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B.A.L. Womens Jubilee Cup

Report by: Bryan Murray

10th June 2001 - Eton

Wakefield Harriers clinched their Jubilee Cup final spot on count-back in a thrilling nail-biter at Eton. The match went right to the wire with Wakefield and City of Norwich tied on 87 points behind Windsor, Slough and Eton AC whose match-winning haul of 143 points gained them qualification for the final.

Wakefield joined Windsor, Slough and Eton by virtue of a superior number of third places over Norwich. The final will be contested later in the year. It was a tremendous performance from the women's team.

Penny Thackray, who the previous day had clinched the AAA 10000m championship, turned out in the 1500m and provided the team with second-place points with a 4:36.02 finish - an outstanding achievement considering she had put in 25 gruelling laps the day before.

Emily Freeman was the only winner for Wakefield following a tremendous tussle with GB international sprinter Domita Benjamin. Freeman held her form to win the 100m in 12.1 secs (+0.3m/s head wind) from Benjamin (12.2 secs).

Helen Taylor threw 50m but the hammer landed outside the sector lines. She secured third place, however, with a throw of 47.73m.

Fiona Westwood jumped 5.59m to claim second in the long jump, and Nicole Crosby netted another second for the team in the 200m, beaten by Nicole Bowring of Windsor who clocked 24.5 secs (-0.4m/s). Crosby clocked 25.0 secs dead.

Clare Sykes had to double up with outings in both the 400m and 800m.She finished third in the 800m in 2:19.02 with very little time to recover after the one-lap race.

Ruth Dales had to tackle a strong -1.8m/s head wind in the 100m hurdles but clocked 15.2 secs for third behind Pearce(Huntingdon) in 15.0 secs.

Julia Sykes' versatility in the throws ensured she claimed valuable points in the discus, shot and javelin.

Individual results:
100m 1st Emily Freeman 12.1 secs; 200m 2nd Nicole Crosby 25.0 secs; 400m 7th Clare Sykes 62.6 secs; 800m 3rd Clare Sykes 2:19.02; 1500m Penny Thackray 4:36.02; 3000m 4th Sharon Marshall 10:39.00; 100m hurdles 3rd Ruth Dales 15.2 secs; 400m hurdles 4th Tracy Hilton 67.7 secs; high jump 8th Kelly Brow 1.45m; long jump 2nd Fiona Westwood 5.59m; triple jump 6th Kelly Brow 10.92m; pole vault 3rd Vicki Mills 2.30m; discus 7th Julia Sykes 24.80m; hammer 3rd Helen Taylor 47.73m; javelin 6th Julia Sykes 25.96m; shot 7th Julia Sykes 9.44m.

Relays: 4x100m 2nd 48.7 secs; 4x400m 6th 4:04.09.

Match result:
1st Windsor, Slough and Eton 143pts
2nd Wakefield DHAC 87pts
3rd City of Norwich 87pts
4th Newham and Essex 74.5pts
5th Thames Valley H 73pts
6th Huntingdon 65.5pts
7th Peterborough AC 62pts
8th Bedford AC