On Saturday 06 January Bedford Modern School Year 9 student Alex Alston won the Under 15 Bedfordshire Cross Country Championships in the boys group and Sofia Perusko, also in Year 9, placed first in the girls, both as representatives of Bedford and County Athletic Club.
Alex started running competitively at BMS in Year 6. Training three times a week with Bedford and County Athletic Club and completing the park run every Saturday he ran the four kilometre race in an excellent 15 minutes and 10 seconds. Sofia achieved an equally impressive time of 17 minutes and two seconds.
Alex said: “I didn’t expect to win against such experienced team mates but it was a really nice surprise. After running for the county for two years it’s exciting to be number one and I’m looking forward to the experience of my first London Mini Marathon.”
Due to their successes they will both be competing for Bedfordshire in The Virgin Money Giving London Mini Marathon, which will take place on Sunday 22 April 2018. Previous winners of the mini marathon include world-class athletes such as Mo Farah, Shelly Woods and David Weir.
The Virgin Money Giving London Mini Marathon is the official British Athletics three-mile road race for young athletes aged between 11 and 17, stretching from London’s Old Billingsgate to The Mall.
Having competed for the past two years, Sofia added: “I’m really excited for my third London Mini Marathon, I was very pleased with my time in last year’s race and look forward to being part of the experience again.”
Adam Higgens, Head of Athletics at BMS, said: “These performances by Sofia and Alex are fantastic. They are a reflection of their dedication and of how hard they have worked. We wish both Sofia and Alex every success in April.”