2011/2012 – A CROSS-COUNTRY SEASON
curtain has come down on the club’s most successful cross-country season
to date. The final fixtures for Wimborne athletes were the Inter-Counties
Championships in Birmingham (did you see us on Sky Sports 1?) and the
National Schools Championships in Somerset. Due to individual successes in
league, schools and regional races unprecedented numbers of Wimborne
athletes have been selected for these most prestigious meetings. Fourteen
runners pulled on county vests in the Inter-Counties race, and a week
later in the National Schools there were seven Wimborne AC runners
We competed in two leagues - the Hampshire League is to a very high
standard and gives our very best the chance to extend themselves. In the
first meeting of the season Piers Copeland recorded the first ever race
win in this league by a Wimborne AC runner. It was a feat he repeated a
further twice as he went in on to win his age-group (U13). Others who
collected age-group awards in the Hampshire League were Grace Copeland 2nd
U13G, Ryan Walbridge 5th U15B, Tom Bourne 6th U13B. We had strong teams in
two age categories the under-13 boys and under-15 girls, in both instances
our teams just missed out on medals - claiming 4th place.
In the more low key Wessex League Wimborne established itself as the
dominant club in the junior categories and finished the season with a huge
haul of Wessex League trophies.
At the bigger races – South-West Championships, South of England Champs
and National Champs – we recorded our best results ever. Many of our
runners have made terrific progress this season, but the highlight must
surely have been Piers Copeland winning the South-West England
Cross-Country Championships (U13). The prospects look good for the future
with Piers’ sister Grace one to watch, in the final couple of races new
runners – Liam Murphy-Parry, Jason Sotheran and Elliott Symes – all made
very encouraging debuts.
During the summer months our cross-country runners turn their attention to
the track where they will be tackling distance from 200m to 5000m and some
of them will also be hurdling 200 and 400m and steeplechasing.
The 2012/2013 cross-country season will start with the opening fixture in
the Hampshire League in early October.