Category Archives: Race Report

Aldbury Cross-Country

Sunday also saw the annual running of the Aldbury open cross-country. This is a small five mile race hosted by the local sports club in the village of Aldbury near Tring. It is an extremely picturesque and challenging route, taking in part of the Ridgeway, and with the weather being so good this year, the 110 participants must have enjoyed the views.

John Adam and Dave Crawley are regular attendees at the event, and once more enjoyed a jog round the route together to finish in 83rd and 82nd respectively and earn their sandwiches and beers at the end. This year, they were joined on the course by Stu Blofeld who made a last minute decision to head over and enter. Early in the run Stuart was slightly surprsied to find himself in second place, but having won his last ultra race a few weeks ago, he was feeling confident and pushed on up and then down the hills. With half a mile or so to go, Steve Harrison from LFR got past him, but Stu did come home in third place and so is now looking for a podium finish in London on Sunday! read more

Sandy 10

The first club championship of the 2010 road running season took place this weekend over the picturesque (mostly) course from Sandy Upper School. The event also included the county championships and saw eight LBAC athletes taking part in very pleasantly warm conditions.

Firstly, there were three ladies who ventured out over the 10 mile distance with Louise Flack running a superb race to complete the course in 1:16:49 (which must have been a PB!). In her first race with the club Ann Hirst followed Louise home in a time of 1:27:34 which was an excellent debut performance. Jane Sauer, on her way back from injury completed the team in 1:32:24. read more

The Langmay Trophy

On Easter Monday, sixteen club members took on the challenge for the Langmay Trophy which is traditionally awarded on Boxing Day, but due to the icy conditions, was delayed a few months. It is a "blind handicap" which means that everyone is given a predicted time by our tame handicapper, Dave Adams, but no-one knows what their time is. Everyone then runs a flat race, but the results are in order of who beats their predicted time by the largest margin.

With sixteen participants, this was the largest group for some years (8 turned up on Boxing Day) and made for a very interesting competition over a course that starts and finishes at LTFC, goes out on Stanbridge Road, over the bypass to Billington and back again, including a very nasty hill in Billington village. read more

End of the Indoor Season

Gail Duckworth finished off her excellent indoor track season last weekend by making the trip to Lee Valley Athletics Centre in Middlesex for the British Masters Open Championships. Frustratingly, she ran exactly the same time as she did at the Southern champs six weeks ago and was just outside 11.00 for the 3000m. Nonetheless it was a good finish to the season and gives her a target for the upcoming summer track season.

Twenty Milers

The Oakley 20 was hosted by Bedford Harriers on Sunday, but Fred Watt was the only LBAC member to make the trip up to North Bedfordshire for this London Marathon preperation race. Over an undulating course around the picturesque countryside Fred ran a very respectable 2:33:26, which, whilst it was a little slower than previous years was still quick enough to earn him second place in the V60 category.

Whilst Fred was in Oakley, Joe Hurley went off to Finchley for their own 20 mile race as a test to check that he was good to go for London following a calf injury. The answer seems to be yes, as he completed the course in 2:23:43 and was the fourth V50 across the finish line. As long as the legs recover, a couple more long runs and Joe will undoubtedly make it round yet another London marathon. read more

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