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Cross-country weather at Popham airfield!  – 1 December 2018

Ian Kennedy reports from the Hampshire League

Our under-13 boys at the start line – Archie, Jack, Jago, Tom and Josh

At Popham it was good to see an upturn in Wimborne AC numbers competing compared to the previous Hampshire League race a month ago. We were bucking the trend as the numbers overall on the start line were down a little. There’s still plenty of room for improvement from us, as in some races we were decidedly thin on the ground.

The course at Popham is one I like. There are no major climbs, but there are some long inclines, these provide a challenge. Popham is probably the most spectator-friendly of all venues we visit in the cross-country season. Over the years the course has been tweaked. We were back to using the original route which goes through the woods, rather than around them.

Popham is one of the, now rare, Hampshire League fixtures that doesn’t host an under-11s race, so we started with the under-13 girls’ race.  Ruby was our only entrant in this. An accident on the M3 delayed the Sargeant’s arrival so Ruby was only just in time for her race. We’ve got plenty of under-13 girls competing in the Wessex League (six in the last one), we need to get Ruby some company!

U13 girls (71 finishers)

63 – Ruby Sargeant– 15:18

 

We had a healthy five under-13 boys on the start line. The team was led home by Jack Williams. The other two point scoring positions were duked out between Josh Fazakerley and Jago Smith. There’s been little to choose between these two this season. Josh has taken bragging rights in the Hampshire League and Jago in the Wessex! The team was completed by Tom Williams and Archie Cunningham. Archie was having an issue with stitch, but he valiantly pushed on to the finish line. Our boys were 6th team on the day, their best performance so far this season in this league.

U13 boys (82 finishers)

26 – Jack Williams – 11:59
39 – Josh Fazakerley – 12:32
41 – Jago Smith – 12:34
56 – Tom Williams – 13:04
60 – Archie Cunningham – 13:29

In the under-15 girls’ race we were back to a single WACer. In this case Sarah Graham. She delivered a cracking run for her highest place finish of the Hampshire season so far.

U15 girls (57 finishers)

19 – Sarah Graham – 16:21
 

We did have a full team in the under-15 boys’ race. Tom Fuller, whose previous race was blighted by a tweaked ankle, was back on it to be the first home. Tom got good support from Ollie Rawles and Jay Dunn as collectively they recorded our best under-15 boys’ team score so far this season in the Hampshire League (8th).

U15 boys (59 finishers)

22 – Tom Fuller – 14:19
46 – Ollie Rawles – 15:38
54 – Jay Dunn – 17:03
 

We were a runner shy of a team in the under-17 women’s race. What we lacked in quantity we made up for in quality. Maddy Johnson was one of three who broke away early in the race. It was a hard fought battle with Maddy leaving nothing out there, she claimed second place. This puts Maddy equal first in the league averages alongside Hermione Walker of Reading AC (race winner at Popham) with three races done. Holly Nixon has been racing to a high standard this season too, and has been remarkably consistent. An 8th place finish here follows a 7th and 8th in the other Hampshire fixtures this season and sees her placed 8th in the league averages.

U17 women (27 finishers)

2 – Maddy Johnson – 21:04
8 – Holly Nixon – 22:15

We saw a repeat of the pairing – Charlie Davies and Ben Martin – from the three previous Hampshire League fixtures in the under-17 men’s race. Frustratingly we were one short of a recording a team score for the third race in a row. It was Charlie who was first red home here, with Ben just two places back.

U17 men (32 finishers)

20 – Charlie Davies – 20:16
22 – Ben Martin – 20:50

 

The seniors’ race saw us with runner in each of the women’s and men’s races. It was fabulous to welcome back Emma Martin from uni for her first race in WAC colours of this cross-country season. It was worth the wait, 25th of 165 finishers, and 10th under-20. Although we’ve not seen her race this season previously, Emma’s not been inactive, she’s registered some scores in the Westward League for Exeter University.  Our sole representative in the men’s race was Pete Kingswell-Farr. Pete’s competed in every league race so far this season (Hampshire and Wessex).

Senior women (165 finishers)

25 – Emma Martin – 25:58 (10th under-20)

Senior men (268 finishers)

211 – Pete Kingswell-Farr – 47:25

 

 

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