On Thursday 20th June, the MSSP held the annual Merton Borough Primary Athletics Championships. There were 31 schools entered the event this year and they were divided into five groups. Athletes would all compete in one field event, one track event and a relay. Track races included: 600m, 150m and 80m, while on the field, athletes would do either the Long Jump, Standing Triple Jump, Discus, Shot Put or Vortex Throw. Placings within each group would be compared to determine each group’s winner and individual event winners.

Group 1 was made up of St John Fisher, Poplar, Liberty, Bishop Gilpin, Haslemere, Pelham and Wiliam Morris. Competition on the track was fierce with many schools performing well: Bishop Gilpin and St John Fisher won the boys and girls 600m races respectively, while Pelham and Poplar both brought strong sprinting teams where they scored consistently across sprints and the relays. Haslemere came into their own on the Field, scoring particularly well in both Jump events after close battles with Liberty. Vortex Throw honours were shared between Liberty and Pelham, who did well across all throwing events. William Morris showed good consistency throughout and got the points their efforts deserved with an impressive showing in the discus, winning gold in the boys event..

  1. 1.    Bishop Gilpin: 80 points
  2. Poplar: 143 points
  3. Liberty: 157 points
  4. St John Fisher: 184 points
  5. Haslemere: 198 points
  6. Pelham: 213 points
  7. William Morris: 220 points

Group 2 consisted of St Peter & Paul, Joseph Hood, Links, Merton Abbey, Merton Park and Holy Trinity. Sprinters from St Peter & Paul and Holy Trinity, who won seven of the eight sprints, while Merton Abbey and Merton Park claimed both of the 600m races, dominated the track. On the field, St Peter & Paul continued to do well in the Jumping events with Links performing well and pushing them all the way in the Triple jump. Joseph Hood athletes performed well in the Vortex Throw and the Shot Putt. Links were performing well in all disciplines but just could not quite manage to push into enough of the top placings. After all the points were totalled, a strong team performance by St Peter & Paul saw them claim the Group 2 crown.

  1. 1.    St Peter & Paul: 97 points
  2. Holy Trinity: 129 points
  3. Merton Park: 143 points
  4. Links: 158 points
  5. Joseph Hood: 177 points
  6. Merton Abbey: 185 points

In Group 3 the schools were Cranmer, Hollymount, Bond, Wimbledon Chase, Morden and The Priory. The track was dominated by Cranmer (150m), Hollymount (600m) and Bond (80m) with those schools claiming multiple first and second places. On the field, Wimbledon Chase, particularly the boys who took first place in the Triple Jump and Vortex Howler events, while the girls from Cranmer were throwing superbly well. The Priory performed well in the long jump while Morden boys had clearly specialised in the throwing events.

  1. 1.    Hollymount: 118 points
  2. Cranmer: 132 points
  3. Wimbledon Chase: 133 points
  4. Bond: 140 points
  5. The Priory: 166 points
  6. Morden: 206 points

Schools competing in Group 4 were Malmesbury, West Wimbledon, St Marks, Dundonald, St Teresa’s, and Aragon. With some very evenly matched runners on the track, Aragon were showing their talents in the boys’ races where they won four out of six events. While the girls stepped up and managed to claim three victories out of the six events. West  Wimbledon boys were keeping their school in touch with the leaders in the field, winning discus and triple jumps events while the Dundonald boys had an even better showing, winning long jump, shot and vortex howler. In the girls, St Teresa’s did well to win the vortex howler while Malmesbury were consistently finishing in the top three. St Marks had good showings across boys and girls events and were unlucky not to claim victory in a few of these.  

  1. 1.    Dundonald: 95 points
  2. St Teresa’s: 121 points
  3. West Wimbledon: 126 points
  4. Aragon: 140 points
  5. Malmesbury: 185 points
  6. St Marks: 224 points

In Group 5, the schools competing were Singlegate, Hatfeild, Harris Primary, Garfield, Wimbledon Park and Sacred Heart. Harris Primary made a strong start by winning the girls and the boys 80m sprints, with Singlegate winning the boys 150m. Wimbledon Park got in on the action by taking the boys 600m event and Sacred Heart winning the girls. Hatfeild showed the other schools how it was done at the girls Long Jump, just seeing off a strong challenge from Wimbledon Park who took second and third spots. In the boys Long Jump, it was another very close event with Singlegate again edging ahead of Wimbledon Park for top spot. In the other field events honours were shared amongst all schools with Garfield showing most consistently in the top three. It was close on points coming in to the relays for a school to see who could come out on top of the group, it was Wimbledon Park who confirmed first place with solid displays in both races.

  1. 1.    Wimbledon Park: 99 points
  2. HPAM: 135 points
  3. Sacred Heart: 144 points
  4. Hatfeild: 150 points
  5. Singlegate: 156 points
  6. Garfield: 205 points  

Finally, we calculated who would represent Merton at the London Youth Games in the Quad Kids Athletics competition. We compared performances by all of the schools – the winning team was Bishop Gilpin. Good luck at the LYG!

We were very fortunate to have 12 Sports Leaders from Harris Academy Morden who ran the events, recorded the results and organised placings – they were invaluable to the running of the day and an absolute credit to themselves and their school. Thank you to the staff at David Weir Athletics Track for the use of their impressive facilities and to all of the staff and parents who prepared and supported their children throughout the day.

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