Uk Women's League, Match Three

Hollie Redman
WGwEL's women's team were emphatic winners at Grangemouth on Sunday, in the third, and final fixture of Division Two of the UK Women's League. They finish the season with a perfect record of 3 victories as, after relegation from the First Division in 2008 they return to the top flight at the first attempt. Woodford scored 246 match points, ahead of Blackheath and Bromley on 187.5 and Enfield and Haringey on 179.5. WGwEL won the second division title with 24 points ahead of Blackheath, who are also promoted on 19, and Enfield on 17. In a fine team performance the Woodford women picked up 13 victories, with each of Nusrat Ceesay, Tara Bird and Hollie Redman claiming double individual victories.

In what was probably the highest quality individual performance from a Woodford athlete, UK Champion Nusrat Ceesay took the "A" 400m H in 58.53 secs, as Ruth Brereton took the "B" with a good 61.15 secs. Nusrat completed her double victory, where, standing in for sister, Zainab she took the "B" triple jump with 11.03m (0.3), and also placed 2nd in the 100mH with 14.28 secs W (+4.8). Stephanie Aneto took the "A" triple jump comfortably, with a leap of 12.86m. Tara Bird, took double victory, in the 800m with 2m10.82 secs, before returning, just 40 minutes later to take the "B" 400m in 56.02 secs. Jo Ryan was 2nd in the "A" race in 56.47 secs. Hollie Redman was the third double victor as she won the discus with 37.58m, the "B" shot with 9.72m, and also placed 2nd in the "B" javelin with 27.64m.

Further individual victories came from Ayamba Akim with a fine personal best in the high jump of 1.78m; Emma Smith in the javelin, also with a fine new personal best of 46.02m, and also 2nd in the "B" hammer with 37.51m; sister, Sarah Smith in the "B" discus with 26.47m, having placed 2nd in her speciality the hammer with 45.32m, and 4th in the shot with 9.97m; and from Kim Murray in the long jump with 5.81m.

Many others also doubled up as the points were amassed. In the sprints, Rachel Giwa was 3rd over both 100m and 200m with 12.26 secs w (+2.4), and 24.89 secs w (+3.5), with Katie Skelding 2nd in both "B" events with 12.20 secs w (+2.0) and 25.23 secs w (+3.5). In the middle distance events, Kathrine Foy was a close 2nd in the "B" 800m with 2m17.12 secs, and later 4th in the "B" 1500m in 5m28.83 secs; Lauren Stewart was 2nd in the 3000m with 5m07.71 secs, and later 6th in the 1500m with 10m28.40 secs. In the "B" 3000m Andrea Possee gained valuable points in 2nd with 11m57.27 secs, as did Diana Kennedy with 7m37.80 secs, less than a second outside her personal best in the 2000m s/ch. Both pole vaulters placed 4th, with Louise Shortland clearing 3.40m in the "A" and Kirsty McIntosh, 3.10 in the "B". In the "B" high jump, Kristina Blackett cleared a season's best of 1.50m for second.

The meeting finished off with the relays, as the 4x100m team of Katie Skelding, Jo Ryan, Kim Murray and Rachel Giwa placed 2nd with 48.29 secs, and the 4x400m squad of Kristina Blackett, Jo Ryan, Ruth Brereton and Tara Bird, winning with 3m51.95 secs.

Full Results here