UK Women's Athletics League Division Three 2006
Match Three, Sutton Arena, 6 August 2006.
100m: 2 J Whitlock 12.34/-0.2; 8 S Gailey 13.65/-1.4. 200m: 4 C Wilson 25.63/0.5; 4 C Robinson 26.19/-0.1. 400m: 3 J Culley 56.50; 1 C Wilson 56.78. 800m: 1 C Robinson 2:06.85; 2 C Foster 2:21.14. 1500m: 1 M Hutchison 4:27.0; 2 S Murphy 4:56.4. 3000m: 7 L Cooper 11:45.6; no B competitor. 110mH: 2 H Stares 14.87/0.7; 1 J Culley 15.75/-0.8. 400mH: 1 H Stares 63.36; 4 V Goodwin 83.13. HJ: 2 J Fielden 1.60; 3 H Stares 1.45. LJ: 2 S Wellstead 5.86/-2.2; 1 J Fielden 5.35/-1.3. TJ: 1 J Fielden 11.73/2.9 (11.61/0.5); 1 S Wellstead 11.65/-0.6. PV: 4 J Anderson 2.30; J Whitlock retired from competition. SP: 1 E Massey 14.85; 3 D Holden 9.27. DT: 7 D Holden 24.62; 5 G Porter 20.41. JT: 7 G Porter 25.53; 5 H Mead 20.27. HT: 1 D Holden 48.26; 1 H Arbuthnott 34.90. 4x100m: 3 Belgrave 49.25. (C Wilson, H Stares, S Wellstead, J Whitlock). 4x400m: 1 Belgrave 3:55.5 (C Robinson 58.0, C Foster 59.1, S Gailey 59.7, J Culley 58.7).
Teams: 1 Marshall Milton Keynes 212; 2 Belgrave 209; 3 Newham & Essex Beagles 152.2; 4 Aldershot Farnham & Dist. 142; 5 Blackheath & Bromley H 136; 6 City of Norwich 133; 7 Newport 120.5; 8 Coventry Godiva H 79.
Heading for promotion
Right: Double winner Sarah Wellstead took both long and triple jumps at Coventry.
Belgrave's women's team provided nine 'A' string wins at Coventry in the second UKWAL match of 2006 and stretched their league win streak to five matches. Now two league points clear of Marshall Milton Keynes AC, and with the final match on home territory at Sutton Arena, there is every chance that the Belles will enter Division Two next season as champions of Division Three.
The early field events set the tone for the day as Belinda Heil made a welcome return to the team in the hammer and Sarah Wellstead produced her first win of the afternoon - the long jump. The pole vault saw Janine Whitlock enter the competition at 4.15m and this height she cleared at her second attempt, equalling her own division record, before going on to unsuccessfully try at 4.31 - which would have been 11cm higher than the UKWAL record.
By now the track events were well under way where we had opened with a win thanks to Hannah Stares in the one lap hurdles. Claire Robinson was totally untroubled in the 800m and from there on the Belles gradually opened up a winning lead in the match.
Warming up for the shot by turning her arm in the discus, Eva Massey's single valid effort was good enough for second and when her speciality event came around, every one of her throws was good enough to win the competition. Now without a coach, Eva is experimenting with the rotational shot technique.
A double win came in the 200m where Michelle Carey had a 5 metre advantage in the A race but Jennifer Culley's B victory was very much closer, with the first two recording the same time. And soon another maximum-pointer came up as Sarah Wellstead returned to the horizontal jumps pit to take the triple jump with Michelle Nestor's effort in the B competition being good enough to beat every other competitor.
The final individual event on the track saw Michaela Hutchison make her UKWAL debut and a pretty auspicious one it was too. She tracked City of Norwich's Ruth Senior until there was just over half a lap to go and then launched a powerful finish that left Belgrave supporters very impressed; and amidst this excitement, with the field strung out in her wake, it became apparent that Caroline Shanklyn had picked up the B win as well.
All in all, a good afternoon's work.
