Two Maidensbridge pupils were in outstanding form today in the sprints races at The 134th Wenlock Olympic Games.
James (Y5) and Keira (Y4) were in action in the Under 11 boys and girls 60 metre races on the track at The William Brookes School in Wenlock. Both are new to competitive running and were only taking part in only their second race after impressing in the recent Tipton Harriers Summer Series event.
Keira got off to a good start in the 60m, with a good solid run to clinch a place in the final with an impressive 9.9s. Shortly after, James began his campaign with an excellent win in his heat of the 60m in a time of 8.9s and equalling the games record.
In the under 11 girls' final, Keira stepped up to produce an new personal best performance over 60m of 9.7 seconds and just missing out on the medals in fourth by two-tenths of a second. This is an excellent achievement for Keira as she lined up in the final with girls a year older than herself. She has also demonstrated that she will return next year within the same age group and set the standard.
Following shortly after Keira, James lined up for his 60m final as the fastest qualifier with a record equalling 8.9s. Could James go faster and break the record as well as winning this year's boys title? He didn't disappoint. Having got off to a reasonable start, James dominated the race from the gun and came over the line as the winner in 8.8s...a new games record!
James was also entered into the 200m race and this was James' first experience of the 'long' sprint. This was also going to prove difficult given that James has had no experience of running on the bend of an athletics track.
Given lane 1, James was faced with a difficult first race given that he had the tightest lane on the track. However, this didn't prevent him from passing the competition before he came around the final bend. He crossed the line in first place in 31.8s.
Thirty minutes later, James had to do it all over again as he stood in his place for the final. However, with a build-up of confidence and a good lane draw, James was able to overcome his tiredness by winning in 30.6s.
Both of these children were a wonderful advert for our school, as almost every athlete were competing for an athletics club. By displaying their natural talent today, they have signalled that that they both have a bright future ahead of them.
Many thanks to the parents and family members who have supported the school in participating in this wonderful event! We will be back in 2018!