dowse and Elaine Stead could not be separated and crossed the line together. Bedford Harrier Simon Fawcett also had a superb run finishing in overall second place in a time of 59mins 04 secs. Coach Graham Bufton was very pleased with all the performances and commented afterwards “well done everyone, fantastic times on a hard course”.

Juliet Nayler (1:06:14), Jan Blake (1:29:56), Peter Howell (1:31:06), Julie Dowse (1:52:26), Elaine Stead (1:52:26)

Standalone 10K - 4th October 2009
The gale force winds of Saturday thankfully calmed to a gentle breeze for the runners taking part in the Standalone 10k in Letchworth on Sunday morning. There was a great turn out from Biggleswade AC as eighteen members of the Club competed in this challenging race. The hilly course was no match for those in yellow and blue as many achieved personal best times. First home for Biggleswade once again was Richard Bevan who is having a terrific season and continues to improve with every race. Robert Hemming was not far behind closely followed by Craig Brown and Chris Watson. Peter Howell had a superb run and is coming back to his best form this season.

First lady across the finish line for Biggleswade was Fiona Hunter who just keeps on getting better with every race and recording yet another personal best time and another of the Club’s young improving runners, Joanne Ellary ran a really strong race which just added to great performances from all the ladies.

Richard Bevan (37:11), Robert Hemming (40:44), Craig Brown (41:05), Chris Watson (41:17), Fiona Hunter (42:44),
Ray Dowse (44:51), Mark Geeson-Orsgood (46:51), Andrew Gregory (47:17), Stephen Atkins (48:30), John Kenyon (50:16),
Sarah Geeson-Orsgood (50:51), Peter Howell (51:53), Hannah Street (51:56), Colin Harries (53:15), Richard Warriner (53:41),
Julia Mackay (54:15), Joanne Ellary (55:52), Julie Dowse (62:46)

Abington 10K - 4th October 2009
Three Biggleswade AC runners travelled to the pretty Cambridgeshire village of Great Abington on Sunday to compete in the 4th running of the Abington 10k organised by the local school PTA. Marathon runner Ian Skerratt ran a good race to finish in 40th place out of a total of almost 200 runners. Less than a minute behind, and in a superb personal best time was Jon Balaam who just the week before had run his first half-marathon! Gary Albon completed the trio of fine performances in a time of 51:30.

Ian Skerratt (43:09), Jon Balaam (43:56), Gary Albon (51:30)

New Forest Marathon & Half Marathon - 27th September 2009
Runners and supporters from Biggleswade AC travelled to the Hampshire coast on the 27th September to run in the New Forest Marathon and Half Marathon. This race is unique as it is the only one in the country that you have to dodge the ponies wandering freely on the roads! There were other obstacles too as conditions were very hot and hilly but the stunning scenery more than compensated as the course took the runners around pretty villages as well as off road through the forest itself.

In the Half Marathon, there was less than a minute between Jon Balaam and Julie Sutton. This was Jon’s first race over the 13.1mile distance and he recorded a superb time of 1hr 38mins 43secs. There were mixed fortunes over the full marathon distance with best performance by RSPB staff Association and ultra runner Catherine Marriott who finished in 4hrs 41mins19secs despite still recovering from a bad cold. Derek Litchfield picked up an injury during the race but battled on to finish whilst Anne Lincoln had a steady run in her very first marathon. Bravery award of the day went to Karlin Houseman as a late replacement for Gavin Elliott who was struck down with illness. Karlin only began running a few months ago but managed to reach the twenty mile marker in the time allowed.

All the performances benefited from fantastic support which is becoming a legendary feature of Biggleswade AC. Special thanks to Fiona and Robin.

Marathon - Derek Litchfield (4:47:46), Anne Lincoln (5:32:43)
Half Marathon - Jon Balaam (1:38:43), Julie Sutton (1:39:21)

Biggleswade AC Track & Field Open - 26th September 2009
At the home of Biggleswade AC Sandy Sports and Recreation Centre, the Annual Biggleswade Open was blazed in warm sunshine bringing out the best in a lot of athletes.

In the Discus competition we had the current top 2 in the UK rankings (U13 Girls) - Georgie Taylor from Havering and Mayesbrook and Sophie Merritt from Team Southampton, No 2 came out on top Sophie and put herself ontop of the UK rankings with a throw of 32.93 m in her opening throw.

In the Javelin there was only 28 cm seperating international Neil Mclellan fron Steveange and Veteran Roald Bradstock from the USA, Rolads throw of 69.01 cm is being investigated as a new world record and both improving on the stadium record.
In the U17 womens Javelin there were 4 from the top 5 entered with Kiki Oniwinde current No 2 coming out on top. In the U15 girls Javelin we had 3 frok the top 10 enterd with the No 2 Poppy Braker from Southampton beating Norwich's Laura MacDonald, with locla girl Olivia DaCosta moving up to 7th.

In the U15 boys Javelin Freddis Curtis of Bicester, UK no 3 improved his PB with a 55.07 m putting him closer to the No2 position. Redford Curtis came out on top with only 1 legal throw with a very fine 38.01 m.
Also present was WSEH Nigel Levine, who recently travelld to Berlin with the GB team for the world championships as part of the 4 x 400 m squad and did the - 1500 m with a convincing win.

There were stadium records for Michael Puplampu (WSEH) with a 15.44 m jump which moves him to the No3 UK ranking position. In the hammer Ashley Gilder showed why he is No 1 in the UK U15 boys with a throw of 63.15 m.
With some fine performances on the track with Biggleswade's Euan Dicson Earle winning the 80 m with a solo performance equalling his PB of 11.9 secs consolidating his UK 20th ranking position.

Biggleswade AC Open Results Available Here

Swineshead 10 - 13th September 2009
Twenty one Biggleswade AC runners and their supporters travelled to Swineshead to take part in the Swineshead 10 mile race - a race that was first run over 20 years ago. The strong north-easterly wind made for a tough race over the rolling hills around Keysoe and Pertenhall, especially for several of the Biggleswade competitors who were running the distance for the first time. But with club coach Graham Bufton on hand to give last minute advice to the nervous debutants, everyone ran sensibly to leave something in reserve for the final tough miles into the head wind.

First home for the club in a new PB was Rich Bevan in 11th place overall, and he was followed by "Iron man" Rob Morgan who also ran a PB. Not to be outdone, veteran Rob Hemming also set a PB out-sprinting our fist lady home Juliet Nayler. Juliet ran a magnificent time of 67m 46s to be placed 2nd lady overall, and win the club's 10 mile championship award.
Not far behind were Vet 50 pair John Haines and Richard Gray who were battling for the club championship title, which is based on their age-graded times. In a very close finish, Richard just pipped John by 1 second, with an age-graded performance of 59m 40s. Sandwiched between the pair was Martin Earnshaw who only joined the club about 3 months ago and has already broken the 70 minute barrier in his first ten mile race.

Biggleswade's other top lady runners Isobel Everest and Fiona Hunter had their own private battle to win the overall Lady vet 35 prize, and Isobel just came out on top this time by 19 seconds, but both recorded PBs. And along with Juliet, they scooped the lady's team prize. Another PB was set by Craig Brown, and he was followed by club chairman Nigel Bush, who managed to claim the Male vet 60 prize, but it wasn't a PB! (that was set 20 years ago).

Natalie Darlow ran strongly in preparation for her Round Norfolk Relay six days later, and she was followed 13 seconds later by club stalwart Steve Rotchell. Two minutes later, club newcomer Steve Atkins crossed the line, and he was closely followed by seven more Biggleswade runners who all recorded personal bests for the distance. John Kenyon smashed his PB, as did Jan Blake who is gunning for the lady vet 45 club record. Sarah Geeson-Orsgood and Jan's daughter Becka also set PBs, along with "Iron lady" Sharyn Bray. Anne Lincoln showed that her marathon training is well on target with a 9.5 minute mile race pace, and Jo Ellery demonstrated that she was not feeling any effects from running in the Grafham Relay the day before.

The race was won in magnificent style by ex-Biggleswade member Simon Fawcett who ran a well judged race to finish in 58m 35s, half a minute clear of the 2nd placed runner.

