Without a doubt
Country Park provides the greatest challenge of any venue we encounter
in cross-country league meetings. The previous day there were bitterly
cold high winds, thankfully 24 hours later these had died away and we
saw some sunshine. In fact conditions were close to perfect at this
excellent course. A venue like this deserves a bigger turn-out, but the
tendency in the Wessex League in recent years is for far greater numbers
at the meetings in south-east Dorset. I guess the longer journey for
some athletes deters competitors, but its definitely worth the trip.
11.45 the first start of the day, U17s and women, got underway. For
Wimborne the first runners home were our U17 men, Sam Davies and Edward
Dart. So far this season weve had Piers Copeland and Matt Yates
representing WAC in this age-group. It was all change at Yeovil. Sam
returned to lead the team home, with great support from
WAC debutant Edward. Collectively, they were
third team on the day. Well done guys.
in were the senior women. Over recent years weve really struggled to
even field a full team, but we went into the 2015/2016 season with a
renewed optimism. This has proved well-founded. Wimborne won this
age-group as a team, with team leader Sarah Orr winning the race
outright. Progress indeed. The second scoring place went to Sarah
Davies, with Lorraine Moss and Lesley Davies fighting over the final
scoring position with Lorraine edging it
by a single second! This
rounded off a great day for Wimborne ACs women, as earlier in the day,
a team of WAC roadrunners confirmed their place in Division One of the
Dorset Road Race League. Well done to Sharon and Lynn Hutchings, Gill
Allen, Helen Edbrooke, Michele Whitehurst and Rachel Gladdis who
produced their best performance of the year and claimed third place on
the day at the Boscombe 10k.
hes done all season Ryan Walbridge led our men home, 7th
place overall (he was also 2nd U20). Support came from the
far-travelled Andy McDonald, while the final scoring place was claimed
by Graham Whiffen making his first Wessex League appearance this
season. The team was completed by Paul Hine whos still on target for
his Super Fidelity Award, and Jason Hall.
the U11 girls race, Katie Warrack was smartly off the line. Ultimately
she was the first red vest home, but she had to work hard for that
honour as Katie Hull was only one place and seven seconds back. Katie
was making her cross-country debut. It was a little bit of a baptism of
fire, its hard to imagine a tougher course for your first XC race! The
Simmonds sisters (Lucie and Kate) completed the team. The girls were
third team on the day.
the U11 boys Matt Lissenburg (who ran as a guest) came an excellent 5th.
He will be a WAC runner by the time of the next race. Matt just headed
off Tobias Blundell who was just four seconds back. Recent Tuesday
night regulars, Jay Dunn and Luke Palmer, changed places since the last
race, and Thomas Jeffery completed our team, which came third on the
Abbie Lovering led the reds home in the U13 girls race. A cracking run
from Holly Nixon brought her in next, and both Charlotte Piper and Ella
Jeffery also performed well. Collectively the team claimed 2nd
place on the day.
team members were caught out by a road closure near the venue, and this
delayed their arrival, and led to one non-arrival. One of those
affected was Jamie Slade. Having missed his own race, the U11s, he
competed in the U13s instead. This was a brave thing to do, as he was
faced with a considerably longer race! Charlie Davies excellent season
continued here. At one point we thought we might have another race
winner, unfortunately he was caught on the final climb as you approach
the start line and had to settle for third. Despite having five of the
first 12 runners home Tom Fuller (6th), Jack Moss-Willcox
(9th), Josh Jack (10th) and Ollie Rawles (12th)
we had to settle for 3rd placed team on the day. Ned
Simmonds completed our team, in what would have been his toughest race
Hannah Slater fairly flew up that final climb to the finish line to
claim an excellent third place. The fine support that Hannah got from
her team-mates Beth Kingswell-Farr (5th), Caitlin Rogers (7th)
and Amy Mercer (8th) ensured that the team came first. Beth
and Amy recorded significant improvements since their last outings.
Completing the team was Izzie Kingswell-Farr. It was a run of some
tenacity that got Izzie across the finish line having picked up an
injury on this challenging course.
remarkable thing about the entire U15 boys team was just how close they
finished to each other. Fifteen seconds and five places covered the
four of them. Michael Johnson was first in (5th), but Liam
Murphy-Parry kept him honest all the way up the hill at the end. Dan
Baynham was next, with this fine team performance completed by Elliott
Symes. They finished equal first U15 boys team.
in all, another good days work for Wimborne AC. Weve one more Wessex
League race (13 December at
so we are hoping for an enormous turn-out of red vests for that one.
results from the Wessex League will be found at the Team Dorset website,