Biggleswade runners up to three day challenge

A group of Biggleswade AC runners accepted the Colworth Marathon Challenge at the weekend.

Saturday, 28th June 2014, 9:30 am
Georgia and Richard Barker.

This event comprises a fivemiler on the Friday evening, followed by a 8.1 mile cross-country race on the Saturday culminating in a half marathon on the Sunday.

Some say it’s tougher doing a full marathon over 3 days than doing it in one go

Giles Hawthorn, Pete Lawson, Richard Barker, Andy Hedley and Georgia Barker completed all three races and, following a great run on Friday night, Peter Howell was awarded the trophy for winning the over 65 veteran category.

Eight Biggleswade AC athletes took part in the Marston Forest 5K on Friday evening. This is a popular and pleasant course that takes place on paths around at the Vale of Marston visitors centre. Outstanding performances on the night were from Ryan Smith who finished 11th and Michael Blunt 23rd.

Biggleswade AC’s hurdler, Euan Dickson-Earle, was in action again last weekend at the England Athletics U20/U23 Championships at Bedford. This event is the biggest opportunity ahead of the World Youth Championships in Oregon in July.

Euan finished second in his heat, and was expected to be part of a thrilling final. However, just after clearing the third hurdle, Euan was forced to pull up owing to a problem with his hamstring. Hopefully this won’t have ruined his chances of a place on the team;

On Sunday, June 15 Biggleswade AC participated in an Eastern Young Athlete’s League match at Hendon.

In the men’s U17 100m Callum Dickson-Earle and Morgan Webster both ran well with Morgan gaining a new personal best time of 12.15 seconds. Bradley Strong came 4th in the U15 group whilst Rohan Ford and Cameron Rayner both achieved 2nd place finishes in the U13 age category. Francesca Riley (U17W) finished 4th and Jordan Bircumshaw (U15W) achieved a personal best time of 15.1 seconds. Morgan, Bradley and Cameron ran again in the 200m along with Cybil Laobena (U17M) who gained a new 200m personal best time of 26.94 seconds. Francesca and Jordan also doubled, achieving 200m personal best times of 28.1 and 31.15 respectively.

There were 800m personal best times for Alfie Oliver (U15M), Katie Davies and Pamina Kricks (U15W). Representing Biggleswade AC in the boys U15 1500m was Ferdinand Kricks and Daniel Hemmings , and Ellie Cooke (U13W) achieved a personal best time of 5 mins 46.67 secs.

Hannah Smith (U15W) achieved a third place in both the high jump and pole vault,


Marston Forest 5K: 11 Ryan Smith 17:25, 23 Michael Blunt 18:06, 106 Damien Pitts 22:21, 110 Charlie Arnold 22:29, 138 Stephen Atkins 23:53, 172 Michelle Geeson 25:26 , 199 Janice Blake 26:30, 202 Sarah Geeson-Orsgood 26:34.

Colworth Marathon Challenge:

All 3 Events: 43 Giles Hawthorn 3:28:12 (35:10; 1:10:06; 1:43:06), 98 Peter Lawson 4:03:59 (38:13; 1:10:04; 2;15:42), 123 Richard Barker 4:26:18 (38:13; 1:30:45; 2:17:20), 124 Andy Hedley 4:26:59 (43:11; 1:28:05; 2:15:43), 127 Georgia Barker 4:36:56 (48:51; 1:30:45; 2:17:20)

5 mile only: 211 Peter Howell 44:06, 289 Elaine Stead 48:54.

Half marathon only : 46 Paul Davies 1:43:03, 191 Elaine Stead 2:21:10