Exeter Harriers senior men’s team travelled up to Bedford last Saturday to compete in the first British Athletics League fixture of the season. After a solid performance last season in finishing fifth in the league, hopes were high of improving on the position and the possibility of promotion. There were some brilliant performances for so early in the season, leading to fourth place overall.
Lewis Burgess produced an outstanding performance in the long jump, improving his personal best by 5 centimetres. Originally listed as a B string athlete, he managed to beat all his fellow B string and A string athletes to win the overall competition with a best jump of 6.63.
Matt Smith produced the goods in the final round of the javelin after being down in third place in the competition. With blustery conditions at the track, throwing was proving somewhat difficult however Matt produced an excellent final round throw of 64.55 to win.
Sam Peters again showed his consistency over 400 metres by winning by the narrowest of margins. Sam was given a tough draw of lane one which is always tight for sprinters, but he coped admirably to win the race in 49.71.
British Athletics League Division 3, Bedford results: 100m: 4th Sam Peters 11.02 (A string), 4th Owen Styler 11.36 (B string). 110m hurdles: 2nd Nathan Higgins 14.84 (A string), 5th Matt Parsley 18.30 (B string). 200m: 3rd Tyler Johnson 22.70 (A string), 4th Owen Styler 23.16 (B string). 400m: 1st Sam Peters 49.71 (A string), 5th Dan Petty 51.40 (B string). 400m hurdles: 4th Matt Parsley, 58.20 (A string). 800m: 4th Sam Petty 1.57.00 (A string), 3rd Matt Dowell 2.00.27 (B string). 1500m: 3rd Josh Trigwell 4.07.60 (A string), 3rd Jack Bancroft 4.13.79 (B string). 3000m: 6th James Denne 9.12.12 (A string), 4th Gwylym Gibson 9.17.97 (B string). 4 x 100m relay: 6th, 44.66. 4 x 400m relay: 4th, 3.30.24. High jump: 3rd Ashley Barker 1.85 (A string), 3rd Todd Allen 1.75 (B string). Long jump: 1st Lewis Burges 6.63 (A string), 2nd Josh Tunstall 6.17 (B string). Triple jump: 3rd Josh Tunstall 12.98 (A string), 3rd Matt Parsley 11.88 (B string). Pole vault: 6th Josh Tunstall 1.50 (A string), 5th Matt Parsley 1.50 (B string). Discus: 3rd Dave Dawson 40.59 (A string), 4th Matt Smith 33.16 (B string). Hammer: 7th Dave Dawson 37.40 (A string), 7th Matt Parsley 7.10 (B string). Javelin: 1st Matt Smith 64.55 (A string), 6th Dave Dawson 29.90 (B string). Shot Put: 5th Dave Dawson 12.91 (A string), 8th Matt Smith 10.15 (B string).
Match scores: 1st Bedford & County AC 342, 2nd Crawley AC 316, 3rd Nene Valley Harriers, 296.5, 4th Exeter Harriers 286.5, 5th Swansea Harriers, 284.5, 6th Trafford AC 256, 7th Mansfield Harriers 239, 8th Reading AC 120.5