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Ollie sees big gains  – 13 January 2018

Ian Kennedy reports from Hampshire League at Reading

Michael and Ollie at Reading

With a fixture pile-up which included the Ken Baily Trophy on Thursday 11 January, the Clayesmore Classic on Saturday 13 January the Cardiff Met Indoor Grand Prix on Sunday 14 January and with the Dorset Schools Championships coming up mid-week (18 January), it was inevitable that the number of Wimborne runners competing in the Hampshire League on Saturday 13 January would be severely hit.

 

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)

12 – 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)

20 – 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)

106 – 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)

16 – 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)

122 – Mike Jurd – 42:05

 

 

 

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