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Cross Country News
16th November 2015

Cross Country News

Congratulations Yardley Court on qualifying for the ESAA National Cup Final. Up against the very best teams from Kent, Sussex, Surrey and Hampshire, they were in for a tough morning’s running. Our boys finished 2nd overall. A brilliant achievement.

Somerhill also celebrated fantastic performances at the Dobson Trophy on an excellent course providing an abundance of hills, woods, open fields and lots of mud. Derwent Lodge won both the U9 and U11 girls races. All of the Derwent Lodge girls came home with a medal and a layer of mud from top to toe!

Yardley Court entered three very different teams to the norm giving an opportunity to those boys who haven’t feature much this season. They all performed admirably, showing the strength and depth we have as a school. Our U9s finished 4th and U11s were narrowly beaten in to 2nd place. An excellent run from everyone. Well done. 

More about the ESAA Regional Finals...

YC’s U 13 team travelled to Beths Grammar School to take part in the South East regional finals of the English Schools cross country cup.

Fin Croll was first home in 4th place with Josh O’Brien 9th, James Mardon 13th, Tom Rigney 29th and Will Tyler 40th. Unfortunately Oliver Hill had to pull out after being spiked in the heel on the first corner. These things do happen now and again in cross country events, especially at the start with so many talented runners vying for position. But Ollie will get another go at the national finals in Bedford shortly before Christmas. We have three weeks to reel in Whitgift who were the stand out team on the day. It will be Kenyan hill training every day from now until then! The Finals beckon on December 5th.

“Don’t lower your expectations to meet your performance. Raise your level of performance to meet your expectations. Expect the best of yourself, and then do what is necessary to make it reality.”

And from the Dobson Trophy...

Claremont Prep School hosted the event again this year.

The Derwent Lodge U9 girls started the afternoon off in excellent form. Lily Slack was the leader of the pack from start to finish, eventually completing the race many metres ahead of the second placed runner. Eva Mathew was hot on her heels in 3rd after an excellent run, closely followed by Amber Croll in 4th and Bella Scott in 7th. Niamh Tarry (our only Year 3 runner in the Junior Team) then came steaming round the final 400m with excellent pace, overtaking runners and finishing in a superb 12th place. Emily Butler was again closely behind, finishing in 22nd.

After waiting patiently for the younger runners to complete their races, the U11s were ready to race. Sophie Slack continued the pace set by her sister, gaining an early lead and looking very comfortable after the first half mile. Sophie held her position for the race, finishing in a very well deserved 1st place, followed by Sara-Luisa Riolo, who also had an outstanding run, finishing in 2nd. The rest of the Derwent Lodge senior team weren’t very far behind, with Mimi Vorster crossing the line in 11th, Kitty Muysken in 17th , Mattie Butler in 18th and Ottilie McArdle-Hodge in 26th.

As the temperature dropped and the U13’s finished their races, we eagerly awaited the final results. To our delight all of the Derwent Lodge girls came home with a medal and a layer of mud from top to toe. Derwent Lodge teams won both the U9 and U11 groups. Fantastic running. Well done DL!

Yardley Court entered three very different teams to the norm giving an opportunity to those boys who haven’t feature much this season. They all performed admirably, showing the strength and depth we have as a school.

Our Yardley Court U9s finished 4th overall which was highly commendable considering five of our team were Year 3s. George Holder was our only Year 4 competitor and was delighted he earned a podium spot in third. Next in was the ever reliable Tristan Page in 14th. He was followed by Louis Prade (27th), Barnaby Grant (28th), Harry Corstophine (30th) and Oliver Wills (41st).

Our Yardley Court U11s were narrowly beaten by Dulwich Prep but ran extremely well. Marcus Cook finished in a brilliant second place, what a determined boy he is, followed closely by the excellent Finn Gentry Potter in 4th. Next in was the ever determined Harry Leach (9th), Luke Matthew (19th), Ollie Grant (28th) and Albert Whitlock (30th). An excellent run from all the boys but particular mention to first timers of course.

The U13s always wait so patiently to run, which is tough as the winter draws in. Tom Pitts-Tucker and Peter Schiener led the way in 14th and 15th, followed by Drew Beazleigh (16th), Max Selby (20th), Zach Trengove (30th) and Will Press (31st). Good bunching chaps! They finished third behind the very strong Dulwich Prep and St Ronan’s.

Overall Yardley Court finished third, just 20 points behind second. An excellent effort from all the boys running, in many cases against boys a year older.

We have such strong cross country runners here at Somerhill. It is always a pleasure to cheer them on and we look forward to hearing more about their enthusiastic participation in future events.

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