David Holds On

The final hill in Parson's Close saw on Wednesday saw a fierce battle between most of the leading contenders in the 2014/15 Stag Trophy scrapping it out for PB's and points.

Prior to the start of the race it had already been determined that only two people could take the 2014/15 title, with Sam Sicknote Dear having withdrawn due to man-flu and merely playing a spectator role on the night. This meant that it was a straight battle between club captain James Bell and his Monday night protégé David Killick. In all honesty it needed a tremendous run from James and a bad run from David for the positions to be changed, but this has certainly happened a few times before. read more

Southern Road Relays

Back in the mists of time LBAC were regular fixtures at the SEAA road relays for many years. We used to travel down to Thurrock in April for the men’s 12-stage event until it moved to Milton Keynes around the turn of the century.

The event is a slight victim of it’s own success in that many of the country’s top clubs focus on this and the subsequent national relays to get really strong teams out. As a consequence, over the years many of the smaller clubs – including LBAC – have dropped out, making the whole thing a very high standard, but with fewer participants. read more

A Tale of Three Halves

White horses, shell suits and High-fiving Henry VIII

James Bell, Caroline Mann, Laura Brine & Sam Dear

The 29th March will be remembered by many racing that day as the windiest for some while. Over most of the southern part of the UK, gusts reached an energy-sapping 40 mph. Added to the atrocious weather was the early start due to British Summer Time.

In Oxfordshire James Bell was competing in the White Horse Half Marathon, a race which he’d done previously. James takes up the story from here: read more

Reading Half

By Pete Mackrell

On Sunday, Simon and I traveled down to Berkshire to do the Reading Half. Simon was of course wearing his Herne Hill Harrier hoops, but since he bought me lunch and a beer, we can forgive him. The Reading Half race is one of the largest halves in the country with around 15,000 runners, and it tends to attract a good helping of fast runners due to its flat-ish course, its proximity to the spring marathons and its status as the England Athletics Championship.

The trip was Simon’s idea. We had both run 74-something at the Stevenage Half in 2013 and we decided it was time to find a faster course and try to run 73-something. For me it would show me where I am in terms of London training, whilst for Simon it was another chance to test himself over a longer distance than he normally races. read more


By Sadie Towell (U13’s)

It was a 6am start for the Inter-Counties X-Country on Saturday.

The coach arrived at Tiddenfoot at 6.15am before it went to Luton and Bedford. We were all really excited and nervous on the coach journey which was really long. As a team we all really enjoyed being on the coach together.

I was really happy to be running in the Inter-counties and the whole experience was amazing fun; I got especially excited when I found out that the whole event was televised! There were also famous people running like Rebecca Murray. read more

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