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Wimborne 10 – Morag’s Story  – 20 November 

Morag Day reports on a race to remember.

Sunday 20th November was a big day for WAC, a day when so many committed members and their friends and families turned out in force to give their all to fellow runners from all over the county and further a field.

As always the organization is trimmed to perfection and 2011’s race, in such fine weather conditions, was a (near) pleasure to run. As I walked to the start from the football club, I chatted to a couple of local non-affiliated runners, one of whom collected a prize last year.  As Barbara has always encouraged, I did try to persuade these chaps to join the club and gave them some info about the Thursday night runs. They both commented on the wonderful atmosphere on reaching Pamphill, with the marquees in situ supporting the baggage area, the trophies, physio and of course the famous tea and cakes.

As ever there were pre-race nerves but I knew, having seen the gradients posted with the race information, that this was going to be less painful than the Gilly Hilly two weeks ago.

Runners await the start                                                           Jess Kennedy

Off we went and before I reached St Stephen's Church, my heart rate monitor was going berserk. Cardiac Hill on the way down is such fun, a good opportunity to stretch legs and sort out breathing, cheers from marshals at snowdrop corner and then again at Abbott Street were very encouraging.

Kelly's enthusiasm as she gave me my water at the first water stop and Norm's traffic control at White Mill were very welcome. The hill to Badbury Cottages brought back memories of the Gilly Hilly but the ‘Groovy Gang’ at the half way mark with water and encouragement were a welcome sight. 

Hearing the band at Shapwick put a spring in my step for a while, but the long haul on the return to White Mill is never a favourite part of the race. I did, however, chat to a few folks during this section and up to the eight mile point. They were interested to hear from a club member about the race, it's inception and why we support Lymphoma Association. 

Seeing the nine mile sign caused a thrill, a) because there was only one more

mile and b) because there was a long uphill climb. This part of the race is where determination kicks in and it was no easier on Sunday than it has been at any other time that I have faced Cardiac Hill. 

Morag approaches Snowdrop Corner … just over a mile to go        Bobbi White

However, at the top and on turning towards Pamphill, the encouragement from finished runners and the overwhelming cheers including a very loud ‘Come on Morag’ from Jerry on the megaphone, made me feel very pleased to have completed the race. I have run a few races over the years but Wimborne 10 has to be one of the best organized, the friendliest and the most well supported race I have ever run.

The post-race scene at Pamphill                                            Jess Kennedy

Congratulations are well deserved to Jeff for taking over the tremendous responsibility of this enormous task to ensure the continued success of Wimborne 10.

In 1997 WAC were one of the few Dorset clubs not to host a race, a few oldies, myself, Barbara and Norman Frampton, Shirley Billington, Jerry, Adie and Julie and others including Brian Lincoln (our data input expert), got together to explore the prospect of rising to the challenge of hosting our own race. We held regular meetings at QE and devoted many hours to achieving the first race in March 1998. For my sins I was elected the first Race Director.

Unfortunately in 1999 I was diagnosed with Non Hodgkins Lymphoma, a cancer of the bone marrow, and Jerry kindly stepped in to the shoes of Race Director. During many years of treatment culminating in a bone marrow transplant in 2004 I remained in touch with the club although I did feel my running days were over. Barbara asked me in the summer if I would be interested in returning to Thursday night training and then persuaded me to enter the race in November. With help from Kim (Jolliffe) on Tuesday nights and Barbara encouraging Thursday time trial and hill sessions, I felt able to take up the challenge and achieved a better time than I had hoped for on the day.

I had my first opportunity to run the race in 2002 when I ran what I consider a rather respectable time of 1.25.56 age and other life changing events have slowed my times but not my enthusiasm for being part of such a great club.

My thanks to Jeff for excusing me from ‘marshal duties’ to all the cake makers and tea brewers, to the marshals and the water station hosts, to the car park attendants and to the dedicated time keepers who make a race like this possible and successful.  My most sincere thanks to all of you for continued support to Lymphoma Association.


WACers results were:

9 – Callum Kennedy – 59:36
63 – John Hutchings – 1:09:02
383 – Morag Day – 1:38:05
397 – Barbara Frampton – 1:40:47

There were 436 finishers. Full results at www.wimborne10.co.uk


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