Archway Athletes Rise to the Occasion
The year 9/10 boys’ athletics team were entered into a competition for the first time, on the back of their success last year.
The English Schools Athletic Association School’s Cup involved a squad of 14 boys pitting their wits against other schools in Gloucestershire in the regional round at the Prince of Wales Stadium against strong opposition. The rules of the event were not so simple however… all had to do 2 events. With some of the boys out of their comfort zones in events, the whole squad performed fantastically, against teams boasting mostly year 10s. With the whole squad performing so well, this meant they were on for a good score. Finishing 4th, no one knew if that was the end of the road or if it would be enough to see them through to the next round.
Confirmation soon came through that it was enough to see the team through to the South West Regional ‘B’ finals at Basingstoke, Hampshire. Whilst sharing a coach with KLB and Stroud High School, the 2 hour journey was worth it when we were met with a beautiful summer’s day, setting the scene. The opposition got a whole lot tougher with a range of private and grammar schools there and some of our athletes rose to the occasion. Notable performances came from Tom Smart, a change from the original squad, who beat everyone in his heat. Oscar Everett who won the long jump and setting a new personal best. Jake Warner also ran a personal best in the 1500, despite finishing 3rd in a race full of year 10s. Nathan Clift also ran in the 300m and winning his heat with a very strong finish. Overall Archway finished 6th on the day, which was a great achievement for a squad will only get better and better.