Seventh Place at Bedford Leaves UK Women’s League Team With a Lot to do

04 Jun

Team Manager Keith Brackstone worked long and hard to try and get a full team and was almost there by Wednesday night but a flurry of late withdrawals hit the team for six. As ever everyone who travelled rallied round and with athletes doubling and even trebling in some cases the team put up a strong fight even leading early on but as the afternoon wore on the effect of the gaps began to show and the team eventually finished seventh having been fourth with just a few events to go. Disappointingly the endurance races were as weak as other aspects of the team.

However to dwell on the negatives would be grossly unfair to those who performed excellently on a hot and really sultry day which meant conditions were far from ideal. As ever the team spirit was great and all the athletes really got behind the club and the Team Manager.

Yvette WESTWOOD is short of training and even shorter on races but ran the 100 metres finishing eighth in the ‘A’ race in 13.17, nevertheless she came back to race the ‘A’ 200 metres where she finished sixth in 26.64, In the ‘B’ 100 metres Julia COOK finished fourth in 12.92. Natalie JONES finished sixth in the ‘B’ 200 metres in 28.10 narrowly missing out on fifth by 4 hundredths of a second .  Again in the 400 metres ‘A’ Natalie had a charge for the line but finished eighth in 60.87 so still missing out on her sub-60 target.

In the 400 metres ‘B’ race Natalie GRIFFITHS stepped in (after her 800 metres) and ran a well judged race to finish second in a 61.87 PB. In the 800 metres ‘A’ race Charlotte TAYLOR-GREEN ran a comfortable second place in 2:10.92, although I think she was in two minds as after seeming to settle for second she charged to finishing straight to close the winner to less than a second. In the ‘B’ race Natalie GRIFFITHS was a clear winner in 2:17.53 not far off her PB in the events.

Later Natalie ran a well judged 1,500 metres to move through the field late on and finish third in 4:43.66. There was no ‘B’ string competitor and no one in the 3,000 metres. In the 2,000 metres steeplechase  Charlotte TAYLOR-GREEN stated that she planned to run a fast first lap and then coast clear of trouble. That is exactly what she did and it almost got her the division record (her own) as she finished in 6:51.69 just half a second shy.

Hattie DENT kicked off on the track in the 400 hurdles ‘A’ string finishing fourth in 70.47 – she was not happy having hit the first hurdle and finding it tough going once her stride had been disrupted, she came back in the 100 hurdles ‘B’ string to finish second in 17.40; Hannah JACKSON having finished sixth in the ‘A’ string sprint hurdle in 16.78.

On the field we made a really positive start with Christina JONES finishing second in the A hammer with a throw of 61 metres 26 seconds. Christina was only bettered by Kayleigh Presswell from Milton Keynes throwing a Divisional record of 61 metres 64 centimetres. Anna LOUGHLIN was having problems with no throws but her best throw of 41 metres 41 centimetres was good enough for second in the ‘B’ string hammer.

In the Discus ‘A’ string Christina JONES threw 21 metres 96 centimetres to finish eighth and Sasha SPOTTISWOODE threw 18 metres 62 centimetres to finish fifth. Sashsa was sixth in the Javelin ‘A’ string with a best throw of 25 metres 58 centimetres.

In the Women’s shot putt Anna Loughlin was our sole representative finishing sixth in ‘A’ string with a best Putt of 8 metres 91 centimetres.

Andrea JESADASON and Sam BARRETT double up in the horizontal jumps with Andrea second in the ‘A’ long jump with 5 metres 52 centimetres and fourth in the ‘A’ triple jump with a longest jump of 11 metres 32 centimetres. Sam competed as the ‘B’ string in both winning the long jump with a best jump of 5 metres 26 centimetres and finishing fifth in the triple jump with a best of 10 metres 49 centimetres. It was great to see coach Paul WESTON on hand to give his athletes support and advice.

Andrea also agreed to high jump and her clearance at 1 metre 40 centimetres gave her fifth place in the ‘A’ string.

In the Pole Vault Silvia AMABILINO cleared 3 metres 60 centimetres and only lost the overall competition on count back taking second place in the ‘A’ string.

On the track our 4 x 100 metres squad seemed well placed until a disastrous second change over left the team finishing seventh in 52.65 . The final event saw a really gutsy performance from the 4 x 400 metre squad of Natalie JONES, Charlotte TAYLOR-GREEN, Hattie DENT and Natalie GRIFFITHS finish fifth in 4:08.35 with Charlotte lifting the team from fifth to second on leg 2 with a 59.3 clocking.

The ladies now need to take their lead from the Men who picked themselves up after finishing seventh in their first match to win the second match in their league match winners on Sunday were Wigan who we expect to be strong in Liverpool – so we need everyone out in Liverpool on Sunday 8th July 2018. A mini-bus will pick up from the Downs (Water Tower) at 1.30 p.m. on Saturday 7th July 2018 with an over-night stop booked at the Travel Lodge at Liverpool John Lennon Airport that night.

If you are interested in competing please contact Team Manager Keith Brackstone by e-mail at coachkeith53@gmail.com or on his mobile at 07999-511366.

The full results are below: