The first race where we saw a red vest was the under-15 girls.
Holly Nixon is having a very consistent season. At Reading she
placed 12th, this follows on from an 11th and 10th
in her two other Hampshire League races this season. Holly
currently lies 11th overall in the season’s averages.
Under-15 girls (43 finishers)
Holly Nixon – 13:12
The under-15 boys are our best performing team this season in the
Hampshire League and at Reading it was the only category where we
registered a full team. On the morning of the race we lost one
team member – Seth Lake – due to illness. This meant that all the
reds on the start line would score valuable points. Ben Martin is
the highest placed athlete in this age-group in the averages and
he did another very solid job to lead the team home. We currently
have five U15Bs in the aggregates with Ben being the best placed
and Ollie Rawles the lowest (his team mates ahead of him are all a
year older). However, it was Ollie that was revelation at Reading.
It was easily his best HXC performance of the year and comes on
the back of another very good race at the South West
Inter-Counties the previous weekend. Earlier in the season there
was a clear gap between Ollie and his older team-mates, this has
closed dramatically, as here he got amongst them. The team was
completed at Reading by Charlie Davies who was the next runner
over the line after Ollie. The current individual season’s
averages for WAC’s U15Bs shows Ben – 11th, Seth – 13th,
Tom Fuller – 18th, Charlie – 26th and Ollie
– 29th. As a team the four races have produced three 4th
place finishes and a 5th at Reading. The team currently
sit 4th in the table.
Under-15 boys (42 finishers)
Ben Martin – 14:22
29 – Ollie Rawles – 15:08
30 – Charlie Davies – 15:24
Jess Kennedy was our sole representative in the women’s race. Jess
has been an ever-present in this league this season and achieved
her second highest placing of the HXC season despite still
recovering from a winter cold.
Senior women (128 finishers)
– Jess Kennedy – 29:24
Michael Johnson missed the first two HXC races this season, but
it’s great to see him back in action in this league. He has placed
16th in both the races in which he’s competed in this
league this season.
Under-17 men (29 finishers)
Michael Johnson – 19:30
The big shocker in the men’s race was that Pete Kingswell-Farr
wasn’t representing us. He misses so few league races, whether
they be Wessex or Hampshire. The last time Pete missed a league
race was way back in November 2015 – more than two years ago. It
was left to Mike Jurd to represent WAC in this one. Just like
Micheal, Mike missed the first two races in the season but has
represented us at Popham and Reading, and inbetween times
represented Dorset at the South West Inter-Counties in Yeovil.
This was Mike’s highest place finish in the HXC this year.
Senior men (185 finishers)
– Mike Jurd – 42:05