It has been a record-breaking term for Oakham athletes with six students beating previously set School records.
Evan Blackman in Form 4 has broken his own records that he set last season. He ran the U17 Boys 200m at the Corby Athletics Club Meeting in 21.98 seconds and the U17 Boys 400m at the Leicestershire Club Championships in 49.60 seconds.
Remarkably, Evan’s 200m time beats the senior records held by OOs and professional Rugby players Matt Smith in 2004 and Charlie Walker in 2010. He also equals the 400m 1968 I.M.H Maclaren senior record. Evan will have to wait another year before attempting to officially break records in the senior’s category.
Other Oakham athletes who have been breaking records this season are:
• Helen Braybrook in Form 4 who ran the U17 Girls 800m race at the Lincolnshire Club Championships in 2m 22.53 breaking the School record of 2m 23.40 set by Olivia Walklett in 2016.
• Becca Malyon in Form 4 who threw the Discus a distance of 25m 14cm at the U17 Girls Rugby School Athleitcs Meeting breaking S.E Piper’s 2004 record of 24m 72cm.
• Izzy Skelton in Form 3 who ran the U15 300m in 42.30 seconds at the Bromsgrove School Meeting breaking Honor Newman’s 2003 record of 45.23 seconds.
• Gabi Gelderbloom in Form 2 who ran the U14 300m in 44.1 seconds here at Oakham School breaking Sophia Proudman’s 2013 record of 45.8 seconds.
• Charlotte Cousley in Form 1 who ran the U13 300m in 45.20 seconds at Oakham School, breaking Izzy Stitt’s 2017 record of 28.90 seconds.
Director of Athletics Mr Trefon Vandoros said, “These results are superb. The pupils have trained hard and it is brilliant to see their efforts being rewarded.”
Oakham athletics has a strong team of dedicated and inspirational coaches. Training is purpose driven where athletes can be seen to give their every breath to achieve success. Top Old Oakhamian athletes, Julian Adeniran and Felicity Milton, are now competing at international level and have set the path for many more to follow.