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WAC win at Ashdown – 14 July 2013

Peter Impett reports from Wessex Young Athletes League

Wimborne AC confirmed their position as the leading Dorset team in the Wessex Young Athletes League at Ashdown on Sunday with good points advantage over second-placed Poole AC and fourth-placed Poole Runners. The match took place in searing heat keeping team managers and first aiders busy.

There were a host of highlights for the club. Under-17 Abbie Hine  broke the women’s club record for 1500m with a run of 4m53.6.  In the under-11s Quadkids event Erin Thickett broke the league 75 metre record with 11 seconds dead.  She went on to win the under-11s event outright just three points ahead of Abbie Lovering whose main points score came in the 600 metres with a time of 1m58.6. The girls won the team event. Ben Butcher was fifth overall in the boys.

However, in the main league event it was the boys rather than the girls who brought in most of the points.  Liam Murphy-Parry produced a storming run to win the 800 in 2.22.8. Rob Hughes won the B-string and was busy scoring the points winning the A race in the 75 hurdles and the B-string high jump.  Elliott Symes won the 1500m in 5.00.1 and the shot with 6m65. Daniel Hamilton won the high jump with 1m35 and Ben Holland the long jump with 4m55, he was also second in the 100 metres with 14.2. Nathan Hellier won the B-string hurdles, Zach Fenwick won the B-string shot and was second in the discus. Alex Long, surely one of the club’s most-improved athletes, took second place in the javelin with 22m99.

Race of the day was surely the 80 metre hurdles for under-15s which featured two finalists from the English Schools Championships. Ryan Long lost out to Lewis Shepherd of Poole AC for the second time but still recorded an exceptional 11.7. Ryan was also second in the 100m in 11.8 and 29.60 in the javelin.  Piers Copeland cruised to a win in the 1500m with a fine time of 4.30.8 and Joe Miles doubled up by winning the B-string with 4.43.9. Joe was also second in the high jump with 1m55 and won the B-string shot with 7m98.  Ross Crabbe produced three second places and good points with 25.1 200 metres, a 40.7 300 metres and a 5m29 long jump.  Dominic Flavell won the B hurdles 14.1 and Sam Waker the B long jump with 4m65.

In the under-17s Louis Coppard showed fine form in winning the 400m in 53.3 backed up by Fraser Read in the B-string in 55.8.  Ryan Webb repeated his 1m90 high jump and also took care of the long jump 5m99 and the hurdles backed up in the latter by a Christian Flavell B-string win. Christian was also second in the 100m in 12.6 and won the shot 7m77.  In the middle distance Ryan Walbridge was second in the 800m in 2.07.2 and Jason Sotheran was second in the 1500m in 4.31.3.

All three boys age groups won their sections as did the under-13 girls.  In the first event Ellie Stark stormed to a 12.1 win in the 70metre hurdles and was backed up by Daniella Tomblin in the B-string win of 13.7. Inevitably Grace Copeland was fully engaged and won the 1200m in 3.57.1 and won the B-string javelin with 16m78 behind A-string winner Martha Taylor with 25.10 metres. Rebecca May was second in the high jump 1m25 and Fern Morrison ran an intelligent race to win the B-string 800 in 2.53.2.

In the under-15s Ellie White was a main points provider with a win in the shot 8m73, and discus 21.25 and winning the B-string javelin. Training partner Jess May won the B-string discus 18.99 and was second in the A-string javelin.  Pippa Hine enjoyed the sunshine with a second place 200m in 28.0 and 300m in 46.6.  Kelly Snook was second in the high jump with 1m45.  Caitlyn Hooper was second in the A string long jump on 4m24.



Wimborne AC                                        470
Poole AC                                                400
Marlborough and District                      292
Poole Runners                                       282
Isle of Wight                                            271
Weymouth                                              139

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