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Lytchett provides a new XC venue  – 21 October 2018

Ian Kennedy reports from the Wessex League

Lytchett provided an attractive setting for a cross-country race

On yet another unseasonably warm day, we had a new venue for the Wessex League – Lytchett Minster School. Once again there were more than 40 Wimborne AC athletes competing during the meeting, including some making their cross-country debuts for the club. The field near the school was a pretty decent surface to run on, but many found the bigger field very hard on the ankles.

The WAC under-11 girls’ team was led home once again by Evie Fuller and Imogen Rawles despite Imogen taking a tumble. Imogen had to work hard though to stay ahead of debutant Lavender West, and Erin Smith. Myla McNeill (another first-timer) came in just ahead of Georgia Slade. The team was completed by sisters Ella and Isabelle Fazakerley who crossed the line just five seconds apart.


U11 girls (41 finishers)

16 – Evie Fuller – 9:12
20 – Imogen Rawles – 9:20
22 – Lavender West – 9:23
23 – Erin Smith – 9:24
27 – Myla McNeill – 10:16
33 – Georgia Slade – 10:19
39 – Ella Fazakerley – 10:38
40 – Isabelle Fazakerley – 10:43

Josh Fricker and Toby Butt, as they did in Wessex Race 1, led the team in and were separated by a single second. Comfortably mid-field were Max Chater and Harrison Burke. Next home was debutant Jonas Guthrie, and our team was completed by Joe Ruscoe and William Street (racing cross-country for us for the first time).


U11 boys (51 finishers)

8 – Josh Fricker – 8:07
9 – Toby Butt – 8:08
22 – Max Chater – 8:37
27 – Harrison Burke – 8:44
29 – Jonas Guthrie – 8:51
35 – Joe Ruscoe – 9:03
47 – William Street – 10:07

There are some good quality athletes in the under-13 girls race. Iris Courtney was at the front end of the field for us, but eventually had to settle for 4th place. The most impressive WAC debut on the day was probably that of India West, she finished ahead of our experienced pairing of Isabella Cox and Kate Simmonds. Ruby Sargeant completed the team.


U13 girls (35 finishers)

4 – Iris Courtney – 11:12
15 – India West – 11:51
21 – Isabella Cox – 12:04
24 – Kate Simmonds – 12:12
30 – Ruby Sargeant – 12:59

Jago Smith’s fine season continued here. His 5th place is his best result in a league race so far. Josh Fazakerley was next in. He was only a few seconds back from Jago. Tom Williams and Archie Cunningham were next reds home, separated by four seconds. Isaac McNeill was fifth WACer on his debut, and the team was completed by Jack Doran. Jack Williams was also a starter, but unfortunately he had to pull up.


U13  boys (27 finishers)

5 – Jago Smith – 10:57
9 – Josh Fazakerley – 11:04
13 – Tom Williams – 11:44
16 – Archie Cunningham – 11:48
21 – Isaac McNeill – 12:32
26 – Jack Doran – 12:59

Ella Browse produced another solid performance in the under-15 girls’ race, but surprisingly we were unable to get any of our other girls in this age-group out on this occasion.


U15 girls (23 finishers)

14 – Ella Browse – 14:36

Of our under-15 boys, three – Tom Fuller, Ollie Rawles and Jay Dunn – had competed the previous day at the Cross-Country Relays at Wormwood Scrubs. It was great to welcome Joel Green back for his first league race of the season. For Jay this may have been a breakthrough weekend, his two performances show a significant upturn in form … fine reward for someone who works so hard in training.


U15 boys (16 finishers)

6 – Tom Fuller – 11:42
10 – Joel Green – 12:27
11 – Ollie Rawles – 12:52
12 – Jay Dunn – 12:56

A number of our under-17s had also been at the relay races the day before. A very good run at Wormwood Scrubs from Holly Nixon was followed by a fine performance here to claim second place. Beth Kingswell-Farr completed our U17W team.


U17 women (6 finishers)

2 – Holly Nixon – 16:30
6 – Beth Kingswell-Farr – 18:33

Both of our under-17 men had run the day before in the Relays. Jack Moss-Willcox has hit a purple patch, this may be his best run so far in a red vest. Ben Martin completed the U17M team and secured team points.


U17 men (9 finishers)

4 – Jack Moss-Willcox – 15:36
6 – Ben Martin – 15:56

In the u20/Seniors women’s race Minty Stubbs was second finisher and first under-20. Jess Kennedy’s two Wessex League performances sandwich a fine half marathon race in London. Jess and Tara Green were awarded the same time. Tara has competed on the track over 3000m for WAC, but this was her cross-country debut.


Senior women (28 finishers)

2 – Minty Stubbs – 27:01 (1st under-20)
17 – Jess Kennedy – 33:31
18 – Tara Green – 33:31

Steve Wyatt made his first cross-country appearance of the season and led the team home. As they had done in Wessex League Race 1, Rob Rawles and Pete Kingswell-Farr ran in close proximity, this time separated by one second at the finish line. Gerard Lissenburg made his WAC cross-country debut in the Hampshire League the previous weekend, this was his Wessex League debut for us. Brendan Dunn was on the start line for this cross-country race. He’s been troubled by a knee issue since a recent half marathon and got into difficulties and discretion was the better part of valour.


Senior men (45 finishers)

14 – Steve Wyatt – 33:01
22 – Rob Rawles – 36:21
23 – Pete Kingswell-Farr – 36:22
29 – Gerard Lissenburg – 37:55

Race 3 of the Wessex League is only two weekends away – 4 November at Yeovil Country Park. It will provide probably the stiffest test we will face in a cross-country league race this season.




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