Six boys and six girls from Year 3 & 4 completed in the Ribble Valley and Hyndburn Quad kids athletics competition. This is a great introduction to athletics where each athlete competes in a 400m run, a 50m sprint, a long jump and a howler javelin throw. This event is a challenge as the participants need to have a good range of skill and ability in both the track and field events.
Our pupils worked exceptionally hard in all of the rounds giving 100% effort in all that they did. We did very well in the sprints all either being placed 1st, 2nd or 3rd in their heats. Savannah Neill showed exceptional speed and coasted over the finish line in first place with ease.
Taylor Beaumont was outstanding showing his exceptional speed in the fastest heat of the afternoon. There were some exceptional performances in the challenging 400m run with Pippa Morgan, Zara Pycock, Rauri Dillon and Joseph Bank coming 3rd in their heats. Amazing sprint starts were seen by all 12 pupils in order to get a good position on the inside lane, this proved they had thought strategically and had formulated a race plan.
Some excellent long jump performances were seen by Paige Blackburn and Lilly-Ella Smith. Finally came the howler Javelin event which saw Marcus Neil throw over 33 meters!
We knew that we had done very well but it was a tough competition with 19 schools competing in the event. We had an anxious wait over night for the results. We found out the following day that we had only just missed out on coming home with a medal! We came fourth out of the 19 schools which is a fantastic achievement, only missing out on the bronze medal by 14 points!
A great afternoon was had by all and the children enjoyed a day of competing in the sunshine. They celebrated with an ice lolly reward bought by one of our proud parents!
Well done to all involved!