Athletics is taught during PE lessons with training facilities available throughout games afternoons and into the evening for athletes who want to take their competition to the next level.
The Welsh Schools Athletics season starts early and thus our event specific training starts after February half term. The competition pathway consists of regional local and regional qualifiers, with successful athletes travelling to compete in the Welsh Schools Finals which take place in Cardiff every June.
Our pupils qualify for this on an annual basis and perform well against the country’s best opposition. We also compete in the IAPS schools events in England where we have also had numerous athletes reach the national finals which take place in Birmingham every July.
However, the highlight of the athletics season is Sports Day, where all pupils compete for a plethora of cups and trophies, many of which have an incredible history attached. Pupils compete for their school houses, and school records are up for grabs in each event.
The Victor and Victrix Ludorum awards are the ultimate achievement for any sportsman or woman and these are awarded at junior, intermediate and senior levels but the historic Rydal Mile race is always hotly contested with many pupils trying to topple Roger Harrison – Jones 1955 record of 4m 26secs.