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County Indoor Athletics Final


Congratulations to Bickleigh Down Indoor Athletics Team who placed fifth out of 16 schools at the Level 3 County Indoor Athletics Final on Thursday 26th February. It was our first year in the competition and the children really excelled themselves - qualifying from first the family competition where we came first and then the Plymouth schools competition where we came third. Over the whole competition 87 schools competed so we are thrilled with our fifth result. The children competed in relays, javelin, long jump, triple jump, vertical jump, speed bounce and chest push! We look forward to next year. Well done!!

Family Indoor Athletics

Report from Todd Hanrahan, Plymouth School Sport Partnership.


Tor Bridge High hosted 4 primary school’s looking to secure their place at the City finals in February. The attending schools were Tor Bridge Primary, Leigham, Bickleigh Down and Thornbury.

There was a strong start from the girls of Bickleigh Down winning the first 2 races on the track. Whilst the boys from Thornbury took maximum points on the long jump and Bickleigh Down on the triple jump.

It was then time to swap over and there was a familiar occurrence with the boys. With Bickleigh Down & Thornbury each taking 1 win each on the track. As the girls tested themselves on the field, it was Bickleigh down who won both events!


The boys then had their turn at chest push and speed bounce. A superb display from Leigham saw them be victorious in the chest push as Thornbury won the speed bounce. Bickleigh Down girls continued their good form with maximum points on the track.

So on to the obstacle relay, the girls up first! All teams had minimal penalty points and a fantastic race saw Tor Bridge runners up to an impressive Bickleigh Down.


Then it was the boys turn, a closely contested race saw Tor Bridge and Leigham get off to a flyer. But it was Thornbury who pushed through the pack to come out victorious, with Bickleigh Down as the runner up.


So after a fantastic competition, the results were in:

In 1st place with an astonishing 128 points were Bickleigh Down.

2nd place were Thornbury with 86 points.

3rd place were Leigham just 2 points behind with 84 points.

4th place were Tor Bridge with a valiant 68 points.

So congratulations to Bickleigh Down and well done to all teams involved.


Level 2 Sportshall Athletics Final

Tuesday 9th February 2016


A packed Marjon University sports hall saw 120 students from 10 Primary Schools compete in the Level 2 Sportshall Athletics final. The attending schools were all winners from their family heats back in November, along with one wild card entry. The top 4 teams will go on to represent Plymouth at the county finals on 25th February.

The competition would consisted of several different relay races along with 6 different field events. The attending schools were, Hyde Park Juniors, Oakwood, St Peter’s RC, High View, Montpelier, Compton, Elburton, Old Priory, St Budeaux and Bickleigh Down.


The first race of the day was the Under/Over Relay for the girls. It was a superb start to the day and really set the tone for the rest of the afternoon. A special mention to the girls from Montpelier who recorded a fantastic time of 65.2 seconds! Meanwhile the boys were taking to their first of 3 field events and earned valuable points for their teams. It was the boys turn to hit the track and once again the Over/Under Relay. A very close and competitive race saw Elburton boys just edge it with a time of 65.6 seconds. Whilst the boys were on the track the girls had a chance to add to their team points in their first field events.


The standard of the races remained high throughout and some incredible timings were being recorded on the track. Once race was even decided by 1 tenth of a second!! Both boys and girls continued to impress in the field as each athlete completed their 2nd and 3rd field events. A special mention one of the boys from Elburton who managed to leap 5.46 metres with is triple jump attempt.


With the scores so tight it was down to the final 2 track events, the ‘obstacle relays’. Although this is one of the toughest events it is definitely a favourite of the athletes. Up first was the girls, they got off to a brilliant start and minimal penalty points were being picked up across the board. St Peter’s managed to pinch 1st place ahead of Elburton and Hyde Park. It was then the boys, after 1 false start they were away! Once again an incredibly close race with all teams trying to gain those all important final points. In the end it was Elburton who took maximum points ahead of Compton and Hyde Park.


So the results were in......

1st place – Hyde Park with 398 pts

2nd place – Elburton with 372 pts

3rd place – Bickleigh Down with 346pts

4th place – Compton with 316 pts

5th place – Old Priory with 296 pts

6th place – St Peter’s with 248 pts

7th place – Montpelier with 246 pts

8th place – High View with 188 pts

9th place – Oakwood with 180 pts

10th place – St Budeaux with 92 pts


Well done to all the teams involved.

School Games Level 3 Indoor Athletics Championships

Friday 26th February 2016


16 schools from across Devon came together to compete in the School Games Level 3 Indoor Athletics Championships, hosted by the Plymouth School Sports Partnership at the Plymouth Life Centre.

The schools all came as the qualifiers from their School Games areas’ Level 2 competitions, with many having competed in heats prior to the Level 2. Here in Plymouth 10 different heats were held before a citywide Level 2 final, which may give an idea of just how far these athletes have come to be able to compete today.

As the host, Plymouth were allowed four representatives whilst two schools represented Exeter, West Devon, East Devon, North Devon, Torbay and South Devon.

There were some fantastic results in the field events and some extremely close races on the track. The preparation that the pupils and teachers have put in was evident in the standard of results coming in. A huge congratulations to the athletes for their dedication.


1st was Hyde Park representing Plymouth

2nd was Elburton representing Plymouth

3rd was Newport Primary representing North Devon

4th was Bickleigh Down representing Plymouth


A big thank you to the teams, parents and supporters who travelled from across the county to support the event, creating a fantastic environment for the children to compete in.

Brickfields Athletics 2016

Bickleigh Down Athletics Team had another successful year at Brickfields, their best yet infact; winning ‘Best Major Schools Athletics Team Overall in Plymouth’. Congratulations to all involved and well done for your hard work and commitment with both Indoor and Outdoor Athletics throughout the year. We are really proud of you all!  Thank you also to those parents that came along to support.  Don’t forget to check out our four new trophies in the trophy cabinet for Winning Athletics Team Overall, Y3/4 Major Girls Relay Winners, Year 5/6 Major Girls Relay Winners and Best Overall Girls Track Team.