Harriers’ heroics ensure survival on final day

Hayley Jones

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WIGAN Harriers avoided relegation in their final UK Women’s Division 1 League meeting of the season on Saturday.

The Harriers were at the foot of the table at the start of the day, but beat the drop after a fantastic team effort.

Harriers’ coach Margaret Grayston said: “It was absolutely brilliant! To be honest we thought we might have been going down looking at the table before the meeting. It’s a tough league.

“It was very windy and wet. Hayley Jones did brilliantly to win her race; she was running into a minus five wind!”

Jones won both her 100m and 200m races in times of 12.01s and 23.84s which were made all the more impressive by the difficult conditions.

Heavy showers along with strong winds ensured that the athletes were in for a tough time on the slippery track and the rain did no favours for those taking part in the field events.

Rachel Williamson took first place in the triple jump with a leap of 11.47m, while Samantha Fraser was a joint winner in the high jump event after her leap of 1.60m. However, it is believed that there may have been an error with the scoring of the event and that Fraser may in fact be the sole winner.

Grayston said: “The rain was only on for ten minutes at a time but because of that the landing mat for Samantha was absolutely soaked. We’ll know in a couple of weeks if she was the only winner. It didn’t help Rachel and Kelly Hilton either who had to jump in the middle of a downpour.”

Remarkably, Micaela Brindle competed in the 200m and long jump after only recently undergoing surgery on her nose to aid her breathing, while another impressive feat was a personal best for Lisa Grimes in the 3000m.

She knocked a massive 17 seconds off her previous best with a time of 12:07.33s.

Grayston wished to offer her congratulations to the squad.

She added: “Everybody performed really well, they all did their best. I know a couple went out to celebrate on Saturday night.”