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YC Success at Thomas Trophy
6th October 2014

Another Friday and another cross country challenge for the Yardley Boys. Probably the toughest course so far and another hot day!

The U9s ran well once again but were beaten into second this week by Hilden Grange. Just one point separating the teams. Every place counts! Felix McArdle-Hodge was first home in third place, followed by Fin Gentry-Potter, Angus Hall, Albert Whitlock and Noah Flanagan. Our Year 3 team found the start a character-building experience but battled hard throughout with George Holder, Tom Hobbs and Heston Symonds running well. They look good for the future of U9 running at YC.  

The U11s had the stand out performance of the day scoring an incredible 34 points. Our boys occupying 1st to 13th out of a field of 120. Quite incredible performances from each and every one of them. Particular mention must be made of Matthew Taylor who ran with supreme control and power to pip Fin Croll to the gold medal. Oliver Hill was not far behind in 5th and then came Seb Tute (7th), Ollie Croll (9th), Freddie Nicolson (10th), Charlie Lockhart (12th) and Lucas Mouat, just back from a sports scholarship morning, in 13th. Wow!  

The U13 boys were always going to have a battle on their hands with our Year 8 boys away in France and particularly tough opposition in this age-group, including the Judd school. The Yardley Court boys did us proud however and finished second overall and could well be real contenders for the title next year when they will be a year bigger, tougher and stronger! Tom Rigney led us home with Will Tyler and Tom Pitts-Tucker just behind. I was really pleased with the efforts of James Mardon, Drew Beazleigh, Peter Schiener, George Thompson and Max Bright. All worked incredibly hard and gave it everything they had for their school.  

After three races we have already had an incredibly strong start to the season. We retained the Thomas Trophy for 2014 and I am very proud coach. Our boys work so hard for their school and are fully deserving of the success that comes their way. Next week sees the running of the IAPS regional finals here at Somerhill. This will be the biggest race of the year so far… Mr H

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