ATHLETICS: Grantham schools athletes set to compete at national level

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Junior girls – Years 7 and 8 – from Kesteven and Grantham Girls’ School have qualified for the final of the English Schools’ Cup competition to be held tomorrow (Saturday) Bedford International Stadium.

The road to the final began with a county competition in May. KGGS won their age group and scored high enough points to go through to the North Midlands regional A final where they competed against the top scoring teams from Derbyshire, Nottinghamshire, South Yorkshire and West Yorkshire.

They put in a good team performance to win the match and qualify for the final where they will meet 11 other teams from across the country.

l Four athletes from Grantham schools have been selected to represent Lincolnshire in the prestigious English Schools’ Athletic Association Championships to be held at Gateshead International Stadium next week.

These championships are the fourth largest annual athletic event in the world, with 1,700 athletes representing 44 counties.

The number of athletes in each county team is based on the school population of that county. Lincolnshire are in Group C that is made up of counties with a low school population, so is limited to 25 athletes.

Zoe Lucas, of Walton Girls’ School, will be attending her third ESAA Championships and will compete in the Senior Girls’ 100m hurdles.

Athletes competing for the first time are Amy Hunt (KGGS) in the Junior Girls’ 100m, Tom Evans (King’s School) in the Junior Boys’ 300m, and Lewis Davey (Priory Ruskin Academy) in the Junior Boys’ 80m hurdles.