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Corfe Mullen Carnival Races – 12 June 2012

The red army is out in force, as our juniors collect silverware.

With the Corfe Mullen 5k nominated as one of the WAC roadrunners club championship races it was always going to be a ‘given’ that there were going to be good numbers of red vests competing on the night – and so it proved.

Proceedings got under way with the 1 mile junior race for those from the ages of eight to thirteen inclusive. In 2011 the Copelands (Piers and Grace) each won the boys and girls races, 12 months on they made it a double. There’s no chance of a hat-trick though, as Piers will be making his presence felt in the senior 5k race next year! These were just two of the many fine performances achieved by our juniors. In a field of 80 runners, four of the first five finishers in the one mile race wore the red of Wimborne. The race’s official website had this to say about our young WACers:

‘Wimborne AC’s dominancy of the junior 1 mile run continued for another year with four of the six awards on offer being won by their highly respected young athletes. First to finish, and retaining his title from last year, was Piers Copeland finishing in a time of 5 minutes and 28 seconds; a time which was just 3 seconds off last year’s best - despite the very soft ground caused by the heavy overnight rain. The second runner to finish was Bournemouth AC’s Glenn Balfour, with Thomas Bourne coming in a close third. In the girl’s race it was Grace Copeland who came in first, equalling her time from last year and retaining her title for another 12 months. Fellow team mate Maddie Williams followed Grace across the line with Alivia Gillard coming in third.’

Here is the full roll of honour:

1 – Piers Copeland 5:28 (1st boy aged 13)
3 – Tom Bourne 5:38 (1st boy aged12)
4 – Joe Miles 5:50 (2nd boy aged13)
5 – Grace Copeland 5:59 (1st girl, 1st girl aged 11)
8 – Tom Boulton 6:08 (3rd boy aged 13)
9 – Maddie Williams 6:09 (1st girl aged 13)
12 – Max Meadwell 6:24 (1st boy aged 9)
13 – Freddie Williams 6:25 (1st boy aged 10)
20 – Bethan Burley 6:44 (1st girl aged 12)
21 – Pippa Hine 6:46 (2nd girl aged 12)
38 – Bethanie Kingswell-Farr 7:39 (1st girl aged 10)
47 – Isabelle Kingswell-Farr 8:19 (3rd girl aged 10)
49 – Jessica Bourne 8:20 (4th girl aged 10)
51 – Hannah Fairchild 8:24 (5th girl aged 10)
60 – Nia Burley (7th girl aged 10)

We then moved on to the senior 5k race with the carrot of WAC club championship points to be won. Once again there were impressive performances from our younger runners. The first red shirts over the line were 15 year-old Ryan Walbridge followed by Callum Kennedy (16). They just sneaked into the top 10, with Steve Wyatt and Jerry Shield (an age group winner) also making it into the top 20 prior to the rest of the red army crossing the finish line in good numbers.

The contribution of the younger runners to the Wimborne women was perhaps even more impressive. Sharon Hutchings was our first woman to finish, in 19:50, with brother John keeping her honest all the way to the finish line. She was third woman overall. Lynn Hutchings (winner of the F45-49 category) was the only senior female WACer who could get amongst the four young flyers – Sharon (15), Abbie Hine (14), Charlotte Bourne (14) and Ella Hearne (14). These four bagged 1st, 2nd, 4th and 5th in the female under-20 category.

Off the 214 runners in the 5k race, 27 of them were WACers. With the racing over we had the presentation of the trophies to look forward to. Unwanted drama then unfolded when Lynn Hutchings was taken ill. Her WAC team mate (and a paramedic) Rich House was on the spot immediately as one of a small group who attended to Lynn prior to the arrival of an ambulance. Lynn has subsequently discovered that she was carrying a virus and she has been advised to take a seven-day break from training. We look forward to seeing Lynn doing what she is so good at once she is fully recovered.

It was great to see the return of two WACers who have been in the wars recently – Graham Whiffen who sustained a serious foot injury at the end of last year at work and Jeff Hinsley who is returning from illness. Results for WAC runners in the 5k were:

8 – Ryan Walbridge – 17:18
9 – Callum Kennedy – 17:48
14 – Steve Wyatt – 18:02 (2nd M40-44)
18 – Jerry Shield – 18:23 (1st M45-49)
33 – Andy Porter – 19:44
36 – Sharon Hutchings – 19:50 (1st FU20)
37 – John Hutchings – 19:57
40 – Rich House – 20:10
41 – Dave Brylewski – 20:14
43 – Abbie Hine – 20:17 (2nd FU20)
52 – Ian Kennedy – 20:58
61 – Lynn Hutchings – 21:15 (1st F45-49)
63 – Charlotte Bourne – 21:19 (FU20)
64 – Andy Olden – 2:23
70 – Gerry Hutchings – 21:43 (2nd M60-64)
71 – Nick Solomon – 21:51 (3rd M55-59)
74 – Ella Hearne – 22:00
89 – Danny Webster – 22:30
92 – Dave Wild – 22:41
102 – Jeff Hinsley – 22:52
111 – Pete Kingswell-Farr – 23:16
116 – Mike Hilborne – 23:31
132 – Graham Whiffen – 24:35
143 – Tim Box – 25:19
152 – Wendy Kennedy – 25:54
173 – Sally Webster – 28:32
189 – Julie Gosling – 29:22


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