Sun 15th Oct 2017


WADAC fielded an impressive total of 61 runners in the Under-11, Under-13 and Under-15 races at King’s Park, Bournemouth, in yesterday’s first fixture of the Alton Sports Hampshire Cross-Country League season.

In the opening U11 race, WADAC’s nine girls, many of them making their first appearance at this level, achieved one top-ten finish (Caitie Croft 7th) and four more in the top twenty.

For the U11 boys, James Lewis picked up where he left off last season, leading from gun to tape and storming to another impressive win. He was ably backed up by four team-mates in the top eight places (Tom Grote, Evan Jeremiah on debut, Harry Gaster and Stan Parkinson), and a further fourteen Winchester runners.

Performance of the day however, was from Rose Chesterfield, who showed just how much difference a good year’s training can make. Having finished 47th in the opening race of last season, Rose was perhaps not uppermost in the analysis of potential race-winners this time round. But, having positioned herself nicely on the back of a leading group of five in the early stages, Rose emerged in pole position from the woodland section of the course and never looked in danger as she raced home clear of the field to win by 9 seconds, ever so slightly to the delight of her watching coaches. There was also a good run from Millie Burgess (16th) and from Winchester’s other five girls, resulting in the team securing fifth place on the day.

In the U13 boys race the WADAC team were just edged out of first team place by Aldershot, but also just pipped Southampton to second place. Winchester’s scoring runners (Harry Harvey, Charlie Kyle and Michael Shingleton-Smith) all finished in the top ten, with Ben Chesterfield and Thomas Briggs making it into the top twenty. There were good runs also from a further ten Winchester boys.

In the U15 girls race, Hannah Foster’s good from continued with a 15th place finish, supported by Issy Beck and Lily Neate, with the girls securing third team place between them. Well done as well to our other three girls in the race.

Finally, in the U15 boys race, Doug Scally and Sam Roberts, in their first year in the U15 age group, both achieved good places (11th and 17th respectively) and together with James Medley (23rd) also attained third team place for the club. WADAC had three more runners in the race, all making good first Hampshire League appearances.

The full results for most races are now available on the Hampshire Athletics website : http://www.hampshireathletics....