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
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.