It was an early start from Dorset as we headed up to west London for the South of England Athletics Association Cross-Country Relays. We arrived in good time, and saw the first finishers in the local parkrun. The red flag went up and we used a couple of pop-up tents as a base for the ten Wimborne athletes taking part. The course itself was pretty flat and fast.
The first race of the day was the under-17 women where the athletes would run three legs of 2.5k. It was this race where we fielded our strongest team. Holly Nixon ran a spirited first leg, with Maddy Johnson being tagged for leg 2. In the mayhem of multiple tags, the time keepers didn’t get a record of the time for that first changeover. All we know for sure is that Holly’s and Maddy J’s combined time for the first two legs was 16:58. Maddy Herbert ran the final leg in 9:05, which gave us a total time for the team of 26:03. This was the 7th fastest time in a field of 26 complete teams.
We had two teams entered for the under-17 men. Unfortunately a few of our athletes were unavailable and so we travelled with only four U17 men. This gave us a team of Charlie Davies, Ben Martin and Max Meadwell, and Jack Moss-Wilcox who would run the first and only leg for our other team. All would run 3000m.
A solid start from Charlie Davies (11:27) got the team underway. Ben Martin (11:57) then took over for the middle leg. The anchor run was the quickest for the team, with the fast-finishing Max Meadwell recording 11:19. Jack Moss-Willcox is seeing a, hard worked for, upturn in form, and was rewarded with a time of 11:56. The complete team we fielded were 14th of 20, pretty respectable as all Wimborne runners in this category were running year-young, and all will be able to return next year and compete in the same age-group.
The final category where we fielded a team was the under-15 boys. These athletes were running 2000m legs. This team ran in age order, with the oldest, Tom Fuller taking responsibility for the first leg, then handing over to Ollie Rawles, before the anchor leg was run by year-young Jay Dunn. In the feisty environment of the first leg, Tom was fastest (7:04), this was followed by a solid performance by Ollie Rawles (7:43), and the job was completed by Jay Dunn, who was in inspired form to record 7:51. The team came 20th of 26 complete teams taking part.
Team manager for Wimborne AC was Richard Davies on this most enjoyable day. It’s hoped that we can return here with more athletes and more teams in different age