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Bearbrook 10k – Club Champs Race

Bearbrook 10k

Sunday 6th August was the date of the Bearbrook 10k, which this year was the LBAC Club Championship race for that distance.

Over the years there have been all sorts of weather with a particularly memorable time a few years ago when Hurricane Bertha came to visit.

This year however, the conditions were much calmer and pretty good for a run up a hill and down again although it was getting a little warm out there towards the end.

There was a big turn out of 21 members from the club racing, but the victorious two were Andy Inchley who is edging ever close to a sub 35 minute 10k again with a time of 35:07 and Vice Captain Jo Sharples, who finished in 43:19 before then running the 14miles back to Leighton Buzzard as part of her marathon training! Andy also picked up second place in the v40 category. read more

Perfect PBs in the Puddles

MK Winter Half – 11th December 2016

by Maria Williams and Stuart Read

Maria

My worst nightmare occurred the night before when I began to get a sore throat, dosed up with sudafed I went to bed hoping that I would wake up in the morning recovered. “Well?” I hear you ask and the answer is I woke up thinking I’d swallowed a razor blade, my throat was raw. I assembled my kit scoffed my race breakfast of 2 Babybel and a brioche roll then headed out. Outside the cold breeze began to make me gag, I was doubting if I would even make the start line, but Richard told me to do what you can and at least just try. So we arrived with minutes to spare, squeezed into the pen at the 1.40 space, I thought, “should I be here?” read more

A Gem of a 10K

Gail has done the Standalone 10K on a number of occasions and always said it was a pretty fast course, but generally as a club it hasn’t been on our radar in the past as it means venturing into darkest Hertfordshire without an easy route to get there.

However, our aim to spread the club championship races through the year meant that we thought we’d give it a go this year.

The race is based from Standalone Farm on the outskirts of Letchworth and attracted a field of 1340 runners this year including a band of 13 from LBAC. It is an undulating single loop course and with perfect autumnal weather, our squad was hopeful of some good performances, perhaps even challenging for the team prize in the men’s category. read more

The John O’Callaghan comes a-calling

by Johanna Sharples

This year saw LBAC using the John O’Callaghan Memorial 5 mile as the club championship race, having used the Blisworth 5 the last few years. Club races always attract those serious about the overall club championship standings (*ahem* Tom Inchley) and Sunday was no different, with there being a decent sea of purple and gold on the start line.

Starting just outside the grounds of the Luton Hoo at Venue 360, the course was 2 laps and headed straight out and back, looped a playing field and then repeated. This meant 2 things: firstly you did have a 2 way stream of runners for the majority of the course which I found helped with motivation, however, once you had done one lap you had to face it all again and for what should have been a fairly quick and inoffensive course, I found it challenging. I think this was partly because of the monotony of the 2 laps and partly because it was a lot more undulating that I had expected. read more

Sweeping up at Sandy

Despite the early frost on Sunday morning, by the time the crowd of 21 runners + supporters from Leighton Buzzard Athletic Club were packed into the sports hall ready for the walk to the start of the 2016 Sandy 10, it was clear that it was going to be shorts and vest weather. The sun was out and it was a beautiful morning for running.

A Sunny Selfie in Sandy!

A Sunny Selfie in Sandy!

Sandy 10 was again chosen as the location of the LBAC 10 mile Club Championship race for the upcoming road running season. Some people only turn up to these races to get the Club Champs points, some were there to get PBs for that distance, some were trying to stay sane and not get injured before the London marathon and others were just testing to see if they’d make the start line in 2 weeks! read more

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