Bedford Sports Awards 2023

Three Bedford and County athletes won awards at the Bedford Borough Sports Awards this week!  Congratulations to:

  • Gracie Wall, who won the Junior Sports Personality Award
  • Sean Chigumba, who won the Junior Disability Sports Personality

and

  • Varun Bandi, who won the Senior Disability Sports Personality

A number of our other athletes were also nominated for awards.

Tia Wilson was 34th in the Euro U23 XC Championships in Brussels  on Sunday. Although Tia was not one of the scoring members  of the gold medal wining British team, it was nevertheless an outstanding performance.  Tia completed the 7K course in 28:58.  Well done to Tia on an excellent run!

We have just received our allocation of guaranteed places in the London Marathon. Bedford and County have been given 2 places this year, which is excellent as it’s only been one for the last five years or so.

If you are a member of Bedford and County AC and would like one of the two places, please apply as soon as possible, and no later than 16th December.

To apply, contact Tony Forrest:

  • Text or WhatsApp: 07769 707651,
  • EMAILThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Preference will be given to members who have already applied unsuccessfully to the London Marathon ballot,  but others can also apply, and will be considered if fewer than 2 applicants satisfy the above criteria. The places will be allocated at the Christmas Handicap on 17th December.  If there are more  names than places then a ballot will be held at the Handicap.

The Eastern Athletics Association have been invited to send Senior and U20 teams to compete in an Inter-Area match that is being held at the London International Cross Country at Parliament Hill on 20th Jan. Everyone who competes will be automatically entered into the UK World Trial and UK Cross Challenge.

Athletes must have eligibility to compete for one of the seven counties affiliated to Eastern A.A.  (See https://easternaa.com for more information).  Please note that World Athletics age groups apply (anyone who will be 20 within the year of competition shall compete as a Senior).

Athletes wishing to be considered for selection should email Trevor Bunch by Sunday 17th Dec on This email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it..

Christmas Handicap

It's that time of year again! Please get your entry in for the 2023 Bedford and County Christmas Handicap which takes place on Sunday 17th December at 10:30 a.m.

To enter, contact Tony Forrest:

  • Text or WhatsApp: 07769 707651,
  • EMAILThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Registration before the race and prize-giving after the race will both take place in the Sports Hall at Bedford International Athletics Stadium.  Please enter soon so that Tony can suitably handicap you.


As well as being a lot of fun, the Handicap is run in memory of late club stalwart, Pete Dancer. Pete made a huge contribution to the club over many years, including as an athlete and a coach. There is no entry fee as such, but please make a donation to the Pancreatic Cancer UK charity in memory of Pete if you intend to run. To do this, go to https://www.justgiving.com/page/bedford-and-county-ac-1701624065886?newPage=true - please give generously.

There will be some refreshments and prizes after the race.  The overall winner takes home the Pete Dancer Memorial trophy, and there are also prizes for the fastest man and woman, the best fancy dress, and of course the much sought-after wooden spoons for the last man and woman to finish.  Rumour has it that the Chairman and Treasurer may be battling for these!

The Christmas Handicap poster mentions bringing a wrapped prize with you, but you no longer have to do this as the donation to Pancreatic Cancer UK replaces that requirement.

Please note that all entrants must be 15 or over (this requirement may be waived in certain circumstances).

Christmas Handicap

It's that time of year again! Please get your entry in for the 2023 Bedford and County Christmas Handicap which takes place on Sunday 17th December at 10:30 a.m.

To enter, contact Tony Forrest:

  • Text or WhatsApp: 07769 707651,
  • EMAILThis email address is being protected from spambots. You need JavaScript enabled to view it.

Registration before the race and prize-giving after the race will both take place in the Sports Hall at Bedford International Athletics Stadium.  Please enter soon so that Tony can suitably handicap you.

