Walkden Crowned Champion School Again

On Tuesday 15th June, athletes from Year 7, 8, 9 and 10 took part in the annual School’s Athletics Championships held at Cleavley Track. The competitors were treated to a glorious day of sunshine with the weather bringing out the best in the Walkden team.

First up in the morning events were Years 7 and 9, and Walkden achieved early success in the Year 7 girls’ competition with Nikita Stirrup winning the 100m and Long Jump. This was followed by Megan Lowe comfortably winning the 200m and Charlie Jones racing to success in the 800m. There was also success for Eldar Yifrah in the Discus. The relay team of Stirrup, Lowe, Cara Bickett and Faye Calderwood rounded the morning off with another victory. Meanwhile in the boys’ competition, there were victories for Greg Whitehead in the 200m (29.25sec) and Josh Earith in the 800m. Greg then secured silver in the Long Jump (3.82m) and Josh silver in the Shot (7.35m). The relay team of Daniel Meadows, Whitehead, Earith and Rowan Kimmins were beaten on the line to win silver.

In the Year 9 events, regular successes arrived once more. Robert Sidlow was victorious in the Triple Jump with a leap of 10.31m and Harry Benn secured the Shot Putt (9.35m). Lee Pollitt leapt to success in the Long Jump (4.98m). Joe Greene rounded the morning off in style, winning the 1500m in 4.59.02sec. Whilst in the girls’ competition, Holly Emerson gained a deserved success in the 200m and Leah Niven ran strongly to win the 800m. In the field events, Lois Fletcher won the Discus with a throw of 15.20m and Abi Parry leaping to 8.80m in the Triple Jump. The girls then completed their morning with another success thanks to the relay quartet of Niven, Emerson, Leah Taylor and Faye Sherratt.

After the morning’s success, the Year 8 and 10 teams arrived looking to continue the run of good form. The Year 8 boys’ competition began brightly with Ali Roome flying home to win the 100m (12.19s) and Jake Peake winning the 200m. The best was saved til last when Sam Tattum followed up his Long Jump victory (5.02m) with a phenomenal run in the 1500m, (4.56:32) just missing out on a Salford Schools’ record. Peake, Tattum and Roome, together with Tom Gerrard then completed another relay success. The girls were not to be outdone; Becky Cooper and Kelly Lowe racing to success in the 100m and 200m respectively whilst Hannah Turner retained her Long Jump crown (4.11m) and Sophie Hall won the Triple Jump. Lucy Whittaker then stormed to another 1500m success before helping the relay team to success along with Cooper, Lowe and Carmen Clarke.

In their final year of competing, the Year 10 showed their talent once again with another successful set of results. Daniel Knox followed his third place in the 100m by retaining his Discus crown with a throw of 23.27m. Josh Shuttleworth finished a very creditable second in a evenly contested 400m and then after winning the Triple Jump with a leap of 11.10m, George Leigh produced a superb run to win the 1500m in 4.40:10. Shuttleworth, Knox, Leigh and Craig Fielding were then edged out in the relay final by 0.3 secs to win yet another silver medal! The girls’ team performed well with notable performances coming from Rachel Carney, who won the 800m and finished second in the Triple Jump and Devon Newton who won the Long Jump with 4.11m. Finally, the relay quartet of Carney, Newton, Hannah McLean and Rosie Pollard fought back well to finish second.

Overall, with the Year 8, 9 and 10 Boys and Year 7, 8 and 9 Girls winning their respective titles, Walkden High School were deservedly crowned Champion School for the second successive year. A tremendous effort from all pupils involved. Well done, it was a pleasure to be a part of!

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