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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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    ECCA President

    Today was the English Cross-Country Association’s annual open meeting. The ECCA is fairly important in the world of athletics in England  and is responsible for:

    • 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. read more

    Happy Birthday LBAC!

    Leighton Buzzard Athletic Club turns 40

    A few weekend’s ago, Leighton Buzzard Athletic Club held their 40th anniversary birthday celebrations at Leighton Buzzard Rugby Club. A large majority of current members turned up to participate in a mixture of games, reminiscing about past glories and generally just having a great time seeing everybody not dressed in their running kit! (apart from a quick club photo for the archives)

    JJ Jegede shares his advice and stories with the Juniors

    JJ Jegede shares his advice and stories with the Juniors

    British long jumper JJ Jegede joined in during the afternoon answering questions from the gaggles of excited juniors fresh from soaking their coaches with wet sponges. A magnificent cake in club colours was cut and enjoyed by club members, young and old, from those who have recently joined to those who are part of the LBAC furniture all together in one big celebration. read more

    Run Britain Rankings & Power of 10

    I thought I’d do a short piece about something that a few of us are a little obsessive on and some are completely oblivious to, which are the above two websites.

    These two websites are linked together and act as a database for athletics performances for just about any UK based athlete.

    Power of 10 was set-up around ten years ago to collate and record performances across all disciplines and act as a permanent record thereof. You can look up anyone you want from Mo Farah to your next door neighbour. read more

    Swineshead 10

    By Richard Inchley    Having sort of been inspired by some great running at the MK Tour last week as well as some gutsy performances hanging in there all week, I thought I should put away the marshal vest and put on a race number!   No messing about with Park Runs, 5 miles or 10Ks, let's go for a 10 miler! As I have not run that far since The Lanzarote Challenge half marathon in November 2013, it was perhaps a little adventurous. A nice sensible 11.30am start, except it was starting to get warm as we set off from the village of Swineshead in North Bedfordshire.  

    The pace for me was sensible but I'm afraid the many inclines slowed me as I am far from fit. The faster runners would call it a pretty flat course as testified by a 54 minute winning time by a Serpentine runner who with lots of other Serps arrived by coach and dominated the prize giving! read more

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