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Reds out in force at Canford Heath – 2 November 2014    

Ian Kennedy reports on Wessex League cross-country.

Paula Hine gave our under-11 girls some last minute tips at Canford Heath

Despite a few regulars missing and half term holidays we had our biggest turnout of the season so far for this meeting – 49 runners. The races were got under way with the combined under-17s/seniors race.

The first runners over the finish line were the under-17 men. We couldn’t have got off to a better start. We had two athletes in this race, Jason Sotheran and Piers Copeland, and they claimed a 1-2. We also had two under-17 women  - Abbie Hine and Maddie Williams – also followed each other home (in 11th and 12th), with Abbie running with an infected toe.

Our senior women were led home by Gill Allen (7th) with support from Lesley Davies (18th). Unfortunately we were unable to field a complete team – three runners are required in this age age-group.

Having stepped up into the men’s team this year, Ryan Walbridge once again led the reds home (he was also 1st under-20 overall). With the return of Colin Read to the team, Ryan was pushed hard on this occasion.  Next in was XC stalwart Mark Copeland, ahead of our long-travelling WACer Iain Donnelly. In our previous XC race (at Farley Mount) for the first time for a very long time we had failed to field a complete team of runners. There was no danger of that here as Kerry Mapp, Pete Kingswell-Farr, Paul Flavell (currently the club’s fastest improving senior male distance runner according to Run Britain statistics), Richard Davies, Paul Hine, Jason Hall and Glyn Davies all wore the red of Wimborne.

Having debuted at Avon Heath in the first race of the season, Charlotte Piper once again led our under-11 girls home. Rosie Corbould and Grace Anstey were also competing for the second time and gave good support. They were joined by Lydia Hughes, her first race this year.

We’ve got some really promising under-11 boys, but unfortunately, not all of them were available for this meeting. Of the five boys we did have competing – three of them were making debuts. One of our debutants – Seb Flavell led the team home. He got good support from Tom Fuller just four seconds back. Oliver Rawles was next in, making a very encouraging debut, he just edged it ahead of Joel Green in his first XC race of the season after some impressive racing over 600m on the track through the summer. Ted Hall completed our team, on his cross-country debut.

Abbie Lovering improved on her 3rd place last time in the Wessex with a 2nd here – remember she is still lower half of the age-group. Bethanie Kingswell-Farr and Hannah Fairchild are amongst our most experienced u13-girls and they are both showing improving form. Our next three runners home are all relatively inexperienced – Holly Nixon, Amy Mercer and Anna Kelliher. For Holly and Anna it was their second cross-country race and Amy was making her debut. Watch these three … although they haven’t been with us for long they have shown a tremendous work ethic in training and their performances here were enormously encouraging. Two of our more experienced under-13 girls – Fern Morrison and Isabelle Kingswell-Farr – came in together and were given the same time, and they completed our team.

We had good numbers in the under-13 boys’ team, with our most experienced runner, Tom Morrison, leading the red vests home. Charlie Davies is really putting a shift in at training and this is starting to bring rewards. Robert Hughes was next, and he had Zach Fenwick in close proximity. There were good solid performances too from Jack Moss-Wilcox and our u13-boys’ only race debutant – Thomas Cartwright-Terry. Out of sorts, and in some trouble, battler Derry Sowinski-Brown completed the team. It turned out that Derry had an underlying health issue that later required surgery – needless to say this gutsy performer still managed to complete.

Our under-15 girls’ team have shown already this season what they are capable of. Again Grace Copeland recorded another comfortable win with good support from Lucy Ballam (3rd). Unfortunately, after a decent start, Lucy Anderson got into a spot of difficulty and was unable to finish so the points recorded by Elise Gill proved to be very important to us, and made sure we recorded a team score in the age-group. 

We didn’t have all our firepower available to us in the under-15 boys’ race, but four boys who competed for us all put in decent performances. Leading the team home (for the second Wessex race in row) was Joey Kelliher in third. He was just two seconds, and one place ahead of his team mate Liam Murphy-Parry. Another good run from Michael Johnson saw him claim 7th place (remember he’s bottom of age-group), and Matt Yates (in 11th) continues to show improving form.

For the vast majority of WAC runners it had been a good day at the races. Derry is now on the mend and we look forward to seeing him back in action shortly.

WACers times and results were:

Under-17 women (12 finishers)

10 – Abbie Hine – 20:56
11 – Maddie Williams – 21:10

Under-17 men (11 finishers)

1 – Jason Sotheran – 15:54
2 – Piers Copeland – 16:27

Senior women (19 finishers)

7 – Gill Allen – 31:49
18 – Lesley Davies – 36:15

Senior men (43 finishers)

5 – Ryan Walbridge – 31:11 (1st under-20m)
6 – Colin Read – 31:22
17 – Mark Copeland – 34:45
19 – Iain Donnelly – 35:32
21 – Kerry Mapp – 36:18
27 – Pete Kingswell-Farr – 37:10
29 – Rich House – 38:28
30 – Paul Flavell – 38:33
35 – Richard Davies – 40:16
36 – Paul Hine – 40:32
38 – Jason Hall – 42:45
42 – Glyn Davies – 44:41

Under-11 girls (34 finishers)

12 – Charlotte Piper – 8:51
22 – Rosie Corbould – 09:44
28 – Lydia Hughes – 10:10
33 – Grace Anstey – 10:41

Under-11 boys (26 finishers)

8 – Seb Flavell – 7:45
11 – Tom Fuller – 7:49
12 – Oliver Rawles – 8:05
13 – Joel Green – 8:08
26 – Ted Hall – 10:07

Under-13 girls (28 finishers)

2 – Abbie Lovering – 11:12
6 – Bethanie Kingswell-Farr – 11:43
8 – Hannah Fairchild – 12:03
9 – Holly Nixon – 12:04
10 – Amy Mercer – 12:08
12 – Anna Kelliher – 12:12
20 – Fern Morrison – 13:20
21 – Isabelle Kingswell-Farr – 13:20

Under-13 boys (25 finishers)

13 – Tom Morrison – 11:32
15 – Charlie Davies – 11:47
17 – Robert Hughes – 12:08
18 – Zach Fenwick – 12:13
20 – Jack Moss-Wilcox – 12:25
21 – Thomas Cartwright-Terry – 12:35
23 – Derry Sowinski-Brown – 13:29

Under-15 girls (22 finishers)

1 – Grace Copeland – 11:41
3 – Lucy Ballam – 12:17
22 – Elise Gill – 18:59

Under-15 Boys (18 finishers)

3 – Joey Kelliher – 11:31
4 – Liam Murphy-Parry – 11:33
7 – Michael Johnson – 11:54
11 – Matt Yates – 12:08


Full results for the Wessex League will be found at the Team Dorset website www.teamdorsetathletics.co.uk


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