This year saw a slight change to our Sports Day format, with all students in school being offered the opportunity to compete in an event, and therefore contribute to the success of their house team. Whilst this did mean that there were fewer double champions this year, it did mean that it became a much more inclusive event, in which team effort and commitment had as much of an influence as traditional excellence!

The day got off to a great start, with Sean Jones breaking the Year 9 boys’ shot putt record, with a distance of 11m 45cm, bettering the previous mark by a huge 45cm. In fact, our Year 9s set the most new records this year, with Harry Wood setting a new best of 43.59 secs in the 300m and Olivia Anderson taking 7 secs of her sister’s 1500m record, to set a new best of 5mins 41secs.

Year 8 were the next year group to compete, and they too posted some new records. Jacob Bourdet set a new best of 44.5sec in the boys’ 300m and Charlotte Bate increased the girls’ discus record by 5cm to an impressive 14m90cm.

Next up were the Year 7s, who also had two new records holders by the end of their competition. Melissa Ince smashed the girls’ 800m record, which had stood since 2006, by a massive five seconds to set a new record of 2min44secs. And Thomas Standish lowered the boys 100m record by 0.14secs to a new mark of 13.35secs.

The final Year group to compete was Year 10. Continuing this year’s successes in the 300m, Adam Livesey set a new best time of 42.8 secs, meaning that all four year groups could boast at least one new record holder!

With up to 110 performers having now competed in each event over the last 13 years, it really is a great achievement for the above students to have taken further time off, or added distance to, our previous best performances. When you also take into account the fact that our grass track is significantly slower to run on than the modern rubberised tracks that we have used in recent years, these really are fantastic performances from our new record holders!

As the final 4x100m relay race brought the meeting to a close, the final results were being collated and a fantastic day’s competition had led to Wimbledon house retaining their title as Culcheth high School Sports Day Champions with 3099 points. Headingly were runners up with 2828; Ascot came in with 2729 points, followed by Twickenham with 2689 points. Well done to all.