Gladstone Road School pipped rivals Northstead by just five points in the closest-ever Boyes Stores Scarborough indoor athletics final.
This year’s Scarborough & Filey School Sports Partnership Junior Schools indoor athletics competition was officially the most popular ever with 21 schools applying for entry.
Eight schools made it through to the final at Filey Road Sports Centre where schools are required to bring 10 boys and 10 girls to compete for the title.
Approximately 160 children took part in the 13th final ( 300 including the semi-finals) watched by around 200 parents adding to the electric atmosphere in the Sports Centre.
Only eight points separated the top three teams this year, making it the closest final in the history of the competition.
As the event progressed, the leaderboard kept changing between East Ayton, Gladstone Road and Northstead.
Northstead led the event going into the final relay stage but this is where Gladstone triumphed, taking the title from Northstead’s grip by just five points. Gladstone, who now go on to represent the district at Catterick in the regional final on February 25, also won the larger schools category.
Final scores (overall): Gladstone Rd 162pts, Northstead 157, East Ayton 154, Seamer & Irton 124.
East Ayton won the smaller schools section for the fourth successive year after seeing off a brave challenge from Lindhead.
Three records were broken this year: Girls’ Speed Bounce – Isabel Louth (East Ayton), 136 jumps in 1 minute; Boys Target Throw – Lewis McGrath (Gladstone Rd), 30pts out of 40; Hurdles Relay – East Ayton 59.60s (Northstead also broke the record with 60.95 but finished second to Ayton)
All children (aged nine upwards) were invited to attend Scarborough Athletic Club’s junior indoor training nights – every Wednesday, 7-8pm at Graham School Sports Centre. Contact Chris Wade for more details – 07791388023.
The event was organised by Stephen Staveley for the Scarborough & Filey School Sports Partnership, and he said: “The Partnership brought several organisations together to help with judging on the day, Scarborough Athletics Club, Graham/Raincliffe students, Scarborough Sports Centre, and Gladstone Rd Junior School staff and Junior Sports Leaders.
“A big thank you also goes to Boyes Stores for their £200 sponsorship - this provided trophies for first and second place in both the Larger and the Smaller Schools’ event, as well as medals for all 20 athletes from these four schools.
“All 160 children received certificates.
Many individuals must be thanked for making this event possible: chief track judge: Les Ramm; chief scorer: Lynne Jarvis; assistants: Olivia Dolan and Parvathy Sauresh Nair; Timing: Tom Gillon; Scoreboard Control: Aalayah Stubbings and Morgan Faulkner; chief judges: Matt Hewison (SDO), John Grant, Denise Johnson, Sue Lawal, Chris Wade and Vickie Lockey (SAC).
“I would also like to thank other judges provided by Scarborough AC, Pete Northedge, Mick Thompson and Ralph Broadley, race scoretable: Graham students, Student Co-ordinator: Laura Taylor (SSCO Graham/Raincliffe) and Graham students: Josh Pickering, Erin Woodhead, Georgia Campbell, Amaan Yasin, Jaimee Mcfarlane-Brooke, Leah Herrington, Sara Herrington, Michael Thompson, Jordan Hookem, George Roberts.
“Thanks also to staff and teachers from the schools for giving up their Saturday.
“The whole ethos of this event was summed up by a school that didn’t even make the final – the headteacher told me that the children had thoroughly enjoyed the event and although they didn’t win anything, they came back to school buzzing with excitement the next day. This will encourage other children to have a go at athletics and help motivate them to continue.
“Many teachers have told me that this is their favourite event and I would like to say a big thank-you to the team of staff that make it possible.
“Thanks again also to Carol Boyes for her continued support with sponsorship for this competition.”