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First Hampshire League race of the year  – 12 January 2019

Ian Kennedy reports from Prospect Park

Our under-17 women at Prospect Park – Izzie and Maddy

It’s our longest haul in the Hampshire League, and with the Championship races coming up fast upon us, we’ve found in the past that turn out for this fixture has been down on other races in this league. Although we have the added excuse of the distance we have to travel, the numbers appear to be less than you’d expect from the more local clubs too. This is a shame as Prospect Park provides a great venue for racing (although parking can be a nightmare!). This time around it was a chance to blow out the cobwebs for the junior athletes prior to the Dorset Schools Championships on Thursday.

First to race were our under-11 girls. We had Evie Fuller and Imogen Rawles in red. There’s been little to separate these two all season. By my reckoning they’ve already clocked up eight appearances each in WAC colours over the course of the 2017/2018 season in the leagues we compete in and the South-West Inter-Counties. They were both very well-placed in a big field at Reading. Despite their tender years, we mustn’t underestimate just how well these girls are doing this season.

U11 girls (39 finishers)

7 – Evie Fuller – 10:41
12 – Imogen Rawles – 10:55

Ruby Sargeant in the under-13 girls has also got an impressive record when it comes to competing this season. She’s done all the Wessex races, and she’s only missed one race in the Hampshire League (Wellesley Woods). Unfortunately she was our only representative in the under-13 girls’ race.

U13 girls (61 finishers)

55 – Ruby Sargeant– 14:07

There was a solid team performance from our under-13 boys, led home by Josh Fazakerley. This was easily Archie Cunningham best Hampshire race this season, and Jack Doran had an encouraging race too. We were 7th team on the day.

U13 boys (66 finishers)

37 – Josh Fazakerley – 12:02
41 – Archie Cunningham – 12:16
59 – Jack Doran – 14:02
 

Tom Fuller enjoyed his best Hampshire race of the season so far, with his 13th position, which saw him lead the team home. He was backed up by the ever-dependable Ollie Rawles.

U15 boys (44 finishers)

13 – Tom Fuller – 13:42
35 – Ollie Rawles – 15:14
 

We were delighted to welcome Maddy Johnson back onto the start line. She’s been out injured since mid-December and initially it was feared she may be out for longer. She made a very encouraging return, not fully back up to speed, but 5th nonetheless. This places Maddy 2nd in the league averages for the season. The signs are she’ll soon be back to her best. Maddy had support from Izzie Kingswell-Farr, who completed our finishers.

U17 women (22 finishers)

5 – Maddy Johnson – 15:16
20 – Izzie Kingswell-Farr – 18:45
 

We were one shy of a team in the under-17 boys. The team was led home by Ben Martin, enjoying his best race of the season so far. He was supported by Jack Moss-Willcox in his first Hampshire League race of the season

U17 men (26 finishers)

16 – Ben Martin – 19:47
24 – Jack Moss-Willcox – 21:22
 

Minty Stubbs has clocked up some serious mileage this season to represent Wimborne, she’s based in Oxford. For once she had less distance to travel than anyone else. Her efforts were rewarded with a very respectable 40th in the women’s race, 13th under-20.

Senior women (150 finishers)

40 – Minty Stubbs – 22:36 (13th under-20)
 

It was good to have a full team out for the men’s race. Rob Rawles led the reds home, with Kerry Map just over 20 seconds back. Pete Kingswell-Farr completed the line up, and he is the only senior who’s an ever-present in the Hampshire League this year.

Senior men (207 finishers)

147 – Rob Rawles – 41:59
151 – Kerry Mapp – 42:20
164 – Pete Kingswell-Farr – 43:52
 

The final race of the season in this league will see us return to Dibden Inclosure on 9 February. It’s been three years since the New Forest course has been used.

 

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