Hampshire League Race 1 9 October Farley Mount
Cross-country report from
It was a sunny day at
Farley Mount. It is a fairly hilly course and the ground was very hard.
It was nice to see Graeme Furley, because we had not seen him for a
while, sadly he was not competing. Also we had a new face, Dan Moody, he
is one of the coaches who has been recently going to Saturday sessions
but he, also, was a spectator. When we got there I heard there was a fun
run and informed my dad and he manage to find some gear for Grace
Copeland to compete in. Grace ran in the race and came third overall and
It was now time for the
official races, first was Under-13 Girls we had one runner, Abbie Hine
this year. Abbie started off quickly, at one point in the race Abbie was
in third position but she wasnt able to keep the place and finished 6th.
It is the highest HXC finish recorded by any WACer so far.
Abbie digs in on the
The next race was the
Under-13 boys we had three runners, thus making a team. They were Piers
Copeland, Tom Boulton and Jamie Brash. Tom and Jamie were making their
cross-country league debuts. Piers ran a great race and finished 6th
overall, equalling Abbie placing in the previous race. Tom just beat
Jamie, he finished 32nd and Jamie finished 40th
not bad for their first races. The team finished 7th overall.
Debutants Tom and
Jamie race past base camp.
Then came the Under-15
girls race, we had two runners in this age group they had both moved up
an age group from last year. They were Sharon Hutchings and Chloe
Morris. Chloe ran a fantastic race to come 19th overall.
Sharon who was not that far behind came 24th.
Sharon in the pack.
The next race was the
Under-15 boys. We had three runners, they had all come up one age group
from last year. They were Ryan Walbridge, Jordan Symington and Alex
Diment. Ryan came in first Wimborne finishing 29th, second in
was Alex he had good run coming in 46th and third in was
Jordan coming in at 49th , the team came 10th
overall. It was great to welcome Alex back after a spell away.
Big smile from Alex,
with Jordan right behind him.
Then the senior women set
off, we only had one runner this was Lynn Hutchings. Lynn ran very well
coming in the middle of the race overall she was 55th.
The next race was my race
the Under-17 men. We had two runners me and David Long. David and I had
both moved up from the Under 15 boys races of last season. David was
first in he was 21st, I came in shortly after in 28th
Callum in the under
The final race of the day
was the senior men, we had nine runners. They were Iain Donnelly, Rich
House, Mark Copeland, John Hutchings, Graham Whiffen, Gerry Hutchings,
Ian Kennedy, Jeff Hinsley and Paul Hine. Our two cross-country
debutants, Ian Donnelly and Mark Copeland did superbly. Iain was first
in and came in as 129th. He used to go to school in
Winchester and run in XC races at Farley Mount as a schoolboy 25 years
later he was back. Next in was Rich at 136th, then Mark at
150th, he was followed in by John at 176th, after
him was Graham who was just behind John who finished in 177th
, after Graham was Gerry who was 182nd shortly after him was
Ian at 184th, narrowly after Ian was Jeff who came in at 186th
and Paul Hine came in at 198th. The team finished 5th
in division 2 and 4th in the vets in the division 2.
An impressive WAC
debut from Mark.
WACers times and results were:
Under-13 Girls (52 finishers)
6 Abbie Hine 12:53
Under-13 Boys (73 finishers) 7th
team on the day
6 Piers Copeland 11:34
32 Tom Boulton 12:48
40 Jamie Brash 13:09
Under-15 Girls (47 finishers)
17 Chloe Morris 19:17
24 Sharon Hutchings 19:49
Under-15 Boys (63 finishers) 10th
team on the day
29 Ryan Walbridge 16:41
46 Alex Diment 18:07
49 Jordan Symington 18:36
Under-17 Boys (34 finishers)
21 David Long 18:57
28 Callum Kennedy 19:38
Senior Women (106 finishers)
55 Lynn Hutchings 28:31
Senior Men (223 finishers) (Wimborne
5th in Div. 2, Wimborne Vets 4th in Div 2)
129 Iain Donnelly 43:28
136 Rich House 43:55
150 Mark Copeland 45:20
176 John Hutchings 47:33
177 Graham Whiffen 47:48
182 Gerry Hutchings 48:21
184 Ian Kennedy 48:23
186 Jeff Hinsley 48:30
198 Paul Hine 50:24
Full results for the Hampshire League
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