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Community Covenant Open Meeting – Blandford – 21 May 2013

The club comes together to stage a hugely enjoyable evening of athletics.

Wimborne AC held an open/invitation meeting at Blandford Camp track on Tuesday 21st May with a Community Covenant and the generous permission of the Commandant at Blandford Garrison. We set out to cater for all abilities and age ranges from under-11 through to seniors and veterans. 

The meeting itself was the culmination of activities after a series of Thursday night training sessions throughout the month of May and it was staged during Morrison Cup down time. The Morrison Cup is the major armed forces athletics event of the year at Blandford track and took place over the two days of 21/22 May.

Prior to the event we had more than 50 athletes registered to take part, and even more registered on the night. Many of them were Wimborne AC athletes, and for those new to track & field this meeting provided a perfect introduction to competition. For those ‘old hands’ it was an excellent opportunity to show exactly what they could do. Just how much Trudi Carter has achieved with her ‘North Dorset’ group was evidenced by the number of athletes she was able to bring along to compete. The aim of the meeting was to provide an opportunity for the service community to participate in sporting activity and encourage integration with the local community, and this time around it showed that we have still have more work to do in order to make the most of this. The whole event was such a hugely enjoyable experience, it is hoped that, just like the Morrison Cup itself, the Community Covenant Meeting might also become an annual event.

An impressive list of events was condensed into a three-and-half-hour programme, and the small army of WAC, and other, volunteer officials worked very hard to run a tight ship, it’s to their great credit that so much was packed in and the meeting ran to time.

The track events culminated with an exciting climax of the Club Mile, which formed part of the WAC Roadrunners Club Championship too. The mile race brought together athletes from the roadrunning side of the club with those from a track and field background. In the 20 runners lining up for the mile, there was a massive age-range, with Elise Gill at 12 being the youngest and the ever-sprightly Bob Caines the oldest, at 74. The race winner was Callum Kennedy – who recorded a new PB of 4:46:01, comfortably the quickest of the women was Sharon Hutchings in 5:39:08, which was also a PB. Catching the eye was a thrilling battle between two of our elite road/cross-country seniors, Steve Wyatt and Tjiwolt Wierda, and under-17 hot prospect Josh Downie. The positions of 2nd, 3rd and 4th were not settled until the final home straight when the younger legs won the day in a thrilling finish. Track events were concluded with the always compelling 4 x 100m relays.

Our grateful thanks go to Blandford Garrison for the excellent support and co-operation we received from them throughout. This event would not have been possible, however, without the huge energy, enthusiasm and optimism invested by WAC member, and until last year Athletics Officer at Blandford Garrison, Paul Flavell. A debt of gratitude is due to him for all the work he put in and to those who rallied to the cause to see the whole project through. Well done WACers … can we do this again next year, please!

Full results can be found here



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