UK Women's League, Division 3, Round 1 Bedford Sunday 3rd June 2018
|MATCH RESULT||League Points||Match|
|2||Rugby & Northampton AC||7||203.0|
|4||City of Liverpool||5||173.5|
|7||Herne Hill Harriers||2||107.0|
A strong showing saw the UK Women's League team finish a close third in their opening fixture at Bedford on Sunday.
Chloe Williams was an impressive sprint hurdles winner in a season's best, despite a limited warm up after being held up in traffic, and also took full points in the high jump winning on count back. Katy Sealy won the B hurdles and set a season's best in the long jump for second, and added third in the javelin. Flic Clarke dominated the 400m hurdles with her fastest time since returning from her maternity break and covered gaps in the 100m and 400m, and her B string hurdles partner Claire Brennan made it a clear sweep over the barriers with a season's best before tweaking a hamstring when covering a gap in the 100m.
With seven Under 20s on show, six of them 16 or 17 year olds making their league debuts, it was one of the youngest club squads for many years and the injection of youth paid dividends. Kate O'Neill and Sophie Rand took full points in the 1500m, with Sophie setting new career marks, and Jess Mitchell was second in the 3000m, as was her more experienced senior partner Robyn Matson in the B, clocking her fastest time since 2014.
Another U20 debutant Mayi Hughes won the triple jump, was runner up in the long jump, and third in the high jump, taking only a couple of jumps before her triple jump competition, while Chimdi Okpalauko was third in both shot & discus on her debut, with the sixth debutant Philippa Gill second in a PB in the B javelin and third in the shot.
Katie Dawson returned from illness for season's bests in the 200m & 400m, and higher claim athlete Molly Adams impressed with second in the 200m on her first appearance in Havering colours. Nina Brennan completed the squad with discus points.
Both relay teams were third as Molly Adams' strong anchor after legs from Flic, Katie & Chloe, brought home the sprint relay, and Flic (in her fifth race of the day), Katie, Kate and Jess were edged into third in the 4x400m relay clocking the fastest time by a club quartet for three years.
The squad face a difficult trip to Liverpool in July before hosting the final fixture at Lee Valley in early August in their fight to regain their Division 2 status.