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Inter-Counties XC Championships – 9 March 2013

Wimborne’s best-placed runner was Grace Copeland (20th in the under-13s), whilst Dorset’s best-placed athlete was Ben Westhenry of Weymouth St Paul’s (12th in the under-20s). However, the performance of the day from a Dorset runner was undoubtedly that of Elisabeth Hood of Poole AC (13th under-15) having made a terrific comeback from a serious road accident just before Christmas.

Maddie Williams reports from an eventful day at Cofton Park.

 

Dorset’s under-13 girls are ready for action (with Grace far left)

My alarm went off at 5:45 ready for an early start. Half asleep I arrived at QE (actually on time for once), and got in the minibus ready for a long journey to Birmingham. The bus was quiet for change, however as we arrived at the service station for a quick break the mood livened up! I felt prepared for once, as I brought wellies with me but Becca and Callum thought I was me, however once we got to the course I proved them wrong once again! The course was very muddy with impossible slopes to walk up, however, nothing will beat the state in which Parliament Hill was in! Although the course was already getting wrecked with people walking around, the excitement started to fill the air as many people, especially the WAC lot, were waving at every camera they could find as the event was on television! [Sky Sports 3] I quite liked the course because it wasn’t too hilly and very good for the spectators to watch, as they could see everything that was happening!

11:00 arrived as it was the first race of the day – Under 20 boys. They were so fast it seemed like they were sprinting all the way while churning up the mud making it even more slippery for the rest of us. While the race was happening, tension started to build up within the Dorset lot! Still three hours until my race, however, I still couldn’t seem to relax! Everyone did extremely well during the day with lots of amazing results, with a few people working so hard, causing them to be sick after they’d raced (Callum and Gracie)! As the hours slowly went down with fantastic races and everyone waving at every single camera they could see, it was about an hour to go until my race. It seemed weird having a Dorset vest on, trying to look for green instead of red, but with many amazing performances, it wasn’t too hard to find! Shouting at every Dorset person who went past was lots of fun and took the nerves away for a little bit!

Eventually after seeing many races it was time for the Under-15 girls’ race. After warming up, feeling like jelly, we slowly walked down to the pen. With Paul Hine as our team manager, he gave Abbie and I amazing advice (like he does) about how to win the race! Not long after we got in our pens, the whistle went, and we set off. Fighting through the mud was hard enough but with so many people in our race Abbie and I had to find some way to run to the front (like Paul said!) It was an exhausting race with even a girl breaking her arm at the very start and having to use my jumper as sling! With the amount of noise and support you could hear, it was impossible to think where you were going! Coming round to the second lap I could feel my legs burning and my breathing getting faster. I wouldn’t have worked twice as hard if Abbie wasn’t in my race as I could see her in front and made me more determined to hurry up and get to the finish line. What made me even more determined was the fact that all the way round I was thinking about my KFC on the way home. [Oh dear! There turned out to be no KFC at Chieveley services.] Finally coming to the straight with the line in front, I just wanted to finish! Running over the line was a great feeling (best part of the race!) but then again absolutely exhausting! After I regained my strength, I walked up to the tent no longer thinking about the mud, and sat down and attempted to take of my VERY muddy spikes!

Maddie (in the distance) has her quarry (Abbie, foreground) in sight
- they crossed the finish line together

It was an amazing day out and well done to everyone who ran. It was a really good day!

Maddie

Dorset team results are shown below, those in red are for Wimborne AC athletes.

Under-13 Girls (302 finishers) Dorset 29th team of 41

20 – Grace Copeland –11:51
152 – Shelby Cross –12:53
170 – Lucy Anderson – 13:00
227 – Amelia Davis –  13:25
229 – Abigail Rutter –13:27
255 – Jennifer Smith –13:42
285 – Lita Talbot –14:21
302 – Emily Fraher –17:00

Under-13 Boys (311 finishers) Dorset 23rd team of 41

47 – Tom Bourne – 11:08
50 – Dominic Willmore – 11:09
159 – Glenn Balfour – 11:47
198 – Liam Murphy-Parry – 12:00
239 – Elliott Symes – 12:15
256 – Matt Yates – 12:25
262 – Oliver Howse – 12:27
308 – Tom Stokes – 13:28

Under-15 Girls (287 finishers) Dorset 11th team of 41

13 – Elisabeth Hood – 18:02
54 – Bridget Dence – 18:43
57 – Charlotte Baker – 18:44
173 – Rachael Jeffries – 20:00
195 – Maddie Williams – 20:09
196 – Abbie Hine – 20:09
219 – Flora Johnson – 20:25
231 – 
Lucy Brain – 20:37

Under-15 Boys (288 finishers) Dorset 31st team of 39

65 – Jason Sotheran – 17:19
128 – Piers Copeland – 17:50
197 – Matthew Lay – 18:32
232 – Regan Cooper – 18:59
270 – Michael Biiss – 20:04
277 – Hugh Ireland – 20:24
280 – Tom Freeman – 20:44
282 – Ollie Davies – 20:57

Under-17 Women (233 finishers) Dorset 32nd team of 33

126 – Hilary Hansford – 22:47
176 – Mollie Hansford – 23:55
193 – Becca Skeats – 24:17
214 – Honor Slade –25:13
218 – Charlotte Bourne – 25:27

Under-17 Men (276 finishers) Dorset 14th team of 39

57 – Andy Smith – 19:37
71 – Joe Arundel – 19:48
81 – Ben Wilson – 19:51
98 – Dan Mulryan – 19:58
131 - Fergus Johnson – 20:19
166 – Ryan Walbridge – 20:40
189 – Declan Toth – 20:58
220 – Corrie Norton – 21:25

Under-20 Women (145 finishers)

84 – Africa Mason – 24:42

Under-20 Men (200 finishers)

12 – Benedict Westhenry – 25:39
47 – Christopher Perham – 26:50
76 – Callum Kennedy – 27:24

Senior Women (291 finishers)

285 – Amanda Bailey – 37:15

Senior Men (290 finishers)

58 – Frank Bailey – 36:42
185 – Simon Munro – 39:22
245 – Graeme Furley – 41:20
278 – Alan Metcalfe – 43:43
284 – Neil Biss – 45:05

 

 
 
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