Club Championship Results Available Here

Round Norfolk Relay - 19th-20th September 2009
Race Report and Results Available Here

Bedford 10K - 13th September 2009
Over 220 athletes from around the country gathered at the Bedford International Running track on Sunday for this years Bedford 10k road race. This included five members of Biggleswade Athletic Club. The course was run along the Route 51 cycle track to and from Willington. First home for Biggleswade AC was Gavin Elliott in 25th place a respectful time of 39 mins 19 sec who had run in the Grafham relay the day before. He was closely followed by Chris Watson (35th) in a time of 41 min 2 secs as he prepares for this weeks Round Norfolk Relay. While Kirsty Heath who finished strongly was was first Biggleswade lady home in 50min and 33 sec.

Gavin Elliott 25th (39:19), Chris Watson 35th (41:02), Kirsty Heath 125th (50:33), Colin Harries 152nd (53:43),
Julia Mackay 157th (54:00)

Annual Round Grafham Relay - 12th September 2009
A large crowd gathered on Saturday 12th September as five teams from Biggleswade Athletic Club competed for the crown of Grafham Relay Champions 2009. True to form the junior team stormed to victory once again in a record time round the 9 mile course of 55minutes 47 seconds. Each of the eight members running just over 1 mile each round Grafham waters carrying a baton. The junior Blue team was made up of: Amelia Wood, Ruth Flory, Connor Trudgill , Adam Welham, Daniel Peppler-Jones, Sam Smith,
Adam Murphy, James Thomas

Team Junior Blue (55:47), Team Gav Seniors (58:20), Team Senior Green (59:22), Team Junior Yellow (1:06:31),
Team Senior Red (1:06:35)

Biggleswade AC Throws Fest - 6th August 2009
Thursday 6th August saw Biggleswade hold its annual throws fest competition - in monsoon conditions. However it did seem to suit some as some of the competing athletes produced some life time best performances and moved them up the UK rankings list.
Competitors came from far away distances with some wearing the club vest of Newquay and Parr, Southampton and Havering and Mayesbrook - just to mention a few. The competitors included Sophie Merritt from Southampton who is the current UK No 1 at Discus, and 4th in Javelin and Shot as an U13 girl, also in the U13 girls age group was Katie Taylor from Havering and Mayesbrook who threw a personal best in the Discus and this moved her to No 4 in the UK, only a couple of metres behind Sophie.
In the Hammer another personal best was achieved by Richard Humphries from Herts Phoenix, just short of 60 m and this now moves Richard up to 5th in the UK rankings. Also in the Hammer was Alan Sydee from Luton and his effort confirmed his UK ranking as 6th. In the Shot U15 Girl Paige Cole who is currently 14th in the UK rankings was a little below pr but still put some good throws together.

More locally, Biggleswade's Katie Bland who returning from a foot injury that required surgery threw for the first time this year and just below her life time best in the Hammer , and it was good to see Katie back.

Full Results Available Here

Eastern Veterans Athletics League - 5th August 2009
In much dries sunnier conditions there was an Eastern Veterans Athletics League match at Milton Keynes - although veterans the competition is just as competitive. Biggleswade John Haines threw the Javelin in the V50 category and came 2nd , he later tried the 3000 m and although ran with the leaders ran out of a bit of steam over the final two laps but still managed 3rd. Colin Harris in the 800m v60 category gained valuable points by taking second place and a new Club record.

Star of the evening was Biggleswade's Sandra Ingham V45 who arrived just in time for the Javelin, and in the final throw of the competition won with a throw of over 25 m and also picked up the athlete of the match. All in all, a good evenings performance by Biggleswade AC.

Ironman Triathlon - 2nd August 2009
This weekend two atheletes from Biggleswade AC travelled to Bolton, Lancashire to take on one of the toughest challenges an athlete can undertake, an Ironman triathlon. An Ironman Triathlon is a test of physical and mental strength as athlete attempts to complete back to back, in one continuous feat of endurance, a 2.4 mile swim in open water, followed by a 112 mile bike ride and finishes with a 26.2 mile run. Rob Morgan (Biggleswade) and Sharyn Bray (Tempsford) made the journey to the event, Rob competing in his first Ironman and Sharyn, her second along with a number of friends and family to lend support joined the 1500 or so other athletes competing in the event.

The day started for the competitors at about 4am in the morning, though the race did not begin for another 2 hours, this time was needed to eat a proper breakfast to help fuel themselves for the day ahead and make sure all their preparations are complete. Then the competitors done their wetsuits and made their way into the lake just ahead of 6am in preparation for the mass start in the water. Once the horn sounded the athletes were off, from the bankside, so many people all doing front crawl in close proximity looked like many salmon leaping from the water. Rob completed the swim in 1 hour 25 minutes followed closely by Sharyn 1 minute later, despite Sharyn being kicked in the calf by a fellow competitor and causing it to cramp and then having to hold the end of a support boat while she spent 5 minutes easing it. From there they headed out onto their bike with the other competitors and completing 3 loops of a 37 mile circuit that wound its way onto the top of the west Penine moors before heading down and round the towns and villages north of Bolton. Rob finished his ride in 6 hours 34 minutes and Sharyn finished in 7 hours 41 minutes. They both commented on how vocal the support was, which helped their push through the miles.

The athletes then headed out onto the last stage of this event a 26.2 mile run; better know to the rest of us as a marathon. While many of us just shiver out the thought of running a marathon these two honed athletes had already swam 2.4 miles and cycled 112 before they even get to the run. The run involved an out and back and out again, course from Race HQ into Bolton town centre, where the finish line beckoned in the shadow of the town hall, with bright lights, loud music and even louder noise from supporters cheering all the competitors home, Rob finished the run in 3 hours 54 minutes and Sharyn in 5 hours 58 minutes, a superb performance on both their parts given their feats of endurance during the day. Rob finished in a total time of 12 hours 15 minutes (350th overall and 79th in his age group) and Sharyn in 15 hours 29 minutes (1160th overall and 14th in her age group). They both done superbly well and deserve our respect, they are Ironmen!

Werrington 5K - 29th July 2009
Jan Blake and Peter Howell from Biggleswade AC braved the heavy rain to compete in the Werrington 5k on Wednesday 29th July. This was the last of the Peterborough Grand Prix Series and luckily the rain became lighter as the race started to give the runners good conditions for a fast race. Jan was back on top form and flew round the course regaining her 5k Club Record in a pb time of 25mins 16secs. The superb results continued as Peter ran a season’s best 26mins 22secs even though this was his third race in ten days.

National Junior Athletic League - 26th July 2009
Two Biggleswade AC Juniors were chosen to be part of Team Bedford in the National Junior Athletic League Match at Havering Mayesbrook on Sunday 26th July. Stuart West and Holly Robinson both competed in a range of throwing events and ended the days competition with a handful of personal best results. Stuart only picked up a Hammer a few weeks ago but gave an impressive performance by winning the B string competition as well as a pb in both Shot and Discus. Holly not only gained a pb in Shot and Discus but also beat her best previous throw with three consecutive pb’s in the Javelin. Athlete of the Match was High Jumper Scott Johnson of Bedford & County also competing for Team Bedford.

Doug Anderson 5K - 22nd July 2009
A tidal wave of blue and yellow hit Bedford Park on Wednesday 22nd July as no less than twenty-four members from Biggleswade Athletic Club ran in the Doug Anderson Memorial 5k. A still and humid evening promised good times around the flat and fast two-and-a-half lap course and Gavin Elliott stormed home in 18mins 12secs as first Biggleswade man across the finish line with Richard Bevan hard on his heels. There were good performances by Craig Brown and Robin Wynde who are both returning to form, Martin Earnshaw in only his second 5k race, Richard Gray and Jon Balaam who missed a personal best time by just a few seconds.

Fiona Hunter was first Biggleswade Lady home in a personal best time which also earned her 2nd place in her age category and 7th lady overall and a terrific run by Julia MacKay in a pb time of 25mins 19secs smashed the Club Record by over a minute. Special mention must go to Stacey Robinson in her first ever race. Stacey is usually more at home throwing a Hammer or javelin but in the last 200metres of the race showed a sprint finish to rival Usain Bolt! All performances were enhanced by all those members, family and friends of the Club who turned out to cheer everyone on.

Biggleswade definitely had the loudest and most enthusiastic support team. The Doug Anderson 5k is also the Biggleswade AC 5k Club Championship Race and the honours this year went to John Haines and Nathalie Auger.

Full Results Available Here

Biggleswade AC Track Fest - 16th July 2009
Full Results Available Here

Luton 10K - 19th July 2009
Gavin Elliott was flying the flag for Biggleswade AC at the Luton 5k on Sunday 19th July. The race which takes the runners two-and-a-half laps around Wardown Park included some of the fastest 5k athletes in the County. Gavin crossed the finish line in a terrific time of 18mins 56secs which put him in the top twenty overall.

