Bedford and County athletes storm open meetings with personal bests

Image: Craig Emmerson (Bedford and County Athletics)

In the absence of league competition, which does not start until June this year, Bedford and County athletes have met with success in the many open meetings that have been taking place during the spring.

Competing in Cambridge last weekend, Stephen Simmons, who won the English Schools Combined Events Title back in 2019, opened his season with a 14.6 second clocking over 110 metre hurdles.

This puts Simmons in fourth place in the UK Under-20 rankings for that event, and there should be more to come as he sharpens up and the warmer weather arrives.

Under-20 Alex Alston, also ran himself into the UK top 20 with a 3000 metre clocking of 8:44.35 at Loughborough on 25th April.

There was also an impressive time of 8:23.48 for senior, Matt Bray, and a solid 8:50.73 for under-20 Harry Brodie. On the roads, Jack Goodwin improved his 5,000 metre personal best to 14:19 at Mallory Park.

Under-17 Etienne Maughan set an 80 metre hurdles PB of 11.52 at Nuneaton on 1st May, and a day later in Bromley fellow Under-17 Sadie Werrett improved her Javelin best to 40.68, which places her second in the UK rankings for her age group.

At Cambridge, Craig Emmerson set his second personal best of the year despite the windy and cold conditions, this time at 5000 metres with 15.35.6, while Jamie Webster continued to build his sharpness whilst finishing 4th over 800m in 1:58.4.

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