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The last weekend before the half term break was a busy one for athletes at St John’s and demonstrated that the School really does operate seven days a week. After a full block of rugby fixtures on the Saturday afternoon, several pupils represented the School yet again on the Sunday, this time competing in the Surrey Schools’ Biathlon Championships.
Despite such high demands on their stamina, the St John’s pupils did not disappoint. Captain of Biathlon James Harvey set the standard for his team mates to follow by gaining second place overall. This achievement owed itself in part to his strong solo effort in the run part of the competition, where he lead from gun to tape in the quickest time of the day across all age groups.
Later in the day it was the turn of the School’s under-14 athletes, who were particularly successful in what was their first competition of the year. Leading the way in the swim was Ben Simpson, whilst the School’s best U14 runner on the day was Edward Reed. The competition, however, is an overall combination of points earned from translating scores in both events. Based on this, it was Tom Shepherd who finished as the team’s top scorer, with a fine third overall in the biathlon competition. Three other competitors also deserve a mention for some sterling efforts in a new environment. They were: Charlie Bennett, Charlie Hellier and Robin Jones.
On the day St John’s faced some quite experienced opposition, with strong teams fielded by Hampton, Whitgift and Reigate Grammar. Yet with Ben in fourth and Edward in sixth place, St John’s swept past the competition to claim the team title comfortably.
The National Final will be held at the Olympic Park in April. The competitors are now waiting eagerly to hear who has been selected to compete in it, a decision that will be announced at the end of the year.
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