On Thursday 21st June, the MSSP held the annual Merton Borough Primary Athletics Championships. There were 31 schools competing 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 Dundonald, Wimbledon Park, St Matthews, Haslemere, Bond, Hatfeild and St Marks. Competition on the track was fierce with many schools performing well: Wimbledon Park ad Hatfeild won the boys and girls 600m races respectively, while Bond and Haslemere both brought strong sprinting teams where they scored consistently across sprints and the relays. Dundonald came into their own on the Field, scoring particularly well in both Jump events after close battles with Wimbledon Park. Vortex Throw honours were shared between St Matthews and St Marks, who did well across all throwing events.

  1. Wimbledon Park: 118 points

  2. Haslemere: 136 points

  3. Dundonald: 153 points

  4. Bond: 167 points

  5. Hatfield: 172 points

  6. St Matthews: 221 points

  7. St Marks: 233 points

Group 2 consisted of Bishop Gilpin, Hollymount, Sacred Heart, Abbotsbury and Merton Abbey. Sprinters from Abbotsbury and Hollymount were flying, who won three of the four boys sprints, while Bishop Gilpin claimed both of the 600m races, dominated the track. On the field, Bishop Gilpin and continued to do well in the Jumping events with Hollymount performing well and pushing them all the way in the Triple jump. Sacred Heart athletes performed well in the Girls Vortex Throw and Discus while at the Shot Putt Bishop Gilpin claimed wins for both boys and girls.  Merton Abbey performed well in all disciplines but shone in the sprints where there ‘B’ sprinters took top spots but could just not quite replicate the form in the field to push into the top placings. After all the points were totalled, a strong team performance by Bishop Gilpin saw them claim the Group 2 crown.

  1. Bishop Gilpin: 60 points

  2. Hollymount: 114 points

  3. Sacred Heart: 147 points

  4. Abbotsbury: 154 points

  5. Merton Abbey: 163 points

In Group 3 the schools were Aragon, Merton Park, St Mary’s, Links, Pelham and West Wimbledon. The track was a battle between Pelham, West Wimbledon and Aragon with schools claiming multiple first and second places. Pelhams girls dominated the 150m, taking first and second place. On the field, West Wimbledon, particularly the girls who took first place in the Triple Jump, Discuss, Shot Putt and Vortex Howler events. Aragon boys performed well in the long jump taking the top two spots as well as first place in the triple jump. Links narrowly lost out in both the boys and the girls Standing Triple Jump while St Mary’s won the boys Discuss, with Merton Park securing the win in the boys Vortex Howler.

  1. West Wimbledon: 114 points

  2. Aragon: 132 points

  3. Pelham: 138 points

  4. Links: 168 points

  5. Merton Park: 169 points

  6. St Mary’s: 175 points

Schools competing in Group 4 were Wimbledon Chase, Hillcross, St Teresa’s, Cranmer, Garfield, Hillcross, Joseph Hood and The Priory. With some very evenly matched runners on the track, all the races were extremely close but Hillcross and Cranmer stepped up and managed to claim three victories apiece. Wimbledon Chase boys and Garfield girls demonstrated their throwing skills with strong performances in the Vortex Throw, Shot Put and the Discus. Hillcross stepped up in the Long Jump, battling it out with Joseph Hood for the top spots while Cranmer won both Relay races.  

  1. Cranmer: 125 points

  2. Hillcross: 137 points

  3. St Teresa’s: 145 points

  4. Wimbledon Chase: 171 points

  5. Joseph Hood: 185 points

  6. Garfield: 193 points

  7. The Priory: 199 points

In Group 5, the schools competing were St John Fisher, Poplar, Malmesbury, SS Peter & Paul, The Sherwood and St Thomas of Canterbury. Poplar made a strong start by winning the girls 600m races and two of the boys sprint races, with St John Fisher coming 1st or second the boys track races. Malmesbury showed the other schools how it was done at the girls Long Jump, just seeing off a strong challenge from Poplar who took second and fourth spots. In the boys Long Jump, it was another very close event with SS Peter & Paul edging ahead of Poplar for top spot. In the other field events The Sherwood came to the fore, winning the boys discus and shot putt to go along with victory for the girls in the triple jump. It was close in the relays but SS Peter & Paul won both races.

  1. Poplar: 80 points

  2. St John Fisher: 125 points

  3. =The Sherwood/SS Peter & Paul: 145 points

  4. Malmesbury: 166 points

  5. St Thomas: 239 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 winning schools from the groups – the winner overall was Bishop Gilpin. Good luck at the LYG!

Our REFSPECT winners today were West Wimbledon. They were positive throughout, applauding the opposing team, shaking hands and congratulating the opposition even when they lost. A great demonstration of fair play, sportsmanship and etiquette combined with fantastic teamwork and effort meant they were a credit to their school

We were very fortunate to have 15 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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