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New cross-country season underway!  – 7 October 2018

Ian Kennedy reports from the Wessex League  at Canford Heath

The WAC u11-girls awaiting starter’s orders

The Wessex League cross-country season returned in glorious sunshine at Canford Heath. WAC was in attendance in good numbers … more than 40 of us … but didn’t quite field complete teams in every age-group.

There were very encouraging numbers in the under-11s, both boys and girls, many making their cross-country debuts for the club. The girls’ team was led home by Evie Fuller, but she had to work hard for it as Imogen Rawles and Erin Smith kept close company for the entire race. Erin was the first of our debutants, with Isla O’Connor and Ella and Isabelle Fazakerly also having their first XC outing for Wimborne. Interestingly all but Isla have older siblings who are XC racers within WAC. Our girls finished 4th team on the day.

U11 girls (42 finishers) – 4th team

13 – Evie Fuller – 10:21
15 – Imogen Rawles – 10:23
17 – Erin Smith – 10:26
29 – Isla O’Connor – 11:43
33 – Ella Fazakerley – 11:54
36 – Georgia Slade – 12:07
38 – Isabelle Fazakerley – 12:07

There were even more new names in the under-11 boys team. Indeed, only Toby Butt had previous experience of racing XC with WAC. Toby made a huge improvement on his performances from last season. He was pipped for the honour of being first red home by a single second. It was an impressive Josh Fricker who was first in. Max Chater also made the top 12 and Harrison Burke, Joe and Harry Ruscoe and Rex Stickley completed our team. The WAC U11Bs team was 3rd on the day.

U11 boys (40 finishers) – 3rd team

8 – Josh Fricker – 9:21
9 – Toby Butt – 9:22
12 – Max Chater – 9:33
20 – Harrison Burke – 10:02
26 – Joe Ruscoe – 10:30
29 – Harry Ruscoe – 11:03
38 – Rex Stickley – 12:50

In the under-13 girls’ race Iris Courtney was an early leader but a minor navigational hiccup and subsequent effort to recover the lead may have impacted on her final finishing position of 3rd. Good friends Isabella Cox and Kate Simmonds claimed the second and third point scoring positions. Kitty Sharpe and Ruby Sargeant were our other finishers. Amelia and Grace Chaffey started but they both got into difficulties and were unable to finish. Hopefully they will lay the ghost in the next Wessex fixture, where hopefully we might see their mum, Lerryn, pulling on a red vest for the first time. 3rd team on the day.

U13 girls (32 finishers) – 3rd team

3 – Iris Courtney – 13:13
13 – Isabella Cox – 14:12
15 – Kate Simmonds – 14:20
27 – Kitty Sharpe – 15:08
28 – Ruby Sargeant – 15:27

Leading the team home in the under-13 boys race was Jago Smith, consolidating on that confidence-boosting race at Black Hill. He had a battle on to be first Wimborne, as Josh Fazakerley was only two seconds behind him! Tom Williams claimed the final team point-scoring place and our U13Bs team was completed by Jack Doran. 4th team on the day.

U13  boys (26 finishers) – 4th team

10 – Jago Smith – 13:08
11 – Josh Fazakerley – 13:10
17 – Tom Williams – 13:39
24 – Jack Doran – 15:23

Unfortunately we didn’t have a full team available of under-15 girls. The two in attendance gave hugely spirited performances. Sarah Graham was involved in a duel at the head of the field, but eventually had to settle for second. Sarah is running ‘year young’. Ella Browse had a fine debut, finishing comfortably mid-field, it’s a performance that shows a lot of promise. In the last 60m she was involved in a sprint in order to defend her race position.

U15 girls (24 finishers)

2 – Sarah Graham – 15:25
13 – Ella Browse – 17:02

Tom Fuller led the under-15 boys home with a 5th place. Ollie Rawles and Jay Dunn secured the points, with Teddy Mercer completing the team. The boys were 3rd team on the day.

U15 boys (12 finishers) – 3rd team

5 – Tom Fuller – 13:50
7 – Ollie Rawles – 14:46
11 – Jay Dunn – 16:00
12 – Teddy Mercer – 17:54

We recorded a team win in the under-17 women’s race. A strong race from Holly Nixon saw here leading for a good part of it, before being chased down by good quality opposition. Maddy Herbert looked strong on her WAC XC debut, and with Holly and Maddy having claimed second and third places the team win was assured. The Kingswell-Farrs were our next home, with Beth first of the pair. Izzie had one of her best cross-country races for some time, it came on the back of a confidence-boosting parkrun the day before. The team was completed by Emma Graham. Amy Mercer recorded a DNF, she had some breathing issues and needed to be reunited with her inhaler, we look forward to seeing her back to her best in the coming races. 1st team on the day.

U17 women (12 finishers) – 1st team

2 – Holly Nixon – 16:25
3 – Maddy Herbert – 17:09
8 – Beth Kingswell-Farr – 18:36
9 – Izzie Kingswell-Farr – 19:12
11 – Emma Graham – 22:58

There was another team win in the under-17 men with Ben Martin leading the way and claiming 3rd place. Jack Moss-Willcox has had a frustrating past 12 months with growing-related issues. He’s never lost his desire to race or his focus despite enforced lay-offs. That commitment is starting to bring results. Seth Lake completed the team, he missed quite a bit of training over the summer and has some work to do, however, it’s clear he’s up for the challenge. We look forward to seeing him return to his best form soon. 1st team on the day.

U17 men (8 finishers) – 1st team

3 – Ben Martin – 15:19
5 – Jack Moss-Willcox – 15:56
7 – Seth Lake – 16:19

It was great to see a full senior women’s team, something we didn’t manage all that often in the previous season. Sarah Orr didn’t race XC at all last year but was back with a bang here. She crossed the line in 4th place, but as two of those ahead of her were under-20s she was actually second senior woman. Jess Kennedy had a strong run in her build up to her half marathon the following weekend, and Tina Mercer completed our team. 5th team on the day.

Senior women (26 finishers) – 5th team

4 – Sarah Orr – 26:57
18 – Jessica Kennedy – 31:32
21 – Tina Mercer – 34:51

The final race of the day was the senior men. Good mates Rob Rawles and Pete Kingswell-Farr came in a few seconds apart, comfortably in the top half of the field.

Senior men (31 finishers)

13 – Rob Rawles – 34:13
14 – Pete Kingswell-Farr – 34:16



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