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A packed weekend programme – 25/26 April 2015

Peter Impett reports about Bracknell, London, IoW and Millfield.

Wimborne athletes were in action across the southern half of England at the weekend in a whole range of events The weekend was certainly action-packed!

Southern League - Team Dorset - Bracknell

On Saturday Piers Copeland, Abbie Hine, Dave Pearson, Kristen Nicholls and Ryan Webb headed off to Bracknell to represent Team Dorset who were third in the match. Once again Piers got an English Schools qualifying time over 1500m. Abbie has already produced steeplechase PBs, but now her best form over 1500m on the flat is returning with a bang … she claimed a new under-20 women's club record. Dave won the pole vault. Even our officials got in on the act presiding over a new UK best performance in the T37 long jump.

London Mini-marathon and Marathon

Meanwhile Grace Copeland, Jason Sotheran and Tom Bourne headed up to London to take part in the London's mini-marathon. Jason recorded 15:14, Tom 15:57 and Grace 18:45. Our seniors posted what must be the most impressive set of results ever from Wimborne runners at London:

267                   Thomas Porter                                                  2:37:00     PB
381                   Richard Swindlehurst                                      
2:42:45     PB 
915                   Jerry Shield                                                      
2:51:57     PB
1940                 Steve Wyatt                                                      
3:00:38     PB
2446                 Andy Horsley                                                    
3:05:30     PB
4117                 Andrew ‘Baz’ Barry                                         
4683                 Pete Lemon                                                      3:22:19
4739                 Phil Whitehurst                                                  3:22:37     PB
5985                 Andy Olden                                                        3:28:58
11907               Michele Whitehurst                                          
3:54:59     PB

This included two runners breaking the old club record. The new club record holder is Thomas Porter (2:37:00). Thomas spent much of the race alongside Paula Radcliffe, and this ensured that a red Wimborne vest was prominent in the national TV coverage.

Paula (left), Thomas (right)

Wessex YAL - Isle of Wight

We also got off to a flying start in the Wessex Young Athletes League. Three full buses travelled to the Isle of Wight, along with a fleet of cars. This meant there were something like 60 WACers on the Island. There were some terrific performances too and, the team came third in the 6-team event. We were only headed by Southampton and home club Isle of Wight. Many athletes were performing for the first time in new age groups, sometimes over new distances or with heavier implements.

Outright wins were hard to come by but Pippa Hine mastered the cool conditions to win the under-17 100 metres in 13.2 with Erin Thickett winning the under-13 equivalent in 14.3 and the 200 in a personal best time of 29.3. Charlotte Ayton also had a personal best in the under-15 100 with 13.3 for second place and she was backed up by a winning 14.5 for Becca May in the B-string.  Charlotte also won the long jump with 5m01. Toby Randerson was second in the 100 for under-17s in 12.0 and Ben Butcher was second in the 100 for under-13s in 14.0 and in the long jump with 4m05 having taken the Dorset Multi-events title at Millfield the previous day.  Charlotte Laing won the B-string under-13 hurdles in 13.8 and Ellie Stark had a cracking race in the under-15 age group just missing a win but with a time of 12.6.

WACers up for it on the Isle of Wight

There were some incredible gutsy performances from debutants Charlotte Piper and Ollie Rawles (over 800m) and Charlie Davies and Tom Fuller over 1500m. Max Meadwell (5.08.8) bagged a 1500 PB by around 6 seconds and Jack Moss-Willcox (2.46.1) also got a PB in the 800. Caitlin Rogers got PBs in both the 300m (46.9) and 1500m (5.30.5) finishing hot on the heels of Beth Kingswell-Farr (5.28.7). Anna Kelliher (2.37.0) and debutant Amy Mercer (2.39.4) ran great 800ms in close proximity. With Anna being coaxed along by her team mate she claimed a PB by a big margin (around 11 seconds), Sam Davies (2.12.4), Joey Kelliher (2.14.5) and Elliott Symes (2.19.8) all went out in the same 800m race, and all of them got PBs. In the 1500 Sam (4.39.3) and Joey (4.40.1) also got PBs, with Michael Johnson (4.49.4) who was an A-string winner, was in touching distance of his. The biggest improvement on a PB on the day came from Zach Fenwick (5.26.30) … he improved his 1500m time by 27 seconds! 

In the field Jack Ayton was second in the under-15 high jump 1m50 and Phoebe Carter had the same position with 1m30 in the under-17 Women. Derry Sowinski-Brown won the B-string under-13 long jump with 3m88 and Caitlyn Hooper was second in the under-17s with 4.52.  Fleur Dutton’s 7m28 for second place in the shot was the pick of the club’s throwers.

In the Quadkids Katie Hull was 9th, Isabelle Cox 17th, Kate Simmonds 29th and Rebecca  Bentham 31st out of 39 girls.  Josh Healey was 18th and George Butcher 25th out of 36 boys.  Well done guys.

Team scores: 

Southampton            458
Isle of Wight              432
Wimborne                 330
Woking                      308
New Forest Juniors  250
Newbury                    148

Combined Events - Millfield

At the multi-events at Millfield at the weekend we seemed to be the dominant force amongst Dorset clubs. In addition to Ben Butcher’s Dorset win, Abbie Lovering was crowned the Dorset under-13 multi-events champion and finished with a blistering 800 metres, 10 seconds ahead of her nearest rival to move up the order.  Rob Hughes had a good day and managed a personal best 1m42 in his winning total. Bethan Burley and Matt Curtis had to withdraw part way through when in a strong position and there were good performances from Angelina Laake and Rebecca Nolan.


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