Adams in top form leading to nationals
Will Adams will take some big steps into the unknown this week.
The Whitby 13- year- old lines up against the country’s best year 8 runners in the inter- regional cross- country champs in Hanmer Springs on Thursday.
He is among the top-ranked Wellington competitors for his age, having won the regionals in Waikanae in July.
He has no idea what he’s in for in Hanmer Springs, however.
‘‘It’s hard to know how I’m going to go, but I’ll be aiming for top 10,’’ he said. ‘‘I don’t really mind because the fact I made it to nationals is a big achievement for me.’’
At last year’s regionals, Adams, who runs for Trentham United Harriers, was sick in the lead-up to the race and came 20th. This year, he blitzed his rivals at Waikanae, jumping from the pack in the second of three laps of the boggy three kilometre course and leading his closest rival home by six seconds.
‘‘I would have been happy to come in the top five, so to win was like a dream. I tried to clear my mind at the start and just think about finishing, and the race just went so well.’’
Adams credited much of his success this year to his coach at Trentham, Darryl Robinson, who will join Adams and mother, Rachel, in Hanmer Springs. The Wellington region would be well represented at the champs, Adams said.
The 3.6km course offers plenty of variety, with bush, bridges and steps to negotiate.
Adams’ preparation is tapering off but at the height of the running season, he was training every day. He hopes to keep up his competitive running at college next year.
Cool runnings: Will Adams in action at the Wellington cross-country champs in July.