Summer Sports Round-up

Mr Hodgson, Director Sport, writes: It has been a very busy period with both athletics meets and our annual Sports Days. I have now seen first hand all the hard work that takes place behind the scenes and, of course, Mrs Attree is central in arranging these events. The organisation, attention to detail and delivery has been outstanding and I am very grateful to Mrs Attree for all her hard work.

The Sports Days were very enjoyable occasions and the children seemed to have lots of fun. It was interesting to hear Mr Harris’s reflections (he did another superb job being our event announcer) and in particular his comment that he felt the Senior Sports Day was the most well supported and kind spirited Sports Day that he could remember. The events were hotly contested by the Houses, but the eventual winners were Radford for the Seniors and Tyler for the Juniors.

Cricket matches have been carrying on with the U8s playing against Donhead and St George’s, and the U10s against Northcote Lodge and Thomas’s Clapham. Louis Wilkinson had an amazing over in the match on Saturday, managing to claim 5 wickets from 6 balls. A special mention to the 1st and 2nd XI that played against Trinity School on Saturday morning with the 1sts securing a fantastic victory. Max Towers batted for the duration of the innings achieving a determined score of 73.

I would like to give my personal thanks to Mr Down who has lead this cricket season superbly well. This is off the back of running a very busy hockey season. His cricket expertise and technical knowledge of the sport is outstanding, and both the Sports Department and the pupils are fortunate to have him at the school.

Cranmore Canter took place on Sunday with many people associated with Cranmore enjoying the morning. Over 250 ran in either the 1.5km or 3km race, with the longer run taking place across the fields of West Horsley Place. It was great to see many children and their families running alongside each other, sharing the experience and making memories together. The event turned out to be a fantastic occasion which had a real sense of a community spirit. Thank you to everyone for your support. Mr Mellstrom and Miss Moore were key parts of the team in making the event happen, both in the preparation stages pre-event and with the delivery on the day. I thank them both for all their help.

This is my last Sports Report of the year and I would just like to say a personal thank you to all the sports staff in the department. They have made me feel very welcome and have been a joy to work alongside. It has been honour and privilege to lead such a hard working and dedicated team. A special mention for Imogen Moore who has done fantastically well in her first year, and to Brian Martin who is retiring after an illustrious career leading the Rowing. Finally, to Mr Fish and Miss Minikin who have been superb assets to the sports programme, and we wish them well for the future.

I have thoroughly enjoyed my first year at Cranmore and nurturing the children’s sporting interests as been extremely fulfilling. I wish you all a great Summer.