Hannah Ridley writes:
It was medals galore for BAC at the recent Bedfordshire County Championships. Members of Biggleswade AC were out in force on a slightly overcast day at Bedfordshire International Athletics Stadium, and the action was frequently a family affair, starting off with Donncha and Teagan Blake in the hurdles. They took second and fourth place in the under 13 boys and under 15 girls competitions respectively. Leonie Brunning then added a third place in the under 17 race. Leonie also picked up the gold medal in the high jump and came fourth in the long jump. Her sister Hannah Brunning then took silver in both the under 15 shot put and javelin. Completing the Brunning line up was younger sister Orlagh, who put in a great performance in the Quad Kids competition earlier in the day.
Freddie Steele put in a sterling effort in the under 13 boys 100m and 200m, coming away with bronze medals from both events. In the field, Sophie Steele won both her events, with a convincing 9.29m in the shot put and over 22m in the discus. Natasha Ryall, although representing Etonbury, took home gold in the under 15 javelin. Shannon Barker, another Biggleswade member wearing the Etonbury vest, finished closely behind Natasha in the javelin, taking fourth place. She then got a silver medal in the long jump with 4.60m. Teagan Blake also earned a bronze medal in that event, with a personal best 3.80m.
In the senior women’s competition, Hannah Ridley stormed to victory in the 800m with a season’s best time of 2.27.1, whilst sister Sarah took the title in the shot put by nearly 3.5 metres with a throw of 10.05m. She later held on to snatch the gold in the 100m and took silver in the discus. Sandra Ingham added to the throws titles with a first place in the javelin. On the men’s side, Darren Janssen threw a personal best in the discus of 29.75 which earned him the silver medal. He added to his collection with another silver in the shot put and a bronze in the high jump.
In the sprints, Janice Amber won both the under 20 women’s 100m and 200m. Tristan Rayner claimed the silver medal in the equivalent men’s races, with Bradley Strong collecting the bronze medals in both events. Toby Foster then took home bronze in the under 17 men’s 100m and 200m. In the under 15 girls race, Sophie Forbes-Laird put in a strong performance to finish 2nd in a personal best of 27.5 seconds.
Kareem Davis had an outstanding day, with two silver medals in the sprints and a gold in the under 15 long jump. Not to be outdone, Henry Gibb finished in a respectable fourth place in the under 13 boys 100m, with a personal best of 13.9. Morgan Webster had to wait until late afternoon for the 400m, but it was well worth it. He not only won the race, but was also awarded the best performance trophy in a 400m by Bedfordshire AAA.