Category Archives: 5k

BMAF 5K Nationals

By Gail Duckworth

While the younger members of the Club were competing in the East Anglian League in Luton I was the opposite end of the country in Horwich near Bolton.

The 5K Road National Championship has taken place here for several years mainly because it is incorporated in a weekend of various events including triathlon and cycling and running. The small town closes it roads while the events take place and having a traffic free location is always a bonus. Also, it enables the BMAF to have a Masters only race rather than being incorporated into an event. read more

Venturing into Oxfordshire

Last year James Bell decided to head over to the tiny village of Cottisford on the Oxon/Bucks border for a Tuesday evening 5K. This is an event that used to be called the Charndon 5K and was part of a series called the Fox 4. However, the series has long since stopped and apart from the occasional visit by Gail we hadn’t done the race in any numbers for a long time.

However, with James returning from the event in 2014 with a well-earned PB, he nagged on facebook for a few people to join him this year. Six members answered the call, and although Chris Norman was struck down, there were still five others out to keep James company. read more

Fast and Furious in MK

By David Killick

Okay, so maybe a bit dramatic of a title but not far from it. There was only one reason I entered the MK Festival of Run 10km and that was a PB target that has eluded me for years, the 45 minute mark. A little context for those who don’t know me: For the last couple of years my running has suffered and my times in triathlons have become slower and slower (my last 10km was 50 minutes) and although I can take age into account I had honestly lost my running mojo.  That is until I joined LBAC. read more

Wardown Park 5K

Well, some things are just like buses. You don't have a race victiry for years and then two come along in one season! It would seem that fatherhood is doing Simon Coombes no harm at all as he took his second road race victory of the summer in the county 5K championships at Wardown Park in Luton. His time of 16:37 put him over 30 seconds in front of his nearest challenger and lead home a good qaulity showing by LBAC.

Behind him, Ben Corfield was someway off his best form, but looking to improve over the summer months and clocked 17:46 to finish 8th and Joby Hobbs took the 3 club place in 18:56. Fred Watt, Tim Bacon and John Adam also competed in the men's event with Fred finishing as 2nd V60 in Bedfordshire. read more

British Masters Champs

Last weekend our resident international athlete went off to Cardiff to compete in the British National Masters (Vets to most of us)Championships. In very windy conditions, Gail annihilated the rest of the field to lead the race from gun to tape and take the V55 gold medal with a time of 19:22. This was a great effort, when running twelve and a half laps on her own. This is a warm up to the European championships in Nyiregyhaza, Hungary later this month! Just for good measure, Gail also ran at Watford last week and is now the top ranked V55 in the country over 1500m after running 5:20 for a distance which is not her speciality! read more

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