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Hazelwood Relays
25th September 2015

The theme for this excellent afternoon was rain, mud and victory; all in abundance! 

Each runner in their team of four was to complete one lap of the course with the relay baton, which involved both flat field running, combined with some more undulating woodland terrain. At the finish line the baton was passed to the next runner in the team who completed the same course and so on, until all four team members had run their leg.
 
Derwent Lodge and Yardley Court entered two teams at both Under 9 and Under 11 level. Yardley Court also entered two U13 teams. 

The Under 9 girls started with superb laps from Eva Mathew and Nina Mickleburgh. Ella Lockhart, Bella Scott, Hettie Hall and Emily Butler all put in excellent laps to give their team-mates the best possible leads. Coming into the final lap, the girls had maintained their first and third positions, which left Lily Slack and Kayla Brown in great positions for their anchor legs. Lily Slack stormed to victory, crossing the line well ahead of the second placed runner, who was then closely followed by Kayla Brown in third place.  Well done to our gold medallists; Eva Mathew, Ella Lockhart, Bella Scott and Lily Slack and to Nina Mickleburgh, Hettie Hall, Emily Butler and Kayla Brown who placed very closely behind in third.
 
Sam Bromley put in a strong first lap to lead out the U9 boys, followed by Tom Hobbs, Fergus Brown and Liam Kingston finishing well ahead of second overall. Tom Barry, Rohan Brown, Ryan Young and Tristan Page ran with determination to finish a very respectable fourth.  

The Under 11 teams continued to dominate. With tough competition in the opening leg, Mimi Vorster and Isla McCulloch both put in sterling runs. Sara-Luisa Riolo and Kitty Muysken then attacked the field further running the second legs, overtaking more opposition wherever possible; the determination was evident on their faces as they approached the finish line. Milly Scott and Eloise Camburn also put in solid performances to allow Sophie Slack and Darcy Rook their best possible leads going into the final leg. Following in her younger sisters footsteps, Sophie took first place, with another great lead over the second placed opposition; Darcy Rook following very closely behind to finish in third. Well done to our gold medallists; Mimi Vorster, Sara-Luisa Riolo , Milly Scott and Sophie Slack and to Isla McCulloch, Kitty Muysken, Eloise Camburn and Darcy Rook who also placed very closely behind in third.

The finishes were even closer for our U11 boys. Freddie Nicolson got the A team off to a flying start with the fastest run of the day, followed by Felix McArdle-Hodge and Oshi Hamilton running strong middle sections, despite a nasty fall for Felix early on. Charlie Lockhart finished the A team’s run just a couple of metres ahead of Ollie Croll. Harry Leach, Angus Hall and Fraser Page all ran very well to make this a super close finish. There was so little difference between the eight boys when looking at their individual splits, with just 5 seconds separating them all! Incredible.

And finally, our U13s finished off a super strong afternoon for YC with a dominant one-two. The A team was led out by the powerful James Mardon who ran a fabulous 2:00 mins for his leg. Next up was Ollie Hill, William Tyler and super speedy Fin Croll. Quite a line up and they won by a considerable distance from our own B team. They in their own right ran extremely well with Ethan Page finishing his first leg very powerfully, followed by Tom Pitts-Tucker, Sebastian Tute and Tom Rigney. 

Another fantastic and victorious afternoon of cross country for Derwent Lodge and Yardley Court. Well done Team Somerhill, a brilliant effort and we are very proud of you!

 

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