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WAC’s record breakers on Black Hill – 25 September 2016

The joint start for the seniors 5k/10k race

Ian Kennedy reports from Bere Regis

This is our second year at the Black Hill Run, the race itself was first established in 2012.  With a junior race, a 5k, and a 10k this friendly and well-run multi-terrain event in the Dorset countryside is a perfect transition race to get us from the track races to cross-country.  On this evidence we are raring to go for the new season.  The sun shone, the Wimborne banner was hoisted, and our ‘athletes’ village’ erected.  We were ready!

The first race of the day was the juniors’ 3k.  There were 18 finishers (9 boys and 9 girls), eight of those were WACers or those due to sign up on 1 October in time for the new XC season.  WAC’s Ben Martin was the convincing winner … he set a new course record on his way to victory.  His team mates – Tom Fuller, new boy Joe Goodwin and Jay Dunn – claimed 2nd, 3rd and 4th.  The race is for those 9-14 years and naturally Ben was first 13 year-old, with Tom first 12 year-old and Jay first 11 year-old.

For the girls’ we had a 1-2 with ‘new kid on the block’ Abbi Slade victorious with Ella Jeffery as runner-up.  Amelia Chaffey was 4th (and she was also the fastest 10 year-old from either girls or boys), with Grace Chaffey claiming 5th.

For the joint start of 5k/10k race there were around 250 runners.  Most WACers entered the 5k and we came away with some pretty extraordinary results.  Michael Johnson won the men’s race with a new course record and we had a 1-2-3 in the women’s event.  Winner Hannah Slater won with another course record, with team mates Emma Martin and Holly Nixon claiming the other podium positions.

Also impressing was, another newcomer, Seth Lake in 5th, and Ben Harwood 9th man.  Demi-Marie Goddard was 6th woman.  Josh Jack will eventually get this one right, for the second year in a row he took a wrong turn and ended up doing part of the 10k course, so with a third of the race distance to complete he found himself at the back where he tore through the backmarkers, me amongst them, until he caught his mum, Di, and they crossed the line together.  Di’s performance is a remarkable achievement as she’s had to fight to regain her fitness these past 12 months.

We didn’t have too many in the senior 10k race, a factor was a fixture clash with a Dorset Road Race League event at Hoburne.  Long standing WAC cross-country runner Graham Whiffen came 39th and Karila Faulkner was 27th woman, 92nd overall in what I believe is Karila’s Wimborne AC debut.  Hopefully this will be the first of many!

That wasn’t quite it, as after the 5k and 10k runners set off there was a Cani-cross race featuring ten dogs won by ‘Skye’.

The Black Hill Run is a fabulous event, but the distances stated in race titles must be treated only as a guide!  Add this one to your calendar for next year.


Overall results for Wimborne athletes:

Junior 3k boys (9 finishers)
1 – Ben Martin – 12:56 New Course Record
2 – Tom Fuller – 13:08
3 – Joe Goodwin – 14:25
4 – Jay Dunn – 14:48

Junior 3k girls (9 finishers)
1 – Abbi Slade – 16:26
2 – Ella Jeffery – 16:44
4 – Amelia Chaffey – 17:15
5 – Grace Chaffey – 18:00

Seniors 5k (overall placings) – 59 finishers
1 – Michael Johnson – 23:43 New Course Record
5 – Seth Lake – 26:43
7 – Hannah Slater – 27:06 (F1)
New Course Record
9 – Emma Martin – 27:46 (F2)
11 – Holly Nixon – 28:08 (F3)
14 – Ben Harwood – 28:51
19 – Demi-Marie Goddard – 32:14
33 – Di Jack – 38:40
34 – Josh Jack – 38:44
37 – Ian Kennedy – 39:54

Seniors 10k – 190 finishers
39 – Graham Whiffen – 52:01
92 – Karila Faulkner – 59:53

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