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Wessex XC League – Salisbury – 25 November 2012

Big WAC turnout as Tom Bourne & Callum Kennedy score championship hat-tricks.

We’ve had a week of horrendous weather, and for those travelling to Salisbury via Six Penny Handley we had a journey which encountered a road closure due to flooding along the way. However, once we arrived at Hudson’s Field we were greeted with perfect conditions. The high winds of the previous night had ebbed away and the sun was shining. Incredibly the course was not too wet or muddy. This is because it is on the side of a hill which, though making it a strength-sapping course, drains well.

The red army arrived in force – 41 runners. We believe this may be the best turnout we have yet had for any cross-country race. This was achieved despite some key members of the team not being available. Numbered amongst these were Piers and Grace Copeland, both of whom had run with distinction the previous day at Liverpool in the McCain Cross-Country Challenge. Swelling the ranks this time were WAC XC debutants – Jamie & Rob Anderson and Fern & Tom Morrison – welcome aboard! We were also able to welcome back Ed Gilbert, Scarlett Goldsack, Baz and Daryl Davies after spells away from XC.

Rob Anderson one of four XC debuts on the day

The meeting kicked off with the mass field of under-17s, and seniors, both men and women. The senior men were going to run two small and two large laps (7.8k), whilst the under-17s and the women would do two small laps and one large (5.5k). There were 21 red vests in all for this race start.

The first red vest to the finish line was Ryan Walbridge who claimed 2nd place under-17 with a solid run, next WACer in was Josh Downie. Josh beat Harry Horton-Hill of Bournemouth AC by over a minute. Harry had beaten Josh in the HXC race at Goodwood, so this was a satisfying scalp to claim. The combined efforts of Ryan and Josh saw us placed as third under-17 men’s team. Our under-17 women were next in, led by Sharon Hutchings (2nd overall) with Charlotte Bourne 3rd. Becca ‘Scooter’ Skeats claimed 5th place. Our girls won the team competition in their age-group.

This was the first time we had fielded a complete women’s team, it was a strong one too. Our ladies won the team prize on the day. Lynn Hutchings led the reds home, and she got great support from Helen Edbrooke, Rachel Gladdis and Claire Scammell.

Callum Kennedy knew that if he could make it a hat-trick of wins here he would be the first to seal an individual Wessex League championship win this season. He did a clinical job finishing around 30 seconds ahead of his nearest championship challenger – Tim Hawkins of Yeovil. It was great to have so many (12) in the men’s senior team. Graeme Furley’s third place and Iain Donnelly’s 15th secured the team prize for Wimborne.

12.45 and the under-11s line up at the start. It’s brilliant to have 10 young racers in this one, including three of our four debutants. We’ve got strong team leaders in this age-group, with Max Meadwell coming in fourth, and the fast-improving Freddie Williams giving excellent support. Debutant Tom Morrison claimed the final scoring place and our team came 2nd on the day. Ed Gilbert was back after a spell away, Jamie Anderson was debuting and Fraser Vivian was racing for only the second time – these guys completed our red contingent in the boys’ race. Our final debutant was Fern Morrison, Tom’s sister, she split twins Bethanie and Isabelle Kingswell-Farr as Jess Bourne led the under-11s girls’ team home with a very fine run.

The next race was the under-13s and our boys followed the example of our men’s team and claimed first place in the team competition. They were led home by another hat-trick hero – Tom Bourne. Liam Murphy-Parry and Elliott Symes who, let us not forget, are both in the lower half of this age-group were well placed at 6th and 7th and split by a single second.

It seemed really odd that we turned up at a meeting without any Copelands. Grace had raced the previous day in Liverpool so was getting some well earned rest. This gave Pippa Hine the chance to lead the team home, she received support from Elise Gill who continues to make steady progress with each race.

Very unusually we had only one under-15 boy racing, however, he was the class of the field. Jason Sotheran hit the front early and was tracked closely by Ethan Bevis of City of Portsmouth as the pair broke well clear of the rest. Going into the final lap there was only a second or two between them, but then Jason put an explosion of pace into the final climb and broke away. By the time these two finished they were separated by almost 30 seconds. We have a strong girls’ team in this age group, made even stronger by the return to XC action of Scarlett Goldsack. Our girls packed solidly led by Abbie Hine (3rd), Maddie Williams (4th), Scarlett (5th) and Ella Hearne (7th) to claim the team prize on the day.

