Author Archives: Andy

Breaking the Ice at Keysoe

The return to league cross-country running in a freezing new year, felt for many like a slightly awkward introduction at a new place of work – you know you have to do it, but actually you’re not that keen once you arrive and you’d rather be at home. This particular fixture also saw a few league debuts and one long lost returnee.

In reality, those that were first on site did genuinely get to break to the ice in the water “splash”. It’s a good job that most of the seniors didn’t get to see this situation as many of the field may have turned on their heel and gone home! read more

Freezing But Fast Round the Stag

January is the middle race of the Stag Trophy season and is when those with a little experience start eyeing up the competition on the approach to the “business end” of the series.

The first race of 2017 saw some very low temperatures, with the mercury struggling to get above zero degrees. However, with a minimal amount of wind if you were prepared to go for it there were fast times available. This was demonstrated by 5 PB’s and lots of season’s best times amongst the 24 who turned up. read more

Southern Inter Counties

Not only were the Club’s senior members out representing their Club last weekend, but four of our juniors were selected to run for Bedfordshire in the SEAA Inter Counties Cross Country Championships at Oxford on Saturday.

The weather was a total contrast from the early season visit to the same course at Horspath, with it getting wetter and wetter as the day wore on. The U13 County team saw Daniel May making his debut at this level and Daniel Horner making the U15 boys team for the first time.
The girls were again represented in the U13s by Niquole Carter, with Dana Carter in the U15 race, well done to you all. read more

A Sunday of Top Times

By Andy Inchley

Sunday seemed to be the day for it. It was chilly, but not the biting December days we sometimes get, nor was it pouring with rain, which could easily have been the case. Our team of Buzzards spread themselves across three events in the hope of strong performances and fast times. It’s far to say though that I don’t think the results achieved were quite what was expected.

The more low key event of the day saw Simon, Ben, Amy F and Alison testing out the new tarmac around Houghton Regis. The Fun Runners had kindly arranged with the builders and the council that we could have a 5K race on the new bypass before it opened and they invited runners from all the Leighton clubs. It was unfortunate that it clashed with the Winter Half but there was no choice and all four of the LBAC reps running well with Simon and Ben coming home first and second. read more

Tremendous Improvements for Abi & Billy

December’s Stag Trophy race saw a flurry of excellent performances from across the club’s membership.

First home on the night was Abi May, who started first and was never caught. This was not really surprising as she ran more than four minutes quicker than her debut in October! As someone who has never considered herself a runner she is making fantastic progress. Next home was Joe Bidlake-Hull who was making his own debut and has now set a stall out for Dave.

Billy Mead has never really run at his best in the Stag in the past, but a life away from university and a little more training has seen his form soar in recent weeks. His time of 13:34 was a 36 second PB and saw him move from 40th to 18th on the all-time list for the Stag as well as running the fastest time by anyone so far this season. read more

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