Report by Mr Morton
The weather played its part in the inter-House athletics on Open Day providing wall-to-wall sunshine and warm temperatures for competitors and spectators alike, who also enjoyed some excellent competition in all areas of the event.
Four close races in the first event of the day - the 200m - set the tone for the rest of the competition, with each House and competitor striving to achieve his/her own personal best and, in doing so, challenging - sometimes quite closely - some of the long held school records in many disciplines. The final races of the day, the 4 x 100m relay, were similarly very close run events giving the timekeepers and place judges lots to discuss before the final results could be announced.
My thanks, as ever, to all of the competitors who worked tirelessly for their teams and Houses, the staff who manned the events' timing, placing and measuring, the efforts of the students and, of course, to the very large and vociferous, non-partisan crowds who cheered and applauded everyone’s efforts throughout.
We presented three individual trophies kindly donated by parents and former students:
The Barty King cup - 400m senior boy individual winner in a time of 56:48 secs - Arjun A, Bruce House
The Miele Shield - 4x100m relay senior girls in a time of 56:63 - Hopeman House
The Iain Ruscoe Cup - 4x100m relay senior boys in a time of 48:78secs - Cumming House
In the team events the results were as follows:
1st Windmill (45pts)
2nd Plewlands (21pts)
3rd Hopeman (16 pts)
1st Cumming (51 pts)
2nd Duffus (38pts)
3rd Round Square (29 pts)
4th Bruce (14pts)
1st Hopeman (37 pts)
2nd Windmill (24 pts)
3rd Plewlands (23 pts)
1st Cumming House (50pts)
2nd Bruce (46pts)
3rd Round Square (44pts)
4th Duffus (37 pts)
5th Gordonstoun House (15pts)
Finally we have reinstated an award for the outstanding athlete in the competition and this year we have awarded the Kolstadt Cup to Catherine P of Hopeman House who completed a remarkable record having gone undefeated in all nine 100m interclub (at Aberlour House) and then inter-house at Gordonstoun events on Open Day. This is a remarkeable achievement sustained throughout Catherine’s time at Gordonstoun! Well done to her.