Category Archives: General

Chairman’s Review – 2018

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!

Cross Country

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. read more

ICE ICE Baby – Show your ID please

We would like to remind people of the importance of carrying some sort of ID with you when out running.

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:


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

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 technical running T-shirt
  • 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.

    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

    In a field – as ever!

    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.

    Happy Birthday - Say "Cheese!"

    Happy Birthday! – Say “Cheese!”


    It all started in September 1976, when three running enthuaists met on their daily work commute from Leighton Buzzard into London. All three belonged to London clubs – Tony Barnes who ran for Crawley, and John Arnold and Ray Morland who ran for Ealing & Southall.  On one of their many train journeys they talked about the possibility of setting up an athletics club in Leighton Buzzard, thus, a public meeting was arranged and a notice put in the local paper. The meeting was held, a committee was formed and the rest, as they say, is history.

    In the beginning it wasn’t unknown for the club to turn up at races with the team all in one car! Despite this, Leighton Buzzard Athletic Club still proudly competed against much larger clubs in big events such as the Round Norfolk Relay, the Grand Union Canal Relay and the Southern 12 Stage Road Relays.

    Today, nearly 40 years later, having struggled with membership numbers in the early 2000s and despite having no track of their own, the club is thriving. They now boast a healthy junior membership as well as a diverse and friendly group of seniors with a thriving womens membership.

    Every run is taken seriously by juniors and seniors!

    Every run is taken seriously by juniors and seniors!

    The club has had a few famous names over the years with current Club President Gail Duckworth still competing for England And GB ‘Masters’, whilst vice President Richard Inchley is currently the Chairman of the Bedfordshire Athletic Association as well as being the County Cross Country men’s team manager for the last 25 years.

    As a club, Leighton Buzzard AC has always been seen to be “punching above its weight.” As the smallest club in the division, the club finished 3rd in the Senior Men and 6th overall in Division 1 of the Chiltern Cross Country League in 2015/16, the best finish in LBAC’s history.


    "Hands up if you love running?!"

    “Hands up if you love running!”

    Despite having no outright stars, there are frequent individual and team wins on the local race scene, where the club competes admirably against the heavyweights from Bedford and County, Luton and Marshal Milton Keynes and that said, the club is proud to have a large mix of different skills, experience and knowledge. From the beginners group on Tuesday evenings, to the juniors aged 10 and above, to those who have run for their county in Cross Country, every person is a member of the club that is LBAC.

    The club offers training sessions on Mondays, Tuesdays and Wednesdays for seniors. These include speed sessions, beginner sessions and a social run on the Wednesday. Members of the club also often organise longer Sunday runs. The juniors meet on Tuesdays and Thursdays. If anybody is thinking of coming down, feel free to try the club out first, with more information about each session on the website.

    The Club is also hosting the 35th Leighton 10 this year on Sunday 18th September. The race is well embedded into the club’s history as a well-known, scenic and undulating 10 mile route just outside Leighton Buzzard on the Bedfordshire/Buckinghamshire border. Perfect for those not quite ready for a half marathon, but wanting a bit of a challenge, or for those who are desperate to get an official time for a 10mile race.


    One thing for sure following the birthday celebrations is that the future is looking bright for those in Purple and Gold. Here’s to another 40 years!

    The amazing and delicious LBAC 40th birthday cake!

    The amazing and delicious LBAC 40th birthday cake!


    You can find out more and interact with the club on facebook by searching for Leighton Buzzard AC, follow us on twitter @LeightonRunning or even keep up to date with us on Instagram also @LeightonRunning

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