Meet the Buzzards – Sam Dear

Meet the Buzzards

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


Sam Dear



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

Meet the Buzzards – Pete Mackrell

Meet the Buzzards

Part Two of Meet the Buzzards – The second half of the dynamic duo of our wonderful Co-Captains, Pete Mackrell!


Pete Mackrell



Where were you born?

Burnley, Lancashire, England (in that order)

Tell me something about you:

When I was 12 I was Lancashire Maths champion, but I was rubbish at all sports and not exactly popular at school. Now I’m an accountant so I haven’t got any more popular, but I do seem to have discovered some talent for running. I take great pride in having run several times for Bedfordshire (cross country) and for England Masters (marathon). When not running you might find me at Turf Moor.

What inspired you to start running?

My girlfriend at the time decided we (by which she probably meant me) were getting fat so we should take up running. I hated the idea but reluctantly agreed to tag along with her.

Who is your favourite athlete?

Of the current bunch Eliud Kipchoge is the King, he’s sublime and a joy to watch. But Emil Zatopek is my hero because he wasn’t sublime, however he had guts, determination, ingenuity, humility, and three gold medals in one Olympics.

What made you choose LBAC?

It’s the only “athletics” club in town and I genuinely assumed the Fun Runners always wore fancy dress and did egg-and-spoon races!

How long have you been running and when did you join LBAC? 

I started running in 2008 and joined LBAC after moving to Leighton in 2011.

What is your favourite race distance?


What is your goal for the next 12 months?

To stay injury free and keep proving myself wrong.

What’s your favourite post-run refuel snack?

A pint and a packet of crisps!

Fartlek or Pyramid session?


Speed or distance?


And one for the post Cross Country pub trips…

What’s your favourite drink?

A pint of something, preferably real ale.

Pete doing what he does best… marathons!

Meet the Buzzards – Fiona Towell

A new, occasional feature to help people from the different training groups and disciplines get to know others from the club and what better place to start than the two Co-Captains?!

This week, introducing co-captain part 1: Fiona Towell!!

Name? Fiona Towell

Age? 49

Where were you born? Glasgow, City of Culture 😉

Tell me something about you:

Sailed a leg of The Millennium RTW Yacht race from Mauritius to Recife in Brazil round the Cape, next to childbirth possibly the toughest 48 hours of my life. read more

Annual Dinner

  As you will no doubt all be aware, this year's annual dinner is on FRIDAY 2ND MAY. It is to be held at Leighton Buzzard Golf Club on Plantation Road from 7pm and is open to anyone vaguely associated with the club.

It is an opportunity to get your best dresses on, let your hair down and have a couple of half shandies. There is even a chance that you may win something!

We encourage anyone who has one, to bring their other halves and we'll try not to talk running too much! read more

Social Events

Social Events 2014

At LBAC, every Wednesday night is a social event. After training, a large number of the club get showered and head off to The Swan in the town centre. It is a Wetherspoons pub so not glamorous but the food and drink are cheap and clearly we are all wonderful company so please remember that all members are welcome to come along for a post run beverage. 

Additionally there are a number of regular events held each year so make sure you have them in your diary:

Annual Bowling Evening – Friday 20th March read more

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