Getting the job done. Our under-15 girls will be Wessex League
Champions 2012/2013 once the dust has settled on the season

The reds from left to right are: Abbie, Maddie, Ella and Scarlett.

It had been a great day’s racing for the reds which included three individual race wins – Tom Bourne, Jason Sotheran and Callum Kennedy and five WAC team wins – under-13 boys, under-15 girls, under-17 girls, senior women and senior men … not a bad day’s work.

With three of the four Wessex League meetings completed we can turn our attention to the season averages to see where we are in the standings and which individuals and teams are in medal contention. Both Tom Bourne and Callum Kennedy have already got the job done, and regardless of results in the final race they will be Wessex League Champions in their respective age-groups. Our other medal contenders are as follows:

Under-11 girls – WAC team currently lie 4th

Under-11 boys – Max Meadwell is currently in second place, the team lie 5th at present and are not mathematically out of the medals but there’s plenty of work to do.

Under-13 girls – Grace Copeland leads the chart but it’s not job done yet, the team lie 2nd.

Under-13 boys – Tom Bourne has this one wrapped up, and we have also sealed the team victory.

Under-15 girls – Abbie Hine, Maddie Williams and Ella Hearne, currently lie 2nd, 3rd, and 4th – they have already nailed the team prize.

Under-15 boys – This one is going to be a great scrap – 1st and 2nd ought to be Piers Copeland and Jason Sotheran … but in what order? The team currently lie 1st.

Under-17 girls – Sharon Hutchings and Charlotte Bourne currently lie 3rd and 4th. The team prize is already sorted … it’s coming to Wimborne.

Under-17 boys – Ryan Walbridge lies 2nd and the team 3rd.

Senior women – Lynn Hutchings and Helen Edbrooke lie 2nd and 3rd and the team 2nd.

Senior men – Callum Kennedy will take the men’s title. The team are currently 1st.

Vets categories –  Lynn (w45) is top of age-group, Iain Donnelly is 2nd (m40), Mark Copeland is 2nd (m45) and Gerry Hutchings is 1st (m60).

As you can see there’s plenty at stake in the final race of the season.

WACers times and results at Salisbury were:

Under -11 girls (20 finishers) – 3rd team

7 – Jessica Bourne – 7:01
12 – Bethanie Kingswell-Farr – 7:19
16 – Fern Morrison – 8:12
17 – Isabelle Kingswell-Farr – 8:25

Under -11 boys (25 finishers) – 2nd team

4 – Max Meadwell – 6:20
6 – Freddie Williams – 6:25
16 – Tom Morrison – 6:57
19 – Ed Gilbert – 7:18
20 – Jamie Anderson – 7:41
23 – Fraser Vivian – 8:05

Under-13 Girls (20 finishers) – 5th team

10 – Pippa Hine – 14:18
17 – Elise Gill – 17:27

Under-13 Boys (18 finishers) – 1st team

1 – Tom Bourne – 11:17
6 – Liam Murphy-Parry – 12:04
7 – Elliott Symes – 12:05

Under-15 Girls (10 finishers) – 1st team

3 – Abbie Hine – 15:58
4 – Maddie Williams – 16:18
5 – Scarlett Goldsack – 16:25
7 – Ella Hearne – 16:57

Under-15 Boys (9 finishers)

1 – Jason Sotheran – 12:49

Under-17 Women (5 finishers) – 1st team

2 – Sharon Hutchings – 22:22
3 – Charlotte Bourne – 22:49
5 – Becca Skeats – 24:56

Under-17 Men (10 finishers) – 3rd team

2 – Ryan Walbridge – 18:32
9 – Josh Downie – 20:59

Senior Women (15 finishers) – 1st team

4 – Lynn Hutchings – 23:44
5 – Helen Edbrooke – 24:03
8 – Rachel Gladdis – 26:52
10 – Claire Scammell – 28:20

Senior Men (53 finishers) – 1st team

1 – Callum Kennedy – 25:56
3 – Graeme Furley – 26:55
15 – Iain Donnelly – 30:17
18 – Baz Barry – 30:32
23 – John Hutchings – 31:06
31 – Rob Anderson – 32:47
34 – Gerry Hutchings – 33:08
41 – Daryl Davies – 34:13
43 – Ian Kennedy – 34:54
44 – Pete Kingswell-Farr – 35:12
46 – Graham Whiffen – 35:27
50 – Simon Bourne – 37:41

Full results for the Wessex League will be found at



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