Athletics Report

Teddies athletes continued to impress this week.

At the Radley Relays on Tuesday, our boys’ teams ran a 4 x 100 and a Medley (legs of varying distances: 2 x 200, 1 x 400, 1 x 800). Chasing a school record of 45.4 in the 4 x 100, senior boys ran 45.7 in driving sleet — agonisingly close! Of the inter and senior Medleys, Becky Bowyer, Head of Athletics, said, ‘All four 200m legs looked incredibly quick, the two 400m legs were strong and two storming final 800m legs from Will Kelley and Alfie Armitage-Hookes placed the inter and senior teams 7th and 8th respectively out of 20 teams.’

At the Oakham Relays yesterday, our inter boys’, and senior girls’ and boys’ teams competed in 5 races: 4 x 400, 5 x 1500, 4 x 100, another Medley and a Dreilauf (a ‘continuous relay’ — 3 competitors run legs of any distance for 5 mins; the winner is the team covering the most distance). The inter boys finished in the top 3 in each race to be ranked 1st overall. Senior girls were 2nd overall, having won the 4 x 100 and the 5 x 1500, and senior boys came 3rd in the 4 x 100 and the Medley to be ranked 5th overall. Alfie Armitage-Hookes deserves particular praise: he ran in the 400m relay, the 800m leg of the Medley and covered the greatest distance in the Dreilauf — and gave outstanding performances each time. Becky said, ‘Alfie stood out as the athlete of the fixture and was complimented by a number of staff from other schools.’ All runners at Oakham drew high praise from the School’s Assistant Director of Sport: ‘Please can I commend all your runners for the resilience they showed to overcome the tough conditions on the day and really prove just how hard they can run.’

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