Bedford and County AC’s 18 year-old Pole-Vaulting sensation, Frankie Johnson, is 6 ft 2 inches tall. “I’ve never been the smallest kid, or the slimmest, and everyone’s always said, ‘you should be a rugby player, you should be a thrower.’” Proving them wrong has helped to motivate Frankie to become a record-breaking pole vaulter. Four years ago, Frankie shot to the top of the UK all-time under 15 list with a jump of 4 metres, 32 centimetres. An indoor Under 17 record of 4.92 followed two years later. This season Frankie’s highest vault of 5.15 topped the country’s Under 20 rankings, and put him in ninth place overall in the UK. He was the youngest member of the senior top ten.

Did you know that you could save money on the cost of next year's club membership by officiating over this summer?

The officials discount scheme has been relaunched and is open to people over 16 years of age, with the discount either for you or your young person's membership fee next year.

The idea is to increase the number of officials supporting home and away matches for SAL, BAL and UKWAL with no distinction being made between qualified and unqualified officials.

Additionally we wish to encourage more people to become qualified officials. Therefore this discount also applies to qualified officials in the EYAL and YDL.

Bedford and County celebrated their successes on the Road and Country at a well attended awards evening last Tuesday.

Following detailed reports from each of the team managers, nine athletes received Endeavour Medals having competed in all the races for the club, 12 received inscribed salvers as Club Champions in the respective age groups, and a further six Team Manager’s Awards for their persistence, dedication and enthusiasm.

The club particularly excelled at Southern and National Team Championships, placing in the top three in six different competitions, gaining medals at six different competitions.

Runners at xcountry Harewood House

Venue: Bedford International Athletic Stadium

7.30 – 8.00      Light Refreshments

7.30                 Start Slide show

8.00                 Introduction by Rob Simmons (RS)

Several of Bedford & County’s finest runners made the trip down to Ipswich on Saturday evening to contest the Ipswich Twilight 5k which incorporated the England Athletics 5k road championships.

The quick, flat course along with a stacked field suggested fast times could be on the cards and Bedford’s athletes delivered.

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