UKWAL Match 1, Alexander Stadium – Birmingham, Saturday 9th June 2012

It was a difficult start to the 2012 UKWAL for the Edinburgh team who managed to finish 8th in their first league match of the year.  Having finished 5th overall last year the team was hoping for a strong start but with a number of notable absences our progress was hampered and the girls were faced with a challenging day.  The team put in some gutsy performances with some athletes taking part in events that they do not normally do and some were rewarded with season’s bests.


Birchfield 231
Windsor, Slough, Eton and Hounslow 198.5
Sale Harriers Manchester 194
Woodford Green with Essex Ladies 193
Blackheath and Bromley 156
Swansea Harriers 155.5
Enfield and Harringey 136.5
Edinburgh AC 128.5

The long jumpers got the day underway with debutant Emma Pringle jumping 5.58m (-0.0) to finish 6th A and Faye Nicolson gaining 2nd B with 5.38m (+0.2).  Emma also competed in her preferred triple jump where she finished 4th A with 12.21m (+1.0).  Faye managed a 6th place also in the B triple jump with 9.95m (+3.3).  An athlete with a busy schedule was Emma Lowry who jumped 1.65m to finish 3rd A in the high jump.  She then ran a seasons best of 16.09 (+1.7) in the 100m hurdles finishing 6th in the A race and putted 10.18m from standing in the shot put to finish 5th B.  In the pole vault we had another newcomer,  Emmeline Rendell who cleared 3.10m to set a season’s best and finished 7th A.

The first track event of the day was the 400m hurdles where Avril Jackson finished 8th A in 70.84. Avril then had to rush over the high jump where she finished 7th B with 1.35m.  She finished off her individual events in the 100m hurdles with a seasons best of 16.15 to finish 8th in the B race. Another UKWAL debutant Fiona Trew ran a seasons best of 66.68 to finish 4th in the B 400m hurdles.

Lauren Peffers was pleased with her run in the 400m of 57.51 gaining 5th place in the A race.  Struggling with a slight back injury Mhari MacDonald managed 6th in the B 400m in a time of 62.23 and 8th in the B 200m in 28.12 (+1.2).  Elsewhere in the sprints, Stacey Downie is improving every time she steps on the track.  She was rewarded with two season’s best.  The first was in the 100m A race where she finished 8th in 12.55 (+1.4) and then 25.29 (-0.4) for 6th in the 200m A race.  Caitlan Froud, in her first UKWAL, ran a PB of 12.97 (+1.3) to finish 8th in the B 100m.

The middle distance team were depleted due to the clash with the Watford BMC meeting however, Kathryn Evans got a much needed win in the 800m A race in a time of 2.10.54.  There was no representation in the 800m B race.  In the 1500m, after being out for 6 weeks with a chest infection Laura Dunn finished 5th A in a time of 4.49.66.  There was no representation in the 1500m B race. We also had no representation in the 3000m or the 2000m steeplechase.

Over in the throws, Edinburgh AC newcomer and Austrian record holder in the hammer Julia Siart had a busy day in the throws.  She kicked off with an excellent win in the B hammer with a throw of 54.43m.  In the shot put she set a season’s best throw of 13.61m and finished 4th A.  A fine throw of 37.07m in the discus got 7th place in the A event.  Elsewhere in the throws, Susan McKelvie finished 3rd A in the hammer with a throw of 58.17m.  Nicki Falconer was pleased with her 31.59m seasons best in the discus to earn 8th in the B.  We had two 4th places in the javelin with Nicki throwing 30.40m in the B and youngster Paula Gass throwing a brilliant 40.10m in the A having driven down from Edinburgh that morning.

At the close of the day, the 4x100m team (Fiona Trew, Caitlan Froud, Emma Lowry, Stacey Downie) finished 7th in a time of 50.31 and the 4x400m team of (Lauren Peffers, Avril Jackson, Caitlan Froud and Kathryn Evans) finished a credible 3rd in 3.52.7.

The athletes would like to thank our management team of Anne Scott and debutant assistant Jen Dudgeon for their help and support throughout the day.  We would also like to thank our coaches and officials who played an important role on the day: John Scott, Lynne Jackson, Elsie Morris, Helena Black, Alistair Aitchison, Jean Robertson, John Robertson, Moira Nisbet, Brian Nisbet.

The next UKWAL match takes place at Eton, London on Saturday 30th June 2012.  We are confident that we will have a full team out on force to try and elevate us up the league ranks.


Susan McKelvie (Captain)

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