Eight Wimborne athletes travelled to Cardiff for the South West
England Indoor Championships. Of our athletes only Ben Butcher had
previous experience of an indoor meeting. The weekend brought
torrential rainfall and despite our lot being hardy souls, they must
have been grateful of a roof over their heads for once! Not all
venues we compete at are in tip-top condition, but this one was a
real wow. There was a busy schedule of events with lots of athletes
– the officials ran a tight ship. How would our guys cope, what
with their lack of experience indoors, plus the fact that all bar
two (Ben Butcher and Caitlyn Hooper) were competing at the bottom of
The first event of the day was the under-13 boys 1500m and we had
Matthew Lissenburg representing us in this one. What we saw
certainly dispelled any fears that our guys would be overawed by the
environment, in fact quite the opposite! Matthew led his heat for
much of the race and ultimately had to settle for second place. He
won a silver medal in the South West England Championships in his
first ever 1500m race – indoors or out! This performance certainly
raised spirits within the camp. Matthew’s was the first of many WAC
medallists on the day.
Ben Butcher (U13B) did have previous indoors experience. ‘Klondyke’
Ben was a one-man gold rush. He took the top spot in the South West
Champs for 60m (a new PB of 8.68), 60m hurdles (new PB 11.34) and
long jump. Three events, three gold medals and two PBs. ‘Tidy’, as
they say in this part of the world!
WAC’s jumps coach Lorraine Winton was in
attendance to watch not just Ben, but also
Charlotte Ayton in the U17W long jump and Caitlyn Hooper in the U17W
triple jump. Her athletes delivered her a hat-trick of jump gold
medals. Charlotte having taken gold in the long jump, then competed
in the 60m for the first time and was second in her heat with a time
Also out in the field was Abbie Lovering who threw a 6.84m shot
putt. Abbie’s main events are on the track, and it was there that
she got amongst the medals. As is often the case, she provided us
with a thrilling spectacle in her track race, taking a heat win in
the 800m by a tenth of a second. Abbie claimed a bronze South West
England medal for this performance.
Jack Moss-Willcox was drawn in a tough heat in the U15B 800m. The
formbook and recorded PBs for those he was racing against suggested
that he would be at the back, but as so often happens, this proved
not to be the case. Jack came within tenths of improving on
his PB over the distance - he clocked
Johnson can go home with his head held high too. Two South West
England U17 bronze medals (800 & 1500) and a brace of new PBs to go
with them! His times were 2:15.31 and 4:34.14 respectively.
Caitlin Rogers doubled up in both 800 and 1500 also. Her 800 heat
was a thriller. Having led all the way she was passed coming off
the final bend, only to re-take the lead on the home straight.
Caitlin claimed a South West England Indoor Championships bronze
medal for that performance; she was just outside the medal positions
for her 1500.
It had been a hugely successful and enjoyable day in Cardiff with
every single one of our eight athletes able to take something
positive from the experience.
results from the South West Indoor Championships can be found at