It was just before 9.00am when we set off for the ISA National Athletics Finals at the Alexander Stadium in Birmingham. Having qualified in the regional event at Bedford in May, Keith Adeleye, Esther Williams and Chloe Cave had already proved their worth to make these finals. All three were excited and ready to compete against children from the best independent schools in the country. After a couple of hours drive we arrived at the stadium and made our way to the London North area in the main grandstand. We made ourselves known to the area co-ordinator, picked up our race vests and settled down to watch some of the other events as we had a fair bit of time before our races started. It was all very professional, and they had everything there - AAA officials, electronic timing, a phone app for the results and an Olympic finalist/Commonwealth Games medallist (Martyn Bernard) and World Indoor Bronze medallist (Jo Marsh) handing out the medals. The events started with a bang – literally! The gun went off to start the first track event and we all jumped out of our skin as it was so loud. After watching some amazing performances, it was time for Chloe to do her best, and that’s exactly what she did finishing seventh. Keith was next on the track with the explosive 60m sprint. Unfortunately, a bash/collision with the boy in the lane next to him meant he was put off his stride, but that didn’t stop him and with only half a second covering first to last place it was a very close race with Keith finishing in fourth place. Esther was up next in the slightly longer 80m sprint. Another extremely fast race saw Esther finish less than a second off of the pace in seventh place. To reach these finals is an achievement in itself and all three did London North and The Grove proud. Well done to you all!
Year 4 Boys 60m Sprint
Keith Adeleye – 4th Place (9.58s)
Year 6 Girls 80m Sprint
Esther Williams – 7th Place (12.68s)
Year 6 Girls High Jump
Chloe Cave – 7th Place (1.10m)