As always Winter Bradfield Day was a wonderful day of sport and reunion for everyone who came back to College for another great event.
73 runners completed the Huxham X (10 mile) race on Sunday 8 December and 35 of those ran the course in under 90 minutes for boys and 100 minutes for girls to be awarded the coveted Huxham Tie or Pin. Many Old Bradfieldians and current parents and friends also took part alongside pupils who got some fine results. An additional 30 runners competed in the Huxham V (5 mile) race.
The winner of the Huxham X race was OB Simon Cox (G 96-01) who completed the course in 71 minutes and 19 seconds. Afterwards Simon did admit that he had been a Royal Marine since university, so he was expected to be able to run 10 miles at a pace! Behind him was Mike Rippon who is a member of the SCR at Bradfield and a regular high finisher of the annual Huxham races and crossed the line in 73 minutes and 05 seconds.
In the Huxham V event over 5 miles, the winner was College pupil Ben Cook in a time of 37 minutes and 58 seconds. The runner up in this race was current parent Brent Williams who finished in 38 minutes and 37 seconds. The weather for the day was excellent, dry and not too cold conditions, although the rain in recent weeks did make the course very wet and boggy in places, so the runners completed the course with excellent times given the conditions.
In the hockey which was competitively fought there was a family friendly feel to the play up at the All Weather Pitches. The College staff team came through to win a closely fought 7-aside mixed tournament having won 5 of their 6 games. The runners up were James Moss-Gibbons (F 90-95) and his team who had won the event last year and James commented that there was an especially good atmosphere this year and also how fantastic it was to see so many younger people joining in. The College fielded a pupil team, OB teams were led by Scott Wall (D 09-14) who brought along a team, the George family including John George (A 54-59), Gavin George (A 77-82) along with current parents and pupil teams led by Jane Carwardine and Al MacEwen.
The Shooting match for the Tremlett Trophy finished with a draw and was an amazingly close match. It all came down to the final shot of the final College firer, Max who needed 95 to win or 94 to draw, so the pressure was on him. Below you can see his final shot which (after close scrutiny) was judged to be in! The OB team of nine was led by Richard Vary (E 86-91) who also ran 10 miles after shooting. Other OBs included Nick Tremlett (A 72-76), Ted Malleson (E 86-91), Paul Wakefield (D 69-74), Julian Hartwell (H 69-73), Elliot Sewell (C 12-17), Peter Reader (B 72-78) and Rupert Brietmeyer (E 82-87).
Well done to Nick and Keisha who were top scorers for each team in the photograph below and to OB Lucy Mace (formerly Summers I 91-93) who shoots now with and against her son Rory. Ed Mearns (H 04-09) and former member of the SCR Nigel Suffield-Jones came to support the OB team and the pupil team this year was led by Christina Cuming . It was great to see so many OBs on the day and have such a close match.
The sporting activities this year were followed by prize giving and High Tea in the Dining Hall and also a special Organ Recital performed by former member of the SCR Colin Burgess in the College Chapel. The Organ Recital marked the end of the refurbishment of the College organ and its rededication and was followed by a full house for the traditional Carols by Candlelight service at 5pm.
We hope that everyone enjoyed the day. A selection of pictures are shared below. There is a full gallery of photographs on Flickr here