Category Archives: Track & Field

Gail Tastes Glory

On the 19th & 20th July Gail Duckworth spent a couple of days on the track. This is not unusual in itself, but the fact she was in Nyiregyhaza, Hungary, representing Great Britain and Northern Ireland at the European Masters Athletics Chapionships made it somewhat different to trotting around Leighton Buzzard with the rest of us!

Gail was entered for two events in the F55 age group with her speciality of the 5000m being preceded by the 1500m on Saturday afternoon. Unfortunately I cannot tell you what each race was like exactly but the results probably say enough. In the 1500m, Gail was one of four Brits in the final and was not expecting too much, but the fact that the top three were within 3 seconds and 13 ahead of the rest of the field suggests a great race. As it turned out, Gail was pipped to the line by a German, but she did her own pipping too as she sneaked ahead of fellow Brit, Joan Howe to take the silver medal in 5:22. read more

Beccy Takes Two

Leighton Buzzard AC had three representatives at the county schools athletics championships at Bedford this week with Billy Mead, Brian Foulger and Beccy davies all being selected to represent South Beds against, Luton, Mid Beds and North Beds. It is a pretty high standard of competition with both Luton AC and Bedford & County having strong track and field pedigree.

Brian was running in the junior boys 1500 where he ran a PB of 4.48 to take 3rd place and also did the 80m Hurdles in a time of 14.2, which also represented a PB. Billy meanwhile was competing a year young in the inter boys 400m, 800m and 4 x 100m relay. Suffice to say he was not delighted with any of his performances but at least can come back next year and try again. read more

Open Day is Great Success

Tuesday 8th June saw LBAC’s open day for Track & Field take place at Vandyke Upper School. The juniors, who are getting ready for the second East Anglian League meeting this weekend were bolstered on the night by ten potential new members adding to the 20-30 who already go on a regular basis. All participants were given the opportunity to do Long Jump, High Jump, Discus and Shot Putt with the older ones doing some track work too. Everyone semed to enjoy the evening before the dark clouds became to heavy and deposited a downpour as we were tidying up. read more

East Anglian League

Last Sunday saw the first of this year's East Anglian league fixtures take place at Cambridge. Eighteen young athletes from the club made their way over to the event, which is the first of four throughout the season. They give everyone an opportunity to compete, not only in their usual events, but also there are plenty of points available by simply having a go at anything.

Becky Davies, Kirsty-Anya Shefferd and Jess Amey made up the U15 girls team who managed to cover eight events between them. In a series of close events the best performances were Becky's 3rd in the 100m and 2nd in the long jump, while Jess was also 2nd in the B string long jump and Kirsty 2nd in the B string javelin. In the senior ladies events, Natalie Kimble took part in all three throws and picked up 11 points for the club having finished 4th in both the shot and discus. read more

Bedfordshire Track & Field County Championships

Sunday 9th May saw the Bedfordshire Athletics Championships take place at the Bedford stadium and the senior sof LBAC once again used the ladies 3K and men's 5K as the club championships.

First up, was the ladies 3K, in which Gail Duckworth, Jill Richardson and Amy Inchley all competed and set their own personal targets for the race. In chilly conditions with a stiff breeze blowing down the home straight, Gail was first over the finish line in 11.15 before Jill Richardson beat her time of last year, with 12.45 and Amy Inchley was 50 seconds quicker than last year in a time of 13.21. read more

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