UK Women's League, Division 2, Round 1

Abingdon Saturday 8 June 2013



1 Newham & Essex Beagles 212.5
2 Notts AC 200
3 Reading AC 186
4 City of Portsmouth 169
5 Glasgow 158
6 Havering Mayesbrook  146
7 Herts Phoenix 128.5
8 Harrow 118



The ladies team put together a series of fine results but ended up back in sixth in their opening UK Women's League fixture at Abingdon on Saturday.

Lauren Deadman showed that her 5,000m training hasn't taken the edge off her speed as she improved her 800m PB in second place and returned to the track a couple of hours later to romp away with the 1500m event in a season's best. Behind her Vicky Smith shrugged off an Achilles injury that has badly restricted her training to win the B string 1500m and returned to win the steeplechase, having earlier placed third in the B 800m. Gemma Phillips was second in the 3000m B event with Robyn Matson making a welcome return to track action after almost two years in the A string.

Chloe van Wulven jumped her highest for a couple of years to place second in the high jump & was also third in the sprint hurdles in a season's best and ran in the 200m & both relays.

Emma Christmas was third in the javelin and a had a long throw ruled out, and had also picked up points in the hammer & 100m. Debbie Knight took a break from her A level studies  to place second in the B javelin and scored in the shot and ran a relay leg. Claire Brennan was comfortably third in both her B string hurdles races and ran the opening leg of the 4x400m relay.

Versatile Katie O'Sullivan was third in the B high jump, and improved her career bests in both hammer & triple jump had managed limited training due to her engineering work commitments. Flic Clarke ran her fastest 400m hurdles race for three years, despite the blustery conditions and added 200m points and ran both relays.

Sophie Baggs threw well for fourth in the discus with Nina Brennan fifth in the B, and also picked up points in the B shot, while Leanne Butler equalled her best in finishing fourth in the pole vault.  Zoe Young was fifth in the long jump and scored in the 100m, and her long jump partner Nina Olatunbosun was also fifth in both long & triple jumps and ran the relay on her league debut.

Relegated Newham & Essex Beagles made a good start to regaining their Div One status with an impressive win ahead of promoted Notts & Reading. The next fixture in Glasgow on 7th June is likely to prove a test for the southern teams as the hosts will aim to make up for their fifth place at Abingdon.

  A STRING Pos. Time/Dist   B STRING Pos. Time/Dist
100 Zoe Young 8 14.48s 100 Emma Christmas 6 13.81s
200 Flic Clarke 8 28.03s 200 Chloe van Wulven 7 28.95s
400 ==     400 =    
800 Lauren Deadman 2 2:09.55s PB 800 Vicky Smith 3 2:26.60s
1500 Lauren Deadman 1 4:27.55s 1500 Vicky Smith 1 5:01.56s
3000 Robyn Matson 5 11:16.31s 3000 Gemma Phillips 2 11:19.9s
100H Chloe van Wulven 3 15.55s 100H Claire Brennan 3 16.71s
400H Flic Clarke 4 65.29s 400H Claire Brennan 3 69.24s
2000SC Vicky Smith 1 7:50.99s   N/a    
L.J. Zoe Young 5 4.65m L.J. Nina Olatunbosun (U20) 5 3.59m
H.J. Chloe van Wulven 2 1.60m H.J. Katie O'Sullivan 3 1.45m
T.J. Katie O'Sullivan 7 8.99m PB T.J. Nina Olatunbosun (U20) 5 8.94m PB
P.V. Leanne Butler 5 2.80m =PB P.V. ==    
S.P. Debbie Knight (U20) 6 10.30m S.P. Nina Brennan 7 7.30m
D.T. Sophie Baggs 4 34.90m D.T. Nina Brennan 5 21.64m
H.T. Emma Christmas 8 20.25m H.T. Katie O'Sullivan 7 17.98m PB
J.T. Emma Christmas 3 38.72m J.T. Debbie Knight (U20) 2 36.74m
4x100 Chloe, Flic, Debbie, Nina O


4x400 Claire, Gemma, Chloe, Flic



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