Congratulations to all those athletes who represented RGS The Grange so well at the Regional Preparatory Athletics Meet. This was once again held at Tisley Park in Abingdon which is a great track for the children to experience running on.
In the 1500m Jimmy Barry and Harvey Shaw started well, both setting personal bests and Harvey managing a 2nd place finish and therefore qualifying for the National Finals a year under age by a week.
Next came Dan Halkon who after throwing two under par javelins, had a quick talk to himself and then threw a sizeable 27m, only 30cm behind the eventual winner. This also resulted in Dan being selected for the National Athletics event.
In the 100m races both Izzy Thompson and Tabitha Haynes ran PB’s in their heats with Izzy running a championship record of 12.9s! Their times resulted in both girls coming first in their heats and going through to the final later in the day. In this race, both girls ran well with Tabitha finishing fifth overall and Izzy running an extremely fast race to achieve first place and therefore also gaining entry to the National Finals.
In the boys’ race, George Kilburn looked right at home and despite not qualifying for the finals, clearly enjoyed the experience of running in such a fast race. Sadly Charlie Timmington had to withdraw before the race due to a longstanding injury but was a great support throughout the day.
In the 200m heats, once again Izzy ran a super heat, coming first and equalling the championship record and then Ava Thornley surprised herself by winning her heat in a great time. In the final later in the day, Ava managed to come a very good fifth in a fast race and Izzy Thompson already on cloud nine, won this race as well and once again, qualified for the National Finals.
In the boys 200m, Oliver Shelton, a year under age, worked hard from start to finish and ran a solid time and hopefully one he can improve next year.
This then took us to the final event of the day, the boys and girls 4 x100m relay. In the boys race a late change meant a slight switch to the running order but the boys performed confidently in a very fast race and enjoyed the experience. The girls team with Teyah Farmer joining the other three girls raced a super first heat, winning by over a second. With a few little changes and discussions they were however confident they could improve and improve they did as they went into the final against old rivals Cheam School. In an almost flawless race (despite Ava taking a massive tumble after passing the baton over!) the team ran their best race so far, setting a new school record and beating the Championship record by half a second finishing with a time of 58.2 seconds. This record had stood since 1999 which speaks volumes about the speed at which the team ran.
All children were a real credit to the school and with 5 events at National Finals to look forward to a week on Tuesday at Alexandra Stadium, it should be a great finish to the term of athletics at RGS The Grange.
Thanks finally to all the parents for the wonderful support all day.