St Ives 10K - 19th July 2009
Four members of Biggleswade AC tackled the undulating course of the St. Ives 10k on Sunday 19th July. Starting from St. Ives Town, the runners follow mainly traffic free roads out to RAF Wyton airfield and back. Ever improving and having a terrific season, Rob Hemming was first man home for Biggleswade in a time of 40.57mins. Jan Blake was first Biggleswade lady in 53.36mins with Peter Howell and Julie Dowse not far behind. Jan, Peter and Julie have all been recovering from injuries and this run showed that they are coming back to their best.

Rob Hemming (40:57), Jan Blake (53:36), Peter Howell (54:37), Julie Dowse (67:00)

Asics London 10K - 12th July 2009
Biggleswade Athletic Club’s Rob Hemming ran in the Asics London 10k on Sunday 12th July. This popular race around some of the most historic landmarks in the Capital took the runners around much of the course which will be the same as the route for the 2012 Olympic Games. Despite some nasty cold symptoms, Rob finished the race in a superb time of 41:10 which placed him in the top 150 runners out of a total of 26,000!

English Schools Championships - 10th-11th July 2009
Biggleswade Athletic Club Junior Euan Dickson-Earl competed for Bedfordshire in the English Schools Championships on 10 & 11th July in Sheffield. A pupil at Robert Bloomfield School, Euan came successfully through the qualifying stages of the Junior Boys 80m Hurdles and made it to the semi finals where he came 5th in a superb time of 12.12secs. A terrific achievement at his very first English Schools competition in a very nerve-racking arena. Watch out for this very exciting young prospect in the future. Well done Euan.

Cranfield 5 - 3rd July 2009
Four members of Biggleswade AC ran in the Cranfield 5 on Friday 3rd July. Basking in the sunny summers evening, Richard Gray, Steve West, Damien Pitts and Alan Goodman tackled the course surrounding Cranfield which is quite gentle to begin with but includes some unforgiving hills in the second part of the 5 mile race. Richard led the Biggleswade men home in an extremely good time of 33mins 04secs and in a credible 54th place out of almost 300 runners although the others were not far behind and only four minutes separated all the team. Club Chairman and Chief Marshal Nigel Bush applauded the Biggleswade runners and agreed that it was another successful evening for those who took part in this popular local race.

Richard Gray (33:04), Steve West (33:51), Damien Pitts (34:50), Alan Goodman (37:25)

EVAC - 1st July 2009
Biggleswade AC Veterans were out in force last Wednesday 1st July proving that you do not have to be young to enjoy athletic competition. This was a home match held at the Sandy track and the hosts made the most of any advantage with some superb performances.

For the Men’s Team John Mayor was outstanding, winning the 100m and the High Jump, coming second in the Shot and just being pipped across the line in both the 100m Hurdles and the 400m. Chris Watson also showed his versatility by competing in the Hammer and Shot as well as coming second in 100m, 400m, High Jump and Long Jump. Stalwart of the Club Roger Wadeley was 2nd in the 1500m, an event which Biggleswade AC also had Lee Welham and John Haines gaining valuable points for the team in their age groups. John Haines also came second in the 2k Walk.

The Ladies Team was made up of Julia Mackay, Sandra Ingham, Anne Lincoln and Helen Middleton. Helen had only just returned from competing for England in the Dublin Championships and showed why she is chosen to represent her Country by winning the 2k walk in 11mins 18secs. Julia Mackay gained personal best times in both the 400 and 1500m whilst Sandra Ingham also recorded PB’s as she won the Shot Putt and came second in the Long Jump. Anne Lincoln came second in the Hammer competition and 3rd in the 100m.

Eastern Young Athletes League - 28th June 2009
The sunshine was as warm as the welcome given by hosts Biggleswade AC to young athletes from St. Albans, Trent Park. E&H/B&D, West Suffolk and Ipswich to the third EYAL match of the Series on Sunday 28th June. Oliver Trudgill got the match off to a flying start as he stormed home in first place in the 800m for u13 boys. James Thomas was 2nd in the 1500m and Adam Murphy ran well in both the 100 & 200m in the tough U17 men category. The girls were not going to be outdone by the boys and Malika Moses showed great potential coming third in both the 100 & 300m for U15 girls whilst Chloe Litchfield continues to improve with every competition and recorded a distance of 4m25cm in the Long Jump. Talking at the trackside behind Sandy Sports Centre in Engayne Avenue, Coach Lee Welham was full of praise for all the junior Biggleswade AC athletes and commented “We had some really impressive results and lots of PB’s”

Greensand Ridge Relay - 27th June 2009
Local pride was at stake in last Saturday's Greensand Ridge Relay, with three Biggleswade AC teams taking part. The three teams are best described as 'ancient', 'youthful' and 'steady', which generally sums up the type of runners who belong to Biggleswade Athletic Club.

The Greensand Ridge Relay (GRR) is held annually in late June, and for anyone wishing to plan an early summer BBQ, look out for the GRR weekend because it is always hot and sunny - and last Saturday did not disappoint with temperatures reaching 25C with very high humidity. For the 32 teams taking part in the relay, this meant taking on board plenty of fluids before they ran, and for the 16 intrepid runners who decided to tackle the full distance of 34 miles as a solo challenge, it was just a question of survival in the soaring temperatures.

The relay starts in Linslade, just south of Leighton Buzzard, and it follows the Greensand Ridge Walk long distance footpath all the way to the race finish in Northill, conveniently situated next to the Crown public house where runners can immediately re-hydrate. The race is made up of 6 legs of between 5 and 8 miles, and each runner has to navigate the route as there are no marshals, and the GRW signs are not always visible when running at speed - a problem that beset one of the 'ancient' runners.

Competition between the Biggleswade 'Old Gits' team (ancient) and the 'Fast & Furious' team (youthful) was intense from the start just after midday. Each runner, depending on their age and gender, is given a target time for their relay leg, and their aim is to meet or beat their target time. The 'Old Gits' team (average age 55) consisting of club chairman Nigel Bush, newcomer Steve West, Ian Skerratt, Ray Dowse, Roger Wadeley and Derek Litchfield were determined to finish in front of the Fast & Furious youngsters. Every Old Git runner beat his target time in supreme style, and they were heading for a podium finish, before 58 year old marathon superstar Ian Skerratt's failing eyesight let him down. Running a 3 hour marathon around the streets of London or Amsterdam is no problem for this evergreen runner, but following the small green GRW signs along overgrown country paths is. So an expected gain of 13 minutes on the tough 8 mile leg from Woburn to Millbrook turned into a 5 second deficit as Ian took an unplanned 2 mile diversion near the M1 motorway. But the team still did superbly to finish in a total time of 4h 27m 56s and 9th place overall.

Biggleswade's Fast and Furious 'mixed' team of Rob Morgan, Natalie Darlow, Damien Pitts, Robin Wynde, Julie Sutton and Juliet Naylor were hot on the heels of the Old Gits from the start. Robin didn't know he was running until 48 hours before the event and so he ran fantastically well to navigate his way along the tough route from Millbrook to Deadman's Hill. The three lady team members had exceptional runs, gaining a total of 8 minutes against their target times, with leading club lady Juliet have a storming last leg from Deadman's Cross to Northill, finishing alongside her running companion Rocky the spaniel. Their overall time of 4h 28m 55s, and 10th position, meant that the Old Gits team had pipped them by a mere 59 seconds and therefore have club bragging rights for another 12 months. But the Fast & Furious team's time was quick enough to give them 2nd place in the mixed team (male and female) category. A great result for the Biggleswade 'youngsters'.

Not to be outdone by their speedy club mates, the Biggleswade AC 'Slow & Steady' team were determined not to make any navigational errors, and as part of their careful preparation, many of them had recied their legs more than once in the weeks leading up to the event. Julia Mackay led them off from Linslade before handing over to club treasurer Mark Stead at Stockgrove Park. Determined runs by John Kenyon and Steve Rotchell kept them on target, and Julie Dowse handed over to last leg runner Jon Balaam for the final push to the finish line. No navigational errors were made, and the team completed the whole course in a magnificent 5h 36m 25s and 26th place overall.

After one or two re-hydrating celebratory drinks in the Crown at Northill, all team members agreed that planning for next year's event should start immediately, with a new pair of running specs for Ian being top of the list!

