Yardley Court U13s and Derwent Lodge U11s are NATIONAL CHAMPIONS!!
Malvern College hosted the 25th annual National Preparatory Schools’ Cross Country Championships on Sunday 12th March. Over 1,000 pupils from more than 80 schools competed, in perfect cross country conditions, running across the Malvern College campus and the Wells Common.
We entered three teams; Yardley Court - U13 boys and U11 boys, Derwent Lodge - U11 girls.
The Derwent Lodge U11s ran a strong race against 290 other girls from 50 schools. Lily and Sophie Slack took 1st and 3rd places, followed by Ottilie McArdle Hodge (16th) and Eva Mathew (29th) to give Derwent Lodge 49 points. A fantastic score, with Bella Scott and Darcy Rook crossing the finish line 43rd and 134th. The next best team scored 125.
Having witnessed Derwent Lodge romp to victory the pressure was on for Yardley Court to deliver. Their U11s finished 2nd out of the 61 participating schools. Angus Hall was first home, followed closely by Finn Gentry-Potter, Felix McArdle-Hodge, Jude Ogunkoya-Howland and Harry Leach - all closely packed together and in the top 90 of 343 runners. Abingdon won the event by a margin of just 24 points.
Yardley Court went in to the event as defending Boys' U13 champions and after the success of their recent English Schools' Athletics Association event were confident of retaining the title, despite a few injuries to key members of the team. Fin Croll (nursing a bad back) was first home followed closely (2 seconds) by Ollie Hill, Ollie Croll (broken arm), Ethan Page, Toby Lee-Amies (drafted in at the last minute – what a star!) and Freddie Nicholson; all inside the top 50 of 220 competitors. Yardley Court finished ahead of Sedbergh by a clear 69 point margin.
It was a long but highly rewarding day at the stunningly beautiful Malvern College.
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