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Chairman’s Report 2008 – ‘People Make Clubs’

One overriding impression of the club’s year is that there seems to be more people about. In part this is down to the excellent work done by Trudi Carter and her team in bringing more young athletes to the club on a Saturday morning and the mini competitions that have been putting on. It is also a feature of Road Running where the number of active runners keeps on growing down to the active support of Jerry Shield and Ian Kennedy. That we were able to put 60 volunteers to work helping with the highly successful Wimborne 10, and run teams as well says a lot for the commitment and enthusiasm within and surrounding the club.

We even managed nine people at a committee meeting this year where in the past it has been reduced to three or four. The Committee must be thanked by everyone for the work that they put in, and special mention (and a round of applause) needs to go to Glyn Davies and Richard Nunn for their work in gaining the Clubmark award. Richard is also to receive an award for his work  as an official and administrator for club and county from the South West arm of UK Athletics.

We have a world record holder in Roz Hutton and a host of athletes ranked in the region and nationally. In that respect we can congratulate Kyle Wilson in the sprints and Hannah Winton who is the top ranked Under-15 triple jumper in the UK. Our other rankings are listed in the Autumn/Winter Wimborne A.C. News – (accessible on the website). 

In team competitions there was success for Team Dorset to which a number of our young athletes contributed, Divisional winners in the Young Athletes League with our partners Poole AC and Dorchester AC. In the South West League we made our presence felt but we still need athletes in numbers to make a lasting impression. The Southern Men’s and Southern Women’s teams both struggled. In all these senior leagues we lack throwers and that is something that we need to address.

On the roads and in cross-country the level of support remains high and in a new venture this year we are also tackling the Hampshire Cross-Country League. The Ridgeway relays proved highly successful for the club – a triumph of logistics as well as good running.

Our thanks to Ed Arnold who has decided to step down as Secretary to devote all his time to coaching. The role of Secretary is not unduly onerous and would suit anyone who likes to communicate.

Thank you to everyone for their support.  Lets go and make 2009 even better.

Peter Impett
Club Chairman

 

 
 
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