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Seventh place for Havering Mayesbrook Athletic ladies

By Brentwood Gazette  |  Posted: July 06, 2012

SPEED: Vicky Smith (left) in action

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SEVENTH place for a depleted Havering Mayesbrook Athletic Club ladies UK Women's League squad at Stevenage on Sunday has set the scene for a tense final fixture as four clubs battle to avoid relegation.

It means that Havering need to beat two of the clubs below them in the final fixture at Bedford on July 28 to retain their Division Two status.

With the team suffering four late key withdrawals through illnesses and injury this match was always going to be tough but the 15 strong squad dug deep to overhaul Milton Keynes at the bottom.

The middle distance events were worst hit and Vicky Smith was the only specialist runner available.

The Birmingham University medical student rose to the occasion to set new lifetime best in both the 800m and 1500m finishing third in both, before almost running herself to exhaustion to place third in the steeplechase.

Life member Ruth O'Sullivan was pressed into service and earned everyone's admiration for her gutsy runs which scored four important points.

Her daughter Katie was second in the B high jump and scored in the hammer and ran a strong 400m relay leg.

Emma Christmas won the B javelin, set a new hammer PB and scored vital 100m points.

Deborah Knight warmed up for her English Schools' Championships debut with her third place javelin finish and Hannah Connor was third in the long jump. Bethan Siddons was delighted to set a season's best in winning the high jump and was close to clearing a new career best. Kate Cowley, who had suffered two broken teeth the week before vaulting at the UK Olympic Trials, showed no fear as she won the vault on count-back and was also second in the triple jump, fourth in the shot and tackled both relays. Leanne Butler equalled her best in placing second in the B vault.

Claire Brennan shrugged off an achilles injury which had hampered her training to finish second in the B sprint hurdles and fourth in the one-lap hurdles.

Chloe van Wulven covered her three events and both relays with her best result being third in the B 400m hurdles.

Siblings Sophie and Erin Baggs added to the points tally in the discus and Basildon's Heidi Nicholas battled hard in both sprints, long jump and relay to add points for the cause, as did Ellie Watson in the triple jump.

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