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Wessex League Cross-Country



Race 5 took place at Swindon on the 9th February. The WAC teams were blighted with illness and injury this time, which seriously depleted our numbers. Unfortunately we lost a few runners who had previously been ever-presents. As you know, all those team members who run in all the league race will be awarded a fidelity award. We are hoping to have an end of season presentation, details of which are yet to be confirmed, but it is hoped that this might take place at Christchurch Ski Centre. Full details of this will be announced once we have the results from the final race in Dorchester. Those still on course for fidelity awards are Neil Hopkinson, Daryl Davies, Ian Lyster, Amanda Bailey and Frank Bailey (who has run in all the under-11 races which do not have recorded results).



The results for the races were as follows:


Seniors – male                                                     Seniors – female  

28th – Matt Hopkins – 34.58                                    16th – Jill Harsent – 25.55

40th – Neil Hopkinson – 37.11                                18th – Lee Longmore – 27.54

44th – Ian Kennedy – 39.18                                     23rd – Tilaye Bailey – 29.12


Under 17 – male                                                   Under 17 – female

7th – Daryl Davies – 19.55                                      

12th – Ian Lyster – 26.01


Under 15 – male                                                   Under 15 – female  

9th – Tim Shakespeare – 16.38                                2nd – Amanda Bailey – 9.54



Just 10 runners in all. The ladies’ team finished 6th in the team rankings. Amanda continues to show impressive form, while the under-17 boys had their best ever race finishing 3rd team. Tim also ran well but unfortunately we failed to field a complete under-15 boys team (the first time this happened). The men’s team finished 12th. It was an enjoyable course with some serious mud in places and quite a steep climb. Well done to all of you.



South of England Athletics Association Cross Country Championships, Bicton, Devon – 25th January 2003

The under-15 boys team ran well at Bicton where they raced against the best cross-country runners in the south of England. The team finished 13th overall. We had great weather and it was a good course. Their times were as follows:


90th – Tom Rushton – 15.32

98th – Daryl Davies – 15:42

112th – Tim Shakespeare – 16.13

134th – Joe Clark – 17.45



The date for the remaining race in the series is 9th March at Dorchester. It is a fairly local race for us, so let’s finish the season with a flourish and a big turnout.




A reminder that the next session will start from QE Leisure Centre at 10.00 to finish at about 11.30 on Saturday 2nd March, 8 days before the next cross-country race – COME AND JOIN US! This session is intended for all age groups and abilities. We covered a distance of 4-5 miles – I hope that you will be able to make this next session.



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