Athletics: Newham & Essex Beagles team manager Tim Mundle praises team’s commitment after UK Athletics League opener in Wigan
PUBLISHED: 09:30 09 May 2017
Beagles finished fifth on day after making long trip to North West
Newham & Essex Beagles team manager Tim Mundle was pleased with the team’s commitment after placing fifth in the opening UK League Division Two match in Wigan.
Beagles took an impressive contingent to the North West considering the hefty mileage and were rewarded with three wins on the day.
And Mundle believes the results on the day were testament to the commitment of the squad for making the long trip north.
“I can only be full of praise for those who travelled up to Wigan, both the athletes and the officials, for giving up their weekend,” he said.
“It was always going to be tough as we had to drag people away from London and didn’t get back until midnight on Sunday.
“It was a pleasing start and something we can build on over the course of the rest of the season.”
One of the Beagles wins went to Emily Bullis, who clocked seven minutes 28 seconds to win the 2000m steeplechase.
And though Mundle was happy with Bullis’ return to action, he revealed the Beagles athlete had a slice of luck in the win.
“The leader was about half a lap in front of Emily when she tripped and fell and couldn’t continue,” he added.
“But it was the first race back for Emily in almost 18 months, so it was a very pleasing run from her.
“There were also some other great performances from Grace Jenkins, who threw a new best of 42.29 in the hammer, and Zoe Thompson, who set a new best of 57.82 in the 400m.
“Natalie Traylen managed to get eight points for us on the day and without that, we would have finished sixth.”
Beagles also took a clean sweep of the triple jump events with Rochelle Jones (11.18m) taking the ‘A’ string and Victoria Oshunremi (11.04) taking the ‘B’ event.
And Mundle was again pleased the commitment from the duo was rewarded with victories in Wigan.
“Rochelle had to come back from warm weather training to compete, while Victoria had to come from university in Sheffield, but both efforts were appreciated,” he said.
“They both seemed to go further last year in Division Three, so hopefully there is more to come from them this season.”
Also in action for Beagles were Jasmin Okoye, Kehinde Ademola, Ademede Ademuyewo, Ginare Luknyte, Adele Stach-Keviiz, Temi Erinoso, Emma Nwodor, Stephanie Ugbo and Holly Thomas.
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