The seconds to fourths varsity match was a day filled with mixed emotions. On the individual side we had some amazing victories in all but one race however the team results didn’t go our way resulting in an overall 5-0 loss.
The day started off with the Women’s seconds with an Oxford team filled of newcomers to this race. Hannah Plaschkes stormed to a very convincing victory and was backed up in 3rd by Emma Hodson. Cambridge then packed in their next 4 runners which was enough for them to seal the team victory (however it has been noted that if Emma’s unborn child had been Oxford’s 3rd counter we would actually have taken the team win!).
The Men’s seconds race also saw a very impressive individual win for Oxford in the shape of Dan Mulryan who ran away from the Cambridge pack heading up the hill. Unfortunately he was the only Oxford runner to do so and the Cambridge team proved too strong for the injury and illness blighted Oxford seconds.
Louis Rawlings was a lonely Dark Blue vest amongst a sea of Cambridge runners in the Men’s 3rds race. Fortunately Captain Howard’s term spent persuading him that he did want to run further than 800m finally paid off and he secured yet another Oxford individual victory however, the rest of the team were too far off his pace and Cambridge took another team win.
The Women’s Mob match saw not only another Oxford individual winner but also dark blues in 2nd and 3rd positions thanks to Simone Paulson, Liv Faull and Ellie Swire. The rest of the women placed strongly behind but the mob match is notoriously hard to win away from home and even a new rule put in place to try and bring emphasis on the first 7 runners in each team couldn’t stop Cambridge really showing their depth and scraping another team win.
66 runners took to the start line in the Men’s mob match which saw a great 2nd place from mob match captain Niki Faulkner. This race was filled with lots of individual battles between runners from each side but as was the case in the Women’s mob, Cambridge had an impressive depth of runners who helped them to a convincing team victory.
Whilst the overall score was definitely disappointing to all those in dark blue most of our young teams will be back next year to take on the tabs again at our home course at Shotover. Inspired by our first men’s blues win since 2010 the Oxford team will be a force to be reckoned with.
Results: (or on Power of 10)
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Results for all three Varsity races at Wimbledon this year are packed into this one post… which is hot off the press (depending on the date on which you read this).
After a rather lengthy wait for a post on this website (through almost no fault of the Web-Rep, of course), it feels like a Varsity report is an appropriate moment to bring it back on track.
It’s been a long year for OUCCC, with “change” the word on people’s lips. An important change was the result of the Gentleman’s Blues Varsity Match. With a score of 35-46, Oxford ‘ran’ out winners with some excellent packing behind Cambridge’s stand out front two (Short and Lloyd). Superb performances by these two runners. In terms of Oxford’s team, the baby-faced assassin (Jamie Parkinson) stormed away into 3rd and Will Christofi decided that he didn’t want to be kept away from Ancient Greek for too long so ran as quickly as possible to finish in 4th. Some strong performances from Speake, American hero Unterreiner, Cap’n Howard, “I can’t stop winning Varsity” Ryle-Hodges and Aidan Smith galloping over the butts meant that a competitive race swayed in Oxford’s favour. Fresher Miles Chandler also deserves special credit for a battling run which will serve him well for next year (and for an excellent psyche-up mix before the race, which probably won the Match for Oxford). Both teams gave a fantastic account of themselves and the rivalry is well-poised to continue next year.
In terms of the Ladies’ race, despite Sophia Saller’s attempts to race on the correct course, many of the women unfortunately followed a slightly different route. It is very easy to get lost on Wimbledon Common, to be fair. Saller was awarded the Race Win, whilst, in the other race, Cambridge came out race winners with some excellent performances. Oxford’s Kate Niehaus deserves special credit for a very gutsy and impressive run. A hard-fought race which was unfortunately was blighted by a wrong direction being taken. Nothing should be taken away from the performances of both teams, however.
With regards to the IInds – IVths matches, a more full report will follow, but some excellent individual performances unfortunately did not result in pleasing team results. Making the most of home advantages, and despite the best efforts of winners Dan Mulryan, Louis Rawlings, Hannah Plaschkes and Simone Paulson, Cambridge completed a 5-0 whitewash on the day. Next year, it’s in our back yard, though. We look forward to it.
Over and out. Enjoy the Vac.