Adams in top form lead­ing to na­tion­als

Kapi-Mana News - - SPORT - By KRIS DANDO

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.

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