Clarke storms to victory in Bedford

A 20.22 200m clocking from Chris Clarke among stand-out performances at CAU Inter-Counties Champs

Chris Clarke (Mark Shearman)

Chris Clarke was the outstanding athlete of the Inter-Counties Track & Field Championships in Bedford with a couple of new personal bests in the 200m, culminating in a 20.22 against a significant wind in the final.

The time moved the Milton Keynes runner up to ninth on the United Kingdom all-time list.

There was also a championship best for Gianni Frankis in the 110m hurdles and all three bests were set against a slight headwind.

Elsewhere this event was a bit like the Curates Egg – good in parts, but in others the participation level was not what should be expected of a major championship.

For the second year, the event moved from its traditional late may bank holiday date, a place on the calendar that had been fixed for nigh on ninety years. A move back to May must surely be on the cards, unless attendees at the fixture congress wish to kill off the event.

It is an inter-county competition and Essex won the men’s and Kent the women’s of a team competition that is now divisionalised.

Div 1 (Achilles Trophy):
1 Essex 94.5; 2 Middlesex 63; 3 Cambridgeshire 41
Div 2 (Middlesex & Surrey Trophy): 1 West District Scotland 25; 2 Buckinghamshire 22.5; 3 Bedfordshire 22
Div 3 (Rockingham): 1 Berkshire 27.5; 2 Nottinghamshire 22; 3 North Eastern Counties 18.5

Div 1 (Bedford Plate): 1 Kent 70; 2 Yorkshire 52.5; 3 Middlesex 52
Div 2 (Essex Plate): 1 Berkshire 46; 2 Cambridgeshire 41; 3 Lancashire 17

» For a more in-depth report along with pictures and results see the August 29 issue of AW

One Response to “Clarke storms to victory in Bedford”

  1. Ray Eaton says:

    I remember what a superb athlete Chris Clarke was, as a junior. The last couple of years, have been a bit disappointing, for him. But if a 200 metre clocking of 20.22, at the age of 23, is a sign of things to come, Clarke could still become one of the outstanding talents in British Athletics, over the next few years.

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