Bedford Disability Championships.


Emily competed at this event 25/26 August for the last time( age restrictions) . We set off very early Saturday morning at 415am to get to Bedford for 830 to get registered for an early long jump competition at 1015am. Surprisingly the organisation team didn’t have an updated schedule of events and thought the long jump was on the Sunday. It wasn’t,  it was Saturday.

We have been traveling down to Bedford for various competitions  over 5 years now and Emily always likes competing there. We have bumped  into many  friends there over the years and it’s always good to see them . The added bonus this year was a few fellow Gateshead Harriers competing there in the younger able bodied categories for the first time which is great experience for them at a young age.

The ambulant women’s  long jump was Emilys first event at around 1010 . It was very windy so the conditions were very tricky. Emily had  a very solid and consistent set of jumps with a best jump of 3.48m. That was enough to secure a well deserved silver medal. After the long jump we watch our fellow Harriers in action then popped away for our lunch.

Got back after lunch to see a fellow Harrier secure a gold medal in the hammer so that was a good boost for the Harriers squad on the day.

Next up for Emily was the ambulant women’s 100m at 1640. The wind was still causing a few problems for everyone but Emily blasted out of the blocks and powered down the straight to claim a bronze medal with a great time of 14. 99s. We were well pleased with Emilys run and indeed with the way she handled the conditions.

Sunday. A different day with different conditions. It started of overcast but cold and we knew rain was forecast and had our fingers crossed that we would get away with it as it wasn’t forecast until 11 o’clock. Competition started at 1015 and after the third round it started to pour down with rain. Luckily for Emily she got her best throw in the second round with a distance of 8.67 m. All 6 throws were great quality and very consistent considering the  very poor conditions. That throw was enough to claim another silver medal just pipped of the gold by a few points on the Raza points system.

All in all a very satisfying weekends competition at Bedford. Three more medals in the ever increasing bag at that. Next up , Emilys last outdoor competition of the year. It’s the UK School Games at Loughborough University next weekend which is also Emilys last school games again due to age restrictions. Bring it on.

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