Marston Forest 5K - 19th June 2009
Set amongst the spectacular backdrop of the Millenium Country Park in the Forest of Marston Vale near Bedford, a clutch of Biggleswade Athletic Club members tackled the flat and fast course that is the Marston Forest 5K.

This race is a big favourite with Biggleswade runners, and Rich Bevan led the Biggleswade team home, smashing his previous personal best time by more than 30 seconds. Craig Brown coasted home just seconds behind him followed by Martin Earnshaw, in his first race for Biggleswade AC, finishing strongly with a very rewarding sub-20 minutes time. Jono Bevan was next to cross the line, followed by first Biggleswade lady, Julia Mackay. Hot on their heels, and following a fantastic result at the Bedford Sprint Triathlon the previous weekend, Annie Lincoln crossed the finish line to big cheers from the throng of Biggleswade supporters who had, by now, gathered along the finishing straight. All in all a good night for Biggleswade Athletic Club as four of the six runners notched up personal best times.

Rich Bevan (17:58) (PB), Craig Brown (18:52) (PB), Martin Earnshaw (19:38) (PB), Jono Bevan (23:05), Julia Mackay (25.44) (PB),
Annie Lincoln (28:28)

Colworth Marathon Challenge - 19th-21st June 2009
Gavin Elliott, Rob Hemming and Mark Stead took the Colworth Marathon Challenge last weekend. Starting on Friday 19th June, the challenge was to run a 5mile race followed by a distance of 8.1 miles on Saturday and a complete Half Marathon on Sunday. Three days which tested the speed and stamina of all the athletes involved over a tough multi-terrain course. The half Marathon was particularly challenging, not just as it followed two days of running but because the sunny conditions and hills over the last three miles made this annual race weekend not for the faint hearted.

All three Biggleswade AC athletes achieved personal best times with Gavin in his 5th year of competing in this challenge finishing in 15th place overall. This was Rob’s first year and he completed the weekend 2 minutes within his target time, was 9th Vet and placed 23rd overall. In his second year, Mark took an impressive 8 minutes off his time for the Half Marathon last year and a massive 16 minutes from his overall time for the weekend. A superb achievement by all three men.

Gavin Elliott (02:57:00), Rob Hemming (03:03:00), Mark Stead (04:35:00)

Biggleswade AC Jumps Fest - 18th June 2009
Full Results Available Here

Chingford 6.7M & Trent Park 5K Series - 17th June 2009
Biggleswade AC’s Peter Howell is competing in not one but two series of road races. On Wednesday 17th June Peter ran the Chingford 6.7mile race which is part of the Herts & Essex Midweek Road Race League. This is a tough course which winds through Epping Forest with the notorious Wellington Hill at three miles into the race. Peter crossed the finish line in a time of 1:03:45. Then just over a week later he competed in the Trent Park 5k Handicap Series and despite very humid conditions, finished strongly in 27mins knocking 18secs off his time from last month’s race.

Humber Half Marathon - 14th June 2009
Isobel Everest continued to add to her list of successful races when she competed in the Humber Half Marathon on Sunday 14th June. Isobel achieved another PB time of 1hr 36mins 46secs over a tough and hilly course.

Ramsey Abbey 10K - 14th June 2009
Juliet Naylor ran the Ramsey Abbey 10k on Sunday 14th June. Juliet attacked the multi-terrain course with customary enthusiasm and was rewarded with a PB time of 40mins 13secs.

Bedford Sprint Triathlon - 14th June 2009
The second in the Bedford Sprint Triathlon Series took place on Sunday 14th June with some good performances from the four Biggleswade AC athletes who took part. The Race consisted of a 400m Swim, Bike ride followed by a 5k Run. Rob Hemming gained another personal best time taking over 3 minutes off his previous best. Sharyn Bray, who is training for the UK Ironman in August, also had a good race despite a punishing six hour training bike ride the day before. This was Natalie Auger’s first Triathlon in Club colours and she was very nervous before the swim but soon showed her strength and ability to finish really strongly. Anne Lincoln also gained a PB time and was first lady in her age category.

Rob Hemming (01:13:35), Nathalie Auger (01:27:39), Sharyn Bray (01:30:17), Anne Lincoln (01:41:37)

St Albans Half Marathon - 14th June 2009
Biggleswade AC's Mens Team Captain Gavin Elliott ran the St Albans Half Marathon last Sunday. Despite the hot weather and hilly course, Gavin had a superb race and crossed the finish line in a time of 1hr 32mins 49secs which placed him in the top hundred runners out of over two and a half thousand!

Barton 10K - 14th June 2009
Richard Bevan took up the challenge of this race for Biggleswade AC last Sunday. This scenic race around some of the most beautiful countryside in Bedfordshire has a really tough start as the first kilometer takes the runners up into Barton Hills territory! Richard finished the race in a terrific time of 40mins 14secs.

Whipsnade 10K - 7th June 2009
There was no need to travel thousands of miles to run alongside giraffes and elephants last weekend as Whipsnade Zoo opened its gates for their annual 10k race. A team of three ladies from Biggleswade AC braved the torrential rain to run the three lap course around the Zoo. Top honour went to Fiona Hunter who not only crossed the finish line in a personal best time of 42mins 47secs but also picked up the prize as 1st Lady in her age category. Nathalie Auger ran superbly in her first 10k race for Biggleswade and Samantha Grist showed grit and determination to complete the course whilst carrying a painful injury.

Fiona Hunter (V35) (42:47), Natalie Auger (V40) (45:19), Samantha Grist (V35) (67:08)

Southern Men's Track and Field - Sandy - 6th June 2009
Full Results Available Here

Welwyn Garden City 10K - 4th June 2009
Peter Howell continued his improving season with a good result in the Herts & Essex Midweek Road Race League on Thursday 4th June. Conditions for the Welwyn Garden City 10k were hot and humid but the course was reasonably flat. Peter finished the race strongly in a time of 55mins 29secs.

Eastern Veterans Athletics Meeting - 3rd June 2009
On Wednesday 3rd June a small but gallant team of athletes from Biggleswade AC travelled to Milton Keynes to compete in an Eastern Veterans athletics meeting. This series of competitions is for athletes over the age of 35yrs. Athlete of the Match was Race Walker Helen Middleton who came first in the 1 mile walk in a personal best time of 8mins 54secs. Helen also won a 20k race three days later which led to her being selected to race for England in Dublin on 28th June. Superb running by Julia Mackay gained valuable points for the team in the 800 & 3000m. In the field events, Anne Lincoln came second in the Discus and third in the Triple Jump.

In the M50 category David Brown and Steve Pledger had a good evening on the track with David coming second in both the 200m and 800m within BMAF entry qualifying time. Endurance coach Lee Welham came first in the M40 800m and 3rd in the 3000 ably supported by Derek Litchfield and Steve West. In the field events, Wayne Harvey came third in the Javelin and 4th in his very first Discus competition he then joined Derek, Steve and David to bring the baton home in third place in the 4x100m relay. The next competition in the series is at Sandy on 1st July.

Trent Park 5K Series - 30th May 2009
The three H’s played a big part in the Trent Park 5k handicap race on Saturday. Heat, humidity and hills tested all the competing athletes. Despite the conditions and still recovering from injury Biggleswade AC’s Peter Howell ran superbly to record a time of 27mins 18 secs.

Cape Wrath Challenge - 17th-23rd May 2009
Chris Clarke and Nigel Bush spent a week in Durness on the North Western tip of Scotland competing in the six day Cape Wrath Challenge event. This was Chris's 3rd visit and Nigel's 2nd, and it was great to meet up with some familiar faces who return to this event year after year, and greet the organisers who have become good friends.

The challenge week is made up of five races of varying terrain and distance, but you do not need to compete in all events. There is also a packed social program including nature walks (to see Puffins), Quiz night, Scottish Country dancing practice (ready for the Ceilidh), Sheep shearing, Beach BBQ, Spooky Walks, and the not-to-be-missed final night dinner, Ceilidh and presentations. The Challenge week is quite unique and the magnificent scenery on the north western tip of Scotland, along with the friendly and sociable local community, makes this event very special. It is no surprise that so many runners return year after year. One intrepid 64 year old even cycled from Essex to Durness before the event (about 650 miles) and swam across the Kyle of Durness for a warm-up!

