Sun 15th Apr 2018


WADAC win home match.

Wessex League Match Winchester

The first Wessex Track & Field League event of the season arrived early at the Winchester Bar End track taking place in damp conditions. Winchester & District Athletic Club (WADAC) were up against teams from Portsmouth, New Forest, Andover & Overton, Woking and Camberley. The League is made up of combined team scores from both Girls & Boys at Under 13, Under 15 and Under 17 teams with a separate Under 11 Quad Kids competition.

WADAC took full advantage of being at their home track and won the main competition emphatically from Camberley. The WADAC Under 13 girls won their section with a nucleus of athletes from last year’s team again producing great results. Emma Shedden 4.21 and Jasmine Jones 4.26 produced a fine piece of forceful running in the 1200m to win both the A&B string races, Emma also won the B 70m hurdles race in 12.2 with team-mate Beth Thorpe winning the A race in a PB of 11.9, Beth also was 2nd in the 100m B in 14.3 . Jasmine Jones showed her versatility by also winning the B Shot with 6.10m and 2nd in the Javelin B with 13.35m. Kitty Manning had a good day in the Field with 2nd places in the Discus A 14.34m and High Jump a 1.25m . In the 800m Aisling Hitchman 2.39.6  2nd A and Lara Bassett 2.48.7 1st B gained some good points. Alice Eyssens was 2nd in the Shot A with 6.19m and also gained points in the 100m A . Jess Marinus achieved PB s in the 200m and Javelin and Long Jumps for the team with Isabel Ord 1st High Jump B and Erin McBriar 2nd Discus B and Amy Porter Long Jump B also contributing to the team win. The quartet of Alice Clegg, Beth Thorpe, Emma Shedden and Caitie Croft were 3rd in the 4x100 lap relay.

In the under 13 boys WADAC potentially have a star in the making in James Lewis who led from the gun in the 1500m  and produced a Grade 2 performance and won easily in 4.50 . He was backed up admirably by Ben Chesterfield who won the 1500 B in 5.07.4. Finley Wrey-Brown is turning into a very useful athlete and demonstrated this with and double win in the Javelin A 26.58m and Shot A 8.09m and also ran 28.8 in the 200m for 2nd B. WADAC have their very own Oscar winners with the duo of Oscar Webb and Oscar Hoult . The former won both the 75m hurdles B 14.9 & High Jump A 1.35m as well as Long Jump B 2nd with 4.08m, Oscar H earned 2nd places in Long Jump A 4.40m Shot B plus points in the High Jump. Matthew Duckering 2nd 800 A and Evan Jeremiah 1ST B were both very impressive in their running. Alexander Beck sprinted to victory in the 100m B in 14.5 as well as points in the 200m A. Sam Mballa produced a PB in the Discus A with a throw of 20.20m and team –mate Oscar Lineker- Bennett was a late replacement and won the Discus B with 11.86m. The team were assisted greatly by U13B athletes Sello Mtshweni, Jake Pasche and Max Carlisle who all chipped in with useful points.

In the Under 15 boys section it looks like WADAC have unearthed a sprinting diamond in Montel Gondwe who in his very first competition destroyed the 100m field winning in a G2 performance of 11.80 and also ran a non scoring  200m time of 24.4 which was faster than all the 200m scoring runners. Inspired by this new find Iwan Wrey-Brown, not to be outdone by his younger brother Finley, ran a superb double win of 100m B 12.4 & 200m A 24.9. Luc Pearce looked smooth in the 300m A with 2ndd place in 44.4 and showed his stamina credentials with 2nd 800m A 2.29.4. Doug Scally ran his usual brave race and won the 1500m in 4.36 well ahead of the field. In the field Charlie Smith threw the Discus 14.75m for 2nd B. The foursome of Iwan Wrey-Brown Matt De Lara, Ruben Burrows and Montel Gondwe ran well for 2nd 52.4 in the 4x100 relay. Other athletes adding to the U15B points tally were Ned Wolfe, Arthur Chambers, Ren Foley, Ollie Carr and Chris Parsons.

Rose Chesterfield won the U15g 1500m race in her usual dominant style in 5.05.2 and although reluctant to run the 300m as she thought “ I will finish last “ ran a very good 300m in 46.00 for 3rd in the 300m A. Equally impressive was Freya Brannigan who  blew her opponents away to win the 400m B in 45.2. Lucy Spurrier sprinted excellently with 2nd 100m A 13.3 and 200m 2nd 27.4 . Olivia Busher moving up the age group and having to cope with the heavier implements threw very well for 2nd Javelin 29.5 A and 3rd Javelin A 19.11m. Back from long term injury Emily Smith won the High Jump  B with 1.30m. Runners up position were gained by Molly Whitton 75m hurdles 15.9 and Clemmie Rydon Long Jump B 3.71m. Emily Weeks had a busy day gaining points in several events. WADAC were well supported in the U15G by Tuesday Bettridge Grace White, Olivia Jones, Roisin Griffin and Grace McKee. In the relay Weeks, White Spurrier and Whitton ran well for 3rd in 56.6.

Amy Dawes once again looked stylish in the Under 17 womens sprint category managing a PB of 27.00 in the 200m winning A race plus producing 13.3 in the 100m A race for 2nd. Maddie Turner matched Amy’s winning time of 27.00 to succeed in the 200m B Race. Sprinting well in 100m B race was Megan Heal for runner up in 13.6. Isabella Beck ran strongly in both the 1500m and 300m with 2nd A 5.04.6 and 3rd B 45.6. Aisling Dunne backed up Isabella admirably and won the 1500m B race in 5.08.2. First class hurdling was produced by Maddie Turner 2nd A 80mh 12.9 & Ellie Livingstone 1st B 12.9 who also earned useful points in the Discus along with Tamsin Hoult. Dawes , Turner, Heal and Livingstone ran an exciting relay finishing 2nd in 53.9. Sophie Torrance ran well in the 300m  B event.

Jackkapon Khongkhao and Charlie Brown shared the Under 17 mens sprints and both impressed with Charlie also hurdling to 2nd place in the 100m Hurdles. Andrew Stanfield ran a mature race in the 40m winning in 54.8. The middle distance races were covered by Sam Griffin 800m 2.47 and Theo Roberts 1500m 2nd A 4.57. Alex Miles won the Javelin with a throw of 32.86 and aalso threw in the Discus and Shot.

In the Quad Kids competition WADAC were 2nd overall with Philip Cain having an outstanding day winning the boys event running the a record time of 10.9 in the 75m and also equalled the club boys point total of 260.  Timon Francis was 3rd overall and Ethan Imhofe 5th. The club overall pints total of 923 was also a club record. The best WADCAC girls performances were Poppy Taylor 8th and Millie Morgan 13th.