The sun finally shone for Heptonstall School Sports Day, the first for three years due to poor summers.
A huge turnout of spectators cheered on the children at Heptonstall park, who competed in traditional races including shuttle runs, hurdles, sprints, sack races, egg and spoon, skipping and balancing.
Some of the events proved challenging for the younger competitors. The skipping race was particularly difficult for those who were turning the rope backwards whilst trying to run forwards.
Balancing a coit on the head even whilst waiting at the start line was problematic for the Class One boys. After a slow start to the race, teacher Peter Jenel assisted some by holding the coits on their heads for them as they walked over the finish.
The sack races were also speeded up by teachers carrying several competitors over the line in their sacks.
Egg and spoon techniques varied between double handed, single handed, or simply holding the egg onto the spoon. During some races, eggs changed ownership. Some older boys experimented with using the spoon as a racket to knock the egg over the final yards, which produced impressively close finishes.
The Heptonstall Parish Website’s “One to Watch” award goes to Isla Lee-Grant, of Class 2, who won every race she entered.
The eventual winners were the Festival team.