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Black Hill course record for Charlie – 24 September 2017

Ian Kennedy reports from the Black Hill races at Bere Regis

A dominant performance from Wimborne’s athletes in the 3k

For the third year in succession we’ve used the Black Hill races as our final warm-up for the new cross-country season.  The event is well-organised, friendly and quite challenging.  With memories from the past two years, it wasn’t too difficult to get WACers to sign up.  In the past few years the popularity of the event has grown dramatically, and the ‘SOLD OUT’ sign had to go up a few weeks before the event for the 5k and 10k races.  It’s one of those races that once you’ve done it you’re very likely to return.  Unfortunately this meant we had a few who tried to enter and were unsuccessful.

The 3k boys’ race was won by Charlie Davies; he knocked 16 seconds off the course record, set by his good friend and team mate Ben Martin last year.  For the second year in a row Tom Fuller took second place, but improved on his time significantly.  The podium was completed by Joel Green who’s heading into the new cross-country season in fine form.  Archie Downie and Tom Williams were both making WAC debuts and performed well to finish as 10th and 11th boys.  Wimborne’s girls also made a clean sweep of the podium with Sarah Graham, Iris Courtney and Abbi Slade claiming 1st, 2nd and 3rd respectively.  It really was an awesome WAC result; of the first 20 finishers (boys and girls), 18 of them were from Wimborne AC.  Results for the 3k can be found here:


There was no male interest in the 5k for Wimborne AC, but the girls were fantastic here with another clean sweep for the Thursday night training squad with Maddy Johnson, Holly Nixon and Amy Mercer 1st, 2nd and 3rd.  This was a seniors’ race and there were only two men quicker than those three.  Also banking a useful workout was Tina Mercer and Di Jack who came in 7th and 8th women.  Results from the 5k can be found here:


By far the best subscribed race on the day was the 10k with 275 finishers, amongst them 11 WACers.  Three of our men finished in the top 20 – Simon Davis, Tony Watts and Jerry Shield.  Our top two women came in within six seconds apart – Karila Faulkner and Jess Kennedy.  Wendy Kennedy was WAC’s 3rd lady.  Results from the 10k can be found here:



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