athletics 3 in a row

3 in a row for the Noadswood Athletics Team!

June 1, 2015

On Tuesday 19th May, King Park Athletics Stadium hosted the annual New Forest District Athletics competition with over 500 pupils competing. Despite the unpredictable weather which included a number of torrential downpours the day ran smoothly.

For Noadswood, who have been overall winners and district champions for the past two years, the expectations were slightly lower than in previous years due to interruptions to training because of the weather and various schools activities that prevented pupils attending the after-school athletics club. However a full squad of athletes travelled in the hope that any piece of silverware would be a bonus.

The track events started the day and some exciting heats saw a number of Noadswood pupils qualify for the finals that would be held in the afternoon. The field events also got underway late into the morning, but were interrupted on more than one occasion by the hammering rain.

As the day went on the results began to come in and it seemed as though the expectations that Noadswood had were being somewhat exceeded as nearly all track athletes made it into the finals and a number of the field events were finishing with a Noadswood pupil in the top three.

The relay races finished the day and the Under 13 girls were unlucky to finish in second place. A second place finish was also unfortunate for the Under 15 girls who had run the fastest qualifying time in the heats, but lost out to a strong Hounsdown team. Things improved with the Under 15 boys team who won their race. Callum Braden running the first leg got a good start and passed the baton on to Taikio Taukei who pulled away on the back straight executing a slick change over with Luke Holland who run the bend and held the lead superbly. That left Max Phear to bring home the win and cross the line with time to spare wining the race by nearly a second.

The Under 17 relay team consisting of Jess Warwick, Jasmine Savage, Caitlin Morris and Molly Towers also won their race. The whole team ran fantastically well and similar to the Under 15 boys finished the race over a second ahead of the next team.

Once the relays had been run it was then a waiting game while all the points were added up and despite the initial lack of expectation, after a number of good performances the chances of winning some silverware was increasing. The results were announced and Noadswood team captains collected trophies on seven different occasions. These included, Under 15 boys relay, Under 15 boys team and Under 15 overall winners. The next trophies came from the Under 17 teams with the girls winning the relay and also sharing the Under 17 girls trophy with Hounsdown and then the Under 17 overall trophy winners. The final and most prestigious trophy was the overall competition winner’s trophy and for the third year running Noadswood were winners and once again crowned district champions. It was a fantastic achievement by all the athletes who will undoubtedly be aiming for a four in a row next year.