The Bedford international games played host to several Birchfield athletes seeking qualifying standards for their respective age group teams. Leading the charge in the under 23 category was Danny Talbot ,who set a European U23 qualifying time of 20.79 (2.6w), slightly over the allowable wind reading of (2.0)
Also featuring in the U23 chasing European standards, Efe Okoro in the men’s 400m came close to his seasons best, posting a time of 48.20. In the men’s 110mH Jake Porter raced to PB of 14.36(-1.5) fighting through a heavy head winds. Also contesting the 110mH in the U17, Willaim Ritchie-Moulin storming to a new personal best time of 14.47(2.1) slightly over the wind legal.
Contesting the senior men’s high hurdles, Joseph Hylton and Julian Otiz posted times of 13.85(-1.5) SB and 14.44(1.2) respectively. Going into the 400mH Simon Merrill stopped the clock with a PB of 52.48.
Meanwhile in the sprints Joel Fearon won a closely contested 100m race in a seasons best of 10.25s(1.6), narrowly missing the World championship B standard of 10.21s.
Paralympic athlete Katrina Hart had a busy competing in both the 200m and 100m T37, crossing the line in SB 31.7(-1.4) and 15.0(1.5) respectively.
The field events were fair to Stag athletes many of whom posted seasons best results in their respective events. In the triple jump, the biggest leap of the day came from two time European medallist Nathan Douglas in his final round, going out to 16.53m(0.9), closely followed by training partner Julian Reid with a mark of 16.36m(1.6). Also in the women’s triple jump a win for Sineade Gutzmore with a SB 13.30m(0.3), another stag Bethan Partridge finished with 12.15m(1.4).
In the long jump a seasons best of 6.30m(2.1) was denied for Amy Woodman because of the windy conditions.
Making a long awaited return from injury, Vikki Hubbard posted a season best of 1.69m in the women’s high jump.
The discus had Sarah Henton going close to her seasons best showing consistency with a throw of 48.37m, and in the hammer throw James Bedford landed a massive 68.94m.
(written by Jade Surman)