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South West League 2,  Match 1 (B Programme), Exeter

South West League is a competition for all age groups over 11 years old. Not every event is covered in each match, which is why the 4 matches are split between an A and a B Programme so that over the season all events are covered. It is an ideal introduction to competition and as such is recommended for all athletes who have yet to experience competitive athletics, as well as our more seasoned athletes.

Those who were able to travel to Exeter for the first match of the season enjoyed a superb day out. Weather conditions were ideal for early season competition – warm and not too much of a breeze. Though, having said that, by the middle of the afternoon, it was perhaps a bit uncomfortably warm for the 5000 metre runners.

We’ll start by singing the praises of the ‘novices’.  In the under 13 boys, and our only representative in that age group, Liam Winton, jumped in to 7th place in the Long Jump. The under 13 girls saw Kelly O’Mahoney, Shae Hardy, and Sharon Hutchings step up to compete for the first time. Highlights for them were Kelly’s determined run to 5th place in the 1500m, Shae’s Long Jump, another 5th place, and Sharon’s excellent 2nd place run also in the 1500m. Finally, we must mention our two not quite so youthful ‘novices’: Lyn Hutchings rounded off a good day for Team Hutchings by taking part in the 5000m and finishing 3rd in the Senior Women; and Dick Winton (Team Winton) with a debut league appearance in the Senior Men’s Javelin competition throwing 20.16m to score in 6th place.

Hannah Winton bagged 1st place in the Long Jump in the under 15 girls age category and she was joined in this age group by TC Hardy and Abbie Card (both 1st year in this age group). Both Abbie and TC look well matched in the 200m, and, in fact all three are very close in the 100m so it will be interesting to watch their performances over the season.

It was also good to see some of our athletes trying out unfamiliar events, and surprising themselves. Abbie Card (4th Shot Putt), and Matt Curtis (6th Triple Jump) come to mind.

Another of the many highlights was Callum Kennedy in the 3000m. Despite this being the first ever attempt at 3000m on the track, Callum ran a sensibly paced race to win the under 15 boys category.

In fact, the under 15 boys category was, perhaps, our strongest age group with Alwyn Harries, Aaron McCoy, Matt Curtis and Jack Snook as well as Callum all performing well in their events. It was great to see a Wimborne AC boys relay team in action – the first time in many a season – more so, as no other club managed to field an under 15 boys relay squad.

We did have some more seasoned athletes competing. Ben Amey continues to improve – his 100m and 200m times both better than recent performances at a recent Sprints and Hurdles Challenge at Yate. Kyle Wilson and Karyn Light both dipped their toes in the competition waters after long layoffs due to injury. It was great to see them both back in action in the 100m. Trudi Carter somehow managed to compete in 3 events as well as guesting in the Pole Vault (I thought Pole Vault took all day!), receiving vociferous support during the 1500m from the Wimborne AC contingent camped near the start of the home straight. Peter Impett starred in the 100m, though rued the head wind (about -0.1m/s I reckon), and finally Steve Snook managed to bag a win in the triple jump, courtesy of no other athletes turning up for the event.

One final mention needs to be made of the parents and supporters who came along. Thank you for your support and an extra special thanks to those of you who were able to assist in running some of the field events – we picked up an extra 15 points for your efforts – but more importantly without such help some of the events would just not happen.

Well done everyone – here’s to the next match!


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