Ladies Break New Ground

For the first time ever, LBAC entered a ladies team into the southern six-stage road relays at the Open University in Milton Keynes. Over the course of the last 20 years, the club has sporadically entered a men’s team into the 12-stage event held on the same day. This year, whilst the men couldn’t scrape together a team of twelve, the ladies did a fantastic job of very quickly getting a good team together, and were rewarded with a perfect day for running.

With the sun shining, Gail Duckworth lead off the team with another great performance, in which she finished the stage in 10th place despite being a V50 and battling with all age groups. Obviously, with Gail running so well, there was a lot for the other ladies to live up to, but they did it extremely well with Amelia Wallace taking on the second leg in her first run representing the club and completing the 3.4 mile loop at exactly 7.30 mile pace. Amelia then handed on to Stacey Thorne who brilliantly stepped in at the last minute after two significant injuries to other team members. Stacey had never run a race before, but didn’t let her nerves get the better of her at all as she ran faster than she has ever run before to complete the route in a time much quicker than she expected. read more

National Schools Cross-Country

With the end of March fast approaching, the only remaining the final remaining cross-country for any LBAC members was the National Schools Championships that took place this year in Heaton Park, Manchester on a very wet and miserable Saturday. (Some might say that it's always wet and miserable in Manchester, but not me!)

The National Schools is often considered to be the highest level of competition for the junior age groups because it pulls in kids from all the sports who may not run on a regular basis. With that in mind, simply qualifying is a great acheivement and one that two LBAC athletes can be proud of. Over the course of this season Billy Mead and Bryan Foulger have done an excellent job of being the stalwarts of the U15 team in all of the cross-countries, but with a school year between them and the schools agegroups being split differently, Bryan qualified as a top year Junior and Billy did particularly well to get into the Inter boys team a year young. read more

Silverstone Half Marathon

Those of you that have been following Ruth Conquest's progress over the last few months will be pleased to know that despite the difficulties she had last Wednesday night, Ruth was able to complete the Silverstone half marathon on Sunday. It was by far the longest race she has ever done and shows great determination to get around the course in two hours and forty-five minutes.

Round Ireland with some Spikes

Gail Duckworth went off travelling last weekend to take in the sites of Belfast and run in the British Masters Athletic Federation cross-country at Stormont. Very importantly Gail took the time to bond with the locals by visiting numerous bars and restaurants around the city and introducing herself to ian Paisley after she had been mentioned in the local paper in the build up to the event. She even took the time to visit the areas where the troubles have been and take in the site of the dockyard where the Titanic was built. read more

UK Inter-Counties

Leighton Buzzard had four representatives at the Inter County championships in at Cofton park in Birmingham at the weekend. For those who are unfamiliar, the event is a selection event where the best runners from each county are picked to represent the county as a team with a certain number making up the scorers, but this varies for each race. In short, you have to be a pretty good runner just to get selected.

In the incredible U13 boys race Jordan Clay and Joe McGarry were both making their debuts at the event. The first person home for Bedfordshire ran 11.06 and came 44th. Jordan and Joe were both within 45 seconds of him, yet finished 173rd and 175th respectively and were 4th and 5th out of eight for the county, such was the mass of quality runners crossing the line. The boys helped the team come 22nd out of the 39 counties, which is pretty good for the smallest one in the country. This was a great finish to what has been an excellent season for both lads and long may it continue. read more

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