Girl power helps PAC to third place

Jess Varley.

Jess Varley.

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Very cold and wet conditions greeted Peterborough Athletic Club members who turned out for their opening Southern League Division Three match at St Albans.

The ladies, however, set the track alight with a number of very good early-season performances.

Match result: 1 St Albans 273pts; 2 Orion Harriers 263; 3 Peterborough AC 257pts; 4 Woodford Green with Essex Ladies 202pts; 5 Vale of Aylesbury 198pts; 6 Luton AC 49pts.

Jessica Varley grabbed the win in the A string 3000m and two second places in the 800m and 1500m A races.

Sarah Caskey was second in the A string steeplechase and took first in the 1500m and 3000m B races.

Sam Eve-Marsh and Ellie Forrest bagged maximum points for PAC in the 100m hurdles with Eve-Marsh winning the A race and Forrest the B race and then Forrest, in her first senior team outing, won the A string high jump as well.

Holly Brown was as majestic and dominant as ever in the pole vault, taking the A string win with ease.

Stacy McGivern and Nichola Gibson both ran well in the 400m races. MvGivern grabbed an A string second and Nichola the B string win.

The ever-dominant ladies 4 x 400m team didn’t disappoint – notching up yet another win.

The men fared less well, it must be said.

Only Matthew Dalton grabbed A string wins on the day – comfortably taking both the 110m hurdles and the 400m hurdles.

Steve Robinson did manage a second place in the A string 5000m and a creditable third in the A string 1500m.

The evergreen Karl Eve rolled back the years to clear 2.60m in the pole vault – good enough to take second in the A string.

Club chairman and senior team manager Matthew Dalton commented: “It was great to get the season underway even if the weather conditions were better suited to cross-country!

“The ladies were superb – really raking in the points for us. Considering we were short of athletes in a number of events, third place was a good result.”