Possibly the busiest weekend of the year so far saw Wimborne athletes compete at the South West Championships at Exeter, join with other local clubs in Team Dorset in a league fixture at Kings Park and compete against some of the biggest Wessex Young Athletics League teams in a club match in Swindon.
Harry Woods was back on song after a disappointing English Schools roaring back to win the South West Championships under 15 long jump title with 5m47 only one centimetre short of his personal best. Ben Butcher won the under 20s triple jump with 13m14 and there were silver medals for Lauren Hill 11m20 in the under 17s triple jump and Toby Hiller 6m49 in the Under 20s long jump.
Wimborne athletes contributed to a second place for Team Dorset in the UK Young Athletes League at Kings Park. Star turn was Lola Sainsbury, who like Harry Woods had a challenging time at the English Schools. Her under 15 shot putt of 10.15 was a grade 1 standard. Harry was there as well and won his long jump with 5m37. Freya Blundell is going great guns at the moment contributing a winning 12.9 in the 100 metres and 26.8 in the 200. Finlay Carvell won the under 13 75 metres in 10.1 a new club record. Newcomer Ruby Walsh jumped 4m 74 for second place in the under 15 girls long jump and there were second places for Tom Williams 2.12.7 in the 800 metres and brother Jack 1m65 in the high jump.
The club match at Swindon was a more muted affair but the under 11s gave it their best shot in the Quadkids and were second only to home side Swindon Harriers on the day. Ava Elliott Smith cracked another club record with her winning 3m88 in the long jump. She was fourth overall with newcomer Isabelle Roberts in fifth place. Elliott Trickey was joint winner overall of both the 75 metres and the 600 metres and he tied with Lucas Jolliffe winner of the long jump for second place overall in the boys competition.
- Swindon 1704 2) Wimborne 1649 3) Southampton 1368) Basingstoke 1339 5) Newbury 1232 6) Salisbury 269
The busy weekend and the very hot weather affected results in the main match. Freya Blundell was again in fine form winning the 200 metres in 26.85 and debuting in the 300 metres with a winning 43.12. Harry Ryan won his specialist 75 metre hurdles in 14.05 and relative newcomer Lucy Lucas rammed out a winning 9m75 in the shot. Simba Ingrams 43m21 in the under 17 javelin was a very useful return to club competition.
- Basingstoke 537 2) Swindon 298 3) Newbury 234 4) Wimborne 225 5) Southampton 217 6) Salisbury 148