Club Ladies Make Hay While the Sun Shines in Exeter

07 Jul

Where to begin? Superlatives drip off the tongue. Perhaps the result.

1 Bristol & West AC  237

2 Milton Keynes        198

3 Exeter                   165

4 Belgrave                153

5 City of Liverpool      133

6 Bedford & County   122

7 Leeds City              88

8 Aldershot F& D       82


The best I calculated we do was 205 points. The team clearly exceeded all expectations. There were too many pluses that I hadn’t factored in. One was the emergence of a new star, Gemma Tingay, and the other was the number of personal and recent bests. The detailed results have not appeared yet, but here are some I can remember. We started off soundly with Andrea Lock 4th in the PV A and Ruby Juan winning the B, Rocio Moya & Gemma Tingay in the hammer and Becky Courtney & Rosey Mackay in the LJ were around the 4th position mark. Becky went straight on to the track and came 3rd in the 400 metre Hurdles A, while Charlotte did another PB winning the B 400 metre Hurdles in 68secs. Georgie Salmon took 2nd place in the 800 metres A and Maria Jones 2nd in the B. Hayley Pitman was 2nd in the HJ, to the current UK 1 (a classy competition that one). Next up was Emma Heath, 2nd in the 100 metres A and Alyssa Small winning the B race. The team was now on a roll – they were in first position! Amazing Caroline Powell, 25 years after her first appearance in the UKWAL took 3rd place in the A 400 metres, and Maria Jones 2nd in the B race.  Rosey Mackay was in the mix in the TJ, and finished second overall. The 3 K was a fast race. Kate Goodhead came 2nd in 9.52 & Jessie Sanzo first B in 9.55, a PB by 19 seconds. Becky Courtney did a PB (16 flat) in the 100 metre Hurdles in 3rd place much to the delight of her Coach Mike Strange who immediately told Keith to make sure she got a good mention and to be sure to mention it was the first time she had managed to nail 3 strides in a competition after months of practice, and Andrea 5th in the B race. In the shot amazing things were happening, Gemma won it and I think Alice took 2nd B. Gemma then loosed a javelin over 40 metres, only to have it discounted because she turned away but the javelin landed. Well you learn something every day! Gemma still won and Rocio was 2nd or 3rd. Alyssa won the 200 metres A and Aneta came 2nd in the B race. More nearly maximum points in the bag. The 1,500 metres was an exciting affair with Kate just winning the A race and Clare Hodgson taking 2nd in the B race. Charlotte did another PB (7.13) by 6 seconds in the 2K chase. The relays, they are always exciting and these were no exception, particularly as B&W AC won both, with Becky, Emma, Alyssa & Aneta winning the 4 X 100 metres, and Aneta, Georgie (a PB there too), Charlotte and Caroline the 4 X 400 metres. With 200 metres to go, Caroline was still about 5 metres shy of the opposition, but she changed gear and won by a good few metres with a 60.3 second effort.

A word of thanks to Carole and Mike Strange (you were right Mike we are good enough for the UKWAL!), Bill Kingston, Colin Hickey, and cheer leader/officials Martin Davies and Keith Brackstone  

So, on to Bedford on August 3rd with all to play for. We have 12 points overall in joint second place with Belgrave. If we get a good turnout, how about promotion?

Apologies to anyone I’ve not done justice too!

Chris Elson Reports

Full results are now available at:

 The team spirit which was shown at Leeds was surpassed yesterday at Exeter and Kate Goodhead and Caroline Powell showed amazing determination to take stunning last gasp victories cheered on by the other team members, club officials and supposrters. A really great day.