Bedford athletes impress in new National Athletics League alongside household names

Etienne Maughan finishing 2nd in her race (Image: Bedford and County Athletics)

The Bedford and County Athletics Club senior team returned to league competition for the first time in two years last weekend, in the first round of the new National Athletics League.

Though most clubs were not at full strength, that didn’t detract from a number of promising performances across the board.

On the women’s side, Under-17 Etienne Maughan and Gracie Wall both posted solid performances.

Etienne came second in both the 100 metres, posting 12.01 as well as the 200 metres in 24.80 seconds. Gracie won the high jump competition in 1.65, equalling her season’s best.

For the men, Nathan Cox was close to his personal best in winning the 200 metres in 22.4 seconds, whilst experienced athletes such as Ben Davies and Tom Powell returned to track competition for the first time since 2019.

Davies posted an impressive second place in the 1500 metres, but Powell went one better in the 800 metres ‘B’, winning his event.

There were also several noteworthy performances in the British Milers Club Grand Prix at Watford on Saturday 12th June.

Dan Jarvis obliterated his 5000m best to finish 3rd in the ‘A’ race in 13:55.02, which moves him in to the UK senior top 30 for the event.

Under-20 Jamie Webster came second in his 800 metre race in a season’s best of 1:53.81 to continue his consistent form.

Most notably, Alex Alston (also Under-20), significantly improved his 1500m personal best, whilst finishing fourth in the ‘D’ race in 3:50.24, and enters the UK Under-20 top ten.

There was also Bedford interest in the main event at the University of Birmingham track on 5th June, with Matt Leach competing alongside Sir Mo Farah in the British Athletics 10,000 metres.

In what doubled up as an Olympic qualifying event, Leach finished 13th – and was the 4th British runner home – running 28:22.33.

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