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The event got off to a great start, with Ethan Woodward breaking the Year 7 boys Javelin record, with a distance of 25m 28cms, bettering the previous mark by nearly 5 metres. Another fantastic performance then came from Alex Leadbeater, in the final of the Year 7 boys 100m, where he beat the previous best by over a second to record our new record of 12.23 seconds. Keep your eye out for these names in the future, as we might just have unearthed a couple of stars!!

Year 9 were the next year group to compete, and although they didn’t manage to set any new school records this year, they did produce some of the most closely contested events of the entire day. The highlight of which was the boys 100m final, in which Keith Newby-Stewart took the title, beating one of the most competitive fields to have contested the event.

Next up were the Year 8s, who also had two new records holders by the end of their competition. Melissa Ince added the 1500m record to the 800m record she broke last year, to prove herself to be the best young middle distance runner we have seen at Culcheth in the last 15 years. Her time of 5mins 23 secs took 2 seconds off the previous record, and considering the sweltering conditions in which she ran the event, this performance was even more impressive than the time difference suggests. Michael Haigh also became a school record breaker when he launched the Javelin out to a distance of 24m 83cms, a full 1.3m further than the old record.

The final year group to compete was Year 10. Continuing this years’ successes in the throwing events was, Kitty Twist-Green, with a new shot putt record of 9m 02cms, and full 1m 57cm further than the previous best. I think we can safely say that we’ve been doing something right in our teaching of the throwing events this year!!

With up to 130 performers having now competed in each event over the last 15 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 many of our earlier records were set upon, 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 3240 points. They really were pushed all the way this year by Headingley, who finished just 10pts behind in second place. Twickenham finished in third place with 3052 points, followed by Ascot with 2709 points. Well done to the whole school for another fantastic Sports Day.

Mr Welsford, Head of PE

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