THE soaking wet Chester Primary Schools Championships offered one youngster the opportunity to beat not only his opponents but also all his teachers.
Year 6 pupil Thomas Andrews from St Werburgh’s took part in the cricket-ball throw at Stanney Oaks in Ellesmere Port and hurled it an astonishing 51.2m.
He won the event by 11m and at the end, teachers lined up to try to beat his amazing feat – but they all failed.
His was the stand-out performance of a competition dogged by atrocious weather.
Overall, Thomas Wedge Primary won the event, scoring 25 points. Christleton achieved their highest ever placing, scoring 16 for second, and third was shared by Highfield and Overleigh St Mary’s with 13.
Other than Thomas, first places were also taken by Christleton’s Ellie Riste in the long jump (3.30m), Kelsall’s Daray Tuite in the girls 800m and Ray Hughes of JH Godwin in the boys 800m.
Thomas Wedge’s Elliot Rollins won both the 75m sprint and the boys long jump, and Emma Cowley of Highfield triumphed in the girls 75m.
Christleton Primary scored a one-two in the 55m sprint, Connor Rowbottom and James Harker taking the top spots.
In the relays, Upton Heath won the mixed race and Thomas Wedge took the boys and girls events.
Cheshire schools sports coordinator Judith Gilmour said: “The weather didn’t ruin the day in the end, although I got soaked!
“I would like to thank Andrew Hetherington of Thomas Wedge who organised the competition, West Cheshire AC who also helped and allowed us to use their facilities at Stanney, the volunteer helpers Shona Valentine, Jenny Swallow, Mike Axon and Andrew Witton from Christleton and the work experience pupils who also assisted on the day.”