ATHLETICS: Primary Schools Athletics Championships

A great day was had by all at the Primary Schools Athletics Championships - lots more pictures in this week's Advertiser
A great day was had by all at the Primary Schools Athletics Championships - lots more pictures in this week's Advertiser

Second event a great success

The second Rugby Primary Schools Athletics Championship was successfully staged last Friday, with not one drop of rain until about 4pm when all the children had left the venue!

This year saw more schools competing and also the help of Rugby FM. Oli and Scott from the station came down and interviewed staff, children and parents about the day and were able to broadcast to parents who may have not been able to attend.

Another first was the children having their own unique numbers, just like the Olympians will have in Rio, which were kindly sponsored by Webb Ellis and Cafe Marseilles. Organisers also made good use of Twitter this year to send out to parents, with many schools re-tweeting the messages to reach a wider audience.

“We calculated that during the day over 1500 children were able to compete on the track,” said Angela Marsay, one of the organisers.

“ The gasps of ‘Wow!’ and ‘This is awesome!’ could be heard from many children as they actually walked down onto the track as many had never been there before.

“There was such a huge buzz of excitement from all the children and staff as we knew what a fabulous day they were going to be in for, based on last year! This year we invited parents to come along and watch the events, so the cheering and shouting was even louder.”

Again it provided Year 6 children, who are moving on to new schools, the chance to mingle and make new friends and would hopefully recognise as they meet up again during transition day.

Rugby’s Mayor Cllr Sally Bragg was in attendance to hand out medals to the deserving winners. The original design from Jasmine Cosgrove from last year was continued and the medals looked stunning!

The Mayor thoroughly enjoyed chatting to the children and sharing her own experiences of school sports day and the children enjoyed chatting to her. Oli and Scott also interviewed her for Rugby FM and were wondering whether she would have like to have taken part in a race, however she said her chains would have got in the way!

There was, however, a staff race which was organised by Oli and Scott from Rugby FM (you can find the video and pictures of the medal winners on their Twitter page!)

There were some fantastic results on the day and the children have really done their schools proud. All the children will have received information to further their athletics abilities with Janet Wright and Rugby & Northampton Athletics Club.

Any children wishing to take part in Summer Camps or Saturday Track Club can find more information at www.randnac.org

Angela Marsay added: “Many thanks must go to Janet Wright and her army of helpers from Rugby and Northampton Athletics Club, who ran the events, the Mayor for presenting medals and Webb Ellis and Cafe Marseilles for sponsoring the certificates and numbers.

“I could not have organised this on my own and thank them all.

“Huge thanks go to the schools who competed. Next year it would be lovely to have all schools in Rugby competing and to have some more sports personalities on hand to award medals along side the Mayor. We would really like to make this event more of a community day and if there are any local businesses who would like to get involved, Janet and myself would love to hear from them.”

More pictures and full list of medallists in this week’s Advertiser (July 14 edition)