Report by Peter Impett
Wimborne Athletic Club finished a belated track and field season with a bit of a flourish. Lying three points down on Taunton AC at the start of the final match in the South West League the club’s athletes propelled the club in to first place on the day just ahead of local rivals Poole AC with Taunton in third place. This meant that Wimborne were only one league point behind Taunton at the season’s end.
Harry Bunting was on good form in the under 15 200 winning in 24.1 and was second in the 100 in 12.2. Harry joined Woody Van der Felz, Max Chater and Harry Brooks in breaking the club under 15 relay record with a time of 49.8 A personal best for Finlay Carvell of 28.8 in the under 13 200 led a red and black blizzard across the line with Zachary Fricker also 28.8 and Charlie Cleal 29.1 in hot pursuit. Ronny Debique was a one man points machine winning the 100, 200 and Triple Jump for the senior men. Thomas Jackson’s 800 metres in 2.08.7 was a winning personal best.
The girls got winning points from the shot. Olivia Jones won the under 13s with a 7m01 personal best with Lucy Lucas winning the under 15s with 8m38. Daisy Tyndall won the under 15s pole vault with a personal best 2m00. If, however, you want to make a difference to the result as a team manager you have to put on your spikes to secure the points and team manager Paula Hine did just that with second place in the senior women’s 100 metres. Paula was delighted with the result and the performance of the relay teams and the under 15 girls who both won their respective league titles.
Match 4 Results
- Wimborne 279 2) Poole AC 272.5 3) Taunton 258.5 4) Yeovil 192 5) Mendip 142 6) Dorchester 61
Final League Results
1 Taunton 1249.5 (22) 2 Wimborne 1123 (21) 3 Poole AC 931.5 (14) 4 Yeovil 930 (15) 5 Mendip 418 (6) 6 Dorchester 372 (6)
Earlier in the month the club’s younger athletes travelled to Basingstoke for a Wessex Young Athletes League meeting. Only three of the four fixtures have been possible though some teams contested a full set. The Under 11 Quadkids teams have been particularly strong and if scores were averaged out they would have been third out of 24 behind Winchester and Swindon. On this occasion the squad took second place to Waverley but only by twelve points. The girls are particularly strong with Isabelle Roberts, Ava Elliott Smith, Alissa Irving and Sophie Deverill taking 4th, 5th,6th and 8th places out of thirty two. Ava recorded the fastest 75 metre time and was second in the long jump. For the boys Lucas Joliffe was second in the long jump.
- Waverley 1685 2) Wimborne 1673 3) Basingstoke 1551 4) new Forest Juniors 1443 5) Poole AC 1145
Turnout in the main match was a little sparse but Jake Roberts had a good day with a personal best 1m80 in the high jump and 35m66 in the discus for under 17s. Tom Jackson won the under 17 1500 metres in 4.36.8 and Eva Welstead the Under 15 hurdles in 12.9
- Basingstoke 611 2) New Forest Juniors 439.5 3) Poole AC 228 4) Wimborne 199.5 5) Waverley 145