A year on from our Virtual Sports Day 2020, this year’s Cranleigh Prep School Sports Day took many different shapes and forms before the actual day came around.

Although sadly parents were unable to attend due to government restrictions, we were still able to run a relatively ‘normal’ Sports Day and followed a similar format to previous years.

Sports Day for pupils in Forms 1, 2 and 3 took place throughout Friday. In the morning, everyone took part in the Ball Throw and a few were selected for Long Jump. In the afternoon, everybody took part in three track events (50/80m, 150m and 600m), followed by The Big Relay which involved all pupils in Forms 1-3.

As ever, the aim for this Lower School Sports Day is to encourage participation and inclusion, mixed with friendly competition. The pupil’s aim was to achieve certain times or distances to gain either a gold (3 points), silver (2 points) or bronze (1 point) standard and therefore accumulate points for the final House totals.

Sports Day for pupils in Forms 4, 5 and 6 took place on Saturday morning with some field events running on the Friday afternoon whilst the Lower School races were taking place. Children were selected for a variety of track and field events based on the performances they had shown during athletics games sessions during the term.

There were so many wonderful performances by all, but prizes were awarded to the following:

Form 4:  Victor Ludorum – Dextor R

              Victrix Ludorum – Jessica F

Form 5:  Victor Ludorum – Hugo T

               Victrix Ludorum – Bethan L

Form 6:  Victor Ludorum – Tadhg M

               Victrix Ludorum – Martha R

Coe Cup (awarded for sporting excellence) – Tadhg M

There was also a special mention to Fletcher G who epitomised what I feel Sports Day should be about when he showed brilliant sportsmanship during a race. One of his fellow competitors was clearly in some discomfort whilest running and fell to the floor. In that moment he had a split second decision to make. Fletcher stopped mid race to help this competitor and in doing so gave up his finishing place in the race.

Final results are as follows: 1st Diamonds, 2nd Clubs, 3rd Hearts, 4th Spades

Harry Thomas, Deputy Director of Sport, said ‘Both days had a wonderful atmosphere with everyone fully invested in supporting their friends and House mates. Well done to all for making the days so special!’