Last Wednesday, amidst the mud and slippery conditions, there were some excellent individual and team performances at Wormwood Scrubs, the venue for the annual London Schools Cross Country Championships.
In the Inters Boys section, Herbie Bingham ran a strong race, moving through the field to finish in a brilliant 7th position out of 83 runners. He was followed home by the rest of the team in Alex Pitlarge (22nd), Arseny Uskov (27th) and Hector Cross (42nd), meaning that Westminster were able to take an excellent Silver medal for 2nd place in that event.
Isaac Adni was an excellent fourth in the Senior Boys race which guarantees him selection for the English Schools Cross Country in mid-March. Thomas Adamo is also in the hunt for making the team, with a fine eighth place finish, although he will needs to wait and see if any top athletes missed the competition through illness or injury. Meanwhile, in the Senior Girls race, Sophie Sargent finished a very creditable 9th with Arianna Alonso Bizzi close behind in 12th.
The Junior Boys showed considerable grit and determination given their lack of experience, with most of them finishing inside the top half of a very competitive field, with Alex Macklin (49th) and Chris Yang (56th) the top performers.
Thursday saw the annual Borough Swimming Championships held at the Queen Mother Sports Centre, and, it was a successful afternoon for Westminster School as they picked up 6 golds and a silver in the competition against local schools. This included some fine individual performances, including first places for Shutian Cheng (Junior Breastroke), Shiv Mirpuri (Senior Backstroke), Peter Orlov (Senior Breastroke) and Marwan Miah, as well as a second place for Arda Battalgazi (Senior Freestyle).
There was relay success also, with the highlight a gold in the Senior Boys Freestyle for Miah, Battalgazi, Mirpuri & Orlov. In addition, there was first place in the Senior Medley Relay for Miah, Mirpuri, Battalgazi & Herbie Bingham.
After a couple of the narrowest of defeats, there was the sweet taste of victory for Westminster’s Shooting team on Saturday as they overcame Imperial College by 1119-1082. Amirali Monshizadeh top-scored for the School with an excellent score of 192/200pts.
Tuesday saw the annual Junior House 6-a-side competition narrowly beat the wet weather, and, the competition was as keen as ever with Busby’s, Hakluyt’s, Liddell’s and Wren’s making it out of the group stages and into the semi-finals. Thereupon, Liddell’s outplayed Hakluyt’s by 4-0 whilst Busby’s were indebted to a Freddie Flowers hat-trick to see them through to the final by 3-0. In the final, Flowers gave his team the lead in the second-half but, with virtually the last kick, Liddell’s were able to take the match into ‘golden goal’ extra-time. However, Busby’s, and Flowers in particular, we’re not to be denied as he sealed the title with another trademark left foot finish.
There was international success for the Boat Club on Saturday Success at the Slovakian Open Indoor Rowing Championships as Emma Kohlmayer was third Junior overall (behind Hungary and Czech Republic) and the top Slovakian as competitors raced over 2km. As a result, Kohlmayer has now been invited to trial for the Slovakian Junior World Championship team