UK Women's League, Division 2, Round 1 Chelmsford Sunday 5 June 2016
|MATCH RESULT||League Points||Match|
|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|
|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.
|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|
|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|
400 Nina Brennan 67.12; DT: Rachel Evans 34.51; LJ: Hannah Connor 3.89