Virtual National Road Relay Championships

Virtual National Road Relay Championships

4-9 April 2020

What started up as a small idea to replace the National Road Relay 5k Championships became a national sensation with over 5000 athletes of all abilities entering. As always, LBAC, not wanting to miss out on these things and mix the big clubs, got involved!

Firstly, we had 32 individuals from the club entering a time. Two of these ran their first ever run for the club, albeit a slightly strange one all alone! Well done and welcome to Nicola Mellor and Michael Lovell.

A second thing to note before we look in more detail at the final results, is how may people posted some fast times, with some even posting PBs. Particularly impressive when these runs were done alone with nobody to race against. For these people, we definitely need to see you entering a proper 5k race when this is all over! read more

Meet the Buzzards – Sam Dear

Meet the Buzzards

Find out a little bit about your new Club Captain in Meet the Buzzards

Name?

Sam Dear

Age?

34

Where were you born?

Luton & Dunstable Hospital

Tell me something about you:

Born and bred in Bedfordshire, I have a season ticket for Luton Town Football Club (a valid reason for why I miss some Chiltern League fixtures!), a Physical Geography degree from University of Sheffield and definitely enjoy a rest day. My girlfriend Jo probably has to take some credit for some of my good race times as I need to work hard to be faster than her! read more

Get Dirrrty!

Eastern Athletics XC and British & Irish Masters’ International XC

by Pete Mackrell

Last Saturday was evidently a day for dirty running. Close to home, 10 members completed the Dirt Half whilst further away, 10 more were competing in cross country. Of those, a hardy bunch of eight men and one girl made the trip over to Keysoe to participate in the Eastern Athletics Cross Country Championship.

The Eastern Athletic Association is a curious thing; it consists of the geographically diverse counties of Bedfordshire, Cambridgeshire, Essex, Hertfordshire, Norfolk, Suffolk and Lincolnshire. It organises various events including an annual cross-country championship which dates back to 1937 (for the men, women have been included from 1992!). It used to be a high-profile event and it has some high-profile former winners, however in recent years it has fallen from grace somewhat, participation has dropped and some years it wasn’t held at all. This seems a shame, although perhaps it’s inevitable with so many events on the calendar. read more

Going off-road

Going Off-Road

by Susan Johnson

After several off-road training runs with Tuesday’s B&I group I decided to look for a race that would have at least some off-road element.  On Sunday I ran the Stopsley Trail Race, a 5 mile trail with a 10 mile option too. I was joined by James and Sara Lowe, both also B&I runners.  The race is organised by Stopsley Striders, starting and finishing at the Inspire Sports Centre (and what a stunning facility that is!).

The race starts in the leisure centre grounds with a loop that then takes you out onto a country lane.  Just after a mile the route turns onto a farm track running along the edge of wheat fields. read more

Waddesdon 5k

Waddesdon 5k

by Kate Johnson

I did this race on a bit of whim, Adam Haylock reminded me at parkrun and I thought if I could get a Chip-Sitter it was game on.

Wednesday arrived and Andrew was free in the evening as was Grandma Speedy so we decided to go over to Waddesdon, Speedy would flyer and look after Chip and Andrew would join me in the dash round the grounds.

I had no idea how I might run as anything on an uphill gradient has been a real struggle due to back pain. Waddesdon is a 5km race that is 2.5km uphill and then 2.5km downhill. Very little of it is flat. So that presented a potential problem. I had struggled the night before going uphill. read more

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