Bedford 6 - 19th May 2009
The third race in the East Midlands Grand Prix Series was held last Tuesday 19th May. The Bedford 6 gave the runners a great opportunity to post a good time over the unusual race distance of 6miles on a fast and flat course following cycle route 51 between Bedford and Willington. Five Biggleswade AC members took part in the race with Vince Plosky once again leading his team mates home in a fantastic time of 33mins 29secs and overall 10th place. Gavin Elliott was only 2 mins behind continuing his string of superb runs this year. The two Biggleswade AC ladies, Sharyn Bray and Jan Blake crossed the finish line just seconds apart and Peter Howell had a terrific run in his first race after returning from injury.

Vince Plosky (33:29), Gavin Elliott (35:31), Sharyn Bray (50:30), Jan Blake (50:49), Peter Howell (53:04)

Southern Men's Track and Field - Newham - 16th May 2009
Saturday 16th May saw Biggleswade AC mens Southern mens team travel to East London for the 2nd fixture of the Southern Mens League Div 3 North. Opposition were Havering and Mayesbrook AC, Huntingdonshire AC, Barnet and District and Biggleswade AC. Squally and wet conditions made any effort to put in a good performance very difficult

Biggleswade AC have enticed Steve Edmonds out of retirment to boost the thows disciplines in the league for the club and he had an instant impact coming 2nd in the Shot, and 3rd in the Discus and Hammer. Steve was joined in the Shot and Discus with Chris Watson who competed in the B string and David Brown was 3rd in the B string hanmmer with a new PB and club record.
In the jumps Zack Morrison won the High Jump with Daniel Steel second. Daniel was 2nd in the Long and Triple Jumps. Tom Worboys was carrying a rugby induced injury but did well with a second place in the B string long jump. Zack running on the track was 3rd in the 200 m in very gusty conditions with Tom coasting home in 4th. Richard Bevan was very brave in running the 800 m and almost immediatly the 5000 m adding vital points to the team score with 4th in both events. Chris Watson ran the 5000 m B string and came 3rd and duplicated that position in the 1500 m.

Biggleswade AC had the luxury of having Josh Watson travel as a non scoring High Jumper where he was back to his seasons best with a 1.50 m jump, and Josh was promoted to the scoring team of Biggleswade AC in the triple jump where he was just pipped for 3rd in the B string on the final jump of the competition.

David competed in the Pole vault and was only able to get a cleareance on his final jump but was 3rd in the 400 m hurdles and in the 110 m hurdles despite knocking the final flight causing a fall was still able to finish 3rd. In the 800 m David felt a twinge in his calf so as a precaution coasted home in last place for that vital point.

A tired and injury quartet of Daniel, David Tom and Zack ran a 4 x 100 m and despite 3rd place felt they could not have done much better - but they trio of David, Tom and Zack were joined by Richard for an attempt to gain those extra points and hopefully finish in 3rd place, unfortunately the quartet of walking wounded could only finish in 4th in the relay with Barnet the team to beat well clear in 2nd.

Havering and Mayesbrook (123 points), Hunts AC (97.5 points), Barnet (63.5 points), Biggleswade AC (55 points)

Full Results Available Here

Track & Field County Championships - 10th May 2009
The Bedfordshire AA County Championships were held at Stockwood Park in Luton on Sunday and Biggleswade AC athletes came home with many of the top honours. In the throwing events, Stacey Robinson continued her brilliant start to the season by gaining PB's in both Discus and Hammer, the latter by a massive 5metres. Newcomer Holly Robinson had an outstanding day of competition by becoming Junior County Champion in Hammer, Discus and Shot. These two talented sisters are fast becoming a formidable force. Amy Lyons is now competing in the Senior ranks and also became County Champion with a new PB and Club record in the Javelin while Zak Morrison retained his High Jump title.

In the Cambridgeshire County Championships, Biggleswade AC's Sam Smith (U15) won the silver medal in the 3000m and James Thomas (U13) silver in the 1500m.

Halstead Marathon - 10th May 2009
On a warm and sunny day and a fairly hilly course 2 BAC runners completed this top 5 UK rated marathon. Ian Skerratt finished in an excellent 3:11:28 only 2 weeks after the London Marathon, winning the Male Vet 55 category and finishing 27th overall, out of 459 finishers. Julie Sutton ran a superb race, finishing in 3:23:34 and breaking the club record. She was 51s overall, and 4th lady.
Also - Cat Marriott (RSPB Staff Association) completed her 2nd marathon in 2 weeks - target time of 4:30 and came in at 4:29:28.
The event was really well organised and friendly.

Ian Skerratt (03:11:28), Julie Sutton (03:23:34)

Eye 10K - 10th May 2009
After two marathons in three weeks, Gavin Elliott opted for the shorter 10k distance for this week’s race. Even with good sunny conditions and a fast, flat course, Gavin found the first half of the race tough going but still managed to finish in 32nd place out of 469 runners and in a new season’s best time (38:36)

Sprint Triathlon - 9th May 2009
Rob Hemming competed in his second Triathlon in two weeks on Saturday 9th May. This was his first ‘open water’ swim which proved to be a tough challenge. The J.P. Morgan Cazenove Sprint Triathlon was held at Dorney Lake near Windsor and comprised of 145 entrants making up 3 mens or ladies teams from across the country. Rob was part of the successful winning team ‘The Caz Tri-ers’ with a combined time of 3hrs 7mins 28secs.

Silverstone 10K - 5th May 2009
In a busy week for all athletes of Biggleswade AC, Vince Plosky, David Albone and Sharyn Bray competed in the Silverstone 10k on Tuesday 5th May. This was the first race of the EMGP Series and although the course has the advantage of being fast and flat, this was tempered by strong winds across the exposed race track. Despite this, all the Biggleswade AC runners recorded personal best times. Next race in the series is the Bedford 6 on the 19th May.
Vince Plosky (32:12), David Albone (46:41), Sharyn Bray (53:52)

Flitton Flit - 4th May 2009
Jon Balaam of Biggleswade AC had a fantastic run in the Flitton Flit 5k on Bank Holiday Monday. This popular village race around Flitton Moor saw Jon achieve a personal best time of 21mins 26 secs which was more than three minutes faster than in the same race last year. A really strong finish helped Jon cross the line in the first 25 out of almost 200 runners.

Suffolk Heritage Coast Run - 3rd May 2009
Gavin Elliott ran his second marathon in just three weeks on Sunday. Starting in Thorpeness with the weather hot but breezy, the race over 26miles of sand dunes and wooded trails saw Gavin leading the field for the first fifteen miles and finish in a superb time of 3hrs 20mins 59secs.

Bedford Sprint Triathlon - 3rd May 2009
Rob Hemming and Anne Lincoln of Biggleswade Athletic Club competed in the first race of the Bedford Sprint Triathlon Series on Sunday. Triathletes make an early start and while most of us were still in bed, Rob and Anne were in the pool for the 400metre swim. Following the swim was a 24k bike ride around the villages surrounding Bedford including Clapham, Felmersham and Pavenham. There were some tough hills to climb and a strong wind to contend with too. The last part of the event was a 5k run around Bedford Park. Rob finished 7th in his age group and 44th place overall in a field of 214 triathletes which was a superb achievement for someone attempting his first ever Triathlon against experienced competition. Anne Lincoln improved her previous time by 6 minutes and was 2nd lady in her age category.
Rob Hemming (01:16:56), Anne Lincoln (01:48:57)

School's Track Relays - 29th April 2009
In some beautiful weather on a late afternoon the competition was just as enthralling. With the unusual relay of 3 x 800 m - but gives opportunity for endurance athletes to feel part of a team the meeting started with middle schools and this followed by some very quick times by the upper schools. Not to be left out a mix of 3 x 600 m for the school year 5/6, was immediately followed by some very quick races for the school years 5/6 and 7/8 age group over 3 x 200 m.

The more traditional 4 x 100 m for all ages in which again there were some very quick times especially for the girls in the school year 5/6 and some very close races in a few others keeping the judges busy.

In the 3 x 400 m for the upper schools there were some very quick times with the senior boys all finishing in close proximity with the race order changing on each of the three legs.

Taking part were the following Middle schools; Abbey College Ramsey, Abby MS Bedford, Bedford High, Holmemead, Lincroft, Robert Bloomfield, Sandy Place, Streetfields
And Upper Schools; Abbey College Ramsey, Bedford High, Redbourne, Samuel Whitbread, Sandy US, Sharnbrook

School's Track Relay Results Available Here

London Marathon - 26th April 2009
Ten runners from Biggleswade AC took part in this year's Flora London Marathon. Although the forecast earlier in the week had suggested cool temperatures with some light showers on race day (perfect for runners), the day turned out to be sunny and warm. This was perfect for the thousands of spectators that lined the route, but not so good for the runners as they battled their way around the sun-soaked streets of London.

