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Sports Day a success despite showers

Sports Day a success despite showers
Mr Bidwell getting the lowdown from competitors.
Wednesday 8th July 2009 by C. Freeman

Showers failed to dampen enthusiasm at this year's Sports Day. Spectators and course officials took cover under a myriad of umbrellas as the competitors tackled various track and field events.

The athletes were cheered on by fellow members of their tutor groups from the relative dryness of the stands at Rockingham Triangle while Mr Shorrock provided commentary and made sure everyone was in the right place at the right time. The event ran to the tight schedule demanded by nearly 50 separate races covering distances from 100 up to 1500 metres. Field events, in which all year groups took part, consisted of high jump, long jump, discus, shot and javelin.

To catch the action and news first-hand Mr Bidwell intercepted winners as they crossed the finish line and recorded impromptu remarks for a forthcoming Radiowaves article. Staff were out in force to log results, act as timekeepers and marshal the crowds, while Miss Stringer was on hand to give out accolades and trophies.

Mr Shorrock said: 'Everyone seemed to enjoy it but it was unfortunately too wet for the tug-of-war. Mr Bradley won the staff race, beating Mr Cooper into second place but it was really competitive with all eight lanes full of staff running. It was a lovely atmosphere and there was quite a lot of parents who came along to give their support despite the weather. All the students, especially the Year 10s, did themselves proud and overall it was a very pleasing event.'

The results were
1st7W1718E1769B18310K180
2nd7N1698B1629K & 9E15810R159
3rd7K1548W161 - - 10N148
4th7T1428S1439R13310E140
5th7E1288R1349T12910S135
6th7R1248N1299N12710W110
7th7B & 7S1238K1119W & 9S11010B106
8th - - 8T101 - - 10T99

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