Sun 21st Oct 2018


Kings Park Bournemouth

Hampshire Cross Country League Bournemouth

The first Hampshire Cross Country League match of the XC season took place at a very windy Kings Park Bournemouth and Winchester & District Athletic Club (WADAC) went to the event hoping for some early season success.

The under 3 boys race provided such a performance for WADAC with the talented James Lewis dominating the race to win in 10.57, he was superbly backed up by Michael Shingleton- Smith in 3rd and Ben Chesterfield 5th to win the team competition in front of Southampton. Also finishing in the top 10 in a field of 107 was Stan Parkinson in 10th. Other WADAC U13B were Tom Grote 18th : Reuben Hobbs 35th : Ben Hutchings 43rd : Teddy Creasy 44th : Alex Nicholson 51st : Matthew Duckering 54th : Ieaun Thomas 68th : Adam Lee 92nd Aymeric Truchon 93rd.

Team victory was also achieved for WADAC by the under 15 girls with Rose Chesterfield, an athlete who has started the season well,  storming home in 4th in 15.12 .The much improved Amelia Moore was 6th and the always consistent Hannah Foster cam home 7th for first place in the team event  in front of Aldershot. Also running for WADAC in the U15G race were Millie Burgess 16th : Ellie McErlean 24th :  Katie Nicholson 33rd.

There were quite a few new names in the Senior/Vets women race running for WADAC and it really worked as the Seniors finished 2nd to the perennial champions Aldershot and for the Vets women it was normal service resumed as they easily won their team competition. Three athletes broke clear in the race and WADAC athlete Lorna Russell cam home impressively in 2nd place just two seconds behind the winner. Newbie Annabel Gummow ran very well to place 6th with Mel Watkins completing the WADAC team in 8th. Coming home in 12th overall and winning the Vet womens race was Tamsin Simmonds. Next home was team stalwart Kathy Bailey in 24th and 7th Vet. Kate Towerton was next Vet home in 8th (26th overall) to be the final Vets team finisher. Imogen Emmett ran consistently for 28th and next home was Grace Mann 29th who was 4th U20 women. The rest of WADAC completing the race were- Sam Parkinson 45th : Tamsin Mora 54th : Karen Hazlitt 56th : Natalie Cain 59th : Ashia Fenwick 62nd : Lauren Nigren 67th : Emma Carter 81st : Joanne Clarke 84th : Charlotte Hoskins 85th ; Gabrielle Spelman 100th Alison Fenwick 119th ; Madeline Vosser 155th.

Sam Roberts has been running well lately and he continued this form by being first WADAC runner home in 14th in the Under 15 boys race. Next was Doug Scally in 18th and with Dominic Exworthy 23rd the team were a splendid 2nd position behind Aldershot. Other WADAC U15B- Harry Harvey 39th ; Thomas Briggs 46rh : Connor Dutton 56th : Matthias Truchon 60th : Ben Schofield 61st.

There were only two WADAC runners in the U17 mens race so did not finish a team but Sam Turner ran very hard to finish a very solid 3rd and Toby Woods managed a fine 6th place.  Aisling Dunne was the only U17 women taking part for WADAC but as always she ran strongly and was rewarded with 6th position.

First home in the Senior/Vet mens race was George King in a very respectable 22nd place, he was  followed in by Richard Parr 53rd and Guy Brayn 57th, competing the Senior team were Richard Bidgood 63RD and Julian Mann 64th. The WADAC Senior team were 6th in Division 1 of the League. Richard Bidgood and Julian Mann were 8th and 9th Vet men and along with Nick Anderson 11th Vet (68th overall) WADAC were 2nd in the Vets team event. Also making the top 100 finishers was Wayne Bevan 78th, other Senior/Vet men Lloyd Dickson 110th; Alex Whiting 120th; Andy Parkinson 126th: Steve Oliver 158th: Robert Carter 176th: Guy Hoskins 219th.

Emma Shedden had a powerful run in the Und 13 girls race finishing 12th overall, next in as reliable as usual was Jasmine Jones 17th and with Lara Bassett having one of her best runs in 18th the team were unlucky not to be  higher than 4th team having three scoring runners in the top 20. Aisling Hitchman 30th, Safiya Husain 35th and Phoebe McGee 37th all had good runs. Other WADAC U13G Emily Staggs 47th: Lauren McGee 51st.

There were also non scoring under 11 races held at Kings Park and in the girls race the best placed WADAC athletes were Poppy Taylor 7th, Hannah Lowe 8th, Scarlett Anderson 12th and Summer Curtis 22nd. In the boys race Sam Nicholson ran really well for 3rd position followed in by Caspar Wilson 8th, Ruben Price 14th and Ethan Skipwith 17th.

The second match of the League will be at Aldershot in November.