Biggleswade athletes impress at Beds county championships

Biggleswade AC came home with a pot of medals and outstanding championship best performances from the county event. The Beds County Athletics Championships were held at Bedford International Stadium recently. Katie Bland produced a new personal best and c

Biggleswade AC came home with a pot of medals and outstanding championship best performances from the county event.

The Beds County Athletics Championships were held at Bedford International Stadium recently.

Katie Bland produced a new personal best and club record in the under-17 women's hammer, as well as a new championship best performance.

Her winning throw got her above the standard to compete in the national schools' championships in Gateshead in July.

Team-mate Beth Harvey also won the under-15 girls' hammer in a new championship best performance and new personal best. Beth also took the bronze medal in the shot with a new personal best.

In the under-15 age group, Katie Faulkner won the triple jump with a new personal best.

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Katie also competed in the 100m and in coming second in her heat, she qualified for the final. In a tight final with a blanket finish with four girls being credited with the same time including Katie, having produced a personal best time in the heat, she finished outside the medals.

In the under-17 women's age group, Biggleswade AC had two further victories in the javelin.

Ami Lyons produced a series of fine throws and won with a personal best just outside the club record. Ami also produced a new personal best in the long jump to finish fifth in a high-quality competition.

Also in this age group there was another winner in the shot competition with Jasmine Coughtry producing another personal best which was just outside the club record.

In the senior women's events, Zoe Dawson came home in second in the 1500m.

Also in the senior age group category, Sandra Ingham competed in the shot to come fourth and came a fine third in the javelin.

In the 3k walk championship in Leicester, Helen Middleton came home first for Bedfordshire in another outstanding time.

In the male section, Alex Ingham in the under-13 boys' age group qualified for the final of the 100m by being a fastest loser in his heat and ran even quicker in the final to finish sixth.

He then went on to win the high jump with a leap that equalled his personal best.

Another victor in this age group was Rhys Harvey who won the javelin with a magnificent throw that puts him well up the national rankings. His best throw was not only a personal best but a new club record as well.

Rhys also picked up the bronze medal in the discus.

In the under-15 boys' age group, Andrew Baldwin won his heat comfortably with a new personal best in the 100m and qualified for the final in which he came fifth.

Andrew also ran in the 200m and again ran well for second and another personal best and in the final came fifth with his quickest time in the heat.

Also in this age group was Josh Watson who came third in a new best in the high jump and later in the discus came second just below a new lifetime record in that too.

In the under-17 men's age group, Kieran Shaw Flach competed in the pole vault and finished first with a new personal best performance.

Also in this age group was Tom Worboys who competed in the 200m and 400m which were run as straight finals.

In the 200m which was won in a national age group record, he came seventh in a new best and club record.

But he won the 400m by equalling his own personal best and club record. This also won the Dillingham Trophy for the best performance from a 400m runner (male or female) at these championships.

Also in this age group was Adam Murphy who competed in the 1500m in probably the hottest part of the day. He finished sixth in a new personal best performance by some considerable time.

Mitchell Beard competed in the 800m in his first outing this season and set a good marker for better performances later in the season with a sixth.

In the senior men's events, Biggleswade AC had Zack Morrison in the high jump and as the reigning champion high hopes were expected. Unfortunately it was not his day and he was not able to register a height.

The next event for Biggleswade AC is the Southern Women's League at Cambridge on Saturday, May 31. The men's team visit Cambridge the following Saturday and the young athletes compete the next day.

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