First runner home for Biggleswade AC was "mr consistent" Ian Skerratt who once again defied his 58 years with a brilliant time of 3 hour 8 mins, which gave him 26th place in his age-group category, an extraordinary achievement in what is the biggest marathon race in the world. Next home was Derek Litchfield who finished in 3h 37m which smashed his previous best time (set 6 years ago) by over 30 minutes, and Derek raised a large amount of money for the Sue Ryder charity. First lady home for the club was Isobel Everest from Langford, running her very first marathon, and supporting the Sparks charity. Isobel was aiming for a sub 3h 30m time, and was well on target at halfway, but leg cramps from 17 miles meant she slowed to a finishing time of 3h 42m - which was still a fantastic debut and gives her automatic entry to next year's race.

London Marathon regular Andy Bruce, whose training had been interrupted by injury, was disappointed with his finishing time of 3h 54m, while Paula Dawson and Maria Tatchley had a great time running the 26.2 miles together and finishing in 4h 14m - a new PB for Paula who was raising cash for Breast Cancer. Just behind Paula and Maria, marathon debutant Hannah Street from Beeston battled her way around the course to finish in a very creditable 4h 19m despite feeling unwell on the day. Hannah has shown great dedication in her training and can look forward to faster times in the future. New mum Sarah Geeson-Orsgood ran a very solid race to finish in 4h 27m on limited training, and Julia Mackay from Sutton was just 5 minutes behind. Julia was disappointed with her time of 4h 32m, but this was still a huge PB by over 40 minutes and a great run in the warm conditions. Cat Marriott (running for her 1st claim club the RSPB staff association, and dressed as some kind of bird) finished alongside Julia in 4h 32m

Ian Skerratt (03:08:00), Derek Litchfield (03:37:00), Isobel Everest (03:42:00), Andy Bruce (03:54:00),
Paula Dawson (04:14:00), Maria Tatchley (04:14:00), Hannah Street (04:19:00), Sarah Geeson-Orsgood (04:27:00),
Julia Mackay (04:32:00), Cat Marriott (04:32:00)

National Junior Athletics League - Basildon - 26th April 2009
On Sunday Holly was selected to represent Team Bedfordshire which is an U20 team from the clubs in Biggleswade, Bedford, Luton and Leighton Buzzard, and she showed what grit she has - only started training less than 4 weeks ago, against in many cases experienced athletes of many years experience and some internationals, in a Junior National League Match at Basildon. But despite that she pulled out Personal best performances in the Hammer, Discus, Shot and Javelin, so shows she is moving in the right direction.

Also selected to compete from Biggleswade AC was U17 Daniel Steel. Daniel competed in the long jump and is now starting to regularly put some consistent performances together, Daniel also competed in the 4 x 100 relay, showing he has speed as well as distance in his portfolio.

Southern Women's Track and Field - Sandy - 25th April 2009
A small but quality team of 4 competed for Biggleswade Athletic Club in the Southern Women's Track and Field match at Sandy on Saturday. The team comprised of three senior throwers and one of the clubs U15 athletes. Despite this, the quartet did their utmost to gain enough points for the club as possible with the an unusual combination of running in the 800m, Long Jump, all throws and also punishing themselves in the 4 x 100 m relay. It was also noticed that Team manager Angela King did overtake the athlete from Eton Manor in the opening leg of the 4 x 100 m relay.

There were Personal best performances in the Hammer for all three ladies - Stacey Robinson her younger sister Holly, and Angela King. Although Holly was competing as a senior she is an U20 athlete and her performances are being clarified as U20 club records!
The magnificent 4 x 100 m relay quartet were unfortunately disqualified on a technical rule, but it didn't dampen their enthusiasm and were prepared to run the 4 x 400 m relay! The Biggleswade AC quartet battled their way to 49 match points but were always up against it with the larger teams and only manged to finish 6th in the match. Next match is at the new athletics stadium in London Picketts Lock at the end of May.

Biggleswade AC Annual Pentathlon - 23rd April 2009
Mens Results Available Here
Womens Results Available Here

Bungay Marathon - 19th April 2009
Gavin Elliott flew the flag for Biggleswade AC on Sunday at the Bungay Black Dog Marathon in Norfolk. Competing against a field of almost 250 runners, Gavin achieved a brilliant 17th place in a time of 3hrs 11mins 40 secs. Not one to sit on his laurels, Gavin’s next Marathon is in just two weeks!

Flitwick 10K - 19th April 2009
Twenty members of Biggleswade AC turned out on Sunday for the annual Flitwick 10k which was also the Club 10k Championship Race. The race began in cool and cloudy conditions but as the runners tackled the hilly course around the country lanes surrounding Flitwick, the sunshine broke through to show off the beautiful local countryside at its best.
A superb run by Juliet Naylor led to yet more credits to her name. Juliet was not only overall fourth lady home but achieved 1st place in her age group for the County Championships. Following a terrific season of Cross Country, the ladies team of Juliet, Fiona Hunter and Jan Blake carried on this brilliant form by taking 8th place out of 35 teams.

Vince Plosky continues his successful return from injury by crossing the finish line in overall 14th place out of more than 800 runners. There were good runs too by the Club High Jump Coach Chris Watson and Rob Morgan who is in training for an Iron Man Triathlon. Brothers Richard and Jonathon Bevan continue to improve with every competition as does Michelle Geeson who recorded her second PB time in two weeks taking almost two minutes off her previous best time. Well done to all the Biggleswade AC runners and thanks to all those who turned out to support around the course.

Vince Plosky (35:23), Richard Bevan (39:36), Rob Hemming (40:22), Juliet Nayler (40:37), Craig Brown (40:40),
Chris Watson (40:53), Ian Skerratt (41:47), Rob Morgan (41:52), Damien Pitts (44:03), Fiona Hunter (44:18), Ray Dowse (45:51),
Jon Balaam (47:02), David Albone (47:54), Jonathon Bevan (48:42), John Kenyon (52:29), Jan Blake (53:30),
Michelle Geeson (55:50), Colin Harries (58:08), Anne Lincoln (58:50), Julie Dowse (64:29)

Club Championship Results Available Here

Cambourne 10K - 5th April 2009
Sunday 5th April was the inaugural running of the Cambourne 10k. Being so local to many of members of Biggleswade AC, a good number decided to cross the border into Cambridgeshire to take part in this trail race following the foot paths and bridleways that skirt the perimeter of this Cambridgeshire new town.

A total of 17 senior runners from the club cross the start line on Sunday morning, the Biggleswade runner home was Vince Plosky, completing in 35min 32 seconds and was the 6th runner home overall. He was followed by a steady stream of Biggleswade runners of the next 30 minutes with Elaine Stead bringing the club home in 1hour and seven minutes.

Vincent Plosky (00:35:31), Robert Hemming (00:40:21), Edward Clarke (00:41:01), Craig Brown (00:41:21),
Damien Pitts (00:44:49), Ray Dowse (00:46:10), Chris Clarke (00:48:22), John Kenyon (00:55:20), Jan Blake (00:55:02),
Peter Howell (00:55:31), Michelle Geeson (00:57:37), Richard Warriner (00:57:08), Sharyn Bray (00:58:14),
Joanne Ellary (01:01:41), Julie Dowse (01:02:25), Mark Stead (01:02:57), Samantha Grist (01:03:30), Elaine Stead (01:06:05)

Oakley 20 - 5th April 2009
With just three weeks to go to the London Marathon, the Oakley 20 mile race is a valuable part of the training and the last chance for runners to test themselves over a longer distance. Almost perfect conditions greeted the runners with little breeze and a slight chill in the spring sunshine. First Biggleswade runner home over the two lap course was Gavin Elliott but he was pushed hard in the last mile by Ian Skerratt who finished less than a minute behind. An exceptional run from Julie Sutton saw the Biggleswade AC Club Record for this distance smashed by twelve minutes. Isobel Everest and Derek Litchfield ran a really strong race and Hannah Street also finished in under three hours. Lee Mostari, Julia Mackay and Sarah Geeson-Orsgood crossed the finish line soon after to complete a very successful race for Biggleswade AC.

