Bedford wheelchair racer wins national medals on historic day for Bedford Athletics Club

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Image: Athletes and their parents gathered for the official opening of the Wheelchair Racing cabin... (Bedford AC)

Bedford and County Athletics Club’s Varun Bandi competed in the National Junior Wheelchair Racing Championships at Coventry on Saturday 3rd July, winning three medals on a historic weekend for the club.

Bandi won two silver medals, with two personal best times in the 100 metres (19.07) as well as the 800 metres in a time of 2.19.07, along with a bronze medal on a successful event.

The wheelchair racing section at Bedford Athletics Club also celebrated the opening of their dedicated cabin at the International Athletics Stadium on Barkers Lane at the weekend.

Thirty people, the maximum allowed under current coronavirus guidelines, attended the opening along with councillor, Doug McMurdo who formally opened the newly-erected building.

Howard Darbon, manager of the Wheelchair Racing Group, introduced Doug after offering a brief history of the group; formed as part of the legacy from the London Olympics in 2012.

From just a single participant in 2012, the group has grown to nine competitive racers, many of whom are setting regular personal bests.

Doug McMurdo, who was later presented with a bottle of champagne by Varun Bandi, thanked the Harpur Trust for providing the funds to open the cabin.

He also thanked the coaches, Michael Blunt and Zoe Lunscombe along with parents and racers alike for the important inclusion of the wheelchair racing cabin at a prominent venue in athletics.