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Canford Heath  – Wessex XC – 29 September 2013

WAC get off to a great start in the season’s opener.

Ryan and Jason are well-placed as the combined u17s, u20s, seniors race gets away

The new cross-country league season, opened at Canford Heath in glorious weather conditions. The Wessex Cross-Country League has had its ups and downs over the last few years, this race suggests that things are heading once again in the right direction. In all, more than 240 runners took part, and of those more than 40 were wearing the red of Wimborne. Despite all that we still had key members of our squad unavailable on the day, we look forward to their 2013/2014 XC season debuts.

As is the Wessex tradition the first action of the day was the combined male/female u17/u20/seniors race start. This saw more than 80 athletes on the start line. As the runners got away the red vests of Jason Sotheran and Ryan Walbridge were right at the heart of the action. Our under-17s were flying with Jason and Ryan coming 1st and 3rd, split by Fergus Johnson of Dorchester AC. Giving tremendous support in this age-group was Josh Downie. Was this Josh’s best cross-country performance yet?  WAC came first team in this category. Most unusually we were unable to field any under-17 women.

The senior women were the next in. Helen Edbrooke led the charge for WAC, but the contributions of both Claire Scammell and Lesley Davies were vital in recording first position amongst the women’s teams.

Having started at the same time, but run a longer distance, were the under-20s and senior men. Steve Wyatt led the time home, and our other team points scorers were Mark Copleand and Iain Donnelly. There were some familiar faces in our men’s team, but also a few surprises. It was a pleasure to welcome back Stewart Little after such a long lay-off, while Paul Hine was back in action having lost his season last winter to a serious knee problem. Pete Kingswell-Farr has made enormous progress since last year, not untimely as his first marathon race looms!

From the oldest runners, the next ones up were the youngest … the under-11s. Max Meadwell is an experienced XC runner in this age-group, and he recorded a fine 2nd place. A big plus for us was the number of young runners who were running cross-country for the club for the first time and this was most evident in this race. Particularly eye-catching performances came from Abbie Lovering and Chloe Fleming (3rd and 5th) in the girls’ race, but all our other under-11s (Jordan McGregor, Ben Butcher, Derry Sowinski-Brown, Charlie Davies, Joel Green, Lily Gallimore and Ava Keay) can feel proud of what they achieved on the day. In the under-11s age-group our girls finished 2nd team and our boys 3rd.

The under-13s race brought us our second race winner of the day, when we witnessed a cracking performance from Liam Murphy-Parry. Liam got outstanding support from Elliot Symes, with both Tom Morrrison and Robert Hughes providing excellent back-up. Our under-13 boys finished as first team. The girls were led home by Bethanie Kingswell-Farr. Her application and commitment to training is certainly starting to pay dividends, Beth finished 5th. Giving great support was Jess Bourne, no doubt Jess’ win in the Limelights Open Cross-Country race two weeks earlier was a great confidence booster. Daisy Gallimore put in a particularly encouraging performance, mixing it with some far more experienced runners. It was another good team performance from our under-13 girls – 2nd place.

The final race of the day – the under-15s – brought the performance of the day. Grace Copeland was running ‘up an age-group’. This meant that Grace was running against those from the two school years above her, boys and girls. Grace convincingly won her race, what was even more impressive is that she also ran faster than two-thirds of the older boys too! Pippa Hine and Lisa Henderson’s scores were vital as they enabled us to record a team score … the girls finished 3rd overall. Leading the charge for the under-15 boys was another Copeland … Piers. Piers recorded a second place and once again important work for the team was done by both Joe Miles and Matt Yates … our boys team finished 1st in this age-group.

It was a great way to start the cross-country season. Poole AC were the host club and they did a superb job of hosting the meeting … our turn to show what we can do on that front comes on 15 December at Canford School … we shall need lots of volunteers on that day! A big ‘thank you’ to for Lindsay Hole of Team Dorset who has put a great amount of work over the summer in the run-up to the new cross-country season – all in all a very encouraging start to the new Wessex League XC season.

WACers results

Under-17 men (10 runners) – 1st team

1 – Jason Sotheran – 15:31
3 – Ryan Walbridge – 15:52
6 – Josh Downie – 17.10

Senior women (17 runners) – 1st team

7 –  Helen Edbrooke – 30:58
11 – Claire Scammell – 33:53
17 – Lesley Davies – 38:51

Senior men (55 runners) – 4th team

7 – Steve Wyatt – 30:39
18 – Mark Copeland – 32:51
21 – Iain Donnelly – 34:07
28 – Stewart Little – 35:03
30 – Peter Kingswell-Farr – 35:15
38 – Rich House – 37:31
45 – Daryl Davies – 39:15
47 – Richard Davies – 40:13
48 – Paul Hine – 41:14
49 – Glyn Davies – 41:59

Under-11 boys (39 runners) – 3rd team

2 – Max Meadwell – 6:53
10 – Jordan McGregor – 7:43
14 – Ben Butcher – 7:49
18 – Derry Sowinski-Brown – 7:55
20 – Charlie Davies – 8:02
24 – Joel Green – 8:20

Under-11 girls (34 runners) – 2nd team

3 – Abbie Lovering – 7:21
5 – Chloe Fleming – 7:33
19 – Lily Gallimore – 8:33
22 – Ava Keay – 8:44

Under-13 boys (29 runners) – 1st team

1 – Liam Murphy-Parry – 9:55
3 – Elliott Symes – 10:10
16 – Tom Morrison – 11:12
24 – Robert Hughes – 12:04

Under-13 girls (25 runners) – 2nd team

5 – Bethanie Kingswell-Farr – 11:53
8 – Jessica Bourne – 12:01
11 – Hannah Fairchild – 12:30
12 – Daisy Gallimore – 12:31
19 – Isabelle Kingswell-Farr – 13:09
21 – Fern Morrison – 13:10
25 – Elise Gill – 13:58

Under-15 boys (12 runners) – 1st team

2 – Piers Copeland – 10:53
9 – Joe Miles – 12:06
10 – Matt Yates – 12:14

Under-15 girls (18 runners) – 3rd team

1 – Grace Copeland (running up an age-group) – 11:22
17 – Pippa Hine – 15:15
18 – Lisa Henderson – 16:36

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