Gavin Elliott (2:24:52), Ian Skerratt (2:25:11), Julie Sutton (2:31:04), Isobel Everest (2:37:00), Derek Litchfield (2:38:33),
Hannah Street (2:56:58), Lee Mostari (3:07:57), Julia Mackay (3:16:02), Sarah Geeson-Orsgood (3:17:19)

Bedfordshire Open Track & Field Meeting - 4th April 2009
Bedfordshire Open Track & Field Results Available Here

Sandy 10 - 29th March 2009
Adam Mills from the Bedford Harriers club clinched a superb victory with a time of 55mins 30secs in the 26th running of the Sandy 10 mile road race. With over 500 finishers in the main race, this was by far the biggest field in the history of the Sandy 10 and with 16 men beating the magic 1 hour barrier, the quality in depth is a testament to Adam's win. Grant Ramsey from Barnet & District AC was 52 seconds behind the winner in 2nd place, and Grant just got the better of Peter Williams from Trent Park RC in 3rd place by a mere 5 seconds.

In the Ladies race, St Albans Strider Heather Blamire-Brown scooped the ladies prize in a time of 67mins 57secs, just 21 seconds in front of Bridget Davey from Blackheath & Bromley Harriers. Fiona Tideswell of Saffron Striders finished third in 69mins 32secs. The fact that the first three men and ladies in the race were representing clubs from all over the south east region, gives a good indication of the prominence of the Sandy 10.

A record entry list of over 600 runners included the Mayor of Sandy Colin Osborne. Colin also helped start the race and present the prizes after the race along with his wife Diane and Deputy Mayor Geoff White. All finishers in the 10 mile event received a long sleeved tee-shirt and Jordans cereal bar. All the prize winners received a fine trophy and sports vouchers generously donated by UK sports goods manufacturer Brooks Running. Biggleswade AC would like to thank all the sponsors including Andy Mitchelson and Brooks Running ( ), Jordans Cereals, Balancise ( ), Primary Networks and Sandy Sports Centre for their generous sponsorship.

Alistair Burt MP, a member of Biggleswade AC, finished in a very creditable 88m 44s, which means that he is well on track to post a good time in the London Marathon in four weeks time. Another club member and coach Graham Bufton, who runs Balancise Sports Therapy in Bedford, generously donated two vouchers for free sports therapy treatment. These were awarded to the first two LOCAL runners (SG19 postcode) in the race and were won by Richard Allison from Potton and Katy Smith from Gamlingay. Balancise therapists also provided much needed leg massages to the runners as they returned from their morning's hard run.
Regular TV viewers in the crowded spectator area at the finish spotted TV celebrity Jaye Griffiths running the Sandy 10 for the first time. Jaye, who lives in north east Hertfordshire, is more famous for her acting exploits in TV programmes like The Bill, Casualty and Doctors.

In the men's veteran categories, Stuart Still from Luton AC won the Vet 40 award from Stephen Herring of Marshal Milton Keynes AC. The Vet 50 prize was won by local runner Phil Redden from St Neots Riverside Runners in 62mins 17secs, over a minute ahead of Shane Hunt from Hunts AC. The men's Vet 60 category was keenly contested by no fewer that 32 runners, and the prize went to the evergreen Fred Watt of Leighton Buzzard AC from Glyn Smith of C&C. There were also an amazing seven runners in the men's over 70 category, and last year's winner Bill Billington was beaten into 2nd place by a superb run from Anthony Cotton of BRJ Road Runners in 78mins 20secs.

In the ladies veteran categories, runners from several different clubs picked up the prizes, with Julia McIntosh of Hunts AC just out sprinting Andrea Mann of Garden City Runners to the lady vet 35 prize. The lady vet 45 trophies were won by Veronica Singleton of Beds Harriers and Clare Kerr of Ware Joggers, and Veronica's run helped Beds Harriers ladies win the ladies team prize. In the lady vet 55 category Pauline Bambury, another Beds Harrier, won the trophy from Margaret DeWinter from Dunstable RR. And finally the ever smiling Breda Haughton of Stopsley Striders won the lady over 65 prize.

Although they did not feature in the individual prize list, Dunstable Road Runners won the men's team trophy with their leading four men placing 13th, 21st 40th and 45th, just 16 points ahead of the Beds Harriers men's team. But Beds Harriers did have the consolation of retaining the Erlensee Cup which is awarded to the club that enters the most runners in the 10 mile and 3km Fun Run.
In the Race HQ at Sandy Sports Centre volunteers from Keech Cottage Children's Hospice presented a display of the wonderful work performed by this charitable organisation. And they were joined by representatives of SADS UK which is another charity supported by the Sandy 10 this year. Biggleswade AC will soon be announcing substantial donations from the race proceeds to Keech Cottage, SADS UK and East Beds McMillan Cancer Care.

With over 70 course marshals and officials on duty, Biggleswade AC can be justifiably proud of another well organised and successful event. Dozens of messages of thanks have already been received from runners who appreciated the slick organisation and the friendly encouragement of the course marshals, superbly organised by chief marshal Gavin Elliott. A selection of bright and bizarre "funny hats" were worn by all the marshals to keep up the spirits of the runners. And at the end of the day, race director Nigel Bush said that this was without doubt the best Sandy 10 in the twelve years that Biggleswade AC have been organising the race, and even outshone the 25th anniversary race last year. The support, professionalism and commitment of all the club members was outstanding.

Sandy 10 Results Available Here

Sandy 10 3K Fun Run - 29th March 2009
Almost forty people entered the 3k Fun Run with ages ranging from 9 to 65 years. Last years First Male and First Female trophy winners successfully defended their titles in 2009. Ollie McGlashan won the race in a time of 10mins 02 secs and Carla Humphrey took 25 seconds off her 2008 time. Both runners belonged to St. Neots Riverside Runners who were very well represented in the race. Their was success too for Biggleswade Athletic Club as Sam Smith finished in 5th position and Connor Trudgill 7th. Hannah Hutchinson ran really well to win the 2nd Female Trophy in a time of 12mins 53 secs and 10th place. Mother and daughter team Karen and Francesca Worrall crossed the line together in under 18 minutes which as Francesca is only 9 was a superb effort. Most people put their feet up and expect to be pampered on their Birthday but Sandy Quinlivan from Warley in Essex decided to run 3k on hers and smiling all the way round the course, really brought the ‘fun’ into the Fun Run.

Sandy 10 3K Fun Run Results Available Here

Vicky Park 5 - 28th March 2009
Biggleswade AC member Jan Blake ran in the Vicky Park 5 on Saturday 28th March. The 5 mile course around Victoria Park in Hackney, East London was fast and flat and Jan crossed the finish line in a terrific personal best time of 42mins 18secs.

Schools' Cross Country Relays - 11th March 2009
Boys Years 5 & 6 Results Available Here
Boys Years 7 & 8 Results Available Here
Girls Years 5 & 6 Results Available Here
Girls Years 7 & 8 Results Available Here
Boys & Girls Years 9 & 10 Results Available Here
Year 11 & 6th Form Results Available Here

Milton Keynes Half Marathon - 8th March 2009
The sheer volume of runners heading to the Open University Campus in Milton Keynes for the MK Half Marathon caused a traffic jam. Some competitors even had to abandon their cars and sprint to get to the start of the race on time. Luckily the twelve runners entered from Biggleswade Athletic Club all made the start and there were many good performances recorded over the Half Marathon distance along the paths and cycleways of Milton Keynes.

The race started in bright sunshine and Gavin Elliott although using this as a training run for the London Marathon, recorded his third PB time in as many weeks while just 24 hours after representing Bedfordshire in the Inter Counties Cross Country, Juliet Nayler also recorded a PB time which was just 12 seconds outside the Club Record. Joanne Ellary ran well in her first Half Marathon and Julia Mackay, also training for London, once again recorded a time of under 2 hours. Strong winds hampered the second half of the race but did not stop Hannah Street, Samantha Grist and John Kenyon from also recording personal best times. Overall this was a very successful race for the Biggleswade AC athletes

Gavin Elliott (01:25:38) PB, Juliet Naylor (01:29:18 ) PB, Richard Bevan (01:32:11), Ian Skerratt (01:35:20),
Hannah Street (01:46:40) PB, Craig Brown (01:54:04), Julia Mackay (01:57:57), John Kenyon (01:57:59) PB,
Jonathon Bevan (02:05:32), Samantha Grist (02:18:10) PB, Joanne Ellary (02:24:12) PB, Rob Hemming retired injured.

