BOK convincingly won the SW regional qualifying round in the Compass Sport Cup at Studland in Dorset on Sunday and will now run in the Final in the Forest of Dean on October 20th. A large group of club members heeded the call to run and they were rewarded by some excellent results against tough competition provided by SOC, DEVON, and NWO.  It was very good to see a full coach and an almost equal number who went by car.

The margin of victory was well over 200 points and was achieved without many ‘guaranteed’ points scorers being away in Portugal on an elite junior tour. Nevertheless, the club was very well represented by a signifcant number of strong runners who packed well into the upper echeleons of the results. In the Brown category, for example, BOK not only had the winner and second (Mark Bown and Duncan Birtwhistle) but 6 other runners in the top 10. 

There was a similar picture in Blue Women and Men with Hanne Kinnunen and Phil Murray winning. Katy Dyer won the Short Green with two other BOK women in the top 4, while Pippa Savage led a clean sweep of the first 4 places on Orange Women. Alison Simmons won Green Women with 4 BOK women in the top 6 places, while Chloe Potter was the winner of Light Green Women with Ben Shardlow winning Orange Men.

In those categories not won by BOK, there were nevertheless high quality performances. We had 2nd and 3rd in Green Men and 2nd, 3rd and 4th in Light Green Men.

Full results on the Wessex OC website.

For the coach travellers particularly it was a long ride back but they and their club colleagues can look back at the weekend as an essential first step very well done. Many congratulations to you all, winners and support runners equally.

Now we have a spring and summer to hone fitness and skills for the final.  We will be helped by the shock defeat of favourites SYO who were beaten in the northern qualifier by DVO. But we can take nothing for granted and we will have to be at our best if we want to win the cup back.  As Club Captain Paul Gebbett said, “Bring on October!”