Bedford to host National Athletics League finale with European athletes on show

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Adele Nicoll, fresh off the back of the Commonwealth Games (Image: RightTrack Content)

The Bedford International Athletics Stadium is hosting the hotly-contested finale to the National Athletics League this weekend with plenty at stake for athletes from around Europe.

The Premiership Final and the Championship Final will take place across two days this weekend, with clubs expected to field strong sides in order to take home the national titles.

The top eight teams in the league will contest the Premiership Cup final, with Thames Valley leading the way on 24 points, with Blackheath and Bromley (22) and Harrow (21) hot on their heels.

There is also a Premiership Plate final, which is currently being lead by Swansea, closely followed by Nottingham and Sheffield and Dearne.

Bedford and County will take place in the Championship Plate competition taking place on Sunday and are currently joint top with Bournemouth.

From Europeans to Bedford Athletic Stadium

There are many big names on show at the Bedford International Athletic Stadium this weekend, including Miguel Perera who ran a personal best of 13.58 in reaching the semi-finals of the European Championships last weekend.

Also appearing will be shot-putter Adele Nicoll who recently finished 8th for Wales at the Commonwealth Games and hammer thrower, Craig Merch who also appeared in Birmingham.

Shadine Duquemin, who competed for England in the discus at the Commonwealth Games, Sam Reardon, Katie Head and Chris Bennett are other big names confirmed so far.

There’s also a lot of young athletes on show, with Yemi Mary John one to look out for after winning the Under-20 400 metre World title earlier this year.

Bedford have a great chance of winning promotion to the Premiership next season, with the top three Championship clubs jumping up to replace the bottom three Championship sides.

The bottom three Championship sides, (currently Peterborough and Nene Valley, Wigan and Reading) are also threatened with relegation to National One, the finals of which are taking place in Yate.

Entry to Bedford International Athletics Stadium is free all weekend, with the action kicking off from 11am on both days.

You can find out more about events at Bedford International Athletics Stadium here.