North of England Womens Inter-Club CupReport by: Bryan Murray
Wakefield Harriers women's team stormed to victory in the North of England Women's Inter-Club Cup at the Princess Mary track, Cleckheaton.
The ladies team won 14 events out of 18 to comfortably progress to the final, which takes place at the Dorothy Hyman track at Cudworth on August 28. All the athletes who compete in the UK Women's League each won their first disciplines.
Jenny Cunnane, a late call-up on Friday evening - agreed to compete in the hammer as well as her first choice of pole vault, and she did superbly to finish 2nd in the hammer and win the pole vault.
Julia Sykes moved down to 100m to enable Sarah Beevers to enjoy her first run in the 400m hurdles this year, with both securing valuable points for the team.
Athletes who had not yet 'tasted' the experience of the top UK Division One competition also performed well - and they will be soon knocking at the team managers door for a place in the team.
Another athlete responding to a late callup was U17 high jump competitor Emily Mason, who gained valuable experience but just failed to clear the winning height of 1.55m after leading the competition on countback - but she did have the consolation of finishing 3rd.
In the 4x400m, Helen Singleton, running the second leg, took over a metre off the next athlete and produced a commanding lap to finish in a superb 60.0 seconds.
Kate Richardson enjoyed success in the long jump, thanks to her first jump, but she then had the misfortune to aggravate a previous injury - and she has reluctantly had to decline a place in the UK Women's League team for their next match in Glasgow.
Louise Brear entered the final straight of the 200m a metre down form June Buchanan of Wirral AC, but still produced a strong finish reminiscent of her school days to overpower her opponent and win the race by three metres.
Later, Louise and Nicole Crosby, assisted by Alice Butler and Kelly Brown stepping in to replace the injured Richardson won the 4x100m relay in 51.2 secs.