Juniors – Competitions

Competitions

We compete in East Anglian Track and Field league, Chiltern Cross Country league, Sportshall and QuadKids

East Anglian Track and Field League

The East Anglian Track and Field league or (EAL) usually consists of four league meetings plus a final and it’s free to all LBAC athletes. Athletes can choose which events to enter (jumps, throws, track), normally totalling 3-4 events. Coaches try to maintain a level of diversity especially at the younger ages where exposure to different disciplines is strongly encouraged. Thus, we recommend that athletes choose at least a jump, throw and a track event to start with.  Use only max. 6mm spikes on all weather tracks.

In the EAL, U11s can choose a maximum of three events from the following: shot, 600m, long jump and 80m sprint.

A summary of what U13s and above can do is tabulated here (link to T&F table below).  The rule of thumb is to keep trying different events and don’t focus on specialising quite yet, there’s plenty of time for that later. As an older athlete, you may be asked to take part in the YDL, or the Youth Development League, more information here http://www.ukydl.org.uk/ The Club also selects older athletes to enter the County Championships, Eastern County Championships and AAA Championships.

  U13 U15 U17
GIRLS TRACK

70m Hurdles

75m-100m

150-200m

800m

1200m-1500m

4x100m relay

FIELD

Shot (2.72kg)

Discus (0.75kg)

Javelin (400 grams)

High Jump

Long Jump

 

TRACK

75m Hurdles

100m

200m

300m

800m

1500m

4x100m relay

FIELD

Shot (3.25kg)

Javelin (600 grams)

Hammer(3-4kg)

Discus (1kg)

High Jump

Long Jump

Pole Vault

 

TRACK

80m Hurdles

300m Hurdles

1500m Steeplechase*

100m

200m

300m

800m

1500m

3000m

4x100m relay

4x300m relay

FIELD

Shot (4kg)

Discus (1kg)

Javelin (600 grams)

Hammer(3-4kg)

High Jump

Long Jump

Pole Vault

 

 

BOYS TRACK

75m Hurdles

100m

200m

800m

1500m

4x100m relay

FIELD

Shot (3.25kg)

Discus (1kg)

Javelin (400 grams)

High Jump

Long Jump

 

TRACK

80m Hurdles

100m

200m

300m

800m

1500m

4x100m relay   4x300m relay

FIELD

Shot (4kg)

Javelin (600 grams)

Discus(1.25kg)

Hammer (4kg)

High Jump

Long Jump

Triple Jump

Pole Vault

 

TRACK

100m Hurdles

400m Hurdles

1500m Steeplechase*

100m

200m

400m

800m

1500m

3000m

4x100m relay

4x400m relay

FIELD

Shot (5kg)

Hammer (5kg)

Javelin (700 grams)

Discus (1.5kg)

High Jump

Long Jump

Triple Jump

Pole Vault

 

 

Chiltern Cross Country League

The Chiltern Cross Country league comprises five meets, all on Saturdays, that start in October and run until February. These are well attended events and all are welcome and it’s free to all LBAC members! Depending on the conditions, we recommend that athletes wear 9mm spikes in dry conditions, 12mm in wet conditions saving the 15mm spikes for the most slippery challenges. Spikes are recommended but are not essential.

The 2015/16 season

Keysoe (Bedford,10th October)

Teardrop Lakes (MK, November 7th)

Culham (Oxon, 5th December)

Wigmore Valley (Luton 16th January)

Campbell Park (MK, 13th February).

The timetable of each ‘match’ is normally fixed to the following race times (either link to these timetables or publish them below):

Match Timetables
The standard timetable at each match is as below.
However always check on these web pages or with your team manager – times may have to be adjusted if the courses cannot accommodate the standard timetable.

11.30 under 11 girls,
11.45 under 11 boys,
12.00 under 13 girls,
12.15 under 13 boys,
12.30 under 15 girls,
12.45 under 15 boys,
13.00 under 20/17 ladies,
13.15 senior ladies,
13.40 under 17 men,
14.00 senior men.

For the final match the senior men’s race starts earlier to facilitate early results presentations:
11.30 under 11 girls,
11.45 under 11 boys,
12.00 under 13 girls,
12.15 under 13 boys,
12.30 under 15 girls,
12.45 under 15 boys,
13.00 under 20/17 ladies,
13.30 senior men,
14.30 under 17 men,
14.35 senior ladies.

Recommended race distances
Senior men                             8000- 10000m
Under 17 men                         5500 – 6000m
Under 15 boys                        4000 – 4500m
Under 13 boys                        2500 – 3000m
Senior ladies                           5500 – 6000m
Under 20/17 ladies                  4500 – 5000m
Under 15 girls                         3500 – 4000m
Under 13 girls                         2500 – 3000m
Under 11 boys and girls           2000m

 

More information on the senior side of Cross Country can be found here

 

Sportshall and QuadKids

For U11s and U13s, we compete in both the Sportshall Athletics and QuadKids events which are a great fun introduction to competing for the kids.

All U11s are encouraged to consider the Quadkids events that are held throughout the summer and rotated between Leighton Buzzard, Biggleswade and Bedford athletic clubs. Individuals get a position and score for each event and this goes towards the overall team score. There is less emphasis on individual performance to allow all athletes to shine.

Quadkids, as the name suggests, offers four events that comprise:

  1. Long jump
  2. Howler throw
  3. 80m sprint (U11s)/100m sprint (U13s)
  4. 600m (U11s)/800m (U13s) long distance

U13s do slightly longer events on the track but otherwise it is the same – we are currently considering our role in the U13s, which may not offered in 2016.

Sportshall is a winter activity that is aimed at the U11s and U13s. In the format, relays (1+1 – 2+2 – Parlauf – Hurdles – Obstacle – Grand Prix – Tag), throws and jumps are offered. In recent times, events have been held at Alameda Sports Hall – Ampthill (head to back of car park behind Parkside Hall near postcode MK45 2HX) between 1300 and 15:30-1600 hours. Please check with coaches concerning competitions for the 2015/16 season. £2 per athlete payable on registration. Incidentally, we have a good record at getting many athletes to the regional sporthall finalto be in with a chance, you must first attend the intra-county events at Ampthill.