The women’s team held on to clinch third place overall in the UK Women’s Athletic League Division 1 in the final match at Sports City Manchester on Sunday 7th August 2016, one place better than last year so the upward trend is maintained. This was one of our toughest fixtures with a team diminished in numbers due to the ravages of injury and illness. The ladies responded to the challenge putting the team first but sacrificing individual performances. Nearly the entire team doubled or tripled up so despite the absence of specialists in several events the team finished sixth on the day.
Perhaps the star performance on the day was Lucy Bryan battling her way back to form with a season’s best and League record in the Pole Vault of 4 metres 25 centimetres, that after a 1.50 metre high jump. How about W45 Sarah Everitt posting a lifetime best when taking fourth ‘B’ string in the 1,500 metres with 5.03.44, after sixth in the ‘B’ 800 metres earlier on, or Ellen Harrison, who made use of her swimming abilities in the water jump on the fourth lap, taking fourth in her first 2K chase after placing second in the 3,000 metres ‘B’ race earlier n the afternoon.
Kate Hulls and Charlotte Green as ever put everything into it with Kate winning both the ‘A’ string 3,000 metres and 1,500 metres and Charlotte winning the ‘A’ 800 metres and placing fourth in the 400 metres ‘B’ race. In the 400 metre hurdles Hattie Dent and Becky Courtney were fourth and third in the ‘A’ and ‘B’ races respectively. In the field Andrea Jesudason and Sam Barrett (who tripled up with the long jump and high jump) picked up a goodly number of points in the triple jump with fourth and fifth respectively. Christina Jones was tired after a long season (and has been carrying an ankle injury since the last UK Women’s League match) but still managed second in the hammer, as well as picking up points in the javelin and shot. Rownita Marston was fourth in the shot and fifth in the discus where Alice Grosjean got close to her PB with third place in ‘A’ string with 40 metres 10 centimetres.
I would like thank all the team for their support over the season: It has been a joy to manage the team as a consequence. I think Division 1 is the right level for the team at the moment, as I’m only too aware that some members of the team may be demotivated by the standard of the competition. Don’t give up, just train harder for next year, when I think the team should aspire to promotion.
Full results are available at http://www.ukwal.org.uk/images/2016_Match_3_Div_1.pdf
Chris Elson Reports