BOURNEMOUTH AC followed up two wins with a strong second place at Bedford to secure British Athletics League promotion with a match to spare.

James Lelliott led the squad, long jumping 7.34m to maximum points as Bradley Pickup (7.15m) backed up.

Lelliott also won the triple jump with a monster 13.98m effort as Lewis Sainval claimed B string victory (13.02m).

Dan Brunsden was an impressive discus winner with 46.59m, while Cameron Hale (53.84m) and Andrew Brown (52.82m) dropped just a single javelin point.

Ronnie Wells, Matt Chant, Ayomide Byron, Jamie Grose and Joshua King all claimed second places on the track, with Kevin Hodgson winning the B string 400m.

Delighted team manager Tim Hughes said: "The team has worked so hard this season to gain promotion.

"To achieve it with a match in hand is remarkable. I can’t thank the guys enough for their determination and commitment. We look forward to life in Division One next year."

British Athletics League Division Two at Bedford match result: 1 Glasgow City AC 369, 2 Bournemouth AC 336, 3 Crawley 294, 4 Rugby & Northampton 261, 5 Kent AC 259, 6 Newquay & Par 241, 7 Havering AC 234, 8 Basingstoke & Mid-Hants AC 190.

League standings after three matches: 1 Bournemouth AC 23, 2 Crawley 15, 3 Kent AC 15, 4 Havering AC 14, 5 Glasgow City AC 13, 6 Newquay & Par 13, 7 Rugby & Northampton 8, 8 Basingstoke & Mid-Hants AC 7

Bournemouth AC results: 100m 2 Ronnie Wells 10.54, 3B James Lelliott 10.68 200m 4 Lelliott 21.62, 7B Muiris Egan 23.61 400m 2 Matt Chant 48.74, 1B Kevin Hodgson 49.42 800m 7 Lewis Sainval 1:59.52, 6B Daniel Mulryan 2:00.51 1500m 7 Mulryan 4:07.64, 2B Jamie Grose 4:09.14 3000m 6 Rob McTaggart 8:55.24, 6B David Long 9:25.18 110m Hurdles 2 Ayomide Byron 15.03, 4B Cameron Hale 16.76 400m Hurdles 7 Lewis Bartlett 66.93, 8B Andrew Brown 79.85 3,000m steeplechase 2 Jamie Grose 9:28.67, 2B Joshua King 9:55.86 4x100m 3 Bournemouth AC (Lelliott, Egan, Pickup, Hodgson) 42.97 4x400m 2 Bournemouth AC (Joel Harvey, Hodgson, Egan, Chant) 3:19.49 High Jump 4 Sainval 1.90m, 2B Hale 1.80m Pole Vault 7 Hale 3.40m, 4B Lelliott 3.40m Long Jump 1 Lelliott 7.34m, 1B Bradley Pickup 7.15 Triple Jump 1 Lelliott 14.61m, 1B Sainval 13.02m Shot 4 Dan Brunsden 14.26m, 2B Joshua Kelly 12.91m Discus 1 Brunsden 46.59m, 3B Lelliott 36.52m Hammer 5 Brunsden 44.59m, 6B Brown 20.83m Javelin 2 Hale 53.84m, 1B Brown 52.82m