05 Jul 2019

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The athletics season finished on a high, with success at the National Championships in Birmingham. Lucas Gorrill completed a triumphant season in which he secured a gold medal at the County Champs (U12 1500m) and silver in the Tonbridge Trophy by running an excellent 5:14.0 seconds in Birmingham. This placed him 12th overall. William Taylor (who was running only his 2nd competitive 200m ever) just missed out on a place in the final by 1/100th of a second, but still placed an excellent 8th fastest. Alex Yeabsley finally hit the board in the long jump and travelled a distance of 4.54m, a leap which secured second place and a silver medal. Oliver Brook, having placed a very creditable 5th in the long jump (4.77m) then secured a place in the 80m Hurdles final. It was always going to be tough in the final as Oliver qualified as 4th fastest. However, in the final his start was explosive and he reached hurdle one a couple of meters up and then just pulled away from there, hurdling smoothly to win by a fairly large margin in a championship record of 12.50s.

Other notable performances during the season included Freddy Rogers excellent high jumping, Ian Shoobridge’s continued development in all events, but especially the triple jump, Tiger Bussey’s sprinting and the versatility of Max Avery, Max Gilbey and Ben Pearl who managed to cover a range of events during the summer. However, it was the strength in depth of the team that was so impressive and this was evident in the Middle and Senior School sports day where many other boys ran, leapt and threw some excellent marks.