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Sportshall County Championships – 24 January 2015

Paula Hine reports

Despite the clash with the South of England Cross Country Championships,  Wimborne had forty athletes entered for the Sportshall County Championships held at Canford School.

Unlike in the league meetings, where they compete in amongst the older athletes, the under 11 athletes get to compete in some events of their own at this meeting. Ben Butcher was our first under 11 champion of the day, winning the high jump with a personal best performance at 1.30m. Ben also went on later to win his 4 lap final in 51.6 seconds. Our other under 11 boy’s champion of the day was Joel Green in the vertical jump event with 33cm. Joel also only narrowly missed out on a place in the 4 lap final. WAC had several silver positions  with Oscar Street in the 4 lap and long jump, Joe  Baynham in the triple jump, Jenson Harris in the shot putt and Tom Fuller in the speed bounce. Tom was also in the 4 lap final. Oliver Rawles chose to run a 6 lap race, which unfortunately meant that he had to compete against the older and more experienced under 13’s, he had a fantastic race and finished in 3rd place overall.

The under 11 girls matched the boys fine performances and also came away with several top three positions. Ava Keay was running at her best to win both her heat and final in the 2 lap sprint in 25.1secs. The slightly younger Katie Hull finished second in that final in 26.1 seconds. Katie also won the standing long jump with a very impressive leap of 1.81m, some 16 centimetres further than the second placed athlete.

Tilly Turner, who is new to the sport and to Wimborne AC, also had a fantastic afternoon. Having won her 2 lap heat she then had to put in an extra ‘race off’ against a Poole Runners athlete  to qualify for the final. Tilly made it to the final – showing great composure and motivation. She also won third place in the standing long jump competition. Rebecca Bentham won her 2 lap heat but was unlucky not to gain a place in the final – next year Rebecca!! Charlotte Piper also had a great afternoon, she finished third in the 4 lap final  and she won the shot putt by a small margin from  Lucy Harvey. I am looking forward to watching both girls throw the shot this Summer. Lydia Hughes bounced her way into second place in the speed bounce event with a great score of 73 jumps. Lydia also ran well to make the 4 lap final – that extra training is paying off!!

The under 13 athletes were fewer in number but still great in strength. One of the top performers that deserve a mention was Ben Holland who won the standing long  jump and then went on to finish 2nd in the 2 lap final just pipping team mate Mattie Effick at the post. Mattie had previously won the standing long jump competition. Also jumping well was Joshua Lock who finished third in the long jump. Robert Hughes started his afternoon with a solid second in the high jump and then went on to finish second place overall in the 6 lap race.

The girls Under 13 team can boast two wins to their credit. Lucy Tipping won the triple jump in a new PB of 5.90m. Charlotte Laing jumped the highest in the vertical jump with 56cms. Both girls also did well on the track with Lucy finishing second overall in the 6 lap race and Charlotte making the final of the 2 lap to finish 4th overall. Keira Farrell had a gutsy run in the 4 lap final to finish second and she came third in the long jump.

By far the most exciting part of the afternoon is always the relay races. It was here that the WAC team excelled by winning four out of the seven relay races and dominating the boys circuit relay final where three out of the four teams taking part were wearing the red WAC vest. The winning team were Tom Fuller, Oscar Street, tunnel king Joe Baynham and Ben Butcher. The second place team were led by George Butcher, then Joel Green, new and promising Harry Bunting and brought home by Max Dominey. Joshua Lock captained the younger and third placed team of Jenson Harris, Bobby Harris–Hawkins and Albert Van der Feltz.

The boys 4 x 2 lap relay team had the second fastest qualifying time in the heat, but managed to up their game and beat Poole AC in the final. Well done to the quartet of Ben Holland, Mattie Effick, Derry Sowinski- Brown and Robert Hughes. In the girls relay the positions were reversed and the WAC team finished second to Poole AC. Well done to Lucy Tipping, Keira Farrell, Lucy Gladdis and Charlotte Laing.

In the girls circuit relay final things got very exciting when poor Lydia Hughes took a stumble over one of the hurdles. Where others perhaps wouldn't have she managed to get herself up and keep running. She kept the girls in the race, and they went on to win, a fantastic team performance from Lydia Hughes, Tilly Turner, Katie Hull and Ava Keay.

Finally, the Parlauf relays, where the baton travels 8laps between two runners, also proved to be very exciting from a Wac point of view. In the boys Parlauf the younger Oliver Rawles teamed up with the more experienced Thomas Cartright–Terry. They won their heat and their time put them in third place overall. In the girls Parlauf we entered two teams. Rosie Corbould supported Charlotte Piper and both girls worked well together to finish in second place overall. The younger duo of Kate Simmonds and Isabella Cox ran superbly to take third place overall – these pair are to be watched for greater things to come next season!!

The under 15 girl’s competition consisted of nine competitors in total, four from Wimborne AC. Charlotte Ayton finished second overall and won the 2 lap sprint. Pippa Hine won both the 4 lap and speed bounce events. Caitlyn Hooper won the long jump event. For Becca May, her highlight was a superb run in the 2 lap to finish just behind the heat winner from Bournemouth AC.

Exhausted – the WAC red army all departed and now we await to hear who has been selected to represent Dorset in the regional event in a few weeks time.

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