Bedford & County AC’s senior men and women were away at Tonbridge last weekend for the final match in the Southern Athletics League.
In a very close match where Bedford led for most of the afternoon, host club Tonbridge came through strongly at the very end to narrowly win by 198 points to Bedford’s 193.
Bedford, however, beat Thames Valley Harriers, who had several of their international lady athletes competing, and City of Portsmouth.
In the men’s match, Bedford only won three A string events – Michael Harrison in the 1,500m with 3m 59.8s, Richard Martin in the hammer with 51.11m (winning by nearly 18m) and Scott Johnson in the high jump with a man of the match performance of 2.00m.
The men also won two B string events – Lee Johnson in the high jump (1.95m) and Jean Mozobo in the triple jump with 11.96m
The ladies had more success, winning both A and B string pole vaults through Kara Gibbs (3.00m) and Harriet Pentland (PB of 2.61m), and both A and B string steeplechases with Dianne Chalmers (7:32.8)and Sarah Kerr (7:38.4).
PBs were set by Tyler Seager in the 110m hurdles and the 400m hurdles, Craig Emmerson in the steeplechase, Matt Birchall in the 400m and Andrew Headley in his first ever 5,000m with an impressive 15:56.9.
Alice Burgin won the 3,000m(10:16.8) having already won the B string 800m.
U17 sprinters Mia Chapman(12.8s) and Eleanor Usher (13.0s) won the A and B string 100m races, while Lauren Russell won the A string 400m (58.4s) and the B string 200m(26.2s).
With such a strong sprint squad, the ladies won both the 4x100m and 4x400m relays.
Overall this performance was good enough to keep Bedford in the top-four teams in Division One of the league.