Bedford took on their closest title rivals in the fourth round of the Southern Athletics League last Saturday as they travelled to Peterborough.
The team faced high-flying duo Crawley and Nene Valley Harriers, as well as 10th placed Basingstoke & Mid Hants – with Beds eventually placing third in a very high standard and close match.
There were some outstanding performances from the team, with the overall star being Scott Johnson as he won the high jump with 2.05m and then went on to win the triple jump with a new personal best of 13.61m
He was closely followed by Bedford School student Tunde Adewale who, having won the long jump with 6.40m, went onto win the B string high jump in his debut at the event with 1.80m
Bedford’s strength in men’s middle distance running was on display, with double wins in the 800m (Matt Bray, A string, and Chris Thornley, B string) and the 1,500m (Michael Harrison, A string, and Josh Lunn, B string).
James Medley won the B string steeplechase, backing up A string Craig Emmerson who was second.
In the ladies’ events, Bedford found the competition tougher, with only veteran athlete Jo Wilkinson winning an A string event the 5,000m in 17:55.7.
Jo was backed up by Emily Relton who won the B string 5,000m in 19:36s, while Jo Wilkinson took second in the A string 1,500m and Kirsty Thompson was second B string.
Jemma Eastwood was second A string in the pole vault with 3m, with Kara Gibbs winning the B string in 2.70m.
Rachael Bennett won the B string hammer, while ladies’ team manager Michele Wynn managed to fit in a second place in the 400m hurdles A string while also looking after the men’s team on the day.
Bedford slip from third place to fourth in this 16-team division with just one match left to go.