Athletes defy weather at Beds AAAs

Sophie Forbes-Laird of Biggleswade AC. PNL-150104-164808002
Sophie Forbes-Laird of Biggleswade AC. PNL-150104-164808002

Athletes put in strong performances despite the poor weather as Biggleswade AC hosted the Bedfordshire AAAs Track and Field Open.

Strong winds and the occasional rain shower caused a few problems for both the athletes and the officials.

However it was still a very successful day with Deborah Willis from Notts/Warwick University breaking the stadium record in the 400m hurdles and Jonathan Tilt, from Southampton AC who was using the event in an attempt to qualify for the IAAF World Masters Championships in Beijing later this year.

It was also an opportunity for Biggleswade AC athletes to compete on home turf.

Ethan Metcalfe and Georgia Smith both had a comfortable win in the 100m, and making a comeback from injury, Michael Blunt finished 1st in the 800m with a new season’s best time.

There was also success off the track with Christopher Forster, Dan Steel , Nathan Dodds and Sarah Ridley all finishing ahead of their rivals in the high jump, pole vault, shot put and javelin – a testimony to the Biggleswade AC coaches who have spent many hours with the athletes.