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Hampshire League Race 3  – 6 December – Ashe Meadows, Overton 

What a difference a week makes! WACers were greeted by glorious sunshine on the morning of this race – although it was bitterly cold. Sadly illness and injury left the team a little depleted.

The Hampshire League continues to delight and Overton was another cracking course. Where the River Test lazily meanders alongside the course the ground was very wet and boggy but there were also a couple of challenging climbs to tackle too.

Sharon Hutchings (u13) was our first runner of the day. Her fine run at King’s Park the previous weekend gave her a tremendous boost and she ran with real confidence to record her best Hampshire League performance of the season so far.

Next off the start line was Callum Kennedy (u15). After a steady start Callum got stronger the longer the race continued and made up a number of places during a very determined run.

Maddy Vaughan-Johncey (u17) was next. The continuing improvements in her endurance were clear for all to see.

It was great to welcome cross-country stalwart Jill Harsent back for her first league race of the season. This challenging course was very much to her liking as she made steady progress through the field. Unfortunately Jill was our only Senior Woman. This race being the most adversely affected by absentees.

We managed a good number of runners in the men’s race but one of our absentees was Colin Read who had been first WACer home in the first two Hampshire League races. Another points scorer in earlier races – Richard Atkins – was also unavailable. Our men stepped up to the plate though and finished third team in our division on the day, which keeps us in second place in the league. Graeme put in another bionic performance and he had great back-up from Stewart Little, Graham Whiffen and Guy Thompson. The rest of the team were in the business of gaining as many places over other team’s runners as possible.

WACers times and results were:

Under-13 Girls

27 – Sharon Hutchings – 8:56

Under-15 Boys

44 – Callum Kennedy – 16:30

Under-17 Women

13 – Maddy Vaughan-Johncey – 17:18

Senior Women

81 – Jill Harsent – 32:15

Senior Men (3rd team)

 68 – Graeme Furley – 33:02

93 – Stewart Little – 34:18

129 – Graham Whiffen – 36:04

130 – Guy Thompson – 36:05

163 – Ian Kennedy – 38:41

177 – Jeff Hinsley – 39:39

191 – Danny Symington – 41:26

195 – Steve Snook – 41:34

196 – Phil Burgess – 41:35

207 – Paul Hine – 43:26

Full results for the Hampshire League can be found at www.athletics.hampshire.org.uk/events/hxcl.html


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