Category Archives: Track & Field
By Elliot Hind
After what seemed like an eternity out injured with a nasty ankle ligament tear (forcing my football retirement) I spent the summer targeting my 5k time. Specifically working hard on leg speed and weight loss I made real progress; going from 19.04 on the flat Aylesbury parkrun on 23 May to breaking 17 minutes four times at the end of summer (fastest 16.37 at Leicester Braunstone parkrun on 5 September).
I had a really good week at the Tour of MK finishing 4th and was feeling good. I wanted to have one final running aim before getting married on 26 September and spotted the Bucks 10k track championships in Aylesbury on 23 September. I changed my training slightly to do slightly longer reps and felt about as ready as I could be.
East Anglian League Dates 2014
4th May - Bury St Edmonds
8th June - Luton
6th July - Peterborough
17th August - Cambridge
Bedfordshire AAA Championships
Bedford, date to be confirmed.
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.
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.