As well as being a lot of fun, the Handicap is run in memory of late club stalwart, Pete Dancer. Pete made a huge contribution to the club over many years, including as an athlete and a coach. There is no entry fee as such, but please make a donation to the Pancreatic Cancer UK charity in memory of Pete if you intend to run. To do this, go to https://www.justgiving.com/page/bedford-and-county-ac-1701624065886?newPage=true - please give generously.

There will be some refreshments and prizes after the race.  The overall winner takes home the Pete Dancer Memorial trophy, and there are also prizes for the fastest man and woman, the best fancy dress, and of course the much sought-after wooden spoons for the last man and woman to finish.  Rumour has it that the Chairman and Treasurer may be battling for these!

The Christmas Handicap poster mentions bringing a wrapped prize with you, but you no longer have to do this as the donation to Pancreatic Cancer UK replaces that requirement.

Please note that all entrants must be 15 or over (this requirement may be waived in certain circumstances).

Volunteer Winner

Congratulations to Howard Darbon, who won the Contribution to Wheelchair Racing award at England Athletics’ East Region Volunteer Award evening.
The citation for the award explains how Howard initially came up with the idea for a wheelchair racing section at Bedford and County after a wheelchair charity race at the stadium, and then inaugurated the section with two coaches and one athlete in 2018.  The wheelchair racing group now has 8 athletes - all with racing chairs- and a storage shed, and last year Howard obtained further funding for two professional wheelchair racing chairs.

Sprinter Jasmine Wilkins, presently studying at Birmingham University, has been selected to represent her uni at the prestigious Ivy League series of competitions in America next April.

The trip will involve at least two competitions spread over a two week period, the trip also includes a few days for sight seeing in New York and Boston and visits to the Ivy League Universities.

This selection is all most unprecedented for a fresher student in her first semester.

Upcoming Events

14 Jul 2024
Southern Athletics League (SAL), Division 3
Oxford
16 Jul 2024
Kettering Open Meeting
Kettering Town Harriers, Thurston Drive, NN15 6PB, Kettering
19 Jul 2024
England U20, U23 and Senior Track & Field Championships (incl Combined Events)
TBC
21 Jul 2024
Youth Development League (YDL), Lower Age Group
Thames Valley Athletics Centre
23 Jul 2024
Corby Open Meeting
Rockingham Triangle Stadium: Jimmy Kane Way, Corby, NN17 2FB
24 Jul 2024
Watford Open Graded Meeting
Woodside Stadium, Horseshoe Lane, Garston, Watford, WD25 7HH
27 Jul 2024
England Athletics Age Group Championships
TBC
28 Jul 2024
Eastern Young Athletes League (EYAL)
Bedford International Athletics Stadium
31 Jul 2024
EMAC (Eastern Masters) League - Match 4
03 Aug 2024
National Athletics League (NAL) Cup
Stevenage (TBC)
06 Aug 2024
Kettering Open Meeting
Kettering Town Harriers, Thurston Drive, NN15 6PB, Kettering
07 Aug 2024
Watford Open Graded Meeting
Woodside Stadium, Horseshoe Lane, Garston, Watford, WD25 7HH
10 Aug 2024
British Milers Club (BMC) Grand Prix
TBC
10 Aug 2024
Southern Age Group Championships
TBC
13 Aug 2024
Corby Open Meeting
Rockingham Triangle Stadium: Jimmy Kane Way, Corby, NN17 2FB
17 Aug 2024
Southern Athletics League (SAL), Division 3
Oxford
21 Aug 2024
Watford Open Graded Meeting
Woodside Stadium, Horseshoe Lane, Garston, Watford, WD25 7HH
04 Sep 2024
Watford Open Graded Meeting
Woodside Stadium, Horseshoe Lane, Garston, Watford, WD25 7HH
08 Sep 2024
Eastern Young Athletes League (EYAL) - Final
TBC
15 Sep 2024
Eastern Masters League (EMAC) Final
TBC

 

 

 

 
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