The third race of the Stag Trophy season took place on the second of the month with Stacey Thorne and John Adam as the significant movers. More details are in the Stag Trophy section.
Simon Coombes lead out a team of ladies around the Wolverton 5 course on Saturday afternoon. The race, which has been running for many years, is now run around the shores of Willen Lake in Milton Keynes and attracts a some top athletes from the region at the front end of the field.
Simon's finishing time of 28.28, whilst being someway off his best, is a very respecatble time and yet only earned him 30th position in the race, which was won in 24.42 by Adam Bowden of Harrow AC. Following Simon home was club president Gail Duckworth, who's time of 31.16 gave her the award for 1st V50 by a very comfortable distance. However, we also understand that Gail's time now ranks her as the number one V50 in the country over the distance. This is a fantastic achievment Gail and so congratulations from everyone at the club.
In the last week of November, nine LBAC members plus a few hangers-on, made the executive descision to leave the autumn weather behind and head off for sunnier climes. What a great plan that was……
Whilst the UK was coping with floods across the country, this small group of athletes were enjoying the hospitality of all the Club La Santa has to offer. There was running involved in the trip which is a focus, but it didn't in any way detract from the holiday and having a good time in eighty degrees of heat.
This year an elite squad of fifteen people made up of club members, families and friends of the club made the trip to the Canary Islands for a warm weather autumn holiday with a few races thrown in for good measure. The group included ten runners, of which two were friends from Ampthill and Flitwick Flyers and each one entered the four race series which took place over four days. The time between races was spent doing anything from badminton to bolas and cycling to wind surfing for the more active. Crazy golf, ice-creams and the odd beer also proved to be popular activities amongst most people at various points of the week. The weather was the best ever for having a holiday - if a little warm for running - with blue skies and a gentle breeze on most days.
The serious competition of the week started on Sunday with Fiona and Jill taking the annual egg throwing competition on the beach day, with a magnificent effort of 16.5m. Their team name of Strictly Don't Dance With Us was inspired by the previous evening's Cha-Cha-Cha and Jiving. This championship taken by the girls, was followed up by the bolas tournament where Mr & Mrs Inchley senior fought of stiff competition from tall blonde Danish girls and a small Irish contingent to win the final for another year. It just shows what experience can do when the pressure is really on!
Some people took up Ballroom dancing (Badly) and some don't really remember utilising the podiums in the disco! There were cycling trips around the island, a wine drinking trip to an old bodega, badminton tournaments, tennis matches and even a few miles swum. A wonderful time was had by all and most were already talking about next year before the week was out!
There was also some running........
Last Saturday, saw LBAC's club president representing England in the British & Irish Cross Country International in Perry Park in Birmingham. Gail Duckworth has run for the country on a few occasions now, but is particularly pleased with her current form as she is at the top end of her age category this season.
The event is organised by the British Masters Athletic Federation and sees teams from the four home countries, plus Ireland represented by their top age group athletes over various distances. In Gail's race, a team of three were required to score points for each country over a 6K course and the ladies had the worst of the weather, with the heavens opening during their second lap. The horrendous conditions made the event all the more challenging and when Gail came home 3rd for England in 6th place overall, the team were celebrating victory. However, the different age groups all run together and what they hadn't realised was that the cheeky Irish had 1st, 4th & 5th places which gave them a win by one point in the team calculations.