Sylvia Cruz set a new Portuguese National record in the Javelin.
Photo by Rex Bale
Belles winning streak ends but what a way to do it!
Bedford, 21 July 2001.
The Jubilee Cup Final saw a tremendous result for the Belgrave Women's team as they beat established British League clubs, Windsor SE&H and Shaftesbury to place 3rd to Sale H Manchester and Birchfield. The team were awarded the Dick Dunster Trophy for the most improved team. As far as we know, the Belles have only once progressed to the second round - never mind the final. Shelley Drew became Belgrave's first ever female Cup final winner as she beat the Cup record in the discus. Sylvia Cruz then took the javelin with a Portuguese National and club record. Maiteland Marks obliterated her own best ever 400 hurdles mark - also a club record - and the relay teams were out of this world with 46.57 and 3:43.92 (the latter took 10 seconds off our best ever performance).
Note that the match result was incorrectly scored on the day when it was announced that we had placed 2nd.
100m: 4 A.Onuora 12.18/5.6. 200m: 7 J.Culley 25.11/1.1. 400m: 4 D.Higgins 55.45. 800m: 3 E.Davies 2:07.27. 1500m: 4 M.Sharp 4:39.08. 3000m: 2 B.Dagne 9:38.74. 110mH: 3 R.King 13.67/1.6. 400m: 2 M.Marks 57.97. HJ: 4 M.Knight 1.65. LJ: 8 M.Knight 5.23. TJ: 8 M.Nestor 10.10. PV: =3 L.Webber 3.40. SP: 6 S.Drew 12.09. JT: 1 S.Cruz 54.43. DT: 1 S.Drew 58.75. HT: 4 D.Holden 52.91. 4x100m: 1 Belgrave 46.57 (M.Marks, R.King, J.Culley, A.Onuora). 4x400m: 2 Belgrave 3:43.92 (H.Stares 57.9, E.Davies 55.1, D.Higgins 54.8, J.Culley 56.2).
Into the last lap of the 800m and Emma Davies starts to move towards the front.
Photo by Rex Bale
Shock win takes Belles to the Cup Final
Wood Green, 10 June 2001.
1 Belgrave H 117; 2 Birchfield H 114.5; 3 Epsom & Ewell H 81.5; 4
Walton AC 78.5; 5 Woodford Green & Essex Ladies 76; 6 Team
Solent 66; 7 Aldershot Farnham & District AC 63.5; 8 Bournemouth AC
weather was cold and wet but spirits were oh! so high as the Belgrave
women’s team made history in qualifying for the Jubilee Cup final for
the first time in the Club’s history.
Not only did they qualify – they turned on a shock win to beat
Birchfield Harriers and Epsom Ewell H.
total of six first places paved the way for this team victory. Hannah
Stares stormed ahead in the 400m hurdles to clock her best time of 60.5
with Rachel King performing equally strongly in the sprint hurdles.
A tactical race gave Maria Sharpe victory in the 1500m – a
terrific run as she had been in action the previous evening in the BMC
Grand Prix at Watford.
on the field came from Sylvia Cruz in the javelin, 43.99, Maureen Knight
in the high jump, 1.65, and Shelley Drew who spun the discus out to
Maureen the high jump was just one of three events that she undertook in
spite of suffering from a heavy cold.
best performances came from Shelley Drew, who moved up to an impressive
12.17m in the shot, and Syreeta Stracey, who has been running so well over
400m and 1500m this summer but this time improved her 3000m best.
Another to impress was young Amala Onuoro; her run in the 100m came
the day after she won the Sussex Schools Intermediate title in a record
only disappointment was Lucy Webber's decision not to vault. Having
initially elected to enter at 3.40m, the weather conditions and lack of
strong pole meant that Lucy decided not to risk injury and she pulled out.
Fortunately, this didn't impact our final position.
Club Records bit the dust – and both of them relays.
The previous 4 x 100m best had stood for no less than 14 years –
but what’s the betting that this new mark doesn’t last much more than
in all it was a terrific team performance and we look forward to finals
day with real anticipation – a men’s and women’s team competing
together at Bedford on July 21st.
3 A.Onuoru 12.4. 200m: 2 J.Culley 25.0. 400m: 2 J.Culley 55.1. 800m:
V.Goodwin 2.20.4. 1500m: 1 M.Sharp 4.37.3. 3000m: 5 S.Stracey 11.19.0.
100mH: 1 R.King 13.7. 400mH: 1 H.Stares 60.5. HJ: 1 M.Knight 1.65. LJ: 4
M.Knight 5.07. TJ: 4
M.Knight 10.77. PV: Lucy Webber dnj. SP: 4 S.Drew 12.17. DT: 1
S.Drew 57.10. JT: 1 S.Cruz 43.99. HT: 3 D.Holden 52.19.
2 Belgrave 48.3 (R.King, J.Culley, M.Nestor, A.Onuoru). 4x400m: 3 Belgrave
(H.Stares 60.1, V.Goodwin 60.8, E.Eharuyi 57.1, J.Culley 56.3)
Jubilee Cup - Belles storm into the "semis"
One, Battersea Park,
20 May 2001
1, Belgrave H 133.5; 2 Walton AC 118; 3, Basingstoke 110.5; 4 Thurrock
110; 5 Basildon 41.
startling performances came from the women’s team at Battersea in the
first round of the Jubilee Cup and the semi-final stage at Haringey on
June 10th promises to be one of the most exciting women’s competitions
in which we’ve been involved.
the opening event, Esther Eharuyi’s 400m hurdles race, the Belles took
the lead and then spent the rest of the afternoon steadily widening the
devastating win came from Emma Davies in the 800 metres.
Blasting away from the gun, she was immediately out on her own –
and no wonder as she took the “bell” in 62.1 seconds.
Needless to say her final time of 2:08.0 was our best ever and,
subject to investigation, the fastest ever seen at Battersea.
year-old Amala Onuora had the measure of everyone else in the 100 metres
while Esther Eharuyi came back for another win in the sprint hurdles.
Another youngster, Michelle Nestor, had the misfortune to injure
herself in the final round of the long jump and had to forgo her
speciality, the triple jump, as a result.
throwing events were terrific with Diane Holden again over 53 metres and
Shelley Drew and Sylvia Cruz in discus and javelin extending the stadium
records – never mind club records.
the 4x400 metres relay time was our best ever.
1 A.Onuora (U17) 12.4. 200m: 2 J.Culley 24.7. 400m: 1 J.Culley 55.9. 800m:
1 E.Davies 2:08.0. 1500m: 3 S.Stracey 5:08.4. 3000m: 3 D.Hearne (U20)
12:29.4. 100mH: 1 E.Eharuyi 16.0. 400mH: 1 E.Eharuyi 60.9. HJ: 4 J.Smiter
1.30. LJ: 4 M.Nestor (U17) 4.48. TJ: 3 J.Smiter 8.30. PV: =3 J.Smiter
1.10. SP: 2 S.Drew 11.94. DT: 1 S.Drew 58.96. JT: 1 S.Cruz 52.99. HT: 1
D.Holden 53.17. 4x100m: 2 Belgrave 50.5 (S.Stracey, A.Onuora U17,
M.Nestor, J.Culley). 4x400m: 3 Belgrave 4:01.9 (J.Culley 60.2, N.Smallwood
64.6, E.Davies 55.6, V.Goodwin 60.5).