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Hosts WAC deliver at County Champs  – 16 December 2018

Ian Kennedy reports from the DCC and Wessex League Race 4

Josh Fricker leads this group of under-11s, with Toby Butt, Harry Butcher,
Ollie Green (obscured) and Max Chater in pursuit

Hosting the Dorset County Championships and the final race of the Wessex League season is a big responsibility and is only possible if a significant number of WAC members step forward to help with the staging of the race. Around 40 of you contributed to make the event possible, thank you. There was a significant upturn in numbers taking part since last year. In all there were 320 finishers in total.

We are very grateful to Bryanston School for allowing us to stage this event in its grounds. I love this course, it’s very spectator-friendly. The section along the river path is a beautiful place to run.

As dawn broke we were greeted by a cloudless sky as we set up the course. The team tent was erected, there was not a breath of wind, such a change from the conditions we endured 12 months earlier at the same race. Our luck didn’t hold out all day, as a heavy shower arrived in the latter part of the meeting and brought some hailstones!

The torrential rain the previous day did give some cause for concern, I’d checked the Environment Agency website to see that the River Stour hadn’t broken its banks. A change of course would have been necessary had it of done so.  As it was, one section of the course was heavily water-logged under the trees near the boathouse. There were big pools of standing water, you couldn’t see how deep the water was, for safety reasons the course was slightly modified. This meant that actual race distances were slightly less than originally advertised.

We had five runners in each of the two under-11s races. For the girls Imogen Rawles was first red home, with Evie Fuller next. These two have been our big hitters all season in this category. Our two youngest runners on the day were next home – Lavender West and Isabelle Fazakerley – and our under-11s girls’ team was completed by Georgia Slade.

U11 girls (42 finishers)

10 – Imogen Rawles – 7:19 – 10th in league aggregates
17 – Evie Fuller – 7:33 – 11th in league aggregates
27 – Lavender West – 8:03
36 – Isabelle Fazakerley – 8:40 – 24th in league aggregates
37 – Georgia Slade – 8:46 – 20th in league aggregates
 

There’s so little between our under-11 boys. By the end of the race, the five of them were within 10 seconds of each other! Harry Butcher, despite being our youngest in the U11Bs on the day led the team home. Toby Butt, a second behind Harry was next – he came 6th in the league averages, and a second behind Toby was Max Chater (11th in averages). Josh Fricker was two places back from Max, but over the course of the season Josh is best placed (with 5th) in this age-group for us. Ollie Green was breathing down Josh’s neck, just two seconds away. 

U11 boys (54 finishers)

7 – Harry Butcher – 6:36
8 – Toby Butt – 6:37 – 6th in league aggregates
9 – Max Chater – 6:38 – 11th in league aggregates
11 – Josh Fricker – 6:44 – 5th in league aggregates
12 – Ollie Green – 6:46

 

One of the Wimborne performances of the day came from Iris Courtney. Iris had been under the weather all week and there were some doubts over whether she’d fully recovered. Perhaps with the weight of expectation lifted off her shoulders she produced what was probably her best run of the cross-country season so far.  With one lap done there was around 10 metres between Iris and the race leader. By the end of the race the two were separated by a single second. Iris claimed the County silver medal and she also came second in the league aggregates. There was another solid run from Isabella Cox, and she was our next best in the U13G’s averages. There was a strong run from India West in only her second cross-country outing in a red vest, three seconds back we saw an impressive debut from Birdie Payne. Kate Simmonds, who’s still being troubled by a sore knee, was next home. Amelia Chaffey and Ruby Sargeant completed our team. Iris, Isabella, Kate and Ruby have all been Wessex ‘ever-presents’ this season.

U13 girls (40 finishers)

2 – Iris Courtney – 11:03 – Wessex League and
                                          Dorset County silver medalist
12 – Isabella Cox – 12:10 – 13th in league aggregates
20 – India West – 12:22
22 – Birdie Payne – 12:25
24 – Kate Simmonds – 12:33 – 17th in league aggregates
31 – Amelia Chaffey – 13:13
34 – Ruby Sargeant – 13:43 – 23rd in league aggregates

 

A strong run from Tristan Green put him amongst the medalists (with bronze) in the Dorset County Championships.  Jack Williams has had a few injury issues this term, but he was back here and ran well for 5th. The next pair home were Josh Fazakerley and Jago Smith. There’s been little between these two all season. Josh won bragging rights on the day, but it’s Jago who is our best-placed runner over four races. Luke Mogridge, in only his second race for us, has made significant progress. He was only three seconds from Jago, and the first of a cluster of team mates – Oscar Davis, Tom Williams and Archie Cunningham – within five seconds of him. George Butcher and Jack Doran completed our team. Jago and Jack have both earned Wessex League Fidelity Awards for competing in every race, these will be presented at the very end of the cross-country season.

U13  boys (34 finishers)

3 – Tristan Green – 10:46 – Dorset County bronze medalist
5 – Jack Williams – 11:09
10 – Josh Fazakerley – 11:26 – 9th in league aggregates
14 – Jago Smith – 11:38 – 6th in league aggregates
17 – Luke Mogridge – 11:43
18 – Oscar Davis – 11:44
20 – Tom Williams – 11:44 – 13th in league aggregates
22 – Archie Cunningham – 11:48 – 14th in league aggregates
26 – George Butcher – 12:19
30 – Jack Doran – 13:37 – 17th in league aggregates
 

Leading our under-15 girls home was by far our most experienced athlete in this age-group, Sarah Graham – she completes the season 5th in the averages. The next three home – Emily Wood, Charlotte Wordsworth and Bella Jones – were WAC debutants, however, all three have considerable experience in school’s races (Emily and Charlotte were both English Schools XC Cup finalists).  It was no surprise that these girls opened their WAC accounts in a very respectable fashion. Ella Browse is in her rookie season also, but has competed in three of the four Wessex races this term, while enjoying some success in schools events. Ella came 14th in the season aggregates.

