Kathryn wins Gold at University Championships
After a 3 week warm weather training in Portugal Kathryn Woodcock was well prepared for the British University Championship in Bedford last weekend. On Sunday Kathryn was faced with blustery cold Bedford weather for the qualifying round of the discus, but managed to qualify with a throw of 46.28m which was well passed the automatic qualifying of 45m. In fact she was the only athlete to make the tough automatic qualifying standard. Mondays weather brought more blustery cold and rainy weather which made throwing conditions very tricky but Kathryn's opening throw of 47.02m dominated the rest of the competition throughout. She then improved this further with her final throw of 47.64m to secure her first BUCS Gold medal. A previous Radley AC member Christina Nick pulled out an excellent throw of 43.02m in the sixth round of the same competition to secure her a silver medal ahead of Adele Nicoll with 42.06m. Kathryn thanked Kevin O'Hara her Radley AC coach and David Parker her Loughborough university coach for their help and ongoing support.
Also taking part were the following Radley athletes: Gina Sunderland who made her return after a break from the sport but unfortunaltey dnf her 100mH race but managed to help her Cardiff Met 4x400m team into the final and rand the final leg for 5th place. Eima Meade representing Sheffield competed in the 100m and 200m and despite good performances in both (Despite tyhe strong headwinds) was not able to make it through the heats to the semi final stages. Hayley Perrin competed in the LJ and relays.