Unfavourable Wind Still Blows Ladies to Outstanding UKWAL Win at Cardiff

10 May

Bristol & West Ladies on are on a high after winning the UKWAL at Cardiff on Saturday 10th May 2014 by the massive margin of 38 points. Women’s Team Captain Charlotte Green was on a high, the team manager was on a high and the whole team was on Cloud 9! There was a howling gale which played havoc with the times and also made the discus veer off course striking Martin Davies who was working as a Field Official at the time on the shoulder. The nets of the hammer/discus cage flapped so hard that they interfered with the event and the wind lead to our Pole Vaulters (correctly) reckoning that discretion was the better part of valour and deciding not to compete.

After five events the Club’s lead was 23 points with Madison Thomas first in A Long Jump and Becky Courtenay third in the B, Christina Jones and Catherine Beatty finished first A and first B in the hammer respectively; Hattie Dent and Charlotte Green finished second A and first B strings in the 400 metre hurdles, Joey Taylor third A and Maria Jones (she didn’t set of too fast and led all the way) 1st B in the 800 metres. Bethan Wakefield and Emma Heath finished fourth A and third B string in the 100 metres. It continued like that with Anna Burton and Helen Newberry making a clean sweep of the 3K and 1500 metres (collecting 36 points between them!). Gemma Tingay was third A string in the javelin and second A string in the shot with Alice Grosjean chipping in with 9 points in first place in the B shot. Emma Pitaek had a bit of class to contend with and finished just behind Victoria Ohuruogu in the 400 metres, with Hattie taking third B string. Our young sprinters, Yemma Songu & Alyssa Small excelled themselves in the 200 metres with third A and second B string respectively and then in a close and exciting finish, Emma Heath, Bethan Wakefield, Hannah Williams (after fourth in the Triple Jump) and Yemma won the sprint relay. Amelia Hempleman Adams was unlucky enough to be jumping when a mega blast of wind blew her off course but was still good enough for fourth place in the High Jump with Rocio Moya in sixth place after finishing third in the javelin. That left Charlotte Green to smash her personal best winning the 2K chase in 7:00.17 (a 12 second improvement despite the atrocious conditions and 5 minutes later she anchored the 4 X 4 team to fourth place. Emma Pitaek got the team off to a good start on the 1st leg in second place, then Maria Jones stormed into the lead. Beccy Courtney, (no I didn’t twist her arm says Chris Elson – it looked like a pretty good effort to me though) then nobly stepped in to run the third leg (after second in the 100metres Hurdles B string) and held on to third place. Where the team starred was with everyone doing better than Chris Elson expected – his most optimistic forecast was third of the 8 teams. Come on everyone you can do it, Division 1 beckons. Full results will be posted when available. Last year the team secured promotion to Division 2 after finishing fourth in the first match at Leeds. Please contact Chris Elson to confirm your availability for Sunday 8th June 2014 – if we can build on the great start at Cardiff then another good performance would put the ladies in a very strong position for the final match of three at Portsmouth on Sunday 6th July 2014. Chris Elson played a significant part in the win relentless chasing team members to get to the match with only the B string triple jump not covered – wouldn’t it be great if everyone made the effort to contact him and we went to Newham with every event covered.

Chris Elson Reports with additions from Keith Brackstone