Category Archives: Relays

Southern Road Relays

Back in the mists of time LBAC were regular fixtures at the SEAA road relays for many years. We used to travel down to Thurrock in April for the men’s 12-stage event until it moved to Milton Keynes around the turn of the century.

The event is a slight victim of it’s own success in that many of the country’s top clubs focus on this and the subsequent national relays to get really strong teams out. As a consequence, over the years many of the smaller clubs – including LBAC – have dropped out, making the whole thing a very high standard, but with fewer participants. read more

FVS Relays

Last Tuesday, Tom May managed took a ladies and a mens team over to Stevenage for the 3K relays organised by Fairlands Valley Spartans. It is great fun event, that we have done for the last few years with 42 women's teams and 57 men's teams competing around a park in the town.

The ladies team consisted of Laura Smith, Jane Sauer, fresh from her PB in the Luton 5K and Liz Miller with her races shoes on for the second time in a week as well. With that many teams running, there are always a number that you can have a battle with, and on this occasion it was Royston Runners that Liz just managed to hold off in the finishing straight to bring the team home in a creditable 22nd position. The ladies ran 12:29, 12:47 and 15:51 respectively over what is a pretty undulating course. read more

Greensand Ridge Relay

LBAC's four teams in the Greensand Ridge Relay ran very well on the traditionally hot day as the counties club's raced cross-country from Leighton Buzzard to Sandy in teams of six.

Leighton entered two men's teams, a ladies team and one mixed team, made up of six Inchleys. The event is based on age and gender related hadicapping where each team adds up their "predicted" times from a table and work back from 5pm to get a start time. The four trophies that are competed for are, fastest overall team, fastest ladies, fastest mixed (3 men and 3 women) and first across the line which corresponds to the team who beat their handicap by the most.

The six legs make a 33 mile route and go from Waterside Park in Linslade, through Stockgrove, then Woburn, Millbrook, Haynes, Ampthill, Deadmans Cross and finally to the quaint village of Northill near Sandy. Everyone then piles into the pub, where a barbeque is put on and trophies are dispensed.

Way Out West

The West Country was yet again the destination of two LBAC members, with Joby Hobbs and Jill Richardson running the Warminster Forest 10 mile race on Sunday 20th June. With a field of 134 runners the race took a very scenic route around the Wiltshire Forest, taking in the Shearwater Lake, although running the course made taking in the views something of a challenge!

The first 5 miles went uphill. So much so that Joby ran the second half four minutes quicker than the first with his quickest mile between 7 and 8. he finished the course in 68:37, crossing the finish line in 6th place. Jill battled round the "undulating" course to come home with a smile in 82:26 and 50th position. read more

Round Milton Keynes Relay

Why is it that whenever LBAC enter a summer relay, it's always boiling hot? The MKAC runners obviously had a bit of inside knowledge as LBAC managed to turn out three teams this year, which was just as many as MK.

The race is a four leg relay, starting and finishing in Stony Stratford, using redways, footpaths and canal towpaths to go around the outside edge of Milton Keynes in a 31 mile race with legs of 10.1, 5.6, 9.6 and 6 miles. The idea is that you everyone predicts their time and starts are based on your teams total prediction, with the idea being that we all finish at the same time (similar to the Stag). read more

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