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


A very busy Sunday of running saw 11 club members take part in the Sandy 10 with 4 PB's and one club record. Warren Rose was very pleased with his marathon in Worcester and Kate Johnson earned a massive 47 minute PB in the Paris marathon.

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.

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