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WAC’s u17 women are SW England XC Champions  – 7 January 2018

Ian Kennedy reports from South West Inter-Counties Championships

A family affair – Cousins Beth and Izzie Kingswell-Farr either side of Grace Copeland on the podium

The sun shone, but it was a bitterly cold day at Yeovil Country Park for the South West Inter-Counties Championships. For all but the under-11 age-group the races were championship events with almost all athletes between under-13s and Seniors from Dorset clubs also representing Dorset. There were some 100 athletes due to represent the county on the day, unfortunately there had been a high incidence of colds and flu over the previous couple of weeks and only around 80 were able to compete, we also had a higher than normal level of DNFs on the day than is normal.

 

The meeting got underway with the two non-championship under-11s races. Three Dorset-based girls recorded results, with Poole AC’s Nancy Taylor runner-up, and Wimborne’s Imogen Slade and Georgia Slade also competing. In the boys race the first Dorset runner home was Wimborne’s Jack Williams. Jack’s brother Tom also represented Wimborne. In all there were seven athletes from Dorset in this race from four different clubs.

Under-11 girls (25 finishers)

2 – Nancy Taylor (Poole AC) – 7:22
16 – Imogen Rawles (Wimborne AC) – 8:09
24 – Georgia Slade (WAC) – 9:48

Under-11 boys (37 finishers)

5 – Jack Williams (WAC) – 6:50
14 – Edwin Langley (Poole Runners) – 6:59
23 – Thomas Langley (PR) – 7:38
26 – Ben Ives (PAC) – 7:45
27 – Tom Williams (WAC) – 7:46
28 – Ethan Crowley (PAC) – 7:54
31 – Ben Penfold (Dorchester AC) – 8:11

 

The first of the South West Inter-Counties Championship races was the senior men’s/under-20 men. This is where we saw the first proliferation of county vests, rather than club ones. Tom Austin (PAC) earned a podium finish and the Dorset men’s county team came 4th. The under-20 men went one better, claiming bronze medals, with the Dorset team split 50/50 between Poole Runners (Dominic Willmore and Joe Mitchell) and Wimborne AC (Piers Copleand and Joey Kelliher). Poole Runners came 7th in the club competition.

Men’s race (134 finishers)

3 – Tom Austin (PAC) – 30:40
15 – Josh King (Bournemouth AC) – 32:04
30 – Chris Alborough (PR) – 33:11
34 – Dominic Willmore (PR) (u20) – 33:18
35 – Jamie Grose (PAC) – 33:27
42 – Piers Copeland (WAC) (u20) – 33:59
51 – Tom East (PR) – 34:39
58 – Joey Kelliher (WAC) – (u20) – 35:08
74 – Steve Claxton (PR) – 36:08
85 – Ian Luke (PR) – 37:05
93 – Joe Mitchell (PR) (u20) – 37:53
104 – Adam Gough (DAC) – 39:17
109 – Thomas Paskins (BAC) – 39:46
116 – Simon Wildbur (PAC) – 40:29
119 – Clint Cornick (DAC) – 41:27
120 – Mike Jurd (WAC) – 41:47
125 – David Crowther (DAC) – 43:20
128 – Pete Kingswell-Farr (WAC) – 44:31

 

We then moved on to the under-13 races with the girls first. Leading the Dorset team home was WAC’s Sarah Graham, 2nd and 3rd for the county were also WACers – Isabella Cox and Kate Simmonds. This pairing were proudly wearing county colours for the first time in cross-country – three years of hard work rewarded! The county’s final scorer was Susanna Forster (PR). The Dorset team came 6th in this age-group as did Poole Runners in the club competition.

Under-13 girls (63 finishers)

14 – Sarah Graham (WAC) – 15:05
42 – Isabella Cox (WAC) – 16:07
48 – Kate Simmonds (WAC) – 16:25
51 – Susanna Forster (PR) – 16:31
52 – Kate Wilkinson (PR) – 16:40
58 – Georgina Stokes (PR) – 18:00
61 – Millie Small (PR) – 20:00

 

The first Dorset victory of the day came in the under-13 boys’ race. Will Rabjohns of Poole AC was 12 seconds clear at the head of the field. The next Dorset home was WAC’s Tristan Green, making his debut for the county in his rookie season. The Wimborne team came 4th in this age-group with our point scorers being Tristan, Oscar Davis, Teddy Mercer and Jay Dunn. The county team came 6th.

