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The 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 selected.

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.


Ian Kennedy


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