After six meetings at the Leigh Sports Village venue, we returned this year to the new, and very much improved, Victoria Park Stadium in Warrington. The great new facilities were very much matched by the fantastic performances of the students and the very close result at the end of the meeting!

The day got off to a great start, with Elliot Livingstone breaking the Year 8 boys’ 1500m record in a time of 5 mins 10secs, a further 9 seconds under the Year 7 record he set last year. Shot-put appears to have been this year’s specialist event, with Shaun Jones setting a new Year 7 record, and Adam Kirk and Amelia Williams setting new standards for Year 8. Luke Monaghan then broke the Year 8 record in the Discus, before Ben Johnson produced the performance of the morning to set a new best of 1m 80cm for the Year 10 High Jump, 20 cm higher than the previous record!!

The afternoon session saw the running of the short and middle distance track events, and eight more records. The Year 8 Boys’ 800m record was broken by Sam Oliver, followed by Olivia Hawkins breaking the Year 8 Girls’ 800m record, which had stood since 2005. Next up, the Year 7 and Year 8 Girls’ 300m records fell to Morgan Grey and Sophie Frith respectively, before Shannon Campbell, from Year 10, stepped up with the first of two stunning performances. She broke the Year 10 Girls’ 300m record, which had stood since 2005, by a stunning 5.1 seconds before following this up by breaking the 200m record, which had also stood for 10 years by a full two seconds. Absolutely fantastic performances!!

The final track races were the “blue-riband” 100m events, in which Shaun Jones (of Shot-put record fame above) broke the Year 7 boys’ record, which had stood since 2011. Just to put this into context, I’d be very happy to put my mortgage on the fact that even the phenomenal Usain Bolt will never break both the 100m and Shot-put world records in the same athletics championship, so very well done to Shaun!!

With thirteen new records being set this year, following fifteen in 2014 and twelve in 2013, it really does prove that Culcheth High School Athletics is going from strength to strength! Furthermore, all of the students mentioned above have outperformed every other one of the 88 students who have participated in their event over the last 11 years, which is a truly fine achievement.
As the final 4x100m relay race brought the meeting to a close, the final results were being collated by Mr Bolton and Mrs Scott. A fantastic day’s competition had led to the closest ever result for a Culcheth High School Sports Day, with the Champion House winning by just 9pts!! Congratulations to everyone who was involved.

Champions Headingley 938pts
Runner-up Ascot 929pts
3rd Place Wimbledon 880pts
4th Place Twickenham 836pts

Mr Welsford, Head of PE