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YC win Dobson Trophy
17th November 2014

The Dobson Trophy is without doubt the toughest run of the season and this year proved extra hard with the torrential rain we had in the morning.The course is slippy, hilly and long!  

The U9s were accidentally led off on the U13 course by the hares which meant the spectators and coaches were wondering what had happened to them as they didn’t appear out of the woods for quite some time! Finn Gentry-Potter emerged first with Angus Hall hot on his heels. What a great run from Finn, Angus had a little more strength in the final metres and took first place over the line. This was Angus’ third win of the season; what an effort! The ever consistent Felix came in third to complete a clean sweep on the podium. Harry Leach finished an excellent 6th which was a super effort considering he’s been out with a serious injury for some time. Albert Whitlock is getting faster and faster and finished a highly commendable 10th with Noah Flannagan not far behind. Noah was not feeling great but would not be beaten by the course and I was proud to see him fight it out to the end. Overall we scored an unbelievable 12 points and won the U9 competition.  

The U11s were hit with a couple of injuries but there is such strength in depth in Year 5 and 6 that we have a long line up of boys ready to step into the breach. Matthew Taylor made the Dobson Trophy his second win of the season with a supreme show of strength and endurance. He was in total control throughout. Seb Tute took the bronze medal position with Lucas Mouat just behind in 4th. Next in were the Year 5 boys Ollie Croll (6th) and Freddie Nicolson (7th). Team total - 14 points, wow!  But the U9s beat you this week!  

Our senior boys always have a good battle against Dulwich Prep and today was no different. Ben Watkins pulled out the run of the season to finish 4th. He was leading with 300m to go! Next in was Will Tyler (6th) and very close behind Tom Pitts-Tucker (7th).  Alex Freeman (Captain supreme) was 9th, Tom Rigney 10th and then new man on the team, Josh O’Brien was 12th. Josh has not done much cross country and didn’t quite get the pacing right. He looked very fresh at the finish! Definitely lots more to come from him. First place for our senior boys was assured … or was it?

At the presentation Dulwich were narrowly given the win but after a stewards’ inquiry a computing glitch proved that the YC boys had in fact nicked the win! 26 points overall, a super effort.   Overall, YC finished with an incredible 52 points and retained the Dobson Trophy. Another super performance and I am pleased to report that we seem to be getting quicker and quicker. House cross country is next week then the Knole run and then we break for Christmas. Then it’s the Bracken Cup and finally the nationals at Malvern in March. Building well… let’s stay fit!

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