Wimborne AC has long been committed to the Wessex League cross-country
season, and this continues into the 2016/2017 season. Management and
administration of the Wessex League is being handled by
Dorset Athletics Network (of
which Wimborne AC is a member). We also compete
in the Hampshire Cross-Country League. Hampshire
League races are from under-13 upwards, right through to the seniors and
The minimum age requirement in the Under-11
races are that athletes must be in AT LEAST school Year 4.
The League holds races for nine age-groups at each fixture. Race distances
conform to the following guidelines:
Category Distance (m)
Under 11 (school years 4, 5 &6) 1500-2000
Under 13 girls (school years 7 & 8) 2500-3000
Under 13 boys (school years 7 & 8)
Under 15 girls (school years 9 & 10) 3000-3500
Under 15 boys (school years 9 & 10) 3000-3500
Under 17 women (school years 11 & 12) 4000-5000
Under 17 men (school years 11 & 12) 4000-5000
Senior women 5000-7000
Senior men 8000-10000
Each meeting commences with the races for Senior athletes. Where courses
and athlete numbers permit, age-categories may be combined to increase
competition. The order and recommended race timetable is as follows:
12:40 U17M + U17W
+ SW (including U20W, W40, W45, W50)
13:05 U15G + U15B
13:30 SM (including U20M,
M40, M45, M50, M60)
Your age category is decided by your age on 31st
The fixtures for the 2016/2017 season,
normally held on Sundays, this years race at Yeovil is on a Saturday.
9 October 2016 Canford
Heath Middle School, Poole
6 November 2016 Avon Heath Country Park, nr Ferndown
19 November 2016 Yeovil Country Park
11 December 2016 Bryanston School, nr Blandford (also
County Championship race)
To keep up with the latest news and for a full
results service for the Wessex League races visit:
The fixtures for 2016/2017 season, all held on
15 October 2016 Farley Mount,
12 November 2016 King’s Park, Bournemouth
3 December 2016 Popham Airfield, nr Micheldever
11 February 2017 Stauton Country Park, Havant
4 March 2017 Prospect Park, Reading
To keep up with the latest news and for a full
results service for the Hampshire League races visit:
25 Sep 2016 Black Hill, Bere
11 Dec 2016 County Champs
(combined with Wessex League Fixture), Bryanston School, nr Blandford
8 Jan 2017 South West Cross-Country Champ's, Hebden Hill, Exeter
19 Jan 2017 Dorset Schools Cross-Country
28 Jan 2017 South of England Cross-Country Champ's, Parliament
Hill, London Report
4 Feb 2017 South West Schools Cross-Country Champs, Truro School Report
25 Feb 2017 National Cross-Country Champ's,
11 Mar 2017 Inter Counties Cross-Country Champs,
18 Mar 2017 English Schools Cross-Country Champs, Norwich Report
Many of our athletes compete in the PEDSSA schools' races. These are
scheduled for the following Thursdays:
15 Sep 2016 Baiter Park, Poole
13 Oct 2016 Sandbanks
10 Nov 2016 Venue to be announced
8 Dec 2016 Ferndown
family awarded The Jean Frost Trophy at XC awards evening – 25 March
Click here for the Ian
Kennedy’s report from Ferndown
When competing in cross-country races it is important
to walk the course in advance – give yourself enough time to do this. The
races are marshalled but it is important to know where you will be going.
It will also allow you to recognize any potential hazards or places where
overtaking opportunities may be limited – this information can be used to
your advantage during the race.
Walk the course in a pair of old trainers so that the shoes you will be
using during the race will be dry and mud free on the start line. Most
cross-country races are best run in cross-country studs or spikes (either
9, 12 or 15mm depending on conditions). Note that for cross-country
training sessions at QE on Saturdays we ask that you wear multi-terrain or
training shoes as there may be sections of hard surface (tarmac/gravel) to
be negotiated during the session (see below).
It is always a good idea to take a change of kit, the cross-country races
do not always have changing rooms but there are always toilet facilities.
It is not much fun going home from a meeting in mud-splattered wet kit.
If you require help with transport to the venue contact
Ian Kennedy on ian@Wimborne10.co.uk
Endurance training every Saturday at QE from
09.45am with coaches Ian Kennedy, Jon Braund, Kim Jolliffe and Pete Kingswell-Farr. These sessions are aimed specifically
at the 11-17 year olds. We use the leisure centre as our base, but our
training runs take place at a number of locations nearby including Badbury Rings, Cowgrove, Pamphill Green, tracks on the Kingston Lacy
Estate and Cannon Hill Plantation. Each session lasts about 1 hour 45
The squad also trains on Tuesdays at 6.30pm (in and around Wimborne) and
on Thursdays (6.30pm) in Blandford. Contact Ian Kennedy on 01202-577081
or 07985-070988 or
firstname.lastname@example.org for more detail on the mid-week sessions.
What kit do I need?
Shorts, t-shirt, running shoes (not spikes).
Sweatshirt and tracksters/leggings are good for the warm-up/cooldown.
If you have a lightweight showerproof jacket (preferably breathable)
then bring that also.
It is essential you bring a bottle with water or sports drink in it.
But most of all you need to bring your commitment and enthusiasm.