UKWAL Match 3, Lee Valley Stadium, London, Saturday 6th August 2011

On the final UK Women’s Premier League match of the season Edinburgh’s senior ladies travelled to Lee Valley, London in their quest to secure top flight competition for next year.  Edinburgh entered this match in 4th place, having recorded two 5th place finishes in the previous two matches.  The girls put in some excellent performances and on the day managed to finish 4th overall resulting in them finishing 5th in the league for 2011.  On the day the match was won by Birchfield on 200 points with City of Manchester and Woodford Green with Essex Ladies joint 2nd with 180 points and Edinburgh on 177 points.  This meant that Birchfield won the league with 22 league points from City of Manchester in 2nd on 20.5 points, Windsor, Slough, Eton and Hounslow in 3rd on 16 points, Woodford Green with Essex Ladies in 4th on 14.5 points, Edinburgh 5th with 13 points and Enfield and Haringey in 6th on 10 points.  Trafford and Cardiff will be relegated having finished 7th and 8th.

The track got underway with Avril Jackson in the 400m hurdles placing 6th A with 64.30.  Catriona Pennet, our 100m hurdles specialist, stepped up to finish 5th in the B 400m hurdles with a seasons best of 65.22.  Catriona also competed in the 100m hurdles finishing 3rd A in 14.53 (-0.8).  Emma Lowry placed 6th in the B 100m hurdles race with 16.26 (-1.2).

In the sprints, Beth Finlayson finished 4th in the A 100m in a new personal best of 12.31 (-0.3) (previous best 12.33).  The 17 year old also ran well in the B 200m finishing 2nd just outside her best with 24.77(-0.6).  Carly Sharp placed 5th in the B 100m with 12.62(-0.3) and Stacey Downie placed 6th in the 200m A race with 24.90 (-0.6).  We had two 5th place finishes in the 400m with Stacey running 55.80 in the A race and Mhari MacDonald running 58.34 in the B race.

The middle distance team undoubtedly held the team together gaining valuable points, personal bests and seasons bests.  In the 800m, Kathryn Evans ran a seasons best of 2.09.01 to finish 3rd in the A race.  Eighteen year old Emily Dudgeon ran a superb race where she was rewarded with a new personal best of 2.09.09 for 1st in the B race.  This is the first time Emily has run under 2.10.00 and evidently this places her 9th in the UK U20 rankings.  Emily is in consistent form this year and I am sure that she can lower this time even further.  There were fine performances in the 1500m where Sarah Hood, UK Senior bronze medallist, claimed 1st in the A race in a time of 4.30.33 and Laura Dunn ran 4.51.81 for 2nd in the B race.  Laura also gained more valuable points when she contested the 3000m finishing 1st B in 10.09.60.  In the A race, Emily Stewart placed 2nd in 9.32.13, a time just outside her best.  However, it was in the 2000m steeple chase where Emily produced an excellent display of running.  In her first ever steeple chase and with no barrier practice Emily ran 6.52.82 (non scoring) which catapulted her to 4th in the UK Senior Rankings.  With some practice and another winter I am sure that we will see big improvements here.  In the match event, Lauren Stoddart finished a fine 2nd with 7.21.99 narrowly outside her best of 7.21.88.

Over in the field, there was a clean sweep in the high jump where in form Jayne Nisbet jumped 1.80m and newly crowned UK Senior bronze medallist Emma Nuttall jumped 1.70m.  Sarah Warnock and Lisa Ferguson took care of the horizontal jumps.  Sarah jumped 5.78m (-1.9) to win the B long jump where Lisa jumped 5.88m (-1.6) to finish 4th A.  In the triple jump Sarah finished 7th A with 10.78m (0.6) and Lisa finished 5th B with 10.07m (1.9).  As like the previous two matches, we had no representation in the pole vault.

The throwing events got underway with the hammer where Susan McKelvie finished 2nd A with another consistent throw of 62.02m and Hannah Evenden finished 2nd B with 51.54m.  As usual Hannah had a busy day placing 4th A in the Discus with 42.83m and 5th A in the shot putt with 12.82m.  Julie Wyatt placed 4th B in the discus with 37.26m and Emma Lowry, in her second event of the day, finished 6th B in the shot putt with 10.66m.  With no javelin throwers available for this match Susan and Emma stepped in both placing 8th with 23.57m and 14.73m respectively.

At the close of the match both relay teams ran their second quickest times of the season.  The 4x100m team (Sarah Warnock, Beth Finlayson, Carly Sharp, Stacey Downie) finished 5th with a time of 47.49.  Having competed in the 800m at Crystal Palace the night before, running 2.02.73 for 10th, the 4x400m team were happy to welcome in Lynsey Sharp.  The team of (Mhari MacDonald, Emily Dudgeon, Kathryn Evans, Lynsey Sharp) finished 3rd with 3.45.9.

Overall, there has been a great team spirit this year and we have set a good grounding which I am sure we will improve on next year.

All the athletes would like to thank our leader Anne Scott who has worked extremely hard this season.  Of course, she has been helped along the way with her partners in crime Moira Maguire and John Scott.

We would also like to thank our dedicated officials: Elsie Morris, Helena Black, Jean Robertson, Johnnie Robertson, Moira Nisbet, Brian Nisbet, Lynne Jackson and Alistair Aitchison for supporting the team and doing an efficient job at all matches.

Good luck to all the girls for the rest of the 2011 season.

Susan McKelvie (Captain)


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