Blackheath & Bromley Harriers make history with first ever women’s league tie

PUBLISHED: 09:48 08 August 2013 | UPDATED: 09:48 08 August 2013

Saturday saw a small piece of athletics history as Blackheath & Bromley Harriers hosted the first ever UK women’s league match at Norman Park.

It had the right result as well, with the hosts avoiding relegation from the Premier Division.

With the top 8 teams in the country competing, it was always going to be a tough match but this did not stop internationals Serita Solomon and Izzy Jeffs winning the 100m hurdles and javelin competitions with performances of 13.29s and 47.46s respectively.

The javelin provided one of the other dramas of the day as the meeting was held up when one of the officials was speared in the leg.

Also in the field Shaunagh Brown scored big points in the throws with runner-up spots in both the shot and hammer with distances of 15.96m and 60.62m. She was also fifth in the discus with 47.92m.

It was a difficult day for Montell Douglas who was disqualified for a false start in the 100m and then picked up an injury running the non-scoring race.

Although they were some way off winning their events, both Danielle Critchley and Kate Curran achieved personal bests.

Danielle timed 2.14.59s in the 800m while Kate improved to 4.36.83s in the 1500m.

In the field Jackie Montgomery also set a new best in the pole vault, clearing 2.50m to finish second in the B string competition.

Super vet Clare Elms showed again why she has been such an important higher claim athlete this season as she ran both the 800m and 3000m, setting a seasons best of 2.17.81s in the former.

Earlier this year she broke Jennie Butler’s over 35s 1500m club record and Jennie also exceeded her previous record with 4.52.63s.

Seasons bests were also achieved by Savannah Echel Thompson (400m), Serita Solomon (200m), Christine Lyston (high jump) and Rachel Arnheim (pole vault).

It was, however, a very close match and as the afternoon neared its close Shaftesbury Barnet, who at the start of the day were in a relegation position, led by a small margin.

This would have meant Blackheath & Bromley would have been relegated.

Thankfully a shuffling of the match positions saw Shaftesbury slip from the top and B&B’s sixth place meant they finished in fifth for the season.

There were more celebrations for the senior men’s team who won their British athletics League division two match at Allianz Park, in Copthall. This not only saw them promoted, but promoted as champions.

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