ON A glorious afternoon at Salt Ayre, the Lancaster Royal Grammar School Year 10 athletics captain, Umar Falalu, blew the competition away, breaking four sports day records in his five events.
He ran 11.4secs in the 100m, better by 0.3secs, 23.2 in the 200m, better by 0.2s and 11.3 in the hurdles to take 0.3s off a 30-year-old record.
His 100m run was half a second slower than the current English Schools record, set by Mark Lewis-Francis in 1997.
It was in the high jump, however, that he held the crowd of 200 people spellbound and silent, as they watched him clear 1m81cm to improve the old record by 3cms.
Needless to say he won the Victor Ludorum, the school’s prize for best individual performer in his year group.
There were other terrific performances. Joe Bywater beat the opposition in the 400m by 50m in 54.2s, as well as winning a close 800m race against Jamie Braithwaite.
Jamie went on to win the triple jump. Ed Dunkley only just beat Jamie in the 1500m in another close finish.
Al Fairhurst just beat Tim Hendry in the long jump and Kim Jun-Yeong held his nerve in javelin to beat Jamie Braithwaite.
See the Lancaster Guardian (07-07-11) for full story.