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Dorset’s girls shine at SW Schools Championships – 3 February 2018

Ian Kennedy reports from Stover, Devon

The all-conquering Dorset Junior Girls team at the South West Schools

The results from the Dorset County Championships at King’s Park were a major factor (but not the only one) for who from the 600+ would make the teams of 10 in each age-group at the South West Schools Cross-Country Championships at Stover School, near Newton Abbot on 3 February.

Results from the South West Schools Cross-Country Championships

(Wimborne AC runners shown in red)
 

Rookie Iris Courtney had another very good race and led the Dorset team home. Isabella Cox, Kate Simmonds, and Ruby Sargeant all made the county team too and performed well. Incredibly the three of them crossed the line two seconds apart!

Year 7 girls (65 finishers) ­– 5th team

5 – Iris Courtney – 9:23
9 – Martha Preese – 9:38
15 – Clemmie C-Eyre – 9:45
40 – Ophelia James – 10:17
44 – Isabella Cox – 10:19
46 – Kate Simmonds – 10:20
48 – Ruby Sargeant – 10:21
50 – Eliza Ellis – 10:27
59 – Lara Broderick – 10:48
 

Dorset’s Will Rabjohns won the boys championship in this age-group in some style, with WAC’s only finisher being Oscar Davis.

Minor boys (65 finishers) ­– 4th team

1 – Will Rabjohns – 10:35
6 – Sam Rayner – 11:40
24 – Arief McKenna – 12:20
34 – Oakley Winters-O’Brien – 12:30
37 – Josh Fazackerley – 12:33
41 – Oliver Jones – 12:37
46 – Oscar Davis – 12:42
49 – Ryan Pitcher – 12:50
65 – Tom Shepherd – 15:08
 

Just like Will, WAC’s Emily Shaw made it a double, becoming South West Schools Champion as well as Dorset County Champion. The Junior Girls won the team title, by the biggest margin of any team on the day. With three in the top 10, and six in the first 25, it wasn’t hard to see why. Marianna Sawyer, Daisy Baker and Sarah Graham all put in great performances alongside their Dorset team-mates.

Junior girls (62 finishers) ­ 1st team

1 – Emily Shaw – 12:24
3 – Emilie Castagna – 12:52
7 – Ashia Wilson – 13:06
13 – Phoebe Wilson – 13:19
20 – Marianna Sawyer – 13:34
23 – Daisy Baker – 13:37
32 – Sarah Graham – 13:48
59 – Isobel Rabjohns – 14:45
 

The first Dorset runner home in the Junior Boys was Seth Hall-Nunn. WAC was represented by Ollie Rawles, Joel Green and Tom Fuller.

Junior boys (62 finishers) ­– 5th team

7 – Seth Hall-Nunn – 14:29
31 – Owen Pitcher – 15:15
32 – Oliver Forsey – 15:16
39 – Mark Ruby – 15:24
42 – Liam Nixon – 15:26
51 – Ollie Rawles – 15:38
54 – Joel Green – 15:53
58 – Tom Fuller – 16:05
 

Fern Kimber led the Dorset team home for the Intermediate Girls ahead of three WAC pursuers – Amy Mercer, Christa Cripwell and Holly Nixon. In another strong team performance WACers Beth KIngswell-Farr and Martha Pawson also featured.

Intermediate girls (48 finishers) – 4th team

7 – Fern Kimber – 15:56
17 – Amy Mercer – 16:24
23 – Christa Cripwell – 16:36
25 – Holly Nixon – 16:40
27 – Maddy Herbert – 16:42
44 – Maddy Johnson – 17:13
45 – Demi Goddard – 17:20
49 – Beth Kingswell-Farr – 17:24
53 – Martha Pawson – 17:51
58 – Niamh Carey – 18:28
 

Half of the Inter Boys team which was led home by Emmanuel Cox was made up of Wimborne AC athletes. Our five Dorset team members were Ben Martin, Sam Hughes, Charlie Davies, Seth Lake and Josh Davey.

Intermediate boys (67 finishers) ­– 7th team

24 – Emmanuel Cox – 23:04
27 – Chet Gillespie – 23:08
36 – Freddie Bowhill – 23:20
47 – Nat Willmore – 23:49
49 – Conor Gibb – 24:04
52 – Ben Martin – 24:11
60 – Sam Hughes – 24:36
62 – Charlie Davies – 24:45
64 – Seth Lake – 25:20
66 – Josh Davey – 25:48
 

Dorset’s County Champion Grace Copeland, had tough competition in the form of Avon’s Hannah Hobbs. Grace ran well for the silver medal and also led the team home for a silver medal. She got great support from top 10-er Izzie Taylor and WACers Minty Stubbs and Hannah Slater.

Senior girls (63 finishers) ­– 2nd team

2 – Grace Copeland– 17:19
10 – Izzie Taylor – 19:10
12 – Minty Stubbs – 19:18
22 – Hannah Slater – 20:04
32 – Lizzie Freeman – 20:23
33 – Isabel Watkins – 20:26
55 – Elsa Charlwood – 22:43
58 – Anoushka Todd – 22:50
62 – Flo Woolrych – 23:27
 

The Senior Boy’s team was led in by the ever-dependable Dominic Willmore of Poole Runners. WACers Michael Johnson and Ed Dart crossed the finish line in the green vests of their county.

Senior boys (65 finishers) ­– 7th team

18 – Dominic Willmore – 24:23
35 – Alex D’Arbost– 25:06
43 – Michael Johnson – 25:34
45 – Arun Hawkes – 25:52
51 – Angus Cameron – 26:12
57 – Tom Crabtree – 26:29
60 – Ed Dart – 26:35
64 – Harry Mortimer – 27:32
 

For the Minors this fixture is the end of their Schools Championship trail, all other age-groups travel on to the English Schools Championships. From the 600+ that started out on the journey, just 48 will compete in Yorkshire.
 

 

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