Bedford athletes smash personal bests in blistering 5k road race

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Paul Mizon, Bedford and County Athletics Club. Image: Matt Bray
Paul Mizon, Bedford and County Athletics Club. Image: Matt Bray

The Milton Keynes 5k Road Race lived up to a blistering reputation as a fast course with Bedford athletes gaining personal bests in a successful weekend for Bedford and County Athletics Club.

Dan Jarvis finished 2nd overall with a new personal best of 14:15 with Paul Mizon not far behind, running a solid 14:51 to finish in the top 20.

It was also a successful race for the club’s Under 20s, with James Minter (15:00), Harry Brodie (15:09) and Ed Blythman (15:16) all managed personal bests as well to finish 26th, 40th and 50th respectively.

Craig Emmerson also achieved a personal best, finishing just outside the top 100 with a time of 15:54.

The race had been postponed from earlier in the year due to the lockdown and took place in a socially distanced manner with runners setting off in small groups.

Elsewhere in the athletics world, Belinda Sergent broke a long-standing club triple jump record in Bournemouth at the beginning of the month.

Jumping 11.74m, (as well as a longer, wind-behind effort of 11.80m), Sergent exceeds Andrea Hall’s effort of 11.54m set way back in 1998.

The new personal best catapults Sergent into the top 30 jumps nationally this year, all the more impressive given the lack of training and competition this year.