Results. 100m: 4 J Culley 12.7/-0.8; 6 S Gailey 14.2/1.3. 200m: 1 M Carey 24.7/-1.4; 1 J Culley 26.0/-2.3. 400m: 3 C Foster 58.3; 3 S Gailey 61.7. 800m: 1 C Robinson 2:11.3; 3 C Bryson 2:18.4. 1500m: 1 M Hutchison 4:29.5; 1 C Shanklyn 4:46.1. 3000m: 7 S Murphy 10:55.0; 4 L Cooper 12:23.0. 100mH: 3 H Stares 14.8; 2 J Culley 15.7. 400mH: 1 H Stares 62.6; 5 V Goodwin 77.8. HJ: 6 S Wellstead 1.50; 4 M Nestor 1.45. LJ: 1 S Wellstead 5.87; 4= M Nestor 4.58. TJ: 1 S Wellstead 11.95; 1 M Nestor 11.22. PV: 1 J Whitlock 4.15 (Div Record); 3 J Anderson 2.30. SP: 1 E Massey 15.15; 4 B Heil 8.43. DT: 2 E Massey 37.93; 2 B Heil 31.17. JT: 4 H Stares 31.11; 3 H Mead 18.76. HT: 3 B Heil 36.45; 4 H Mead 16.95. 4x100m: 1 Belgrave 48.8 (J Culley, H Stares, S Wellstead, M Carey). 4x400m: 4 Belgrave 4:04.0 (C Foster 60.9, V Goodwin 64.2, M Hutchison 61.0, C Robinson 57.9).
Teams: 1 Belgrave 222.5; 2 Milton Keynes 200; 3 Newham & Essex Beagles 149; 4 Blackheath & Bromley 131.5; 5 City of Norwich 122; 6 Newport 116; 7 Aldershot F&D 109; 8 Coventry Godiva.
Match One, Bedford, 3 June 2006.
Belles win streak goes on ...
Yep! Unbeaten in 2005 and winners of the opening UKWAL match in 2006, the quest for promotion goes on, but this was no easy match. Marshall Milton Keynes AC made a great fight of it and Blackheath & Bromley Harriers, promoted with the Belles at the end of 2005, will also surely have a say in the matter before this season is over.
Points were hard to come by but five individual winners tipped the balance our way with the pole vault our top event thanks to Janine Whitlock and Jenny Searle. Janine needed three tries at 4.15m but her eventual clearance was a new Division Three record and only 5cm shy of the overall league record held by ... Janine herself, set seven years ago when she competed for Trafford AC.
Hannah Stares was a double winner - taking both hurdle races - and prepared to tackle whatever the team managers threw her way. Our other win came from none other than Michelle Nestor - 11.06m in the triple jump - and as we've said before, goodness knows what she'd do if she ever trained.
Sarah Wellstead scored well in the A strings of the horizontal jumps - two second places to her - and it was good to see Diana Holden in the team and scoring equally well in the A hammer and B discus where U20 Jade Lally maintained her consistent 2006 series of throws well over 40 metres to place second in the A event.
Great start then - and we look forward to more of the same at Coventry in four weeks time.
Results. 100m: 5 J Culley 12.41w/2.9; 5 K Euridge 13.8/1.8. 200m: 4 J Culley 25.27w/3.2; 5 C Foster 26.55/1.3. 400m: 5 C Robinson 58.65; 5 S Gailey 62.04. 800m: 3 C Robinson 2:13.73; 3 C Foster 2:21.39. 1500m: 3 C Pryson 4:39.04; 2 C Shanklyn 4:42.25. 3000m: 5 S Murphy 10:41.83; 5 L Cooper 11:46.14. 100mH: 1 H Stares 14.53w/2.3; 3 C Bertram 18.58w/2.3. 400mH: H Stares 61.11; 4 V Goodwin 73.07. HJ: 6 H Stares 1.55; 2= M Nestor 1.50. LJ: 2 S Wellstead 5.88; 2 K Euridge 5.37. TJ: 2 S Wellstead 11.82; 1 M Nestor 11.06. PV: 1 J Whitlock 4.15; 1 J Searle 2.50. SP: 6 K Euridge 9.90; 5 C Bertram 8.16. DT: 2 J Lally U20 42.10; 2 D Holden 32.80. JT: 4 C Bertram 29.21; 2 G Porter 27.64. HT: 2 D Holden 48.22; 6 G Porter 23.35. 4x100m: 2 Belgrave H 48.93 (J Culley, K Euridge, S Wellstead, J Whitlock). 4x400m:4 Belgrave H 3:58.78 (C Foster 60.5, S Gailey 60.5, H Stares 58.7, C Robinson 59.1).
Teams.1 Belgrave H 199.5; 2 Marshall Milton Keynes AC 189.5; Blackheath & Bromley H 176; 3 Coventry Godiva 154; 4 Aldershot F&D AC 120; Newport H 118.5; City of Norwich 118.5; Newham & Essex Beagles 79.