WAC athletes (two of those 2nd claim) took part in this
year’s. National Cross-Country Championships at Parliament Hill. There
was an upturn in numbers of runners competing at this event. The biggest
rise in numbers has come in the senior races, although as far as
Wimborne AC is concerned, currently our greater strengths are in the
junior categories. Incredibly there were more than 3,400 finishers in
the two senior races!
headline stealers for WAC were our two top 10 finishers. Emily Shaw
placed 4th, tantalizingly close to a podium, in the under-15
girls; and Grace Copeland 7th in the under-17 women’s race.
Emily’s result was Wimborne’s best at this event since the win recorded
by Grace in 2014 in Nottingham.
Both our under-13 girls – Iris Courtney and Isabella Cox – were
making their debuts at both the ‘Nationals’ and Parliament Hill
Fields. Neither were overawed by the scale of the event and both
gave good accounts of themselves.
girls (467 finishers)
Iris Courtney – 14:28
341 – Isabella Cox – 15:49
Every one of our under-13 boys’ result mattered, we needed every
single one of them to claim a team score. The team was headed by
Jack Wrann … Jack being the only one of the team with previous
Parliament Hill experience. Oscar Davis, Jago Smith (in his first XC
season) and Thomas Jeffery all scored valuable points too.
boys (570 finishers) – 51st team
Jack Wrann – 13:45
336 – Oscar Davis – 14:13
352 – Jago Smith – 14:19
527 – Thomas Jeffery – 16:03
We didn’t have quantity in the under-15 girls’ race, but there was
quality. Aside from Emily Shaw’s 4th place, Holly Nixon
was comfortably inside the top 100 in a field of over 400 runners.
girls (464 finishers)
Emily Shaw – 14:57
86 – Holly Nixon – 16:21
We’ve been able to rely on our under-15 boys to get a full team out
this season. Parliament Hill was no exception, with Ben Martin
leading the charge. It was another good race for Josh Jack, who’s
seen a dramatic upturn in form as the season draws to a close. Seth
Lake and Charlie Davies were our other scorers for the team.
Year-young Ollie Rawles completed our under-15 boys’ line-up and he
was making his Nationals debut.
boys (504 finishers) – 34th team
Ben Martin – 17:25
182 – Seth Lake – 17:48
279 – Josh Jack – 18:37
322 – Charlie Davies – 19:00
430 – Ollie Rawles – 20:16
Grace Copeland was our first home in the under-17 women’s race. This
was her third top 10 placing at the Nationals – a fine achievement.
Our second claim runners were next home in the colours of their
first claim clubs – the green of Dorchester for Maddy Johnson and
the blue of City of Salisbury for Alice Sullivan. Beth and Izzie
Kingswell-Farr completed our interest in the under-17 women’s race.
women (276 finishers)
Grace Copeland – 19:03
49 – Maddy Johnson – 20:36 (2nd claim 1st claim Dorchester)
150 – Alice Sullivan – 22:33 (2nd claim 1st claim City of
181 – Beth Kingswell-Farr – 23:05
253 – Izzie Kingswell-Farr – 26:06
We had just two in the under-17 men’s race, with the fast-improving
Sam Hughes first one of ours home. Sam was making his debut at the
Nationals, and for Zach Fenwick it was only the second time he’d
competed at this event.
men (356 finishers)
Sam Hughes – 25:01
333 – Zach Fenwick – 27:31
Our sole representative in the senior women’s race was Lesley
Davies, never one to shirk a challenge!
women (1113 finishers)
Lesley Davies – 50:03
We had three in the men’s race, training partners Pete Kingswell-Farr
and Rob Rawles and club chairman Jason Hall.
men (2328 finishers)
Pete Kingswell-Farr – 1:04:16
1992 – Rob Rawles – 1:06:31
2162 – Jason Hall – 1:11:13