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Excellent Performances at Oxford – 29 June 2014

Peter Impett reports from the Wessex League on 29 June 2014

The third round of the Wessex Young Athletes’ League at Oxford produced some very good performances by Wimborne athletes. Ryan Webb again jumped two metres in the under-17 high jump and equalled the League record held by Nick Hunt. Ryan also achieved a personal best of 6m48 in the long jump confirming his second placed ranking in the South-West, with Jack Rees securing maximum points with a 5m49 leap.

The 1500m opened with the under 13 boys race and Tom Morrison securing 3rd place in a PB of 5:27.34. Grace Copeland then stepped up to the 1500m U15G and shaved eight seconds off the club’s record for the distance. Lucy Ballam’s 4:59 also a PB gave the club maximum points in this event. Piers Copeland won the U17B race in 4:27.19 a new PB and in the U15 B Michael Johnson won A string in 4:48.92 and Elliot Symes won the B string in 4:55.47, both PBs and also securing maximum points in that event. In the 1200m U13G race Fern Morrison secured 3rd place also in a PB of 4:25.09

In the 800m events; in U13G A string Abbie Lovering was 2nd in 2:40.39 and Hannah Fairchild was 1st in the B string in 2:39, a new PB. In U13B A string Robert Hughes was 3rd in 2:51.96 and in the B string Jack Moss Willcox was 2nd in 2:54.49 also a PB. In the U17B 800m Sam Davies was 2nd in 2:2597 whilst Liam Murphy Parry was 2nd in the U15B with 2:19.27.

It was a good day for the sprinters. Ben Holland 13:69 and Matty Effick 14:64 won both strings of the 100 metres for under-13’s. Toby Randerson won the 100m in 11:93 and the 200m in 24:28. Pippa Hine was pleased with her times of 12:8 in the 100m and 26:45 in the 200m and second place in each. Her performances were mirrored in the under-13s by Erin Thickett’s 14:18 and 29:93. Jack Rees thought that he had won the under-17s 200 but the camera clock showed him down on the Basingstoke athlete by just  two one hundredths of a second in a time of 23:66. His time of 11:85 also gave him a second place in the 100m, Louis Coppard was second in the under-17’s 400m with 53:64 before joining Ryan, Jack and Sam Davies for a win in the relay.

Long jumpers shone. In addition to Ryan and Jack’s win, Erin Thickett won the under-13’s with 4m01, Ben Holland 4m56 and Derry Sowinski-Brown  4m01 wrapped up the under-13 boys, Charlotte Ayton won the under-15 girls with 4m74 and Toby Randerson the under-15 boys with 5m06.

Matty Effick’s winning 31.01 in the javelin was his first over 30 metres. Piers Copeland eased his way to a winning 1500 in 4.27.9.  Abbie Lovering was second in the under-13 800 in 2.40.39 but her time was surpassed by Hannah Fairchild who won the B string in 2.39.19. Nia Burley showed huge improvement in her hurdles and was second 13.40 a placing that she repeated in the discus with 18m.46. Rob Hughes was second in the under-13 hurdles in 14.22 and there were second places for Kelly Snook in the under-17 hurdles with 13.56 and the high jump of 1m45. 

Fourth place on the day did not reflect the spirit and quality of the athletes’ performances but then Wimborne were up against some very powerful local teams.

Results were:

Basingstoke               598
Team Kennet             499
Oxford                         437
Wimborne                  367
Poole                         159
Fleet & Crookham   157

The quadkids team were also up against some stiff competition. Ben Butcher was the only under-11 over 4 metres in the long jump and he also won the 75 metres. He was just pushed into second place overall. Oscar Street was fourth with the fastest time of the day in the 600m Our youngest athletes George Butcher and Rebecca Bentham both performed well  and will surely go on to greater things.

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