Biggleswade veterans success at cross country

Juliet Nayler of Biggleswade AC. PNL-160113-112325002
Juliet Nayler of Biggleswade AC. PNL-160113-112325002

Biggleswade AC’s veteran ladies cross country team added more bling to their trophy cabinet at the Bedfordshire County Cross Country Championships at Old Warden at the weekend.

The team, consisting of Juliet Naylor, Isobel Everest and Fiona Wynde, finished in second place overall and first in the Female Vet category, with Juliet also receiving the trophy for being the first lady vet.

Juliet Naylor. PNL-160113-112337002

Juliet Naylor. PNL-160113-112337002

The event, hosted by Biggleswade AC, attracted around 500 competitors from across Beds and Bucks – the park also playing host to the Bucks county cross country championships.

Other significant results, on the day, came from veteran runners Chris Addams, Neil Harvey and Ian Skerratt who finished third, fourth and fourth in their age groups.

Biggleswade AC hurdler, Euan Dickson-Earle was back in action at the Metaswitch Open Games on January 3 following a long period away from the track due to injury.

This was his first season competing in the 60m hurdles at senior level yet he still managed a third place, podium finish, in the final.

Fiona Wynde receiving the trophy for Biggleswade AC Ladies XC Team PNL-160113-112314002

Fiona Wynde receiving the trophy for Biggleswade AC Ladies XC Team PNL-160113-112314002

Euan’s younger brother, Callum, has also moved up an age category and competed, for the first time, in the U20 men’s 60m hurdles finishing seventh.

Continuing with indoor athletics, Dan Steel competed at the England Athletics U20/Senior Combined Events Championships in Sheffield over the weekend. It was a good start to the season with Dan notching up 3,374pts in total, 10pts short of a new personal best. Rather frustratingly, Dan, also, narrowly missed out on a new heptathlon club record by just 3pts.

Beds County Cross Country Championships, Old Warden – Saturday, January 9:

11K Senior Men: 21 43:35:00 Ryan Smith, 37 46:41:00 Paul Cooke, 38 47:00:00 Giles Hawthorne, 52 52:07:00 Marc Deans, 58 54:34:00 Christopher Addams 3rd MV55, 61 56:34:00 Neil Harvey 4th MV55.

3K U13 Men: 11 12:06 Daniel Hemming, 15 12:30 Elliott Swinburne.

3K U13 Women: 11 14:07 Jessica Cooke.

8K Men 60: 7 40:55:00 Christopher Clarke, 12 47:03:00 Ian Skerratt 4th MV60.

8K Senior Women: 4 33:20:00 Juliet Nayler 1st FV40, 1st Female Vet; 9 34:52:00 Isobel Everest 3rd FV40, 3rd Female Vet; 19 39:16:00 Fiona Wynde;21 39:35:00 Hannah Broome; 32 44:05:00 Zoe Luscombe; 36 48:32:00 Amie Leslie.

Metaswitch Open Games, Lee Valley – Sunday, January 3

60H SM 1.1: 3 8.40 Euan Dickson-Earle; 60H SM 2.1: 3 8.22 Euan Dickson-Earle PB; 60HU20M U20M 1: 7 8.86 Callum Dickson-Earle PB; 60HU20M U20M 2: 7 9.02 Callum Dickson-Earle.