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Exceptional results for our cross country running team

Poole & East Dorset Cross Country League (3rd round) at Canford School

Thursday 10th November 2016

Mr Williams reports … Yarrells had an increased number of participants from Years 5-8 for this round, after the publicity and hubbub that the success of the last round at Sandbanks caused with the children at school.  It was a predominantly flat course with grass fields, rooted woodland trail and some handpicked pathways, 1 mile in distance through the picturesque grounds at Canford school. 

The Year 5 and 6 boys were first to start, Tom finishing in a commanding 3rd place and could have potentially won the race by a clear margin had the marshal directed him and another boy in the correct direction, credit to Tom for keeping his composure and recovering to grab 3rd sport. Albert Johnson 24th, Oliver Moore 33rd, Max Phillips 41st, Joe Caton 52nd, James Bourne 56th, Henry Keegan 78th, Jacoby Keegan 80th and Justus Dirks 86th, with over 120 participants in that race alone. 

The Year 5 and 6 girls followed with Nancy Taylor the only Year 4 pupil onsite and competing up against girls 1 or 2 years older. Nancy, Freya Blundell and Ellie Roper worked very well together pacing each other around with the first 8 athletes near the halfway marker. Nancy, Freya and Ellie all picked up the pace and overtook several athletes to with Nancy in a mind blowing 4th position, Freya 8th and Ellie 9th giving Yarrells 3 girls in the top 10 placings, an incredible achievement by the girls. Grace Crowe came through in 29th, Savana Hickmott 40th, Claudia Harvey 45th, Betsy Vavasour 46th and Zara Metcalfe 69th which is tremendous, considering for several of these girls it was the first time they have ever competed at such an event.

Year 7 girls entered another large field of runners from across the county. This was a tough group to run in as there were many runners who are in the Poole athletics team and compete on a national level. Lauren Corn and Pietra Overton paired up well to work through pacing each other in the first half of the race, Lauren finishing in a brilliant 12th place (same position as at Sandbanks), Pietra 13th, Keirra Wood 17th and Freya Tudberry-Swain 31st.

Last up were the Year 8 boys who were arguably in the hardest race of all as they had some athletes in their category who are part of the Great Britain Biathle team and county athletics champions across varying distances. It was a challenge that the boys took on with the bravado that I have come to expect from them. 

Fergus Taylor and Eddie Shepherd combined well to really force their pace in the early throws of the race, passing over a dozen athletes until they were at the head of the race. Fergus crossed in an amazing 10th place, Eddie 18th, Alfie Roper 23rd and Lewis Maftah 51st. 

I would like to thank all of the children who competed in this event as it was another step forwards in the long term development of these athletes who seem to keep improving with each event that passes. In all Yarrells recorded 5 top 10 finishes with the majority of athletes improving on their finishing placing from the event at Sandbanks. There is one month until the next race at Ferndown which is due to be held on Thursday 8th December, whereby I would like to look at getting 50+ athletes racing and representing Yarrells in years 5-8. I will be sounding the rally call at school and drumming up interest, with those showing an interest and willingness to work at running a 1 mile distance continuously for 8 minutes+, I will be more than happy for them to join our ever growing group. I am prepared to take year 4 athletes, but please note that they will be competing up against children 1 and 2 years older.

Thank you to all of the wonderful Yarrells parents for their tremendous support as always. 

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