BROMSGROVE Prep School’s boys’ athletics team capped off a memorable year by making an appearance at the prestigious English Schools’ National Cup Final.
The day could not have started any better at the Gateshead International Stadium when Louis Upton won his heat and came third overall in the 80m hurdles.
He also ran the fastest time ever by a Bromsgrovian in a national cup final.
Billy McDonough ran the fastest time ever by a ‘B’ string hurdler.
Upton and McDonough amassed a staggering 52 points jointly in the hurdles.
Next up was Sebastian Purvis who ran the race of his life and led for most of the first heat of the 1,500m to clock a huge new life time best performance of four minutes and 47 seconds.
His result placed him fifth overall and third on the Prep School all time list and only two seconds off the school’s record.
William Hobbs also ran well in the 1,500m.
Purvis and Hobbs became the first Bromsgrovians ever to score more than 40 points jointly in the 1,500m.
Joe Morgan, Neil Cai, Morgan McKinley and the only Year Seven representative, Joe McLoughlin, all ran well in the 100m and 200m respectively.
Callum Wilkinson and William Brown both ran two personal bests in the 300m.
In the field events, many impressive performances were recorded, with the highlight being Harry Draper-Barr winning the discus and breaking his own Prep School record.
Zach Armstrong came third in the shot put, just 2cm short of his own school record.
Fyodor Shaskin, who had shown great commitment to the team after flying back from Moscow the previous day, threw a new life time best performance in the hammer, finishing third.
Upton also finished third in the javelin and equalled the Prep School record of 55 points in the competition for two events.
Only two boys out of 168 from the 12 schools scored more points than Upton and they just scored one more point than him.
Alex Ranger, despite carrying an injury, still managed to finish seventh in the javelin.
When all the points had been tallied, Bromsgrove finished in 11th position as a team from an initial entry of 540 who contested the first round back in May.