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IAPS Cross Country Champions
9th October 2015

The sun was beaming down on us once again as our determined Somerhill runners went in search of more glory. This was probably the biggest race of the season with lots of schools competing from around the local IAPS District 2 area. A new, rather punishing course for the runners this year did not deter us, but then we were on home turf!

Our U9 Yardley Court boys are going from strength to strength and pulled out a stunning win, scoring just 50 points. Tom Hobbs was second followed by George Holder (5th), Seamus Hamilton (6th), Liam Kingston (9th), Tristan Page (12th) Sam Bromley (16th), Fergus Brown (18th) and Thomas Barry a very commendable 26th having been quite poorly all week. They always set an excellent tone for the older boys to try and emulate.

The Derwent Lodge stripy blues were raring to go after practising the ‘Hill of Doom’ and ‘Hill of Destiny’ at cross-country club earlier this week. The U9 girls’ race set off at a quick pace, and a well-executed race plan meant the team all saved their energy for the challenging parts of the course before they enjoyed the lovely downhill track towards the finish. Lily Slack was first over the line once again, earning herself a gold medal, then the rest of the team steamed in not far behind. Eva Mathew had a super run to finish 4th, and Niamh Tarry (Year 3) was an impressive 11th. Ella Lockhart, Bella Scott, Hettie Hall and Nina Mickleburgh then came home in a group. Amber Croll had to pull out of the race after she turned her ankle on some conkers, but she still got a medal as the U9 team came first overall! A really promising performance with individual strength being matched by team determination. The shield comes home.

Never wishing to be outdone by their younger colleagues our U11 boys also won their event finishing top with an incredible 44 points. Ollie Croll ended up winning the event by a distance and Freddie Nicolson pushed his body to the limits to find a place on the podium in third. Next in was the hugely impressive Marcus Cook (4th), Oshi Hamilton (8th), Angus Hall (13th), Fraser Page (15th), Charlie Lockhart (21st) and Felix McArdle-Hodge in 22nd. 

Our U11 girls team of Sophie Slack, Sara-Luisa Riolo, Kitty Muysken, Mimi Vorster, Mattie Butler, Ottilie McArdle-Hodge, Milly Scott and Darcy Rook also ran a fantastic race. There was a very strong line-up for this race, which meant Derwent Lodge were just out of the medal positions, but we were very well represented in the top 40 runners home. Our points total was just a tiny bit too high to win the U11 team shield, but the girls did earn themselves a highly commendable 2nd place overall. 

Now the U13 boys really had the pressure on! This is our strongest set of senior runners in Yardley Court history and they scored our lowest ever points with 47. Fin Croll was third yet again, which is fantastic as a Year 7. Josh O’Brien ran his best ever race for YC to finish 4th and James Mardon was again in the top 5. Ollie Hill was 7th, Will Tyler 13th, Tom Rigney 15th, Ethan Page 22nd and Seb Tute 47th. Special mention must be made of Seb who lost his shoe in the starting scrum and took a tumble. To his great credit he got up and showed fantastic determination to pick his way through the field and finish strongly. His attitude in this race is an example of why our pupils do so well at these events. 

It was fantastic to see plenty of ex Derwent Lodge girls running in the U13 races too. We cheered them on as they flew past.

Yet another inspiring demonstration of effort, both mental and physical, and we are immensely proud of our Somerhill running teams. They are a credit to us all and what a pleasure it is to be able to watch them run.  

A wonderful afternoon of cross-country - almost too warm. Bring on the freezing rain and mud baths. We know how much our pupils love those conditions too!

“The body achieves what the mind believes.”

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