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Race Calendar


2017-2018 Fixtures



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 the Team 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 veterans.

Wessex League 

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)                      2500-3500                  
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:

11:45         U11G
11:55         U11B
12:10         U13G
12:25         U13B
12:40         U17M  + U17W  +  SW (including U20W, W40, W45, W50)
13:05         U15G + U15B
13:30         SM (including U20M, M40, M45, M50, M60)

Hampshire League 

Your age category is decided by your age on 31st August.

Fixtures & Reports

Wessex League

The fixtures for the 2017/2018 season, all fixtures are on Sundays. Dates are:

1 October 2017         Canford Heath Middle School, Poole                                  Report
22 October 2017      Bryanston School, Nr Blandford                                           Report
5 November 2017    Yeovil Country Park                                                              Report  
10 December 2017   Bryanston School, nr Blandford (also County Championship race)   Report

To keep up with the latest news and for a full results service for the Wessex League races visit: www.teamdorsetathletics.co.uk

Hampshire League

The fixtures for 2017/2018 season, all held on Saturdays, are:

14 October 2017       King’s Park, Bournemouth                                                   Report
11 November 2017   QE Country Park, Petersfield                                               Report
2 December 2017      Popham Airfield, nr Micheldever                                        Report
13 January 2018         Prospect Park, Reading                                                        Report
10 February 2018      Aldershot                                                

To keep up with the latest news and for a full results service for the Hampshire League races visit:

Other Races

24 Sep 2017    Black Hill, Bere Regis                                                            Report          
10 Dec 2017   County Champs (combined with Wessex League Fixture), Bryanston School, nr Blandford
 7 Jan 2018       South West Cross-Country Champ's, Yeovil County Park               Report
18 Jan 2018      Dorset Schools Cross-Country Championships, Bournemouth       Report
27 Jan 2018      South of England Cross-Country Champ's, Stanmer Park, Brighton   Report
3 Feb 2018       South West Schools Cross-Country Champs, Stover School, Devon   Report
24 Feb 2018     National Cross-Country Champ's, Parliament Hill  
10 Mar 2018     Inter Counties Cross-Country Champs, Loughborough    
17 Mar 2018    English Schools Cross-Country Champs, Temple Newsam Park, Yorks
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 or 01202-577081.

Endurance training every Saturday at QE from 09.45am with coaches Ian Kennedy, Jon Braund, Lesley Davies, Richard Davies, Sam Davies, Abbie Hine 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 mins.

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 ian@wimborne10.co.uk  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 ian@Wimborne10.co.uk




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