Young guns fire to Luton victory

Cashal Morey, George Earl, Joe Rogers and Nathan Cox all earned valuable points in Bedford's win at Luton
Cashal Morey, George Earl, Joe Rogers and Nathan Cox all earned valuable points in Bedford's win at Luton

Bedford & County AC produced their best performance of the season in the final match of their Upper Age YDL meeting held at Luton’s Stockwood Park track.

On a terrible day for athletics – with non-stop rain hampering racing, throwing and jumping – the club gained a hard-fought victory with 639 points.

Local rivals Team Beds were second on 604 points, with league winners Team Bucks third on 534.

The win leaves Bedford finishing second overall out of eight teams on 28 points – just two points behind champions Bucks.

This was a fine effort from a first league season in Upper Age YDL, competing against squads who had numerous clubs to select athletes from.

On a busy day for all competing athletes, it was the sprinters who picked up some vital early points.

Nathan Cox won the 200m(23.3s) and took second in the 100m (11.6s).Cashal Morey triumphed in both the B 100m (11.6s ) and 200m(23.1s), while Mia Chapman won the U17w 200m in 25.6s.

Guest Amber Carol won both the 300m hurdles(49.1s) and 80m hurdles (12.6s), with a fine second in the 300m (44.0s).

Thrower Joe Rogers claimed most points on the day for the club, winning the hammer (55.77m) and discus (30.70m) with third in the shot (8.84m). He also enjoyed a team win in the U17 4x100m relay with Nathan Cox, Cashal Morey and George Earl – last man Cox just claiming victory on the line.

Distance athletes also gained valuable wins, with Jack Douglas (4.17.6) and Sam Barton(4.19.2) both taking wins in the 1,500m, along with Steven Headley in the 2,000m steeplechase (7.03.25).

Lauren Russell(4.58.7) and Lauren Nichols (4.57.1) both also won the women’s 1,500m, along with B string winner Diana Chalmers (5.00.3)who also took the 1,500m steeplechase in 5.37.6s.

In the women’s 3,000m, Tabatha Walford and Erin Mcaffrey both took victories, and Tabatha held off a late charge to help the U17w 4x300m team win via a photo finish, with Lauren Nichols & Megan Middleton the other relay runners.

Jumpers Lee Johnson (1.95m) and English schools champion Octavia Cavill(1.60m) both won the high jump in hard conditions, with Octavia also winning the 80m hurdles (12.7s) and gaining third in the shot (9.95m).

Javelin thrower Jamie viney threw well for victory in the U17m with 40.08m.

Team managers Daren Ayre and Angela Russell thanked all the athletes who braved the weather, including the timekeeper and judges, as well as anyone who has done additional events over the YDL Season for a few extra points.