Ladies team in the Wessex League XC at Lytchett School

Cross Country season marches on

Ladies team in the Wessex League XC at Lytchett School
The Bournemouth AC ladies and men’s teams were out in force in the latest Wessex and Hampshire League Cross Country fixtures

The second fixtures of both cross country leagues have now taken place with the Wessex Cross Country League one being held at Lytchett School on 3rd November and the Hampshire Cross Country League one being staged on a new course at Sparshalt College, near Winchester, on 9th November.

Most people will remember Saturday 2nd November. It was the day of the Rugby World Cup final which dawned with high hopes of an England success over South Africa. It was also a day of torrential rain and high winds which resulted in the abandonment of just about every parkrun in the area.

Would the Wessex Cross Country League race go ahead the next day? Well, fortunately, Sunday 3rd November turned out to be a bright sunny day which was ideal for cross country running with plenty of mud, even on a course which consisted mainly of zigzagging up and down a field. It was a course imaginatively worked out and organised by Poole Runners to take place within the confines of the tight area available.

Bournemouth AC‘s youngsters were present in strength, with some excellent results. In the U11 category the BAC stars were William Launder for the boys and Isabel Cherrett and Esmee Hunt Altkins for the girls. William is now 3rd aggregate U11 boy for the season so far, and Isabel and Esmee are 1st and 2nd U11 girls so very well done to them! BAC’s U11 girls’ team now lie 2nd in the aggregate team table.

It is a similar story in the U13 category. Oscar Ewen Matthews was the 2nd U13 boy and occupies 2nd position for the season so far, with the BAC U13 boys’ team leading the competition so far. Such is the depth of BAC’s U13 boys’ involvement that there is also a BAC ‘B’ team in the table.

Erin Wells and Darcy Hawkins were BAC’s U13 girl stars, finishing 3rd and 4th respectively, with the team lying 3rd in the competition, and Erin is 3rd individual U13 girl so far. With our U11 and U13 athletes running so well, together with the depth there now appears to be, there is surely a bright future for BAC’s cross country running.

At the U15 level, many congratulations to Neve East, who won the U15 girls’ race, closely followed by Martha Preece who was an impressive 3rd. Neve, having competed in both fixtures so far, is the leading U15 girl. Anya Sandell, Ruby Bowden and Laura Reeves all ensured BAC has an U17 ladies’ team in the league, which is 3rd on aggregate thus far.

Rich Brawn in action in the Wessex League XC at Lytchett School
Rich Brawn on his way to a 3rd place finish in the senior men’s race at the Wessex League XC
Men's team after the Wessex League XC at Lytchett School
Simon Hunt, Rich Nelson, Rich Brawn and Chris O’Brien after the Wessex League XC at Lytchett School
Men all muddy after Wessex League XC race at Lytchett School
With some thick, gloopy mud in one of the fields it felt like a proper cross country race

BAC’s teams are also doing well at the senior level. Richard Brawn, who was the first senior man to cross the line at Lytchett (he allowed a couple of U20 men to precede him!), is now the leading senior man for the season so far, and helped by Jonathan Matthews, who was 9th at Lytchett, BAC’s senior mens’ team is now 2nd overall.

Holly Collier in the Wessex League XC at Lytchett School
Holly Collier was flying in the Wessex League fixture at Lytchett School
Lisa Elmore in the Wessex League XC at Lytchett School
Lisa Elmore was also going well in the Wessex League race
Raluca Basarman in the Wessex League XC at Lytchett School
Raluca Basarman was taking on her 2nd Wessex League race of the season
Kirsty Drewett in the Wessex League XC at Lytchett School
Kirsty Drewett wasn’t hard to spot in her high-viz BAC top
Jayne Wade in the Wessex League XC at Lytchett School
The club’s resident brownie baker Jayne Wade was also in action at the Wessex League XC

Not to be outdone, the BAC’s ladies’ team is now 1st! Holly Collier won the ladies’ race at Lytchett, with Lisa Elmore coming in 3rd. Having competed in both fixtures, Lisa is 2nd lady in the aggregate table for the season so far. Well done to all the 35 BAC athletes who competed at Lytchett. The next fixture is on 15th December at Canford School. Please see below for the full BAC results.

