Wimborne AC has long been committed to the Wessex League cross-country
season, and this continues into the 2017/2018 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) 2500-3500
Under 13 boys (school years 7 & 8)
Under 15 girls (school years 9 & 10) 3000-5000
Under 15 boys (school years 9 & 10) 3000-5000
Under 17 women (school years 11 & 12) 4000-6000
Under 17 men (school years 11 & 12) 4000-6000
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 2017/2018 season,
all fixtures are on Sundays.
1 October 2017 Canford
Heath Middle School, Poole
22 October 2017 Bryanston School, Nr
5 November 2017 Yeovil Country Park
10 December 2017 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 2017/2018 season, all held on
14 October 2017 King’s Park,
11 November 2017 QE Country Park, Petersfield
2 December 2017 Popham Airfield, nr Micheldever
Prospect Park, Reading
To keep up with the latest news and for a full
results service for the Hampshire League races visit:
24 Sep 2017 Black Hill, Bere
10 Dec 2017 County Champs
(combined with Wessex League Fixture), Bryanston School, nr Blandford
7 Jan 2018 South West Cross-Country Champ's,
venue to be confirmed
18 Jan 2018 Dorset Schools Cross-Country
27 Jan 2018 South of England Cross-Country Champ's, venue to be
3 Feb 2018 South West Schools Cross-Country Champs,
Stover School, Devon
24 Feb 2018 National Cross-Country Champ's,
10 Mar 2018 Inter Counties Cross-Country Champs, Loughborough
17 Mar 2018 English Schools Cross-Country Champs, Temple Newsam Park,
Many of our athletes compete in the PEDSSA schools' races. These are
scheduled for the following Thursdays:
21 Sep 2017 Sandbanks (15:45)
12 Oct 2017 Baiter Park, Poole (15:45)
9 Nov 2017 Canford (14:30)
7 Dec 2017 Ferndown (14:30)
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, Richard Davies, Jason Hall 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
(at different locations depending on the time of year) 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.
Need more information?
If you would like to have a chat about cross-country or
require any further information contact:
Ian on 01202 577081 or by e-mail