Mr Metcalf, Head of PE, looks back on an incredible day of athletics in June, as school records tumbled in one event after another.
In June, a record-breaking total of fifty-three students travelled to the Oval for this year’s annual athletics meet, featuring – for the first time – live updates via our award-winning @RHS_Sport Twitter feed.
The squad were confident of a good overall showing, having already practised many events in our inaugural Winter Games back in December. Students have also been working on fitness and on athletics-based training at regular intervals through the year.
Ridgeway were immediately off the mark, Theo Stubbs of Year 7 taking gold in the 110m hurdles in a lightning-quick time that shattered the previous school record. More success soon followed. Stella Browne became our second record setter of the day with a strong sixth-place finish in the dreaded 1500m event in a time of 6m 18s.
As the morning progressed, the boys were making strides in the field events. Theo Stubbs and Clayton Fear safely progressed through the early round of the high jump, making it up to the 1.08m mark. Ridgeway didn’t have to wait long for another medal as Sami Islam took gold in the Year 8/9 combined discus event. His eye-watering throw of 18.4m – another school record – was an incredible three metres ahead of his nearest challenger.
The day was looking promising for the boys’ squad as Luke Chadwick delivered a fourth school record of 7.78m in the Year 7 shot putt event, narrowly missing out on a medal. Double delight then followed for the girls in the sprint events. Mya Tait and Megan Naylor both took silver medals in their 100m finals. Mya’s raw pace notched up a fifth school record of the day before the half-way stage of the meeting had even been reached.
As the girls moved on to the field events, it was the turn of the boys to take to the track – inspired by Mya, Megan and Stella’s strong performances. Dillon Upton-Climo ran a personal best to set another school record in the Year 7 1500m ‘Iron Man’ event, earning him a place in the top six in the Wirral. Theo Stubbs then brought home his second medal of the day with bronze in the 100m sprint – the seventh new school record.
Luke Chadwick narrowly missed out on a medal in the 100m sprint. Kian Wynne finished fourth in a tough 200m final. Rhys Williams matched his performance from last year, taking third place in the 100m, ahead of Sami Islam (one year his junior), who came fourth. Joseph Taylor of Year 7 looked strong in the 200m and was pipped at the line in a tight race. His bronze-medal finish earned him a personal best and another school record in the process.
The final event of the day was the boys’ 800m finals. Theo Llewellyn went first in a tough-looking final, keeping up with the pace before pulling away to secure bronze. An astonishing time of 2m 42s shattered the previous school record by twenty seconds. Next up was Jack Bentley, who ran a personal best to take another bronze.
The school bus was rocking on the way home, the squad returning with a record nine-medal haul – the best in the school’s history. Eleven school records were broken, including a double for the Year 7 boys and girls in the 4x100m relays. An astonishing twenty-three personal bests were recorded.