Paulsgrove Athletics Cup: A famous Victory at King Richard Secondary School

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Victory A lifted the first Paulsgrove Athletics Cup at King Richard Secondary School yesterday.

Athletes from five primary schools took part in the contest, providing plenty of excitement and drama at the Allaway Avenue school.

Victory A emerged victorious at King Richard School in the Paulsgrove Athletics Cup on Wednesday afternoon.  Picture: Sarah Standing (150884-1311)

Victory A emerged victorious at King Richard School in the Paulsgrove Athletics Cup on Wednesday afternoon. Picture: Sarah Standing (150884-1311)

The race for overall victory was closely-fought throughout.

Victory A and Red Barn A were neck and neck until the final tally.

It was Victory who emerged winners, securing 231 points in the seven-event competition.

Red Barn finished second with 219, while third place went to St Paul’s Catholic School who had 179 points.

Red Barn B finished fourth with 132, while Victory B were fifth, tallying 127.

Portsdown gained 123 points to finish sixth and Beacon View were seventh with 121.

The athletes divided up for three rounds of two events, including the 100m sprint, the cricket throw, the long jump, the hurdles, speed bounce, and the 400m, before finishing with an action-packed relay.

King Richard headteacher Gareth Hughes was very impressed by the standard of the athletes.

He said: ‘We were thrilled to have so many children here competing in the first Paulsgrove Athletics Cup.

‘Seeing the children cheer each other around the last bend of the 400m was a wonderful moment for me, cheering and clapping, and trying to get their team-mates through to the finish.’

Don’t miss the Sports Mail on Saturday for a four-page special, including pictures of all the teams taking part.