District sports tournament continues fine tradition with another successful running

PUBLISHED: 15:50 18 July 2018 | UPDATED: 15:51 18 July 2018

Primary school pupils compete in the St Albans District sports day. Picture: DANNY LOO

Primary school pupils compete in the St Albans District sports day. Picture: DANNY LOO

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Over 650 children took part in another successful running of the the St Albans Primary Schools’ District Sports tournament.

Primary school pupils compete in the St Albans District sports final day. Picture: DANNY LOOPrimary school pupils compete in the St Albans District sports final day. Picture: DANNY LOO

The event was first held in 1904 and this year’s edition for children aged seven to 11 took place over two days at Westminster Lodge and featured 31 schools.

Primary school pupils compete in the St Albans District sports final day. Picture: DANNY LOOPrimary school pupils compete in the St Albans District sports final day. Picture: DANNY LOO

It was split between small, middle and large schools and involved athletics races like 4x100m relays, shuttles relays and sprint races for each age group from Year 3 to Year 6.

Primary school pupils compete in the St Albans District sports final day. Picture: DANNY LOOPrimary school pupils compete in the St Albans District sports final day. Picture: DANNY LOO

There was also high jump, long jump and rounders ball throw.

Primary school pupils compete in the St Albans District sports final day. Picture: DANNY LOOPrimary school pupils compete in the St Albans District sports final day. Picture: DANNY LOO

Organiser Duncan Burgoyne said: “The importance of children experiencing sport is obvious.

Primary school pupils compete in the St Albans District sports final day. Picture: DANNY LOOPrimary school pupils compete in the St Albans District sports final day. Picture: DANNY LOO

“There are the health and fitness benefits, working together as a team, experiencing the highs and lows of competition, the pride in representing their school and the camaraderie of the event, not just with team mates but children from other schools.

Primary school pupils compete in the St Albans District sports final day. Picture: DANNY LOOPrimary school pupils compete in the St Albans District sports final day. Picture: DANNY LOO

“The event generally went very well considering the number of schools and children involved.

Primary school pupils compete in the St Albans District sports final day. Picture: DANNY LOOPrimary school pupils compete in the St Albans District sports final day. Picture: DANNY LOO

“There were a few problems with some schools that we will try to rectify for next year.”

Primary school pupils compete in the St Albans District sports final day. Picture: DANNY LOOPrimary school pupils compete in the St Albans District sports final day. Picture: DANNY LOO

The winners were as follows:

Primary school pupils compete in the St Albans District sports final day. Picture: DANNY LOOPrimary school pupils compete in the St Albans District sports final day. Picture: DANNY LOO

Small schools: Aboyne Lodge (girls), St Peter’s (boys), St Peter’s (combined), St Michael’s (runners up), St Michael’s (points), St Michael’s (girls’ relay), Sandridge (boys’ relay), Aboyne Lodge (girls’ shuttle) and St Michael’s (boys’ shuttle).

Primary school pupils compete in the St Albans District sports final day. Picture: DANNY LOOPrimary school pupils compete in the St Albans District sports final day. Picture: DANNY LOO

Middle schools: Oakwood (girls), Skyswood (boys), Oakwood (combined), St Adrian’s (runners up), Oakwood (points), Oakwood (girls’ relay), Skyswood (boys’ relay), Abbey (girls’ shuttle) and St Adrian’s (boys’ shuttle).

Primary school pupils compete in the St Albans District sports final day. Picture: DANNY LOOPrimary school pupils compete in the St Albans District sports final day. Picture: DANNY LOO

Large schools: St Albans High School (girls), Cunningham Hill (boys), Cunningham Hill (combined), Garden Fields (runners up), Cunningham (points), St Albans High School (girls’ relay), Cunningham Hill (boys’ relay), St Albans High School (girls’ shuttle), Fleetville (boys’ shuttle).

Primary school pupils compete in the St Albans District sports final day. Picture: DANNY LOOPrimary school pupils compete in the St Albans District sports final day. Picture: DANNY LOO

For many more pictures go to www.hertsad.co.uk/sport

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