Ecclesbourne and Whitehorse Manor Juniors were both busy representing Pegasus at Croydon Arena this week. After qualifying days on Monday and Tuesday, the schools had athletes in almost every event of the finals day on Wednesday. There were a number of successes with lots of children making it through the semi finals and into the finals. Ecclesbourne had a particularly strong showing on the track with a runner in every single boys age group final while Whitehorse Manor were making their mark in the field events. There were golds in the Year 5 girls high jump (Carolina WHM) and Year 3 boys sprint (Shawn EPS), silvers in the Year 6 boys high jump (Jaden WHM) and Year 6 girls sprint (Shannon EPS) and a bronze in the girls Year 3 sprint (Keira WHM). The evening always builds to the climax with the relay events and this year was to be no exception. The girls relay went first and Ecclesbourne fought well to come in a strong second place. The final event is the boys relay, battling it out for the much coveted shield (reportedly the largest school trophy in Croydon). Unfortunately, Whitehorse hadn't made the final but Ecclesbourne were there to represent Pegasus and they did us proud. After two runners they were narrowly behind but with the bend working in their favour and slick changeovers they pulled themselves back into the race. At the final changeover it looked like anyone from three schools could win it but, with the roar of the Pegasus crowd behind him, Kayllem put in a determined effort down the home straight and just dipped for the line in front. There was an anxious wait for confirmation of the result and then delirium broke out trackside and in the stands as Ecclesbourne were crowned champions, getting their name on the trophy for the first time since 1937!!
For all the parents, staff and children who were there to witness the final, the event is sure to live long in the memory. Many thanks to all the staff and parents who came along to support and to Miss Pettis and Mr Powell for putting the teams together. Congratulations to all the children who took part. All the athletes are to be commended for the way they particpated. Roll on next year where, no doubt, we'll be looking to increase our medal haul.