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Hampshire League Race 4  – 3 January – Prospect Park, Reading 

Prospect Park, Reading turned out to be another excellent and challenging course. The ground was frozen solid and there were a couple of stiff climbs on the route. As the race came so close after the Christmas/New Year break the team was a little depleted, with some team members still away, and a few taken out by flu-like symptoms. This had a particularly bad effect on the men’s team. Five of our top 6 men were unavailable. Graham Whiffen, our only top 6 man there, was struggling with tight calfs, and a few of us further down the order were not completely recovered from coughs and colds either. Under the circumstances it was not that surprising that after the results have been calculated that the senior men dropped out of the promotion spots with one race to go. We can get promotion at our first attempt still, but it will take a big effort in the final race of the season at Salisbury on 14 February.

On race day we got off to a great start with another spirited performance from Sharon Hutchings, her best yet in the Hampshires. In the under-13 boys Jordan Symington was doubtful right up until race day as he has been recovering from illness. In the circumstances Jordan did superbly. With Ross Kirkpatrick now turning out for the under-15s it is great to see us recording a team score. It was Ross’ best race for us so far. Jack and Callum’s personal battle further down the field continued. After a couple of recent outstanding run’s from Maddy, a little race-tiredness caught up with her. Maddy had made an encouraging road race debut just two days earlier (where she won her age group).

Nicki Roe led our ladies in, with Lyn Hutchings recording her best result of the season next WACer in. Claire Newby brought in the points to secure a team score.

Despite Graham Whiffen struggling with his calfs he was still the first WACer in. Craig Dixon, who isn’t yet up to full speed since returning from India, was next with Jeff Hinsley not far behind him. The final team points were scored by Steve Snook.

WACers times and results were:

Under-13 Girls

22 – Sharon Hutchings – 10:43

Under-13 Boys

34 – Jordan Symington – 12:11

Under-15 Boys (6th team)

18 – Ross Kirkpatrick – 14:23

29 – Jack Snook – 17:12

30 – Callum Kennedy – 17:30

Under-17 Women

15 – Maddy Vaughan-Johncey – 18:15

Senior Women (15th team)

60 – Nicki Roe – 26:50

75 – Lyn Hutchings – 29:00

86 – Claire Newby – 33:05

Senior Men (7th team)

129 – Graham Whiffen – 35:03

172 – Craig Dixon – 38:16

175 – Jeff Hinsley – 38:36

184 – Steve Snook – 40:24

186 – Ian Kennedy – 40:39

193 – Paul Hine – 41:55


Full results for the Hampshire League can be found at





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