Brighton 24 January 2015
Charlie Davies reports from the South of
England XC Champs
row left to right:
Abbie Lovering, Fern Morrison, Beth Kingswell-Farr, Anna Kelliher, Dan
Baynham and Elise Gill, with Charlie Davies and
Tom Morrison (foreground) all enjoying the winter sunshine in
done and a good run for all who went to the South of England Champs. The
weather was sunny but there was a bit of chill from the wind.
was a fairly hard course with lots of uphill sections but where theres
an up theres always a down. The downs did prove to be steep and tricky
for some!! If you think youve been to a big race, you should go to this
race with all races having 200+ runners and nearly 1,000 men in the
senior mens race. For some of us it was the first time we had been put
in pens at the start, and our pen draw could have been kinder.
Unfortunately due to illness we lost a few runners before the start (and
some in the race!), but we still had a 23-strong red army.
first race was under-15 boys, in this race we had five Wimborne runners.
Joey keeping up his good form had a brilliant run and came 57th. Michael
also had a very good run with a place of 85th. Dan 124th
and Matt 128th had another close race with Dan coming out on
top this time, it was good to see Elliott 162nd racing. Total
next race up was under-13 girls again we had five runners, leading the
way was Abbie 67th (young under-13) who had a great run, and
followed in by Beth 79th. Our next three runners Holly 120th,
Anna 145th and Fern 226th all had solid runs.
Total runners 247.
third race was under-13 boys, we were missing a couple of runners due to
illness (one was Zach who had just purchased his first set of
cross-country spikes Im sure they wont stay mud free for long!!). In
the race Charlie came 166th closely followed by Tom 170th,
then Jack 207th in his first big race. Total runners 227.
that, came the under-15 girls, leading the way was Grace 31st
who got a little boxed at the start of the race, Lucy B 48th
had another good run followed by Lucy A 148th. Making up the
team, it was good to see Elise 233rd getting the better of a
couple of runners. Well done. Total runners 235.
next race with Wimborne interest was the under-17 men, leading the way
with the best run of the day was Jason 17th, Piers 78th was
next in with another good run and Tom (Boulton) 156th. Then
Sam on his second lap thought it would be funny and quicker to roll down
the hill rather than run but then injured his knee in the process and
had to retire (glad to see him back training at the end of the week).
Total runners 156.
had one runner in the under-20 women, but unfortunately Scooter had to
drop out after injuring herself. Get well soon!
last race of the day was the largest race of the day with nearly 1,000
men in the senior mens race. We only had one runner in this race Pete
685th who looked happy after 1k of his 15k race, a small
portion of the red army stayed to watch the first lap of his race
cheering him on as he passed, but after that Ian and Richard wanted to
get going so they could get some fish and chips when they got back, and
left poor Pete to his own devices!!!
WACers results were:
Abbie Lovering 12:17
79th Beth Kingswell-Farr 12:27
120th Holly Nixon 12:55
145th Anna Kelliher 13:12
226th Fern Morrison 14:26
Charlie Davies 12:21
170th Tom Morrison 12:24
207th Jack Moss-Willcox 13:15
Grace Copleand 15:33
48th Lucy Ballam 15:50
149th Lucy Anderson 17:15
233rd Elise Gill 22:32
Joey Kelliher 16:27
85th Michael Johnson 16:55
124th Dan Baynham 17:27
128th Matt Yates 17:35
162nd Elliott Symes 18:06
Jason Sotheran 21:39
78th Piers Copeland 23:21
156th Tom Boulton 36:55
Pete Kingswell-Farr 1:16:05