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B.A.L. Womens Jubilee Cup

Report by: Bryan Murray

11th June 2000 - Princess Mary Stadium, Cleckheaton

Wakefield Harriers women's team started their campaign in the British Athletics League's Jubilee Cup with a bang with victory in their first round tie.

The team were full of confidence going into their encounter, held at the Princess Mary Stadium, Cleckheaton.

Doubling up in the 100m and 200m events Louise Brear finished 3rd over the shorter distance, recording the same time as Julie Money (12.7secs).

The race was won by City of Hull's Zoe Crawford in 12.5 secs. Crawford followed this up with success in the 200m, which she won in 26.0 secs, although Brear again did well to finish 3rd in 26.5, to secure good points for the Harriers.

In the one lap sprint, Alice Butler was up against City of Hull's Kim Goodwin, in the middle of a great season. Butler fought all the way, but it was Goodwin who was first-past-the post in 55.4 secs, with Butler 2nd in 58.8 secs.

The 800m was a close affair, with Harrier Sarah Beevers (2:22.8) just pipped by Derby AC's Elaine Fee (2:19.1).

Penny Thackray had a convincing double in the 1500m and 3000m, narrowly winning over the shorter distance in 4:36.2. Over seven-and-a-half laps, Thackray was never under pressure as she romped home in 10:22.4.

Kerry Jury, another Harrier athlete doubling up, won the 100m hurdles in 14.6 secs - and followed this up with success in the high jump with a leap of 1.65m.

In the 400m hurdles, Julia Sykes gave Harriers another win, in a time of 72.8 secs, while Jenny Cunnane triumphed in the pole vault competition, clearing a best height of 2.90m.

Katy Richardson won the long jump event for Wakefield, holding a convincing lead throughout with her best effort being 5.69m.

Kelly Brow had her first success with the club, tasting success in the triple jump with a best distance of 11.64m.

Top wins were also recorded for Suzanne Roberts and Amanda Shepherd in the hammer and discus respectively. Roberts' best throw was 52.05m, with Shepherd's top effort of 40.27m gaining good points for the team.

Vicky Shepherd returned to form to finish 3rd in the shot putt (11.94m), with Julia Sykes also 3rd in the javelin (30.43m).

Wakefield also enjoyed success in both relays, with the 4x100m team of Butler, Jury, Richardson and Beevers winning in 50.2.

In the 4x400m, Beevers, Sykes, Butler and Jury triumphed in 4:08.2.

Team results: 1st Wakefield 146 pts; 2nd Derby 118; 3rd City of Hull 89.5; 4th Spenborough AC 87.5; 5th Cleethorpes 57.