MSSP hosted the second heat of Sportshall Athletics at Canons Leisure Centre on Friday 12 January 2018. The afternoon heat consisted of eight schools. Every team arrived with eighteen athletes (nine boys and nine girls). Each competitor had to take part in two track (relays/races) and two field (throws/jumps) events. All of the scores from each event would contribute to the school’s overall total so it was essential that every individual did their utmost to gain points for their team. All schools arrived looking ready and eager to go.

Malmesburys speed and agility came to the fore with their boys and girls doing particularly well in the Obstacle and Over/Under Relays. The boys from The Priory demonstrated great strength and technique in the Chest Push while Liberty utilised their sprinters well in a lightning performance in the relays. Both the boys and the girls in Saint Peter and St Pauls relay teams ran quickly and some powerful efforts in the jumping events backed this up. Dundonald proved to be a strong all-round team in the track and field, regularly scoring well to keep the pressure on the other front-runners. Good endurance and team-work helped the girls from Holy Trinity in their 6-Lap Paarlauf race as the boys demonstrated their flexibility and pace during the Over/Under Relay. Pelham brought a well-drilled and talented team of who put in impressive performances across all events but saving their highest scores for the 6 lap Paarlauf. Many of the track events were dominated by performances from Malmesbury as their girls did well, however, their boys really stole the show– finishing in the top two in five out of six track events! Another school with a strong girls’ team was Liberty as they regularly picked up big points in all events on the track and the field. Dundonald brought a strong field team, where they produced their best scores, finishing in the top three for every event.

In a keenly contested heat the deciding factor was Liberty Primary Schools consistency across all disciplines as they finished in first place. Impressive track performances from the boys and girls earned second place for Malmesbury while Dundonald recorded particularly high scores in the field for their third place. Haslemere Primary School were named as Refspect award winners for showing outstanding sporting behaviour and integrity throughout the competition. Well done to all the Haslemere pupils, you are a credit to your school.

Thanks to Canons Leisure Centre for hosting the event and particularly to the leaders from Rutlish who officiated professionally and efficiently throughout the event.

Huge congratulations to all children who put their heart and soul into each and every event they participated in.

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