Happy Gilmore leads ladies to victory

Emma Gilmore
Emma Gilmore
Tom Miller helped City of Portsmouth impress again. Picture: Paul Smith

City of Portsmouth performance fitting for big occasion

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City of Portsmouth got their Southern Women’s League campaign off to a flier with a comfortable win.

Dave Churcher’s squad delivered victory on their first senior division one outing of the season in blustery conditions in Kingsmeadow.

City may have been short of athletes because of unavailability but that didn’t stop them cruising to victory with a total of 107.5 points.

That was well clear of nearest rivals Yeovil & Wells in second place, who collected 78.5 points.

Emma Gilmore delivered a day of impressive performances as she recorded a new personal best on the way to second in the 400m.

Gilmore clocked a time of 58.6sec to finish second in the A string in her first year as an under-20.

She later produced an outstanding final leg in the 4x400m as she pulled in a deficit of 30m to get the win on the line.

Gilmore, who clocked a time of 57.6, was joined in the team by Chloe Campbell, Claire Netley and Jess Shuttleworth.

A host of maximums were collected on the track with the likes of Sam Vaile, Jess Chen and Hollie Fudge winning.

Vaile won the 200m (26.7) and Fudge the B string in 27.6.

Fudge was also a 100m B winner (13.1), with Vaile second in the A string (12.7).

Chen and Charon Baggaley (B string) were victorious over 3,000m with fine displays.

Chen also delivered in the 1,500m, with Tracy Burrows a B winner.

Jayne Anscombe came up with a strong display over 800m to win in a time of 2min 41.0sec.

Throws were covered by Irish Sirmons and Ros Humby as they picked up maximum points in the shot.

Sirmons was also a winner for her team in the discus with a throw of 33.40m.

Sophie Millet cleared 2.90m in the pole vault to finish second, with Lynne Newton joint first in the B string.

Vaile, Fudge, Millett and Netley were second in the 4x100m before City grabbed the 4x400m win.

Coach Churcher was delighted the squad have thrown down a marker with their opening-day win.

He said: ‘It was a good all round performance, especially as there were windy conditions – which made it really hard for the jumps.

‘It was good to see youngsters like Emma Gilmore do so well and Jess Chen do well on the track when she normally focuses on other things.

‘Emma did a terrific split for the 4x400m and made up a lot of ground.

‘Overall, it was a good day of results, a good effort from everyone involved and a pleasing win.’