Bedford & County AC’s women faced a long trip to Glasgow last weekend for the third and final match in Division 2 of the UK Women’s Athletic League.
With many athletes from the team that gained victory in the home match in June missing – including all the sprinters and multi-eventers – it was a young and inexperienced team that stepped out at Scotstoun Stadium.
Neither promotion nor relegation were realistic propositions, but Bedford battled hard to clinch fourth place overall.
Two wins in A string events were achieved by Faye Nicholson in the long jump (5.85m) and by Rebecca Murray with a PB in the 2,000m Steeplechase of 7m09.38s.
The latter performance was particularly noteworthy since, only 25 minutes earlier, Murray had finished second in a quality 1,500m race.
Of the four B string wins, three came on the track; from Suzi Boast in the 1,500m and a solid double from Alanah Harris in the 800m and 3000m. Belinda Sergent obtained the fourth victory in the triple jump.
Particularly busy afternoons were also had by Suzy Wise and Rachael Bennett in three throwing events each; Sergent, who also ran the 200m, 100m hurdles and a leg of the 4x100m; Grace Adeyinka who did both long and triple jump as well as shot putt and a leg of the 4x100m, and Hannah Goodwin in 800m, 400m and 4x400m.
Alice Burgin was only narrowly defeated in the 3000m A race after leading nearly all the way and then later had a rare excursion in the 4x400m relay.
Points were also gained by athletes who were late inclusions, some in unfamiliar events. Without the points scored by Kara Gibbs, Harriet Pentland, Alice Devaney, Diana Chalmers and Emma Coombes, the team would have finished only seventh in the match and sixth in the final league table.