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Pair pick up slack to net team bronze

PUBLISHED: 11:08 05 June 2008 | UPDATED: 13:20 05 October 2010

By PHIL RAVITZ VICTORIA Park and Tower Hamlets finished a creditable third in last weekend s opening Southern League women s Divison Two North meeting at Cambridge. The East End club trailed runners-up Ipswich by only four points and were just 24 behind

By PHIL RAVITZ

VICTORIA Park and Tower Hamlets finished a creditable third in last weekend's opening Southern League women's Divison Two North meeting at Cambridge.

The East End club trailed runners-up Ipswich by only four points and were just 24 behind victorious host club Cambridge and Coleridge, but team manager Alf Vickers believes there is more to come from his squad.

"While we did creditably to finish third, we want to be in the top two and out of this division by the end of the season," said Vickers. "We need the better competition of the top two divisions.''

Victoria Park and Tower Hamlets took an under-strength team to the varsity city for the 10-club meet on Saturday and they were particularly short on numbers in the distance running events.

With the club's two regular distance runners both absent through injury, it was left to two stalwarts of the team - Jo Ward and Anna Fake - to answer the call.

In a remarkable effort, the duo ran an amazing 12 events between them to help ensure the team's bronze position.

Ward competed in seven - the discus, the hammer, the 800m, 1,500m, 3,000m steeplechase and both relays.

Fake was content with just the pole vault, the 800m, 1,500m, 3,000m and the 4x400m relay.

"Without them we would have been nowhere. It was a Herculean effort by both of them and helped us to third place,'' added Vickers.

The Victoria Park and Tower Hamlets women will next be in Southern League action at Ipswich on Saturday on June 28.


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