UK Women's League, Division 2, Round 2
Stevenage Sunday 1 July 2012
|2||Herne Hill Harriers||201|
|4||Bedford & County||166|
|5||City of Portsmouth||162|
Seventh place for a depleted ladies UK Women's League squad at Stevenage on Sunday has set the scene for a tense final fixture as four clubs battle to avoid relegation.
With the team suffering four late key withdrawals through illnesses and injury this match was always going to be tough but the 15 strong squad dug deep to overhaul Milton Keynes at the bottom.
The middle distance events were worst hit and Vicky Smith was the only specialist runner available. The Birmingham University Medical Student rose to the occasion to set new lifetime best in both the 800m & 1500m finishing third in both, before almost running herself to exhaustion to place third in the steeplechase. Life Member Ruth O'Sullivan was pressed into service and earned everyone's admiration for her gutsy runs which scored four important points. Her daughter Katie, back in club action after seven years away was second in the B high jump and scored in the hammer and ran a strong 400m relay leg.
Emma Christmas showed that her come-back from injury is on the right track as she won the B javelin, set a new hammer PB and scored vital 100m points. Junior Deborah Knight warmed up for her English Schools' Championships debut with her third place javelin finish and Hannah Connor was third in the long jump.
Bethan Siddons was delighted to set a season's best in winning the high jump and was close to clearing a new career best. Kate Cowley, who had suffered two broken teeth needing emergency dental treatment the week before when the end of bar landed in her face vaulting at the UK Olympic Trials, showed no fear as she won the vault on count-back and was also second in the triple jump, fourth in the shot & tackled both relays. Leanne Butler equalled her best in placing second in the B vault.
Claire Brennan shrugged off an Achilles injury which had hampered her training to finish second in the B sprint hurdles, fourth in the one-lap hurdles and scored in the shot as well as running in both relays. A jet-lagged Chloe van Wulven, just back from a business training trip to Ohio, nevertheless covered her three events and both relays with her best result being third in the B 400m hurdles.
Siblings Sophie & Erin Baggs added to the points tally in the discus and Basildon's Heidi Nicholas battled hard in both sprints, long jump and relay to add points for the cause, as did Ellie Watson in the triple jump.
Havering need to beat two of the clubs below them in the final fixture at Bedford on 28th July to retain their Division 2 place.
|A STRING||Pos.||Time/Dist||B STRING||Pos.||Time/Dist|
|100||Heidi Nicholas||8||13.3s||100||Emma Christmas||6||14.8s|
|200||Heidi Nicholas||7||27.4s||200||Chloe van Wulven||8||29.4s|
|800||Vicky Smith||3||2:19.9s PB||800||=|
|1500||Vicky Smith||3||4:50.3s PB||1500||Ruth O'Sullivan (V55)||6||7:51.0s|
|3000||Ruth O'Sullivan (V55)||8||16:25.8s||3000||=|
|100H||Chloe van Wulven||6||16.8s||100H||Claire Brennan||2||17.4s|
|400H||Claire Brennan||4||69.9s||400H||Chloe van Wulven||3||71.1s|
|L.J.||Heidi Nicholas||5||5.13m||L.J.||Hannah Connor||3||4.86m|
|H.J.||Bethan Siddons||1||1.65m||H.J.||Katie O'Sullivan||2||1.45m|
|T.J.||Kate Cowley||2||11.48m||T.J.||Ellie Watson||5||8.70m|
|P.V.||Kate Cowley||1||3.70m||P.V.||Leanne Butler||2||2.80m =PB|
|S.P.||Kate Cowley||4||11.07m||S.P.||Claire Brennan||8||7.53m|
|D.T.||Sophie Baggs (U20)||6||28.90m||D.T.||Erin Baggs(U20)||7||22.27m|
|H.T.||Emma Christmas||8||22.70m PB||H.T.||Katie O'Sullivan||8||16.67m|
|J.T.||Deborah Knight (U20)||3||38.32m||J.T.||Emma Christmas||1||35.00m|
|4x100||Chloe, Kate, Claire, Heidi||
|4x400||Claire (66.7), Katie (67.8), Chloe (65.7), Kate (61.5)||
LEAGUE STANDINGS 2 of 3
|1||Herne Hill Harriers||15||412|
|3||City of Portsmouth||11||358.5|
|7||Bedford & County||6||279|