Whilst Woodford’s men were at Lee Valley, the women, newly promoted to the UKWL Premier Division were competing at Eton. As in the first match the going was tough, and despite many good individual performances and a great team effort from those who competed, the limited depth together with some last minute unavailability caused some gaps in certain events and saw the team place 8th again. Results still remain provisional but Woodford scored 129 as Birchfield won with 218.5 from TVH on 212, Edinburgh 204, Windsor 201, Shaftesbury 162, Swansea 152.5 and Blackheath 145. There were UKWL debuts for Sophie Riches, Stephanie Howe, Jenna Wrisberg and Mathilde Bilon who recorded a personal best, as did Kitty Eleyae.
Lucy Marshall was first in action for Woodford in the day’s first event, the hammer is always a good standard competition and Lucy placed 2nd with 57.49m. U/20, Stephanie Howe made her UKWL debut and placed 5th with 40.78m. Lucy also covered the “B” discus where she placed 7th with24.29m, as Sarah Parsons was 5th in the “A” with 42.45m. Sarah was also 5th in the “B” shot with 10.83m, with Mathilde Bilon another making her UKWL debut 5th as well in the “A” as she improved marginally her p.b. with 13.21m. Sylvia Cruz was 5th in the javelin with 42.45m and Eike Vardja 6th in the “B” with 28.97m. Kitty Elaye was 4th in a good long jump competition with 5.84m and then placed 3rd in the triple jump with a personal best of 11.59m as Chanel Hemmings was also 3rd in the “B” with 11.32m. Woodford were unable to field any pole vaulters but in the high jump which was a high standard, Moe Sasegbon placed 5th with 1.70m. Moe also scored good points in the “B” long jump where she was 4th with 5.49m and in the 100mH where she was 6th with 14.87m (+0.4). Anna Nelson covered the “B”100mH, an event she hasn’t raced since 2014 and placed 6th with 15.20 secs (+1.7). Anna’s preferred event the 400mH saw her place 4th, quite close to her best ever with 60.81 secs, and then also 4th in the “B” flat 400m with 57.33 secs. The “A” race saw Jo Ryan record her best time since 2010 with 55.37 secs, but in a very high standard race that was only good enough for 7th. . In the 200m Jo had to look back even further to 2009 when she last ran as quick as she placed 4th in that “B” event with 24.68 secs (+0.3). In the “A” 200m, debutant Jenna Wrisberg, an U/20, was 8th, but unable to run flat out with an injury problem and she recorded 25.59 secs w (+3.2), having earlier placed 6th in the 100m with 12.05 secs (w?). The “B” 100m saw Eloise Lewis, another U/20 8th with 12.76 secs w (+2.3).
In the middle distance events the team had to be juggled due to last minute unavailability and another debutant Sophie Riches gamely covered three events, placing 6th in the “B” 800m with 2m25.99 secs, 6th in the “A” 1500m with 5m19.19 secs and also 5th in the “B” 3000m with 11m04.94 secs. Kat Gundersen was the “A” scorer in the 3000m and was 7th with10m51.53 secs and also 6th in the “B” 1500m with 5m20.17 secs. Anna Clark raced over 800m and placed 5th in a good “A” race with 2m13.61 secs. The 4x100m squad of Eloise Lewis, Kitty Eleaye, Jo Ryan and Jenna Wrisberg finished 6th with 48.89 secs, and the 4x400m team of Jo Ryan, Sophie Riches, Moe Sasegbon and Anna Nelson were 8th with 4m06.74 secs.
Whilst remaining in the top division is unlikely, team manager, Keith Newton will be hoping for a fighting display in the final fixture.