House Sporting Competitions
Road Relay - June 2012
In the “A” team race a good start from Williams over the first 3 stages saw them out to any early lead but Clark had edged in front of them by the end of the 4th stage. By the mid-point of the race Clark still held the lead by 17 seconds from Williams, and Fitchett was starting to narrow the gap to the leaders. A strong 8th stage by Clark’s Joel Taylor stretched Clark’s lead to almost a minute. By the end of the 9th stage Fitchett had moved into 2nd place after a fine run by Jared McCarthy. This was soon followed up by a fantastic run by Fitchett’s Ezra Berridge on the penultimate stage, where he ran the fastest time of the day on this course. His effort saw Clark’s lead trimmed to 8 seconds. However Jack Tatton running last for Clark ran superbly to stretch out the lead again, resulting in victory for Clark from Fitchett with Williams a distant third.
The girls’ race held over six stages saw Fitchett take the early lead, a lead which they held until just before the mid-point of the race, where they were passed by Williams. Rebecca Foster running for Williams then really stamped her mark on the relay by running the 4th stage close to 2 minutes faster than any other female runner on that stage. This built a lead that the other Houses were unable to bridge despite fine efforts by Claire Sayer for Hamilton and Lizzy Rajan for Fitchett on the last stage. They both ran 6 minutes 43 seconds for the last senior leg, times which would have seen them holding their own against the boys on that stage. Their efforts saw Hamilton place 2nd and Fitchett 3rd.
In the “B” team race the competition was tight with 30 seconds separating 6 teams after 3 stages. By the mid-point of the race these same six teams were now separated by 60 seconds with Williams holding a 12 second lead over Sargood. At the three quarter mark Sargood had whittled the lead down to 6 seconds and by the 10th stage they hit the front but Williams responded strongly over the last two stages to regain the lead and take the win by 17 seconds with Hamilton 3rd.
A Team B Team Girls
1st Clark Cup 1st Williams Cup 1st Williams Cup
2nd Fitchett 2nd Sargood 2nd Hamilton
3rd Williams 3rd Hamilton 3rd Fitchett
4th Sargood 4th Hall 4th School
5th Hall 5th Clark 5th Clark
6th Hamilton 6th Fitchett 6th Sargood
7th School 7th School 7th Hall
In the House competition after combining the results of the three teams the placings were: