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Hampshire League XC starts here – 10 October 2015

Charlie Davies reports from Farley Mount

Well done to all those who went to Farley Mount(ain) for the beginning of the Hampshire League cross country season.  As Ian said, ‘It feels like XC season PROPER now’.

The ‘Red Army’ was in excess of 30 runners strong it was good to see some old and new faces plus a large team of supporters.  The weather was great for running and the course fantastic, a mix of hills, both up and down, trails and a wooded area.

Ian set the Wimborne tent up next to the first aid tent, which a number of WACers needed to use (i.e. Jack) over the course of the day, great planning as ever.

The first race was u11 girls, in this race we had one Wimborne runner.  Freya Blundell was running at this level for the first time and had a great race coming in 14th, hopefully we may see more girls at the Wessex League next week.  Total runners 30.

The next race up was u11 boys we had three runners.  Leading the way was Tobias Blundell with a fantastic 5th, well supported by Thomas Jeffery 27th and Edward Hall 33rd Total runners 40.  Well done too all the u11s who competed, I hoped you enjoyed the experience it was great to see you youngsters having a go……I must be getting old!

The third race was u13 girls, we had a full team running, they were headed up by the experienced Abbie Lovering who ran amazingly well and finished a great 5th, it was great to see Holly Nixon coming in next after her time off, she had a brilliant run coming in 15th and Ella Jeffery running her first Hampshire League ran an excellent race coming in 46thTotal runners 74, 6th placed team.

After that, came the u13 boys, Wimborne had seven runners and this is where the fun and games really happened, but more about that in a bit.  The team were led home by Max Meadwell who had a great start to the season coming in 6th, I [Charlie Davies] was pleased with my run 10th, Tom Fuller, a first time Hampshire league runner, had a super run, and came in next in 23rd place.  This is where it gets interesting, Josh finished next in 38th having hurt his knee and then in came Jack Moss-Willcox,  after a little bit of rough and tumble.  He showed true WACer grit and determination having being tripped at the start, kicked, stepped on and spiked he got up and finished 45th and then headed straight to the first aid tent.  Then came Ollie Rawles 65th and Joe Healey 67th, well done all you guys.  Total runners 87, 4th placed team.

Next race was the u15 girls, Wimborne had its best result of the day with Grace coming in 2nd, one of our new XC runners Hannah Slater ran well coming in 13th, Beth Kingswell-Farr having moved up from the u13s had a good start to the season finishing 29th, Caitlin Rogers and Izzie Kingswell-Farr both had great runs coming in 44th and 59th respectively.  Total runners 76, 4th placed team.

The races were coming thick and fast with the u15 boys up next.  First in was the ever dependable Michael Johnson 20th, with Elliott Symes having a solid run finishing in 33rd.  Unfortunately we were short of numbers in this age and had no team.  We hope to see Dan and Liam running soon.  Total runners 68.

Next up was the u17 girls, again we didn’t have enough for a team but the two who ran had great runs, Lucy Ballam moving up this year had one of the runs of the day finishing 7th, and Maddie Williams looks like she’s back to good form finishing 15thTotal runners 35.

The next race with Wimborne interest was the under-17 men, leading the way was Piers Copleand 15th, next in came Joey Kelliher 22nd, who ran great as he’s in the young part of the age group, and Sam Davies, 28th, completed the team.  Total runners 37, 4th team.

We had one runner in the u20/senior women, this was my tennis partner (that’s another story) Abbie Hine.  Not surprisingly she looked completely at home coming in as 10th u20 and 30th overall.  Total runners 129.

The last race of the day was as usual the u20/senior men, Ryan Walbridge led home the team 15th u20 and 76th overall, this was a great effort as he had a very sore toe.  Dad said that a number of the rest of the team may claim not to be veterans but this was very unlikely!  Steve Wyatt was in next 125th in the midst of a busy running weekend, Pete Kingswell-Farr 155th is still improving and running very well at the start of the season, next in was the birthday boy Rob Rawles 187th (what a way to spend the day), Paul Hine and Jason Hall made up the rest of the team finishing 244th and 247th great work guys.  Total runners 251.

Well done everybody who ran and thanks for the support, that’s what makes us a great club. … See you all at Popham.


Full results from this race can be found at http://www.hampshireathletics.org.uk/events/hxcl.html



u11 Girls

14  Freya Blundell

u11 Boys

5   Tobias Blundell
27  Thomas Jeffery
33  Edward Hall

u13 Girls

5  Abbie Lovering
15  Holly Nixon
46  Ella Jeffery

6th team

u13 Boys

6   Max Meadwell
10  Charlie Davies
23  Tom Fuller
38  Josh Jack
45  Jack Moss-Willcox
65  Ollie Rawles
67  Joe Healey

4th team

u15 Girls

2   Grace Copeland
13  Hannah Slater
29  Beth Kingswell-Farr
44  Caitlin Rogers
59  Izzie Kingswell-Farr

4th team

u15 Boys

20  Michael Johnson
33  Elliott Symes

u17 Girls

7   Lucy Ballam
15  Maddie Williams

u17 Men

15  Piers Copleand
22  Joey Kelliher
28  Sam Davies

4th team

u20/Senior Women

30  Abbie Hine     (10th u20)

u20/Senior Men

76   Ryan Walbridge  (15th u20)
125 Steve Wyatt
155 Pete Kingswell-Farr
187 Rob Rawles
244 Paul Hine
247 Jason Hall

Senior men team - Div 3 2nd place

Veteran men team - Div 1 8th place



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