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XC Awards Night – 28 April 2013

Georgia Dudman reports on awards night for our most successful XC season yet.

On Sunday evening we held our annual cross-country prize giving ceremony. The event took place at the Matchams Snowtrax Ski Centre in Christchurch where younger - and a few brave adult - members enjoyed racing down the artificial slopes on giant rubber ringos. The weather was pleasantly cool and there was a great family atmosphere garnished with tea and an impressive cake made by one of the club’s dedicated members, Zoe Bourne.

Various prizes in different categories were awarded. Ian Kennedy who was handing out the awards stressed that it had been very tough to choose winners, as it had been a very successful season for everyone at WAC.

First of all, prizes were awarded to well-deserving new members: Female and Male Rookie prizes went to Jessica Bourne and Matt Yates, respectively. Next, Most Improved Female went to Rebecca ‘Scooter’ Skeats – recognition that two years’ of real commitment is now bringing rewards, while Most Improved Male was awarded to Tom Bourne. Tom’s enjoyed many highlights this season including being Wessex League and Dorset County Champion in his age group, but perhaps his greatest achievement was finishing 21st in the National Championships.

An overall prize for best cross-country runner of each gender was awarded. Grace Copeland won Top Female. Grace has had another phenomenal season, she is Wessex League and Dorset County Champion, she finished 19th in the Nationals and also put in some excellent performances in the McCains series … and all this with still another year to come in the under-13s age group.

Jason Sotheran’s extraordinary season saw him take the Top Male. Jason is under-15 Dorset County Champion and in a season where he had so many good days perhaps his 16th place in the Nationals should be singled out.

Perhaps emphasizing how hard is has been to decide awards this year, due to the quality of competition we had one County Champion who didn’t feature in the individual awards at all, as well as an incredible six Wessex League Champions in their age-groups who dipped out.

A large number of members won ‘fidelity’ awards, which are awarded to Wimborne AC’s most dedicated members who have managed to participate in every league race. Firstly, Wessex League Fidelity prizes went to Jessica Bourne, Bethanie Kingswell-Farr, Max Meadwell, Pippa Hine, John Hutchings, Gerry Hutchings, Simon Bourne, and Pete Kingswell-Farr. Then, Hampshire League Fidelity prizes were won by Tom Boulton, Jason Sotheran, Piers Copeland, Ella Hearne, Matt Yates, Graeme Furley, Steve Wyatt and Ian Kennedy.

Remarkably, some incredibly dedicated members snatched up the Super Fidelity prize, which is achieved by participating in all Wessex and all Hampshire League races. Prizes went to Elise Gill, Tom Bourne, Abbie Hine, Maddie Williams, Sharon Hutchings, Ryan Walbridge, and Callum Kennedy.

The award for the best team within WAC went to our Senior Men. They won promotion from Division 2 of the Hampshire League, and most of that team made up the Veterans team that also won promotion into the top flight in the Hampshire League. In the Wessex League our men finished the year as Champions.

Last but not least, the Jean Frost Trophy was presented. This is given for great commitment to the cross-country part of the club. This year, it was awarded to the Bourne Family. Quite apart from supplying the club with four athletes, they bring a tremendous generosity of spirit to our community. There have been many examples of this over the course of the season. For instance, when Charlotte was unable to compete through injury she became our first-aider, but perhaps the most obvious example of the Bournes’ largesse was illustrated with their commitment to overcoming the logistical nightmare of getting our finest athletes to Sunderland for the National Championships in February.

Many athletes left with trophies in their hands after what had been a very exciting evening. The ceremony was followed by a slice of Zoe Bourne’s masterpiece and a photograph of the grinning prizewinners.



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