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3k podium clean sweep at Black Hill  – 22 September 2018

Ian Kennedy reports from the Black Hill trail races

 And they’re off! The 3k race at Black Hill

We’ve used the well-organised and friendly Black Hill races as our warm-up for the forthcoming cross-country season for the past few years.

The race takes place in a beautiful setting. This year there were swifts swooping over the field where the start line is set up. Word is out about what a good event this is. The draw back to this is that some were caught out as ‘Race full’ notices went up well before race day.

It’s the 3km race where Wimborne athletes dominate. This year our young cross-country racers took all the medals available. Tom Fuller won by a distance. There was a very close battle for the remaining podium places for the boys. Over 3km only 3 seconds separated Jago Smith from Oscar Davis. Of the first six finishers, five were wearing Wimborne red with Tom Williams 5th and Jay Dunn 6th.

Isabella Cox was a clear winner in the girls 3k race. She was a distance ahead of Evie Fuller, Tom’s younger sister, with Ruby Sargeant making it another podium clean sweep. Georgia Slade was our other girl, she may have been 4th girl, we can’t be certain as one runner ahead of her is identified only by an initial and surname.

Two Wimborne runners competed in the 5k. They each claimed 2nd place in female and male categories. Holly Nixon was the first red over the line in this race. Brendan Dunn, Jay’s dad. He was second man, and was using this event as a stepping stone towards his first half marathon in Salisbury.

Josh Jack was quickest WAC runner in the 10k. It was far and away his best performance yet at Bere Regis, and Graham Whiffen was next red home. Like Brendan, Di Jack (Josh’s mum) was also using this race as part of her build-up to a half marathon, in her case the one in Bournemouth. Ian Kennedy was the last of the WAC finishers on the day.

We’re looking forward to returning here in 2019.

3km race (20 finishers)

1 – Tom Fuller – 12:55
2 – Jago Smith – 14:24
3 – Oscar Smith – 14:27
5 – Tom Williams – 14:51
6 – Jay Dunn – 15:01
8 – Isabella Cox – 16:28 – First girl
9 – Evie Fuller – 17:17 – Second girl
10 – Ruby Sargeant – 17:26 – Third girl
14 – Georgia Slade – 19:35

5km race (20 finishers)

2 – Holly Nixon – 27:17 – Second female
5 – Brendan Dunn – 31:37 – Second male

10km race (276 finishers)

50 – Josh Jack – 51:28
84 – Graham Whiffen – 55:19
201 – Di Jack – 69:47
240 – Ian Kennedy – 77:09



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