Spalding shine in national finals

Spalding Grammar School's Junior Boys
Spalding Grammar School's Junior Boys

Spalding Grammar School produced an excellent performance during Saturday’s ESAA National Track and Field Final at Bedford International Athletics Stadium.

The Junior Boys performed with distinction against the top athletic schools in the country to eventually finish eighth.

The Grammar School excelled on the track while there were also notable performances in the field by a number of students.

After the track events the school were placed in an impressive third position.

Perhaps the stand-out performance came from William Hughes who comprehensively won the 200m in 24.4 seconds.

He was ably supported by his brother Charles who finished second in his 100m heat and third in the javelin.

The middle distance runners again performed well with Harry Burchnall winning his 800m heat in a time of 2.20 and Keilin Spurdens finishing third in the 1500m in 4.46.

Cameron Cladd again highlighted his potential with a second-place finish in his 100m heat and a 4.80m long jump.

Director of sport Dave Venables said: “This was the first time that Spalding Grammar has reached the National Final and the boys can be extremely proud of their performance.

“They were competing against some of the best athletes in the country and they have learnt a great deal from the experience.

“Next year this group of boys will move into the Inter Boys category where they will again be extremely competitive.”