Jumping Julia is best for the ladies

A WINNING high jump performance from Julia Machin helped Newham & Essex Beagles women s team to third at Bedford in their second League meeting of the season last Saturday. Machin cleared 1.75m to claim victory as Charis O Connor made it a double after wi

A WINNING high jump performance from Julia Machin helped Newham & Essex Beagles women's team to third at Bedford in their second League meeting of the season last Saturday.

Machin cleared 1.75m to claim victory as Charis O'Connor made it a double after winning the B event with a clearance of 1.70m.

Looking to improve on the sixth place finish they registered at Havering Mayesbrook early last month, Beagles made an excellent start with Paula Peaty finishing second in the A hammer with a new PB and club record of 45.81 meters. She was ably supported by Jo Bennett who was third in the B event with 36.24m.

In the pole vault, Melissa Strevens equalled her PB of 2.80m for fourth place, while in the B event Kelly Montgomery recorded 2.50m for second. Machin came fourth in the long jump with 5.59m, paired with Rochelle Jones, a last minute stand in, who finished third in the B event with 4.60m.


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The first track event saw Kristie Leybourne run the A 800m for fifth place in two minutes 19.82 seconds and Adele Stach-Kavitz in the B finish fifth in 2.43.32.

Next was the 100m with Claire Spurway coming second in the A with 12.26 and Tope Faith/Nuga first in a new PB of 12.03.

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The triple jump saw Rochelle Jones third after leaping 10.98m and Kelly Montgomery replicating that finish in the B event with 9.01m.

Leigh Lennon claimed first place with 56.48 in the A 400m and Ashleigh Williams finished fourth in the B with 1.00.42.

In the 100m hurdles, Helen Morton was fourth in the A with a time of 15.63 and Kelly Montgomery came fourth in the B event with 19.36. The 200m saw Susannah Banjo thrust into the A race, coming fourth in 25.74 and Tope Faith/Nuga first in the B in a new PB of 24.98.

In the discus, Charisse Tapang threw 33.42m for sixth place and Jo Bennett threw 23.23m for fifth in the B. At the same time on the track Kristie Leybourne was seventh in the A 1,500m in 5.02.77 and in her first race for the club at this level, Vanita Dabhi was second B in 5.18.61.

The last two field events saw Jo Bennett come second in the shot with 11.91m and Julia Machin finished third in the B event 11.02m.

The last individual track event before the relays saw Adele Stach-Kavitz in the 3,000m finish sixth in 12.06.00.

As usual, the relays are always the last events, the 4x100 saw Rochelle Jones, Claire Spurway, Susannah Banjo and Tope Faith/Nuga winning in a time of 47.87 - a new club record. The final race of the day saw Helen Morton, Ashleigh Williams, Susannah Banjo and Leigh Lennon run an excellent race in a winning time of 3.53.98.

When all the points were totalled up Newham and Essex Beagles finished in third place with 181 points.

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