Sandy 10

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Race History

The Sandy 10 Road Race was first run in 1983 and was the brainchild of Paul Tomlin, who still lives in the area. The race was organised by Paul with help from the Sandy Scouts, and the Sandy Scout hut in Sunderland road acted as the race HQ. Paul continued to organise the race throughout the 1980s and into the 1990s, and the local running community owe him a great deal of gratitude for the tireless work that he put into the event.

In 1996, Paul retired from his organising duties 13 years after he started the event. No one stepped forward to fill his shoes and the race did not take place in 1997. Up until 1996, the 10 mile race followed a route though Sandy town centre, up the hill past the RSPB Headquarters and on through Deepdale to Potton. At Potton, by the Royal Oak PH, the route turned right along Biggleswade Road as far as Sutton Cross Roads. Here it turned right again into Carthagena Road back to Deepdale. At Deepdale the runners retraced their steps back to the RSBP, where the route turned right along a Bridleway to Everton Road. At the road the route turned back towards Sandy and the downhill finish through the Sand Hills to the finish line at the Scout Hut.

In 1998 Biggleswade Athletic Club stepped forward to take over the responsibility for organising the race, with help from Sandy Scouts. By this time, new race regulations and the increased danger from traffic meant that a new course had to be found. Maurice Taylor, a member of Biggleswade AC at the time, planned the current route that runs out through the village of Everton and Gamlingay Heath. Since 1998, the race has grown in stature and is now considered the premier 10 mile road race in the region.

The increased need for more changing facilities, showers, toilets and parking meant that the race HQ was moved to Sandy Sports Centre (Sandy Upper School) in 2003. This has provided a superb venue for the event and it is now the "home" of Biggleswade AC following their move from Stratton School in Biggleswade in 2004. In September 2005 the new all-weather athletic track was opened at Sandy Sports Centre, and it is hoped to use this facility for the finish of the race in future years.