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Where Dreams Come True!!

Disneyland Paris Half

by Andrea Meek

Ever since I read about this race in a running magazine, I wanted to do it. The first half marathon at Disneyland Paris was in 2016 but due to work and family commitments I was unable do it. I was initially disappointed but I promised myself I would sign up for the race in 2017.

I’ve always been a fan of Disney and the characters, even now at 36 years of age I enjoy watching the films with my children. For me, running at Disneyland was something I not just wanted to do, but needed to do. read more

Leighton 10 – 10 Days Later

Leighton 10 – 10 Days Later

One of the biggest fields of runners for a few years turned up on Sunday 17 September for the 36th Leighton 10. With fairly miserable but good conditions for running, the pre-run set up and sign-up for the organisers and runners was spent huddling in the sports hall as much as possible.

A fine drizzle greeted those on the start line and after a few announcements and a quick round of Happy Birthday to one lucky runner who had the Leighton 10 as a present for his 70th birthday, the race got underway. read more

EAL Match 4 – The Buzzards Attack

Track & Field, East Anglian League –  Match 4 – The Buzzards Attack

Event Summary

The August EAL is always a difficult one to get athletes to attend, mainly due to holiday commitments so it was pleasing that we managed to get 30 athletes out including u17 boys for the first time this season and a strong senior men’s squad (noted mostly throws but that’s the way we rock at the moment).

After the slight rules infringement at Cambridge, we were still on for a strong league position so it was good to see athletes in high spirits and full of enthusiasm for the day.

We were up against some of the strongest clubs in the league and no surprise that Ipswich (league leaders) arrived with 2 coach loads but there was definitely an air of something for the taking. read more

10 Reasons to Leighton 10

10 Reasons to Leighton 10

  • Shenley Hill! At the time you may not love it, but cruising over the crest you know you have 1 mile of downhill to the finish before you can say, “I conquered Shenley Hill!”
  • Stepping Stones to greater things! 10 miles is the perfect distance before making the step up to a half marathon. You can even use it as part of your training!
  • Free training top! All runners will receive a long sleeved technical running shirt – perfect for those winter runs!
  • 10 miles! There aren’t many 10 mile races around anymore, here’s your chance to tackle the distance!
  • Runners of tomorrow! Profits from the race go straight into our Juniors section providing coaching expertise and equipment to set them on their way. You could be helping the next Laura Muir or Mo Farah!
  • Scenery! The view from Great Brickhill is spectacular. Add in running through woods and the heart of the Beds and Bucks countryside and you have a winner!
  • Be Smug! The feeling of finishing. You can’t beat it. Shout it loud and wear the shirt with pride
  • Bargain price! £17 for an hour and a bit of entertainment. Cheap as chips.
  • Run Happy! Running is one of the most inclusive sports around. You will be cheered on like a hero around the course. Soak it up!
  • Magnificent Marshals! All the marshals on the course are briefed to keep you as safe as possible, especially at those tricky road crossings. Experience the famous Marshal Train.
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    All For A Tattoo

    Ironman Copenhagen 2017

    by Fiona Towell

    All for a Tattoo

    Ironman Copenhagen was my first (and last I hasten to add) Ironman.

    10+ years ago when I joined the club I heard about Ironman from Joe Hurley and Tom May, the only two at the time that ‘did them.’

    I remember vividly thinking ‘Really? – you swim for two and a half miles, cycle 112 and then run a WHOLE marathon? Why would anyone want to do that? What on earth is the point? And even if it IS physically possible it can’t be good for you, surely?’ read more

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