21 May 2019
Uppingham Sport Summer Term Week Four

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It has been another busy and enjoyable week for Uppingham Sport.


Our athletics teams have been on fantastic form this term and ended the half term on a high with two excellent meetings.

On Friday, our inter boys’ and girls’ teams (Fourth Form and Lower Fifth) competed in the Leicestershire county round of the Track and Field Cup. This is a team competition where athletes’ times and distances are converted into points to make a final team total. Every athlete must compete in one track and one field event. Both teams competed superbly; the boys winning with a total of 390 points and the girls victorious with 342 points. We have now qualified for the North Midlands Regional A final which will take place after half term.

On Saturday, we competed at Oundle School in a match with some more fantastic results. Kelly Smit continued her record-breaking streak, breaking the Fourth Form School record in the high jump, 75m hurdles and the 300m to add to the long jump and 100m records she achieved earlier in the term. Joshua Toomes-Hall broke the Fourth Form 300m record and Tabitha Todd, Alice Winter, Tess Walker and Kelly Smit broke the Fourth Form 4x100m girls’ relay record. Georgina Luckin took 20 seconds off her personal best in the 1500m, coming just short of the school 1500m record, currently held by Freya Radford. Jake Brunner also set a 16 second personal best in the 1500m and Alice Winter had a gutsy finish to win the 300m. Christian Brassey, Oliver Perry and Herbie Linney ran superbly in the sprints. Chloe Munro dominated her 800m race and Captain, Zara Jackson, fought all the way to the line in her 200m race.


Our golfers had the privilege of competing at Woburn Golf Club on Thursday, finishing second behind Bedford School and ahead of Oundle School.


Our first team shot at Oundle School for the annual Elmington Shield. We had a convincing win defeating Oundle, Oakham and Stamford Schools, with Hugo Turnbull-Hall and Rupert Spall also winning the Pairs.


Our U15 girls won their first match of the season with a great performance at King’s School, Ely. We posted 116 for 5 off 20 overs with Antonia Dilkes scoring a magnificent 61 not out. King’s School replied with 103 for 3 from their 20 overs with Eliza Sexton bagging two wickets for just six runs.

Our boys’ teams took on Bedford School on Saturday with a few matches having to be cancelled due the rain. Our 1st XI played out a low scoring thriller on The Upper, with Uppingham posting just 71 runs for Bedford to chase. With wickets falling at regular intervals from William Marriage (4 for 16 runs) and Tom Regis (2 for 22 runs) an unlikely victory looked on the cards before Bedford’s number eight managed a couple of streaky fours to win by just two wickets. Our 2nd XI continued their fine form of late with a 33-run victory, with Jake Smith scoring 46. Our U15A team came up against a superb Bedford team who scored an imposing 177 for 7, including an excellent century from their opening batsman. Freddie Riddington took 3 wickets for 24 and William Harris 2 for 36, Fergus Makepeace made 38 in reply. Our U14As lost by four wickets in a rain-shortened game at Bedford.


Our senior girls’ 1st and 2nd teams took on Repton, who have a very strong tennis history. Our 1st team (Meg Sellers, Sophie Burnett, Suzanna and Annabel van Tuyll van Serooskerken, Harriet Martin and Thanaree Aguas) played the best tennis our Head of Tennis, Mr Surtees, has seen in any of the girls’ matches this season. Out of the nine matches, four went all the way to 6-5, with us winning three out of four, demonstrating how well our girls competed and held their nerve under pressure. Going into the final three matches, the tie was level at three all, before our girls produced a great last round to win all three matches and win the match 6-3. Our girls’ 2nd team (Florence Wood and Isabelle Hibbard, Alice Dobell and Isabella Stephens, Flora White and Hannah Cowie) also had a very positive result, winning 8-1, and really showed a much better understanding of the game to beat some very good players. Harry Alderson and William Butterworth helped our U15As to victory against Shrewsbury; they are yet to drop a set in the three fixtures played so far this term. Our U15Bs were also on fine form, winning 8-1. A final mention for Harry Dane and Barnaby Shand, who won all three of their matches against a very strong Shrewsbury 1st team. With many parents making the trip to watch this weekend, the boys’ and girls’ senior teams didn’t let the crowd down! A great end to our first half term of tennis with so many pupils playing every week and all teams showing huge improvements.

CrossFit Games

In a new initiative with Oundle and Stamford School, our girls took part in a CrossFit Games competition at Uppingham on Tuesday. All our girls worked hard in the events, which included a 250m row, medicine ball throw, bear crawling up hill, suitcase carries and skipping.

All our results and fixtures can be found on our sports website and regular updates on my Twitter page