Once again the Alexander Stadium in Birmingham played host to the ISA National Athletics Championships. Giving our own pupils a chance to grace the same track as some of our best British athletes, such as Mo Farah and Jessica Ennis.
Events kicked off at midday, with Yasmin being our first athlete to compete in the Year 9 Long Jump. Nursing a damaged hamstring she was far from 100%, therefore she made the intelligent decision to alter her run-up and only run at a conservative speed. Despite all this she still managed to put together a very consistent series of jumps and came away with a very commendable silver medal.
Oliver and James were our first representatives on the track, both running in the Year 5 600m. After a solid warm up they were both eager to get going. They both started strongly and kept out of trouble in the early stages of the race, with Oliver moving to the front. As the race unfolded Oliver kept increasing the pace, which others just could not sustain and ended up a convincing winner. James battled superbly during the later stages to narrowly miss out on a medal and finish 4th. Both boys running PBs, Oliver taking the ISA National Record in 1min 46.29 and James in 1min 54.60. We couldn’t have asked for more. Oliver now the triple champion as this is the third year in a row he has won this title, an incredible record.
As the heat continued to pour onto the track the conditions were set for fast times. Bertie was our final individual representative, competing in the year 6 150m. In only his second ever competition at this distance he ran an incredible bend and just started to tighten up towards the end, finishing 4th in a PB of 21.73secs. He left everything out on the track and performed his best.
The relays are always the final round of events at any major athletics event and this was no exception. Our boys were competing in the Year 5 4x100m relay. In order of appearance they were Javier, James, William and Oliver. Against some very strong opposition their change-overs were slick and they all ran their hearts out. In a blanket finish between several teams they finished an agonising 4th. However due to a disqualification they were later awarded 3rd and therefore took the Bronze medal.
Congratulations to all of our athletes that competed for London West, they did themselves and the school proud.