Inter County Cross Country - 7th March 2009
Three members of Biggleswade AC competed for Bedfordshire in the Inter Counties Championships and World Cross Country Trials on Saturday at Woollaton Park in Nottingham. Juliet Nayler, Zoe Dawson and Fiona Hunter are three of Biggleswade’s successful Ladies Cross Country team and repeated their Club success with superb runs for the County. In bright sunshine and over an undulating multi-lap course Juliet and Zoe both finished in scoring positions with Fiona just a whisker behind. Congratulations to the Ladies for giving such great performances at such a high level of competition.

James Thomas also competed for Cambridgeshire in the Under 13 boys race and ran well to finish 268th in 14mins and 58 secs.

Three Counties Cross Country - East Haddon - 1st March 2009
Best Result In Club’s 50 Year History

Biggleswade Athletic Club’s Ladies Cross Country Team raced home in first place at East Haddon in Northamptonshire on Sunday. Juliet Naylor won the race leaving all the other competitors standing with Fiona Hunter rounding off an excellent season in 7th place and a gritty performance from Zoë Dawson in 12th carrying an injury. This was the last race of the Three Counties League and this final result gave the Ladies an overall result of second place over the season which is the best result in the Club’s 50 year history.

Sunshine and perfect conditions greeted all twelve members of the Club who ran to complete a very successful season for both Biggleswade teams. This very testing course is the only one in the League where the last two miles are all uphill! There were many good performances from the Men’s Team too as Gavin Elliott led the whole field for the first half mile and Ian Skerratt scored for the first time. Lee Welham was the first Biggleswade runner home and veteran Roger Wadeley gave a sterling performance to also score points for the team. Strong runs from Jon Balaam, Derek Litchfield and Damien Pitts who strangely enjoys the hills, completed the scoring places for the team and a strong finish from Peter Howell and Mark Stead kept other teams behind. The Men’s Team finished the race in 9th place which gave them an overall 7th place in the League.

Ladies: Juliet Naylor (1st), Fiona Hunter (7th), Zoe Dawson (12th)
This race placing 1st. Overall League Placing 2nd.

Men: Lee Welham (11th), Gavin Elliott (21st), Damien Pitts (62nd), Derek Litchfield (64th), Jon Balaam (68th),
Roger Wadeley (83rd), Ian Skerratt (87th), Peter Howell (119th), Mark Stead (127th)
This race placing 9th. Overall League Placing 7th
Combined Overall Placing 7th

Goring 10K - 1st March 2009
On Sunday 1st March Isobel Everest ran the Goring 10k race near Reading in Berkshire. Isobel may have been the only competitor for Biggleswade AC but ran a superb race to finish in 94th position out of almost a thousand runners and record a time of 43mins 37secs which was a personal best time by just over 2 minutes.

Bury 20 - 22nd February 2009
Biggleswade AC’s Marketing Manager and Ultra Runner Gavin Elliott competed in the Bury 20 on Sunday. Starting in the historic town of Bury St Edmunds, the 20 mile course meandered through the surrounding villages with many scenic views of the rolling West Suffolk Countryside. Gavin finished the race in 54th position out of 351 runners and in a personal best time of 2:25:04.

National Cross Country Championships - 21st February 2009
Widely acknowledged to be one of the toughest courses in the Cross Country Calendar, the English National Cross Country Championships was once again held at Parliament Hill Fields in Hampstead Heath. Two Biggleswade Athletic Club runners entered the race. Derek Litchfield ran a solid race even though he is in the middle of final preparations for the London Marathon and completed the course in a time of 1:03:17. Experienced runner Rob Hemming crossed the finish line in a superb time of 53mins 33secs but commented afterwards that this was the “hilliest and muddiest 12k I have ever done”. Congratulations to both athletes on a great achievement.

Chiltern Cross Country League - Luton - 14th February 2009
It was a muddy and very icy Stockwell Park in Luton which welcomed runners of all ages to the final Chiltern League Cross Country race of the season on Saturday. Lee Welham was 10th in the Senior M40 Category and Colin Harries 7th in the MV60 for Biggleswade Athletic Club. In the Under 17 race, Adam Murphy proved that all the hard training pays off as he finished in fourth place. Representing the Under 15 Boys were Sam Smith and Adam Welham. The boys followed each other home and finished in 8th and 9th place. This gave the Biggleswade Under 15 boys the overall position of 3rd place in the League. James Thomas came 5th in the Under 13 boys race. This is a tough League so well done to all our runners who competed this season.

Watford Half Marathon - 1st February 2009
Nearly two thousand runners completed this hilly and very testing course on Sunday 1st February including two members of Biggleswade Athletic Club. In windy and cold conditions Isobel Everest recorded a time of 1hr 37mins 2secs which beat her previous Personal Best time by almost four minutes. Derek Litchfield was not far behind and crossed the finish line in 1hr 44mins 54secs.

Isobel Everest 01:37:02, Derek Litchfield (01:44:54)

Annual Club Dinner & Presentation Evening - 23rd January 2009
2008 was an extremely successful year for the athletes of Biggleswade Athletic Club and these achievements were recognised at the annual Presentation Dinner on Friday. From the under 20 age group to the Veterans of the Club, from Track and field to Road Running, the many outstanding performances of the year were acknowledged and celebrated.

In Track and Field there were many club records set during the Southern Men and Women’s League and in Biggleswade’s own Pentathlon competition; Alice Middleton and Zac Morrison won the championship honours. The Road Running trophies were fiercely contended and this year’s winners over the various distances were: 5k; Fiona Hunter and Ian Skerratt, 10k; Debs Bryant and Vince Plosky, 10 Miles; Fiona Hunter and Vince Plosky, Half Marathon; Julie Sutton and Ian Skerratt. Marathon/Ultra Runner was Rob Morgan and Most Improved athlete was Craig Brown. Zoe Dawson was recognised for her achievements at County Level in Cross Country and Club Person Of The Year was Damien Pitts. Club Secretary Stuart Galloway was made an Honorary Life Member and a new award this year donated by Roger Wadeley , the Lonely Pines Trophy for Outstanding Achievement, was presented to Ken Prior.

Chairman Nigel Bush then handed out some of his own personal Awards, certificates given for such dubious categories as the Just-In-Time Award for those runners who only just make the Start line of a race and No-Pain-No-Gain Award for running coach and Physio, Graham Bufton. Treasurer Mark Stead was given the ‘How Much?’ Award and Film Producers Of The Year were Gavin Elliott and Tim Huxtable for their presentation video for the Round Norfolk Relay. Thanks to The Green Man in Stanford for the outstanding hospitality and to all members who make this Athletic Club such a very special organisation.

Folksworth 15 - 18th January 2009
It was the 20th year of running the Folksworth 15 on Sunday and one Biggleswade Athletic Club member joined in the celebratory mood of the race. Running in her first 15 mile race, Hannah Street completed the two laps around the Cambridgeshire village in 2hrs 9mins 35secs. Werrington Jogger Julian Huckle continued his good form with a time of 1hr 44mins 15secs.

Fred Hughes 10 - 18th January 2009
The January weather was kind to the runners of the Fred Hughes 10 mile road race on Sunday. Three Biggleswade Athletics Club members entered the race which followed a course in and around the country lanes surrounding St. Albans. From a total of over 830 runners Rob Hemming led the Biggleswade runners home in a superb 117th place in a time of 1:09:35. Ian Skerratt was just six minutes behind Rob followed by John Kenyon who crossed the finish line to complete an excellent days competition from the men of Biggleswade AC.

Rob Hemming (01:09:35), Ian Skerratt (01:15:44), John Kenyon (01:33:14)

SEAA Indoor Championships - 11th January 2009
Two Junior members of Biggleswade Athletics Club were entered for the SEAA Indoor Championships held at Lee Valley. Daniel Steel competed in the Under 17 men Triple Jump and achieved a personal best distance of 11m 85cm which was also a Club Record. Andrew Baldwin ran really well in the heats of the 60m sprint for under 15 boys and qualified for the semi finals. A superb achievement by both young athletes.

County Cross Country - Shuttleworth - 10th January 2009
Biggleswade Athletics Clubs Junior runners who competed in the County Cross Country at Shuttleworth deserve a special mention this week. In the Under 13 boys category, James Thomas was 5th in 12mins 46secs and qualified for Cambridgeshire. In the Under 15 boys run over a 4.3k course, Ryan Thomas was 11th followed home by Sam Smith in 12th and Adam Welham 17th. This result gave the three boys 4th team place for Cambridgeshire. Adam Murphy competed in the Under 17 mens category and ran really well over the testing course to finish in 19th place. In the Under 17 womens race over a 5k distance Hannah Hutchinson crossed the finish line in 13th place which was a great run as she was still recovering from flu.