Annual quadkids event a success

long jump
 

The fantastic facilities at Cambridge University Sports Ground on Wilberforce Road once again played host to the annual South Cambs SSP Quadkids Athletics Competitions, with a record number of 37 teams and 370 youngsters from 28 different schools competing in the events.

Once again, to accommodate all the entries we ran two competitions one after the other. One for ‘Small Schools’ open to schools with fewer than 120 pupils in Key Stage 2 from 12:30-3.00pm and one for ‘Big Schools’ for schools with more than 120 pupils in Key Stage 2 from 4.00–6:30pm.

Teams were not only competing for the title of ‘South Cambs Champions 2019’ but also the honour of representing the partnership at the Cambridgeshire & Peterborough School Games Finals later in the month at St Ives Outdoor centre.

600m finish bell (Small)

Quadkids is a team-based competition with 5 boys and 5 girls each competing in a 75m sprint, a 600m run, a long jump and vortex howler throw. Individual performances are scored using a points table and the winners are the team with the highest cumulative points score so it is important that every athlete puts in their very best performance in each event.

The ‘Big Schools’ team competition had a clear winner this year, with a 50 point lead Histon and Impington Junior school took the trophy whilst last year’s winners Bassingbourn finished as runners up. Both teams now qualify for the County School Games Summer Festival on Thursday 27th June in St Ives. Histon & Impington Juniors showed their strength in depth with their B team finishing in an amazing 3rd place out of 19 teams.

Histon and  Impington Juniors
Histon and Impington Juniors

In the ‘Small Schools’ competition the team from Harston and Newton Primary finished as clear winners with Meldreth finishing as runners up for the second year running. In third place was Great Abington. This sees Harston and Newton and Meldreth off to the County School Games Finals.

 

Harston and Newton
Harston and Newton

There were also some great individual performances on the day with a mere 4 points separating the top 3 placed boys in the ‘big school’s’ event. Zach from Linton Heights took first place though with 241 points. Last years winner Finlay from Bassingbourn came an extremely close second with 240 points. Evie from Histon and Impington was first placed girl with 204 points.

The top ‘Small Schools’ individual winners were, for the boys, Laurance from Harston and Newton in first place with 247 points, we then had a joint second place with Milo from Harston and Alexander from Meldreth both on 238 points and for the girls we saw Sophie from Harston and Newton in first place with 214 points, Isla from Burrough Green in second place with 199 points and in joint third place was Francessca from Elsworth and Amelia from Harston and Newton both on 195 points.

 

INDIVIDUAL WINNERS

 

Big Schools

BoysNameSchoolScore
1stZachLinton241
2ndFinlayBassingbourn240
3rdDanCottenham237
Girls
1stEvieHiston Juniors204
2ndTillyHiston Juniors199
3rdEirinnBassingbourn190

 

Small Schools

BoysNameSchoolScore
1stLaurenceHarston & Newton247
2nd =MiloHarston & Newton238
2nd =AlexandraMeldreth238
Girls
1stSophieHarston & Newton214
2ndIslaBurrough Green199
3rd =FrancescaElsworth195
3rd =AmeliaHarston & Newton195

 

There was a record number of nominations for our special ‘Spirit of the Games’ award which is awarded to an individual that has demonstrated one or more of the sporting spirit values of respect, determination, teamwork, honesty, passion and self-belief. With so many great nominations we had to choose those we felt most worthy to collect a certificate and sports bag, not an easy task!

Winners included Jacob from Bassingbourn and William from The Meadow who showed great sportsmanship and respect by helping another runner around the track after he fell in the 600m.

Tom from Burrough Green was another winner of the Spirit of the Games award for always striving to his best throughout the day and for being kind, friendly and patient to other athletes.

 

Spirit of the Games winners
Spirit of the Games winners

The event was supported by members of the Partnerships successful Leadership Academy programme with a team of 32 year 9 leaders from Swavesey Village College helping at both events and demonstrating responsibility, care and initiative beyond their years in leading the events, officiating, scoring, inputting results and acting as team managers.

Further leaders from Cambourne and Comberton Village Colleges joined them to help with the big school’s competition after school and again did a great job.

Primary school staff were asked to nominate the best leaders on the day for our new ‘Leaders Award’. Harry, Archie, Ben, Megan & Kyle all received nominations but with four nominations the winner of this award was Jen McGinness.

75m finish (Small)

Claire McDonnell, Partnership Manager said “It was a great event and fantastic for the children to get to compete at the athletics track and use such lovely facilities, I hope it will have inspired some of them to get more involved in athletics. There were some excellent performances on the day so congratulations to all our winners and well done to everyone who took part. As always we have to thank the amazing sports leaders who organised and scored the events for us, they did a great job and the staff and parents were full of praise for them. ”

 

FULL RESULTS

 

PositionBig SchoolsPointsPositionSmall SchoolsPoints
1stHiston Juniors A
1584
1stHarston & Newton A
1650
2ndBassingbourn
1534
2ndMeldreth1563
3rdHiston Juniors B14693rdGt Abington1470
4thCottenham
1464
4thBarton1450
5thLinton Heights1462
5thCoton1399
6thSwavesey


1443
6thElsworth
1392
7thSteeple Morden1389
7thHarston & Newton B1370
8thBassingbourn B1359
8thPathfinder1340
9thFenstanton
1331
9thBurrough Green A1322
10thPendragon A1309
10thUni of Cambridge A1302
11thWillingham A1284
11thGamlingay1300
12thBar Hill 1205
12thFowlmere1267
13thSwavesey B
1201
13thFen Drayton1247
14thSteeple Morden B

1184
14thBarrington1193
15th The Meadow A115415thUni of Cambridge B1158
16thWillingham B114716thPetersfield1141
17thThe Meadow B112217thHauxton1129
18thMelbourn
102318thBurrough Green B1108
19thPendragon B1020

 

Further photos from the event can be viewed on our Facebook page.

 

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