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Saint Ronan's School Girls-U13A vs  Dobson Trophy
On: Friday, 08 Nov 2019
Venue: Away

Conditions at Claremont were ‘classic’ cross country as the recent rain had turned parts of the course into a quagmire ahead of the Dobson Trophy on Friday. Chris Catt and his team had worked hard to make the run safe, reversing the route in order to avoid some of the most hazardous turns and inclines. Nevertheless, long spikes or football boots were recommended and mud was ubiquitous!

Saint Ronan’s fielded complete team in two of the three age groups; hockey and football tournaments and music commitments affecting the Friday fixture.

The U9 girls and boys were most successful in the team competition finishing third of the ten or so schools in each race. Of the U9 girls, Lucienne SD and Minnie W finished in the top ten (9th and 10th) with Jemima P and Carlotta MvdK completing the four-to-score in 23rd and 30th. The U9 boys were well grouped in the top twenty, Freddie F and Edward S enjoying some healthy intra-team competition to finish 10th and 11th; Freddie GR next home in 17th with Josh L running a brave race to cross the line in 35th. Excellent running boys and girls.

Our U11 teams were rather decimated by aforementioned activities but we had two enthusiastic representatives in each of the races. Daisy A and Athena M, both running at the bottom of the age group, finished 22nd and 37th, while Oli H and Louis A, also Y5s, completed their race in 12th and 22nd. It never ceases to amaze me how often Daisy and Louis record the same placings – it must be a twin thing!

The overall lack of entries in the U13 races perhaps reflected the changing demography of the local prep schools; only twenty or so girls ran the first race with just over thirty boys lining up for the start of the second.

Bea W led her team home in 5th place with Sophie B (9) and Lottie H (11) running well. Molly S (14) kept smiling despite the exigencies of the challenging course, completing a team score of 39 and third place. With only one of our five athletes in the boys’ race in Y8, the lads attacked the course with determination, demonstrating those all-important qualities of perseverance and resilience. Grouping well (albeit to the rear of the field), they were led home by Jack E (24), closely followed by Bruno H (28), Bertie A (29), Wilby W (30) and our wonderfully stoical and positive newest recruit, Hector P (31). All credit to them for finishing and battling the whole way – feel proud boys; you deserve it! All valuable experience for the future and hopefully resolve to work hard in training and improve with every race!