2016 Cross Country
HYC supports vulnerable young people in an area which includes a high number of unemployed, lone parent families and low educational attainment and aspirations, with 85% of children receiving free school meals. HYC has an average of 450 attendances a year, with many members attending every night we are open. We have a diverse mix of cultures and ethnic backgrounds. The Hollington also has gym facilities and a qualified boxing coach who provides boxing and ‘keep fit’ sessions for young people five times a week. Young people accessing the youth club are encourage to participate in exercise and sporting activities to help the mind
The annual alumni cross country race was held for the 56th time over the traditional shortened version of the Oxford and Cambridge course. The five mile race on Wimbledon Common attracts athletes of all ages with seventy year olds competing with eighteen year olds – the fastest time is usually close to 25 minutes and the back markers nearer 60 minutes. This year four OA harriers took to the start line on what was a chilly, misty December afternoon. Conditions under foot though were good and promised some quick racing. these days to running marathons and finding the five mile course a bit of a sprint. Close behind was Steve Georgiadis (74-81) (47th) and Daniel Wade (92-99) (68th). Our last scorer was first timer in OA colours, Mark Hutchings (77-84) in 176th. However, as is so often the case in cross country every position counts with Mark doing enough to bring us home in first place in the over 50 team category. Leading us home in 36th position was Jerry Watson (71-78), more used
The race is always held on the second or third Saturday in December and it would be great to have teams representing the Alleyn Club in all age groups next year. As soon as the date is released for 2017 we will be in touch – get your Christmas shopping done early! The Hollington Club The Hollington Club, now the Hollington Youth Centre (HYC), generally known as ‘The Hollington’, has been providing service to the local community for over 120 years.
and body be healthy and active. The Duke of Edinburgh Award Scheme has been put into the
curriculum plan for this year, starting January 2017. Seven young people are due to take part, working alongside volunteer boys from Dulwich College to participate in expeditions and work on the Bronze Award initially.
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