On Saturday 6th July, amidst a gloriously sunny weekend of British sporting triumph, the Solihull and Small Heath AC Youth Committee hosted the inaugural SSHAC Sports Day. This fun event was designed to both encourage our younger athletes to continue participating in the sport of athletics, and also to provide some friendly competition for them to experience.
Perhaps enthused by the possibility of winning some of our brand-new club-branded medals, 45 eager athletes, from school years 4 to 8, turned out to try and run, jump or throw their way to the pinnacle of Solihull-based amateur athletic glory. With a wide range of events on offer, ranging from the 75m to Howler, via the 1200m and Long Jump, there was something for everyone to have a go at.
Despite some confusion as to the actual order of events, the day got off to a smooth start with the 150m and 200m races. Fortunately, the results were recorded just as swiftly as the competitors had been running, thanks to the superb work from our track and timekeeping team of Stuart Albutt, Bernard Howell and Nick Blake. These sprint events were then followed by our 1200m races, and several 'Mo-Bots' later it was time for lunch, and thus a well earned break for both the athletes and the volunteers. During the lunch break, medals were handed out to the morning's winners, from both the track and the field.
The remaining events then ensued, with many of our junior athletes competing in a wide variety of smoothly-run, or so I am led to believe, field events. On the track, the final individual events of the day, the 300m and 600m races, followed the highly popular 75m and 100m races. All of these events included some highly impressive displays, with the assembled crowd getting fully behind all the competitors, whether the race featured a runaway winner, or a much closer competition, in equal measure. The crowd's seemingly never-ending support, which appeared to rival that given to Andy Murray at Wimbledon (almost), helped to create a great atmosphere around the track, which surely helped to spur on many of the athletes competing.
After the presentations for the afternoon's competitions had been made, the day's events concluded with a fun relay, featuring teams made up of different ages and genders. This competitive, yet fun affair helped to cap off a great day of competition, which can only be regarded as a resounding success. The Youth Committee would like to thank everyone who turned up to compete, as well as all of our many volunteers, who helped to make the day possible. We now look forward to hosting this event again next year, so if you have any suggestions as to how we could improve this event, please drop us an email, at the link below.
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All Photographs (Courtesy of Andrew Webber)