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North of England AA Inter Club Cup

Report by: Bryan Murray

28th August 2000 - Dorothy Hyman Stadium, Cudworth, Barnsley

Wakefield Harriers womens' team regained the North of England Inter Club Cup following success at the Dorothy Hyman track in Cudworth.

The side took back the trophy from fellow UK Womens' Athletic League Division One outfit Trafford, beating them by four points.

This was the last competition for the seniors this year, with Kerry Jury returning to club competition - and making a significant contribution to the team victory by taking part in four events. She finished either first or second in each event and contributed 25 points out of Wakefield's haul of 113.

Middle-distance athlete Alice Butler was also busy in a number of events, including both relays, with Harrier amassing 23 points.

Sprinter Nicole Crosby injured herself in the warm-up for the 100m sprint, but still managed to win in an impressive time of 12.2 secs.

Wakefield had a magnificent start to the competition, winning the first three field events.

Suzanne Roberts continued her good form to win the hammer with a super effort of 57.35m. Her fine form should stand her in good stead for the forthcoming representative matches for Great Britain and England.

Susan Backhouse, a reserve for Great Britain next month, won the discus with a season's best of 44.99m. Meanwhile, Jenny Cunnane cleared 2.90m to win the pole vault.

Louise Brear replaced Emily Freeman in the 200m, with her return to form auguring well for the team ahead of next year's competition. Freeman was a member of the U23 relay team at the international meeting at Gateshead Stadium on Monday.

Sarah Beevers had an excellent run in the 400m hurdles, almost catching Jo Mahoney. Sarah is moving away form the area to take up a post in Mold, North Wales. But she will still be available to compete for the club.

Triple jumper Kelly Brow won her event with a best jump in a good series of 11.35m. Brow, still fresh from a winter training regime practising her new technique, must surely soon jump over the 12-metre barrier.

Shirley Griffiths took an early lead in the 3000m, and then proceeded to lap all the other athletes to win in 9:45.1.

In the 1500m, Sharon Marshall led the race from the gun, only to be out-sprinted by Middlesbrough and Cleveland AC athlete Carolyn Summersgill.

Judith Payne won the high jump with a leap of 1.65m, with the athlete finishing her season on a high note before returning to her studies at Cambridge University.

Individual results:

100m: Nicole Crosby 12.2 (1st); 200m: Louise Brear 26.62 (4th); 400m: Alice Butler 58.8 (2nd); 800m: Alice Butler 2:16.0 (1st); 1500m: Sharon Marshall 4:54.10 (2nd); 3000m: Shirley Griffiths 9:45.1 (1st); 100m hurdles: Kerry Jury 14.2 (2nd); 400m hurdles: Sarah Beevers 65.9 (2nd); discus: Susan Backhouse 44.99m (1st); hammer: Suzanne Roberts 57.35m (1st); high jump: Judith Payne 1.65m (1st); javelin: Kerry Jury 34.73m (2nd); long jump: Kerry Jury 5.49m (1st); pole vault: Jenny Cunnane 2.90m (1st); shot putt: Julia Sykes 9.66m (2nd); triple jump: Kelly Brow 11.35 (1st); 4x100m relay: Wakefield - Butler, Brear, Brow, Crosby (4th); 4x400m relay Wakefield Beevers, Jury, Sykes, Butler (2nd).

Match result: 1st Wakefield Harriers 113 points; 2nd Trafford AC 109; 3rd Middlesbrough and Cleveland 74; 4th Spenborough and District 60; 5th Barrow and Furness 55; 6 Stockport Harriers 43.