A quartet of Bedford & County AC athletes excelled at the Eastern Athletics Pentathlon Championships last weekend at a very windy Cambridge track.
Emily Cartledge took gold in the U17 women’s event by a margin of 150 points with a personal best score of 2,777pts. She achieved PBs in shot, 8.38m, and 800m, 2.43.6mins, and equalled her lifetime best of 1.63m in the high jump.
She was close to lifetime bests in her other two events – 80m Hurdles (13.1secs) and long jump (4.33m).
In the U17 men’s event, Joe Cook placed himself in second after four events in which he enjoyed PBs in the long jump, 5.50m, and javelin, 43.29m.
However, he was unable to overhaul the leader’s 26-second lead in the final 1,500m event, but made a valiant effort to clock 4.54.7mins and get within six seconds of the winner.
Will Tillett and Bradley Stone both went in the U15 boys pentathlon. Tillett, who a fortnight earlier had scored a full house of five PBs at the English Schools Combined Events finals, finished fourth with a further PB in the shot of 7.91m.
Meanwhile Stone, who had placed 13th at the English Schools event, set a big personal best of 5.91m in the long jump and was very close to clearing 1.63m, which would have been another personal best in the high jump.However, his consistent scoring ensured that he went home with the silver medal.