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YC runners victorious at Bracken Cup 2015
9th March 2015

The  rescheduled Bracken Cup was held in glorious sunshine on Friday, in stark contrast to the torrential rain which resulted in its unfortunate cancellation earlier this term.   

Fewer teams could attend the rearranged day but each school was allowed unlimited numbers which made for a good event overall. Yardley Court once again dominated with strong performances throughout.   

In the Under 9 team, Felix McArdle-Hodge recorded his second win of the season with Finn Gentry Potter and Harry Leach our second and third men home. Yardley won the event convincingly from Hilden Grange with 47 points to their 99. Very well done to Angus Hall, George Holder, Liam Kingston, Seamus Hamilton, Albert Whitlock, Sam Bromley, Alan McMahon, Tom Hobbs, Ryan Young and Heston Symonds who all demonstrated what tremendous strength in depth we have.   

The Under 11 event was hotly contested between Matthew Taylor and Fin Croll; our very own Coe and Ovett. Sadly we have just one more occasion to see them running together on the same team. Fin won out on this occasion but it was another cracking race between them. They are two fabulous athletes. Oliver Hill was our third man home followed by performance of the day from Henry Taylor and then Seb Tute, Ollie Croll, Freddie Nicholson, Lucas Mouat, Max Selby, and Leon Afrifa. Another strong, dominating team performance from our magnificent middles.   

The Judd school once again showed us what a powerhouse they are in the running world, although the gap between us and them was only 10 points on this occasion. One day we’ll get them … James Mardon continued his meteoric rise with an excellent third place, followed by Josh O’Brien and Will Tyler to complete our top three. Next in were Tom Rigney, Ben Watkins, Tom Pitts-Tucker, Alex Freeman, Drew Beazleigh, Max Bright, George Thompson, Max Irvine, Danny Cloke, Peter Schiener and a gutsy run from the ever-determined James Barry.   

There is so little between the top seven U13 boys; James Mardon has proved that so much success in sport is down to hard work and a positive mental attitude.   

As ever, I am proud of our fantastic runners and the highlight of my week is running with them on a Tuesday and Friday. Generally speaking they love it. We expected to win this race, of course, but that does not make it any less of an achievement. Winning is one thing but to keep winning is hard. Running up hill is definitely harder than running down, but the view from the top is great!

One week from the nationals, this was a perfectly timed event to get rid of some of the rustiness which has developed through a lack of races.

We go to Malvern with great confidence and a very good chance of success.  

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