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A Hatful of Medals at the Dorset County Championships – Kings Park – 12/13 May

Twenty-two County Champions in Wimborne colours. Peter Impett reports.

See foot of page for links to County Champs photo gallery.

Tom Bourne (19) on his way to U13 1500m Dorset gold,
pursued by Liam Murphy-Parry (18) and Elliott Symes (16),
Fred Scotson is just visible (extreme left)

Wimborne AC athletes left the County Championships at Kings Park at the weekend with a hatful of medals.  Established stars did their bit but it was nice to see some new faces collecting medals.  Even then there were some athletes absent or injured on the day so the haul could theoretically have been even higher.

It was good to see the under-13 boys amongst the medals. Tom Bourne won a stunning 1500m in 5.03.3 with Liam Murphy-Parry getting bronze in 5.12.3. Alfie Beddow won the discus with 16m 87 and took silver in the shot with 6m24.  Liam also had a bronze in the 200m in 29.9 and Lucas Noble a bronze in the 75m hurdles in 16.3. Ellott Symes got a first time medal with bronze in the 800 metres in 2.36.7.

In the Under 13 girls Grace Copeland showed acute tactical skill winning the 800m in 2.34.0 and the 1500m in 5.12.5.  Pippa Hine was second in the 100 with 14.3 and then led Bethan Burley home for gold and silver in the 200 with 28.8 and 29.1 in a final which was dominated by the club with four out of eight finalists. Bethan had a really good weekend and added gold in the javelin 23.65m and in the shot 8m02 and silver in the 70m hurdles 13.0 to her 200m medal.

Long jump – Caitlyn Hooper on landing

The under-15 boys medal haul was led by Jason Sotheran, gold in the 800m with 2m10.7 and in the 1500m with 4m35.1 and Ryan Long who showed his all rounder capabilities. Ryan won the pole vault (2m50), the triple jump (10m44) and the 80 metre hurdles (14.4) as well as claiming a silver in the discus (24m40) and a bronze in the long jump with 4m 52. Joe Miles claimed silver in the high jump, Piers Copeland landed a bronze in the 1500m with 4m57.5 and Liam Winton also a bronze with a 7m22 shot putt.

The under-15 girls is a tough age group but Abbie Hine won silver in the 3000m with 11m45.8 and Kelly Snook had two bronze medals – one for high jump, 1m35, and one for hurdles 13.8.

Ellie White prepares the launch the discus

In the under 17 men Matt Curtis won the 100 metre hurdles in 15.0, was equal first in the pole vault with 3m30 and was third in the high jump with 1m75.  Christian Flavell got silver for his 65.9 seconds in the 400 hurdles and Ryan Wallbridge was placed second in the 1500m on 4m 27.5.

Pole vault – Matt Curtis clears the bar

Sharon Hutchings paced both the 800 and 1500 races for under-17s to perfection and walked away with golden times of 2.26.9 and 5m06.8. In the junior men category Jack Snook topped 3m30 to win the pole vault and then extended his personal best in the long jump to 6m22 for a silver medal. Callum Kennedy ground out a PB for the 5k in 16m40.9 in breezy conditions for his gold, having being paced to perfection by mentor and training partner Graeme Furley (who took gold in the men’s 5000m category).  Hannah Winton spent a frustrating afternoon trying to hit the board in her triple jump and took away silver with 9m33.

On his first showing in the Dorset County Championship Ron De Bique lifted gold in the 110 hurdles in a time of 19.4 and took silver in the 400 metres with 54.4.  Dave Pearson won the pole vault with 3m50 with Paul Flavell in second place on 2m60. Paul was also second in the 110 hurdles with 20.6. Dave also medalled in the Masters 100 with 13.2.  Mark Copeland took Masters silver in the 800 in 2m20.1 and George Billett pushed the shot out to 10m79 for a bronze medal.  Trudi Carter won the seniors long jump with 4m31 and the pole vault on 2m90 and Roz Hutton took silver in the Hammer with 27m59.

The club can be proud of the contribution that it made to the championships at all levels.  Well done Wimborne!

Here are our 2012 Dorset County Champions:

110m hurdles – senior men

Ronnie De-Bique (19.4s)

5000m – senior men

Graeme Furley (16:52.0)

5000m – under-20 men

Callum Kennedy (16:40.9)

100m hurdles – under-17 men

Matt Curtis (15.0s)

80m hurdles – under-15 boys

Ryan Long (14.4s)

1500m – under-15 boys

Jason Sotheran (4:35.1)

1500m – under-13 boys

Tom Bourne (5:03.3)

Discus – under-13 boys

Alfie Beddow (16.87m)

Pole vault – senior women

Trudi Carter (2.90m)

Long jump – senior women

Trudi Carter (4.31m)

1500m – under-17 women

Sharon Hutchings (5:06.8)

1500m – under-13 girls

Grace Copeland (5:12.5)

Javelin – under-13 girls

Bethan Burley (23.65m)

Pole vault – senior men

Dave Pearson (3.50m)

Pole vault – under-20 men

Jack Snook (3.30m)

800m – under-15 boys

Jason Sotheran (2:10.7)

Pole vault – under-15 boys

Ryan Long (2.50m)

Triple jump – under-15 boys

Ryan Long (10.54m)

800m – under-17 women

Sharon Hutchings (2:26.9)

800m – under-13 girls

Grace Copeland (2:34.0)

200m – under-13 girls

Pippa Hine (28.8)

Shot putt – under-13 girls

Bethan Burley (8.02m)


The full results and timings are accessible below. 

Results for day one (Saturday 12th May) click here
Photos for day one (Saturday 12 May) click here

Results for day two (Sunday 13th May) click here
Photos for day two (Sunday 13 May) click here


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