UK Women's League, Division 2, Round 1 Chelmsford Sunday 5 June 2016

  MATCH RESULT League Points Match
1 Southampton AC 8 199.0
2 Bedford & County AC 7 198.0
3 Marshall Milton Keynes 6 177.0
4 Herts Phoenix AC 5 175.5
5 Victoria Park City of Glasgow 4 174.0
6 Sale Harriers Manchester 3 173.0
7 Havering AC 2 156.0
8 City of Liverpool 1 140.5

A day after the men’s victory the women’s national league squad fared less well in their home fixture hosted at the same Chelmsford venue finishing seventh in the opening match of three. The squad battled hard all day for points but with standards all round a notch above recent years struggled to make an impact.

Kate Cowley’s triple jump win was the only club victory on the day and the former international also added third place points in the shot and fourth in the long jump. Bethan Siddons lost out on count-back in the high jump, settling for second, but had another good attempt at a new club record. More second place points came in the hurdles B races where Claire Brennan was overhauled on the line in the 400m event and Lucy Bailey was runner up in the 100m sprint hurdles. A strings Bella Woods & Chloe Van Wulven were both fourth in the A races & Woods returned for fourth in the chase. Although short of fitness due to a university placement Robyn Matson was second in the 3000m B event and was 6th in the 1500, and partner Vicky Smith was third in the A 300m and also covered both 800m & 1500m.

The throws are usually big points scorers for the team but injuries restricted javelin pairing of Louise Lacy & Emma Christmas to fourth & fifth, and Georgie Taylor’s B discus second place was the best of the bunch as Rachel Forder was fifth the A and set a new hammer PB on her first UK competition after returning from her US university season.   

Under 20s Katie Dawson and Amy Baggs both had a tough baptism of fire in their UK Women’s League debuts and Zoe Young (100m & long jump) and Nina Brennan (4x400m relay) added points to the tally.

The squad need to bounce back in their trips to Southampton and Manchester in July & August to hold onto their hard-won place in Division 2, which they have occupied for the past ten years.

Full results

  A STRING Pos. Time/Dist   B STRING Pos. Time/Dist
100 Lucy Bailey U20 8 13.35 PB 100 Zoe Young 7 13.6
200 Katie Dawson U20 8 27.02 PB 200 Lucy Bailey U20 8 29.41
400 Katie Dawson U20 7 61.34 400 Amy Baggs U20 7 66.94
800 Vicky Smith 5 2:27.41 800 Amy Baggs U20 4 2:40.55
1500 Vicky Smith 8 5:23.12 1500 Robyn Matson 6 5:49.19
3000 Vicky Smith 3 11:17.45 3000 Robyn Matson 2 12:01.27
100H Chloe van Wulven 4 14.98 100H Lucy Bailey U20 2 15.87
400H Bella Woods 4 70.22 400H Claire Brennan W35 2 69.57
2000SC Bella Woods 4 8:04.25   N/a    
L.J. Kate Cowley 4 5.21 L.J. Zoe Young 6 4.58
H.J. Bethan Siddons 2 1.70 H.J. Chloe van Wulven 4 1.55
T.J. Kate Cowley 1 11.14 T.J. Chloe van Wulven 7 8.21
P.V. Claire Brennan W35 6 2.10 P.V. Hannah Connor NH  
S.P. Georgie Taylor 6 10.52 S.P. Kate Cowley 3 10.45
D.T. Rachel Forder 5 41.28 D.T. Georgie Taylor 2 40.90
H.T. Rachel Forder 7 29.93 PB H.T. Georgie Taylor 6 24.03
J.T. Louise Lacy 4 38.78 J.T. Emma Christmas 5 25.87
4x100 Zoe, Claire, Kate, Katie 7 52.39
4x400 Claire 66.1; Nina 65.9, Amy 67.3, Kate 60.9 7 3:20.01

Non scoring:

400 Nina Brennan 67.12; DT: Rachel Evans 34.51; LJ: Hannah Connor 3.89

Full results