English Schools national athletics championships
Jul20

English Schools national athletics championships

So it was third time lucky for my son and he finally managed his dream of competing in long jump at the English Schools national athletics championships. He made the county team in 2019, but had to pull out due to a fractured pelvis. The competition didn’t happen at all in 202o, and 2021 had a more challenging route to qualification, but he got there! He was so excited to have achieved his dream and we were so excited for him....

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Silent Sunday 18.7.21
Jul18

Silent Sunday 18.7.21

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English Schools athletics: Qualification!
Jul01

English Schools athletics: Qualification!

For the last couple of months, my son has been determined to make it to the English Schools athletics national competition for long jump. He actually made the team two years ago, but missed out after breaking his pelvis two weeks beforehand. Needless to say, there was no competition last year. So we hoped 2021 would be third time lucky for him. Normally there are district, county and regional schools competitions leading up to...

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Long jump progress
Jun17

Long jump progress

After getting a new PB of 6.75 in his long jump, my son plateaued a bit. It’s to be expected. You can’t get a PB every single time you compete. He’d reached and exceed the qualifying standard of 6.70 for English Schools nationals, but he also needed to be in the top 16. When he jumped 6.75, he was in the top 16. But every weekend he slipped down a little bit, because everyone around him was competing and improving...

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English Schools athletics and the long shot
May04

English Schools athletics and the long shot

Since 2019, my son has dreamed of getting to the English Schools athletics national finals. And the chance keeps getting taken away from him. We realised he was quite good at long jump in year 7. He remained quite good in year 8 and year 9. In year 9, he even made it to English Schools regionals. Then in year 10, we realised he was really good at long jump. Suddenly a whole world of possibilities was opening up for him. He realised he...

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