On Wednesday 3rd May the Sedbergh School Athletics team made their way across to the Gateshead International Stadium to compete in the North HMC event, with schools such as Barnard Castle, Bradford Grammar, Leeds Grammar School and Newcastle school for boys in attendance to name four. Our athletes acquitted themselves really well and the following successes were of highlight;

  • Joshua Hodge winning the Senior Boys Javelin with 45 metres
  • Tom Russell winning the Intermediate Boys Hammer with 28 metres 90.
  • Alex Duckitt winning the intermediate girls 1500m in 5 mins 26
  • George Rigal winning the Intermediate Boys 800m in 2 mins 08
  • Rin Murata winning the Senior boys 110 metre hurdles in 17.6 seconds
  • Jose Coulthard winning the senior girls 400m in 63 seconds
  • Elle Heathcote winning the intermediate girls 300m in 44.3 seconds
  • Charlie Graham winning the senior boys 200m in 23.5 seconds

Boys’ Athletics captain Fergus MacMillan not only won the senior boys 1500m (4:24) but also the senior boys 800m in 2:06. It was a very positive day for the Athletics club; with their best ever overall results haul.

The junior, intermediate and senior girls all finished in 2nd place in their standings, with the junior boys finishing a very competitive 5th and the intermediate and senior boys both winning their categories. An outstanding start to the season for our athletics club.

Following the HMC event in Gateshead, a team of novice multi-eventers went to test their mettle against the best in Cumbria. Our athletes rose to the occasion and over the two days they performed admirably in a range of track and field disciplines. Natasha Cookson started off by leading our junior girls to third place individually in the pentathlon and 2nd in the team standings; a fantastic effort from Natasha, Scout Turner-Richards and India Haydon-Wood in a series of unfamiliar events.

The intermediate girls of Emily Dignan, Alex Duckitt and Elle Heathcote were up against some very stiff competition in the heptathlon but managed to decimate the team competition to win by over 1,000 points; finishing 4th, 5th and 8th respectively. Matt Cooney finished top of the junior boys’ podium with Max Lawson a very creditable 6th.

Ben Burridge finished 2nd in the intermediate boys’ octathlon with very consistent performances across the board, and Josh Hodge won the senior boys Decathlon; a throw of near 50m in the javelin the highlight of his series. 

Selection for the North of England championships is to follow for our athletes. In a very busy week, all pupils performed heroically across the two days and represented the school and the team exceptionally well. 


Junior Girls: Natasha Cookson 3rd

Team 2nd (Natasha Cookson, Scout Turner-Richards, India Haydon-Wood)

Intermediate Girls: Team 1st (Emily Dignan, Alex Duckitt, Elle Heathcote)

Emily Dignan 4th, Alex Duckitt 5th, Elle Heathcote 8th

Junior Boys: Matt Cooney 1st, Max Lawson 6th

Intermediate Boys: Ben Burridge 2nd

Senior Boys: Josh Hodge 1st

We now look forward to Wednesday’s ESAA Track and Field cup for years 9 and 10. You can follow our athletes on @Sed_Athletics where you’ll find live updates from most events.

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