Kennedy reports from the Inter-Counties Cross-Country Championships
was another big weekend for Wimborne ACs cross-country team. The
club made a significant contribution to the Dorset team, providing
in excess of 20 athletes over all the age groups.
you are not sure how significant an event the Inter-Counties
Cross-Country Championships, then takes a look at who won the senior
races on the day GB stars Jess Judd and Andy Vernon. The younger
age-group races will contain the stars of tomorrow.
race venue was near Loughborough, so this was another long haul for
Dorset-based athletes. Some chose to travel on Friday and stay in
the East Midlands overnight, while others were setting their alarms
for an early start.
the team tent erected and proudly displaying the St Wites Cross it
was time to turn our attention to race preparation. Although the
course didnt look overly muddy, the mud was of a kind that really
stuck to the soles of your shoes. Many opted for longer spikes.
Results with WAC athletes shown in red
Dorset got off to a subdued start; the first race was the one where
we had the least number of runners just Niall Instone (Poole AC).
This was one of only two races where we were unable to record a team
Niall Instone 35:08
The under-13 boys were next; we were able to boast a full complement
of eight in this one. This race produced the best Dorset male
performance of the day William Rabjohns (PAC) came 11th.
Next in for Dorset was the first of the Wimborne AC runners Tom
Fuller, and Cameron Corbin and Finn Pardy (both PAC) completed the
team scorers. Josh Smith (PAC) was next, with the WAC pairing of
Joel Green and Ollie Rawles. These three finished around 10 seconds
apart. The team was completed by Liam Nixon (PAC) and finished 22nd
William Rabjohns 12:10
106 Tom Fuller 13:06
Cameron Corbin 13:14
146 Finn Pardy 13:19
191 Josh Smith 13:33
216 Joel Green 13:41
239 Oliver Rawles 13:52
Liam Nixon 14:27
The senior womens 8km race was next up. Verity Ockenden, whos
recently returned to the area from South Wales (and prior to that
the USA) led the team home (28th). Next in was Nikki
Sandell (Bournemouth AC) in 168th, and Judith Vlaarkamp (Lytchett
Manor Striders) and Hannah Acquah (WAC) secured the other team
points. The irrepressible Sarah Swift (PR) was next, then WACs
Becca Ellis on her county debut. The team was completed by Kirstin
Hay (PAC). Our women were 24th team on the day.
Verity Ockenden 31:39
168 Nikki Sandell 36:14
238 Judith Vlaarkamp 39:27
244 Hannah Acquah 39:56
Sarah Swift 41:57
260 Becca Ellis 42:29
Kirstin Hay 43:39
The under-15 boys were set to cover 4.5km. Ruben Wilson-Connell
(PAC) was first Dorset home (89th). Seth Lake was 1st
WAC, with Nathaniel Willmore (Poole Runners) and Tom Farwell
(Bournemouth AC) the other scorers. A quartet of WAC runners
completed the line-up Josh Davey, Sam Hughes, Charlie Davies and
Zach Fenwick. For Sam this was his county debut. The team came 39th.
Ruben Wilson-Connell 17:13
210 Seth Lake 18:20
Nathaniel Willmore 18:36
241 Tom Farwell 18:44
246 Josh Davey 18:48
260 Sam Hughes 19:12
270 Charles Davies 19:41
290 Zach Fenwick 20:31
In the under-17 womens race the first three Dorset runners came in
closely packed. With WACs Hannah Slater sandwiched between Purbeck
Runners Lola Brown-Araujo and Issie Taylor (PAC). The final point
scorer was Alice Forster (PR), resulting in each of the four point
scorers coming from different clubs. The under-17 womens team was
completed by Carla Sheppard (PAC), Lita Short (PR) and Kate Stanger
(BAC) and came 24th.
Lola Brown Araujo 22:56
111 Hannah Slater 23:02
Issie Taylor 23:02
134 Alice Forster 23:16
189 Carla Sheppard 24:08
204 Lita Short 24:12
271 Kate Stanger 27:36
Despite not all the countys best athletes being available, the best
Dorset team results came in the under-20 women (12th).
Leading the charge was PRs Serena OConnor in 16th.
WACs Mary Butler was next in with Bridget Dence (BAC) and Lissie
Hood (PAC) collecting the rest of the team points. Rachael Jeffries
(PAC), Flora Johnson (Dorchester AC) and Maddie Williams (WAC)
completed the team.
Serena O'Connor 23:41
68 Mary Butler 26:00
Bridget Dence 26:22
133 Lissie Hood 28:11
137 Rachael Jeffries 28:29
154 Flora Johnson 29:25
166 Maddie Williams 30:39
The best two individual Dorset performances came in the under-13
girls race. We had two placed in the top 10. Emily Shaw (WAC) was
4th and only one second away from the 2nd
placed runner, and Emilie Castagna (PAC) 7th. Emilies
team mate Ashia Wilson was 3rd Dorset, with the final
scoring position falling to WACs Abbi Slade. The team was
completed by Heidi Taylor, Izzy Rabjohns (both PAC), Susanna Forster
(PR) and Anya Sandell (BAC) and placed 17th.
4 Emily Shaw 12:47
Emelie Castagna 13:07
81 Ashia Wilson 14:07
242 Abbi Slade 15:15
Heidi Taylor 15:31
284 Izzy Rabjohns 16:05
287 Susanna Forster 16:15
294 Anya Sandell 16:27
Dorset under-17 mens took a bit of a battering leading up to race
day with runners becoming unavailable. Dominic Willmore (PR) led
the team home, and there was a strong run from Dan Baynham to be
next Dorset in. The remaining scoring positions were claimed by Joe
Mitchell (PR) and WACs Michael Johnson. Cam Telford (PAC) and Ed
Dart (WAC) completed our team, they came 34th.
Dominic Willmore 21:42
158 Daniel Baynham 22:51
Joseph Mitchell 23:27
202 Michael Johnson 23:30
Cameron Telford 23:44
244 Edward Dart 24:59
Our first four in the under-15 girls packed pretty closely to give a
respectable team score for the county (15th). Those four
were separated by just 14 seconds; they were Abbie Lovering (WAC),
Fern Kimber (PR), Amy Mercer (WAC) and Maddy Johnson (DAC). This
was the age-group with the greatest number of WAC athletes in it.
Maddy Herbert (DAC) found herself sandwiched between Holly Nixon (WAC)
and the WAC pairing of Demi Goddard and Anna Kelliher.
60 Abbie Lovering 17:00
Fern Kimber 17:07
79 Amy Mercer 17:12
Madeleine Johnson 17:14
146 Holly Nixon 17:43
Maddy Herbert 18:13
206 Demi Goddard 18:20
231 Anna Kelliher 18:39
The final race of the day was the mens; they were to cover 12km.
Having started the meeting with an incomplete entry, so we finished
it. Chris Perham was a respectable 35th, with the only
support available to him being from PACs Brian Underwood.
Chris Perham 40:25
195 Brian Underwood 44:41