U15 girls (24 finishers)

7 – Sarah Graham – 13:56 – 5th in league aggregates
10 – Emily Wood – 14:29
12 – Charlotte Wordsworth – 14:45
18 – Bella Jones – 15:41
20 – Ella Browse – 15:57 – 14th in league aggregates

 

In a strong field, both Tom Fuller and Joel Green put in eye-catching performances to be our first two home in 3rd and 4th positions. Tom claimed the County bronze medal and also finished 3rd in the averages. Joel was our next best over the course of the season – 6th in the averages. Ollie Rawles 11th here, claimed 7th for the season, with Jay Dunn 9th for the season. The team was completed by Joe Healey. Tom, Joel and Jay all competed in every Wessex race this season.

U15 boys (19 finishers)

3 – Tom Fuller – 12:15 – Wessex League and
                                       Dorset County bronze medalist
4 – Joel Green – 12:18 – 6th in league aggregates
11 – Ollie Rawles – 12:55 – 7th in league aggregates
16 – Jay Dunn – 14:09 – 9th in league aggregates
19 – Joe Healey – 14:55

 

We had two County medalists (silver and bronze) in the under-17 women’s race – Holly Nixon and Beth Kingswell-Farr. These two are also our best performing in the season’s aggregates in 2nd and 4th respectively. It was great to welcome back Anna Kelliher in her first race of the season, and it was worth the wait – a 6th place. The team was completed by Izzie Kingswell-Farr, she claimed 5th place in the league aggregates. Amy Mercer was also on the start line, unfortunately she got in to some difficulties and had to pull out having completed the first lap.

U17 women (9 finishers)

4 – Holly Nixon – 18:02 - Dorset County and
                                       Wessex League silver medalist
5 – Beth Kingswell-Farr – 19:22 – Dorset County bronze
                                       medalist, 4th in league aggregates
6 – Anna Kelliher – 19:42
9 – Izzie Kingswell-Farr – 21:58 – 5th in league aggregates
 

Charlie Davies’s strong season continued here, with a 5th place finish, and a Dorset County silver medal. Ben Martin was our next in and he finishes best placed WACer in this age-group with 5th overall for the season. Like Anna, it’s taken Sam Hughes a little while to open his cross-country account, this season. We were rewarded with a good solid performance.  The team was completed by Seth Lake and Jack Moss-Willcox. Jack has finished 6th in the averages, he and Ben have been ‘ever presents’ this Wessex League season.

U17 men (15 finishers)

5 – Charlie Davies – 15:46 – Dorset County silver medalist
7 – Ben Martin – 16:07  – 5th in league aggregates
8 – Sam Hughes – 16:25
12 – Seth Lake – 17:03
13 – Jack Moss-Willcox – 17:11 – 6th in league aggregates
 

Our under-20s led the charge for the senior women’s team. Alice Sullivan and Minty Stubbs were 7th and 8th overall, but 3rd and 4th under-20s. Alice claimed the under-20s County bronze medal. Minty has done all the Wessex bar the opener, and is the Wesex under-20 women’s champion. The team was completed by Tara Green and Jess Kennedy, they finish, honours even, equal 12th in the league averages.

Senior women (36 finishers)

7 – Alice Sullivan – 28:11 (3rd u20) – Dorset County bronze
                                                 medalist
8 – Minty Stubbs – 28:25 (4th u20) – Wessex League
                                                    under-20 champion
23 – Tara Green – 32:48 – Equal 12th in league aggregates
29 – Jessica Kennedy – 34:21 – Equal 12th in league aggregates
 

On the back of an excellent 10k road race PB from the previous weekend, Michael Johnson led our men home in a strong and confident fashion. In the process he claimed the under-20 men’s County silver medal. Simon Davis and Steve Wyatt were our next two in, separated by nine seconds. Our next pairing were nine seconds apart – Mike Jurd and Kerry Mapp. The final pairing was Rob Rawles and Pete Kingswell-Farr. Pete has been an ‘ever present’, for two of the races Rob and Pete have come in together, this being the first time this Wessex season where there’s been daylight between them. Also in attendance was Ed Dart, sadly a hacking cough meant that he was only fit enough to be a marshal!

Senior men (47 finishers)

6 – Michael Johnson – 32:41 (2nd u20) – Dorset County
                                                   silver medalist
14 – Simon Davis – 34:47
16 – Steve Wyatt – 34:56
28 – Mike Jurd – 37:47
30 – Kerry Mapp – 37:56
32 – Rob Rawles – 38:49 – 8th in league aggregates
34 – Pete Kingswell-Farr – 39:45 – 9th in league aggregates
 

We did a solid job of delivering a safe yet challenging race – only two runners visited the first aiders, both with minor issues. I'm really proud of our athletes, our marshals, our race admin team on the start/finish line, the day’s team managers and those who helped our athletes with the warm up. Good work team.

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