Record-breaking month for Emmanuel’s athletes!

Friday 23 June 2023

New records were set, County champions were made, and one student was selected for the National Championships as Emmanuel College’s top athletes proved their skill, strength and stamina on track and field in three key events in June.

At the Durham County Championships at Monkton Stadium on Saturday 10 June, 16 of our athletes competed for Gateshead and achieved some amazing results.

The day started well with Harry Sword (Year 9) jumping beyond five metres in the long jump for the first time in his life and becoming County Champion.  Year 10’s Ben McClean followed soon after in the 1500m and, once again, we had a County Champion!  With two purple hoodies in the first half-hour, the ball was well and truly rolling.

County titles also went to Tatenda Mabvute (Year 10) in the hurdles and Joel Brown-King (Year 12) in the 100m.  With the first two finishers in each event gaining selection for the County Durham team, there were quite a few more doing enough to gain a Durham vest.  Runners-up spots were claimed by Maria Gordon (Year 10), who ran brilliantly in a very competitive race in the hurdles, and Joe Ramshaw (Year 9), who ran a personal best of 2.12 in the 800m.  KC Nwoye (Year 9), and Eddie Allan, Isaiah Amori and Ava Hindson (all Year 10) completed a record haul of an amazing 10 purple hoodies on an incredible day for Emmanuel athletics!

The following week, our four athletics teams were in a confident mood at the Tyneside Senior Schools Sports Association and Tyne & Wear schoolgirls’ athletics championships, again held at Monkton.

It was another record-breaking day, as our Year 9 & 10 boys’ team took the title ahead of eight other schools by an unprecedented margin – scoring 117 points, leaving RGS 30 behind in second.  A College record was also broken – the first for many years – as Eddie Allan ran 38.0 for the 300m.  The boys won six individual events and crowned their performance with an emphatic win in the relay.

The Year 7 & 8 boys showed that they may follow in their peers’ footsteps, as they were pipped to the title by just four points by RGS.  Year 7’s Rowan Cairns, who won a sprint finish in the 800m, and Richmond Amori, who stunned the field in the 200m, were our standout performers.

Our Year 7 girls produced some fine individual performances, with Poppy Graham winning the junior long jump and Isla Burdon-Watson taking titles at 200m and shot.  Not only did Isla take two titles, but she broke the 19-year-old College record for 200m with her run of 28.0 seconds.  Our girls’ teams took 5th and 7th place overall.

On Saturday 17 June, we had a record ten students competing for County Durham at the Northern Inter-Counties Athletics Championships at Gateshead.  Up against the best from Northumberland, Cleveland, Cumbria and Yorkshire, the competition was fierce.

In the junior boys’ category, Joe Ramshaw took a fine bronze in the 800m and Harry Sword finished fourth in the long jump.  However, it was our sole senior competitor who stole the show.  Joel Brown-King ran 11.1 seconds to win the senior boys’ 100m title and gain himself selection for the ESAA National Championships at Birmingham in July.  He becomes one of only a handful of Emmanuel athletes to achieve this honour in the past 30 years.