East Ayton race to final triumph

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EAST Ayton raced to glory in the Scarborough and District Primary Schools Sportshall Athletics Final.

The village school retained their title in the smaller schools section of the event at Filey Road Sports Centre and also wrapped up the overall crown.

East Ayton won their title after seeing off a brave challenge from Wheatcroft. Ayton’s overall win means that they qualify for the regional final as Scarborough champions.

This is the first time that a smaller school has won the event outright.

In the Larger Schools’ Section Newby & Scalby were too strong for the other teams and took the title away from Gladstone Road with an impressive all-round performance.

Organiser Steve Staveley, of the Scarborough & Filey School Partnership, said: “Approximately 160 children took part in the 11th final, and 280 in total if you include the semi-finals.

“There was a tremendous atmospheric buzz around the place with lots of parents also screaming encouragement.

Staveley added: “Five records were broken this year in the most competitive final in its 11-year history.

“Ayton’s Tyler Beck set a new Boys Speed Bounce record with 129 bounces in one minute, while his school-mate James Fox set a new record in the Boys Target Throw with 27 points out of 40.

“Alfie Cotteriill completed a hat-trick of Ayton records with a leap of 6.60metres in the Boys Standing Triple Jump.

“The two girls records fall were the Target Throw – Hayley Ng (Scarborough College), 30points out of 40, and the Vertical Jump – Libby Hickson (Wheatcroft), 51cm.”

The Partnership brought several organisations together to help with judging on the day - Scarborough Athletics Club, Scarborough Sports Centre, Scarborough Sixth Form, and Gladstone Road Junior School staff and Junior Sports Leaders.

Staveley added: “A big thank-you to Boyes Stores for their £200 sponsorship - this provided trophies for first and second place in the Larger and Smaller Schools’ event, as well as medals for all athletes from the four schools. All 160 children received certificates.

“Many individuals must be thanked for making this event possible: Chief Track Judge: Les Ramm, Place Judges: John Grant and Dave Grimwood; Chief Event Judges: Matt Hewison (SDO), Jo Bowman (Filey Sch SSCO), Steph Goodall (Raincliffe Sch SSCO), Sharon Houghton (Scarborough AC), Kelly Cobb (St. Augustine’s SSCO). Chief Scorers: Lynn Jarvis and Jon Wanless.  Assistants: Jack and Katie Harrison. DJ: Tom Cass. Timing: John Boyes; Scoreboard Control: Alicia Bayes and Karina Williamson

“Other Judges provided by Scarborough AC (Mick Thompson, John Boyes, Tom Owen and Chris Wade), Scarborough Sixth Form students and Gladstone Road Junior School Sports Leaders. Thanks also to staff and teachers from the schools for giving up their Saturdays.

“So many of these schools seemed to have put such an enormous amount of effort into training their teams. This effort has meant that so many children have developed their athletic ability and been encouraged to continue their interest in athletics.

“Gladstone Road’s usual stranglehold on this event was released this year, as three teams scored more points than them overall. What fantastic performances from all the teams in the final.”

Final scores

Larger schools - 1st Newby & Scalby 141 pts; 2nd Gladstone Road 128; 3rd St Martin’s 92; 4th Friarage 90.

Smaller schools - 1st East Ayton 147; 2nd Wheatcroft 131; 3rd Bramcote 102; 4th Scarborough College 91.