Bedford athletes prepare for clash of middle-distance giants Bedford News

Bedford & County AC's Jack Goodwin has been invited to compete in the British 5000m Championships File picture
Bedford & County AC’s Jack Goodwin has been invited to compete in the British 5000m Championships File picture

There the opposition will include Tonbridge AC – who could see some fiercely contested races as the two middle-distance giants collide, writes Peter Webster.

The club will be looking to build further momentum towards the Championship Grand Final on Sunday August 21 at their home track.

Round two on June 4 was hosted by Bedford & County.

After a reasonable result in a difficult opener at Chelmsford which left the club 13th out of 16 teams, there was a feeling among many that Bedford had a point to prove in a game which would see them face all the teams that have finished below. them in 2021, local rivals Peterborough and Nene Valley, and last season’s champions Crawley.

Despite late retirements, Bedford was able to field a strong team that included seven of the bronze medal-winning teams from the recent 12-leg national road relay and several international athletes.

Bedford finished third behind runaway winners Crawley and a strong Havering – likely a true reflection of the team’s current situation.

As usual, Bedford performed well in the middle distance events, with Sam Winters (1:54.51) and Joe Strange (1:58.63) winning races A and B in the men’s 800m, a double in the 1500m from Jack Goodwin (3:58.55) and Ben Alcock (3:59.03), and another double in the 3000m steeplechase from Harry Brodie (9:54.51) and Craig Emmerson (10:07.63).

Gracie Wall (1.69m high jump), Belinda Sergent (11.23m triple jump) and Scott Johnson (1.86m high jump) also had victories.

Good news for Bedford Club, Jack Goodwin has received an invitation to compete in the 5000m at the British Championships after continuing a string of performances in under 14 minutes with 13.52.31 at the British Milers Club Grand Prix at Watford on June 11 .

Youngster Alex Alston was invited to take part in the 3000m steeplechase after regaining form with an U20 club record of 9:04.52 and senior club record holder Dan Jarvis winning the 3000m steeplechase at Watford. There were also great performances at Watford from Sam Winters and Alfie Yabsley, who set PBs of 3:47.65 and 3:49.10 in the 1500m.

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