UK Women's League, Abingdon, Sunday 6 July 2003
At Abingdon on Sunday,
Havering Mayesbrook’s ladies 4th place finish has given them a
wonderful opportunity to gain promotion, in only their second season in the
National League. Coupled with their
win at Stoke in the first of the three match programme, they now occupy second
place in the league.
As in the previous match, the
800m pairing of Faye Fullerton and Laurie Cossey again came up trumps with
another fine double victory in the A and B string races. Faye’s time of 2.10.0 breaking the Abingdon track record,
and Laurie’s 2.17.8, her fastest of the season, confirming that she is
returning to the form that made her a South of England finalist last year.
Further points were earned in the 1500m when team captain Debbie
Sullivan, also recording a season’s best, and newcomer to the senior ranks Ria
Lyons, setting a new PB, finished 2nd and 3rd in their
Claire and Nina Brennan
consolidated the Club’s position over the 100mH and 400mH.
Claire, with a 4th place in the sprint and a 2nd in
the longer race, notched up new PB’s in both events.
Nina then matched her older sister with a fine performance in the B
400mH, to take the runners up spot.
Sprinters Laura Jones, Claire
Sargent and Terri Johnson, and 5000m runners Hayley Hawes and Eleanor Mole all
picked up valuable points. There
was a special cheer for high jumper and pole vaulter Sue Deboos, when she
volunteered as a late replacement for the B string 400m, typifying the spirit
that exists within the team.
In the field events, Sarah
Deacon took third place in a very competitive hammer competition, ably assisted
by throwing partner Melanie Harrison, who took the B string honours.
Later in the day the roles were reversed, with Melanie claiming third
place in the A string discus, and Sarah winning the B.
With wins hard to come by, Sue Deboos’s third place in the B pole vault, backed up with solid performances from Hannah Gamester, Corrina Keevil, Sargent, Cossey, and the Brennan sisters, maintained the teams overall position in the top half of the match.
In the 4x100m relay Gamester,
Sargent, Johnson and Jones brought the baton home in 6th place, and
then the meeting closed with a rousing victory from Sullivan, Lyons, Cossey and
Fullerton in the 4x400m recording 4.03.9, the Clubs fastest time of the year.
The ladies now move to
Peterborough on August 3 for the final match.
With the home Club at the top of the league, they have an excellent
chance of promotion, after being relegated last season.
A win, or even a second place to Peterborough from the Havering team
would ensure them Division 3 competition next year, but with Radley and Milton
Keynes also in the hunt, all is still to play for.
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HAVERING MAYESBROOK RESULTS
|A STRING||Pos.||Tim/Dis||B STRING||Pos.||Tim/Dis|
|100||Laura Jones||7||13.4 SB||100||Claire Sargent||5||13.9|
|200||Laura Jones||7||27.0 SB||200||Terri Johnson||6||28.0|
|400||Laurie Cossey||6||59.9||400||Sue Deboos||8||82.5|
|800||Faye Fullerton||1||2:10.0||800||Laurie Cossey||1||2:17.8|
|1500||Debbie Sullivan||2||4:27.8 SB||1500||Ria Lyons||3||5:03.1 PB|
|5000||Hayley Hawes||5||21:26.5||3000||Ellie Mole||4||21:29.5|
|100H||Claire Brennan||4||15.4 PB||100H||Nina Brennan||DNF|
|400H||Claire Brennan||2||67.8 PB||400H||Nina Brennan||2||72.4|
|L.J.||Hannah Gamester||7||5.00||L.J.||Claire Sargent||7||4.53|
|H.J.||Corrina Keevil||8||1.40||H.J.||Sue Deboos||7||1.35|
|T.J.||Hannah Gamester||5||9.45 SB||T.J.||Corrina Keevil||5||8.52|
|P.V.||Hannah Gamester||5||2.10||P.V.||Sue Deboos||3||1.70|
|S.P.||Mel Harrison||5||9.99||S.P.||Nina Brennan||7||7.66|
|D.T.||Mel Harrison||3||36.63||D.T.||Sarah Deacon||1||31.88|
|H.T.||Sarah Deacon||3||42.80||H.T.||Mel Harrison||1||34.92|
|J.T.||Claire Brennan||8||20.69||J.T.||Laurie Cossey||5||16.75|
|4x100||Hannah Gamester, Claire Sargent. Terri Johnson, Laura Jones||
|4x400||Debbie Sullivan (63.4), Ria Lyons (62.3), Laurie Cossey (59.5), Faye Fullerton (58.7)||