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

Half Marathon Weekend

Last Sunday seemed to be the ideal day for clubs to host half marathon's, in preperation for the upcomin London marathon and eight LBAC runners were out running in three different races. The furthest distance was travelled by Joby Hobbs, who went down to Bath for their prestigious race. Despite having had an up and down last six months, Joby managed a PB over the 13.1 miles and completed the course in 1:25:19, finishing 280th out of over 10,000 runners.

In the Berkhamstead Half Marathon Chris Norman took to the streets and ducked under 1.30 for the first time with 1:28:44 despite spending Saturday sobering up after developing a new nickname on Friday at the bowling! Jane Sauer and Louise Flack also both ran with Jane achieving a new PB of 1:52:23 off the back of an injury prone winter and Louise clocking 1:52:44. read more

A day out in Leeds!

National XC Championships Roundhay Park Leeds 27th Feb 10

The majority of the team made the long journey north to Leeds in their rattling minibus shaken but not stirred by the big event the U15’s of Billy Mead and Brian Foulger were quickly into their race where a few minutes more warm up would have assisted in this fast paced race. They battled well to finish 216 and 247 respectively of a 387 finishing field. The determination on both the lads faces coming up the notorious hill 66 was great. We think Billy was thinking of his Bargain Bucket KFC that focussed his mind. These two have had a great season fighting injury and hunger! And it isn’t over yet they both represent Bedfordshire schools in the schools championships in Manchester on 20th Mar. read more

Trophies Flow at the County Championships

LBAC secured a whole host of awards at the County Cross-country Championships in Luton this weekend. The championships, which were postponed in January due to the snow making the course inaccessible, suffered somewhat with attendance but LBAC's commitment to the event proved very worthwhile.

The first award came in the U13 boys where Jordan Clay managed too pip Joe McGarry for the first time this season as they led the team home to 3rd place with Jake Irvine and Lloyd Milliken helping them score the vital points. In the U13 girls Beth Tipitte ran well but the results are yet to be posted on the website, so the details will be updated next weekend. read more

Track & Field……mostly

The dates for this summer's track & field league which most of the junior section of the club will attend have just been sent around and they are as follows;

Sunday 16th May – Cambridge Sunday 13th June – Peterborough Sunday 4th July – Colchester Sunday 8th August – Luton

Now, since we lost our track a number of years back the number of senior athletes doing any running, jumping or throwing has gone from a few down to none, so here is a list of reasons why you should put these dates in your diary and give it a go;

1. Support the juniors and encourages better links between the yoof and the old gits 2. Chance to try something new. Long jump, javelin, hurdles……….pole vault! 3. It's good fun. The action is thick and fast with lots of events to watch and athletes to cheer on 4. The events are over with quickly…….so you can do a few! 5. The other clubs who compete are often in same position with inexperienced seniors just coming for some fun 6. The more T & F the seniors do the more likely the youngsters will do the cross-country

Also, along the same lines, there has been another request for help at Tuesday training. The primary concern is with female support as both Liz and Marlene have been going for a many years and with do not really want to be involved any more. If there are enough volunteers it could be done on a rota basis and whilst coaching is useful the main role would be information based. Please contact Les Oliver (lizandles@tesco.net) to offer your services or get more information. read more

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