Lisa Elmore finishing the Wessex League XC race at Lytchett School
Lisa looked in good form as she tore round the course
Raluca Basarman in action in the Wessex League XC at Lytchett School
Raluca was clearly enjoying herself as she made her way round the school field

BAC’s senior mens’ team in the Hampshire Cross Country League are keeping the club flying in Division 1 – but only just. The new course at Sparshalt College, set up by Winchester & District Athletic Club, proved to be a genuine cross country course, with plenty of mud, glorious mud, some hills just when you didn’t want them, countryside, and just two long laps. Most people, as they left, expressed the hope that this could become a permanent course.

BAC’s senior mens’ team finished in 7th position (of 10) in Division 1, with 283 points. But the warning signs are there. The top team in Division 2 scored just 2 more points, and the top two teams in Division 3 would now be above BAC were they in Division 1, scoring 156 and 284 points respectively. So we cannot afford to relax! BAC still has a veteran mens’ team in the competition, at present lying 17th of 24 teams.

Particular mention must be made of Henry Bramwell-Reeks who, having competed in both Hampshire Cross Country League fixtures so far, is 8th U20 man so far. BAC’s senior ladies were impressively led home by Holly Collier, with the team 16th of 26 teams. Unfortunately, there has not been a BAC veteran ladies’ team in either fixture so far, so fall out of the competition.

Martha Preece in the Hampshire League XC at Sparsholt College
Martha Preece makes her way round the Sparsholt College course in the teeming rain
Louie Todd in the Hampshire League XC at Sparsholt College
Louie Todd pushes on through the wet weather in the Under 15 Boys race in Hampshire League Cross Country
Erin Wells in the Hampshire League XC at Sparsholt College
Erin Wells featured in the Under 13 Girls race wearing her trademark pink socks
Imogen Gent in the Hampshire League XC at Sparsholt College
Imogen Gent was also in action for Bournemouth AC in the Under 13 Girls race
Oscar Ewan Matthews in the Hampshire League XC at Sparsholt College
Oscar Ewan Matthews represented the club in the Under 13 Boys race
Sam Brewer and Nathan Mearns in the Hampshire League XC at Sparsholt College
Sam Brewer (left) and Nathan Mearns (right) were competing in the Under 13 Boys race at Sparsholt College

In the younger categories, Jasper Todd was the 6th U17 man, and lies 7th U17 man aggregate for the season so far. Martha Preece featured in the top echelons of the U15 girls’ race as did Erin Wells in the U13 girls’ race and Oscar Ewen Matthews in the U13 boys’ race. Oscar, having competed in both fixtures is 8th U13 boy so far, and it is pleasing to report that BAC has an U13 boys’ team in this league, currently lying 9th (of 14). Well done to all of the 22 BAC athletes who competed at Sparshalt College. Perhaps there will be a few more to the next fixture at Aldershot on 30th November. Please see below for full BAC results.

Martha Preece taking on the Hampshire League XC at Sparsholt College
Martha battles a Winchester local girl
Oscar Ewan Matthews racing in the Hampshire League XC at Sparsholt College
Oscar ran well and was quite well up the field in his race
Isaac Sandell in the Hampshire League XC at Sparsholt College
Isaac Sandell was out there giving his all in the Under 13 Boys race
Sam Brewer in action in the Hampshire League XC at Sparsholt College
Sam pushes hard in the treacherous conditions

