On the 29th of June, the QEGS Athletics team set off for a day full of events at the District Athletics Championship at the King George Stadium, Grimsby. Heightened by the hot weather, the pressure for the students to perform to the best of their abilities was high as they needed to maintain the school’s position in Division 1. However, the students did not disappoint.
The first events happened almost immediately as the bus arrived, so the students competing had little time to prepare. In the first event of 1200m, Year 8 Oli Fields came an impressive second place, as did Year 7 Sophie Hutchinson. As the heat increased, the next long-distance event 1500m took place; despite the weather, Year 9 Matthew Spendlove came a remarkable second place which was well applauded as he crossed the finish line.
Next was the short distance events; the runners had to be powerful and agile around the track, focus was needed to achieve their best time possible and they certainly did just that. In the 100m race, both Year 9’s Jack Leggate and Katie Mankelow came second in their race, both having fractions between them and the winner. The medals then started to come home for QEGS as Evie Blow in Year 7 won her 200m race and set a new district record in doing so; Jack Leggate in Year 9 also achieved a first place and new district record for his 300m. In the 800m race, the competition was tough, so our runners had to pace themselves in order to gain the highest position possible. We had winners in this race from both Year 8 Tom Lancaster-Eastwood and Year 9 Matthew Spendlove; one of our most inspirational runners Ella Bennett in Year 10 achieved an incredible second place as she fought off some brilliant runners.
Amidst the team support clapping and cheering in the stands, the QEGS Athletes were also winning medals out in the field events. In the shot put, Year 9 Amy Bunting came second throwing over 8m; she also achieved second in the discus, two events she competes for competitively outside of school. In Year 7, Emma Eastham achieved an impressive second place too, for someone small but mighty Emma performed incredibly well. In the triple jump, Year 9 Grace Lunn won the event for her year group and in high jump Year 8 Thrisha Hande won the event in her year group.
The best part of the day was when the 4x100m relay started; with everyone cheering for support, the runners definitely felt as if they all had a chance of winning. The Year 7 girls (Evie, Freya, Amy and Jess) won and also set a new district record; the Year 10 girls (Anna, Daisy, Ella and Lydia) also won. The Year 9 boys had the best result of achieving third place, all of which the points were needed.
Overall, it was another very successful day for the QEGS athletes. With the help of the sixth formers, they were organised, determined and raring to compete; it was a very enjoyable day overall and one that the students enjoy representing the school in. We hope to next year still maintain our position in Division 1 and set even more District records.
FINAL RESULT – QEGS HORNCASTLE 4TH in DIVISION ONE
Written by Chloe Donohue