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Glorious Grace grabs personal best for Beagles ladies

PUBLISHED: 17:30 08 June 2018

Grace Jenkins of Newham & Esex Beagles

Grace Jenkins of Newham & Esex Beagles

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Battling display by the Newham women helps them to third place

Beagles Zoe ThompsonBeagles Zoe Thompson

Newham & Essex Beagles began their new UK Women’s League season with a battling third place on Sunday at Bedford.

Tim Mundle’s team fought valiantly with many doubling up on events, but in the end, absentees cost them an even higher placing.

“It was a good day for us,” said Mundle. “We had three or four drop out in the week before the meeting, but that happens to every team.

“The important thing is that the girls rallied round to cover as many events as they could – I was very pleased with them.”

The coach was keen to emphasise the team spirit within the group rather than individual success, but there were some fine performances.

Grace Jenkins threw a new personal best in the discus of 44.63 metres to win, while she also scored points in the shot and B hammer, where Katie Head was third in the A.

“The hammer was top quality,” said Mundle. “Katie threw over 59 metres and was still only third.”

There were second and third places for sprinters Tayla Carter and Jazmin Whitehead-Shakes, while Zoe Thompson was a fine second in the 200m, before the three combined with Victoria Oshunremi to take a superb relay win.

Oshunremi was also second in the long jump and third in the B shot and the A triple jump, where Rochelle Jones took the B event honours.

It was another excellent day for Emma Nwofor who won the sprint hurdles and long jump and was also third in the high jump.

“Emily Bullis did really well considering she has been away from us for a couple of years,” said Mundle. “She ran the steeplechase and managed an excellent second and a new PB by about nine seconds.”

New girl Kelly Thorneycroft also had a good day in the 3,000m, finishing second to leave Mundle confident.

“I think it bodes well for the future,” he said. “I feared the worst earlier in the week, but we performed well.”

The second of the three matches in the league is at Liverpool on July 7.

Match Score: Wigan Harriers 214; Herts Phoenix 199.5; BEAGLES 180; Bedford 163; Sheffield 159.5; Milton Keynes 158; Bristol 153; Victoria Park 122.

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