800m personal bests for Bedford and County athletes at Lee Valley

Image: Alex Alston has had a successful few weeks on the track... (Image: Bedford & County Athletics)

The athletics world may have a lot of catching up to do thanks to the pandemic, but the Bedford and County athletes are making up for lost time with personal bests at Lee Valley this weekend.

The stand out performance of the day came from Under-17 Alex Alston who ran 1:57:19 in the C race, beating his own personal best by a mighty three seconds as he finished 2nd, a quarter of a second behind the eventual winner.

Harry Brodie also achieved a personal best in the same race with a time of 2:01:73; a good warm up for his favoured distance of 3000m later this week.

There were also personal bests for Ed Blythman who was a mere inch away from breaking the two-minute mark with a time of 2:00:60, finishing 3rd in Race Four, as well as Jack Hutchings (2:18:37) and Harry West (2:10:18).

Ed Blythman with a new personal best (Image: Bedford & County Athletics)

In Race One, Jamie Webster stayed with a pacey pack to achieve a time of 1:58:53, but it was Matt Bray who achieved the fastest time of the Bedford athletes, finishing 4th with 1:55:67.

Elsewhere at the meeting, Stephen Simmons ran 15.12 into a strong headwind in the 100m hurdles, constituting a solid start to a delayed season for the sprinter.

Several of the Bedford and County athletes had also been in 1500m action at Harrow before the bank holiday weekend.

Ed Blythman won Race Seven with another personal best of 4:10.6, with Alex Alston winning Race Eight in 4:06.3 with Craig Emmerson and Harry Brodie also setting personal bests in a successful meeting for the club.

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