Meet the Buzzards
Part Two of Meet the Buzzards – The second half of the dynamic duo of our wonderful Co-Captains, 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.
Category Archives: General
Andy Inchley, Chairman of LBAC gave a review of the year at the AGM on Wednesday 6 February. We’ve added a rough transcript for you to enjoy. Please note that this is not a complete record of all LBAC’s achievements in 2018 as there were so many!
We punch way above our weight by regularly finishing mid-table in the CCCL and this is something I need to remember. Every year I have frustrations that I know we can win prizes if we can get close to our best team out at each fixture, and we have proved this recently, but as soon as we lose a few runners we don’t quite have the strength to challenge.
We understand that taking a mobile phone with you can be awkward and affect your running form, there is also the possiblity of it being dropped and broken and often you just don’t have any pockets to carry round your old fashioned address book!
But, we have a solution: https://parkrun-barcode.com/
Solve two problems at once with these parkrun barcodes! With lots of options you’ll never have an excuse to forget your barcode again, plus on those long training runs in the countryside you’ll have your name, an emergency contact and any known medical conditions just in case you should be struggling miles from home.
We recommend the plastic tags as a minimum as these can easily go on keys, on shoelaces or even on the ties on your shorts, but the new smoothbands and flatbands are also an excellent option. Why just stop with wearing them when you run? Wear these all the time, “just in case.”
It’ll be well worth it.
Other options can be found at:
Shop around and find one that suits you best!
10 Reasons to Leighton 10
- Organising and managing all English national cross country championships.
- Selecting athletes to represent England in cross country competition and managing those teams.
- Promoting and supporting the development of cross country running.
They also confirm a new president or the year. This is an honourary title given to people who have contributed hugely to the sport over a number of years.
The new president only took up running in his late 30’s after entering the 1983 London marathon a subsequently New York in the same year. Despite tennis being his main sport in those days, a house move meant that he left his long-time tennis club. The following year he joined a small local athletics club with two of his sons, and almost immediately took on the fledgling junior section which included them and he oversaw this for a number of years.
As his passion for the sport and his club grew, he became club chairman, but wanted to do more so became secretary and did that for many years. He also took on the primary organisation of the club’s road race and of course the home cross-countries, of which there have been over 30! This didn’t just include league fixtures, but County champs, Eastern champs and the North of the Thames champs.
At the same time he got involved with the county association and immediately became county team manager, which he has now been doing for around 30 years and continues to do.
In all his running over the years he favoured long-distance, but certainly had good speed too, as a couple of club sports day 100m showed. He was never one of the best runners in the club as he came to it too late, but was always useful in a team and reached his best around the age of 50 when still running just over 3 hours for the marathon. At this time he ran a V50 club record 2:14 for 20 miles, which we have only recently realised when searching through old files.
All of this still wasn’t enough involvement though, so he got involved with the ECCA a number of years ago and has held the post of treasurer for some time. This means he’s at all of their events and meetings, wherever they are in the country. However, it’s being in the middle of a field in the middle of winter – usually with a bloody hand, from a stake/mallet incident – shouting at every runner he knows as they struggle past up a hill, that he really loves.
He is still running strongly now and setting and breaking club V70 records. As Leighton Buzzard we are a small club who have been punching far above our weight for some time. We’ve had high moments, with a Southern XC champion and World Veterans champion, and we’ve certainly had a few low years too, but it is a fantastic honour for one of our number to be recognised on a national level for their thirty years of massive commitment to a sport that has seen a huge resurgence in recent years.
Thank you and congratulations to Richard Inchley