Records shattered by athletic pupils

Adam Knight leads home the Year 9 boys in the 800m at Bede Academy's sports day.
Adam Knight leads home the Year 9 boys in the 800m at Bede Academy's sports day.

Competitors enjoyed a record breaking sports day as times and distances were shattered in displays of athleticism on the track and field.

Students from Bede Academy in Blyth broke almost 30 school records in the annual event staged at Jarrow’s Monkton Stadium.

Rousing support from families and friends helped push the athletes on in disciplines ranging from sprints and long distance races, to discus, javelin, shot and long jump.

Year 7 boys led the way with impressive displays in the 100m, 200m, 800m, 1500m, 4x100m, discus and javelin – raising the bar in each.

The Year 8 boys added new records in 1500m, long and triple jump with the Year 9s making a mark in 4x100m, 200m, discus while the Year 10s set new records in the 100m, 200m, 800m and triple jump.

Year 7 girls saw a new record at 800m while Year 8s set new benchmarks at 200m, shot and high jump.

Girls in Year 9 added hurdles, 1500m, discus and long jump, while Year 10s set new times for 4x100m, 200m and 1500m.

Director of sport at Bede, Simon McAree, said: “We’re quite a young school so we would expect some new records to be set each year, but this year they fell in every discipline, across the year groups and in boys’ and girls’ events.

“The legacy of London 2012 still seems to live on in our young athletes who remain inspired by the performance of our national athletes and really respond to the chance to compete in a stadium.

“Sport requires self-discipline and commitment and this is transferred into our students’ academic studies and in the way they conduct themselves in general.”