The Bedford & County seniors secure second spot in Southampton

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Bedford & County AC’s senior men and women were competing in the Southern Athletics League match at Southampton on Saturday.

Despite taking a very small team to the event through clashes with other fixtures, the team still managed to gain second place out of four clubs – with host club Southampton winning a very close and competitive match.

Top points scorer for the men was Gavin Fordham, collecting 23 points across his seven events including winning the A string pole vault in 4.23m,as well as the B string high jump, long jump and javelin.

Scott Johnson took the man of the match award for winning the high jump in a season’s best of 2.05m before setting a PB to take second place in the A string triple jump.

Paralympic athlete Marcio Fernandes won the men’s A string javelin, as well as the B string discus.

Jean Mozobo took advantage of the favourable winds to take second spot and add 30cm to his long jump best, before adding over 60cm to his triple jump best in winning the B string.

Basil Jackson made an impressive debut as a new club sprinter, while Matt Birchall showed his versatility by taking over four seconds off his previous 800m PB time, finishing in 2:02.

Craig Emmerson also took several seconds off his best in the 2,000m steeplechase.

The Bedford women performed even more strongly than the men, with masters indoor world champion Leanne Buxton collecting 21 points across her six events – including A string wins in the 100m hurdles, 400m hurdles and high jump.

Hannah Goodwin won the A string 800m by almost four seconds in a time of 2:23.4 and then took second place in the 1,500m

Bedford took double A and B string wins in the 3,000m through Alice Burgin and Sarah Kerr, before Sarah went on to win the steeplechase.

Danni Patmore increased her long jump PB by over 50cm in winning the B string with 5.12m

Team manager Michelle Wynn filled in the gaps as ever, winning the B string 100m hurdles along with a second in the B string 400m hurdles, B string 100m and relay legs.

Elsewhere, a small team of veterans and youngsters travelled to Luton to compete in the Southern Men’s League.

In a close match, the team eventually finished third, just five points behind hosts Luton.

An excellent performance came from 17-year-old Robson Angell, making a return to competitive athletics, who won the Javelin A string.

Also on form was long and triple jumper Caleb Adesina, who was making his debut as a discus thrower as injury prevented him from jumping. Despite his inexperience in the event, he won the A string discus in fine style.