Sports News - July 2017

House Athletics

House Athletics took place at Field on Thursday 6th July on a beautiful sunny day. The day started with the 1500 metre track event, with over 30 girls competing from across all year groups.

There were some fantastic performances on display and some new records were also broken. Victoria Shaw, Molly D'Arcy Rice, Adesola Adejobi and Mary Oluntunji were impressive on the track and a delight to watch in action.

Thank you to the parents and supporters who attended. Well done to St Margaret's on winning House Athletics in style, which secured them the Overland Shield for 2016-2017.

Lower College Celebration of Sport

Lower College Sport finished on a high note, with an action-packed evening of celebrating the successes achieved over the past year. The event provided the forum to acknowledge girls who have made significant progress, shown fantastic commitment, been amazing ambassadors or achieved a significant sporting accolade. In typical high-octane sports fashion, the evening included a myriad of activities in between the awards and team celebrations, such as Mrs Guest's Mystery Guest and a head-to-head Netball shooting match between the year groups, parents and staff, as well as many other highlights.

Squadkit's ambassador and London 2012 Hockey Olympian Chloe Rogers was the guest of honour, providing the audience with an inspirational speech and awarding the prizes. This, along with Mr Borrie's update on the sports facilities and developments, left everyone leaving feeling spurred on for another year - and what a particularly exciting one we have to look forward too!

Outlaw Holkham Half Triathlon

On Sunday 2nd July, I competed in the Outlaw Holkham Half Triathlon, an event involving a 1900m swim in a lake in the stunning Holkham Estate (owned by the Earl of Leicestershire) followed by a 90k cycle through some lovely North Norfolk villages, and finishing with a 21K run around the undulating grounds of The Estate.

I was pleased to exit the swim first in my age group and managed to hold onto this lead after the cycle ride. The run, my weakest discipline of the three, was very tough as the sun was shining and the course was very challenging with lots of hills and some rough farm tracks to negotiate. I was aware that an athlete in my category had passed me but I was optimistic that I was in second position. However, at the beginning of the third and final lap of the run I was overtaken by a woman in my age group and was thinking I would have to settle for third. I kept her within my sight and, with just under 3k of the run to go, she pulled up at the feed station so I made a decision to race as hard as I could to the finish. I finished, elated and second, only 18 seconds behind the winner! I could not have raced any harder though and know I gave it my all.

This event was great preparation for the challenge I have at the end of July, the Long Course Triathlon up and around Alpe d'Huez.

Ms Flewitt, Teacher of Food and Nutrition