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Junior Aquathlon

The Bedford Junior Aquathlon is a continuous swimming and running event for children in school years 3 to 11 (with variation of lengths and laps according to age).

The 28 Bedford Junior Aquathlon will take place on 6 October 2019 at Robinson Pool in Bedford Park, we had over 100 participants taking place.

If you would like to book on please follow this link.

Deadline for all bookings is Tuesday 24th September at 5pm.

Please click here to find out the full distances each age group will be required to swim and run.

Bookings will open end of August, no more entries will be accepted on the day.

Important information for participants:

For more information about the Bedford Junior Aquathlon please contact Amy Stevens on 01234 718827 or email

Bedford Sports Awards

This year’s Award Ceremony took place at Bedford Corn Exchange on Monday 10 December 2018.

Programme for the night now available to view

For information regarding the Bedford Sports Awards 2018 Ceremony, please download a copy of the programme (PDF).

2018 winners 

  • Sports Club of the Year – Riverside Tennis Club
  • Community Sports Award – The Salvation Army
  • Sporting School of the Year – Goldington Academy – Football
  • Junior Sports Personality of the Year (17 and under) – Frankie Johnson – Athletics
  • Special Commended (Junior Sports Personality) – Maddie Axford – Hockey 
  • Young Sports Volunteer of the Year – Amelia White (joint winner) – Multi Sports
  • Young Sports Volunteer of the Year – Jena Theed (joint winner) – Netball and Disability Horse Riding
  • Sports Team of the Year – Bedford Hockey Club Girls' Under 16s
  • Sports Admin/Club Person of the Year – Dee Patterson – Multi Sports
  • Sports Coach of the Year – Sam Brightman – Netball
  • Disability Sports Award – Varun Bandi – Wheelchair Athletics
  • Adult Sports Personality of the Year – Alex Edwards – Freestyle Kayaking

2017 winners

  • Sports Club of the Year – Riverside Tennis Club
  • Community Sports Award – Walking Football Leagues
  • Sporting School of the Year – Wootton Upper School
  • Junior Sports Personality of the Year – Frankie Johnson – Athletics
  • Junior Sports Personality of the Year – Highly commended – Molly Johnson – Rowing
  • Sports Team of the Year – Bedford and County Golf Club Junior Team
  • Sports Administrator/Club Person of the Year – Pamella Bushell – Equestrian Dressage
  • Sports Coach of the Year – Ian Roberts – Track and Field Athletics
  • Special Commendation Sports Coach of the Year – Philip Odell – Athletics
  • Disability Sports Award – Marcio Fernandes – Athletics
  • Adult Sports Personality of the Year – Rebecca Murray – Athletics
  • Outstanding Achiever Award – Ellery Balcombe – Football
  • Special Commendation for Service to Sport in Bedford – Norman Cooley Football and Cricket

Download a full list of nominations for the 2017 Sports Awards (PDF). 

Dance in Bedford 2019

Saturday 6 July, Riverside Square.

Bedford’s Dance Showcase, come Dance 2 the Beat.

Demonstrations / Taster Sessions / Call clubs from Bedford.

50p per session or £2 for the full day.

No booking necessary – just turn up and have a go!

(Two left feet welcome)





Musical Theatre

Song Squad, Street Squad, Show Squad



Zoe Stafford School of Dance



UFM Community Dance Group



Phoenix Starr College



Ananda Arts and 21st Century Education Trust


Line Dancing

Mike’s Line Dancing



VyMy Dance & Fitness


Dance Stars

Belle Etoile Dance



Zumba with Sam B


Street Dance

Phoenix Starr Academy

More information to follow.

Sports Village at Bedford River Festival

The Bedford River Festival is a bi-annual, high profile community celebration that is recognised as one of the biggest outdoor festivals in the Country. Bedford River Festival has been running for over 30 years and has grown bigger and better every year. 

The Sports Village at the Bedford River Festival is located next to one of the main access bridges to the festival. It offers visitors the opportunity to take part in, watch, find out about and enjoy a massive range of sports, health and leisure opportunities.

Attractions include a Sports Stage for displays of dance, gym and martial arts, a huge climbing wall, canoes and rowing boats offer the chance for visitors to try out a new activity. Local gyms, fitness clubs and local sports clubs also promote their programmes and activities.

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