UK Women's League, Division 2, Round 1

Cardiff Saturday 10 May 2014



2 Bristol & West 235
1 Newham & Essex Beagles 197
5 Cardiff 183
6 Havering AC 168
3 Reading AC 162
4 City of Portsmouth 134
7 Milton Keynes 122.5
8 Herne Hill Harriers 111.5



A ten-strong ladies team started their season will with a fourth place finish in their first UK Women's League Division 2 fixture at blustery Cardiff on Saturday.

It was a good all-round squad performance as the small team, restricted by league rules to three individual events plus relays each, rallied to cover all but three slots.

Vicky Smith led the charge with a surprise victory in her first event, the 800m just six days after her 10,000m debut.  She added a 3000m B string second place and despite sore calfs ran the 2000m 'chase for third to total 22 points.  Her middle distance partner Robyn Matson, who herself had run the London Marathon four weeks earlier, bagged a hat-trick of second places in the 800m B, 1500m & 3000m A strings for a 21 point tally.

Former heptathlon international Kate Cowley returned from maternity leave to score well in the jumps placing second in the high jump, third in the long jump and sixth in the triple jump.  Ellie Watson provided good support with B string third places in the high & triple jumps and covered a vacancy in the B 1500m for fifth.

Georgie Taylor made her league debut with third in her discus speciality, fourth in the shot and scored in the 400m and both relays. Another debutant Sam Hill was fourth in the discus seventh in the 200m and was in both relays quads.

Emma Christmas opened her account for this season with fourth in the javelin and added 100m & hammer points and a sprint relay leg, while Zoe Young was B javelin runner up, fourth in the B long jump, fifth in the 100m B and was also a member of the fourth placed sprint relay team.

The ten-strong roster was completed by the Brennan sisters. Claire was fourth in both hurdles and sixth in the 200m and contributed the fastest 4x400m relay split, while Nina was fifth in the 400m, added B shot & hammer points and ran well in the 4x400m quartet which placed fifth to round off a good team effort.

Team Manager Tony Benton was delighted with the team's efforts "While we lacked in numbers we made up for with experience and great team spirit as everyone rallied to the cause.  We hope to have a much bigger squad in round 2 at Newham on 8th June when we are joint hosts."

  A STRING Pos. Time/Dist   B STRING Pos. Time/Dist
100 Emma Christmas 7 14.21s 100 Zoe Young 5 13.67s
200 Claire Brennan 6 28.63s 200 Sam Hill 7 31.42s
400 Georgie Taylor U20 8 70.98s 400 Nina Brennan 5 69.87s
800 Vicky Smith 1 2:26.20s 800 Robyn Matson 2 2:34.60s
1500 Robyn Matson 2 5:17.09s 1500 Ellie Watson 5 7:16.35s
3000 Robyn Matson 2 11:04.48s 3000 Vicky Smith 2 11:16.31s
100H Claire Brennan 4 17.83s 100H ==    
400H Claire Brennan 4 69.08s 400H ==    
2000SC Vicky Smith 3 7:52.26s   N/a    
L.J. Kate Cowley 3 5.30m L.J. Zoe Young 4 4.74m
H.J. Kate Cowley 2 1.60m H.J. Ellie Watson 3 1.35m
T.J. Kate Cowley 6 9.54m T.J. Ellie Watson 3 8.83m
P.V. ==     P.V. ==    
S.P. Georgie Taylor U20 4 10.34m S.P. Nina Brennan 6 7.09m
D.T. Georgie Taylor U20 3 38.96m D.T. Sam Hill 4 26.20m
H.T. Emma Christmas 8 18.88m H.T. Nina Brennan 7 18.59m
J.T. Emma Christmas 4 37.75m J.T. Zoe Young 2 25.53m
4x100 Sam, Zoe, Emma, Georgie


4x400 Claire 68.3, Sam 70.7, Nina 68.7, Georgie 71.6



Pics to follow: Tony Benton (only a few = timekeeping)