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Heading for promotion – Braunton (SWL) – 8 July 2012

Peter Impett reports on a great day.

See foot of page for links to Braunton photo gallery.


Kelly Snook matches the winning height in the high jump

Despite losing the services of at least half a dozen athletes in the Dorchester flooding, Wimborne AC stormed to a resounding victory in the South West League Division 2 at Braunton, North Devon on Sunday. The win puts them in line for promotion and providing that they hold their nerve in the last match at Yeovil in September, the Championship as well.

Pippa Hine recorded two Grade 1 performances in the under-13 girls, 13.6s in the 100m and 28.3s in the 200m but was only placed second in the 200m in 28.3s.  Pippa also won the long jump with a personal best 4m24. Grace Copeland again got the tactics right in under-13 1500m and with a spectacular injection of pace cruised past the North Somerset athlete to win in 5m09.1. Bethan Burley wasn’t far behind Pippa in the 200m and took third place with a Grade 1 28.5s. Bethan also produced Grade 1 in the 70m hurdles for second place in 12.1s and was second in the shot with 7m87. These three were joined by Ellie Stark to win the relay in 58.4s. In the under -5 girls Kelly Snook was third in the 75m hurdles 13.7s and second in the high jump 1m35. Abbie Hine was second in the 1500 metres.

The senior and under-17 age groups were sparsely populated by the other clubs and  Wimborne accumulated large numbers of points.  Highlights in these age groups were Sharon Hutchings winning 44.2s in the under-17  300 metres and the 1500 metres 5.17.0. and Hannah Winton’s second placed senior 200m in 28.3s.  These age groups belong to athletes like Chloe Morris who tackled the 1500m steeplechase for the first time and Rebecca Skeats who turned her hand to the javelin.


Sharon Hutchings ‘beasted’ the field at 300 and 1500m

The under-13 boys was more competitive and Tom Stokes 28.9s for second in the 200m was hard earned.  Tom combined with Alfie Beddow for second and third in the shot 6m03 and 5m86. Lucas Noble delivered good points with a second placed high jump 1m25 and a third place hurdles in 15.2s.  Ryan Webb comfortably won the 80m hurdles in 12.8s from team mate Ryan Long in 13.8s.  Piers Copeland endured a titanic battle in the 1500m but could not get the better of his opponent and had to be satisfied with 4.38.9 and second place.

Ryan Long  then led an almost blanket win for Wimborne in the pole vault taking the under-15s in a personal best of 2m85 inspiring team mate Tom Boulton to a personal best 2m25 in third place.  Matt Curtis returned from English Schools duty to win his age group on 3m30 with Chris Flavell in second place on 2m85. Paul Flavell then won the senior vault with 2m80.  Matt Curtis also won the 100 hurdles his English Schools event  in  15.4s with Christian Flavell second in 15.7s.  Matt also won the shot with a long range 11m82.

There were major points contributions from Jack Snook missing out on long jump glory by just one centimetre 5m88, Ben Amey 24.1s in the senior 200m and second place, Olympic torch bearer Graeme Furley 4m50.2 in the senior 1500m, Callum Kennedy 7m 11.4 in the under-20 steeplechase and Ryan Wallbridge 2nd in the 400m in 55.9.  Ashley Long showed that the seniors are not just about running, with a second-placed discus 24m59.

Team managers are still on a high after the result on the day.


High spirits match the high scores



Wimborne            1299
North Somerset   1035
Armada                  747
Mendip                   618
North Devon          604.5
Dorchester            499.5
South West Vets   134

After three matches the scores are:

Wimborne                                              19pts                     3458.0 
North Somerset                                     18pts                     3217.5
Armada                                                  17pts                     2845.5 
Mendip                                                   11pts                     1931.0 
Dorchester                                               9pts                     1759.0
North Devon                                             7pts                     1347.5 
South West Vets                                     3pts                       480.0


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