Record turnout for Primary Schools Athletics Championships

A RECORD 33 schools and more than 700 children took part in the eleventh annual Cambridgeshire Primary Schools Athletics Championships last week. The event was organized by Priory Junior School, St Neots, and they made the most of home advantage by winnin

A RECORD 33 schools and more than 700 children took part in the eleventh annual Cambridgeshire Primary Schools Athletics Championships last week.

The event was organized by Priory Junior School, St Neots, and they made the most of home advantage by winning the St Neots Area Team Award for the eleventh successive time.

Medals from the 18 events were shared among 22 of the competing schools, and for the second successive year Milton Road, Cambridge, were the overall team winners. They claimed eight medals on their way to victory with a massive 58 point tally.

Hemingford Grey won the Huntingdonshire School's team prize and the Small School Team award was won by Duxford.


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Spectators at the St Ivo Stadium saw three championship records set. Mighty leaps from Wyton's Charlotte Corn and Brampton's Martin Uy saw them set new marks in the girls' and boys' long jump events respectively. Lucy Parker, of Morley Memorial, Cambridge, recorded a time of one minute 55 seconds in the Year 5 girls 600m.

Linda Wager and Kevin Sadler, the event organizers said this year's event had been exceptionally special, as all schools that entered achieved success in many events.

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"The enthusiasm and excitement generated by all the children who entered was very noticeable this year. We would like to thank all the volunteers for their work in making the day run so smoothly. This event has become Cambridgeshire's very own mini-Olympics."

Gold, silver and bronze medals were awarded in each event and presented by ex-Priory pupil and current England Junior international athlete Suzie Boast along with Cllr David Hodge, the deputy mayor of St Ives.

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