Wimborne claim their first
race win of the season.
Avon Heath kicked off our
Wessex League season, and the conditions were pretty decent for running
in. Although we were not officially the host club, as we are based
nearer to the course than other teams, we took on responsibilities for
marking up the course in the morning and marshalling the route. Very
many thanks to all who stepped forward to help. It was encouraging to
see an improved turnout for the races, with some new clubs represented
and other clubs returning after a spell away.
The route is one of the
more interesting ones to run over, and although there are no serious
climbs, the different surfaces and the many tree roots can catch out the
unwary as a couple of our runners were to discover.
The Wessex League gives us
a great opportunity to blood new runners. A big reward for WAC from this
meeting was the number of cross-country debutants we fielded 7 in all.
One change from last season was to the race timetable with the
under-17s right through to the veterans running together in the first
race of the day, prior to working our way through the junior programme.
Midday came and the
under-17s, Seniors and Veterans (men and women) 62 runners all lined
up. The under-17s and the ladies had one big double loop to run, while
the men had two double-loops to cover. The first runners to cross the
finish line were the under-17 men. Mendip ACs Keiran Young, with WACs
Callum Kennedy taking second place. Keiran is one of the best young
endurance runners in the south-west and he will give Callum a
challenging target to work at over the coming season.
Also doing the 4600m
distance were our ladies. First WACer in was the flying Lynn Hutchings
who claimed an excellent 3rd place (1st vet).
Backing Lynn up was Trudi Carter, who it was great to welcome back into
the XC team. Claiming our third scoring place was Paula Hine, who went
on to perform a key role warming up our juniors for their races later in
the day. Lisa Copeland made her XC debut, and despite taking a tumble
out on the course she managed a big smile for the camera prior to
reaching the finish line. We look forward to seeing what Lisa can do
when she can stay upright!
The men of course had
another lap to complete and Mark Copeland was first WACer home, proving
that his debut race in the Hampshire League was no flash in the pan.
Next in was WACs Mr Cross-Country Graham Whiffen, with Gerry
Hutchings claiming the final scoring place for the team. Then it was
Paul Hine with a much improved run since Farley Mount, and he was
followed in by debutant Tom Collis and, returning from serious injury,
With the seniors done and
dusted the junior programme started with the under-11s race. We had
three runners out there, debutants Becky Kent and Bethan Burley
alongside old hand Pippa Hine. The girls scored 6th in the
team results (despite competing against boys teams and mixed teams).
Next up was the under-13s
race (boys and girls), it was great to look along the start line and see
so many red shirts there, seven in all.
Come on you
reds!; Jamie Brash, Piers Copeland, Abi Deeble, Maddy Diment,
Scarlett Goldsack, Grace Copeland and Abbie
Much like Callum, Piers
Copelands nemesis wears the colours of Mendip AC Mark Bailey. These
two fine young runners know each other well having been involved in some
ding-dong battles on the track over the summer. This time Piers had to
settle for second, but if he can maintain his commitment in training,
the races are there to be won. Jamie Brash was our other under-13 boy,
he was just back from a ski-ing holiday at what was the end of an
exhausting week. He turned in a suitably gritty performance.
The under-13 girls ran
concurrently with the boys. In Abbie Hine we had some experience,
alongside debutants, Scarlett Goldsack, Abi Deeble and Maddy Diment.
Grace Copeland has been running so well in the schools XC races recently
that special dispensation was sought, and granted, to bump her up an age
group, so she lined up in this race too. Abbie and Grace took the race
by the throat and recorded a superb 1-2. They shared the same time, with
Abbie being credited with the win. They were more than 20 seconds ahead
of the third place finisher. With quality performances from our young
debutants it meant that Wimborne took first place in the team scores in
this age group.
Abbie and Grace
heading for a superb 1-2
The final race of the day
was the under-15s, which we were down on numbers for. Ryan Walbridge
recorded a third place, and looks to be running back into form. Team
mate Alex Diment, who performed so well at Farley Mount, was in the wars
a little. Like Lisa he took a tumble over the tricky terrain, but
doggedly picked himself up and got the job done.
Most unusually we were only
able to field one under-15 girl, Sharon Hutchings. Sharon finished
mid-field this time around, but watch out there is more to come from
All in all a very pleasing
day, sadly we had a few missing team members who were away (the event
took place over the half term). This meant that we were unable to field
complete teams in some age categories where we might otherwise have
expected to. Hopefully we can have a full complement of runners for our
next Wessex League race at Salisbury on Sunday 28 November.
WACers times and results were:
Under-17 Boys (3 finishers)
2 Callum Kennedy 17:46
Senior Women (21 finishers) 4th
team, 2nd Vets team
3 Lynn Hutchings 19:50
10 Trudi Carter 22:24
20 Paula Hine 26:47
21 Lisa Copeland 29:53
Senior Men (36 finishers) 6th
team, 5th Vets team
17 Mark Copeland 39:15
19 Graham Whiffen 40:14
25 Gerry Hutchings 42:43
26 Paul Hine 43:15
30 Tom Collis 46:09
31 Daryl Davies 46:50
Under-11 (33 finishers) 6th
18 Becky Kent 5:54 (6th
21 Bethan Burley 6:05 (9th girl)
22 Pippa Hine 6:06 (10th girl)
Under-13 Girls (15 finishers) 1st
1 Abbie Hine 11:14
2 Grace Copeland 11:14
8 Scarlett Goldsack 12:54
10 Abi Deeble 13:06
13 Maddy Diment 15:00
Under-13 Boys (15 finishers)
2 Piers Copeland 10:05
12 Jamie Brash 12:02
Under-15 Girls (14 finishers)
8 Sharon Hutchings 18:12
Under-15 Boys (9 finishers)
3 Ryan Walbridge 14:56
9 Alex Diment 18:22
Full results for the Wessex League
will be found at