Being an ex cross country runner myself, I was massively looking forward to the first Hampshire League Cross Country at Prospect Park, Reading on 19th October.
My hopes for WADAC having a good season were dented somewhat by the poor turnout from WADAC Juniors which represent about 300 members in the club.
There were some good performances but we did not have the volume of runners our local competitors have and hence our team positions were disappointing.
In summary, here are the number of athletes competing for WADAC in each age group and the current League positions:
U13 Girls 10 athletes 6th
U15 Girls 6 athletes 2nd
U17 Girls 4 athletes 6th
Senior Women & Vets 13 athletes 4th (Vets = 2nd)
U13 Boys 11 athletes 6th
U15 Boys 5 athletes 8th
U17 Boys 2 athletes Last (Did not have a team)
Senior Men & Vets 11 athletes 4th (Vets = 3rd)
Each week I see hundreds of Juniors training on Tuesdays and Thursdays. I see many coaches putting a tremendous amount of time into you as individuals and the club. But the results are not coming through on competition days because too many of you are not competing for WADAC.
Bearing in mind there is no track & field athletics now till April 2014, I would have thought that more of you would be competing in the cross country races.
So a plea please----get the dates of the cross country races in your diaries (they are all in the Calendar section of the website), get your spikes & running vests out and compete for the club. We can do a lot better.