Full results (BAC) Wessex Cross Country League, Lytchett School, 3 November. Senior Men: 3. Richard Brawn 33.17, 9. Jonathan Matthews 34.11, 24. Chris O’Brien 36.58, 39. Simon Hunt 40.49, 40. Richard Nelson 41.22, 49. Ian Graham 46.58; Senior Women: 1. Holly Collier 26.00, 3. Lisa Elmore 28.25, 15. Raluca Basarman 31.39, 22. Kirsty Drewett 33.51, 39. Jayne Wade 39.06; U17W: 7. Anya Sandell 20.15, 8. Ruby Bowden 20.22, 9. Laura Reeves 22.09; U15B: 15. Massinoa Lawson 14.11; U15G: 1. Neve East 13.21, 3. Martha Preece 14.08; U13B: 2. Oscar Ewen Matthews 10.29, 17. Daniel Couch 12.08, 19. Harry Green 12.33, 20. Ewan Brown 12.45, 24. Samuel Brewer 13.20, 25. Nathan Mearns 13.49, 29. Isaac Sandell 14.56; U13G: 3. Erin Wells 11.32, 4. Darcy Hawkins 11.42, 19. Emily Hawkins 12.51, 23. Imogen Gent 13.14, 27. Mariah Marshall 13.42; U11B: 5. William Launder 8.23; U11G: 2. Isabel Cherrett 8.59, 3. Esmee Hurst Atkins 9.04, 11. Clodagh O’Brien 9.36, 12. Albha O’Brien 9.41, 18. Amy Betts 10.01.

Lisa Elmore finishing the Wessex League XC at Lytchett School
Lisa comes in for an excellent 3rd place finish in the Wessex League race
Raluca Basarman finishing the Wessex League XC at Lytchett School
Raluca heads into the finish to take 15th place in the senior women’s race
Jayne Wade finishes the Wessex League XC at Lytchett School
Jayne makes her way down the funnel after completing her run in the Wessex League XC
Holly, Raluca and Lisa in the Wessex League XC at Lytchett School
Holly (left) Raluca (centre) and Lisa (right) were the top three BAC finishers in the senior women’s race
Ladies got muddy at the Wessex League XC at Lytchett School
The muddy conditions at Lytchett School didn’t throw the ladies’ team off their stride in the Wessex League XC

Full results (BAC) Hampshire Cross Country League, Sparshalt College, 9 November. Senior Men: 55. Craig Palmer 34.56, 58. Rob McTaggart 35.07, 77. Henry Bramwell-Reeks 36.02, 93. Stuart Nicholas 37.08, 109. Richard Brawn 37.48, 191. Simon Hearn 42.11, 206. Jud Kirk 42.42, 278. Ian Graham 50.18; Senior Women: 28. Holly Collier 27.12, 99. Raluca Basarman 33.51, 190. Annette Lewis 41.52; U17M: 6. Jasper Todd 23.42, 22. Callum Olden 25.43; U17W: 29. Anya Sandell 19.38; U15B: 48. Louie Todd 16.52; U15G: 17. Martha Preece 16.24; U13B: 6. Oscar Ewen Matthews 11.04, 65. Samuel Brewer 13.52, 66. Nathan Mearns 13.56, 78. Isaac Sandell 14.45; U13G: 6. Erin Wells 12.12, 56. Imogen Gent 14.00.

Martha Preece in action in the Hampshire League XC at Sparsholt College
Martha works her way toward a 17th place finish in the Under 15 Girls race at the Hampshire League XC
Louie Todd in action at the Hampshire League XC at Sparsholt College
Louie finished 48th in the Under 15 Boys race
Erin Wells in action in the Hampshire League XC at Sparsholt College
Erin comes in for an excellent 6th place finish in the Under 13 Girls race
Oscar Ewan Matthews in action in the Hampshire League XC at Sparsholt College
Oscar strides toward a superb 6th place finish in the Under 13 Boys race
Sam Brewer in the Hampshire League XC at Sparsholt College
Sam finished in 65th place in the Under 13 Boys race
Nathan Mearns in the Hampshire League XC at Sparsholt College
Nathan crossed the line just after Sam to take 66th place in the Under 13 Boys race
Men's team in the Wessex League XC at Lytchett School
The BAC men’s team had a good day out at the Wessex League XC and enjoyed testing themselves on the muddy surfaces