Masters make their mark for Team GB in Turkey

Peter Benedickter on his way to victory in the M45 400m hurdles
Peter Benedickter on his way to victory in the M45 400m hurdles

Bedford & County AC athletes took medals across three age groups at the European Masters Athletics Championships held in Izmir, Turkey.

Those performances helped the GB team to a second place finish overall on the medal table out of 42 competing nations and more than 2000 participants.

With temperatures close to 40 degrees over the 10-day championships, the Bedford representatives managed to keep their cool and produced some outstanding performances.

Tennyson James added a European gold to his World Masters Indoor gold in the M55 sprint hurdles in a season’s best performance of 15.01 seconds, before taking a second gold medal in the 4x100m relay.

His fourth place finishes in the 200m in 24.98s and 400m in 56.61s completed a hat-trick of club records for the 56-year-old sprinter.

Peter Benedickter was another star performer at the championships, storming to victory in the M45 400m hurdles in a time of 58.77s, as well as snatching a bronze in the 400m in a season’s best time of 54.49s.

Gavin Fordham also made the podium, finishing third in the M35 decathlon with 5,943 points – setting a new club record for the event.

Bedford & County club coaches Allen Adamson and Dennis Johnson were understandably delighted with the medal haul.

“It’s been an outstanding year for our masters athletes,” said Allen. “Taking medals on the European stage is a fantastic achievement and well deserved.”