Sportshall Athletics County Finals

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By Tom Rawcliffe (volunteering first year Sports Journalism Student at UCLan)

More than 350 athletes took part in the county finals of the Sportshall Athletics in the SPAR Lancashire School Games.

Each school earned their place in Wednesday’s county finals at Blackpool Sports Centre following qualification earlier in the year to represent their borough.

Four schools were crowned winners with Broughton High School (Preston) winning both Year Seven and Year Eight girl competitions, while Clitheroe Royal Grammar School’s Year Seven boys (Ribble Valley) and Southlands High School’s Year Eight boys (Chorley) also went home with gold medals.

Robert Marquis, teacher at Broughton High School, said: “It’s been a fantastic day and as a school we’ve been really successful which kind of capped it all off.

“We’ve come to this event now for the last six or seven years and we thoroughly enjoy it every time we come.”

The afternoon was split into Year Seven and Year Eight heats with boys taking part in track events while the girls were on field, and vice versa.

Track events included an array of races, ranging from two laps to eight laps, whereas students enjoyed the likes of standing triple jump and speed bounce in the field.

Lee Cadwallader, School Games Organiser, ran the event with the help of nearly 50 others including Organisers from the different boroughs as well as Sports Leaders from Millfield Science and Performing Arts College and Cardinal Allen Catholic High School.

The day ended with the presentations where the teams finishing within the top three of their year group and gender were awarded medals for their efforts.

Those who didn’t quite manage a winning finish could still go home proud of their achievement of earning the chance to represent their borough.