Fri 2nd Dec 2016
The second Hampshire XC League match took place at King Park Bournemouth and Winchester & District athletes travelled in the hope of further successes.
The event was overshadowed by the tragic death of the two young Aldershot & Farnham athletes Stacey Burrows and Lucy Pygott which had happened earlier in that week. There was a minutes silence and also black ribbons were worn by many of the athletes as a tribute to the young athletes.
The Senior & Vets mens race was won appropriately by five Aldershot men running over the finishing line together some 25 seconds clear of the rest of the field. The win was dedicated to Stacey & Lucy. Winchester’s leading runner was again Toby Lambert in an excellent 8th position going one place better that in the first fixture. He was backed up by under 20 athlete James Heneghan in 28th place, which matched his position from the match exactly. Humza Ahmed was next in for WADAC in 57th and the team was completed by Timothy Smales 67th and Ian Debnam 75th.The team was 5th team on the day a position they are overall. The Vets team of Peat Allan (151st) Derek Gilby (166th ) and Richard Shingleton-Smith (177th ) were 7th on the day and are 6th team overall. There were 244 finishers in the Senior/Vets race and WADAC also had Alexander Whiting 184th and Simon Harvey 208th.
The Under 17 women continued their dominance in their age group with a fine team win. Emily Coulson led the home the gold and black vests magnificently in 5th place and following her was the ever consistent Poppy Clements 6th. The team was completed by Isla Allan 7th probably having one of her best ever races. Grace Mann 16th Gabrielle Spelman 22nd and Natasha Miles 24th completed WADAC runners in this category.
International Triathlete India Lee again ran brilliantly to position 3rd in the Senior/Vets womens race mixing it with the dominant Aldershot athletes. Backing India up was Julia Davis in a fine 6th position and Jo Meek 12th which gave her the first Vet position overall. The team were 2nd behind Aldershot which kept them in the same position on aggregate. Packing in well into the top 20 were Jen McLachlan 18th , Melanie Wilkins 19th & Rebecca Lord 20th.The Vets team again won their section with Meek, Kath Bailey 23rd and Sam Parkinson 48th which keeps them in top position overall. In a field of 155 finishers WADAC also had Michaela McCallum 57th, Sue True 60th, Emma Carter 74th, Harriet Spelman 91st, Kate Pretty 96th, Madeline Vosser 116th and Ella Morgan 132nd . The Under 20 trio of Spelman, Pretty and Morgan gave WADAC 4th team position.
There was a really good display by WADAC in the Under 13 boys finishing 4th team led home by Doug Scally in 15th position with Harry Harvey having a fine run in 20th position and the team completed by Iwan Wrey Brown in 25th. There was a healthy number of other WADAC runners in this race with Sam Roberts 35th, Freddie Coulson 36th, Ben Schofield 56th, William Thompson 58th, Patrick Hewson 59th and the fast-improving Austin Clarke in 63rd. In the Under 17 mens race Keir Sullivan again ran strongly and achieved 10th position he was followed in by Tom Mannion in 30th but unfortunately there was not a third runner to complete a team. There was only WADAC runner in the Under 15 boys race but Oli Bulpett ran well to gain 16th position. Clemmie Rydon was 35th and Ellie McErlean 40th in the Under 13 girls race but again did not have a third runner to finish a team.
The next League match is at Popham Airfield in December.