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Cross Country News
22nd January 2014

Somerhill Cross-Country is off to a great start in 2014. Fielding probably our strongest ever side in the Bracken Cup, the boys of Yardley Court were hopeful of a fourth straight win in the competition; a feat which had eluded them for so many years.  

In the Under 9 competition we scored an unbelievable 36 points, possibly the lowest ever total in the competition’s history.  Ollie Croll won the race with Charlie Lockhart close behind in second. Freddie Nicholson (4th), Ollie Grant (8th), Angus Hall (12th) and Jacob Webb (16th) should be incredibly proud of their magnificent performance. The next best school was Dulwich with 124!  

The Under 11 performance was equally stunning, winning the competition with 55 points. Finn Croll was our first YC boy home in 3rd with Will Tyler coming in 7th.  It was a brave run from Will who had been struggling with illness all week.  Matthew Taylor (9th), Oliver Hill (11th), Tom Pitts-Tucker (12th, recently back from an appendicitis!), Drew Beazleigh (13th), Seb Tute (22nd) and Theo Daviron (28th) all ran with great heart and determination and proved what fantastic strength in depth we have in cross country.  Again Dulwich Prep were beaten into second with 86 points.  

Our senior runners gave the might of The Judd school a real run for their money this year, finishing just behind them with 73 points.  Charlie Crick won the senior event with Harry Yorke close behind in 4th.  George Slack (8th), Miles Christian (13th), Ewan Wood (19th), Alex Freeman (20th), Finn Alexander-Birch (35th) and Max Irvine (50th) all gave determined performances resulting in our lowest senior total for quite some years.  

Overall, Yardley Court were crowned Bracken Cup winners for a fourth successive time. The team score was an incredible 164 points with Dulwich in second on 409!  

Cross country club is becoming ever more popular in the light of the school’s successes over the years and Mr Summer must take a huge amount of the credit here, having developed a wonderful culture of hard work and support.  Mrs Taylor also works very hard with the Junior boys and her wealth of running experience is clearly paying off.  This was a terrific morale boosting win which will give YC great hope of winning the National Cross Country Championships in March. Come on boys, you can do it!

See all the action in the Bracken Cup and Woomansee Shield gallery.

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