UK Athletics U23/U20 Championships – Review

European Championships Qualifiers.
June 22nd/23rd.
Bedford International Stadium.


7 Godiva athletes participated in the 2019 championships at Bedford International Stadium. There was good weather for both day’s but the gusty winds meant that the shorter events had to contend with head winds.

Just in case you aren’t aware, the standard of these championships is of the highest level. Just qualifying is an achievement in itself. Making the final is another step up and medalling is an amazing achievement. So credit to all 7 athletes just for getting there.


Once again, pride of place goes to Yasmin Liverpool. Yasmin claimed silver in the U23F 400m with a new PB of 53.32 seconds. Whilst not achieving the qualifying standard for the European Champs, hopefully she will be up for consideration for the 4 x 400m relay. Yasmin is now off on an internment for the summer but we will let you know of any developments.

Alex Farquharson claimed 4th in the U23M Long Jump with a seasons best of 7.49m and Dan Smith was 8th with a jump of 6.84m in his first outdoor event of the season.

Eve Hodson was 5th in the U23F discus with a new PB of 40.58m.

Morgan Amed, Came 4th in his semi final of the U23M 200m. His time of 21.68 was his fastest time at Bedford and was only 16/100ths of a second off qualifying for the final. The final was won in 20.65 seconds to give some idea of the standard of competition.

Esther Adikpe competed in the U20F 200m and ran 25.76 seconds in the heats.

Special mention to Adam Fogg, who represented Godiva in the U23M 1500m. Adam is passing through on his was to college in the USA. He ran a great race taking on the favourites and looked odds on for a medal until the last few strides when he was edged into 4th place by a meagre 11/100ths of a second.

An honourable mention goes to Ayo Byron, who whilst not a Godiva athlete, is a regular at the track and Ayo ran 15.23 seconds into a 2.1m/s head wind in the U23 M 110m Hurdles to claim 9th fastest overall in his event.


And a final mention goes to Colin Jacks. Always there but never mentioned – Colin is virtually a permanent fixture at a number of the top athletic fixtures in the UK as well as our home events. Remember folks, without Colin and his colleagues there would be no events for you to compete in.


This was an amazing weekend, with athletics of the highest standard. Congratulations to all the athletes and hopefully your achievements will inspire many others to aim to compete in the national championships in coming years.


By John Amed.