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English Schools’ Cross Country Championship 2019

Four young Isle of Wight Athletes, Henry McLuckie, Mabel Lewis, Campbell Laird and Robyn Fossa, were selected to represent Hampshire and Vectis schools at the English Cross Country Championships. Held at the sodden grounds of Temple Newsham House in Leeds, over 2,000 athletes compete in the six races that make up this championship.Campbell-ES-2019
The wind blew and the rain fell all day, turning the tough, undulating course into a mud bath
First to race was Mabel Lewis, competing in the intermediate girls race. Mabel who was bottom age for this race and competing in her first race at this level, ran strongly throughout to finish as the 6th Hampshire girl home and 231st overall out of field of 341. Her performance helped the team claim 19th in the team event.Mabel-ES-2019
Robyn Fossa was next to compete in the Junior girls race. She produced a fine performance  to finish 56th, helping the Hampshire and Vectis team to 8th place in the team event
In the worsening conditions, on a chewed up course Campbell Laird displayed great strength to take a very creditable 59th overall. He was also 2nd Hampshire boy home, which helped the team claim 11th place in the team event. n the team event.
Unfortunately Henry McLuckie had to withdraw from the Senior Boys race on the day due to ill health.

New Balance sponsor the championships and the IWC and Wightlink support the athletes form the Island.


Hampshire Schools’ AA U14 Cross-Country Championships 2019

Hampshire Schools’ AA Under 12, Under 13 and Under 14 Cross-Country Championships 2019
7 March at Down Grange, Basingstoke

Huge congratulations to all IWAC runners who competed at the Schools XC Championships.

Notable performances included:

Matilda Brown and Freya Taylor in the U12 (yr5/6) event both in the top 30.

Archie Pearson a teriffic 5th in the boys event – Finn McMahon 29th & James Heng 34th.

Joe Roberts also an excellent 5th in the U13 boys, with Arthur Attrill next IWAC boy back in 33rd.

Maisey Kent had the best result of the day with 3rd in the Girls U14 event, IWAC also with Lily Barclay in a great 20th and Evie Taylor just a little further back.

2019 National Cross Country Championships

Three young island athletes produced fine performances at the English National Cross Country Championship (all three are members of the Isle of Wight Athletic Club). The event was staged at Harewood House, Leeds on a tough undulating course on a unseasonably warm February day.
Pick of the performances must go to Henry McLuckie who claimed a place on the podium in the under 17 mens event. On a steady first lap Henry positioned himself near the front of the leading pack. As the pace began to increase on the second lap Henry was one of the 3 athletes who broke away from the leading group of runners. During the last 2km of the race the lead changed hands several times. In an exciting finish to the race, with the first 3 athletes separated by only 4 seconds Henry claimed the bronze medal in fine style.
In the Junior Men’s race, which was packed with international athletes, Brunel University student Sam Metcalf produced a fine run to claim a very creditable 36th place. Sam who is from Cowes, will be racing over 1500 metres at the Island Games in July.
In the under 17’s womens race Milly Bacon, who was recovering from a cold, battled hard over the tough course finished 182nd out a field of 320.

Ryde 10 Road Race – Team Win for IWAC

Congratulations to the IWAC runners in the Ryde Harriers 10 mile road race on Sunday.

The team win was ahead of strong local and mainland clubs, and all of our finishers had great times on an undulating course:

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Hampshire League XC – Round 4 Reading

Saturday 12th January 2019 at Prospect Park, Reading

The Isle of Wight Athletic Club competitors travelled to Reading to race in round 4 of the League.IWAC_U15G_Reading_3rd

Mabel Lewis crossed the gap to the U15 girls’ leader after 1km and stayed with the fast pace, crossing the line 6th in a strong field. Naomi Holdsworth (23rd) and Jessica Heng (31st) ensured the IWAC team finished 3rd in the match, ahead of big mainland clubs.

In the U13 category both Maisey Kent (12th) and Joseph Roberts (9th) had great runs with Maisey picking up two places in the sprint finish.

Dylan Holdsworth was 19th for IWAC in the longer U17 boys’ race & U15 Boys Noah Patey (34th), Jacob Patey (38th) and Jay Spooner (44th) all completed the tough open course. U13 Boys Finley Lax (46th) and Jackson Hill (57th) improved their league standings. Phoebe Heng did well (31st) in one of her first U11 Girls races.

Thanks to Wightlink for Isle of Wight Athletic Club kit sponsorship.