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 46th. Total 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
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 15th.
Total 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
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.
RED ARMY, RED ARMY, RED ARMY, RED ARMY, RED ARMY. RED ARMY!!!!
Full results from this race can be found at
AT A GLANCE
27 Thomas Jeffery
33 Edward Hall
15 Holly Nixon
46 Ella Jeffery
10 Charlie Davies
23 Tom Fuller
38 Josh Jack
45 Jack Moss-Willcox
65 Ollie Rawles
67 Joe Healey
13 Hannah Slater
29 Beth Kingswell-Farr
44 Caitlin Rogers
59 Izzie Kingswell-Farr
33 Elliott Symes
15 Maddie Williams
22 Joey Kelliher
28 Sam Davies
Abbie Hine (10th u20)
Ryan Walbridge (15th u20)
125 Steve Wyatt
155 Pete Kingswell-Farr
187 Rob Rawles
244 Paul Hine
247 Jason Hall
team - Div 3 2nd place
team - Div 1 8th place