Josh Lunn _ Barcelona

Congratulations to Josh Lunn on his international debut!

Josh has been running with increasingly well over the last few months, and was rewarded on Sunday 2nd February with his first international vest, competing for a 7 strong England team in the Granollers Half Marathon in Barcelona. On a tough, undulating course Josh battled hard to finish in 11th place in a time of 67:12.

“Bedford & County AC’s athletes were in action on Saturday in the South of England Cross Country Championships, which were held at the iconic, and extremely muddy Parliament Hill Fields venue at Hampstead Heath, London. With a somewhat reduced squad, the Senior Men’s team were realistically looking at a top 6 finish rather than the usual podium position. But, with the club’s Junior (U20) men having performed exceptionally well so far this season, hopes were high that they would make the team podium in their 8k race.

On Sunday 19th January, Bedford’s Matt Leach moved to the top of the 2020 UK Half Marathon rankings with a superb new club record of 62:57, which he achieved when running in the Houston Half Marathon in the USA. Matt and his dad Andy (71:10) both ran at Houston, and broke the Guiness Book of records World record for a combined father and son time in the same race. The record they broke was held by our own Josh Lunn and his dad!

Matt Bergin and Dan Jarvis

Bedford and County AC claimed a narrow victory in the fourth round of the Chiltern Cross Country League at Keysoe on Saturday, beating chief rivals Milton Keynes by 3421 points to 3392. The club’s Senior, Veteran and Under 20 Men provided the nucleus of a strong performance that that saw the three teams – plus the combined Under 20 / Under 17 Women - win their matches.

Harry Brodie

Bedford and County AC sent a team of fifty-six women, men, girls and boys of all ages to compete in the third round of the Chiltern Cross-Country League at a windy Stopsley Common in Luton on Saturday. The removal of that hill proved popular with the competitors in advance of the race. But the high standard of competition – over a thousand runners from all of the region’s top clubs took part - combined with the wind and heavy underfoot conditions to make it a gruelling challenge nonetheless.

Bedford and County team photo

The Eastern Athletic Association’s cross-country championships came to Keysoe on Saturday 16th November. After a busy schedule this month that included a bronze medal at the National Cross Country relays and a tough British Cross Challenge the previous week, most of Bedford and County AC’s Senior and Under 20 Men’s team were taking a well-earned rest.

Matt Bray racing

The British Athletics Cross Country Challenge came to Milton Keynes’ Teardrop Lake on Saturday 9th November. The event drew over 1700 runners from across the country, including many of Britain’s best, and it also incorporated this season’s second Chiltern Cross-Country League match, so within each race our athletes were competing for both national and local positions. Take last week’s torrential rain, add in rapidly dropping temperatures, and then get all of those pairs of feet to plough up the course, and you have classic muddy cross-country conditions.

Saturday 2nd November saw the English National Cross Country Relays at a wet and windy Berry Hill Park, Mansfield. Bedford and County fielded sixteen teams in five different age categories. We achieved four top twenty finishes, the highlight of which was an outstanding bronze for the Senior Men’s A team. Team Manager Tony Forrest takes up the story:

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