Under-13 boys (62 finishers)

1 – Will Rabjohns (PAC) – 12:20
18 – Tristan Green – (WAC) – 13:53
23 – George Mahon (PAC) – 14:05
38 – Edward Bird (DAC) – 14:49
40 – Guy Scarborough (DAC) – 15:00
45 – Oscar Davis (WAC) – 15:10
49 – Teddy Mercer (WAC) – 15:25
50 – Finlay Nunn (PR) – 15:26
53 – Jay Dunn (WAC) – 15:33
54 – Sam Farwell (BAC) – 15:34
59 – Joe Healey (WAC) – 16:30

 

The under-15 girls race was won by Bea Wood (Salisbury AC) by a big margin. Second place was Emilie Castagna who led the Dorset team home. WAC’s Holly Nixon was Dorset’s next in as she also claimed a top 10 place. The Dorset team came 5th.

Under-15 girls (59 finishers)

2 – Emilie Castagna (PAC) – 15:02
9 – Holly Nixon (WAC) – 15:45
24 – Maddy Herbert (DAC) – 16:21
42 – Izzy Rabjohns (PAC) – 17:42
46 – Demi Goddard (PAC) – 18:03
56 – Isabelle Somers (PR) – 19:06
57 – Abbi Slade (WAC) – 19:49

 

In the under-15 boys race, both the Dorset and Wimborne teams placed 6th. Zac Cloete (PAC) was the first Dorset finisher, the next Dorset athlete home was WAC’s Ben Martin. WAC were numerically strong in this race with seven taking part. Ollie Rawles was one who had a particularly good race, he was just pipped to the line in a very competitive finish with team-mate Joel Green.

Under-15 boys (76 finishers)

30 – Zac Cloete (PAC) – 16:11
31 – Ben Martin (WAC) – 16:16
38 – Tom Farwell (BAC) – 16:27
41 – Seth Lake (WAC) – 16:33
43 – Seth Hall-Nunn (DAC) – 16:41
46 – Charlie Davies (WAC) – 16:48
50 – William Brodie (PR) – 16:54
54 – Tom Fuller (WAC) – 17:02
58 – Joel Green (WAC) – 17:17
59 – Ollie Rawles (WAC) – 17:21
71 – Josh Jack (WAC) – 18:54
74 – Euan Bruce (PR) – 19:47
75 – Jacob Small (PR) – 21:01

 

The best race of the day for the club and the county was undoubtedly the under-17 women’s. It was won emphatically by Wimborne and Dorset’s Grace Copeland who was more than 30 seconds ahead of the 2nd-placed runner. Dorset had three finishers in the top dozen, with a tight finish between Dorset’s 2nd and 3rd – Maddy Johnson (DAC) and Izzie Taylor (PAC). The final scoring position for Dorset went to WAC’s Beth Kingswell-Farr and in the county competition we won silver medals. Wimborne claimed gold in the club championship. It was something of a family affair with individual gold medalist Grace Copeland climbing onto the podium with her cousins Beth and Izzie Kingswell-Farr, with Hannah Fairchild also scoring important points. Wimborne’s gold medal in this age-group was the only one won by a Dorset club team all day.

Under-17 women (39 finishers)

1 – Grace Copeland (WAC) – 15:54
10 – Maddy Johnson (DAC) – 17:44
11 – Izzie Taylor (PAC) – 17:47
16 – Beth Kingswell-Farr (WAC) – 18:27
24 – Lita Short (PAC) – 19:03
28 – Alice Sullivan (Salisbury AC) – 19:17
30 – Hannah Fairchild (WAC) – 19:34
37 – Izzie Kingswell-Farr (WAC) – 20:20

 

The under-17 men was a category where we were unable to field a full team for the county. In fact we only had two finishers. WAC’s Michael Johnson was home first, with Nathaniel Wilmore of Poole Runners providing support.

Under-17 men (48 finishers)

21 – Michael Johnson (WAC) – 20:43
27 – Nathaniel Willmore (PR) – 21:40

 

The final race of the day was that of the senior women/under-20s, who had two large laps to cover. There was another medal here for a Dorset athlete – Serena O’Connor claimed u20 bronze (with WAC’s Emma Martin just outside the u20s podium places in 4th). Dorset’s women came 5th. The final finisher in this race was WAC’s Tina Mercer. As mentioned earlier there was a high number of DNFs on the day. Only Tina’s doggedness and resilience got her to the finish line as she battled adversity!

Senior women (89 finishers)

7 – Amy Bond (PAC) – 22:22
13 – Serena O’Connor (PR) (u20)– 22:41
17 – Emma Martin (WAC) (u20) – 23:01
55 – Sharon Hutchings (Dorset Doddlers) – 25:20
57 – Sharon Shaw (PR) – 25:36
69 – Helen Southcott (Maiden Newton Runners) – 26:27
87 – Sarah Swift (PR) – 29:06
89 – Tina Mercer (WAC) – 32:42

 

 

 

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