Our U15Gs waiting on the start line - Hannah, Izzie, Elise, Beth and
The fourth Hampshire League race of the season saw, by recent
standards, a slimmed-down red army. One of the reasons for this was
no doubt the huge turnout we had just two days earlier in the Dorset
County Schools Championships at Kings Park.
The first red vests in action were those of our under-11 boys
Freddie Warrack and Thomas Jeffery. Freddie improved significantly
over the performance hed put in at the previous meeting to achieve
his best result of the season 12th. Thomas Jeffery also
improved on his only Hampshire League race this season.
Our under-13 girls are always exciting to watch, with SW England
Champion Holly Nixon, and County Champion Abbie Lovering leading the
team home. Holly was ahead of Abbie
a turn-around from their
positions in the County Schools race just two days earlier. Our twin
spearhead is receiving ever-more support from two runners who are both
in the lower end of the age-group Charlotte Piper and Ella Jeffery.
These two look better and more confident each time they compete.
Stepping into the under-13s race for the first time was Katie Warrack.
Shes just reached her 11th birthday. This race provided
valuable experience for Katie, and the extra distance did not faze
her. Overall the team scored a fourth place finish. Abbie is 3rd
in the seasons averages with Holly 8th.
only had three runners in the under-13 boys race. So everyone was
going to be needed for the team score. Charlie Daviess fine season
continued here. He was first red in; his 9th place finish
equalled his best in the Hampshire League this season. Charlie
currently lies 8th in the season averages. Tom Fuller was
next home, 30th. Tom was slow off the start, but looked
very good in the second part of the race, making up many places.
Scoring in the important 3rd place for the team was
another runner, Joe Healey, stepping up from the under-11s having also
recently reached his 11th birthday. Good experience for
Joe as he (and Katie) are both competing at Parliament Hill in two
weeks time. With only one runner in the team top of age-group, coming
4th team was a remarkable achievement.
Our under-15 girls team are champions of South-West England, and
three of the four who won that championship were in attendance at
Reading. Hannah Slater had the honour of being first red across the
line, but she certainly had to work for it. The fast-improving
Caitlin Rogers has been working her way up through the field in recent
races. Hannah led all the way until briefly in the final few yards.
Then from somewhere Hannah found something extra. These two crossed
the line so close together that they were awarded the same time.
Capturing the valuable final scoring position was Beth Kingswell-Farr;
we were 4th team on the day. Next in was Izzie Kingswell-Farr
having her best Hampshire race this season. Completing our team was
Elise Gill in her first HXC race this term.
Our under-15 boys Michael Johnson and Elliott Symes have been
ever-presents in the Hampshire League this year. For Michael it was
his best HXC race of the season, after what has been a pretty
remarkable eight days for him. The previous Saturday hed PB-ed over
800 and 1500m at his first indoor meeting, and on Thursday he put in a
fine performance at the Dorset Schools Championships. Elliott also
had a good race, only once this season has he had a higher finish
position than he attained here.
was in the upper age-groups where the team was particularly
sparsely-populated. In the two under-17s races we only had one
runner. This was Maddie Williams, she had a very good day at the
Schools Championships two days earlier and her good run of form
continued here. Maddie equalled her seasons-best finish in the
Hampshire League 12th.
Although we had no under-17 men at Reading, it didnt mean that they
were all taking the weekend off! Piers Copeland was saving himself
for the South of England Indoor Athletics Championships at Lea Valley.
Piers, despite being bottom of age-group, led his race there from
start to finish and is now South of England Indoor Champion for u20
Weve had terrific turnout in the womens race compared to previous
seasons, but this time around we had just the one runner
Abbie was 45th overall and 13th under-20.
The mens team was also depleted. Ryan Walbridge, as hes done all
season led our men home. This may well have been Ryans best
performance of the season; it certainly gave him his highest finish in
an HXC race this term, both in the overalls and the under-20s
category. The dependable Pete Kingswell-Farr was next home, but he
was kept honest by team-mate Mike Jurd making his WAC cross-country
debut. Our final finisher was Paul Hine. We started to get concerned
about Paul as he dropped many places on the final lap. Hed developed
a calf strain but did manage to finish. Also on the start line had
been Richard Davies, but unfortunately Richard pulled up with a
hamstring problem on the opening lap.
The final Hampshire League race of the season will take place at
Dibden Inclosure in the New Forest on 13 February. Were looking
forward to this one, as it is a new venue for us.
Full results from the Hampshire League will be found at
U11 boys 28 runners
Freddie Warrack 11:19
23 Thomas Jeffery 12:31
U13 girls 66 runners 4th team
Holly Nixon 11:34 8th in standings
5 Abbie Lovering 11:39 3rd in
29 Charlotte Piper 12:51
43 Ella Jeffery 13:33
64 Katie Warrack 15:24
U13 boys 60 runners 4th team
Charlie Davies 11:05 8th in
30 Tom Fuller 12:00
52 Joe Healey 13:19
U15 girls 58 runners 4th team
Hannah Slater 13:14
13 Caitlin Rogers 13:14
26 Beth Kingswell-Farr 13:46
45 Izzie Kingswell-Farr 15:09
58 Elise Gill 18:08
U15 boys 52 runners
Michael Johnson 14:09
29 Elliott Symes 14:57
U17 women 33 runners
Maddie Williams 16:59
Senior women 117 runners
Abbie Hine 24:02 (13th u20)
Senior men 166 runners
Ryan Walbridge 32:29 (9th u20)
112 Pete Kingswell-Farr 37:52
117 Mike Jurd 38:17
161 Paul Hine 49:56